What is a Calorie?

With the continued talk of ‘How many calories are in that sandwich’ to ‘How many calories can I eat in a day’, it is important to understand… What a calorie actually is? Without getting too technological on you: Calories are a measure of the amount of energy in food. We all need energy to function, much like a car needing petrol to drive. Energy from calories fuel your every move
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4 Weeks Later

It is 4 weeks ago today that I launched The Proof is NOT in the Pudding and what a month it’s been. I have been overwhelmed with the response – from the amount of people getting involved in the challenges, to the followers I’ve gained, not only the UK but across the water too in Dubai, New Zealand and Australia. Thank you to everyone who has supported the blog so far and welcome to any new followers. So… After a
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Chair Challenge

The Chair Challenge – your 20 minute daily workout that will get your heart pumping, thighs talking and triceps toned. The challenge involves a repeat of 4 different exercises, all performed using a chair, whilst in the comfort of your own home. You are aiming to complete this everyday for 20 days… You will complete 4 Exercises – Step ups, Mountain Climbers, Squats and Tricep Dips, one after the other, without stopping. After all 4
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The Proof is NOT in the Ab Crunch

The most common question I am asked as a fitness professional is ‘What can I do for my tummy?’ I’m afraid the answer to a flat tummy is not the Ab cruncher 3000, or whatever the latest gimmick is, but it’s in the kitchen. What does this mean? It means the food we eat plays a massive part in the way our body looks and how much muscle is on show.
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Snack Attack

Snacks

After breakfast do you spend the morning looking at the clock thinking about an appropriate time to start eating lunch? Since cutting your portion sizes, have you noticed you are more hungry in between meals? Craving that ‘something else’ after dinner? You are not alone. First things first – you need to establish whether you are actually hungry or whether we are snacking out of, a. Habit or b. Thirst. Habits are those little patterns of
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Stretches

A few stretches for you to do after the 20:20 Exercise Plan. Hold each stretch for 10-15 seconds and make sure you stretch both sides.

Personal Goals

Personal goals are important not only in fitness but throughout life too. If we are never aiming for something, then we aren’t focused on anything and without focus it is easy to lose motivation. Today, I completed my first 10km run and although I have taken part in a variety of sporting events, a 10km was something I wanted to tick off my list. Every event is individual and requires a different set of
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20:20 Exercise Plan

Stage 2 of the 12CC is your 20:20 Exercise Plan. You are aiming to complete this every day for the next 20 days. You will be carrying out 20 exercises which alternate from a repetition exercise (20 reps), to a holding exercise (20 seconds). For example, after completing 20 Jumping Jacks, you will be holding a Hip Bridge for 20 seconds and then completing 20 repetitions of a Spotty Dog etc. Make a copy of
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12 Weeks ’til Christmas

T he nights are getting darker, your summer wardrobe has been packed away and the Cadburys Roses tins are on display in the supermarkets. It can only mean one thing – Christmas is on its way! Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas (probably more than I love a pudding) but we are now on the 3 month countdown to the most indulging time of the year. The cold weather and dark
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Cut your portion sizes!

Before we look into what you are eating, let’s think about how much you are eating… One thing we can all do is cut down on the amount of food we eat in a day. It isn’t uncommon for people to fill their plates to the brim, grab a chocolate bar every time they fill up with petrol or even munch their way through a family size bucket of popcorn
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