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

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

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

Have a Merry ‘Fit’mass!

In our world, Christmas is on 25 December. But if you live in Armenia apparently it’s on 6 January, or in Ethiopia, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, the birth of Christ is celebrated on 7 January. The most important thing is that wherever in the world you reside there is one thing in common when it comes to Christmas – it’s only one day. Not a week or a month, just one day. Continue reading