Site spring-clean – and latest health research
Yes, it’s that time of year – the website was due a spring-clean, so we’ve been working behind the scenes to make it brighter and more user-friendly – with better organised 5:2 Basics to answer all your questions; a shiny new Books page; a dedicated area for the friendly, fun Podcasts and a really simple, clear calculator if you want to know how many calories your body needs. Let us know what you think – @the52diet – and a big thanks to Christian at verything for being so fantastic to work with, and full of great ideas!
While we’ve been working on the site, I’ve neglected updating the news posts but there’s been some fascinating health research reported on lately:
- Newspapers reported in January that lack of exercise ‘could be twice as deadly as obesity’ – based on a large-scale European study of 334,000 men and women. The research estimated that twice as many premature deaths could be avoided if everyone became active, compared to if everyone avoided obesity. It’s worth reading the full research as of course it’s hard to separate out whether other health issues cause inactive people to have a high risk of death. 37,000 deaths attributable to obesity.
- I’ve written a lot about the dangers of the sedentary lifestyle in 5:2 Your Life – and this study may add to the weight of evidence that sitting is seriously bad for us: in this study, researchers found people who reported watching more TV had an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It’s not conclusive, but it’s a great idea to increase your activity levels throughout the waking hours!
- This study suggests that if you improve your health – by losing weight or giving up smoking, for example, your partner might well be motivated to do the same (which is exactly what happened to our lovely Lizzie and Kevin in Podcast 8: I recommend listening to them for true inspiration!).