Dieting Myths Debunked

We all really want to know! what really works for weight-loss - and what really doesn't?
We have grown up in an increasingly body and weight conscious era, from the waspish waists of the 50’s, through the mini-skirted 60’s, the let-it-all-hang-out 70’s, and lets not forget the Jane Fonda workouts of the 80’s, generations of women have been looking for the best tips to keep and stay in shape. Despite this, from the 90’s onwards we have seen our weight increase, waistlines expand and our health deteriorate. At the same time the weight-loss tips, diet programmes and exercise classes have increased a hundred-fold to no avail.

Everyday we are constantly bombarded with yet another new piece of advice to get our bodies in shape, yet they are often contradictory. Dr Sally Norton, health & weight loss consultant surgeon and has a few tips which will help to clarify any areas of confusion.

Dieting is the best way to lose weight – FALSE
Research shows that when women, in particular, want to lose weight they diet. Unfortunately, research also shows that this is highly unlikely to lead to long-term weight-loss with over 85% of people regaining all of the weight they have lost, and more, by a year after the diet.
This can then lead to the misery of yo-yo dieting, which can be harmful to health and is no way to live your life. Instead, you are much better making a few changes to your lifestyle and eating habits that you can keep up for good.

You need a good breakfast – FALSE
A recent study confirmed that whether you have a good breakfast or not makes no difference to weight loss. Everyone is different – you may be an early riser or a night-owl when it comes to sleep, so it is not surprising that your breakfast desires may be different, too. Listen to your body when it comes to eating – if you are having proper nutritious food, your body will tell you when it needs fuelling. If you focus on a bit of protein (as confirmed by other recent research) and avoid sugar and processed carbs then whether you have a quick snack or a feast for breakfast is entirely up to you!

Eat regular snacks throughout the day – FALSE
It is often said in dieting folklore that eating little and often stops you from getting so hungry and encourages you to burn off more energy. However, I believe that our inner cavewoman would disagree. Our bodies weren’t built for constant snacking – particularly on the sort of food we eat nowadays. You are better off getting used to going without food for a few hours at a time – it helps you understand that you are often not eating from hunger, just from habit…and that “hunger” can be ignored for a while without us falling flat on the floor! Recent research backs up this view showing that women who ate 2 meals or 5 meals of the same calorie content, showed no difference in the amount of energy they burnt off. Interestingly, it also showed that eating more frequent meals produced more signs of inflammation in the body (and therefore may increase the risk of disease) than eating less frequently.

Exercise doesn’t really help weight loss – FALSE
Yes, in a very literal sense, exercise does not lead to weight loss – if you believe that all an hour of exercise does is burn off 200 calories worth of a 400 calorie doughnut. But it isn’t black and white like that. Losing weight isn’t just about making sure that energy out is more than energy in…we are much more complex as human beings than that overly simplistic model!

The research abounds with studies showing that exercise can help weight loss in other ways. Exercise builds up muscle – which burns more energy in the longer term. If we are more muscular, we are more toned, have better posture and thus look slimmer. Looking good makes us feel better about ourselves – and if we feel fit and healthy we are more likely to make healthier choices – which promotes weight loss. Rather than a vicious cycle (like dieting!), it is a win-win situation!

Also, exercise, particularly in the cold, seems to increase the ‘fat-burning’ brown fat, which is found more commonly in people who keep a healthy weight. There is also evidence that aerobic exercise reduces the risk of developing tummy fat and metabolic syndrome (diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease). What’s more, just getting out in the fresh air makes most of us feel so much happier – not to mention giving us a top up of Vitamin D!

We should be stocking up on low-fat foods to lose weight – FALSE
The myth that fat is bad has been particularly harmful to our health and waistline. Many fats are healthy in moderation – and yet we are bombarded with low-fat yoghurts, “slimming” ready-meals and processed spreads that are bulked up with sugar, salt or chemical nasties that provide little if any, nutrition. Butter, cheese, full-fat yoghurt and other dairy and animal fats are natural and seldom processed, unlike many low-fat alternatives. Coconut oil is another fat that has recently been enjoying popularity.

Of all of the diets that have been shown to help weight-loss, it is not the low-fat diet that wins out. In fact, the low-carb high-fat diet seems to be most successful – though long-term weight-loss is no better with this diet than with any others that can’t be made part of your day-to-day life. You are therefore best off focusing on real food – that means avoiding anything processed wherever possible. By doing so you will automatically be reducing your refined carbs, eating natural fats and proteins, bulking up with fruit and veg – and dramatically cutting down on your sugar intake.

Dr Sally Norton, health & weight loss consultant surgeon.  Writes regularly for national press and features in


The first-ever London SUP Open is just week away, and as the capital sizzles in the hottest temperatures of the year, there’s plenty on offer to keep cool. The London SUP Open, taking place 7-8 July 2018, is the ultimate summer in the city destination, with exhilarating water sports, elite stand up paddleboard racing, have-a-go SUP sessions, kids classes, free activities and much more.  Entry to the event village at the Royal Docks is free of charge. The London SUP Open today announces a whole host of exciting free activities which are sure to leave Londoners feeling cooler already.

Learn To SUP: For those who’ve never tried to SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) before, there will be a ‘learn to SUP’ area on site at the Royal Docks. This dedicated space for beginners, run by Decathlon, will be open across the entire weekend for anyone to come along and simply have ago. Any age, any ability, everyone is welcome! No booking is required, free of charge.

Youth Racing: At the Royal Docks, there will be Youth Racing for under 16s. There’ll be sprint racing on Saturday 7 July, and distance racing on Sunday 8 July with 1km & 3km options – both are completely free of charge. Attendees can hire their boards on site at the events village.

Dragon Racing: Something for all ages and abilities – dragon racing! Fun team racing on a multi-person Red Paddle Co. board for teams of four people. Signing up for this race is free of charge and board hire is available on site.

SUP Yoga & Yoga: It’s time to slow things down.  The weekend is not all about racing and competing, the London SUP Open will also be offering free SUP Yoga sessions at the Royal Docks.  Revellers can indulge in some self-care on the water by perfecting their asanas, warriors and downward dogs whilst floating on tranquil water atop a paddleboard.  Yogis can be flexible and head down both days at 12pm or 5pm for a 45-minute class on the water – first come, first served and if that’s not enough there will also be regular on land yoga by ‘Soul Sisters Yoga’ at 9am each day which will also be completely free of charge.  Taught by top yogi Charlotte Holmes, all levels are welcome.

Red Bull, the exclusive energy drinks partner for the London SUP Open, will be on site including an energy zone for participants to recuperate and relax. For more information about the inaugural London Sup Open, taking place from 7 – 8 July 2018, please visit


In light of the shocking rumours around David and Victoria divorcing after a lengthy 19 years of marriage, top Life Coach Carole Ann Rice reveals her top tips of keeping that flame burning in a relationship that could salvage a marriage:

▪ Date nights with a difference – date nights aren’t just for the start of relationships, it’s important to keep them up to keep lust in the air. Spice it up with a little role play, meet your partner at a venue and pretend you've only just met and enjoy being flirted with, chatted up - be seduced!

▪ Surprise your other half regularly small, thoughtful gifts – favourite cake, book, magazine, bubble bath, a thank you card.

▪ Love notes – hide love notes for your other half – in their lunch box, suit pocket, handbag.

▪ Give each other space – be cool about your partner wanting time out for hobbies, friends, sport -
encourage separate interests. This keeps the conversation lively, and watching your partner be passionate about his/her interests is super attractive.

▪ Don't take each other for granted - if you saw your partner at work you would remember they are a
dynamic individual not just another set of hands to change nappies, do the washing up or make the beds. Take time to point out their attractive qualities outside of the family, practical surroundings.

▪ Take up an adventure together - do a cookery course, learn about wine, go wall climbing, play poker, build a small online business – whatever it is, have a shared passion.

▪ Remember to complement each other and be grateful - smile at each other and show appreciation - this sort of generosity is often overlooked when routine and familiarity see you as a team rather than romantic partners, but it’s important to keep intimacy alive.

▪ Separate Identities – remember that each of you are individuals in your own right, outside of the
relationship. Try to imagine your partner at work and see them as the independent and dynamic person they are. This can bring a certain attraction back into the relationship as it reminds you of their individual amazing qualities, rather than focusing on how tired or stressed they are when they get home from a long day or when dealing with family life.

Carole Ann Rice from Real Coaching Co is one of the UK’s leading life coaches and personal development experts. She helps people all around the world discover the best version of themselves. Much of her work involves focusing on the here and now and is different to what you may experience in therapy. Life coaching is all about goal-setting and implementing techniques to achieve success and true happiness. Carole Ann, Winner of Best Coach in the Best Business Women’s Awards 2017, works with her clients to improve relationships, diet, energy, health and well-being and confidence.
Carole Ann’s clients are empowered – as she believes in you even when you don’t! She’s 100%
committed to your success and offers continued support every step of the way.


KANGAROO The Love-Hate Story movie reveals the truth surrounding Australia’s relationship with its beloved icon. Australian companies proudly use the Kangaroo image for sports teams and tourist souvenirs, but across the continent some consider them to be pests to be shot and sold for profit. KANGAROO unpacks a national paradigm where the relationship with kangaroos is examined.

This award-winning film has recently opened to rave reviews in LA, New York and Australia. Including:
•   "The filmmakers are determined to sound a wake-up siren, and they blast it here with extra strength." -  New York Times Review
•   "Insightful and eye-opening" Los Angeles Times
•   "Recalls films such as "The Cove" and "Blackfish"  - Variety Review

This investigative documentary gives you an eye-opening insight into the life of the Kangaroo and reveals an unlikely truth about Australia's love-hate relationship with its beloved icon, uncovering disturbing scenes behind the largest mass destruction of wildlife in the world. Although KANGAROO is emotive and moving to watch, nevertheless it uncovers the true story of Australia's hidden Kangaroo issues. Directed by Kate McIntyre Clere and Michael McIntyre, for more information check out

#WIN A Tetris Dual Game

It's World Tetris Day on Wednesday the 6th June, so what better way to celebrate than playing a game of Tetris Dual from John Adams. Tetris Dual is a fast head-to-head, tabletop strategy game based upon Tetris – one of the most popular electronic games of all time.

The object of the game is to create the Tetrimino shapes displayed on the LCD screen, by dropping them into the play grid, Score points by placing a piece next to one of your own colour, but you can complete more points by completing a full row. Don’t leave any holes or you will lose points! Use some strategy to block your opponent, making it easier to play your remaining Tetriminos and complete the most rows.

There are two games available:
GAME 1. Speed – Only 60 seconds to complete each turn! Lose points if the timer runs out
Game 2. COUNTDOWN – With a running countdown, score bonus points if you complete the game with the most time remaining. For more information on Tetris Dual and other fantastic game check out

We have teamed up with John Adams to give one lucky winner the chance to get their hands on their very own Teris Dual Game, simply follow the instructions below.


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