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Debunking Calories In vs Calories Out for Weight Loss: Assumption #1

When any government organisation or weight-loss guru advocate eating less and exercising more to lose weight, they are really trying to bend and contort the Calories In vs Calories Out principle into a weight loss strategy.

To apply this principle to weight loss they are forced to make some assumptions.

Assumption #1

That the only two variables that impact our body fat stores are the calories we consume and the calories we expend.

THIS IS WRONG.

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Gardening with the Moons

Yesterday, the 27th of December, marked the 3rd day of the new moon. This means it was the first of 11 days of super growth in the garden for anything above ground. Some of you may raise your eyebrows – or even roll your eyes at me – but seriously, this gardening with the moons […]

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The Dieters Christmas Conundrum

Christmas is upon us. It might look slightly different for each of us but one thing is for certain…THERE…WILL…BE…FOOD. And there will probably be a lot of it. Roast turkey, ham, new potatoes, roast veggies, prawns, crayfish, oysters, pork, steaks and sausages on the BBQ, salads, yorkshire puddings, panettone, trifle, pavlova, chocolate, christmas pudding, cherries, […]

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Why the Calories In vs Calories Out Principle is Not a Practical Tool for Weight Loss

Who wants to be fat? Show of hands…? Anyone? No-one…right…me neither! Many people’s lives seem to be totally consumed with how ‘fat’ they perceive themselves to be, how much they want to get rid of that fat and what they are doing to remedy the situation. This mental and physical battle of the bulge can […]

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The Complexities Surrounding the Simple Task of Eating

The problem with choice

Humans have been eating for over 2 million years, so you would think that we have got the hang of it by now, wouldn’t you?

Evidently not.

We no longer have to hunt our food down or go foraging in the wilderness for it.
The hardest thing we have to do for food now, is to run the gauntlet of the
supermarket aisles, battling it out with the other shopping trolleys in the wild west of Woolworths.
But, as a race we are fatter, slower and more diseased than ever.

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Tips for Growing your own Carrots at home

Thin carrots twice, firstly to 2 cm apart when they are around 5 cm tall, then 2-3 weeks later to 5 cm apart.  You can use these little carrots you pull out as baby ‘spring carrots’. These days carrots come in all sorts of colours and sizes.  The colourful heirloom Rainbow Blend (see above) look […]

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Special Announcement

Hey everyone, I want to introduce someone who is very important to me…my mum, Kathy Reid. My mum is unstintingly supportive of me in anything I have ever done or wanted to do and this blog is no exception. In the last 8 months since I have taken up the sport of gardening my mum […]

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How to Make Your Own Blackout Blinds

In my role as a medical representative I am often on the road away from home. When I used to look after the East Gippsland region of country Victoria, I had the pleasure of staying in a beautiful bed and breakfast just out of Sale. Minnie’s B&B is a self-contained house on a 10 hectare […]

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5 Ways to get a Better Night’s Sleep

If you had have asked me a year ago I would have said that my sleep was pretty dialled in. I went to bed at a reasonable hour, even to the point where I would say “nite-nite” mid-movie, amid much hassling about being lame and getting asked if I was “going to be late for […]

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How Does Sleep Actually Affect Weight Loss?

In the previous post we looked at the effect that sleep deprivation has on our ability to lean out and drop unwanted body fat. A lack of sleep or shorter sleep time has been strongly associated with a higher body mass index (BMI) and weight gain [1] [2]. T.S Wiley in Lights Out! suggests that this […]

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Duckie #1: What Affect does Sleep have on Weight Loss?

As a teenager I was fascinated with a sci-fi book called Beggars in Spain. [Yeah, so I was a bit of a nerd-linger...but if you are into sci-fi I can highly recommend this exploration into themes of equality, consequences and discrimination.] Beggars in Spain is set in the future where scientists have worked out how […]

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The E.S.M Top 5 Tips for Weight Loss

In the southern hemisphere where I live, spring has sprung.  The trees are in blossom, the days are getting longer and warmer and the scent of freshly mown grass is in the air. People are starting to look at their pasty bodies with growing remorse and regret for all the stodgy tummy-warming pastas, curries and […]

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