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The Hungry Brain – Book Review

This book is by Stephan Guyenet PhD, an obesity researcher with a PhD in neurobiology. He talks through research that has highlighted several regions of the brain which have a direct impact on our long and short term eating habits. Whether it’s how your body decides its body fat set point (the term “lipostat” is used by the author), which …

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The Longevity Diet – Book Review

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This book is by the Italian biologist Dr Valter Longo, PhD, best known for his 5 Day Fasting-Mimicking diet. Here he details the various factors that can contribute to a longer life, and also those that are artificially shortening them. The topics range from nutrition to exercise, sample studies of populations that age well, as well as his famous fasting …

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Why We Sleep – Book Review

This book looks at all the latest research on the importance of sleep, a lot of which has been conducted by the author himself. It’s a horrifying read for anyone who frequently fails to achieve the desired 7.5 to 8 hours sleep required by the brain (and body) each night and urges you to make sleep a priority. The topic …

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Genius Foods – Book Review

Genius Foods looks into the latest research with the aim of optimising brain function and minimising age-related decline. As an avid listener of health podcasts I was impressed to see not only healthy foods covered but research related to heat shock proteins, BDNF, Reactive Oxygen Species and fasting protocols. While there is nothing ground-breaking in this book, it is a …

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Sleep Smarter – Book Review

Over the last few decades technology has shaped the way we sleep – and not in a good way. From an abundance of artificial light to constant stimulation from social media and blue light emitted from screens, it’s harder than ever to get a good night’s sleep. Even when we do manage that elusive 8 hours, how much of that …

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Tools of Titans – Book Review

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Tools of Titans is a collection of tips and tricks from the 200+ highly successful podcast guests Tim Ferris has interviewed. From Billionaires to professional athletes and actors, each guest is profiled in 3-5 pages of important information conveyed during their 1-2 hour interview. Tim’s podcast episodes have surpassed 200 million downloads, and once you hear them you can understand …

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7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – Book Review

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This book offers a structured approach to improving your life. The habits improve your organisational skills, people skills and critical thinking, which can be used in both career and personal life. They are lessons in personal change, which can be practised and tackled one habit at a time. Book thirteen is… The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen …

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Generation Iron 2 (Netflix) – Review

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Generation Iron 2 is fresh out on Netflix and follows five of the top figures in the bodybuilding industry. The filmmaker follows Kai Greene, Calum Von Moger, Iris Kyle, Ahmad Ashkanani and Rich Piana – a broad spectrum who share a common desire to be successful. Generation Iron 2 We start with a brief overview of bodybuilding, noting that while …

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The ONE Thing – Book Review

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“What ONE thing could you do today, such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”. This is the main question of the book. The authors argue that anyone multi-tasking isn’t really doing so. Similar to a computer they’re simply switching between one task and another. The task you work on is in the foreground of your …

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Salt Sugar Fat – Book Review

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Three ingredients – Salt, Sugar and Fat – contribute to the growing obesity epidemic across the world. A main source in our diet comes from processed foods, such as crisps, cookies, ready meals and other “convenience” food. The processed food manufacturers spent much of the 70’s and 80’s pumping vast quantities of each of these into the foods. This was …

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