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Tennis

There are over 2,700 clubs affiliated to the Lawn Tennis Association in the UK. Tennis is one of our favourite team sports, and with more and more people taking it up in the hope...

Glycaemic index (GI)

Forget about simple sugars and complex carbs. These days, carbs are classed according to their glycaemic index, or GI. Here's how it works. Forget about simple sugars and complex...

Cycling

Cycling is an environmentally friendly and ever more popular sport. As well as being green, it's easy, accessible to all and works the whole body. Cycling is an environmentally...

Good fats and bad fats

Fat is full of calories (1g = 9 kcal) and is to blame for weight gain and heart problems, but our body needs fat to function. You have to eat a certain amount of the right fat...

Aquaerobics

Exercising in the water rather than in the gym? Now there’s a good idea: it’s more fun, easier and more efficient. Here’s our guide to the pool fitness craze. Exercising in the...

Expressive art therapy

Expressive therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses artistic creation to enable people to express, liberate and change themselves. Through painting, music, dance or sculpture...

Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis guides a patient in the exploration of the subconscious to aid better self-knowledge. Training Check that a therapist who claims to be a qualified psychoanalyst...

Seeing a psychotherapist

Psychotherapists are trained in a specific therapy technique to support patients with emotional, mental or behavioural problems. TrainingThere are no regulations in the UK on...

Transactional analysis (TA)

Transactional analysis (TA) is a psychoanalytic form of psychology developed by the American psychiatrist Eric Berne in the 1950s, based on his published theory of communication...

NLP therapy

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is a therapy that improves communication with others using language patterns. It guides and instructs your brain to fool you into having self-co...

Seeing a psychologist

Psychologists are specialised in the study of human behaviour. They use tests and discussion to help you get to know yourself better. TrainingPsychologists will have studied at...

The Mayo diet

The Mayo diet, or the grapefruit diet as it is also know, was all the rage in the 80s. It's one of those diets that requires a lot of will power, you have to be able to survive...

The Montignac GI diet

One of the pioneers of using GI (glycaemic index) in relation to weight loss was Frenchman Michel Montignac. His diet has a large number of followers and is based on the glycaemic...

Everything You Need To Know About The South Beach Diet

Looking for another way to shed the pounds this summer without going hungry? The South Beach diet could be the choice for you. From first glance, yes this is incredibly similar...

The Zone diet

The Zone diet is the brainchild of American doctor Barry Sears. It first came out in 1995 and was adopted by numerous celebrities. It advocates foods that encourage weight loss...

The Okinawa diet

This is a health and weight loss diet invented in the 1950s by Dr Pritikin. He devised a diet to follow because his arteries were clogged with cholesterol. The Pritikin Diet and...

Everything You Need To Know About The Dukan Diet

If you haven't heard of this top diet yet then we're not sure where you've been - ever since 2010 the Dukan Diet has been everywhere and when we say everywhere, we're talking...

The cabbage soup diet

The cabbage soup diet is a 7-day low-calorie plan. There are several versions around but all include eating a large quantity of cabbage soup combined with specific additional foods...

Bacterial Vaginosis | It's not thrush, it's BV

Aka: BV What is Bacterial Vaginosis? Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection for women of a childbearing age. It is almost twice as prevalent as thrush and...