Comfort food cure

Try these strategies for curbing comfort food cravings. The allure of a steaming bowl of creamy soup on a crisp night or hug-like appeal of buttery spuds after a bad day has been blamed on memories linking certain foods to a sense of belonging in research reported in journal Appetite. Compulsion to chow down on specific foods despite hunger was found to have strong links to feelings of rejection and…

June 14, 2015


Try this exercise to tone and strenthen your core: 1. Lie flat on your back with your arms extended straight back behind your head and your legs extended. 2. Bend at the waist while simultaneously raising your legs and arms to meet in a jackknife position. Pause, then lower your arms and legs back to the starting position. 3. Repeat for the desired amount of reps. Words and workout by…

June 10, 2015

Robyn Lawley: I don’t do fad diets or fake food

Robyn Lawley is the face of Pantene, a swimware designer and cookbook author. Here, she tells us how she stays in shape. “I am an Australian size 16, which is really rare in the fashion world,” Robyn says. “People don’t understand that models are so, so, so much smaller than I am. I’m trying to spread body love and body positivity because the message can get lost when people are…

June 3, 2015

What to eat after a heavy workout

So how much should we eat after a heavy workout? We ask the experts to give us the low-down on recovery fuel. As the sweat starts to subside, the post-gym munchies start to set in. Within 30 to 60 minutes post workout is the optimum time to eat a recovery snack, and it’s important that you do it right. “Adequate refuelling after exercise is important to replenish glycogen stores and…

May 12, 2015

Bench jumps

Work your quads, glutes and hamstrings with this awesome cardio workout! How to Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Start by doing a regular squat, then engage your core and jump up explosively onto the bench. When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep. Land as quietly as possible. Repeat for desired reps. NEXT: 7 super-charged exercises for leg day>> {nomultithumb}   Fitness

May 11, 2015

How to say no – tips from a refusal expert

Susan Newman, author of The Book of No, is a refusal expert. Here are her top tips to honing your ability to turn people down. “You won’t be able to say no to everything asked of you, nor will you want to, but you don’t have to be an ever-accommodating yes person to be loved, respected and admired,” she says. 1. Make a list of the times you utter yes…

May 9, 2015

10 tips for your paleo diet

May 4, 2015

Want to lose weight with the paleo diet? Here are 10 tips to help you stay on track. 1. Look out for paleo-approved carbs Eating paleo means cutting out all grains, which means no rice, pasta, bread and cereals. Whether you like it or not, this lowers your carb intake significantly, which for some can result in fogginess, exhaustion and mood swings. If you find yourself need a carb boost,…


DIY diet success stories

Not sure which diet will work for you? Readers Imogen and Erin share their success stories.   Imogen, 46,  has lost 15 kg on the 5:2 diet in about a year   “I’d been exercising and putting on weight, not losing it (the old ‘eating extra to compensate for the exercise’ trick). I’d reached a weight that was higher than my full-term pregnancy weight with my kids, and decided that…

April 20, 2015

Peanut butter cookie dough protein semifreddo

These super low-carb, protein-rich squares of peanut buttery bliss make a decadent post-workout recovery snack.   WHAT YOU’LL NEED (Makes 6 squares) • 1 tbsp coconut butter, softened in microwave (you need the butter, not the oil, to ensure it hardens) • 1 scoop peanut butter-flavoured protein powder (or use vanilla and add ½ tbsp melted natural, unsalted, no added sugar peanut butter to the mix)  • 4 tbsp unsweetened…

April 12, 2015

10 protein foods for weight loss

April 8, 2015

Trying to lose weight? Protein is your best friend. These foods will keep you fuller for longer, regulate your metabolism and help build lean muscle.   1. Egg whites They don’t taste as awesome as whole eggs, but egg whites are much lower in fat. Eggs (whole or not) are high in leucine, a muscle-building amino acid. Egg whites contain around 11 grams of protein and zero fat per 100…