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  • Christmas caution

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Nutrition | on November 26, 2018

    As I am leaving most of my clients for pretty much the duration of December I am more conscious than ever of providing helpful tips to help avoid the Christmas excesses. It’s the time of the year where it feels like all bets are off! The parties or social gatherings accumulate at a rate that […]

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  • What to eat before a workout?

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Nutrition | on July 23, 2018

    A common question that we get asked is: What should I have to eat before workout? The rather unhelpful answer which is often delivered: ‘It depends’, but there is a valid reason for this retort. Let’s start with some nutritional basics. We consume carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We then use or store these for various […]

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  • Healthy Eating Week 2018

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Nutrition | on June 12, 2018

    Do we need to gain a greater awareness of the health benefits of eating less and moving more, or is it that we know, but it’s the effort which is holding us back? The week of 11-15 June has marked the British Nutrition Foundation’s ‘Healthy Eating week’. BNF #HealthyEatingWeek is a dedicated week in the […]

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  • Whey too much rubbish available

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, Nutrition | on May 19, 2018

    There has recently been the major fitness expo in the UK – BodyPower. If you’re not sure what it is, to put it in a nutshell, it’s the cliché of the fitness industry that everyone has in their heads when they think ‘Personal Trainer’ or ‘Bodybuilder’. That is, over-tanned, scantily-clad or topless fitness ‘names’ who […]

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  • The protein shake phenomena

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Gym, Health, Nutrition | on October 19, 2017

    We’ve all seen someone in a work office, sitting down with their tub of powder and water, shaking away before guzzling down a concoction which if left unattended for just a few minutes will start to elicit the smell of a corpse. This isn’t to judge, because for a long-time, I was that guy. It […]

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  • High-time to get hydrated

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, Nutrition | on July 15, 2017

    So as Team DFT plan for another sojourn to pastures warm, the issue of hydration becomes very prominent. Hotter weather, an increased penchant for alcoholic beverages and air conditioned environments which suck the moisture out of the air and your skin all contribute to the risk of dehydration. So let’s start with step 1 of […]

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  • The role of fats in our diet

    By Darren O'Toole | In Nutrition | on June 6, 2017

    Nutrition is a confusing topic. Partially, it’s because best-selling diet books need to say something controversial in order to shift copies – but also because, quite frankly, there is no perfect diet for anyone. Our hormones, activity levels, upbringing, tolerances, fat distributions are all different and as such so are our caloric needs. However, the […]

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  • Obesity is a real problem

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, News, Nutrition | on May 12, 2017

    Two years ago, an outrage amongst some with too much time on their hands, led to an advert getting banned. Was it photoshopped? Yes, probably. Was it showing an unattainable figure? Nope! No more so than the hair on a model modeling shampoo; or the skin on a model advertising moisturising cream!  So what was […]

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  • 6 top tips for tip-top shape this summer

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Nutrition | on April 10, 2017

    The clocks have sprung forward, evenings are lighter and before we know it, summer will be here. Whatever your starting point, the truth is, all of us like to feel a little lighter, firmer and ‘in shape’ once the glass of Pimms and summer shorts make an appearance. Whilst it’s not super easy, there are […]

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  • What is insulin and why is it important?

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, Nutrition | on February 16, 2017

    For those looking to lose weight from a position of being overweight or obese, the term ‘insulin’ and variations such as ‘insulin sensitivity’ and ‘insulin resistant’ may crop up when discussing why a specific nutritional plan may need to be initiated for your health. But what is insulin and why does it matter? Insulin is […]

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  • Make this year’s resolution count!

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Nutrition | on December 28, 2016

    You will no doubt be inundated with various articles declaring that they have the perfect way to ensure that you stick to your new year’s resolutions. Unfortunately I cannot guarantee the same, however I will provide some helpful advice so that your nutritional or fitness goals should be more attainable than ever before. First and […]

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  • The fitness message is not loud enough!

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, News, Nutrition | on June 23, 2016

    At the airport after a short break in the sun, the inevitable delay to the flight has given me a chance to put down some thoughts. With a busy few weeks coming up, I took the opportunity to catch some vitamin D which seems to have bypassed London so far this summer. Also a short […]

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  • Making healthy eating easy

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, Nutrition | on December 21, 2015

    Nutrition is a vital and often misunderstood factor in achieving fitness and aesthetic goals. To lose weight, is in essence, a simple calorie in versus calorie out equation. But more so, we should be eating the foods that will provide us with the alertness, energy levels and comfort to achieve everyday tasks with vigour. In […]

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  • The diet secret

    By Darren O'Toole | In Fitness, Health, Nutrition | on November 6, 2015

    Occasionally I’ll write a blog and know that whilst it is topical at the time of writing, it’ll soon be outdated and consigned to the blogging archives, never again to see the light of day. Today feels a little different. The topic I’m discussing is one which is current and will only continue to be […]

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  • Breakfast – the most important meal of the day

    By Darren O'Toole | In Nutrition | on September 3, 2015

    It’s the meal that is most likely to be skipped. An extra half hour in bed or an inability to eat first thing means that the most important meal of the day is often the most missed meal of the day. I am of course talking about breakfast. But why is it important and more […]

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  • Do we need supplements in our diet?

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, Nutrition | on August 11, 2015

    Supplements are big business. Everyone wants a quick fix and in the UK, and more specifically, London, where a large proportion of people are money rich and time poor, supplements are viewed as the easy nutritional choice. Of course they are aided by clever advertising invariably listing the faces and bodies of fitness models showcasing […]

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  • The 5:2 diet – what is it and does it work?

    By Darren O'Toole | In Health, Nutrition | on November 29, 2014

    I don’t profess to being a nutritionist or being able to provide extremely in-depth diet information. However over the coming weeks and months, my blog posts will include information about popular diets. What they entail, their reported benefits and areas of weakness. The more I train people, the more I am acknowledging the power of […]

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