BMI and Body Fat – They’re the same thing, or are they?
If I’m anaemic, the oxygen-carrying capacity of my blood will limit the ability of my muscle cells to work, to contract and ultimately it will limit my ability to run.
We need fat in order to live. It serves many vital functions, providing energy for the body and helping with the absorption of vitamins and minerals. However some fats are better for the body than others…
Runners can store about 2,500kcal in the form of glycogen (i.e. carb) and that will fuel them for about 2 hours of exercise. Even the leanest athlete carries a reserve of about 50,000kcal as fat, however, so perhaps fat adaptation could be a very useful strategy for endurance events.
A balanced diet is not just about calories; the source of those calories will influence the overall quality of your diet and the true nutritional value.
Ideally we should be aiming for 50% of our calories being provided by carbohydrates, 35% by fats and 15% by protein. That really isn’t very helpful, when we can’t visualise those calories to start with but there’s a useful Public Health England graphic known as the eatwell plate …
Do you ever crave specific foods when you’re having a bad day? Do you get snappy when you miss meals and make do with snacks, or you ‘go on a diet’? Do certain foods (or drinks) make you feel mellow?
Yes, there certainly seem to be some strong links between mood and food.
Many people will ‘go on a diet’ each and every January. Their willpower and self control will last for a while, maybe long enough to shed the extra pounds, but maybe not. Most successful weight loss regimes…
Good news: the Food Standards Agency has announced that an extended allergen labelling system is to be introduced in the UK by mid December. It will apply to both pre-packed and non pre-packed (loose) foods, i.e. both grocery and restaurant offerings. Whether the allergens are included or added to the foods they must be referenced on the labelling.
We already have allergen labelling on most pre-packed foods but this will be extended to include these 14 allergens.
Mail Online: ‘Two hearty meals each day better for you than 6 snacks: Eating a big breakfast and lunch helps control weight and blood sugar levels.’
Should everyone switch to just two meals a day?