Lap-Band Controversy

  A drastic way to lose weight that has many potential side-effects How would you like to have a tight ‘band’ around your stomach in order to help you lose weight?  Last Sunday night, current affairs programme ‘Sixty Minutes’ featured a story about Lap-Band Surgery.  This procedure simply is one where the opening to the stomach…

Exercise: Fact vs. Fiction

Most people who embark on a weight loss programme will often try and up the ante on exercise, as a way to ‘burn off’ those extra calories.  The problem with exercise is that there is so much information written about it, that it is difficult to work out what is fact and what is fiction. …

High GI Foods = High Health Risk

A diet concentrated in white bread, potatoes and other high Glycaemic Index (GI) foods have been proven to cause premature death, by increasing risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  High GI foods are those which cause high blood glucose & insulin spikes, creating instability in blood sugar levels in the long term.  A recent…

Be A Sport & DON'T Endorse Junk Food!

Last month, research revealed that parents’ were more likely to buy foods for their family if it was promoted by an athlete.  I mean, that makes perfect sense – surely if a fit and healthy athlete is endorsing a food, then it must be ‘good’ right?   WRONG!    Unfortunately, using athletes to advertise foods (or…

Is Sugar 'Sneaking' Into Your Diet?

If you read my ‘Syndrome X’ blog last week (click on link to read:     https://loseweightwithsue.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/what-is-syndrome-x/)  you would have learned that one of the reasons why this condition is on the rise is due to the increase in high GI foods in our everyday diet.  Sugar is one of the hidden ‘evils’ that is becoming an increasing part of our daily…

What is Syndrome X?

Are you feeling a bit ‘paunchy’ lately?  You know the feeling – your shorts and skirts don’t seem to sit quite right due to the thickening around your mid.  Putting on weight around the waist and stomach area doesn’t just mean that you are overweight:  it can also indicate that you may have Syndrome X which puts…

Australia 3rd in World Obesity Rankings

No matter which newspaper you read, almost every day there seems to be an article about the rising rate of obesity.  I came across one such article last week in The Courier Mail (https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/tsunami-of-obesity-worldwide-study/story-e6freoox-1226000220684) and quite frankly, the article really scared me. Basically, in the last 30 years, the estimated number of dangerously overweight men…

Healthy Body = Healthy Mind

   How many times have you heard a friend or relative say, ‘I need to lose weight…I feel terrible being this big!’  These may be not the exact words but you get what I mean…and perhaps you have said something similar yourself?  It’s no wonder then that feeling ‘fat’ can make you feel bad about…

Tim Tam Treat Time…Or Not?

  There is nothing better than having a cuppa and a little ‘time out’ at morning / afternoon tea.  Of course, the ‘cuppa’ is usually accompanied by a little snack.  Healthy snack choices are great for keeping your blood sugar levels up between meals, however if you choose unhealthy snacks – like sugar and fat-filled…

New Years' Resolutions NOT to Make!

  There’s no denying it – 2011 is here and any New Years’ Resolutions you may have made should be actioned…right?  The key to success with making resolutions is to make sure you word them correctly i.e. the words ‘always’, ‘never’ and / or ‘no’ are extremely negative which can impact on how well you ‘stick’ to them.  Some commonly made negative resolutions include the…