The Dirt on Sweeteners

By now (I hope) you’re starting to learn that sugar is what makes you fat. Dietary fat – the fat you eat – doesn’t make you fat. What confuses most people is that many natural sugars are touted as being healthy, and that there are so many artificial sweeteners proposing to be a better alternative … Continue reading The Dirt on Sweeteners

Non-Exercise Physical Activity

When referring to energy expenditure through physical activity, we typically think of planned exercise and sports. Going to the gym, a trail run, Sunday morning bike ride, touch rugby and indoor netball are just some of the examples of intentional physical activity. Planned exercise is what we know and have been told to do to … Continue reading Non-Exercise Physical Activity

Drink When You’re Thirsty

The dehydration dogma is universal: It’s dangerous so you need to drink a lot of fluids, especially in extreme conditions such as heat and exercising for long periods. For decades the prevailing advice from sports coaches, the media and most notoriously, the companies who manufacture ‘sports’ drinks and supply bottled water, has been to drink at … Continue reading Drink When You’re Thirsty

All Calories Are Not Equal

The “energy balance” method of eating is loosely based on the law of thermodynamics: If calories in (what you consume) equals calories out (energy expenditure), your bodyweight will not change. Likewise, burn more calories than you consume to lose weight. There are problems with this approach, though. The first being that all calories are different. … Continue reading All Calories Are Not Equal