6 ways to beat cravings

February 11, 2016

Retrain your brain to decrease those unwanted cravings with these 6 tips.   If your food choices disappoint your tastebuds, you’re more likely to resort to an unhealthy sweet treat to make up for feeling deprived. Here’s how you can reduce those hunger pangs. 1. Choose low-GI foods “Foods with a lower glycaemic index (GI) of 55 or less are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower…

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10 ways to boost calorie burn at the gym

Trick up your workout with these simple techniques to burn more fat at the gym.      1. Rep remandSo much for lifting like a forklift on caffeine pills. To boost metabolism, you want fewer reps with heavier weights according to the Norwegian University of Sport and Physical Education. To maximise calorie burn after your workout (a.k.a. excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC), aim for three to seven reps.  …

July 8, 2015
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7 ways to boost your self-esteem

Do you have low self-esteem? Learn how to boost your confidence with these simple tips. Your self image is tied to what you feel others think of you. It is also influenced by your personality and whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, as well as the standards you set yourself; for example, whether you’re a perfectionist, a high achiever or whether you are laid back and tend to roll with…

May 21, 2015
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7 ways to release your inner hedonist

With evidence mounting that fun has tangible health perks, it’s worth dropping the guilt and dialling your inner hedonist. 1. Eat dessertIn stressed rats, eating foods that are high in sugar/fat has been shown to trigger the brain’s pleasure system (dopamine again), thereby reducing their stress. So at a chemical level, eating sugary or fatty foods may ‘work’ to reduce negative feelings, and give us a sense of pleasure. Which…

April 24, 2015
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4 ways to maximise muscle gains

April 19, 2015

  Love strength training? Learn how to maximise muscle gains with these weight training tips from D’Astoli. 1. Quality 
(range of motion & tempo) First and foremost, you need to ensure you are using the full range of motion for each exercise with a slow tempo (particularly the lowering phase) that demonstrates control of movement. Once you have developed this quality, you can look to increase the intensity. 2. Intensity…

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5 easy ways to burn calories at work

Stop sitting, start standing! Here are 5 easy ways to burn extra calories at work. Sitting for as little as four hours a day increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, even if you hit your daily exercise target, according to new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. If you can’t convince the boss to drop $ 2.5k on a treadmill desk or spin bike, try…

April 5, 2015
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2 ways to increase brown fat cells

Brown fat cells burn fat at a higher rate They’re the hot ticket in warding off weight gain, but is there a formula for making brown fat cells? Yes, according to recent research. 1. Exposure to cold could cause adults to generate new brown fat cells, according to research reported in journal Nature Medicine. Unlike ubiquitous white fat cells, which lounge around storing fat, rarer brown ones burn fat at…

April 5, 2015
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2 ways stress wrecks your body

High stress levels can cause anxiety and migraines. It can even affect your fertility. 1. Stress can decrease your chance of pregnancy If you’re trying for a baby, you might want to jet off to Tahiti (or at least take up yoga). High stress levels were directly linked to greater difficulty falling pregnant in a study at Ohio State University. Women with high levels of alpha-amylase – an indicator of…

April 5, 2015
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5 ways to stay on track

How to mentally prepare yourself for weight loss. »    Think about your core values and what you want out of life. What brings you happiness? Perhaps you rank health as a high priority and want to feel good and have more energy? Now look at small steps you can take to live in line with these values. »    Find something that suits you Hate the gym? Then don’t force yourself…

April 4, 2015
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6 ways to beat PMS

April 4, 2015

Are the weeks leading up to your period always hard going? Finding ways to reduce PMS symptoms and stablise your system may involve trial and error. The following treatments may help beat PMS.   Antidepressants For women who feel their lives are hijacked by hormones every month, antidepressants can provide enormous relief. “The antidepressants stabilise the level of hormones, such as serotonin, so that some women with PMS or PMDD…

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