Insights on food, diet and nutrition – January 2018

Diets to AVOID

Emma’s tips on the diets to AVOID in 2018

New Year, new diet? Nutritionist Emma gives her verdict on some of the diets to avoid this year.

Diets to avoid


30 day challenge

30 day Challenge to Change!

Here’s how making one small lifestyle change – and sticking to it for 30 days – can make a real difference to your health.

30 day change


Rise of vegan

Is the rise of vegan a fashionable fad?

If you’re vegan, this is your moment: Emma looks at the rise and rise of vegan in the supermarkets.

A vegan trend


Trigger foods

Time to make peace with your ‘trigger foods’

Do you believe certain foods should be off limits? Think again – and make peace with your trigger foods.

Forbidden fruits?


Winter warmers

Comfort food recipes

When there’s a chill in the air, you need bowls of comfort food. Check out our healthy favourites.

Winter warmers


Insights on food, diet and nutrition – December 2017

7 ways to stay slim forever

Nutritionist Emma on how to stay slim – forever!

Nutritionist Emma, our weight loss expert, has this advice to kick start 2018.

7 ways to stay slim


Hangover cures

Beat the booze blues

Modern medicine has no cure for a hangover – but there are a few foods that might reduce the symptoms.

Hangover magic?


Nutracheck

Pigging out: How to avoid ‘buffet binge’

The lure of the buffet can wreak havoc with your diet – here’s how to keep your distance.

5 buffet tips


Soups and slow foods

Stay fuller with soups and slow foods

Soups and stews are high in water and great for weight loss – here’s a few we really like.

Soups & slow foods


Meet Donna

Meet Donna: 5 stone lighter – and still counting down!

“I’ve gone from a snug size 18 to a comfortable size 12.” Read how she did it.

Donna’s story


Insights on food, diet and nutrition – November 2017

Stress reducing foods

6 stress reducing foods

Nutrients found in some foods can help us cope with stress – here are 6 to include in your diet.

Stress busters


Good night sleep food

6 foods to eat before bed

Some foods can help bring on sleep – here’s a few to help you settle down for quality rest.

Sleep improvers


5 feel fuller foods

5 fuller food fixes

Don’t let snack attacks sabotage your diet – shift to a fibre-rich diet with lean protein to feel fuller for longer.

Fuller food fixes


Fridge secrets

Is your fridge full of USOs*?

(*unidentified shrivelled objects) If you’ve got a fridge full of forgotten foods, it’s time to get organised!

Be fridge fresh


Mexican Dishes

Nachos & all things Mexican

Mexican cooking is fresh and easy: mix ‘n’ match and share ‘em out and let the fiesta begin.

Mexican meals


Darren' story

“7 1/2 stone weight loss cured my sleep apnoea”

Not naturally sporty, and with an office based job, Darren knew he had to lose weight for the sake of his health.

Darren’s story


Insights on food, diet and nutrition – October 2017

New Year's

Why New Year is no time to diet

Kick weight loss fads into touch this New Year and ask our nutritionist Emma about sensible weight loss tips and advice, meal plans, recipes and anything food and nutrition related.

Ask Emma


Coffee shop upselling

Coffee shop upselling

How ‘extending the spend’ can double calorie intake. Skip the add-ons!

The price of extras


Easy curries

5 easy curries for less cals

Curries can be healthy, if you pick the right one – here’s how.

Cracking curries


Halloween peppers

Yummy Hallowe’en and bonfire night recipes

Easy, warming recipes for Hallowe’en and autumn nights.

Banshees & bonfires


Tech update

Tim Talks: Tech insights into weight loss

Tech entrepreneur shares insights into how high tech could change how we diet in the future.

Tech trends


Cold weather weight gain

69% of us put weight on in cold weather

We look at why autumn can be a bleak time for dieters.

Cold comfort


Nutracheck for pets

Check out Nutracheck for pets: video

Teach your pets to count calories easily in their very own online food diary

Insights on food, diet and nutrition – August 2017

Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming…

We know you need to plan ahead – so ask us for Christmas food ideas & nutrition tips, reader give-aways and advice from nutritionist Emma.

All things Christmas


Super spud knockout

Super spud knockout

White potatoes v sweet potatoes: each packs a powerful nutritional punch. Can you guess which is the champ?

Same but different


Small & delicate

Afternoon Tea calorie splurge

It’s a magical world of finery and excess – just keep on top of the calorie count.

Anyone for tea?


Burger bun calorie swaps

5 burger bun calorie swaps

From sushi rice to sliced avocado – how many calories will you save if you swap your bread bun?

Hold the bun!


Simple wine savers

5 easy ways to earn your wine

A 175ml glass of wine – red or white – contains around 140 cals – here’s how to earn that glass!

Simple savers


Maintain, don't gain

“My life after weight loss” – by Carolyn

Carolyn – aka Sprog – talks about life after weight loss with easy tips to keep the weight off.

Maintain, don’t gain


Caribbean cuisine

Easy, exotic Caribbean cuisine

Caribbean recipes so delicious, all that’s missing is a beach and a drink with a tiny umbrella.

Caribbean recipes


Insights on food, diet and nutrition – July 2017

7 ways to avoid excess

7 behaviours to beat excess (body) baggage

If you’re watching your weight, going on holiday can pose a major challenge. Here’s how to rethink how you eat.

7 holiday habits


Cocktails

Cocktail calorie bombs

Cocktails are a tipple of choice – but how many calories lurk within…? Find out here.

Cocktails uncovered


Chips

Chips: not always a nutritional sin

We’re a nation of chip lovers – and it’s OK to include chips in your diet when you know you the friendliest fat choices.

Chip-o-meter


Don't splurge - swap!

Don’t splurge – swap!

Nutritionist Emma’s quick and easy holiday food swaps – no need to feel deprived when you’re away.

5 simple swaps


Game, set & stats

Game, set & stats

Wimbledon fever’s in full swing as the tournament kicks off today. We take a look at some of the numbers.

Wimbledon fever


Maria's 13 stone loss

“I can fit in 1 leg of my old gym trousers!”

When Maria could no longer squeeze into the seats in her local cafe, she knew something had to change.

Maria’s 13 stone loss


Fish in your dish

Put some fish on your dish

For an island nation, we don’t always go overboard about eating fish – so try our simple fish dishes.

Fish recipes


Insights on food, diet and nutrition – June 2017

Protein swaps

12 foods to help mix up your protein choices

Getting protein into your diet isn’t all about eating meat – here are some simple food swaps to boost your protein intake.

Protein swaps


Cheers to beer

National Beer Day

It’s the tipple of choice for millions. We take a light hearted look at beer around the globe.

Cheers to beer


Milky alternatives

Milk: which one is right for you?

Goats? Soya? Nut? Around 40% of British households now use milk alternatives – which one’s right for you?

Milky alternatives


Milky alternatives

5 easy ways with lentils

We’re told to eat more pulses but for many of us, they’re not an everyday ingredient. Try our easy lentil recipes.

Lentils 6 ways


Lorraine's story

“I went from a size 22 to a 12″

When Lorraine couldn’t fit into an XXL T-shirt she knew it was time to do something about it.

Lorraine’s story


Bugs in hiding

How hidden bugs can harm your health

Sometimes it’s hard to tell when food isn’t safe to eat, so check out our quick tips on what to look out for.

Bugs in hiding


Insights on food, diet and nutrition – May 2017

60 years of diets fads

60 years of diet fads

Stop looking for ‘the next big thing’. All diets are just ways of eating fewer calories.

Diet myths debunked


Bin the BBQ bun

How one BBQ can cost you 3,000 calories

Be BBQ savvy and save calories without really trying.

Bin the BBQ bun


Hummus taste test

Is low(er) fat always a better option?

Houmous Taste Test: full fat v reduced fat. Which came out on top?

The verdict


Red, ripe & raw

6 tomato teasers

On or off the vine? Store in fridge or fruit bowl? Things to know about the tomato.

Red, ripe & raw


"A role model for my son"

“A role model for my son”

Why Jo’s son was her motivation for losing weight.

Jo’s story


Insights on food, diet and nutrition – April 2017

6 foods for lower stress levels

6 foods you can eat to lower your stress levels

Next time you feel het up, opt for these 6 foods to help keep you calm and boost your mood.

Stress busters


Calories in Easter eggs

Calories in your favourite Easter eggs

With 100′s of Easter treats in our database – which should you choose?

Too egg-stravagent?


6 ways to manage your IBS

6 ways to manage IBS

Managing the unpleasant condition affecting the digestive system.

Eat mindfully


Digging deeper

Digging deep: your garden workout calorie burn

66% of adult Brits choose to exercise more to lose weight – pick gardening and burn 250 calories an hour.

Dig deep


The clothes diet

The Clothes Diet

“Fattening” clothes to avoid: look half a stone thinner just by changing what you wear.

Clothes to ditch


Hazel's story

Hazel’s happy ever after

How Hazel lost 5 stone.

Hazel’s story


Insights on food, diet and nutrition – March 2017

Cereal killers

Cereal killers?

How cereal serving sizes really measure up – and why bowl size can matter most!

How much is 40g?


Meat free protein

Going meat free this March?

Proteins can help you feel fuller for longer and on fewer calories – great if you’re trying to lose weight. Try some meat free options for Veggie month.

9 meat free proteins


Mid morning snack

Lunchbox low-down

Making your own lunch can save money and calories. Nutritionist Emma shares her lunch box tips. #PackYourLunchDay

Emma’s pack up


Mid morning snack

Salt shockers

Less than 6g a day is the goal. See how easily it adds up. Time to try some salt swaps?

Shockers & swaps


Mid morning snack

Mum’s day out?

Mums trump sweethearts when it comes to eating out. If you’re taking mum out on March 26, check out our calorie counts for 50 popular eateries.

From Ask to Zizzi


Mid morning snack

Coffee: friend or foe?

Lots of us rely on a cup of coffee to kick start our day, but if you’ve ever wondered whether coffee is doing you more harm than good, you’re not alone.

The verdict