Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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Post No.: 0810   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Although the definition of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a bit nebulous, they’re considered to be treatments that fall outside of mainstream healthcare. They include the likes of homeopathy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, … Read More

Your DNA and Your Dinner
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Post No.: 0805   Fluffystealthkitten says:   From a population-wide epidemiological perspective, we’ve got to realise that the human gene pool hasn’t changed that much since ~40 years ago. Yet obesity rates have rose sharply in coincidence with an environment … Read More

Obesogenic Genes and Obesogenic Environments
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Post No.: 0794   Fluffystealthkitten says:   At current estimates, the heritability of obesity is 40-70%. This suggests that genes do play a key role, and therefore some people are luckier than others if their genes are a better match … Read More

Processed Foods and the Bliss Point
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Post No.: 0767   Furrywisepuppy says:   What makes highly processed or junk food particularly yummy compared to even ripe and sweet fruit on its own for many of us?   It’s strongly arguably the combination of fat and sugar … Read More

Can Food or Eating Be Addictive?
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Post No.: 0761   Furrywisepuppy says:   Is food addiction a real addiction?   Whether food can be truly addictive in the same way that a drug can be addictive is disputed. Akin to recreational drugs such as cocaine, certain … Read More

The Effects of Cold and Hot Temperatures on Burning Fat
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Post No.: 0751   Furrywisepuppy says:   Some obese but young people can be regarded as ‘metabolically healthy’ depending on the selected definition for this term. But this would only be a temporary state because if they don’t lose any … Read More

A World Built Around Morning Larks More Than Night Owls
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Post No.: 0739   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Morning larks’ find it most natural to get up and sleep early, whereas ‘night owls’ find it most natural to get up and sleep late. One’s ‘chronotype’ can be at either end of … Read More

Are You Built for Speed or Endurance?
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Post No.: 0732   Furrywisepuppy says:   Skeletal muscles are said to be made up of two kinds of muscle fibres – Type I or slow-twitch, which are good for endurance but lack power; and Type II or fast-twitch, which … Read More

Would a ‘Sugar Levy’ or ‘Fat Tax’ Work?
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Post No.: 0703   Furrywisepuppy says:   The UK has been undergoing a generally rising obesity crisis for several decades. From the latest available statistics as of posting – around 28% of adults in England are obese, with a further … Read More

Muscles for Posing Versus Muscles for Strength
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Post No.: 0675   Furrywisepuppy says:   There’s training for outright strength, like a strength athlete; and then there’s training for outright aesthetic physique, like a bodybuilder.   Bodybuilders go through various phases in the run up to a competition. … Read More

Jagged Little Slimming Pills
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Post No.: 0654   Furrywisepuppy says:   We examined the pros and cons of bariatric surgery not long ago in Post No.: 0647. Another broad area of medicine that could help in tackling the obesity crisis is anti-obesity drugs or … Read More

Weighing Up the Risks and Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
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Post No.: 0647   Furrywisepuppy says:   For the severely or morbidly obese, exercise can be too hard on their joints and heart, thus exercise – at the required intensity that’s going to really turn their life around in time … Read More

Is it Better to be Body Positive or Body Neutral?
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Post No.: 0633   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Body positivity’ appears to be a healthy attitude to take. It’s great for one’s mental health to feel great about one’s body, whatever its size, shape, colour, etc.. We should love all our … Read More

The Benefits of HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training
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Post No.: 0625   Furrywisepuppy says:   No time to exercise? Surely you can spare just a few minutes?..   High-intensity training (HIT) or high-intensity interval training (HIIT) could be for you? ‘High intensity’ means going at ~80-90% of your … Read More

Antioxidants, Vitamins and Minerals
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Post No.: 0609   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Without getting technical, antioxidants are compounds that can protect the body from unstable and potentially harmful molecules called free radicals, which can accumulate over time and promote oxidative stress and damage DNA and … Read More

The Optimum Inner Game for a Big Game
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Post No.: 0597   Furrywisepuppy says:   Many athletes think and worry so much about an upcoming big game in the days leading up to it that, by the time that game arrives, they’re mentally exhausted from playing and replaying … Read More

Epigenetics and Gene Expression
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Post No.: 0589   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Research in epigenetics – which concerns how environmental influences, individual life experiences and age can activate/inhibit the expression of our genes – reveals how our upbringings and lifestyles can influence gene expression, which … Read More

Allergies, Autoimmunity and the Immune System
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Post No.: 0579   Fluffystealthkitten says:   A common misconception concerning allergies is that the immune system is too weak – but the problem during an allergic reaction is that the immune system is being hypersensitive and is unnecessarily reacting … Read More

Conquering Fussy Eating Habits
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Post No.: 0573   Furrywisepuppy says:   Fussy eating is quite normal for young children – the peak age is 3 years old but most children will grow out of the neophobia (in this context, the fear of trying new … Read More

It’s Not the Equipment You Have But Whether You Use It!
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Post No.: 0539   Furrywisepuppy says:   In order for consumers to make fully-informed and truthfully-informed decisions, they need perfect information. A lack of perfect information is one reason put forward why consumers often make sub-optimal decisions for themselves, and … Read More

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