In the world of health there have been some seismic shifts recently. Cholesterol in food has been un-demonised and saturated fat - at long last - gets to throw off the villain's robes. At Ambition we have been saying this with confidence for over five years.
How long will it take this information to get through to be part of mainstream health advice - the NHS and GPs? It could take another five years! We will keep spreading the word and telling anyone who will listen, and introducing them to the secret of how to have a healthy, fit and - fingers crossed - illness-free life.
Here are a few words from our friend Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist, Trustee of the Kings Fund and also a leading light in group Action against Sugar.
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In perhaps the most important change in official dietary advice for 40-50 years, the US Academy of Nutrition and Diet has presented its 2015 report. read more
Wild claim? We analysed one gentleman's diet after a heart attack: just under half his huge 400g/day carbohydrate intake came from just two smoothies. read more
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Earlier this year, the UK’s Academy of Medical Royal Colleges stated that 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week can be more powerful than many drugs administered for chronic disease prevention and management. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%. In fact, they described exercise as ‘The Miracle Cure’.
However, they've also pointed out that physical activity does not promote weight loss - something the fast food and snack industry doesn't want you to find out. At Ambition our opinion is that dietary and lifestyle changes can account for up to 80% of weight lost, with the right type of exercise (and please note, it must be the right type) providing the 'fine tuning' and the final 20%.
Obesity is not due to a lack of exercise, it is due mainly to a bad diet. A recent article in the Guardian highlights a new medical paper that makes this point well.
We use two apps to help our clients establish an accurate record of what they eat and its macronutrient and micronutrient content. read more
Last weekend our resident GP Tommy Wood spoke at the UK's first Paleo conference, Health Unplugged. The conference was a great success, with talks from Aseem Malhotra, Terry Wahls and Robb Wolf. It's gratifying to see that there is a large and growing interest in people that work with paleo/primal principles! Watch Tommy's talk here:
This question seems to confuse many health professionals and members of the public alike. Here's a quick guide to sugar in all its forms. read more
Some important information about cholesterol, the role it plays in our bodies, and the blood tests you should ask for rather than the inaccurate 'total cholesterol' readings that most people will receive.