It’s another of those much debated topics.

In one camp they say you should never exercise on an empty stomach because it can lead to muscle wasting and exercise burn out.

But, in the other camp there are those who swear by working out before eating anything.

In the past I’ve generally encouraged eating something small before exercising, however I’ve swayed back and forth on this in more recent days.

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is my job killing me


Yes, I know. It seems like everything is a potential killer nowadays.

But, this one is particularly disconcerting for many of us.

You see, for years we’ve been led to believe that as long as we follow a regular exercise program, our health should be okay.

At least, it should be much better than those who don’t follow a regular exercise program.

Makes sense, but it’s not telling the whole story.

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Studies show that what we eat before, during and after a workout can have a significant effect on our energy levels, the quality of our workout, and the recovery process which follows.

Our muscles need to be properly fuelled to get the maximum benefit from the workout we’ve just completed. And, without the proper nutritional support, you won’t get the optimal “bang for your buck,” from the hard work you put in.

That said, however, if you are eating a healthy diet, and are getting enough calories to support your activity levels, you can probably rely on your own appetite, energy levels, and experience to tell you how much to eat before, during, and after a workout. Click to read more…

Some of you will remember I asked if you would share your best tip for maintaining an active lifestyle.

You came up with some really super answers, and I decided to put them together into an article, so that everyone can benefit from your wisdom.

How To Be More Active


1. Nell on making time for yourself

My best tip for staying active is making a date with yourself to do something you enjoy.

Running/walking on my treadmill in the mornings is my time. I get to listen to the music I want, and no-one bugs me for 30 whole minutes!

It helps me stay sane for my husband and kids. Click to read more…


Back in July 2010 I ran a competition to give away a fab Mi-Bra, thanks to Carolina from Girl Habits.

Carolina has kindly offered to partner with me once again, to give you the chance to win another Mi-Bra, absolutely free.

If you don’t know already, the Mi-Bra is a super comfortable, 90% organic cotton, eco-friendly sports bra, with a fab little pocket on the front. 

You’ll find details at the end of this post on how to win your very own Mi-Bra. But first, here is Carolina’s article ~ Melanie

It’s about that time of year when your exercise resolutions start to fail. Click to read more…

I love to get emails from my readers telling me how they’ve been successful in reaching their goals. So, today I wanted to share with you Chris’ story, and how he changed his lifestyle, and lost 100 pounds as a result ~ Melanie

Depending on how much credence you give the BMI scale, I am a little bit overweight. I’m not buff, I’m not ripped, or anything even remotely like it.

Before you hit that little cross in the top right window though, let me explain something.

Six months ago I weighed around 300 pounds, didn’t exercise, and I smoked… not the most healthy person in the world, eh?

Well, after a rather life changing event (including becoming homeless for a week), I decided that it was time to fix my life up, get in shape, and basically reduce my risk of having a heart attack (something which plagues my family). Click to read more…

If you have struggled with your weight for years, sometimes taking a look at those around you who maintain a healthy weight, can be one of the most helpful things you can do.

I’m not saying that so-called “skinny” people are always healthier than overweight people. In many cases, and studies prove this, an overweight person who takes regular exercise, is much healthier than a skinny, inactive person.

However, my point is that sometimes when you’ve been dieting for so long, you start to forget what it is to eat “normally.”

So, taking a closer look at how others do things, can give you a much-needed reality check.

(BTW if you haven’t done so, check out my free ebook on the subject, naturally thin)

Catherine Of Chicago

Snacking And Weight Loss

Recent research has actually found that normal weight people, including those who have lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off, eat more often than overweight people. Click to read more…