Blog & Updates

My ITV Appearance!

Thursday 21st March 2019
Jonny Carter

I recently did some filming with ITV Central were I helped presenter Hannah Bechelet prepare for the up coming London Marathon, giving her some training and nutrition advice as she continues with her preparations. You can view the video here

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Why might I not be losing weight with cardio?

Wednesday 5th December 2018
Jonny Carter

CARDIO! Cardio is great for burning fat, there is no question about it. 1. Running 2. Swimming 3. Cycling are three good cardio exercises. Interval training being even better for torching that unwanted blubber due to the afterburn effects. Cardio's fat burning effects are due to all the calories it burns, the downside to this is it can leave you very hungry as the body wants to replace the calories burnt. Therefore why a lot of people don't get the results they want ie dropping a dress/trouser size is because they end up eating too much because they are hungry! Although if you follow this page you will know I don't harp on about calories, as this is only one factor in increasing fat burning and I…

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Why Optimising Hydration is so Important

Thursday 2nd August 2018
Jonny Carter

Due to the hot temperatures at the moment staying optimally hydrated is something you need to be aware of. Most of the year the NHS recommend that the average person should drink around 2 litres of water daily. However, when the temperatures have been above 25 degrees recently leading Urologists suggest this should be increased to 3 litres. If you are exercising intensely this should be increased even further to around 3.5-4 litres. You can get some of this water from food, various fruits are made up of a high percentage of water also juices, tea, etc can all be included in your water consumption. However, it is hard to quantify how much water you are getting from food; therefore,…

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Probiotics and the Human Microbiome

Saturday 2nd June 2018
Jonny Carter

There are more microorganisms in our body than there are cells. This collection of microorganisms is called our microbiome and contains, bacteria, fungi and viruses. It is also known as our gut flora. Some of these bacteria aren't great and can cause anything from the common cold to anthrax, however many are on our side and helpful to the body. They help the body perform various tasks, including: digesting food, manufacturing vital nutrients, improving our metabolism, and fighting off the bad bacteria. Our microbiome is very important to us and when it gets damaged things don't function as they should. Digestive issues can occur causing constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating and stomach cramps. We struggle to lose weight and we frequently catch…

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Calorie Counting, How Important is it?

Thursday 19th April 2018
Jonny Carter

The first thing I would say is yes calorie counting it is important, if you want to lose body fat, you need to have a calorie deficit. HOWEVER.......what you eat is even more important! I saw a rediculous video a few months a go,basically saying that food choice isn't as important as calorie counting for fat loss. In the short term calorie deficit will make you lose weight even if the calories come from poor food choices. Longer term poor food choices can cause hormonal imbalances leading to an increase in body fat. Many poor Personal Trainer's with limited nutrition knowledge go 'calorie counting mad' to try and get quick results, however this isn't giving the client any nutrition knowledge and…

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Exercise Addiction - Know the Signs

Thursday 8th March 2018
Jonny Carter

Exercise is great! It helps keep us healthy. This is a well-known fact. However, there are times when exercise can become unhealthy. This is when addiction can take over and exercise can do more harm than good. Firstly, many of you who are reading this article will be regular 'gym goers' and probably often get accused by family members, friends or work colleagues for being 'obsessed with exercise'. This doesn't necessarily mean that you are. Many people say this to make themselves feel better for doing little or even no exercise at all. That said exercise addiction can be a problem..... Here are some of the signs of exercise addiction: You miss family or social events because you want to exerciseYou're not…

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Why Cereal for Breakfast is a Bad Choice!

Saturday 3rd February 2018
Jonny Carter

Probably most people eat cereal for breakfast. Why? Well it's quick, you just pour the cereal into the bowl add some milk and it's ready. In today's stressful, busy, lifestyles many see it as the easiest option. Another reason for the 'cereal style' breakfast is that many people think it is a healthy option. The reason for this is due to mis-leading marketing. You often see adverts for various cereals saying that they are low in fat, in most cases this is true, but the problem with low fat products is that they are often high in sugar! Leading me on to my point why cereal isn't a good breakfast option. Cereal is generally high in sugar. This means when you…

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Do you feel regularly low in energy? Adrenal fatigue could be to blame

Friday 19th January 2018
Jonny Carter

As a Nutritional Therapist one of the areas I specialise in is helping people to improve their energy levels. Many people feel tired a large proportion of the time and just accept this....it shouldn't be the case. Do you suffer with some or any of the following symptoms......? • Low energy • Low blood sugar • Feeling exhausted upon waking in the morning • Decreased ability to handle stress • Feeling overwhelmed • Low body temperature • Mild depression and anxiety • Cravings for caffeine and sugary foods • Salt cravings • Frequent colds • Digestive problems • Increased body fat especially around the stomach If the answer is 'yes' you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue. The two adrenal glands are situated in the abdomen above the kidneys. The adrenals secrete over fifty hormones that help to control energy production, fluid and electrolyte balance…

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No-Nonsense Nutrition Advice on Fad Diets

Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Jonny Carter

It's that time of year again when the fad diets are flying around! 'you can lose a stone in 7 days', 'lose 10lbs in 5 days'. We have all heard them. There are a lot of 'fad diets' knocking about, Lighterlife, Herbalife the Cambridge diet, Slimfast, Juice diets etc. Now the question is do they work? Well here is my answer to this If you replaced your current daily food intake with 3 cadbury creme eggs per day you would lose weight, so in theory the creme egg diet works for weight loss, therfore you could add it to the list of 'fad diets' but what has swapping your meals for creme eggs done in terms of your overall health or educating…

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Nutrition Advice to Beat the Christmas Hangovers!!

Thursday 14th December 2017
Jonny Carter

I thought I would post something topical seen as we are in the middle of the party season. Now obviously the best way to avoid a hangover is not to drink so much alcohol, however as a 'grounded' paractitioner I understand everyone likes to let their hair down once in a while, myself included and obvioulsy this time of year it is extremly common. Hangovers vary from person to person but usually involve a headache, nausea, dehydration, tiredness and dehydration. The main cause of the hangover is ethanol, the alcohol in your drinks. Alcohol is broken down in the body by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase, high levels of this enzyme are present in both the liver and stomach. However when you…

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