Hormones, Weight Gain And Aging

I love studying physiology. When I reflect on the body and it’s abilities, I’m routinely in awe at what it does. Without you even thinking about it, these highly complex and intricate processes are happening everyday. The female reproductive system is one such area. The multiple hormones, organs and systems involved are truly astonishing. And as I currently watch my pregnant fiancé growing bigger everyday, it’s a constant reminder. A number of the “reproductive” hormones have roles outside of reproduction. Oestrogen and progesterone are obviously crucial to the menstrual cycle and for … [Read more...]

Separating Health and Weight

It’s the start of the year. Given the predictability of the media, diets, detoxes and weight loss are taking up huge amounts of column inches. Implicit (and explicit) in all these articles is the idea that being "overweight" is unhealthy. That fat is dangerous. That anyone who cares about their health should be making a concerted effort to battle the bulge and get in "shape." The basic premise being that weight in and of itself is a problem and that if we can get it off (by whatever means) our health will improve. .... This is an article I wrote for Ravishly. You can read the whole … [Read more...]

Stress And Weight Gain

I’m one of the lucky people and I’m naturally quite lean. I have one of those “metabolisms” where regardless of how much I eat or how much exercise I do, my weight is basically the same. I’m not as thin as I was in my early 20s but I’m still pretty lean. Despite my steady weight, in the last decade there have been four occurrences when my weight has increased over a short space of time, and three of them have something in common. In the spring of 2005 I had been living in the UK for just short of 2 years. My visa was coming to an end and I applied for a new visa that would let me stay … [Read more...]

Fears About Weight

While weight is just a number on a scale, people have many associations about what it means to be a certain number. This is true especially when people reflect upon times in the past. A lot of clients tell me that they have a real fear about weight going up. The fear is that the weight will start increasing and never stop. Here they are now at a size 10 and in their head they are already imagining that they will be 400 pounds and that it will just keep escalating. (I always find it strange that they don’t have the fear of it going the other way. That they start losing weight and it … [Read more...]

Interest Rates And Calorie Intakes

Towards the end of last year I read the book Money: Master The Game by Tony Robbins. The book, as the title would suggest, is about investing and money management but with one of the examples I was able to make some interesting parallels between interest rates and calorie intake. Imagine this scenario. You have two investors who each start with $500,000 as a nest egg. Over the course of 25 years these people get the same average return of 8.03%, which is pretty good in anyone’s book. They both take out roughly $25,000 each year to live off, although this withdrawal goes up slightly each … [Read more...]

Paying Attention To Your Internal Dialogue

I remember when I was first studying nutrition, a guy in my class was raving about Tony Robbins. I didn’t really know who he was, but kind of remembered him from the movie Shallow Hal. This guy was just going on about him incessantly so I decided to get a couple of his books and find out why he was so enamoured with him. And I’m glad that I did. One of the big things that Robbins talks about is our internal dialogue. You know, that little voice that you have in your head that provides running commentary for all your thoughts and ideas. He states that what you consistently say to yourself … [Read more...]

Why Most People Shouldn’t Stand On A Set Of Scales

Losing weight doesn’t necessarily lead to better looks. Likewise, gaining weight doesn’t necessarily make you look worse. The look of your body is more about changes in the relative proportions of muscle and fat. The number on the scale is almost completely irrelevant in most cases, and many people are making their body composition worse by trying to lose weight. On this basis, the scale is already a poor tool at best. But before we dig our heels into this topic, let’s first talk about what is an even bigger reason to stop hopping on a scale… We are emotional creatures. Most of our choices … [Read more...]