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How to avoid gaining weight in your 40s

We tend to think that gaining weight is something that happens with ageing, but this isn’t the case. It is, however, really important to monitor your body composition as you get older, to avoid putting yourself at risk of things like diabetes and other types of metabolic conditions. Here are four things you can do to avoid gaining weight into your 40s. 1. Monitor your energy balance (calories in versus calories burned from exercise). If you have less energy being expended, then you need to monitor and reduce the amount of energy that’s going into the body. Take a look at your food consumption and ensure that you’re not eating the diet that you were still eating when you were much more active. Also, try to include the following: More daily life movement – This could include taking the stairs not the escalator or walking 10,000 steps a day. Moderate exercise – Combine more daily movement with moderate exercise three to five times a week e.g. a light jog or lots of brisk walking. High intensity exercise …

Why maintaining weight loss is so hard

We’ve all heard about people who manage to lose weight, but how often do they maintain the new weight? Dieting is easy initially because you’re full of enthusiasm and can draw on willpower for the energy required in the first few weeks. Willpower is a finite commodity though and isn’t enough on its own. Willpower is also an energy-intensive resource, and needs to be fed. If you are relying on willpower alone to get you through the first few weeks, you need to feed that power by sleeping fully, keeping the mind busy with constructive pursuits and staying active. Early promise… Initially, we tend to see results because often the body dumps a load of water, rewarding us with a few pounds off the scales. Despite the fact that it’s fat, not water, that we want to lose, it’s motivating to see that dial go down on the scales. Usually with a bit of effort more weight can be lost, but after a while, it all starts to feel like hard work. Sound familiar? The …

Take Action This Spring!

Whatever you decided that you wanted to achieve this year, if you haven’t already started to take steps towards your goals yet, now is the perfect time to get things rolling! After the winter months are finally over the spring is all about new growth, change and transformation. It is a hopeful season and a really good time to take action with a new habit or goal. Whether your goals and aspirations for 2018 are in the areas of health, lifestyle, career or financial use the following tips to get you going; Just get started! There is a wise quote from an ancient Chinese text; ‘ A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step’. Any worthwhile goal in life, whether large or small, can be attained by simply breaking it down into small steps and beginning to take them one at a time. Start at the beginning but always with the end in mind! As you work towards your goal always keep your focus on the end result, the ‘why’. How …

How sleep affects weight loss

This is one of the most popular questions about sleep that is asked on Google, which is interesting as I think it’s an under-appreciated aspect of weight loss. The fact is, sleep plays a major role in fat loss (and in muscle gain as well). Sleep is a critical factor for almost every aspect of our health. So how can a lack of sleep affect weight loss? There are three major implications to a lack of quality sleep – and they’re all linked to hormones. Ghrelin Ghrelin is a hormone that regulates our appetite – its nickname is the hunger hormone. Ghrelin tells our brain that we’re hungry, and when it’s working well, we can rely on it to steer us towards food when we need it. It’s like following your intuition – you’ll know what to eat and when to eat. When you’re sleep deprived, there can be too much ghrelin in your system, causing feelings of hunger. This makes you far more likely to overeat and gain weight. Leptin Leptin is a hormone …

Dulwich Park Fun Run

The Dulwich Park Fun Run on Saturday 26th May is a family friendly fundraising event that brings together the local community, families, athletes, and the wider cystic fibrosis community for the event of the spring! Set in the beautiful Dulwich Park; the 10km race consists of runners completing the circular route six times, and the 5km racers running the route three times. Every runners will receive lots of cheering and water along the route, a medal and goodie bag to take home with you. There is ample parking, toilet facilities, water stations, refreshments available to purchase, and a bouncy castle for the little ones. Sign up here! Dulwich Park, London, SE21 7BQ Image: The Cystic Fibrosis Trust SaveSave SaveSave