The MIND diet ‘reduces risk of Alzheimer’s’

The MIND diet may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 53%. What is it? The MIND diet is an acronym for Mediterranean-DASH intervention for neurodegenerative delay, fusing the acclaimed Med diet and DASH (dietary approaches to stop hypertension). Strictly following the MIND diet could markedly drop the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease according to journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia. A study showed that the diet reduced the risk of…

June 19, 2015
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18:6 diet (a.k.a LeanGains)

Based on an 8-hour feeding period followed by a 16-hour fast What it isFasting used to be forced upon us, usually during winter or a famine, keeping our weight in check before the next kill or bumper crop. These days, food has us surrounded and we’ve had to invent diets to do the fasting for us. Various fasting diets have been around since the 1970s to detox the body, manage…

May 5, 2015
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Gluten-free diet

We ask the experts to assess the health benefits of a gluten-free diet. The lowdown While some people have a medical need to black ban gluten (if they have coeliac disease or are medically diagnosed as gluten intolerant), for others, cutting out gluten seems to be a new way to try to lose weight. To go gluten-free you need to avoid barley, rye, oats and wheat and carefully check ingredients…

May 4, 2015
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Lemon Detox Diet

We ask two health experts to review the Lemon Detox Diet. The lowdownThe Lemon Detox diet claims to cleanse your body of toxins while whittling your waist. You achieve this by cutting out all food (yes, all food) and drinking a lemon-based syrup instead for at least five to seven days in a row.   What’s it doing to your body?Neither expert has anything supportive to say about this diet….

May 4, 2015
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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,…

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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
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5-day sugar free diet plan

April 8, 2015

Sugar hides in foods that don’t seem sweet (think bread and pasta), and is usually found in the ingredient list of processed foods. Follow this sugar-free diet plan to ensure you stay on track. Day 1  Breakfast: ½ cup oats with frozen berries and a tablespoon of  LSA (linseed, sunflower and almonds) with almond milk Snack: 1 banana and a small handful of walnuts Lunch: 2–3 quinoa rice cakes with…

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HCG diet – does it really work?

The somewhat controversial HCG Protocol looks to the hormones for weight loss success, in particular human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). What it isDeveloped initially by British endocrinologist Albert Simeons, the diet has been significantly refined – and complicated – to now include a 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol. Dr Simeons was famous for injecting HCG sourced from the urine of pregnant women into obese people in the ’50s and ’60s. Produced…

April 5, 2015
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5 sensible diet tips

Weight loss coach and author Sally Asher offers her top tips. 1. Eat nutritious foods Eat nutritious foods rather than sugary foods, which produce a rush of energy followed by a crash and, probably, cravings for more sugar. 2. Give food your full attention Make eating an occasion rather than eating on the run or while distracted. Give food your attention when it’s time to eat, notice what it tastes…

April 4, 2015
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Alkaline diet review

 The Alkaline diet promotes a healthy pH balance within the body. But does it help with weight loss? The lowdownThe theory is that you need an optimal pH balance (balance between acid and base, also known as alkaline) in your body to help you lose weight and avoid certain diseases. Doing the Alkaline Diet is meant to help you create this balance. In reality, this means cutting out ‘acid-producing’ foods,…

April 4, 2015
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