Eating behaviours and habits

What determines body weight and weight loss (and is the NHS weight loss app the answer?)

23rd September 2021 / Laura Clark

Eating behaviours and habits, Nutrition, Weight loss and body composition
As we strive to determine where our body weight should sit, how we achieve and maintain weight loss and what control we ultimately have over that, let’s start by being clear about what we know. The role of genetics in weight Various studies have concluded that our weight is 70% determined by our genetics. And

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Are you a seasonal dieter and how to break free from the cycle?

25th August 2021 / Laura Clark

Eating behaviours and habits, Nutrition, Weight loss and body composition
I always associate September with WHSmith’s and a new pencil case. I used to love these trips with my Mum. Now I secretly engineer a visit with my children to salivate over the stationery, which I absolutely need obviously. New beginnings and all the freshness they bring, feel great. Just like the ebb and flow

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How does willpower work?

30th June 2021 / Laura Clark

Eating behaviours and habits, Nutrition, women's health
Of course, you can avoid the temptations. You just need more willpower! Setting your environment up to support healthy habits is one thing; helping your conscious brain make good decisions that facilitate health, I’m all for it. But there are a few key things that get missed off that story of willpower being the key

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How to create boundaries that enable you to truly nourish yourself

17th June 2021 / Laura Clark

Eating behaviours and habits
I recently had a chat with Elsie Owen, the People Pleasing Therapist, about worth and our tendency to persist with people pleasing behaviour, which puts us at the bottom of the pile. How can we create boundaries that enable you to truly nourish yourself? I feel this is particularly relevant for the work I do

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Should I do the keto diet?

26th May 2021 / Laura Clark

Eating behaviours and habits, Food and nutrients, Nutrition
Firstly, shall we define what we mean by keto diet? Keto refers to the production of ketone bodies which are the by product of fat metabolism. This process is known as ketosis. To ensure fat is the preferred fuel source being burned, carb intakes have to stay very low – under 50g per day equating

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What is the best diet for someone with insulin resistance?

12th May 2021 / Laura Clark

Eating behaviours and habits, Weight loss and body composition
Insulin resistance is a key factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. It is also associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). For clarification, type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterised by an imbalance in blood glucose levels, altered lipid profiles and high blood pressure. It usually presents as a combination of insulin resistance

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How do you know if you are addicted to food?

14th April 2021 / Laura Clark

Eating behaviours and habits, Food and nutrients, Nutrition
It is common for many of the people I meet and work with to feel they are addicted to food. But how do you know if you addicted to food? And is this even accurate? Often this label we give ourselves is all tied up in a history of chronic dieting which has led to

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What exactly is Intermittent Fasting?

24th March 2021 / Laura Clark

Eating behaviours and habits, Weight loss and body composition
Fasting is not a new concept and has been around for thousands of years but what exactly is Intermittent Fasting? Fasting involves alternating food absence with periods of normal food consumption. We break a ‘fast’ every day when we first eat – breakfast even if not at breakfast time. In the ‘diet trend’ sense, intermittent

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Making habits stick and why diets don’t help

9th October 2020 / Laura Clark

Eating behaviours and habits, How to optimise your health and well-being at work
Our brain is the most metabolically active tissue in our body. To state the obvious, it’s quite clever but even the brain has limitations and short-cuts it puts in place to help us navigate information overload. The part of the brain that makes us human, often referred to as the pre-frontal cortex is responsible for

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Getting on the Scales – Weighing up the Reasons

21st September 2020 / Laura Clark

Eating behaviours and habits
The scales supposedly track our progress towards a goal or serve as a reminder to keep things in check. And now, with the development of wearable devices, we have countless ways in which we can track ourselves – 24 hours a day. On the surface, all this tracking is supposed to act as a motivator

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