Category Archives: Weight Loss

How to Calculate Body Fat Percentage

When I meet a new personal training client, part of the initial consultation is measuring their body fat percentage. Every personal trainer in London does this (or should!) with each new client, as it is a significant statistic of health & fitness, and enables you to monitor progress. An optimum range for men is 12 […]

Jamie Oliver and Childhood Obesity in London

Earlier this year, celebrity chef and healthy food campaigner Jamie Oliver appeared before the Childhood Obesity Strategy Committee, a Parliamentary Select Committee chaired by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP. Jamie Oliver is passionate about healthy eating for kids, and as a personal trainer in London I feel the same way. It’s tragic to see parents giving […]

Episode 3: Horizon Special: What’s the Right Diet for You?

This was the third and final episode (shown on Wednesday 14 January 2015 at 9pm on BBC2) and it left a lot of questions unanswered. This documentary is required viewing for all personal trainers in London. I’m amazed that this is the biggest diet study of its kind in the UK. What have successive governments […]

Episode 2: Horizon Special: What’s The Right Diet For You?

If you’ve not already read my blog post about episode 1, please read it first. As we saw in episode 1, the three groups of overweight volunteers were given different diets according to what makes them overeat, “instead of reaching for the latest fad diet,” said Professor Tanya Byron. As a personal trainer in London […]

TV Review: Horizon Special: What’s The Right Diet For You?

Last night’s episode of this Horizon Special was fascinating but flawed in my view (Monday 12 January 2015 on BBC2). The second is tonight at 9pm, and the final episode is on Wednesday evening. I’ll go into the reasons for my reservations in tomorrow’s blog post. As a personal trainer in London with a special […]

How to lose weight and keep it off long term

I just read an interesting article by leading obesity researchers Tom Wadden and George Bray, guest writers on the ConsciencHealth.org website. This site was founded in 2009 by Ted Kyle (Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy) as a platform for an evidence-based approach to tackling obesity. The article is an analysis of a report on a […]

Alcohol and Visceral Fat

As a personal trainer with clients in London who sometimes struggle with alcohol, I thought it would be a good time to spell out some of the health risks of excess alcohol consumption. Many busy professionals in London unwind after work with half a bottle (or even a whole bottle) of wine at home, or […]

Child Obesity in England: Emergency Action Needed, say GP’s

The Royal College of GP’s has called for an emergency taskforce to tackle childhood obesity in England. As a personal trainer in London I know the physical and emotional damage that obesity does to people, and I welcome this challenge to the government. An entire generation of young people is being destroyed by junk-food and […]

Weight Loss Surgery – New NICE Guidelines

The UK health watchdog NICE has proposed an increase in the availability of ¬†weight loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery, such as gastric bands, and gastric bypass) for people with type 2 diabetes. Currently you need to have a BMI of over 40 (or a BMI of over 35 coupled with another health condition […]