Food Quality Versus Quantity

A couple of weekends ago I went on a golf holiday with 10 mates. We went to Wales and played three rounds over three days, one of which was on the course used for the 2010 Ryder Cup (for anyone who cares about golf). While driving back home I was using my iPhone as my Sat Nav. Within about 10 minutes of setting off I started to get notifications that people were commenting and sharing a link from my 7 Health Facebook page. While this isn’t out of the ordinary, the sheer volume was different. I was getting notifications every 2 or 3 minutes and it continued non-stop for the 4-hour drive … [Read more...]

Food Hierarchy

There is a lot of confusion around what people should be eating and in my opinion, we need to go back to the basics. People are focusing on these tiny little details that make miniscule differences, but ignoring the really important stuff and the bigger picture. Everyone wants to know what are the healthy foods they should be eating or the things they should be avoiding without thinking about how all the other aspects of their diet also impact. In this post I want to give you a basic outline of how you should think about food, but more appropriately your diet in … [Read more...]

Calorie Counting

I used to be very anti-calories. The idea of calorie counting went against everything I believed in to do with food; it was something dieters did and my disdain for calorie counting was on par with dieting. Over the last couple of months I have started to change my opinion and have actually found the process to be really useful with clients. But before you get worried let me explain how I am using calories, as it is basically the opposite of most peoples approach. I have always been a big fan of getting people to eat to satiety and using their hunger to guide how much they consume. I never … [Read more...]

Fat vs. Thin

In our society being thin is seen as the pinnacle of health. If you are thin you are hard working, disciplined and you care about your body. You have created something you should be proud of. Being fat is the antithesis of thin. If you are fat you are lazy, weak willed and don’t have respect for yourself. You should hang your head in shame, its despicable the extra money it will cost the NHS because you can’t look after your own health. I want to share an exert from a book called Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters by Courney E. Martin, a book I have written about before. It documents a … [Read more...]

The Gabriel Method

Following on from my previous post I want to look at another couple of books and their take on weight loss. The first is a book called The Gabriel Method by Jon Gabriel. Gabriel used to weight 186kg (410 pounds). He managed to lose over a 100kg (220 pounds) and has kept the weight off.  You can see the before and after photo’s below that help to put those figures in perspective. There are a couple of remarkable things about this. First is Gabriel didn’t diet. He did not lose the weight by cutting calories or restricting himself. Sure he changed a lot of the foods he was eating but this … [Read more...]

Screw You January, Hello February

Thank God that January is over. I don’t know what it is about January, but it turns everyone into diet and detox obsessed nut jobs. The festive season comes to an end and everyone panics. The media goes on a blitz – weight loss stories, weight loss pills, healthy microwave dinners, gym memberships. If I have to see one more advertisement about the Special K challenge I am going postal in a similar vein to Michael Douglas in Falling Down. This madness has to end. Every January in an office I work at most of the women start slimming world, weight watchers or some similar weight loss plan. … [Read more...]

Calorie Counting? Don’t Count on It

Some time in the last couple of decades the general public started to learn about calories. The marketing companies caught on to this concern (or more likely created the situation) and now most of the population are trying to eat fewer calories to lose weight. A new study shows that calorie counting might not be the best way to go if you want to stay trim or more importantly stay healthy. Researchers at Pomona College followed two groups of people. Half of them we given a sandwich made from multi-grain bread and cheddar cheese and the other half a sandwich made white bread and processed … [Read more...]