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Women's Health UK February 2021

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Women’s Health is the first UK magazine to bring you health, beauty, fitness, fashion, weight loss, food & sex, all wrapped up in one super-glossy lifestyle title

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11 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome to women's health

Has a new year ever been more welcome than this one? As I write this, a vaccine has just started to be rolled out, meaning we might be able to return to a semblance of normality as early as the spring. I’m erring on the side of optimism that this is an actuality; choosing to believe that the light at the end of this darkest of tunnels is shining brighter by the day. This attitude doesn’t always come easily to me, but we need positive thinking now more than ever. That’s why, this year, I’m making it my goal. My new year goals used to revolve around changing my body. I’ve been at war with my curves for as long as I can remember. Like clockwork, come 31 December each year,…

1 min.
eat six meals a day to burn more fat

It’s January, which means that everyone from your hairdresser to your aunt Susan has an opinion on how best to burn fat. Before Sooz chews your ear off about her latest zero-fun fad, hear this. Researchers at Skidmore College in New York pitted a standard eating plan of three meals a day (with 15% of your calories coming from protein, 60% from carbs and 25% from fat) against two high-protein diets, in which the protein ratio was doubled at the expense of carbs. One high-protein group consumed their daily calorie intake over three main meals, the other ate six smaller meals. While both protein groups lost more fat after 16 weeks than those on the conventional eating plan, the changes occurred much faster for those who doubled their meal count,…

2 min.
news you can use

FINISH LINE While its effect on the face is well documented, Botox may help tackle sports injuries, too*. It works by blocking the molecules that tell muscles to contract – the same mechanism can stifle pain signals in conditions like tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis. Pretty great. NICE FACE It was Roald Dahl who once equated good thoughts with looking great – now there’s science to back him up. New research has found that ‘givers’ – aka people who are generous – tend to be more likely to be rated as more physically attractive by others. So, while it’s cool to be kind, it’s also hot. FORCE OF HABIT Keep a consistent schedule, take care of those in need, wear a mask: not the UK’s latest public health slogan, but the three pandemic coping strategies…

6 min.
ask wh

Q How can I stop waking up at 3am every night? First things first: you’re not alone. The number of people struggling with sleep deprivation in the UK rose from one in six to one in four after lockdown started last March, according to a University of Southampton study. ‘Waking up in the night is part of normal sleep behaviour, but it’s usually very temporary,’ says Dr Katharina Lederle, human sleep and fatigue specialist at sleep consultancy Somnia. She notes that what you do during the day influences sleep, with habits like eating late and being sedentary on the sofa, as well as other factors, like PMS, not conducive to getting quality kip. But calming your thoughts should be your first port of call, she says. ‘In these uncertain times, your…

3 min.
reverse crunch

What do walking, reciting the alphabet and crunches have in common? They all become exponentially more difficult when performed backwards. While we’ll reserve judgement on the benefits of the first two, here’s why you should consider an alternative take on your average sit-up. Like the regular kind, the reverse crunch primarily works the rectus abdominis (the ‘six-pack’ muscle) but it ramps up the burn by targeting the lower part of the muscle, too. Meanwhile, the rest of the region is also getting a good old workout. Think: the obliques (the muscles on either side of the rectus abdominis) and the transverse abdominis (the deepest of all the abdominal muscles). Bonus: the reverse crunch is also a great mobility exercise, says Charlotte Frazier, trainer and studio manager at F45 Croydon. ‘It’s particularly good…

3 min.
personalised nutrition: the next big thing?

After ‘how do we make weight-loss lollipops disappear?’, the million dollar question for most nutrition professionals is ‘why does a certain dietary intervention work for one person, but not someone else?’ The idea that biological responses to food are down to more than just their nutritional make-up isn’t new. In the wake of the launch in 1990 of the Human Genome Project – which aimed to map out all human genes – the buzzword was ‘nutrigenomics’, the study of the links between genes, nutrition and health. The discovery that genetic variants may determine your response to different foods led to claims that personalised nutrition plans based on your genetic make-up would be the future. Fast forward to 2020 and the bubble has somewhat deflated, with studies producing underwhelming results. Take the 2015 Food4Me…