Articles tagged with: fat loss

Detox kits - why they don't work

Detox kits - why they don't work

Detox diets and detox 'cleansing' kits are big sellers. They promise lots of things - to purify the body, remove 'wastes' and eliminate 'toxins' (which are never really defined) and rejuvenate the liver. They say they can improve a sluggish digestion, revitalise the skin and boost your energy. Detox has become so accepted in our time-poor, instant world that many people embark on one whenever they've overdone the excesses of life and feel the need to refresh and revitalise. After Christmas is...

11 April 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Book review: The Fast Diet

Book review: The Fast Diet

The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer I recently happened to watch dietitian Matt O’Neill comment on the new Fast...

27 March 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Product Review Orange and Purple Vegetable Crisps

Product Review Orange and Purple Vegetable Crisps

Kettle vs Ajitas side by side

With their bright colours and pack shots of root vegetables, they scream "healthier snack". But are vegetable chips really better? We...

8 February 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

Children's weight issues Part 3 - Help for parents

Children's weight issues Part 3 - Help for parents

Having a child with a weight problem needs perseverance and patience. An overweight child will typically not achieve their healthy...

1 February 2013 by Catherine Saxelby

7 healthy alternatives to spread on your daily bread

7 healthy alternatives to spread on your daily bread

Olive oil for dipping? Avocado, hummus or peanut butter? The debate rages as to what’s the healthiest spread for your daily...

14 August 2012 by Catherine Saxelby

Q.  What’s your opinion of chitosan for fat loss?

Q. What’s your opinion of chitosan for fat loss?

A.  Chitosan and its precursor chiten have been hailed as 'fat binders' with the power to soak up fat and get rid of it – an...

31 March 2010 by Catherine Saxelby

= Reviews =

  • Do you need a spiralizer? And if so, which one?

    Do you need a spiralizer? And if so, which one?

    17 August 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Every time I post a tweet about my new spiralizer or upload an image of some zucchini noodles I’ve just made to Instagram, I get asked: “What brand of spiralizer did you buy?” and “Do you recommend a spiralizer?” So I thought I’d take a few pics and share how I came to decide on this brand.

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product review: Alpine Breads Super Natural (Protein) Sourdough

    18 May 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    I’m a big bread fan, as many of you know. Bread is my favourite carbohydrate, way above rice, pasta or potato, and I’d hate it if I couldn’t eat it. Having worked in the bread business, I appreciate how much effort goes into baking each loaf. Naturally I jumped at the chance to taste-test a little-known bread (did I need an excuse?) and put it through the Foodwatch review system. Here’s how we rated the Alpine Breads loaf sold under the label of Super Natural Protein

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  • Book Review: Reversing Diabetes by Dr Alan Barclay

    Book Review: Reversing Diabetes by Dr Alan Barclay

    4 May 2016 by, Guest reviewer

    Type 2 diabetes is everywhere and on the rise. According to Professor Peter Coleman, the Director of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, in his Foreword to this book, diabetes affects at least 1.1 million Australians. But does eating too much sugar cause it? Should you cut out all carbs to manage it? And is there really such a thing as reversing what is a chronic disease? All these questions and more are answered in Dr Alan Barclay’s new book ‘Reversing Diabetes’.

  • Product review:  Jams and fruit spreads side-by-side

    Product review: Jams and fruit spreads side-by-side

    27 April 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Do you prefer jam or fruit spread on your pikelets or scones? Is fruit spread a healthier choice than plain ol’ jam? It certainly sounds as if it is. Here we’ve reviewed four popular jams and fruit spreads, comparing the same strawberry variant against a straight strawberry conserve plus a spread with no cane sugar at the other extreme.

  • Product Snapshot: Ocean Spray Reduced Sugar Craisins

    Product Snapshot: Ocean Spray Reduced Sugar Craisins

    13 April 2016 by, Guest reviewer

    Dried cranberries are a great tart addition to salads, biscuits, muesli bars and trail mix. However, unlike other dried fruit (think raisins, dates or dried apricots which are naturally sweet enough), dried cranberries need some added sugar to make them palatable. They’d just be way too tart otherwise. So the question is: “have you ever realised just how much sugar is added?” What’s more, is this new reduced-sugar version any healthier for you?

  • Book Review: Eating for You by Sallyanne Pisk

    Book Review: Eating for You by Sallyanne Pisk

    16 March 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    I recently caught up with Australian dietitian Sallyanne Pisk and was delighted to receive a copy of her new book Eating For You which distils the knowledge she has gleaned from years of private practice, health service management and research. Take a look...

  • Product Snapshot:  Hahn Ultra beer

    Product Snapshot: Hahn Ultra beer

    2 March 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Sick of sweet, fizzy drinks or mocktails at the club when you don’t want to drink any alcohol? Want to get a good night’s sleep and be on top of things the next morning but still enjoy a beer out with friends? Then listen up – there’s a new beer on the market with only 0.9 per cent alcohol but with the full flavour and good taste of full-strength beer.

  • Kfibre: sugarcane’s little known, healthier cousin

    Kfibre: sugarcane’s little known, healthier cousin

    27 January 2016 by, Guest post

    Can you really get something healthy from a plant that produces something unhealthy? It appears so. An Australian company has found a way to turn the usual waste product of sugarcane into a powdered fibre with endless, beneficial possibilities...

  • Read on - here I take a look at these cute mini-pots of fresh growing herbs for your kitchen. Are they worth buying? Are they easy to look after?

    Product Review: Poppin Pods

    20 January 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

     Nothing irritates me more than throwing out packets of wilted mushy herbs at the end of the week. Such a huge waste! Unless I’m using them in a Vietnamese salad, those bunches of fresh, pre-cut herbs are always too large. Now I reckon I’ve found a better alternative – Poppin Pods.

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  • Get your product reviewed

    Get your product reviewed

    7 January 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Catherine reviews many new foods, supplements and dietary products for no payment. It's part of her role as a nutritionist and dietitian as it helps shoppers understand the pros and cons before they buy. However, if you have a product you would like Catherine to review, why not request a Sponsored Product Review?

  • Sponsor this site

    Sponsor this site

    7 January 2016 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Want to be associated with positive nutrition? Moderation and sensibility? No diet extremes or fads - just solid advice on healthy eating for busy bodies? Then why not consider becoming a Sponsor of this site for three, six or 12 months? If your product or service is right, it could be a win-win for both of us. 

= Healthy Weight Loss =

  • What is your relationship with food and eating?

    Why the perfect diet might be no diet at all

    3 February 2016 by, Guest post

    Many women spend much of their lives going from one unsuccessful diet to another, convinced that they just haven’t found the right one yet, or that they lack the willpower necessary to stick to one. But what if the problem is actually DIETING itself?

  • What is a 'Healthy Bounty Bar'? And how does it compare to the original?

    What is a 'Healthy Bounty Bar'? And how does it compare to the original?

    7 October 2015 by, Catherine Saxeby and Megan Cameron-Lee

    Lately my social media feeds have been flooded with photos of ‘sugar-free’ sweet treats. Made popular by celebrity, Sarah Wilson, and her book ‘I Quit Sugar’, these recipes fill the hole left by traditional, sugar-containing sweets, chocolates, muffins and slices. Are they actually any better? 

  • Diet review: South Beach Diet

    Diet review: South Beach Diet

    15 July 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Named after the celebrity-studded South Beach in Florida USA, the South Beach Diet promised to be easy and enjoyable with no suffering or deprivation. But once you read through the 14 days of the initial weight-stripping (Phase 1), you soon realize that it's a very restricted diet, only one degree better than Atkins. Will you lose weight on it? Absolutely, but not for the regime or combination of foodstuffs - simply because you're only taking in a meagre 4500 kJ/1070 cals per day!

  • Diet review: The Low GI Diet

    Diet review: The Low GI Diet

    6 May 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    The Low GI Diet won't eliminate all your carbs but it does make you think about choosing ‘smart carbs' to help your weight loss efforts. Legumes, pasta, grainy breads and the right types of cereal, rice and snacks are preferred over white bread and refined cereals.

    It's based on the Glycaemic Index (GI) concept which says that low GI carbs are digested and absorbed much more slowly and so last longer in your system. It was originally a concept for diabetes but now has advantages for dieters too.

  • Diet review: Can't Lose Weight? You could have Syndrome X.

    Diet review: Can't Lose Weight? You could have Syndrome X.

    29 April 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Sandra Cabot's book Can't Lose Weight? You could have Syndrome X promises help for those struggling to shed weight. However, it's no magic bullet - you will still have to exercise and change the way you eat. Is it helpful or is it just another fad diet? Here's my review...

  • My week on the IQS program (Week 1)

    My week on the IQS program (Week 1)

    4 March 2015 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Is sugar the key culprit in the obesity crisis? If I cut out ALL sugar (including honey and agave) and everything sweet, will it be easier for my body to shed weight?  I ate and cooked from Week 1 of the IQS program by Sarah Wilson (see my review of the book here) to see if, and how, it would help me lose a little weight. Here's how I fared on the first week ...

  • The 13 REAL causes of the obesity crisis

    The 13 REAL causes of the obesity crisis

    1 October 2014 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Forget sugar as the sole villain. Don’t blame fat alone for the flab. Forget carbs as the culprit. There is no silver bullet for weight loss and there is no ONE single food or nutrient that can be blamed for our expanding waistlines. Nor ONE single reason for the decline in our physical activity levels. There are many and they’re different for each person who’s carrying excess weight. I’ve unearthed at least 13 possible causes but I’ll wager there are many more. So look down my list and tick off which of these 13 (unlucky for some) factors are responsible for your underlying problem. 

  • Diet Book Review: The CSIRO Diet Book 1

    Diet Book Review: The CSIRO Diet Book 1

    9 May 2014 by, Catherine Saxelby

    The best-selling CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has come under scrutiny over the validity of its research and the concern that a diet high in meat can lead to bowel cancer, which is one of the more common cancers at present in Australia. CSIRO has also been criticised for lending its name to a diet book as they are the country's national research agency.

  • My Raw Food Diet Roadtest

    My Raw Food Diet Roadtest

    30 April 2014 by, Catherine Saxelby

    As part of his series on weird and wonderful diets, James Valentine has asked me to roadtest some of them and then present my experiences and my nutritional verdict for his listeners on the Afternoons with James Valentine program on ABC 702 local radio. This month I followed a Raw Food Diet for one week. Keep reading to see how I went.

  • The Raw Food Diet – an overview

    The Raw Food Diet – an overview

    23 April 2014 by, Catherine Saxelby

    Over the years the Raw Food Diet has waxed and waned in popularity. It was around in the 1980s with Leslie and Susannah Kenton’s Raw Energy movement. This spawned several books about the advantages of a raw diet plus the usual accompanying recipe books. Now, some 30 years later, the Raw Food Diet is popular with a whole other generation of people looking for ways to stay trim and healthy. So what is it?

  • Paleo – a great place to start but needs a tweak

    Paleo – a great place to start but needs a tweak

    13 February 2014 by, Catherine Saxelby

    I’ve never been wild about the Paleo Diet, I must admit. It’s never seemed right that we humans haven’t ‘evolved’ from our caveman days, nor our food either. I mean carrots today aren’t the same as the thin, bland, lacklustre carrots of our hunter-gatherer ancestors; meat from domesticated animals raised by mass production methods, even if grass-fed, is not wild bison, buffalo or kangaroo roaming the plains; fruit is juicier, veggies are less bitter etc.