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  • Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    by Darryl Edwards

    Animal Moves

    • improve strength, speed and stamina
    • increase mobility, flexibility and stability
    • look, feel and perform better

    Find out more and details on how to purchase at www.animalmovesbook.com

  • Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    by Darryl Edwards

    "If you are looking for a simple way to better understand Paleo concepts, Darryl's Paleo from A to Z guide is the go-to resource.
    -Mark Sisson, best-selling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of Mark's Daily Apple

  • Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, Jason Warner

    "This book is a useful reference to enable individuals just starting out on the Paleo path as well as those who want to explore more challenging, playful and interesting ways to move."

    -Robb Wolf, New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Solution

     

  • 7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    by Darryl Edwards
  • The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    by Robb Wolf
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    by Mark Sisson
  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    by Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie, Sarah Dopp
  • Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    by Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
  • Protein Power
    Protein Power
    by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Mary Deans
  • Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    by Christopher McDougall
  • In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    by Michael Pollan
  • Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    by Michael Pollan
  • The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    by L. Cordain
  • Vegetarian Myth, The
    Vegetarian Myth, The
    by Lierre Keith
  • The Second Brain
    The Second Brain
    by Michael D. Gershon
  • The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    by Loren Cordain
  • Eat Drink Paleo
    Eat Drink Paleo
    by Irena Macri
  • Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    by Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman

Entries in Obesity (12)

Monday
Oct132014

NEWS: Food capsules to combat obesity

Food capsules to combat obesity, really?-->http://www.healthunplugged.co.uk/food-capsules-to-combat-obesity/

 

 

Tuesday
Apr102012

Statistic of the Week: Denial?

 

"24% of Britons are obese, but only 6% of them admit to being obese".

Source: Slimming World, 2012

Friday
Mar232012

Health: Supersize Me

 

(c) Barcroft Media

This may look like the start of a post documenting the before and after photo showing dramatic weight loss, a transformation to a healthier way of life and well-being.  Unfortunately this isn't that story.  

This story is however a before and after of sorts.  The before is a lady who is currently 52 stone (728 lbs / 330 kg) who wishes to get to 57 stone (796lbs / 362kg ) by the end of 2012 and has the goal of beating the world record for a woman of 115 Stones (1610lbs  / 730kg).  Her starting point is morbid obesity  

Yes that's right, she wants to more than double her weight.  To achieve her goal (the - after) could well lead to ill health or even death.

Here's a few quotes:

‘I'd love to find out if it's humanly possible to reach a ton’ 

‘If I was to get sick, I've arranged for my sister to take care of my kids.'

‘I go for a waddle and do stretches and exercises every day,’ she said. 'My muscles need to hold up to my weight, so I have to stay strong.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026964/Susanne-Emans-bid-worlds-fattest-woman-52st-mother-2-supersizing.html

The one thing that startles me is that she eats on a daily basis more than the recommended calorie intake for 11 women and her monthly shop with her 2 boys takes up to 8 hours.  As she states - ‘It's like a full day's work!'

Find out more interesting facts about obesity here

Friday
Oct072011

Health: What a Waist!

Do you know a bulging waistline has a host of wealth problems?  
Men with a waistline of greater than 40 inches (100cm) and women with a waistline greater than 35 inches (89cm) have a significantly increased risk of cancer, type II diabetes and heart disease.  Currently 32% of men in the UK have a waistline exceeding 40 inches.  

The correct method to measure the circumference around the waist is the midpoint between the top of the hips and the bottom of the rib cage (usually just above the belly button).

So why is this measurement relevant?  

Fat that resides in the torso surrounding internal organs is known as visceral fat.  Visceral fat is toxic, inflammatory and metabolically active.  Excessive visceral fat is one risk factor associated with heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Current research suggests that waist size is a more accurate predictor of future disease risk than body weight.  This view is endorsed by the British Heart Foundation, World Health Organisation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK.

Quote from Cancer Research UK: "Being overweight or obese increases the risk of at least seven types of cancer.  The 2nd highest risk factor after smoking."