When a powerful thirst strikes after you’ve undertaken an especially energetic activity, the natural response is to reach for a glass of water. And that’s not a bad idea at all – no-one’s going to criticise you for drinking water – but sometimes your body needs more than...
Main image: Your Best Digs via Flickr (creative commons 2.0) Even if it’s the one thing you’d grab from your burning house, we’ll bet a good few English pounds that you’re not getting the most from your faithful NutriBullet. Sure, you’ve experimented with fruit combos when creating your quickfire breakfast...
Eating a protein bar is one of the most convenient ways to ensure your muscles get the fuel they need to rebuild after a tough workout. There’s no mixing, shaking or cooking required – you just unwrap and chow down. However, the bars can be quite pricy and they’re...
People are prepared to try almost any change to their diet in order to lose weight, but when it comes to one measure that will definitely help – namely eating smaller portions – many are unwilling to make the sacrifice. Research conducted by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in...
We’re not sure when the burger stopped being a simple stack of bread, meat and cheese and became the world’s trendiest, most Insta-friendly food – but we’re glad it happened. And we don’t think you should have to seek out the best hipster restaurants to enjoy a fine...
At first glance, peanut butter’s place in the pantheon of healthy foods seems somewhat questionable, since it’s high in both fat and calories. However, take a step back and the wider picture reveals peanut butter’s merits, especially for anyone with an active lifestyle (and isn’t allergic to peanuts,...
Cutting sugar from your hot drink routine might seem like a small change to your diet, but the overall effect it can have on your calorie intake is tremendous. Consider this – a teaspoon contains about 5g of sugar, which contains 20 calories. So having three hot drinks a...
The explosion of interest in cooking, and the flood of cookbooks that came along with it, over the past decade has been a great thing. Cooking for yourself is one step towards eating less junk food or heavily-processed meals. But one less savoury byproduct has been the buying...
In case you’ve already mentally filed this interview with Dr Aseem Malhotra, cardiologist and co-author of The Pioppi Diet, under “too long; didn’t read”, let us answer the headline for you. It’s because you don’t live in a somewhat poor Italian village, have to walk everywhere, don’t have...

The 5:2 Diet On Trial

It’s been over two years since the 5:2 diet first hit bookshelves, kick-starting an intermittent fasting fad that’s swept the mainstream media and attracted a host of A-list devotees, from Beyoncé to Benedict Cumberbatch. But does it actually work? How hard is it to stick to? And most...