TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher reveals her hourglass figure secret


London: TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher reveals why the hour glass figure overtakes the perfect 10 in the body aspiration stakes.

Whether you’re twenty or fifty the hour glass figure remains the body shape the majority of us aspire to. With over two thirds of the nation wishing they had the classic Marilyn curves, it would seem that the boyish body personified by Twiggy in the sixties and Kate Moss in the nineties and noughties is somewhat outdated.

In a landmark study, commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kellogg’s Special K, over 2,000 women across the UK were surveyed to examine the key influences that have impacted on the female body ideal and the things that have boosted and bruised our confidence over the last five decades.

The results showed that real women are resolutely rejecting perfection and demanding more honesty to inspire better ‘shape’ confidence. Key body shape boosters include seeing shapely women on TV rather than size zero models, curvy celebrities with hunky boyfriends (such as Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson), and older actresses such as Helen Mirren ‘baring all’ for nude scenes.

As well as applauding women in the public eye who are honest about their bodies, British women believe influencers like the media could and should do more to inspire real women. Well someone who knows a thing or two about the pressures of staying in shape is TV presenter and mum Kirsty Gallacher. After almost a decade in the spotlight, the recently engaged star talks frankly about her body and how she maintains her classic hour glass shape.

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London: Leading TV nutritionist Nigel Denby shows you how you CAN have a nibble and manage your body shape.

Women are always being told that the key to staying trim is to avoid the snack trap. However, evidence supports the fact that snacking isn’t inherently bad for you – the issue is in fact choosing the right snacks that can become part of a balanced diet and help you on your way to longer term weight management.

Shocking as it sounds to many dedicated dieters, well timed and planned out nibbling can actually be good for you because it can help keep your metabolism working at a consistent rate throughout the day and help fill the hunger gap so you don’t over-indulge at meal times.

One of the first and most important things to identify is what type of a snacking personality type you are; when you find yourself snacking and the reasons why you snack. Once you’ve identified this, it’s easy to plan out your steps to avoid any ‘bad’ snack pitfalls. It could be that you’re a mum, who can’t help picking at food whilst making your kids’ tea or perhaps you get home from work exhausted, and slump in front of the TV with anything you can find to pick at from the fridge.

The truth is that it can be very hard not to have a little nibble as most women crave snacks throughout the day and the denial of these cravings can often lead to us reaching for the biscuit tin. A massive 97% of women said they felt guilty after snacking alone, with 43% concerned about the weight gain potential of snacking.

Lucky for us though we have expert advice on hand from leading TV nutritionist Nigel Denby who talks us through the best route to successful
nibbling, so that the sweet doughnuts and cakes stay in the box. Click on the link below to find out what type you are and get some nibbling know how:
Nibble Know How from Nigel Denby
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Skipping breakfast makes you fat, says Kelloggs’ survey


London: Do you skip breakfast most mornings? If yes then you’re not alone, as almost half (45%) of the UK admits to skipping breakfast regularly.

If you think this doesn’t effect you then read on to find out why you really should Mind the Gap……

Seven great reasons to make time for breakfast

· FACT: Studies show that people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight. If you’re trying to shed some unwanted pounds then you may think you can save a few calories by skipping breakfast. Whilst this may sound like a good idea, in fact what happens is that people who skip breakfast tend to overcompensate for the calories they miss at breakfast and end up eating MORE calories throughout the day, not less.

FACT: For people of all ages breakfast cereal provides key nutrients that improve the nutritional balance of the overall diet. A bowl of fortified cereal provides 25% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for the vitamins folate, thiamin, niacin, B6, riboflavin and B12 and 17% of the RDA for iron. And because cereal is usually eaten with milk you’re also getting a good dose of calcium. Research shows that if you miss the opportunity to stock up on these important nutrients at breakfast you will struggle to make them up during the rest of the day. Some nutritionists even suggest that missing breakfast leads not just to a ‘nutrient gap’ but a huge great nutrient chasm.

· FACT: After fasting overnight blood glucose levels are at an all-time low and may explain why people who don’t refuel with breakfast have difficulty concentrating and struggle to get through the morning.

· FACT: People who eat breakfast in the morning are less likely to fall victim to the mid morning snack attack

· Starting the day with a bowl of wholegrain cereal is an easy way to boost your fibre intake. A bowl of Kelloggs All-Bran provides a massive 45% of the Guideline Daily Amount for fibre.

· Surveys show that 4 out of 10 women under the age of 35 are low on iron. A 30g bowl of fortified cereal in the morning provides 17% of the RDA for iron and ensures you are starting the day as you mean to go on.

· Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your 5-A-Day target. A small glass of fruit juice counts as one of your recommended minimum 5 servings of fruit and vegetables and if you have a chopped banana, two tablespoons of raisins, dried apricots or fresh berries with you cereal, this can count as another. If you can tick off two servings of fruit at breakfast, then squeezing in three more during the rest of the day should be a doddle!

So, if you do just one thing this week…set the alarm to wake you up 10 minutes earlier than normal tomorrow and make time for a bowl of cereal. So whether you’re 16 or 66 you’ll reap the rewards throughout the rest of the day!