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10 superfoods to help shift those extra pounds

So many New Year’s diets focus on what not to eat, what we should be cutting back on, and what we should be avoiding completely. Too few focus on what we should be doing to help our body meet those New Year Resolution goals. Our experts explain why we should try adding these superfoods to our diet, to help combat cravings and assist in staying slim.

1.       Stay full with salmon

Losing Weight Is Child’s Play, According to New Research

Those resolving to lose weight in the New Year should forget running, walking and other traditional exercises and go back to the playground, according to new research.

Old school works-out like star jumps, hopscotch and skipping burn more calories and use more muscles than the nation’s favourite ways to work out. Experts claim those wanting to drop dress-sizes would be better off skipping for 15 minutes to lose 215 calories, rather than running for the same amount of time, which uses just 150 calories.

Don’t Let This New Year Become ‘Groundhog Day’

The New Year is a time when many of us will look to shake up our lives by Resolving to exercise more or eat better; but even with new challenges it is easy to undo much of the good work by falling back into a rut. A new study has found that millions of Britons are spending large chunks of their day on 'autopilot' – because they are living a 'Groundhog Day' existence.

New Year's Holidays Now About Sun, Sand and Sit-ups

With the New Year being one of the most popular times to book a holiday and also to make an attempt to get yourself healthier; it seems that many are mixing the two. According to new research, Britons are saying goodbye to boozy holidays and turning their attention to holidays that will benefit their health and wellbeing, with younger holiday-makers fueling the growing trend.

Top Tips for Healthy New Year Skin

While the New Year is the time most wish to better themselves, one sorely neglected area is left consistently unattended. In the midst of the chilly weather and low humidity levels, one area that seems to suffer most is our face. Fortunately, K Spa Manager, Lyudmyla Nagirnyak (shortlisted for Hotel Cateys Spa Professional of the Year 2016), has lent her top tips on how to keep our faces looking fresh this New Year.

1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

‘Thinspiration’ is the key to losing weight

With so many resolving to lose weight in the New Year, new research seems to indicate that it is better to do it in a group than on your own, as ‘Thinspiration’ is the real key to losing weight.

The ‘biggest loser’ in weight loss groups is the greatest motivator for other members, far exceeding the impact of other metrics such as the average group weight loss, new research from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University finds.

Use Chocolate to Burn Fat Claims Fitness Expert

While many may be looking to make the sacrifice and give up their beloved chocolate this New Year, it is possible that you can actually use that delicious treat to help you lose weight. According to Callum Melly, one of the UK’s leading fitness experts and founder of the Body in 8 programme, you might not be able to have your cake & eat it, but you can have your chocolate & burn stored body fat!

That being said, your chocolate does have to be at least 70% dark chocolate, with higher cocoa concentrations being the best.

Boost Your Health AND Your Favourite Charity This New Year

Many Resolve to begin a fresh, healthy regime to kick-start their New Year but worry they lack the motivation to succeed. If you feel that way, you’re not alone; as a recent study showed just 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution, actually stick to it.

But one company is introducing a new initiative that could provide just the incentive you need to improve your health, as you simultaneously raise money for your charity of choice.

Make Sure It Sticks: A Guide to Making It Past January in the Gym

The festive period is finished. Once vibrant decorations now appear garish in the cold light of January. All the chocolates are gone – apart from the Turkish truffle centres, and let’s be honest, who wants those – and it’s time to face the music; you have committed to a New Year, New Me gym membership, and now it’s time to start.

The Gym of the Future Revealed

Getting to the gym may be near the top of many New Year’s Resolutions lists this year, but many Britons soon expect to have the full gym experience in their own homes, and a host of other futuristic twists to their work-out experience. A boom in wearable technology and Netflix-style workout services will transform gyms over the next 10 years and bring virtual fitness into our living rooms, according to new research commissioned by not-for-profit health body ukactive and leading health & fitness retailer Argos.

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