Top food myths

  • By richard watson
  • 01 Mar, 2017

Getting to the truth about weight gain

eating late at night
late night eating

Good bacteria can help you lose weight

True
For every probiotic evangelist there are several that sneered at the idea that these ‘good bacteria’ products did anything other than leave a big whole in your pocket. But according to a recent study, probiotics are very much more than a health food gimmick.

Probiotics, which are available as yoghurts, drinks and pills, contain so called ‘good’ bacteria that manufacturers claim aid digestive health and boost the immune system.

But the jury remained out – until now when a study has found that they do have many health benefits, including proving effective medicines and helping to control weight.

But you need to need to use the probiotics every day to see any benefits and you should be mindful of the sugar content (it’s best to opt for a pill over yoghurt) which will negate any of the benefits.

Eggs raise your cholesterol levels

False
Eggs have been lumbered with a heart harming reputation for a long time despite the claim that they contribute to heart disease being proven wrong in numerous studies.

Yes, eggs contain cholesterol but it’s now believed that the real threat to our heart health doesn’t lie with cholesterol in foods such as eggs, but the sort made by our body.

Dangerous levels of LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol have been linked to a diet high in saturated fat – the kind you find in processed eat, cakes, biscuits.

Far from being a food to be feared, eggs are a part of a healthy diet as they’re loaded with nutritional goodness – the yolk alone contains carotenoids, vitamin A, Vitamin E and choline – so get boiling/frying/poaching.

Fat is bad for you

False
Contrary to what large sections of the diet industry would have you believe, fat is an essential part of our diets. The confusion comes because there are so many different types of fat – and they’re not all created equally.

Unsaturated fat, the kind found in nuts, oily fish and vegetable oils are essential for the smooth running of our internal organs – especially our brain.

Fat is needed to transport fat soluble vitamins including X, D, E and K and essential fatty acids whose name is an indication of just how vital they are to your body.

Without fat in our diet, our bodies wouldn’t be able to produce the engine fuel that supports our brain and other major organs. Fats biggest PR problem is that it’s so energy dense – you don’t get much calorie bang for your portion buck.

A gram of fat contains nine calories – twice as much as the protein equivalent which is why the Department of Health recommends that no more than a third of your daily calories

fat around the middle
The apple and pear body

Being apple-shaped is more dangerous than being pear-shaped

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Being prone to putting on weight around your middle doesn’t just make doing your skinny jeans up a pain; it could increase your risk of heart disease.

Experts believe that the best way to predict the likelihood of suffering a heart attack is the proportion of your waist to your hips.

To do this, measure your waist at the smallest point, and then measure your hips at the widest point. Divide the first number by the second number: an ideal ratio is 0.8 or lower. Any higher and you should think about blasting that belly with some fat-busting cardio.

Calcium could reduce fat

True
A recent study by the University of Tennessee (funded by the American National Dairy Council so, um, it might be a little biased) discovered that obese mice who were put on high-calcium, low-calorie diets lost a about a fifth of their body weight, while those who ate low-calorie and low-calcium diets lost just 11%.

Of course, we’re not obese mice, but researchers believe that calcium may have a similar affect on humans as it encourages the body to burn energy rather than store it as fat.

Sadly that doesn’t mean that a block of calcium rich, but very fatty, cheese suddenly becomes calorie neutral. Instead opt for fat-free, calcium-loaded, green, leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and broccoli.

diet drinks
Diet drinks

Diet drinks can make you fat

True
Words of wisdom and Paris Hilton aren’t usually found in the same sentence together but the socialite’s memorable “Only fat people drink Diet Coke” statement may have a ring of truth about it.

According to researchers in the US, artificial sweetener found in diet tricks the body into making you eat more. The sugary substance makes your body believe that it’s about to get a huge calorie surge and when you disappoint it, it strikes back with hunger pangs that lead you to the cookie jar. So swap that Coke Zero for a glass of water – make a sparkling if you miss the fizz.

Don’t eat after 8pm

False
The diet myth that won’t die, due in large part to celebrities continually wheeling it out in any ‘I’ve dropped a stone’ stories.

Calories can’t tell the time; you don’t stop burning energy as soon as the Eastenders theme tune strikes up. In an ideal world we would reverse our usual eating pattern – starting with a big breakfast and eating a decent lunch makes sense, after all we need the energy during the day not while we’re asleep.

But most of us barely have time to grab a piece of toast first thing and it’s difficult to eat a slap up meal over a keyboard.

But eating late at night isn’t responsible for weight gain; eating your biggest meal of the day after the clock has struck 8 might leave you with a little indigestion but you won’t wake up with bigger thighs.

Sports Therapist Richard Watson

Richard Watson

Sports Therapist

Richard is a leading sports therapist in the Coventry and Warwickshire area, he has worked at the Olympic and Paralympic games 2012 treating the many athletes competing. Richard has been involved in many major sporting projects including treating and training a team that took on an accent of Everest. He currently runs his own Sports Therapy company providing local athletes with sports massage and personal training.

In The Zone

By richard watson 17 Nov, 2017
Having a shaped, toned body is the primary goal for many gym-goers. However, many are fed countless ‘guaranteed-not-to-fail’ strategies on how to quickly shed fat and attain the perfect look. Such mixed advice often leads to confusion, frustration, and a general feeling of ‘back to the drawing board.’ we understand that every one of us is different, and a ‘one size fits all’ approach just won’t do. So, we’ve designed a healthy, sustainable and evidence-based guide filled with tips to help you efficiently and safely get the look you want.
By richard watson 04 Oct, 2017

Strength training comes in all shapes and sizes, and if you incorporate slight adjustments to your gym routine you’ll find that it’ll be both rewarding and beneficial.

If you have plateaued and you're not  seeing results any more; this will lead you to frustration and in the end you will start having negative results and thoughts.

But it doesn’t have to be that way…

Strength training comes in all shapes and sizes, and if you have slight adjustments to your gym workouts you’ll find that it’ll be both rewarding and beneficial. We have listed 7 different ways in which you can alter your training workout to suit your needs and the needs of your body, which will help you adapt and in turn you will start to see gains in your training.

By richard watson 24 Aug, 2017

What if we told you that top athletes suffer from the same thing as you do? Inflammation happens to everyone; it is part of our body’s natural response to training and damaged tissues and also plays a role in the immune system response. With modern day advances in sport science we are now able to see just how much inflammation you’re likely to feel from a strenuous bout of activity through the analysis of your genes.

 

A DNA Kit test will look at four genetic inflammatory markers - IL6, IL6R, CRP and TNF. Variations in these genes give us a clue if you are predisposed to suffer significantly higher levels or slightly lower levels of inflammation. Knowing your predisposition of this biological phenomenon can make big alteration to your training and even more so to your recovery strategies which dictate your training schedule and ultimately your goals.

 

Acute inflammation is important for healing; however excessive inflammation can result in prolonged feelings of soreness, tenderness, swelling, and also in a loss of function (reduces ROM or range of motion) and could even result in allergies and chronic diseases. There are various strategies that can be used to help decrease acute and chronic inflammation like sports massage therapy , but for the purpose of today's blog we will be looking at foods that can help in the role of decreasing inflammation in our body:

By richard watson 18 Aug, 2017

For those people who know me will tell you I am the most skeptical person out there when it comes to new products and fad diets to aid fitness training and weight management. I go to lots of trade fairs and seminars and see lots of new products, most of the time I have made my mind up within 20 seconds. Science has to prove it works for me to believe in something, it’s the way I run my business as a sports therapist and the way I train myself.

 

I first saw the DNA fitness tests in 2013 at a trade show; it was not something I was not interested in at the time so I walked on by. However, after seeing these tests repeatedly pop up on trade and fitness magazines I started to take more of an interest.

 

Over the years I’ve personally battled with injuries from playing sport and had to deal with my own weight issues while being off sport recovering from injury. It’s what got me in to my now profession as a sports therapist; I help many athletes recover, prepare and condition their bodies ready for their events.

 

As a sports person you are always looking for that extra legal edge, that extra bit that will gain you a few seconds off your personal best or just be able to train and diet better for a healthier lifestyle. So I felt that taking the DNA Diet Fitness Pro test was really worthwhile.

 

The reports included an abundance of manageable and easily understandable information about my DNA and also provided focused and implementable advice, which wasn’t just based on eating less and exercising more. I was particularly impressed with the strength of the connections DNAFit made between my genetics and the practical implications the results might have in terms of my diet and fitness.

 

I would recommend this test to anyone interested in improving their health and fitness, regardless of whether you’re a complete beginner or training for a marathon.

By richard watson 10 Apr, 2017

There has been a huge increase in interest in cycling over recent years as more people become aware of the health and fitness benefits’ cycling achieves, as well as its advantages as a fast and economical means of transport. Studio cycling has also grown and has been identified as one of the most popular group exercise formats in clubs worldwide.

By richard watson 01 Mar, 2017

Good bacteria can help you lose weight

True
For every probiotic evangelist there are several that sneered at the idea that these ‘good bacteria’ products did anything other than leave a big whole in your pocket. But according to a recent study, probiotics are very much more than a health food gimmick.

Probiotics, which are available as yoghurts, drinks and pills, contain so called ‘good’ bacteria that manufacturers claim aid digestive health and boost the immune system.

But the jury remained out – until now when a study has found that they do have many health benefits, including proving effective medicines and helping to control weight.

But you need to need to use the probiotics every day to see any benefits and you should be mindful of the sugar content (it’s best to opt for a pill over yoghurt) which will negate any of the benefits.

By richard watson 06 Feb, 2017

The definition of motivation is that which gives the impetus to behaviour by arousing, sustaining and directing it towards the successful attainment of goals. Abraham Maslow (1954) proposed that we all have a hierarchy of needs, the most basic being physiological needs such as food, and the highest needs being those related to self-fulfillment. Motivation directs behaviour – it organizes behaviour towards a particular goal state. It maintains behaviour until that goal is achieved.

 

The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 26 miles and 385 yards that is usually run as a road race. The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 500 marathons are contested throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes. Larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants.

By richard watson 05 Jan, 2017

Disclaimer
Although, all of the information that is presented in this article is geared toward the benefits and/or effectiveness of anaerobic high intensity interval training (HIIT) vs. low intensity aerobic training with regards to fat utilization, there is an understanding that some reasons for aerobic training supersede the outcomes. For the sake of pure enjoyment, personal goal setting (training for a triathlon, marathon, road race, etc), and the challenge of competition are all viable and respectable reasons for interacting with long slow distance (LSD) activities. For many people these types of activities are suitable for their lifestyle and enjoyable means of living an active life. The goal of this article is not to discount or diminish the value of physical activity in all its modalities, but to merely present data with regards to optimum fat loss, hormonal indicators, and other factors of cardiovascular and cardio respiratory markers as they pertain to exercise intensity prescription.

By richard watson 01 Nov, 2016
Cancers are classified as a family of related diseases that result from uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells5 that usually become a tumor. The most common causes of cancer related deaths in the United Kingdom are seen in Figure 1 below.The evidence linking low levels of physical activity and an increased potential for development of cancer is growing. More studies are focused on determining if physical activity can be used as a preventative measure in the incidence of cancer.

Figure 1: The 9 Most Common Causes of Cancer Death in 2014

Number of Deaths per Year, All Ages, UK

Cancer Site                Male           Female       Persons
Lung (C33-C34)       19,563       16,332         35,895
Bowel (C18-C20)       8,566          7,337         15,903
Breast (C50)                       73        11,360        11,433
Prostate (C61)          11,287                               11,287
Pancreas (C25)           4,426          4,391           8,817
Oesophagus (C15)   5,213          2,577          7,790
Bladder (C67)              3,614          1,755          5,369
Brain                                2,881          2,342          5,223
Liver (C22)                    3,055          2,036          5,091
By richard watson 05 Oct, 2016

In the world of endurance, it seems that you cannot discuss fitness without discussing VO2 max. Ask any endurance athlete about it, and you will hear epic stories with names like Indurain, and LeMond. Many of you, however, may find yourselves wondering what exactly VO2 max is and why is it so important. To better understand this concept; let’s take a little trip back to school, specifically back to physiology class. According to the Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning textbook, VO2 max is the maximum amount of oxygen in millilitres one can use in one minute per kilogram of body weight (ml/kg/min). In other words, maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max) is the greatest amount of oxygen that can be used at the cellular level for the entire body. VO2 max has been found to correlate well with an individual’s degree of physical conditioning and has been accepted as an index of total body fitness. Numerous studies show that one can increase his/her VO2 max by working out at an intensity that raises the heart rate to between 65 and 85 percent of its maximum, for at least 20 minutes, three to five times per week. The estimated mean value of VO2 max for male athletes is about 3.5 liters/minute and for female athletes is about 2.7 liters/minute.

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