You Are What You Eat, Even When It Comes To Occasional Indulgences!

No matter how health conscious you are or how clean your diet, there will be occasions that you allow yourself an indulgent treat. This is very relevant considering the bank holiday weekend that has just passed which is packed with chocolate temptation!

The latest research (conducted by Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) has made the discovery that even the smallest bites of junk food can produce significant changes in gene expression that can have a negative impact on health. Unfortunately, that is not the end of the ‘you are what you eat’ bad news. Indulging in just one bite of an indulgent treat can induce cravings for more sugary and fatty foods, increasing the likelihood of a junk binge!

However, there is some good news too!

Scientists have also found that just as the occasional junk treat can affect gene expression negatively, the opposite is true for a healthy snack. Healthy snacks in an unhealthy diet can result in profound health benefits. It is never too late to start taking care of your health and even the smallest change will make a difference!


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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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