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Simple ways to stay active all summer

Simple ways to stay active all summer

Oh, those lazy, hazy days of summer are finally here. Taking your well-deserved holiday break often means normal healthy routines fly out the window. The trick is to adjust your exercise to suit your plans. Here’s how to sail through summer while controlling the calories.
Slim hips and thighs — fast!

Slim hips and thighs — fast!

The lower body is a troublespot for many a hapless dieter. Fear not. Now that summer is here, top trainer and Biggest Loser TV show alumnus, Charlotte Ord, reveals her best tips on toning up the thighs, perking up the posterior and enhancing the hips.
5 mental health benefits of exercise

5 mental health benefits of exercise

Exercise is crucial for weight loss and conditioned, toned muscles, but we often overlook the fact it also has a positive effect on our state of mind. Online personal trainer Andrew Cate reveals 5 mind-altering properties of physical activity.
Be your best friend

Be your best friend

We’re tough on ourselves, particularly when it comes to diet and exercise. But what if you changed how you treat yourself? How would this affect your health and wellbeing? Self-compassion is a novel idea for most of us, but it’s never too late to learn.
5 bad foods you should eat

5 bad foods you should eat

From time to time various foods acquire a reputation for being fattening and unhealthy. However, when we look at their nutritional qualities we find they are not dietary disasters after all. We reveal the surprising goodness in 5 popular foods you may be avoiding unnecessarily.
Get your body beach beautiful in 4 weeks

Get your body beach ready!

The height of summer will soon be upon us. It's time to dust off the swimsuit! If you are less than confident that you’re ready to bare skin, we have the perfect action plan for you. Here are top tips to boost your body in time for that first pool party of the season!
10 tips to ignite your motivation

10 tips to ignite your motivation

Whether it’s the annual New Year’s resolution or another ‘I mean it this time’ blitz, there are times when motivation is on fire. But then … spirits start to wane. So how do you keep firing like a rocket? Here are 10 ways to keep your motivation up and healthy lifestyle on track.
How much do you really eat each day?

How much do you really eat each day?

It’s official: most of us are guilty of underestimating the calories we eat by as much as 25% to 40% — and that includes the experts. Think you might have a touch of calorie amnesia? Here’s how to get to grips with just how much you really eat each day.
Turn your walk into a weight-loss workout

Turn your walk into a weight-loss workout

Walking is one of the most popular forms of exercise for weight loss, but not everyone achieves the results they hoped for. It has to be undertaken in a specific way if your aim is to lose body fat. Here's how to turn your stoll into a serious workout.
Body weight exercises that burn fat

Body weight exercises that burn fat

You don’t need a gym or fancy equipment to torch fat. Explosive plyometric exercises burn excess body fat while building strength, power, balance and coordination. Here are 7 calorie-torchers that could transform your exercise routine — and your body shape.
How to reduce cravings and conquer temptation

How to reduce cravings and conquer temptation

Are cravings the bane of your existence? Do you find that, no sooner do you embark on a healthy eating program, than you are assailed by intrusive thoughts of the very foods you are keen to avoid? Discover how they develop and how they can be controlled.
6 factors that affect weight loss

6 factors that affect weight loss

When you start weighing in regularly, you soon discover your progress is rarely straightforward. Those ups and downs on the scale can be frustrating. Many factors contribute to variations in how much you lose. Here are 6 things to keep in mind when you weigh in.
Sink your weight-loss saboteurs

Sink your weight-loss saboteurs

Do you have friends, family members or colleagues who tempt you with chocolate or warn you about getting too thin and deliberately disrupt your efforts to lose weight? Here are the most common types of saboteurs with tips on how to deal with them.
Find your inner source of motivation

Find your inner source of motivation

If we could bottle motivation, we would all be skinny millionaires with perfectly tidy houses. But motivation is more complex than sheer discipline. Clinical psychologist, Dr Cindy Nour, explains how to tap into your personal source of power and focus.
6 ways to burn off a chocolate bunny

How to avoid Easter weight gain

Dark, white, melted, shaved, crumbled ... chocolate sounds awesome any way you say it. And, at Easter time, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid. So how can you cope without feeling deprived? Here are 6 ways to burn off a Lindt chocolate bunny!
How to flatten your belly in an instant

How to flatten your belly in an instant

In our endless quest for that status body part, a flat taut belly, the focus is generally on food and exercise. Don’t ditch your diet or toss your trainers just yet, but you can instantly achieve a flatter belly and look 11lbs leaner with a series of everyday postural fixes.
Weights vs cardio: what's best for fat loss?

Weights vs cardio: what's best for fat loss?

It’s a question that many a hapless dieter asks: should I be doing weights or cardio if I’m exercising to slim down and shed fat? Well, we spoke with 2 leading fitness experts on what they have found to be the best way to exercise for fat loss only.
Foods that fight fat

Foods that fight fat

Who doesn’t want to lose weight without eating less? It may seem like an impossible dream, but it’s a scientific fact that you can improve your efforts to lose weight. Here are powerful fat-burning foods that work in your favour.
4 easy steps to build strong willpower

Build strong willpower for weight loss

There are certain people in this world who can refuse a piece of cake at those birthday get-togethers. But most of us would say we have zero willpower to say no. Fortunately, willpower is like a muscle. Strengthen it by following these 4 practical steps.
How music makes your workout more effective

How music makes your workout more effective

The right gym tunes can boost your motivation, help you go stronger for longer and even make exercise feel easier. We investigate the physical and psychological benefits of music and discover which tracks should make your playlist.
Simple everyday swaps that save calories

Simple everyday swaps that save calories

Do you often choose foods out of habit or boredom, rather than because of hunger or need? Nutritionist Kathryn Elliot explains the idea of low hanging fruit and suggests simple swaps that can save you extra calories every day.
6 ways to burn off Valentine's Day chocolates

6 ways to burn off Valentine's Day chocolates

Don’t let all the lovey-dovey chocolates add to your love handles this Valentine's Day. Here's how to enjoy the health benefits of chocolate treats and burn off the excess calories on the most romantic day of the year.
Is alcohol your dietary downfall?

Is alcohol your dietary downfall?

You exercise regularly, eat well and look after your wellbeing. Surprisingly, researchers are discovering that the fittest members of the population are also some of the biggest drinkers. It's time to be honest about the part that drinking plays in your life.
Sleep tight if you want to slim down

Sleep tight if you want to slim down

A hectic lifestyle, stressful job and never-ending chores can rob you of a restful sleep. But did you know that notching up fewer than 7 hours of slumber could undermine your best weight-loss efforts? Find out why quality sleep is vital to weight loss success.
6 diet dilemmas that could derail you

6 diet dilemmas that could derail you

Now that you’re committed to changing your life for good, staying focused is a must. But it’s hard to stay on track at every stage. Danger zones are inevitable. Here are the 6 most common diet dilemmas and how to overcome them.
The best exercise to lose weight fast

The best exercise to lose weight fast

The best way to exercise to lose body fat is with plenty of cardio – right? Well, yes and no. Recent research is pointing to the efficiency of high intensity interval training. We spoke to Charlotte Ord, a leading UK trainer, about the place of cardio in a weight loss program.
New Year's resolutions

How to finally achieve your New Year's resolutions

According to research, 88% of all New Year resolutions end in failure. But you can make this year count. Follow our tips for achieving your goals in 2014.
Stay slim while having a drink

How to stay slim while having a drink

Don't let the free-flowing drinks ruin your weight loss regimen during the festive season.
Avoid Christmas stress

Beat festive season stress

Find out how to stay healthy, happy and sane throughout the silly season.
Active Christmas gifts

Active Christmas gifts

Not sure what to give your partner for Christmas? No worries, we have you covered with these awesome calorie killing Christmas presents.
Winter family fitness

Winter family fun

Keep the whole family fit and active this season with our indoor fitness suggestions including snow domes, 5-a-side team sports and more.
Is your bum holding you back?

Is your bum holding you back?

You might never have thought much about your rear beyond ‘does my bum look big in this?’, but it’s the key to whole-body firmness. Personal trainer David Bergwerf explains why.
7 steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes – what you need to know

Type 2 diabetes is currently the fastest growing, chronic disease in the UK. Learn how you can minimise your risk of developing this dangerous condition before it's too late.
How to become a mindful eater in 6 easy steps

Conscious eating

Fitness coach and educator Craig Harper explains how to put yourself back in control of what you put in your mouth.
Is sitting killing you?

Is sitting killing you?

Learn how to interrupt all those hours of inactivity with these handy tips.
Winter survival guide

Winter survival guide

Don't let the pounds creep on and stay motivated with our winter survival guide.
Want flat abs? Work your back!

Work your back

The 5 back exercises that will help you get the abs you want
5 steps to beating a bad mood

5 steps to beating a bad mood

Defy depression and stay on top with these healthy strategies.
Boost your immunity

7 steps to supercharge your immune system

Like any system, your immune system needs balance and harmony to function at its best. Follow our 7-point plan to jump-start your natural defences in time for flu season.
Making time to exercise

Making time to exercise

In our fast-paced world, it’s no secret that we’re all more time-poor than ever. But to make time to exercise regularly, there are some key strategies to get you started and keep you motivated.
New power breakfasts to give you zing

New power breakfasts to give you zing

Whether you're a breakfast regular or breakfast skipper, the morning rush means that breakfast can be our least exciting meal. Add some zest to your morning with these healthy ideas from food coach Judy Davie.
Care for your feet

How to care for your feet

Now that we’re basking in glorious summer sunshine, it’s time to get them out, people. Your feet, that is. Your feet tend to mirror your general health with foot ailments sometimes the first sign of a more serious medical problem. Give these workhorses a bit of TLC so you're sandal-confident in no time.
Healthy summer drinking

Healthy summer drinking

Hot summer days that melt into warm summer evenings beg for a refreshing tipple or 2. Fortunately you can enjoy a drink this summer and still keep your healthy living goals on track. Our essential guide to summer drinking shows you the way. Santé!
Tinsel-coated quiz

Tinsel-coated quiz

Christmas is upon us, the halls are decked, there are special lunches to cook and parties to attend. But what do you know about making healthy eating choices during the silly season? Check you’re nutritional know-how with our festive quiz.
How to be happy in 5 days

How to be happy in 5 days

Happy people see the bright side of life, view the glass as half-full and tend to be magnets for other happy people. Happiness builds resilience, optimism and a better quality of life. Give yourself a happiness injection and feel happy instantly with this 5-day guide.
Easy ways to beat winter weight gain

5 simple steps to avoid unwanted winter pounds

It’s harder to focus on maintaining a healthy eating plan and regular exercise schedule when winter hits. Follow our simple suggestions to avoiding winter weight gain and you’ll be ready to show off a healthy, toned body when the days begin to lengthen again.
How to build strong bones

How to build strong bones

The reason why osteoporosis is referred to as the silent disease is that you’re unlikely to know you have it until you fracture a bone. While it may seem like a disease that only old people have to worry about, the time to build strong bone is now.
Are you killing your knees?

Are you killing your knees?

Our knee joints are like workhorses. They quietly do their work day after day without complaint. But years of poor habits and misuse could lead to chronic knee problems, including osteoarthritis. Follow these simple steps for a lifetime of strong knees.
7 health habits that are a waste of time

7 health habits that are a waste of time

When it comes to our health and wellbeing, some of the conventional wisdom is highly questionable. They might sound reasonable, but have you ever thought about why you do these things? Here are 7 healthy habits to cross off your to-do list.
Warm up to get a better work out

Warm up to get a better work out

If you’ve ever been tempted to skip the warm up and get straight into your exercise session, you may be doing yourself out of some serious benefits – not to mention increasing risk of injury. Follow our guide to warming up for the best possible workout.
7 autumn superfoods you should try

7 autumn superfoods you must try

Summer may have gone but we can now look forward to seeing the supermarkets overflow with delicious and nutritious autumn delights. So enjoy these 7 autumn superfoods and matching recipes – one for every day of the coming week.
The best foods for weight loss

The best foods for weight loss

Vegetables are the ultimate weight-loss food. High in water, full of fibre, low-GI, satiating, packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, they are a dieter’s best friend. Here's our expert guide to powering your weight loss with delicious veg.
7 ways to lose belly fat, fast

7 ways to lose belly fat, fast

Jelly belly, muffin top, spare tyre – whatever you call it, a rounded tum isn’t just bad for the look of your jeans. It can also cause health problems. And it takes more than just a few ab crunches to shift weight from the middle. Here are 7 ways to lose belly fat, fast.
Your essential protein questions answered

Your essential protein questions answered

Everyone knows protein is a fundamental component of a healthy eating plan, but how much is beneficial for dieters? We explain the best foods and supplements to harness protein’s power in weight loss and muscle growth.
How to sleep better

How to sleep better

You will spend one-third of your life asleep and the quality of your rest affects every waking moment. Not just how you feel, but your mental capacity, stress levels, blood pressure, weight loss and energy levels during a workout. Follow our guide to a great night's sleep.
Work out like an Olympian for world-class results

Work out like an Olympian for world class results

It’s an impressive sight watching an Olympic athlete perform. It’s hard not to feel jealous of all that strength, power and skill. But don’t just envy the bodies of Olympic athletes, train like them with these killer workouts for sporting events.
Is wheat the cause of obesity and diabetes?

Is wheat the cause of obesity and diabetes?

In his best-selling book Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, cardiologist Dr William Davis promises that cutting wheat from your diet will result in dramatic weight loss and reduce your risk of diabetes. But do the facts stack up?
7 weight loss habits that are hard to break

7 weight loss habits that are hard to break

The key to successful and sustained weight loss involves changing habits. But as we all know, bad habits are hard to break. If you’ve found yourself hitting the same bad habit snags, The Biggest Loser Club is here to help.
Tips on healthy hydration

Tips for healthy hydration

Sports drinks and vitamin waters are recording huge sales in the summer heat, but can we really improve on nature's own formula – water? We have a look at the science behind the sports drinks and talk to nutritional experts to sort out health from hype.
The skinny on weight loss pills

The skinny on weight loss pills

Have you ever been tempted by the promise of popping a pill to stave off hunger or speed up your metabolism? The claims seem too good to be true, and yet we’re buying them in record numbers. So is there a magic pill to help people lose weight fast?
Why you should be verging on vegetarian

Why you should be verging on vegetarian

So, you’re not vegetarian, but don’t eat meat every day? You’re not alone. Part-time vegetarians are those who eat vegie-style most of the time, but can be tempted by the occasional steak. Here's how they're getting the best of both worlds.
How to swim yourself to a killer physique

How to swim yourself to fitness

It’s a double whammy. The London Olympics and impending summer mean it’s time to get fit and lean in the pool! Don’t worry if you’re no Robbie Renwick. Swimming is a great way to burn fat and tone up, no matter what your experience.
The best foods to eat for your mind and mood

The best foods to eat for your mind and mood

We all know you are what you eat, but poor diet choices don’t just thicken your waistline, they also affect your mood, concentration and brain power. Here are some suggestions for food that makes you feel energised, happy and switched-on.
7 excellent reasons to exercise every day

7 reasons to get moving every day of the week

We all know exercise is important to any weight loss plan, but research shows it’s also essential to every other bodily system. So if you want a healthy, happy life, you need to get active! Here are 7 reasons you should move your body every day of the week.
Do you have the fat gene?

Do you have the fat gene?

One in 6 of us may carry an ‘obesity gene’ that experts say makes us 70% more likely to be overweight. In fact, people with this genetic make-up weigh an average of 6lb more than those with no copies of the gene. But can we really blame mum and dad?
How taking a walk can make you slimmer and happier

How taking a walk can make you slimmer

Build strength, burn calories, boost motivation and reduce stress with the simplest form of exercise there is – walking. So it's time to lace up your trainers and get on the inside track with our inspiring guide.
Is sugar toxic and other sticky questions answered

Is sugar toxic and other sticky questions answered

Is it possible that a cupcake with buttercream icing is not just naughty, but potentially harmful? Sugar may be the most maligned, argued about, avoided and craved foodstuff of all time. So who’s saying what, and why? We tackle 4 big sugar shockers.
How to avoid post-exercise hunger pangs

How to avoid post-exercise hunger pangs

It may seem like a cruel irony but it's perfectly natural to feel hungry after exercise. The trick is not to fall into the compensation trap and undo your efforts on the treadmill. We look at the best pre- and post-exercise snacks to manage your appetite.
The best time to work out to maximise fitness and calorie burning

The best time to work out

Not sure whether you should workout in the morning, afternoon or night to maximise your fitness and weight loss? We look at the pros and cons of exercising at different times of day, and help you decide what's best for you.
7 spring superfoods you must try

7 spring superfoods you must try

With the onset of spring comes an abundance of fresh food that is brimming with flavour and nutrients. And the best news is that natural, nutrient-dense superfoods aren’t hard to find. So enjoy these 7 in-season superfoods and matching recipes.
Meet Amy, who placed second in The Biggest Loser TV show

Amy takes second in the Biggest Loser 2012

Amy was shocked when her uncle Kevin suggested they take part in The Biggest Loser show together. After deciding to do it for her 2 year-old son, the young mother has since lost 6st 3lb to come second in the compeition and wow the crowd at finale.
Meet Jessie, the Biggest Loser 2012 winning runner-up

Meet Jessie, the Biggest Loser 2012 winning runner-up

Jessie was so fed up with her weight when she applied for a spot on The Biggest Loser 2012 that she was going to resort to a gastric band if her bid was unsuccessful. But just a few months on, the 22-year-old has lost over 40% of her 18st 11lb starting weight.
Smoking versus slimming

How to quit smoking and still lose weight

Want to quit smoking but worried you’ll gain weight? Perhaps you’re thinking “one step at a time”, “when I’ve got used to my diet, I’ll work on the smoking”. But, new research suggests you could be better off kicking two habits at once.
Essential tips to avoid break-up weight gain

Essential tips to avoid break-up weight gain

At times of emotional upset, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your health, your wellbeing and your outlook. Here’s how to navigate the end of a relationship without piling on the weight.
5 science-proven ways to shrink your middle

5 science-proven ways to shrink your waist

You might want a slimmer waistline to look good, but it’s also important for your health. So, to improve your health and take in your belt a couple of notches, you need a strategy. Follow these top tips to reclaim your waist.
Surprising new ways to rev up your motivation

Surprising new ways to rev up your motivation

On 1 January did you promise yourself that “this year will be different” only to find that your weight loss efforts are already flagging? Psychotherapist Russ Harris reveals surprising new ways to keep your motivation levels sky-high.
Savvy Valentine's dining

Tips for eating out on Valentine's Day

Breakfast in bed, scrumptious chocolates, foil-wrapped hearts and gourmet dining. Generosity and spontaneity are tried and tested ways to impress on Valentine’s Day ... calorie counting and portion control won’t have the same effect, will they?
Wil is still going strong

Wil is still going strong

We catch up with last year's winner, Wil Graham, about what has been happening in his life since shedding 8st 7lb and being crowned The Biggest Loser 2011. Has he kept the weight off? Plus, Wil reveals who he thinks will take home the title this season.
6 factors that affect weight loss

Are your weighing scales telling the truth?

Do you sometimes step on the scales after a week of eating well and wonder where you went wrong? We explain how being heavier is not always the same as gaining weight and the factors influencing unexpected weight gain.
Spice up your diet

Spice up your diet

We are all aware of the nutritious nature of fruit and vegetables and the life-giving vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they contain. But did you know that many humble herbs and spices are even more nutritious?
Resolution solutions

Resolution solutions

At the turn of every year do you bow your head in shame for not achieving last year’s goals and tell yourself you can do better? You’re not alone – about 88% of all New Year resolutions end in failure. Follow our ultimate guide to sticking to your promises.
Burn off Christmas holiday weight gain

Tricks to burn off Christmas holiday weight gain

Sage and butter basted turkey, rich Christmas pudding and copious amounts of alcohol. While all this partying seemed a good idea at the time, the scales might show a different result. Here are expert tips to burn off the Christmas pounds.
10 gift ideas for an active Christmas

10 gift ideas for an active Christmas

If you’ve postponed Christmas shopping to the last minute, don’t sweat it. Give your family and friends the gift of health and fitness this year with these top 10 active-inspired ideas.
Guide for new mothers

Guide for new mothers

There is no more difficult time to try and lose weight than after you’ve had a baby. But our no-nonsense, practical advice from women who’ve been there can help you find yourself again. Get your body back quickly and reduce stress with these helpful tips.
The basic maths of weight loss

The basic maths of weight loss

Weight loss is a numbers game. Fortunately you don’t need a PhD to improve your odds of shedding a large number of pounds. Brush up on your basic weight loss maths and get ahead of the game with our handy reference guide.
Our best exercises for rock hard abs

Rock hard abs

Hard abs are not only a boost to your confidence, they also help your exercise and general health in numerous ways. Try these exercises from The Biggest Loser Club for the rock hard abs of your dreams.
10 tips to live longer

10 tips to live longer

How old does your body think you are? Being overweight and sedentary, a poor diet and a toxic lifestyle all make you older than your years. The Biggest Loser Club explains how to beat the biological clock.
How to look good in workout gear

Look good in your gym kit

If the thought of wearing body-hugging lycra makes you break out in a nervous sweat – relax. Finding the right workout gear doesn't have to be daunting. Follow our guide to selecting gym gear to boost your confidence while you get physical.
The real deal on alternative sweeteners

The real deal on artificial sweeteners

Most of us are devout when it comes to our morning coffee ritual. But you’ll find us dropping a sweetener in there if we’re watching our weight. A useful alternative to sugar or a chemical cocktail? We demystify artificial and natural sweeteners.
6 diet myths busted

6 diet myths busted

In the world of food, health and nutrition, it’s sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction. This week we uncover the truth about 6 common diet myths.
The truth about Wii and weight loss

The truth about Wii and weight loss

Some studies claim playing 'active' video games can help you lose nearly 2st a year, while others say they’re about as useful as a sweaty gym sock. We pin down the truth about Wii and weight loss.
Brilliant summer barbecues

Brilliant summer barbecues

Cooking under the open sky and over hot coals is a practice as old as civilisation itself. But that doesn’t mean your barbecue needs to be a primitive, blackened affair. Fire your imagination with these tasty suggestions for al fresco dining ...
Barefoot running shoes: fad or fantastic?

Barefoot running: fad or fantastic?

A small revolution is taking place in the world of running shoes. Increasing numbers of runners are slipping their feet into more flexible, glove-like shoes before hitting their stride. Should you ditch your conventional running shoes and join them?
Why wait to be the perfect weight?

Life starts here: why wait to be the perfect weight?

Many dieters press the ‘pause’ button on their life and wait until they are the perfect weight to do the things they’ve always wanted. But, rather than believing life will begin once you lose weight, get a life now and watch the weight drop.
Reclaim your waist

Reclaim your waist

Looking for a shortcut to your perfect shape? Get instant gratification with this non-food, non-exercise way to whittle your waist.
Body clock menu

How your body clock affects your weight

Are you a night owl or an early riser? If you have to haul to yourself from bed each day, you’re probably a bit jealous of those bright-eyed, early morning types. Now research suggests they could be onto something. We look at ways to shift your body clock.
How to make vegetables tasty

How to make veg tasty

Have you ever wondered how to stick to a healthy eating plan if you don’t like vegies? Well, if the sight of broccoli makes you gag, The Biggest Loser Club has good news. You can retrain your palate. Follow our step-by-step guide to making vegetables tasty.
Wave goodbye to saggy arms

Wave goodbye to saggy arms

Bingo wings, tuck shop arms, nana flaps ... whatever you call them, one body issue that most women dread as they get older is saggy upper arms. The tricep tends to lose tone and definition easily in some women. What’s going on?
The male agenda

The male agenda

Eating more and moving less had led to the average British male weighing over a stone more in 2000 than he did in 1986. Whether you were walking down the aisle or letting loose to Duran Duran, getting back to your 1986 fighting weight is well within your reach.
Neutralise the enemy sugar

Neutralise the enemy sugar

Worldwide sugar consumption is rising at more than double the rate of population growth. We’ve got an insatiable appetite for the white stuff, but it’s full of empty calories that may be making us fat. How can you resist the pull of that sugary taste?
Full steam ahead

Full steam ahead

Looking for a 100% fat-free way to cook that locks in more nutrients and packs a flavour punch? Our very own chef extroadinaire, Courtney Roulston, shares her secrets and cooks up a storm in The Biggest Loser Club kitchen.
Who wins in weight loss: men or women?

Battle of the sexes

Men might be from Mars and women from Venus but what are the differences between us when it comes to losing the pounds? Are men or women more likely to be successful? Or are we essentially the same under the skin?
Why can't I lose weight?

Why can't I lose weight?

You watch what you eat, sacrifice chocolate and sweat it out at the gym – you’re doing everything right, so why aren’t you losing weight? Here are 12 checks you can make to ensure you’re backing yourself with the best weight loss odds.
Walking wonder

Walking wonder

By the time we are 80 years old, we will have clocked up about a staggering 216,262,500 steps. To celebrate National Walk to Work Week and Walk to School Week, we’re encouraging you to up your daily treads, plus we reveal how you can increase the calorie burn of your every stride for effective weight loss walking.
Family affair

Family affair

The UK is the most overweight country in Europe, with one in four adults and one in ten children being obese. Whether you blame it on nature, nurture or the invention of the burger, it's clear something needs to be done.
Bank Holiday Bonus

Bank holiday bonus

Thanks to the impending nuptials of our future King and Queen, the UK has been blessed with another long weekend. Follow our guide to non-food fun over the bank holiday break to make your social outings work with your healthy plans.
Chocolate unwrapped

Chocolate unwrapped

Chocolate lovers listen up, or run for cover, because it’s almost Easter and life right now is all about the dark stuff. Pretty foil-covered sweets, chocolate nests and life-size eggs... Follow our guide to surviving the sweet season the weight loss way.
Merrett's master recipes

Merrett's master recipes

He trained at the Ritz and has Michelin stars against his name and now you’ve got the chance to put some of Paul's gourmet know-how into your meals. Earn some culinary Merrett with these mouth-watering recipes from the celebrity chef himself.
Yoga versus Pilates

Yoga versus Pilates

Centuries-old yoga and newfangled Pilates may share the notion of a body-mind connection, but there’s a world of difference between them. Follow our guide to discover the variations between the two and find the one for you.
Salty situation

Salty situation

The nation is blindly consuming more salt than is recommended, but with 80% of our daily intake coming from processed goods it's difficult to keep track. We expose those unassuming foods laden with the white stuff and reveal tips for a lower-salt diet.
Think before you drink

Think before you drink

It’s estimated that around 22% of people’s daily calories come from drinks. Milky coffees, fizzy sodas and even ‘healthy’ smoothies all add up, but if these sips aren’t accounted for, the pounds will pile on. Find out if your beloved beverage is weighing you down with our ultimate guide.
Disorder diagnosis

Disorder diagnosis

Do you frequently binge on food and then feel guilty? Do you often feel out of control and eat quickly until you’re uncomfortably full? To mark Eating Disorder Awareness Week we explore Binge Eating Disorder – a problem thought to affect 1 in 4 adults, but which remains widely unacknowledged and untreated.
Detox debate

The great detox debate

Gwyneth Paltrow claims to rely on the Clean Program and Beyonce Knowles is said to follow the Master Cleanse, but are detoxes really necessary, or do they do more harm than good when it comes to health? Join our detox debate...
Find your pefect gym

Find your perfect gym

It’s a new year and while most of us sign up to contracts to help us fulfil our weight loss plans, many remain unused from February onwards. Discover how to find the ideal gym for you to make the most of your membership all year through.
New Year resolutions

Resolution Solutions

Do you bow your head in shame for not achieving last year’s resolutions? Don't worry — about 88% of all New Year resolutions end in failure. Follow our tips to find out how to make your new healthy promises last beyond January for a successful 2011.
Reading food labels

Decoding nutrition labels

It's important to get into the habit of checking the nutritional content of your food to help you make healthy choices. Follow our guide to decoding the little labels that are big on information.
Nutrition A-Z

A-Z nutrition guide

Are you befuddled by B vitamins? Do you groan about GI? We explore how to eat smarter with a complete guide that makes better nutrition as simple as A, B, C.
Beating the belly bulge

Is spot reduction possible?

Who wouldn’t love to lose weight from a particular part of their body? The tummy tops the list of trouble spots for lots of men and women, so we take a look at whether spot reduction is possible.

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Learn to cook

Baking vegetables

Baking vegetables

Become a culinary master chef in the kitchen with these easy-to-follow, step-by-step cooking guides. Master key cooking techniques that can be used for lots of recipes, plus learn the art of weighing, measuring and estimating portions — essential for any weight-loss cordon bleu.