Did the government guidelines make us fat?

Government dietary guidelines are under attack by those who claim they’ve caused the rapid rise in obesity in the past forty years. Dietitian Matt O’Neill asks, could this be true?

The first Australian dietary guidelines were published in 1982 to guide nutrition advice, education and policy.

The aim was to help reduce diet-related disease, which was starting to increase dramatically. What were the recommendations, how have they changed and who is following them?
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The dangers of Visceral fat

Image result for visceral fatVisceral fat is the one we don’t think of, some may not know about, but it has many hidden dangers. Visceral fat is the fat stored in the abdominal cavity and it surrounds several of our major organs a bit like a gel, deep beneath the skins surface. Continue reading “The dangers of Visceral fat”

The real cost of inactivity

inactivityWith bills to pay and a range of costs increasing, it’s not unexpected that we have to look at what we spend and limit where we spend it. When the budget comes under scrutiny it is often our recreation and exercise costs or memberships that face being cut along with other ‘non essential’ items. Continue reading “The real cost of inactivity”

Exercise training v calorie deficit diets: which is best to improve body weight & VAT fat?

adipose-tissue-typesVisceral adipose tissue (VAT) is the ‘bad fat’ around the internal organs and an identified culprit in cardio-metabolic diseases, hence an important target of exercise programmes and nutrition. Can exercise target VAT reduction?

This article is based on a research review (See the link in references at the bottom). In simple terms, their aim was to analyse the effects of aerobic exercise versus reducing calorie intake on body weight and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) reduction. in short, which works best to reduce VAT, exercise or diet? Continue reading “Exercise training v calorie deficit diets: which is best to improve body weight & VAT fat?”

Podcast #4: should gastric surgery be the first stop for obesity?

img_5841In this episode we discuss the recent government plan to make gastric surgery the first solution for obesity and those at risk of type 2 diabetes. We also review our spin circuits class, share this week’s news as well as answer the question ‘should I exercise if I have a cold?’. Tune in via the iTunes Store and get auto deliveries straight to your multimedia device!  Continue reading “Podcast #4: should gastric surgery be the first stop for obesity?”

The News about booze!

If, at the end of a busy day, you enjoy a glass of wine, a gin and tonic, a beer or whatever your drink of choice is, I’m not going to waggle my finger at you and tell you to cut it out. I dislike few things more than those who sit on what I call the ‘healthy high horse’ telling us what we should and shouldn’t do. Instead, I prefer to share with you the facts based on the science to date, provide my professional advice, but then it’s up to you to make your own choices. I enjoy a glass of wine myself, and it can be part and parcel of a healthy lifestyle; in fact, it can even be beneficial. But not when a couple of glasses become several, most nights of the week. Continue reading “The News about booze!”