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    Seriously Though, How Many Kilojoules Are In An Apple?

    When it comes to the best fruits for you, apples seem to be the gold standard. I mean you’ve heard it before—an apple a day…yeah yeah, you know the rest. But how many kilojoules, exactly, are in an apple—and is that staple your mom packed in your school lunch really that great for you?

    Well, it turns out apples really do live up to the hype. Can you hear your mom saying, “I told you so?” When it comes to healthy snacks, it doesn’t get much better than apples. They’re loaded with vitamins, have a pretty long shelf life compared to other produce and are super easy to pop into your bag on the go.

    “Apples are the second most consumed fruit, behind bananas, for a reason,” says Alex Caspero, registered dietitian and author at Delish Knowledge. “They are generally inexpensive, portable, healthy and delicious.”

    Plus, since apples come in a ton of different varieties—way beyond the Red Delicious and Granny Smith kinds you ate as a kid—you’ll probably find something your taste buds will totally love. The flavour profiles of apples range from tart and crisp, to sweet with a little crunch, to tangy and then some.

    READ MORE: 19 Complex Carbs You Should Def Incorporate Into Your Diet

    Whichever you’re preference, though, it’s typically healthiest to eat your apples in their purest form—as a fruit, says registered dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade. “Eating raw apples is a great way to take advantage of their full nutrient benefits and fibre. Although eating apples in dessert form, such as apple pie, can still provide nutritional value, it also incorporates a large amount of added sugar which can be damaging to health.” That doesn’t mean you can’t have those apple turnovers you love, but it’s best to have them in moderation.

    So before you set your next apple-picking date (at the farm or supermarket), here’s what you should know about the treasured fruit.

    How Many Kilojoules In An Apple?

    As far as kilojoules go, you’ll find 397 (that’s 95 calories) in a medium apple, according to the USDA. But the fruit has a lot of other things going on for you nutritionally, too. Here’s how a medium apple stacks up with the skin on:

    Kilojoules: 397Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 25gSugars: 19gFibre: 4gProtein: 0g

    If that sugar count makes you do a double take, consider this: The sugar you’d get in an apple is not the same as, say, the 21 grams of sugar you’d get in a Kit Kat bar, says Caspero.

    “Fibre is nature’s way of controlling blood sugar levels, which is why it’s found in fruits and vegetables,” says Caspero. “Fibre helps to slow down digestion, which prevents blood sugar spikes like you would get from an equal amount of the sugar in candy.”

    To regulate those blood sugar spikes even more, Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, offers a sneaky—and delicious—strategy: “Provide what I call ‘competition for digestion’ by pairing your apple with a fat or protein. A perfect example is an apple with no-added-sugar peanut butter.” This clever pairing helps your body process the sugar slower to give you sustained energy and fuel. Bonus: The vitamin C in apples helps you better absorb the iron in nut butters, helping you get the most out of your snack.

    READ MORE: 4 Natural Sweeteners That Are Better Than Sugar, According To A Dietician

    Apple Nutrition

    Eating just one medium apple will earn you 14 percent of your daily value of vitamin A and 11 percent of your daily value of vitamin C (not shabby). Antioxidants (like vitamins C and A) in apples help prevent excessive free radical damage, says Caspero. Staving off these free radicals (a.k.a. unstable atoms in your body) can help reduce ageing and the risk of illness.

    Apples come in a range of stunning hues and if you tend to gravitate toward the darker ones, you’re in for an antioxidant-rich treat, according to Kirkpatrick. Deep-pigmented peels on fruits like apples contain anthocyanins, a form of antioxidants that slow down oxidative stress and ward against disease. Keep in mind that you’ll only reap the majority of these benefits if you keep the skin on, so avoid peeling your mid-afternoon snack.

    What’s more, the high fibre content in apples means they serve up a healthy dose of prebiotics (undigestible fibre that the “good” bacteria in your gut eat). “Prebiotics may improve gastrointestinal health as well as potentially enhance calcium absorption,” says Caspero.

    READ MORE: This Crispy Apple Chicken Casserole Is Ultimate Comfort Food

    What are the health benefits of eating apples?

    Help manage weight

    Because apples are full of fibre that can help you feel fuller for longer, they’re a great fruit to help keep your weight steady. A study from the Journal of Functional Foods found that regular apple consumption has been linked to lower lipid levels and a reduced risk of obesity. Caspero explains that “Eating high-fibre snacks [like apples] has been shown to aid in satiation and therefore can decrease overall calorie consumption during the day.” Both of these factors mean that they can help contribute to weight management.

    They keep your heart healthy

    According to Palinski-Wade, “apples are rich in the compound quercetin, which has been shown to reduce inflammation while fighting against heart disease and hypertension.”

    They do keep the doctor away

    It turns out there’s some truth to the old adage. In a large study from JAMA Internal Medicine, participants who ate at least one small apple per day required fewer doctor visits, hospital stays and prescription medications than those who didn’t eat apples.

    This article by Colleen de Bellefonds & Marissa Miller was originally published on More

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    Here’s How Better With Balance Influencer Michaela Mallett Healed Her Relationship With Food

    Healing your relationship with food while trying to lose weight is no easy task. Just ask influencer Michaela Mallett, who’s known for her healthy eating hacks on Insta. She managed to heal her eating habits and shed 22kg in the process. Here’s how.

    The gain

    When Michaela Mallett, 28, signed up to study culinary arts, she didn’t expect it to worsen her existing binge-eating disorder. In high school, she’d begun a cycle of restrictive eating which eventually led to binge-eating. During her time studying, she was once placed in a restaurant where she was the only chef in the pastry department. It set her off on one of her biggest binges – eating 17 croissants in one sitting. In a YouTube video about her binge eating disorder, Michaela Mallett details how this became a pivotal moment for her. “It was one of the big binges that made me realise that something was wrong and I needed to get help,” she shares.

    READ MORE: The Healthiest Times To Eat If You Want To Lose Weight

    Despite this, Michaela continued her restrictive dieting, followed by periods of binge eating. “My bingeing kind of went up and down. I would have several reverse transformations a year. I would basically lose a good couple of kilograms and then I’d gain double, if not triple the amount of weight. It got to a point where I was like, 20kgs going up and down,” she explains. At her heaviest, Michaela weighed 80kgs. 

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    The change

    Things eventually came to a head and Michaela checked herself into rehab for a month. But she felt that the experience didn’t give her the tools to really heal her relationship with food. “Although it was very controlled and very structured, I still felt like it didn’t teach me how I would get better when I left rehab,” she explains. 

    After being discharged, Michaela decided to try something different. She opted to take in all the calories she would usually eat. But this time, eat them healthily. She opted for whole foods instead of junk food. She also incorporated structure into her mealtimes by eating at scheduled times, thus not allowing herself to become hungry and binge. “I would have loads of potatoes, butternut, vegetables, lean protein, obviously still incorporating whole grains, fruits and vegetables,” she says. 

    To feel like she was restricting herself, she also prioritised dessert. “Every single night before I went to bed, I would have ice cream or fruit and yoghurt with crushed biscuits, or a cupcake, or whatever it was that I felt like on the day. I just had to make sure that the dessert was incorporated.”

    Michaela Mallett, now at 58kg

    A healthier her

    It took her between 10 months and a year to finally feel like she was healing her relationship with food. While her goal was never to lose weight, she found herself in the sustainable, healthy weight of 58kgs and is now able to maintain that through healthy food. 

    Through her qualification from Precision Nutrition, Micheala has set up a coaching business where she’s a lifestyle and weight loss coach who helps others heal their relationship with food. And she swears by healthy eating habits. “It definitely comes back down to building the lifestyle and that’s also where a lot of people struggle. They want the weight to come off but they’re not willing to build the habits that come with a healthier lifestyle. And that’s exactly me as well, I kept going back to gaining and losing because the lifestyle wasn’t there.” Now, she helps others smash their #BodyGoals – dessert and all.

    READ MORE: “I’m Not Healed From My Binge Eating Disorder, But I See Food As Fuel Now”

    Michaela’s tips

    Get Support 

    “You need to have a good support team, be it coaches, family or your partner.”

    Develop A Routine

    “Focus on your habits and your day-to-day routine. Knowing what time you’re waking up, going to gym, having your meals and delegating tasks throughout the day is important.”

    Prep Your Meals

    “If, for instance, you have a crazy life in a corporate job, making sure that you’re prepared for the day really helps a lot.” More

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    How One Personal Trainer Lost 30kg – And Kept It Off

    Trying to lose weight is no easy feat. Almost everything you do comes into play, from working out, eating well and even sleep. But personal trainer Kelly Smith lost 30kg – and kept it off. Here’s exactly how.

    The gain

    At one point personal trainer Kelly Smith, 27, weighed 100kg. She felt uncomfortable in her body and out of place at work – where the super-fit roamed and reigned. “I was instructing people to do all these exercises: push-ups, burpees and thought to myself, ‘I can’t even do that myself’,” she recalls. “What kind of trainer am I when I can’t do anything physically myself? I chose this profession. I need to look the part.” These thoughts formed the impetus that pushed Kelly to pursue weight loss as a goal. To start, she already had access to a free gym membership as a trainer, so she followed the script she’d been handing out to countless clients. 

    But Kelly had a deep-seated penchant that she’d been cheekily avoiding – she loved junk food. She was convinced that she could out-train her diet of Coca-Cola and chips (a habit she’d honed since her tertiary days, where cheap chip rolls were easy to obtain and even easier to consume). During her studies, she’d tuck herself away and enjoy KFC away from prying eyes. Working in the health and fitness space made Kelly ashamed of her habit. “I thought, ‘If I train extra and don’t diet, it’ll be fine,’” she says.

    The change

    As a trainer, her eating habits hadn’t changed much and her fledgling efforts at the gym weren’t showing the results she’d hoped for. So, she enlisted the help of a trainer for extra motivation and found a nutritionist who could curate her diet. “I realised you kind of have to diet to get to where you want to be,” she says. 

    But it was a big change. The first to go? Sugary drinks. As a substitute, Kelly opted for sugar-free options and found healthier substitutes such as protein pumpkin doughnuts, instead of the refined kind. She also recorded everything she ate using a calorie tracking app and kept at it, through trial and error for two years. 

    Her training involved lots of weighted workouts and only 20 minutes of cardio. On top of that, she joined in on the daily HIIT classes she taught. “I think that’s what pushed me to get to my weight loss goal as fast as I did,” shares Kelly. 

    She would send her coach her data and, together, they built options into her menu. So, she could pick between a chicken salad for lunch or tuna and vegetables. They also built ‘fun foods’ into her diet: 200 calories that Kelly could play around with, so she didn’t feel too restricted. This often included chocolate protein bars, something she relished. “This made it enjoyable for me to not keep going back to my old habit of getting quick little takeaways,” she says.

    A new lease on life

    Now at her ideal weight of 70kg and having lost 30kg, Kelly feels fantastic. She also started competing in bikini fitness competitions and has gone on to become successful in her field – having won six gold medals, four overall trophies and even represented South Africa on the world stage. “It’s been a long journey with its fair share of downfalls and uprisings, but I feel it’s a story that a lot of women could be inspired by,” muses Kelly. 

    Kelly’s tips

    Find Substitutes

    “There are substitutes for everything that you like. Yes, it doesn’t taste the same, but spice it up a little and you’ll get there.” 

    Be Consistent

    “Anything is possible once your coach understands you, as well as your training and your eating habits.” 

    Be Accountable

    “I had someone that was checking my form for me, someone motivating me to get to all the things I needed and then in that, found a gym community.” More

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    How To Lose 1kg A Week: Safe & Healthy Exercise & Nutrition Tips

    Figuring out how to lose weight in a week is no mean feat, let alone how to lose 1kg a week. Perhaps you don’t know where to start, or you’ve done some research into the best diets and now feel overwhelmed. Working out what your goal is in the first place is an achievement, so to then turn to the plethora of conflicting information on the internet (including some incredibly suspect advice 👀 ) can make it seem impossible.

    Before we go any further, we want to get something straight: the 1kg you’re hoping to shed does not define you. It doesn’t define your worth and it doesn’t define your beauty. Fact. It’s vital you identify the reason you’re hoping to lose 1kg a week.

    Plus, why did you pluck 1kg as the number you’re aiming for? Get clear about your health goals and what benefits they could bring to your life.

    Next, get realistic.

    If you’re on a mission to better your body composition – lose body fat, build muscle and tone up – for health reasons, then spoiler: the route to success does not include fad and crash dieting, restriction or deprivation.

    Shrug off the detox tea ads and actively escape from the ‘fat burning’ supplements section of whichever shady internet site has you cornered – we’re about to lay down expert science-backed advice on how to lose 1kg a week safely.

    How many calories do you need to burn to lose 1kg?

    OK, let’s crunch the numbers and then we can get into the nitty-gritty of exactly what you should be doing for healthy weight loss per week.

    A pound of fat – fat is usually measured in pounds – is around 3,500 calories of energy. That means if you want to lose 1kg weight a week (a healthy and sustainable amount for most, although it’s not advised to shoot for more than this) you would need to create a 7,700 calorie deficit over the course of a week.

    Is losing 1kg a week healthy?

    Providing you go through the right guidance with a fine-tooth comb (starting with why you want to lose 1kg a week and if you’re in a position to do so in the first place) and follow it to a tee, yes.

    Losing 1kg a week isn’t going to be right for everyone, though – you simply might not have that amount of excess fat to lose in the first instance and so could end up underweight. Think about the reason you want to lose weight. Is it really going to make you any happier or healthier?

    The most important thing to say here is that there is no use in comparing your journey to another’s. Everybody is entirely unique and your results really do depend on your starting weight, activity levels, nutrition and sleep as well as other factors such as stress and hormonal fluctuations.

    Can you lose 1kg a week for multiple weeks?

    No matter your starting point remember, losing 1kg a week healthily is about remembering that not every week will be the same and trying not to get too stressed about it. Just focus on getting what you can right.

    Plus, while 1kg might be a healthy weight loss for a lot of women, keep it mind that it’s just a number. Aiming for 1kg per week for several weeks would require a lot of commitment (and may not actually be healthy!); leading your healthiest lifestyle possible will yield the right results for you.

    Also, if you’ve found that your health journey or healthy habits have been put on pause because of various work/life commitments, don’t stress. It’s easier said than done, we know, but give yourself the freedom to relax your goals slightly.

    Can you lose 1kg a week without exercise?

    You can – losing fat, amongst other factors, is mostly about creating an energy deficit so that your body will then use body fat for fuel. However, fat loss without muscle might not give you the results you’re after, nor will you reap the health rewards that exercise brings.

    For the healthiest body, a good plan can be to pair a nutrient-dense diet with regular strength training, like weightlifting, reformer Pilates or standard Pilates and cardio exercise that implements progressive overload. We’ll come on to the best way to do this shortly.

    Not only can you lose fat and build muscle with exercise, but there are also a myriad of other benefits to getting sweaty. According to the NHS, it’s medically proven that women who do regular physical activity have:

    Up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke

    Up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes

    Up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer

    Up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer

    A 30% lower risk of early death

    Up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis

    Up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture

    A 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)

    Up to a 30% lower risk of depression

    Up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

    Phew! That’s a lot of benefits. Not sure where to start? Let us guide you.

    How to lose 1kg a week with exercise

    Most experts agree that the best exercise to lose weight in a week is the one you actually do. It’s all well and good having a watertight plan, but unless you actually do it, it’s not worth anything.

    ‘Whether that’s sweating it out every day or a couple of times a week, it’s more important to focus on the quality of your workouts over their quantity,’ says PT Aaron Vine.

    With that being said, a plan that combines strength workouts to build lean muscle and high-intensity interval training – HIIT – sessions to burn fat, as well as low-intensity steady-state (LISS) cardio (walking, jogging) will suit you best.

    ‘Ultimately, the more muscle you have, the faster you’ll burn fat,’ explains Vine.

    Plus, let us all not forget that there are plenty of benefits of exercise beyond body composition. Everyone can reap rewards from exercise, regardless of age, sex or physical ability. And regular exercise can help manage or prevent many health issues including:


    High blood pressure

    Type 2 diabetes



    Many types of cancer


    It can also help boost your sex life. Yup.

    The best nutrition tips to support healthy eating

    Firstly, creating long-lasting healthy habits relies on taking everything in moderation – including moderation! That means not falling into the trap of cutting out entire food groups or believing that you’ll ‘eat this way’ until you lose the weight and then ‘go back to normal’. It might give you a quick fix and help you lose some weight in a week, but you’ll quickly regain it.

    Instead, focus on what you can add to your daily diet for health gains – like actually using your reusable water bottle and drinking more water more regularly.

    Here are five handy tips to get you on the right nutritional foot:

    1. Drink more water

    Aim for at least eight glasses a day. Feeling hungry? Drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes – it could just be thirst.

    2. Slow down your eating

    Research shows that the longer you take to chew your food, the less you will consume.

    3. Fill up with fibre

    Whole wheat bread, potato, nuts and grains will keep you feeling satisfied for longer.

    4. Slightly cut down your portion size

    By just a little. This will decrease your calorie intake while being easy to maintain.

    5. Eat high-protein meals

    Especially within 30 minutes of a workout. This will help you feel full for longer and aid muscle repair.

    What should you eat to lose 1kg a week?

    To figure out exactly how much you need to be eating to hit your body composition goals as well as stay satiated and happy – working out your macros might be a good shout. Not familiar with macros?

    It stands for macronutrients and breaks down food into three key categories of nutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fats. Depending on what you’re trying to achieve – lose, maintain or gain weight – how you manipulate your macros can be a serious benefit.

    For example, those looking to gain lean muscle might have a higher amount of protein in their diet compared to someone looking to gain fat, who might go heavier on the carbs.

    To figure out the perfect macronutrient split for you, use this handy infographic:

    If eating according to your macros is a step too far, focus on getting smaller things right. E.g. make sure each meal you eat contains protein or be more mindful about the snacks you’re scarfing between meals.

    When should you eat to lose 1kg a week?

    Meal timings are an individual thing. If your schedule has you getting up at 5 am some days and 11 am other days, you’re not going to stick to a hard and fast routine and everyone’s days are slightly different. That being said, there are some timings that could help you hit your goals if you’re on a 9–5 schedule from home.


    First thing after waking up

    Now’s the time to down some water – 500ml, in fact – according to a German study that found it boosted metabolism by 24% for 90 minutes afterwards. This is due to the fact your body must expend extra energy to bring the cold water down to your core temperature. Easy hack: pop a bottle in the fridge before you head to Bedfordshire so it’s ready for when you wake up.

    Before breakfast

    According to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition, getting a sweat on before you tuck into your morning bowl of oats might be the better choice if you’re trying to lose fat as you can burn nearly 20% more if you exercise in a ‘fasted’ state. ‘Your blood-sugar levels are low, so your body has to use fat as fuel for your muscles to work,’ says Dean Hodgkin, international fat loss and fitness expert.

    However, fasted workouts don’t work for everyone. Give it a go and see how it makes you feel and check out our guide to eating before a morning workout.


    This might only be for the stronger-stomached person, but breaking your fast with a lean protein – be it a turkey breast or a steak, even – could be the key to burning more fat and may well help you on your way to losing 1kg in a week.

    Research in the British Journal of Nutrition found eating high-protein meals such as meat and nuts at breakfast time led to a greater feeling of fullness. Try pairing a turkey breast with a handful of almonds – a great source of monounsaturated fat that helps to burn belly fat.



    Lunchtime might be the meal that it’s best to up the portion size, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity that found those who ate 40% of their daily calories from carbs and protein before 3 pm, dropped an average of 11% – compared with 9% of those who ate their biggest meal at dinner time.

    Lunch might also be the meal that it’s best to take your probiotic with. A study in the European Journal Of Clinical Nutrition found that taking the probiotic lactobacillus gasseri for 12 weeks reduced belly fat by a total of 4.6 per cent. Taking your probiotic mid-meal will also ‘boost satiety and the feeling of fullness,’ says nutritionist Carrie Ruxton.


    Rich in plant compound ECGC, green tea can promote the burning of fat. In fact, three cups a day could cut your weight by nearly five per cent, says a French study. Plump for matcha green tea powder – it can increase the body’s rate of calorie burn by up to 40 per cent.



    Best to dish up early, if you’re trying to lose fat, as the extra hours before bed not eating will help your body digest and get into a rest state before sleeping. To maximise fat loss, eat dinner early, then fast for around 14 hours until breakfast the next day.

    After dinner

    After you’ve had dinner, it could be beneficial to go for a 10-minute walk as light post-meal exercise can lower blood sugar and stop you from storing fat. If you don’t live somewhere where you can venture out safely and at a social distance of two metres to others then this yoga pose is also known to relieve indigestion: lie on your back with your hands on your knees, exhale and hug your knees to your chest; gently rock from side to side for 5-10 breaths.


    Those who consistently get poor quality of sleep are more likely to suffer major weight gain – so try to aim for at least seven hours each night to keep cortisol levels in check. ‘This [cortisol] hormone regulates appetite says trainer Christianne Wolff. ‘If it’s out of sync, you’ll never feel full,’ she explains. Please

    The takeaway?

    Before embarking on any “weight loss” plan get clear on why “weight” dominates your goal and don’t forget: weight is not a synonym for health.

    This article was originally published by Morgan Fargo & Birdie Wilkins on More

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    Boxing Training With Connie Ferguson

    Two-time South African and international boxing champion Xolisani ‘Nomeva’ Ndongeni, also Connie Ferguson’s boxing trainer of five years, meets our cover star twice or thrice a week for some scintillating boxing action at his gym, north of Johannesburg. “She already had a lot of interest in boxing when I met her. Her father was a kickboxer so boxing was easy for her to get into,” he says. He adds: “Connie’s always interested in perfecting her moves and getting her form right.” In short, Connie’s persistence (and commitment) is any trainer’s dream! 

    READ MORE: Connie Ferguson’s Favourite Strength Training Workouts

    A boxing rookie? Nomeva is quick to point out that unlike in conventional exercising, boxing doesn’t have one set move with a name. “In boxing training, we have combos where you have to listen closely to the trainer’s instructions in order to execute and have a basic understanding of the moves and posture required.”  So just how easy or difficult is it to master this sport? On the outside, boxing seems difficult but once you start practising it, it’s quite easy. “All you need is one or two sessions of learning the basics and you’re set,” promises Nomeva. 

    Describing the 53-year-old legendary actress as passionate and consistent, Nomeva says boxing training aligns with Connie’s goal — which is to tone her upper body. Below are a few general tips on boxing and some of the moves that keep Connie’s bod in tip-top condition. 

    Boxing Bennies

    Some people box to release stress or calm down from a hectic day (yes to therapy and fitness in one!), while some take up boxing for self-defence purposes. Whatever your reason, the benefits are immense. “Because you’re using your body,  legs, hands, legs, eyes and also engaging your core, boxing offers a full body workout with great cardio benefits,” shares Nomeva, who adds that it may seem like a waste of time or a game but it’s a fun way of training once you get the combos right.

    READ MORE: What is Pilates?: A Complete Guide for Beginners, Inc. 34 Exercises + 15 Best Online Classes

    Whether punching a bag, running circuits, sparring or practising your footwork, your body requires strength to execute each move. “Boxing also teaches discipline, independence and being able to adjust to so many situations,” adds Nomeva. When preparing for a fight as a professional boxer, you need to understand various situations and challenges and adjust accordingly. 

    Some Connie Flow Drill Combos To Try Below

    Known as a flow drill (see examples below) — or the combo that keeps our cover star in top shape as we’d like to think of it — it helps improve hand-eye coordination as well as reflexes. Flow drills tend to be lengthy, meaning they can also improve overall fitness levels. “Boxing drills allow you to learn a boxing skill or group of skills by repeating that skill or group of skills with a critical eye.  Boxing drills are about precision of execution, with speed of execution secondary to precision and technical accuracy. Lastly, the aim is to train the body and mind to work in a particular way under fight conditions,” according to

    A flow drill usually starts off with a basic combination, then builds up from there. For example, a 232 (cross/left hook/cross) would be the starting point, then more punches that expand the combination will follow.

    Our July/Aug 2023 cover star Connie Ferguson swears by the flow drill, with varying combos added to constantly keep her on her toes.

    READ MORE: 4 Postpartum Exercises That’ll Give You A Tighter Core

    Nomeva has been a professional boxer for 13 years. He is a two-time South African, world and international champion, as well as a three-time African champion. More

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    Walking For Weight Loss: Does It Work? Plus, 9 Tips To Get You There

    Sure, cardio, HIIT classes and extra-sweaty cycling sessions are pretty much known for helping you scorch calories and drop kilos…but honestly, can a girl ever just slow TF down? Does walking for weight loss actually work?

    We know that walking can drastically slash your stress levels, says Hannah Davis, personal trainer — and having less stress in your life absolutely makes it easier for you to successfully drop kilos. But what about walking for weight loss?

    Is walking good for weight loss?

    Yup—turns out, walking can definitely help you with your weight-loss goals. “It is important to have a mix of high-intensity and low-intensity workouts—like walking—for optimal and sustainable weight loss,” says Lindsey Corak, personal trainer. Plus, per one study, women who walked lost about 10% of their body fat after six months of consistent effort. According to another study, those who walked more appear to be thinner than those who do not. The study also concluded that more walking means more weight loss over a period of time.

    What are the benefits of walking?

    Since walking is a physical activity, any amount of it helps to bring down the burden of chronic disease, per one study. Plus, studies show that the more you walk, the lower the incidence of disease.

    Walking means you’re more likely to try some other physical activity, according to the same study.

    If you pick a scenic area, consider your mental health improved, according to one review.

    Since obesity can be genetic, Harvard scientists found that walking significantly reduces the impact of those weight-related genes.

    Walking protects your joints and can ease joint pain. It can even prevent joint pain from arising in the first place, if you walk around 8 to 11km a week. Easy.

    That said, there are some guidelines that will make walking for weight loss a hell of a lot more effective:

    1. Aim for at least 15,000 steps a day

    No matter your current step count, increasing it is totally possible. Davis recommends racking up 15,000 steps per day, seven days a week, to lose weight.

    “Don’t worry about slowly increasing your step count. Just go for it,” she says. While you shouldn’t kick up your intense workouts overnight, you can double up your step count quickly and it won’t stress your body and make you more prone to injury, she says.

    Another thing to keep in mind: consistency is key. You’re not going to get much benefit out of upping your step count one day and then letting it fall the next—instead, make it a constant routine (it’ll only get easier the more you do it, too).

    2. Track those steps with an app

    FYI: Your phone has a built-in step counter (just remember to keep it with you). But if you do want an app to help you track, try Under Armour’s Map My Walk (free; available on iTunes and Google Play). This walking app provides feedback and stats (like average pace) for every kilometre you log. Even better? Get a smartwatch for in-depth analysis of your walks, like heart rate values and oxygen uptake. These are both good indicators of how you’re faring in your weight loss journey.

    3. Try to go on three 20-minute walks each day

    How much do you have to walk a day to lose weight? Well, at least three 20-minute-long walks should help you reach your step goal so you can start shedding kilos, says Davis. In fact, research from George Washington University found that people who walked for 15 minutes after each meal had better blood-sugar control (which can crush cravings for more food after you just ate) than those who walked for 45 minutes at any point in the day. That means a lunchtime walk can prevent your normal 3 p.m. slump and the sugar cravings that go with it, she says.

    4. Opt for a 45-minute faster stroll three times a week

    Walking at an easy pace doesn’t necessarily get your heart rate up—which is essential for fat burning, says Corak. Prime fat-burning takes place when your heart rate is at 60 to 70 percent of your max heart rate. (Nail down your max heart rate by subtracting your age from 220—so a 30-year-old woman would have a max heart rate of 190 beats per minute.)

    If you don’t have a heart-rate monitor, think of your effort level on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being all-out like a sprint. You should aim for that six or seven and spend about 45 minutes at this intensity to burn fat, Corak says.

    5. Walk uphill a few times a week

    Upping the incline on the treadmill, walking uphill, or climbing a staircase will help you build more muscle, which increases your metabolic rate, says Davis. That will help you burn more calories even when you’re in your desk chair. Davis suggests adding incline intervals to your walks three days per week and steadily increase from there.

    Klein agrees that hills are the perfect way to turn up the intensity on your walk. “As the terrain goes up and down, you naturally adjust the intensity, and the body naturally emphasizes different muscle groups,” she says. It’s also an easy way to keep your body guessing, so you’ll step right over a weight-loss plateau.

    6. Add power-walking intervals to your routine

    To start increasing your calorie burn, add in some intervals, Klein says—and start short at first. After a 10-minute warmup, push your body to walk at an uncomfortable (but still sustainable) pace for 15 to 20 seconds at the start of every minute. Do that for 10 minutes, and then finish off with a 10-minute cooldown.

    Once you’re comfortable with those short intervals, pick up the pace for one-minute intervals to get your heart rate up and burn more calories, says Davis. After you start incorporating one-minute intervals into your regular walking routine, you can increase the pace and duration from there.

    Another tip: While walking faster, focus on swinging your arms, says Davis. The extra arm movement will help you burn more calories and build strength in your shoulders and core.

    7. Add in bodyweight exercises when you can

    Walking to lose weight shouldn’t be all about walking, says Davis. “Stop every block and do 15 to 20 squats, perform incline pushups or triceps dips on a park bench, and do walking lunges down the sidewalk.” All of these exercises increase your heart rate, help you build muscle, and keep your walking workouts from going stale, she says.

    You can also start or end your workout with strength exercises, especially bodyweight moves. Klein recommends moves like planks, wall sits, or calf raises in addition to squats and pushups.

    8. Keep an eye on your calorie count

    While your exact nutritional needs depend on a lot of factors outside of your steps per day, most women who are walking to lose weight follow a 1,200- to 1,600-calorie diet that’s rich in protein, says Davis.

    “If the main focus of your workout routine is low-intensity walking, your nutrition will have to be on-point for you to lose weight,” she says. “Even though you’re increasing your activity levels, you’ll have to decrease your calorie intake,” she says—that’s because you’re probably still not burning enough calories to add tons more to your diet.

    If you’ve been walking consistently and still aren’t seeing the scale budge (or are seeing it go up), take the time to write down what you eat for a week to see if there are any ways to cut back.

    9. Always take the longer route

    Yep, you’ve heard this one before. But all structured walking workouts aside, integrating more steps into your daily tasks (like parking farther from the door, taking the stairs, etc.) can help you hit your daily step goals and lose more weight, she says. “Over time, the little bursts of movement here and there really do make a difference,” says Davis.

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    The Boiled Egg Diet: What The Weight Loss Plan Involves (Besides Eggs)

    Search “boiled egg diet” and you might be shocked to learn that, yes, there is a weight-loss trend that circles around eating hard-boiled eggs. Naturally, you probably have *a lot* of questions, so we’ll clear it up for ya.

    To start, the boiled egg diet, which is based on a 2018 book by Arielle Chandler, doesn’t involve eating only eggs (whew!). In the book, the author claims eating at least two or three hard-boiled eggs per day can help you lose up to 11kg in two weeks, says Allie Echeverria, a registered dietitian and founder of Eaton Broshar Nutrition.

    But are boiled eggs really the food to unlock weight-loss success? Spoiler: Probably not. There’s a lot to unpack here, so we chatted with registered dietitians about the boiled egg diet, the potential risks and if it actually helps you lose weight.

    What is the boiled egg diet?

    Yes, there are boiled eggs involved. “Although there are some varieties of this plan, it typically involves eating two eggs with fruit at breakfast and eggs or another lean protein at lunch and dinner, along with only non-starchy vegetables,” explains New York City-based dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade.

    Meet The Experts:

    Allie Echeverria is a registered dietitian and founder of Eaton Broshar Nutrition.

    Erin Palinski-Wade is a registered dietitian nutritionist.

    Keri Gans is a registered dietitian nutritionist.

    Though it may sound relatively healthy, the boiled egg diet is a fad diet. “This is a version of a low-calorie, low-carb diet that will promote weight loss but will not be sustainable long-term and does not provide your body with balanced nutrition,” she says. You may lose weight temporarily, but the results won’t necessarily last.

    How do you follow the boiled egg diet plan?

    “There are different versions of the diet, but the most common consists of three meals per day and no snacks or desserts,” says Keri Gans, a registered dietitian nutritionist.

    Throughout the day you need to make sure you’re eating three eggs, or two eggs at the very minimum. You’re also free to consume lean proteins, non-starchy veggies, specific fruits and a little bit of fat, Gans notes. Some samples of “allowed” foods, according to Gans, are the following:

    Lean Proteins

    Skinless chicken

    Skinless turkey

    Skinless duck


    Pork tenderloin

    Pork sirloin

    Non-Starchy Vegetables




    Bell peppers






    Limited Fruits






    Small Amounts Of Fat

    Coconut oil



    What foods must you avoid on the boiled egg diet?

    There’s also a list of foods that you are not supposed to eat while following this plan. The following foods are considered off-limits, according to Palinski-Wade and Gans:

    Grains such as bread, pasta, quinoa, couscous and barley

    Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt and cream

    Processed foods such as chips, pretzels, cookies and bacon




    Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, soybeans and beans




    Dried fruit

    Sweetened beverages such as soda, juice, sweet tea and sports drinks

    So, if you’re aiming for a balanced diet that includes grains, dairy, various fruits and fats (which is totally understandable), it’s important for you to note these limitations before diving into a hard-boiled egg-focused plan.

    Is the boiled egg diet healthy?

    Not quite. “The recommended foods on the diet do have health benefits, but because there are also so many other foods to avoid, the diet is considered highly restrictive,” Gans explains.

    You should also know there are long-term concerns. “This is a restrictive, unbalanced way to eat that could result in nutritional deficiencies long-term and is not sustainable,” Palinski-Wade reiterates.

    Instead, Echeverria recommends opting for a balanced diet and eating protein, fibre and fat at every meal to keep you full and satisfied. From there, you can work with a physician or registered dietitian to tailor your unique eating plan based on your specific needs, she explains.

    If weight loss is your goal, it’s always best to chat with a healthcare provider before trying any type of restrictive meal plan, including the boiled egg diet.

    Will the hard-boiled egg diet help you lose weight?

    Yes, you’ll probably lose weight on this diet, Palinski-Wade explains, since it’s low in calories and carbs. “The initial weight loss will include water losses, resulting in ‘exciting’ results, but not much actual loss of body fat.”

    To break this down further, each gram of carbohydrate stored in the body as glycogen stores two to three grams of water, says Echeverria. “When we reduce the amount of carbohydrates we are eating, we release water as urine and this results in losing water weight, but not losing body fat,” she says. In other words, even if you *could* lose 11kg in a short time frame, a lot of that weight loss could probably be attributed to losing water weight and you will most likely gain that back as soon as you reintroduce carbohydrates to your diet, Echeverria explains.

    Over time, the calorie deficit may lead to losses in body fat, but the chances of maintaining these results are low based on how restrictive it is, adds Palinski-Wade.

    What are the potential dangers of this diet?

    It’s true that eggs are a versatile, nutrient-rich food, packed with vitamins and minerals and “are a great addition to any eating plan,” Gans says. “But one should never simply focus on one food or nutrient in order to lose weight.” So if you’re going to try out the boiled egg diet, be sure to diversify your protein sources and eat a variety of foods so that you’re not getting all your nutrients from the same meals each day.

    Plus, because this diet is extremely low in calories, consistently under-eating can slow down your metabolism, says Echeverria. A calorie deficit may be beneficial for weight loss, but when you drastically lower your calorie intake, your body essentially senses that food is scarce and lowers the rate it burns calories, according to Rush University Medical Center.

    Another reason why results are hard to maintain? “Because the diet is highly restrictive, you’re not actually learning anything about how to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet for long-term success, but rather how to deprive yourself of eating foods you may enjoy,” Gans says. If you have a history of disordered eating or feel that you might be susceptible to an eating disorder, reconsider the boiled egg diet, Palinski-Wade says.

    Most likely, you’ll end up regaining weight you lose and possibly more, since you may wind up overeating following such a restrictive plan, Palinski-Wade says. Proceed with caution and always talk to a doctor or registered dietitian to discuss the best plan for you.

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    Can You Gain Weight In One Day? 11 Reasons Why The Scale Says You Gained Weight Overnight

    One day, you’re totally on track and making progress toward your weight-loss goal. The next, you step on the scale and you’re up two kilos. Naturally, you wonder: Can you gain weight in one day?

    No judgment—this is a confusing experience that happens to many people when they’re trying to lose weight. Below, the answers to all your questions about overnight weight gain. And rest assured, “your weight will fluctuate on a daily basis, but it doesn’t mean that your weight-loss strategy is failing,” says dietician Georgie Fear, author of Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss.

    Can you gain weight in one day?

    To answer, let’s do some math: Gaining a single half-kilogram of fat requires consuming about 3,500 calories more than you burn off. So to gain, say, two kilos in a day, you’d have to eat nearly 18,000 calories more than you burned in just 24 hours. (Yeah, not happening.)

    On the other hand, gaining two kilos of water weight in a day is easy, Fear says. If you did one of a number of different things (see the list below!) the day or night before, “it’s not unusual to notice an increase in your weight of a few grams or kilos,” says registered dietitian Jessica Cording, author of The Little Book of Game-Changers. Again, Cording chalks most of this up to water weight. But, she says, “if you notice your weight continuing to trend upwards over time, this could indicate actual weight gain.”

    Meet the experts: Registered dietician Georgie Fear is the author of Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss.

    Jessica Cording registered dietitian and the author of The Little Book of Game-Changers.

    Dr Julie Ellner is a weight-loss specialist.

    Dr Melody Covington is a weight-loss doctor

    Registered dietician Sonya Angelone is a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    How much can your weight fluctuate in one night?

    FWIW: There’s nothing that happens in your body overnight that magically makes you gain weight, says Sonya Angelone, spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Your metabolism doesn’t stop, so you gain or lose ‘weight’ any time,” she says. And if you happen to eat more than usual on any given day, your body won’t suddenly make you gain weight overnight. “With a higher calorie day or two, metabolism increases to compensate, so fat won’t be immediately made and stored,” Angelone explains. “The opposite is true as well. If you under eat for a couple days, your metabolism will slow to compensate before losing weight.”So there’s really no hard-and-fast number, Angelone says. (Sorry!). The key thing is if your weight goes up seemingly overnight and sticks around for days, check your scale or call your doctor. But experts assure that a lot of overnight weight gain can be explained pretty easily.

    11 Reasons It Seems Like You Gained Weight In One Day

    You Hit The Gym Hard

    “After a heavy workout, especially if you perform big, compound movements that recruit a lot of large muscles, you can easily weigh a few extra kilos for several days,” Fear says.

    Those microscopic tears that occur in your muscle cells after every workout heal through a process of natural inflammation. That involves some pooling of fluids around the muscle cells, which can make you puff up, she says. This does not mean you should skip those calorie-torching strength moves. Just let your muscles recover and forget about the scale.

    You Tend To Drink A Lot of Alcohol In The Evening

    “Alcohol is dehydrating, which can lead to water retention that looks like weight gain on the scale,” Cording says. Try curbing your drinking for a few weeks and see how it impacts your weight loss and morning weight.

    You Consumed A Lot Of Salt

    “Excess sodium intake leads to immediate water weight gain,” says Dr Julie Ellner, weight-loss specialist. She says that can lead to swollen ankles and a belly bulge from swelling in your intestines. Apart from the water retention, munching on salty snacks can cause constipation, too.

    You’ve Started A High-Protein, Low-Carb Diet

    Fibre is critical to keeping your digestive system working its best. So when you miss out on fibre from whole grains, fruit and starchy vegetables, you’re bound to get backed up, says Dr. Ellner.

    “If you don’t go for several days, that internal traffic jam can translate to a couple pounds of retained matter,” adds Fear.

    While Dr Ellner recommends that anyone on a high-protein, low-carb diet take a fibre supplement to keep things moving, an even better option is to only reduce refined carbohydrates, like pasta and keep whole grains, veggies and fruit as part of your diet.

    You’re Dehydrated

    A lack of H2O throws your kidneys into “let’s conserve fluids” mode, says Fear. That leads to an increase in water weight once you start sipping, she adds. But don’t worry, after a few days of hydrating properly your kidneys will get back to normal, along with your weight.

    You Have A Food Intolerance

    An intolerance to foods like dairy, fructose, eggs, shellfish, gluten, artificial sweeteners, soy and many others can cause bloating and water retention, especially in your gut, says Dr Ellner. If you notice that you feel heavier or actually weigh more after eating certain foods, talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian before eliminating them.

    You’re About To Get Your Period

    You can thank your hormones for pre-period pounds, says Dr Ellner. (Though there are other reasons for period weight gain, too.) Everyone is different, but: “Some of my clients tell me they’re the heaviest on the first day of their period,” Dr Ellner says. The good news is that period-related water retention is short-lived, according to Fear.

    You Upped Your Carb Intake

    When you cut back on your carb intake, your body’s glycogen stores—its prime energy source for high-intensity exercise— become depleted. But as soon as you dive into some spaghetti, your body starts storing glycogen in your muscles and liver, along with H2O. The sudden influx of those two nutrients after a long stretch of being carb-free could leave you bloated, Fear says. The best solution: Include a moderate amount of whole-grain carbs in your diet daily to prevent the cycle of weight coming on and off.

    You Started New Medication

    Some medications can cause your body to retain water, according to Dr Melody Covington, a weight-loss doctor at Abundant Health and Vitality. Dr. Covington also says that certain medications can increase your appetite or reduce your metabolism and increase fat storage and she notes that weight gain is even more likely on medication that limits your ability to exercise or stay active.

    If a medication seems to be causing weight gain, Dr Covington recommends talking to your doctor and asking about alternatives or the possibility of reducing your dose. You can also work on making lifestyle changes that will promote weight loss, a healthy diet, or time for exercise.

    If your doctor thinks it’s appropriate, in some cases they may refer you to a bariatrician who specializes in the treatment and prevention of obesity-related diseases.

    You’re On A Diet That’s Too Restrictive

    If you drop too much weight or fat too fast or in a way that your body registers that something is wrong, it will try to store the fat that’s available more aggressively.

    “This is a survival response ingrained in our physiology. The brain does not understand ‘dieting’ but it understands fat loss very well and often if we diet incorrectly the brain interprets this as something unhealthy happening,” says Dr Covington. Storing fat is the body’s attempt to keep us safe, she adds.

    To avoid this, she recommends enlisting an expert that will help you create a healthy diet or assist you with your weight-loss goals, whether it’s a fitness trainer, dietitian, weight-loss doctor, or accountability partner. One easy place to start in terms of accountability is using a food-tracking app, adds Dr Covington.

    You’re Pregnant

    If you’re experiencing rapid weight gain especially while on a diet, you could be expecting, says Dr. Covington. “When I see rapid gain in someone with a solid weight management plan, we need to do a pregnancy test. There have been many surprises.” Take a pregnancy test just to be sure!

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