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With overweight and obesity skyrocketing around the world, researchers are working hard to identify the causes so we can help those people whose weight is increasing and those whose attempts to lose weight fail. The standard answer— calories in exceed calories out—sounds reasonable, but in practice...

I have always recommended that people aim to do their exercise first thing in the morning.   Perhaps its because that’s the time I tend to do mine or that anecdotally it is better for fat burning.  Or that I think everyone should enjoy the peace...

If you have been getting this newsletter for a while you will know that I recommend everyone does at least two sessions a week of strength training to maintain their muscle mass.  Although it doesn’t have to involve actual weights, in gym language this is...

I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping I can maintain my mental capacity (stay sharp) for my whole life.  No-one wants to think that they might suffer cognitive decline or get Alzheimer's disease.  And, while there is no guarantee, I'm sure, given the choice, you would make lifestyle...

Are you getting enough quality sleep? Are you sleeping longer than you should? Poor sleep habits may put you at higher risk for early signs of heart disease when compared to those who get adequate, good quality sleep, according to a study published in the...

Although a recent study involved children, I think the message is important for all of us. The study of 28 healthy, normal-weight children found that doing three minutes of moderate-intensity walking every half hour over three hours of sitting led to lower levels of blood sugar and...

Have you ever wondered what your brain will be like when you got old and whether it will survive the test of time and let you stay sharp until you die? Or whether any of the recommended ways to maintain your brain structure and function actually...

One of the phrases I use in my presentations to reinforce the importance of vigorous exercise is "Get Puffed."  It reminds people that at least some of the time during their exercise they need to be pushing themselves to the point hat they are breathing hard. Some recent research by Australian...

As well as exercise, I am often asked about diet and eating, and how nutrition and exercise interact to improve both health and performance.  One question I have had recently is about fasting, so I thought I would discuss fasting and some of its benefits. Fasting...

In the largest study ever to look at relationships between body weight and likelihood of developing dementia, researchers found that being too thin appears to carry the greatest risk. Among nearly two million people in the U.K. observed over time, those who were underweight had the...