Health news: weightloss, beetroot, flu jabs
The 5 things you need to know this week from the world of wellbeing...
1. Beet up your workouts
Beetroot helps muscles recover after intense exercise as a result of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, according to new research by the University of Northumbria. The study found men who drank 250ml of beetroot juice after intensive jumping exercises experienced less muscle soreness and quicker recovery times than those given a placebo drink. If you're not a fan of beetroot juice, try giving this roasted beetroot hummus a try instead!
2. Forget cheat day, it's all about cheat week
Taking breaks while dieting may actually help aid weight loss, according to a new study from Australian researchers. Compared to dieters who didn't take a break, dieters who repeated a cycle of dieting for 2 weeks and breaking from the strict diet for 2 weeks lost more weight over the course of the study and gained less after the study ended. A perfect excuse to treat yourself to these chocolate orange cookies, then...
3. Want to lose weight? Start by cutting out fizzy drinks
People who cut out about one can of sugary soda per week gained about a pound less over the course of a new study, compared to those who didn’t change their soda habits at all. Additionally, those who added about a can of soda to per week to their diet gained an average of 0.66 lb more than those who didn't alter their soda habits.
4. There are a lot of places we'd rather be than the gym, but the bathroom isn't one of them...
A new study has found that people in the UK spend more time sitting on the loo every week than exercising. On average, UK adults spend over 3 hours on the loo every week but spend less than half of that being active.
5. Getting a flu jab? You better be happy about it
New research by a team of health experts at the University of Nottingham has found evidence that being in a positive mood on the day of your flu jab can increase its protective effect!