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Average 50-something fitter than 25-year-old, study claims You may have seen the results of the latest Herbalife research in the press over the last few days. According to the study of 4,000 British adults, 50-somethings eat less calories, exercise more and eat less junk than people half their age.

Here is the coverage from the Daily Telegraph:

Researchers found the average 25-year-old consumes over 2,300 calories a day, exercises only three times a week and munches on 12 types of junk food a month. But the typical 50-year-old has only 1,990 calories each day, does at least four forms of exercise and treats themselves to just one piece of junk food each week. And while those in their mid-20s have three takeaways a month, the older generation have only one.

The study, commissioned by global nutrition and direct selling company Herbalife, quizzed 4,000 Brits on their diet and lifestyle. Neil Spiers, Herbalife’s Regional Vice President, said: “The results of the study will be surprising to most as it’s natural to think that the younger you are, the fitter you are. It seems many young people are making the mistake of underestimating the benefit of a more balanced, holistic approach to diet and lifestyle. It’s great to think that the older generation are showing the youngsters the way when it comes to healthier living.”

The nationwide research of 16-80 year olds quizzed them on their health and exercise habits. It found the over-50s are more likely to walk as much as they can during the day – to the shops or with the dog – while those in their 20s tend to drive everywhere. But when it comes to excuses for not exercising, over a third (36 per cent) of 25 year olds blame not having enough time, compared to 22 per cent of over-50s. The research found 70 per cent of Brits see themselves as healthy – exercising for 27 minutes a day, at least three times a week, opting to go for a walk, run, cycle or gym. A quarter of Brits polled cycle to see friends or go to the shops, and 70 per cent take the stairs instead of the lift. Nearly four in 10 walk to the train station or to work in a bid to keep fit.

The study also found the average Brit believes they are overweight by nine pounds. Over a quarter of the population are currently on a diet – with the ‘low fat’ (30 per cent), ‘low carb’ (14 per cent) and ‘detox’ (eight per cent) diets being the most popular. And they would wish to lose 13 pounds for them to be their ideal weight.

The study also highlighted the lengths people will go to in order to hide their flab. Nearly a quarter have fibbed about the amount they eat, one in five has lied about their weight and 12 per cent have cut labels out of clothing which revealed their real size. A cheeky 16 per cent have turned to slimming aids without telling anyone and seven per cent have uploaded misleading pictures on Facebook.

And 30 per cent have ‘binge dieted’ to fit into a dress or to look good in a bikini in time for a holiday.

Very interesting reading, and not wholly suprising, judging from the conversations I’ve had with some of my clients.

If you’d like information on losing weight in a healthy and safe way by incorporating the Herbalife products into a healthy lifestyle, visit our online store. (You can also read testimonials from some of our clients on out results page.)

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Hello!! Firstly, I must apologise for my tardiness – it has been AGES since my last post. so I’ll get straight to it.

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My daughter, Amelia, was born at the end of April after a really great pregnancy! In total contrast to last time, my “Herbalife” baby was born naturally weighing a healthy 7 lbs 14 oz. I am so pleased that I not only managed to go to full term this time, but things were healthy enough for me to be left to have a spontaneous labour at 41 weeks and a VBAC delivery. I can’t tell you what a relief this was after my first pregnancy which was plagued with ill health and ended in a failed early induction and emergency c section (see previous posts for further details).

The last 3 weeks have been a bit of a blur as we’ve been settling into our new routine as a family of four! It’s true that having 2 is much more hard work than having 1 +1 but it’s all good, and I’m loving being mum to a little baby again, now that my 2 year old is fiercely independent and wiping my kisses off!

Amelia is an exclusively breastfed baby so continuing to benefit from the Herbalife products even outside the womb – she’s gaining weight VERY well and is perfectly proportioned… and gorgeous (well, we think so!)

I haven’t been on a weighing scales since before I was pregnant and am not worrying about weight loss for a few more weeks – once I’ve had my 8 week check-up I’ll start exercising again and revert to two shakes a day (at the moment I am still having one shake a day at breakfast time for good health and supplementation) although I’ll be eating more calories than when I was previously losing weight and having additional protein to maintain a healthy milk supply. Watch this space for my post-pregnancy weight loss progress – starting some time in July.

Even though I am enjoying my “babymoon” at the moment, you can still order from my online store!

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In the spirit of recycling, here is a reminder of a previous Easter post….

Many of our clients, and countless other people, are well into a new year healthy eating or Weight Management plan or may just be starting a programme in time for summer. The Easter weekend is probably second only to Christmas in being a difficult time to stick to any sort of healthy diet.

Here are a few tips to getting through the Easter weekend:

  • Chocolate is high in fat (and therefore very calorie-dense) and nutritionally poor – it will seriously impact your weight loss progress if you are not EXTREMELY careful!!! While no chocolate eggs are a “healthy” or “diet” option, it is true that some are less fattening than others. This link will show you the calorie details of some of the most common eggs: Easter egg calorie counter.
  • If someone does give you chocolate, and you can’t bear to pass it on, why not keep it in the fridge and eat a little of it over a number of days or weeks. If you have a little of this instead of a pudding after your main meal it will have less impact on your weight loss.
  • Rather than eating chocolate eggs with your children, why not take the traditional approach and decorate fresh eggs! Much less fattening and a great source of protein (egg protein is of high biological value as it contains all the essential amino acids needed by the human body) and an average of only 78 calories per medium egg.
  • Once you’ve painted the eggs, have an Easter Egg Hunt to get outside in the fresh air and get moving! This is such great fun for all ages, and much better for you than sitting in front of the TV eating chocolate!

If you are following one of our Herbalife Programmes, here are some extra tips:

  • Have a chocolate shake!!! If you don’t have any Chocolate Formula 1, or don’t have time to pick any up from me, try a spoon of low calorie hot chocolate powder in a Vanilla shake
  • The Chocolate Peanut Protein bars are seriously YUMMMMMY – why not ask for some instead of chocolate eggs! They are high in heart-healthy soy protein, nutrient dense, and provide great nutrition for in-between-meals!
  • Make sure you use your products as directed – if you don’t have the correct nutrition levels, you’ll feel hungry and more inclined to “cheat”
  • Thermojetics Green Tea Boost and Thermo Complete will help you to control any cravings – if you are not already using these products, contact me to arrange to get some!

Whatever you do, and whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope you have a lovely long weekend with your families and loved ones!

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hospital-bagAs I am now over 33 weeks pregnant (hoorah – not too long to go!) I’ve been preparing my “labour bag” and as well as the usual lists of nappies, nighties and nursing pads, there are some Herbalife products I will definitely be packing and would highly recommend to anyone else:

For Mum-to-be

For Dad-to-be

  • Lift Off – an energy boosting drink (containing caffeine) which won’t give him a “downer” afterwards!
  • NRG – caffiene and guarana in tablet form – also great for concentration when returning to work after sleepless nights!!!!
  • Protein Bars & Formula 1 sachets (as above)

For Mum & Baby

  • Aloe Soothing Gel -cooling &  soothing for any minor skin irritations and gentle enough for baby’s bottom!
  • Being a new mum can be tiring so it’s important you get the daily nutrition your body needs for optimum functioning. If you’re going to be breastfeeding, it’s even more important that you take the right nutrition every day – something that can be hard to do when you’re a tired new mum. However you are feeding, you may want to consider the Herbalife Healthy Breakfast Programme as an addition to your daily regime. It’s a fast and convenient way of getting a good start to the day, topping up your levels of essential vitamins and minerals, and the high soy protein content will help you feel full for longer – so you can prevent snacking on unhealthy mid-morning snacks! (We can also help you get back into shape if you are left with a baby bulge!!!)

For information on how you can incorporate these, or any of the other Herbalife products into your lifestyle, please contact me. You can also visit the UK store to purchase online (international customers click here).

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lvehandles Did you see the latest research on  “love handles” yesterday? It seems that a French study of 120,000 men and women has shown a strong link between a large waist measurement and decreased lung function. Another great reason to make NOW the time you get your weight and health under control.

The report, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine , showed that the results were independent of smoking or overall BMI and reinforces the message of the need for a healthy lifestyle. Here is an extract from the BBC coverage of the report:

The team set out to look if there was an association between lung function and metabolic syndrome – a collection of health problems including high blood pressure and cholesterol which are strongly linked to carrying excess weight around the middle.

Abdominal obesity was defined as having a waist circumference of greater than 35 inches (89 cm) for women and 40 inches (102 cm) for men. They found a strong association between a large waist measurement and decreased lung function regardless of overall body mass index.

The association remained when they excluded those with existing cardiovascular disease or respiratory disease.

There was also a significant interaction between metabolic syndrome and smoking, with a higher risk of lung function impairment in current and former smokers than in those who never smoked.

Abdominal obesity may affect breathing through restricting the diaphragm or chest wall, the researchers suggested. But there could be other explanations. Fat tissue may increase inflammatory processes in the body which may in turn lead to respiratory problems.

You can see the full article on the BBC website by clicking here.

Many of our clients have seen a significant decrease in waist size by following a healthy balanced lifestyle including Herbalife nutritional programmes and exercise.

Our personal service includes a Complimentary Wellness Evaluation and a list of recommendations on how you can affect your health and well-being through simple but effective steps! Once you get started, you will also receive weekly follow-up and support to help you achieve your goals. And this all comes with a 30 day guarantee, so you have nothing to lose but the weight! Spring is a great time to start making these changes, so get in touch today.

You can see testimonials from a selection of our clients here or visit our store to contact us or browse the full range of Herbalife products.

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Mothers-to-be who are obese increase their odds of having a baby with abnormalities including spina bifida, researchers say.

Their analysis of data from 39 studies found obese women were more than twice as likely to have a baby with spina bifida or another neural tube defect. The risk of heart defects and cleft lip was also raised, the Journal of the American Medical Association says.

Up to a fifth of pregnant mothers in the UK are classed as obese.

Leading clinicians said the government should be focusing anti-obesity campaigns on women of child-bearing age.

It is well known that women who are obese are more likely to have difficulty conceiving and once they are pregnant, overweight and obese women and their babies are at a greater risk of a range of health problems. However, this is the first time that so many studies have been combined to build a more accurate picture of the risks to the unborn child, according to lead researcher Dr Judith Rankin of Newcastle University.

“Given that we are seeing an increase in the number of people who are overweight or obese, then we may see an increase in the number of babies born with abnormalities,” she said. However, she stressed these abnormalities were uncommon.

“Spina bifida only occurs in approximately one in every 2,000 births, so the risk, even among obese women, remains very low.

“Women who are thinking about trying for a baby need to check their own weight first and then think about seeking help if they are overweight.

“While you are pregnant it’s not the time to start a weight loss diet but it is more important to eat sensibly and healthily,” she said. The Royal College of Midwives echoed this advice.

Dr Rankin’s team will now continue the work to examine why there is a link between a mother’s weight and abnormalities in the baby. They say it could be related to nutritional deficiencies or undetected diabetes in the mother.

Both maternal diabetes and a lack of folic acid are established risk factors for birth abnormalities, particularly neural tube defects which affect the brain and spinal cord.

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Andrew Russell, chief executive of the Association for Spinal Bifida and Hydrocephalus, said: “Folic acid does seem to be involved. It is very important for women planning a pregnancy or likely to fall pregnant to take a folic acid supplement.”

If you are interested in finding out more about increasing your well-being and nutrition in advance of conception, please feel free to contact us via our main website. You can also view related testimonials on our Results page.

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Click here to view the full article on BBC NEWS | Health | Obese mothers ‘risk spina bifida’.

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Danyelle babyRegular readers will have seen Danyelle’s “before and after” pictures on my blog and website in the past. I’ve managed to catch up with her today I am delighted to share her updated testimonial.

I was so excited when I first heard of her pregnancy and have been waiting for Danyelle to introduce her BEAUTIFUL daughter to everyone!

Here is what she said today:

In July 2007 I weighed 15st 9 and my life was a mess.

I had been trying for a baby for 6 years with no success so decided to change my life around. I’d had 4 attempts at IVF before then and nothing had worked so I thought ‘enough’s enough’ booked a trip to Australia, bought a sports car and I started Herbalife with Sarah’s help… and I stuck to it. I was not hungry like many other diets I had been on and I liked the taste (of the products).

By November 2007 when I went to Australia I was 12st and feeling great and even started running and look part in a 10k race and finished it. On 8th January 2008 I took a pregnancy test and it was positive – YES I had fallen pregnant naturally.

Throughout the 6 years I’d hidden behind the fact that it was the weight that stopped me getting pregnant and just wallowed in self pity and ate more.

On 20th September 2008 my beautiful daughter Maegan was born weighing a healthy 7lb and 12.5.

I am back on Herbalife now and breastfeeding and hopefully a brother or sister for Maegan will follow….

I am absolutely delighted for Danyelle and her husband – it’s this kind of “after” picture that really makes being an Herbalife Distributor feel so special. The products really can help people make major lasting changes to their lives that affect their whole families so much.

If you missed the original photos of Danyelle, you can see her before and after snaps on the Results page of the blog.

If you need help with getting your weight on track and would like to embark on a more healthy and active lifestyle, please contact me (Sarah) for more information, or you can browse the product range online at

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