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Take a Deep Breath, and Lose Weight

Take a Breath - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeDid you know that when you lose weight, you actually breathe most of it away?

Ok, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but scientifically that’s effectively what you do. Over the last decade or so, a number of studies have traced what happens to the molecules that make up fat, and concluded that around 70 to 80% are exhaled as Carbon Dioxide, the invisible gas that you breathe out. Significantly, and contrary to popular opinion, most of it is not removed via heat during exercise, or in your faeces, which is actually largely made up of bacteria (including gut microbes), indigestible fibre, cholesterol, old blood and body cells, and water.

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Nature’s Medicine

Nature's Medicine - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeYou really don’t need to reach for expensive supplements to boost your antioxidant intake. Nature is absolutely packed with them, many of them in inexpensive simple foods.

Here’s a run down of a few including their benefits and where to find them –


This is a powerful antihistamine, which helps to ward off the runny nose and sore eyes associated with Hayfever. Histamine is released by white blood cells and basophils as an allergic immune response, and it’s this release that causes the unpleasant symptoms mentioned. It’s thought Quercetin helps prevent or reduce this release, diminishing the effects of the allergic reactions.

Best food sources include apples (in the skins), onions, red wine and tea.

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Essential Eating

Essential Eating - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeIt is all well and good restricting your calorie intake and shedding the body fat that you shouldn’t be carrying, but in creating that calorie deficit don’t underestimate how important vitamins and minerals are to your healthy eating plan.

You may be creating a big calorie deficit and losing body fat, but if your food choices are poor and your diet is lacking in essential nutrients, then you will find that you will be more hungry than ever before. During your diet, it’s critical that you deliberately boost your intake of fruit and vegetables over and above the recommended 5 portions a day, because otherwise your body will actually produce hormones to make you crave foods, trying to make you eat more to compensate for the vitamins and minerals it thinks you’re lacking. Eating only 1 or 2 portions of fruit and vegetables a day is far too low to be giving your body what it needs to maintain optimal health, even when you are eating normally.

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