GETTING TO KNOW NUTRITION

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day?

The word breakfast is derived from two words “break” and “fast”. The end of a period of going without food which in the case of breakfast is eating following a period of sleep.    In recent times there has been...

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Boosting Male Fertility

  Seeking an alternative treatment when trying to conceive is more common than you may think.  According to a study, in nearly half of infertility cases, the male is shown to have less than desirable sperm quality (1). Whilst your physician may advise you to get in shape and lose a few pounds, studies have reported the benefits of varying...

Stress and Weight Gain
Stress and Weight Gain

Weight gain is a result of your calorie intake being higher than your calorie expenditure creating a surplus of energy as a result (1), and often stress would not be the first issue to consider when weight gain has become problematic. However, stress can interfere with normal regulation of how our bodies break down food and its transformation into energy...

Weight Gain

Being Realistic About Your Targets With any goal, the initial step you should take to succeed in building muscle is setting yourself a realistic target. Although some may believe weight gain to be easy, unfortunately weight gain (at least when in favour of muscle mass) can be quite the opposite. Therefore, it’s important to be realistic with your desired goals...

3 Workout Mistakes Holding You Back

Chasing the perfect workout preparation is not realistic for most of us, but avoiding the basic mistakes is crucial in helping you achieve the results you want!  The Same Routine  Consistency in the gym is an achievement in itself., but challenging your body is what's required to achieve the results you desire. Performing the same workout over and over again...

Sugar

  What does the body use sugar for? Sugar is a form of carbohydrate, which is essential for short term energy use and temperature regulation. Sugar can be used by the brain and muscles when it’s converted into glucose by the small intestine. Glucose although not stored by the brain is the main source of fuel for the brain. Muscles...

The Law of Energy Balance

  The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. So, in terms of energy balance, the calories which we consume either produce energy for movement or are stored for later use. The body, as a living organism, requires a baseline number of calories in order to maintain regular functions and movement (1). This baseline...

Hydration

  Water is essential for life and for the normal functioning of every cell in the human body (1). Whereas humans can live for several weeks without food, without water, they can survive only for days (2). Water is the most abundant element of the human body (1). Water typically constitutes 50-65% of total bodyweight in healthy adults. In males,...

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Do Abdominal Exercises Help Me Burn Stomach Fat?

  The short answer is no, and here’s why! There is no such thing as spot reduction of body fat, therefore the thought of targeting a muscle group for that purpose is unrealistic. In order to lose weight, the number of calories expended (burnt off) must be higher than the number of calories consumed. The state is known as a...