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How many times have you heard someone say, "sorry I can't, I'm on a low carb diet." – cue a serious eye-roll.

Hands up for the many times you've heard a family member, friend or co-worker say they're following an Atkins or Keto diet.

There is no denying that cutting carbs is a popular way to lose weight and to be fair, the majority of us have given it a go.

However, new research has provided us a reason to embrace the bagel, because scientists have found cutting carbs is shortening our lives.

Yes, you're miserable and you're actually doing more harm than good by avoiding your mum's potatoes.

The study published in the Lancet Public Health journal investigated the link between carbohydrate intake and mortality.

The research followed 15,400 Americans over 25 years and showed that a moderate cut in carbohydrates is much healthier than a dramatic one. 

The scientists collected data from participants' questionnaires which included portion size, and the food and drink they consumed. 

They then went onto estimate how many calories each person obtained from carbs, protein and fat.

However, before you raid the bread bin, moderation is key.

The study suggests that a diet both high and low in carbohydrates are associated with increased mortality.

Those who ate a moderate amount, which means 50–55 percent of their diet came from carbs, lived longer than those who followed high and low carb diets.

Scientists predicted that those in the moderate group had an extra four years of life on those who adopted an extra low-carb diet (less than 30 percent of their energy came from carbs.)

Compared to the low-carb group, moderate carb eaters were expected to enjoy a further 2.3 years of living (30-40 percent coming from carbs.)

And, as for the high-carb bunnies – those who got 65 percent or more of their energy from carbs, would live 1.1 years less than the moderate group. 

It's time to bin the Atkins book – the study also showed that plant-based protein and fat is a healthier swap for carbs, than animal-based products.

Their findings discovered that the risk of death increased when carbs were exchanged for "animal-derived fat or protein" and the risk decreased when it was substituted with plant-based foods. 

Leading the research, Dr Sara Seidelmann, clinical and research fellow in cardiovascular medicine from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, told the BBC:

"Low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with protein or fat are gaining widespread popularity as a health and weight-loss strategy.

"However, our data suggests that animal-based low carbohydrate diets, which are prevalent in North America and Europe, might be associated with shorter overall life span and should be discouraged.

"Instead, if one chooses to follow a low carbohydrate diet, then exchanging carbohydrates for more plant-based fats and proteins might actually promote healthy ageing in the long term."

If this research is anything to go by, carbs are your friend and not your enemy.

Moderation and balance diets seem to always rule out.

However, if you are changing up your diet – make sure you talk to your doctor before you do.

Now I'm off to indulge in some pasta!


The Governess has officially left the I'm A Celeb jungle and she is looking UNREAL.

Though she departs the jungle with some incredible memories, there is something she has left behind.

Anne has lost a staggering stone in just three weeks of living in the camp.

The weight loss comes as contestants would occasionally get treats or meals when they won stars, but mainly the celebrities had to survive off of rice and beans.

Anne opened up about her food in the jungle and it looks like she won't be tucking into portions of rice any time soon.

Talking to This Morning, the 60-year-old said via a video call: “The trouble is really there is no salt.

“About a week ago my digestive system just said to me ‘I’m sorry, I'm not having any more rice."

She continued to tell Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes that:  "I can have beans, I can have rice and beans but I am having no more rice because it is just going straight through."

“So since then I’ve not had rice by itself. It just went straight through me,” – delightful. 

Fans were quick to spot her slimmer frame and took to social media to compliment the Chase star.

"Anne has lost so much weight since going in to the jungle she looks great," tweeted one.

Another user said: "I like her, she's done so well and lost loads of weight too. Well done Anne."

Anyone up for a stint in the jungle after Christmas? Wouldn't mind shedding that extra winter fluff. 

But fair play to Anne, she was an amazing camp mate.


Jameela Jamil might have just won 2018 – like seriously, someone give her an award.

Taking on the world of diet teas, the presenter made an EPIC video which takes the piss out of the false promises influencers and celebs can make about some weight-loss detox products.

The 32-year-old captioned the video: "If celebs and influencers were actually honest with us about some of these diet/detox products…"

The video begins with Jameela in a yellow dress, with a glass of green liquid in hand.

She starts to mimic the same scripts we are all too familiar with when hearing about the diet teas. 

She starts to exaggerate to highlight the ridiculous claims some people make about the drinks: "I've only been taking it for three days and I've already lost 35 pounds and I've got abs…" 

Then commences some more realistic side effects that the liquids can cause – and if you've got a weak stomach, turn off the sound. 

The actress is seen on the toilet with all those juicy sound effects in the background.

Still sticking to the script, her make up is now run down her face and we feel sweaty just looking at her.

"Discount code is in my bio…it burns" she finishes.

We honestly love her so much for being so honest with her experiences with certain detox products. 

So if you are going to buy a diet tea, make sure you know exactly what it does to your body.

We LOVE the real body positive messages that Jameela preaches. 


Okay, we appreciate that fad diets are a thing, and we admit to trying one every now and then. 

We've done the lemon water cleanse (fucking horrific btw), we've gone carb and sugar free, and we've even attempted the baby food diet. 

Yes, the baby food diet. Don't really want to talk about it, tbh. 

Anyway, one thing we're just not sure about? Electrically shocking ourselves into a smaller dress size. 

Because apparently, that's what some people are actually doing. Can you cope? 

The Pavlok wristband is a device that looks similar to a fit bit – but with a totally different purpose. 

The makers of the Pavlok describe the feeling of receiving a zap as being “a lot like a static shock you get when you touch a doorknob after rubbing your feet on the carpet”.

“The electrical stimulus is carefully designed so that it is enough to be uncomfortable, but not so strong that it hurts (and nowhere near dangerous – the Shock Clock is CE/FCC certified and 10,000 Pavlok users have proven it is safe and effective).”

It is important to note that the device will only zap ypu upon request. 

It's all about changing habits, and so when you think 'maybe I will just eat that entire share bag of Doritos' – you simply zap yourself as a deterrent. 

The band costs $129, and is available online



You'd be forgiven for thinking it was a satirical depiction of the media's obsession with weight loss.

You'd like to assume it was an exaggerated version of the importance society places on the scales.

And you'd hope that Cosmopolitan's astonishing decision to frame a story about cancer with a clickbait headline about weight loss was an ill-advised, but genuine attempt to highlight society's misplaced priorities, but it wasn't.  

How This Woman Lost 44 Pounds without *ANY* Exercise was a genuine article written by Elizabeth Narins about a woman who survived cancer.

As a magazine typically aimed at women, the headline suggests that Cosmopolitan believes the attention of their target demographic will only be piqued if the content effects our aesthetic.

In just 42 characters, Cosmo revealed what they really believe of their readers. In their eyes, we are – beneath it all –  people who rate weight, size and body measurements above health, vitality and quality of life.

We'll only read about Simone Harbinson's battle with cancer if it's prefaced with a few 'before and after' weight loss snaps, and we'll endure the grim reality of a life-threatening illness if we ultimately learn that Simone is now rocking a pair of size 8 jeans.

While the article itself does indeed focus on Simone's prognosis, diagnosis and unbalanced relationship with food as a result of her illness, the idea that Cosmopolitan felt it must frame a story about cancer with what appears to be a weight loss incentive is indicative of their perception of the female demographic.

And as Cosmo clearly didn't get the memo that women don't, in fact, consider weight loss the be-all and end-all, Twitter wasted no time informing them.





The publication has since changed its headline to A Serious Health Scare Helped Me Love My Body More Than Ever, but the damage is already done.

Note to Cosmopolitan and Elizabeth Narins: a story about a woman's battle with cancer is entitled to be just that.

Don't insult us – and more importantly, her – by assuming we need a cryptic message about a three-stone weight loss to care.


She may be one of the most popular Gogglebox cast members, but Scarlett Moffatt has also endured the most scrutiny and ridicule off-screen.

While the 24-year-old girl from Durham quickly established a fan base for herself with her witty one-liners and quirky sense of humour, she has also been subjected to intense criticism on account of her appearance.

Derided by national newspapers for her size, Scarlett embarked on a nutrition and fitness plan which saw her drop some serious lbs, but it looks like her new size has irked some of her Instagram followers who now insist she has gotten too skinny.

After sharing a snap of herself looking fantastic in a pair of skinny jeans teamed with a floral shirt, Scarlett was inundated with comments from followers suggesting she's gone too far.

"Scarlett, be careful please don't go too skinny you looked amazing before," wrote one follower. "Obviously you are still beautiful but take care."

"Don't get any more skinny please! You are stunning –  just know when to stop," added another.

Thankfully for Scarlett, hundreds of her followers were on hand to remind social media users that Scarlett had lost weight through a healthy diet and fitness regime.

"All the hard work paying off! She's been exercising!" wrote one.

"She hasn't disappeared; she's the same gorgeous and bubbly girl she always was," insisted a fan. "She's happier in her own skin now and looks great. That's what motivation looks like!"

"You look AMAZING hun totally amazing – well done for all your hard work," added another.

We're with them on this one.


Scarlett Moffatt is probably our favourite Googlebox star.

She's not afraid to speak her mind and is quite open about the daily struggles of life – which kinda makes us all relate to her.

And her most recent struggle is shedding those extra few pounds.

The 25-year-old is determined to slim down, saying that her fondness for junk food is holding her back.

"Doner kebab meat. Truthfully, I have it maybe once or twice a week," she told Now magazine.


Time to get fit I can do this #fitness #lifestylechange

A photo posted by S C A R L E T T (@scarlett_moffatt) on

In the interview, she added that since her boyfriend is a fitness fanatic, he keeps her motivated to go to the gym regularly.

"I've just started exercising quite a bit actually. I'd say I do HIT (high intensity training) about three times a week.

"My boyfriend is super-fit so it's good having him on side because he's quite motivated."

Scarlett is currently enjoying a holiday with her boyfriend, and posting loads of pictures to keep us updated.


#boyfriend #holiday #tan #time

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Rob Kardashian is right in the middle of his fitness journey, and his transformation has been impressive so far.

He's already down 50 pounds and took to Instagram to show it off.

Posting a before and after picture, Rob captioned the snap, "LOL Still got a lot of work to do and weight to lose but I'm glad I'm getting better."


LOL still got a lot of work to do and weight to lose but glad I'm getting better :):):)

A photo posted by ROBERT KARDASHIAN (@robkardashian) on

In both images, the reality star is wearing black clothes, which further show just how far he has come in a couple of months. 

He previously posted a picture of his bride-to-be, Blac Chyna, after she suffered harsh criticism for her baby weight, but it didn't phase Rob, as he captioned the picture of Chyna showing off her bump, "My beautiful babies in Miami."

It seems he's finally happy in life again. 


Feeling daunted about starting your New Year resolution to eat better, get fitter and lose weight? Don’t worry, you’re not alone and there are some simple things you can do to get started and more importantly, to stick with it.

Experts in the U.S. have looked at the habits of people who manage to lose weight successfully and keep that weight off. There is a lot we can learn from these successful dieters, but the main thing is – this is not rocket science. What you need to do is develop a series of simple, healthy habits. And guess what? There are only 9 to remember.

Here are the 9 things that successful dieters do:

1.Track their food intake: You can do this using safefood’s free weight-mate app. It contains a huge variety of easy, delicious, healthy meal plans developed by nutritionists to suit your tastes.


2.Count calories or grams of fat: All of safefood’s weight-mate recipes and meal plans have been calorie counted and checked for fat content.

3.Follow a low-calorie, low-fat diet: There’s a lot of chat about low-carb and high protein diets these days, and they do work for some people, but that’s not what the successful diets did. Here are some handy tips on making your meals healthier.

4.Eat breakfast regularly: This tends to help people avoid making bad food choices later in the morning. If that sounds familiar, you’ll find lots of healthy breakfast recipe ideas on safefood’s website.


5.Limit how often they eat out: They don’t eat out more than three times a week and eat fast food less than once a week. Studies have found that foods eaten outside the home tend to be higher in calories and fat. Portions sizes are also often larger. We have lots of tips on healthy options when eating out to help you make better choices.

6.Stick with moderation for holidays and special occasions: (We’ll do better next Christmas!)

7.Walk about an hour a day or participate in other activities: You can set a physical activity goal of an hour a day on safefood’s weight-mate app and track how you are doing.


8.Watch less than 10 hours of TV a week: Monitor your TV viewing for a week to see how much you actually watch. You might be surprised!

9.Weigh themselves once a week: You can also track your weight using our Weight-mate app.

This year, let’s not let the resolutions slip. Say no to fad diets, do what works and start adopting these healthy habits to get healthy and stay healthy for 2016.

To get started, download weight-mate now:




Call it the new detox juice! Matcha green tea has popped up everywhere over the past year, but it's only now that we're realising the real health benefits from it.

Los Angeles nutritionist, Cynthia Pasquella, spoke to Harper's Bazaar about the new study that proves this tea is the best thing for us.

"A compound in matcha called EGCG [epigallocatechin gallate] has been shown to boost metabolism and stop the growth of fat cells," says Cynthia.

"Matcha has played an important role for a number of my clients," Ms Pasquella admitted. "It's smart to swap it for coffee, which can play with blood sugar, leading to weight gain."

But what is matcha, you ask? While green tea usually consists of dried, chopped leaves that are steeped in a bag, matcha is a fine powder made from plants specially shade-grown to develop the flavour and it's bright colour.

While studies have mixed conclusions about precisely how much matcha or EGCG may be needed to lose weight, Cynthia suggest one to three cups a day is enough.


Chia seeds, goji berries, wheatgrass and some others are packed with nutrients and we certainly hear an awful lot about these supposed miracle foods. However, some research shows that you may be skipping out on other less ‘super’ foods just because they are not deemed trendy enough.

‘Superfoods’ has become a term that is often over used.

While there are certainly huge benefits to be found in many foods, marketing folk are inclined to try and cash in on our attempts to ditch the sugary crap and throw the ‘superfood’ label and lots of things that are no good. This also means they will carry a higher price tag.


Stick with leafy greens instead, spinach and kale for example are more affordable and taste better without needing to be blended with sweeteners.

Gluten-free foods

They often have added sugars to make up for a lack of flavour. Unless you actually have a food intolerance you can give these expensive items a skip.

Aloe Water

Yes it does have a high amount of anti-oxidants but it also tastes very bitter. To cover this packaged aloe drinks are mixed with sweeteners, which means you won’t be reaping any of the real benefits.

​Goji berries

While some studies done on rabbits have shown some promise in aiding heart health, they are long way off being proven as a human superfood. Apparently you’re better off with a variety of berries rather than spending all your money on one type that is not rich any on particular vitamin or mineral.

‘Vitamin’ water

Check the ingredient list before you purchase because many of these drinks can contain a lot of added sugar. If you really can’t face another boring glass of water, try adding lemon, lime, orange slices or even berries.


A Channel 4 documentary has revealed that Iceland has the best diet in the world.

Apparently the people of Iceland keep their health in tip top condition with a diet of fresh fish, high quality meat and dairy products – sounds do-able!

In the documentary, a group of leading nutritionists ranked different countries and tribes diets based on weekly shops and typical foods. Unfortunately, Ireland didn’t even make it into the top ten:

1. Iceland

2. Italy

3. Greece

4. Seventh Day Adventists (form of Christianity)

5. Japan

6. Sweden, Norway, Denmark (joint)

7. The Kuna Indians (Panama)

8. France

9. Spain

10. The Netherlands

Pfft. We don’t need their validation anyway – now pass the potatoes!