Diet and Fitness

Shape I’m In: Bryan Dobson, RTE newscasater

RTÉ newscaster Bryan Dobson knows the value of effective communication.

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PT in your pocket

JESSIE J once sang the words ‘nobody’s perfect’, but with her hot, new Nike+ Training Club workout, Wild Alive High Intensity Workout, we may not be far off.

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Top 8 crisps TESTED

WITH their full-on flavour and satisfying crunch, crisps are one of life’s simple pleasures.

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Hit the dance floor

Burn loads of calories, boost your co-ordination, and get shimmying with Zumba’s hot new workout.

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Shape I’m In: Blake Morrison, poet and author

BRITISH poet and author Blake Morrison has earned a strong international reputation for his work, wining a string of literary awards along the way.

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(Junk) food for thought

Why are our waistlines expanding by the year? Clodagh Finn turns to health author Sarah Boseley to find out what’s wrong with the way we eat today.

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More please: Niamh O'Dwyer of Organic Little Ones with Lucy Clinton and Sophia Murnane at the launch of Organic Little Ones.

Healthy bites for tiny tots

IT SEEMS that mother really does know best, particularly when it comes to baby food.

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3, 2, 1...

3, 2, 1… blast off! Need a workout that’ll take you to another dimension? 

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The Shape I’m In: Teodora Sutra, model

Toned, tall and stunning, Teodora Sutra was born to be a model. 

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TOP 8 Ice creams TESTED

FINDING a nice iced treat was an easy task this year. Terrific flavours, in all shapes and sizes make for a luxury-filled summer.

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3, 2, 1... blast off

Need a workout that will take you to another dimension? Try rocket yoga.

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Shape I’m In: Eoghan McDermott, Presenter

PRESENTER Eoghan McDermott knows how to make a big entrance.

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So long CELLULITE

Don’t let cellulite keep you out of short shorts. It’s completely normal – and not dangerous or unhealthy.

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Men, here’s how to perfect your love line

A six-pack is no longer the Holy Grail for men who want a buffed physique – now it’s all about the inguinal crease.

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Time to eat your WEEDS

THE next time you see a dandelion pushing its unwelcome head through the soil in your well-tended herbaceous border, consider this: dandelions are more nutritious than most of the vegetables in your garden.

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Shape I’m In: Brendan Courtney

Brendan Courtney is having a big fashion moment. He has just launched an app, frockadvisor, with his business partner Sonia Lennon.

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Work out for your body shape

Are you lean, long or curvy? Whatever your body type, we’ll help you sculpt a hot bod for summer

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4 ways to blast fat in 15 mins

Want to get on the fast track to fat loss? All you need is 15 minutes. Doing regular exercise is a no-brainer if you want to achieve serious results.

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Shape I’m In: Dave Kearney, Rugby Player

FROM the family farm in the Cooley Peninsula, Co Louth, to the grounds of the Aviva stadium, rugby player Dave Kearney’s life has largely been lived out on the green fields of Ireland. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Tune into feelings to stop overeating

When stressed, upset or angry, many reach for a treat. Clodagh Finn talks to Dr Jane McCarthy about finding an alternative response.

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Shape I’m In: Paddy Casey, singer/song writer

IT’S always been about the music for singer/song writer Paddy Casey. From Crumlin in Dublin, he dropped out of school when he was about 13 to follow his passion.

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Tech a break to work out

Think you don’t have time for exercise and relaxation? Take a step away from the smartphone or laptop and you may be surprised at what you can achieve.

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Top 8 sourdough tested

SOURDOUGH is the new quinoa, the pesto, the sun-dried tomato, the hand-cooked crisps, the pomegranate molasses of recent years.

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Shape I’m In: Declan Sinnott, musician

THE first night Declan Sinnott stood in front of an audience in 2012 to perform from his solo album I Love The Noise It Makes he all but died on stage. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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5 moves for hot legs

Dare to bare with this lower-body routine that’ll perfect pins in a flash.

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>> Gwyneth Paltrow describes Dr Lipman's health plan as essential for the exhausted.

Are you easily exhausted? Revive yourself in just six weeks

If you struggle to get out of bed in the mornings try the advice of Dr Frank Lipman, health guru to A-listers like Gywneth Paltrow.

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Shape I’m In: Bernard Dunne, world boxing champion

THOUGH it’s four years since world boxing champion Bernard Dunne retired, his fighting spirit is as strong as ever.

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Top 8 mayonnaise tested

A DOLLOP of mayo can work wonders for the simplest sandwich. On hot new potatoes it’s a treat, and delicious smeared on barely cooked broccoli.

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Work off the wobble

YOUR holidays are booked and you can’t wait to hit the beach and get some sun.

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Food for fertility

THE one in six Irish couples who have difficulty conceiving may not have considered food as a solution, but nutritionist Sorcha Molloy says it could be part of the answer.

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Forget about other diets: juice is the one

WHAT did you have for breakfast this morning?

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Shape I’m In: Emma Hannigan has staying power

NOTHING will stop bestselling author Emma Hannigan from writing — not even cancer.

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Puppy love: Russell Kane plays Cork Opera House tonight, one of his last gigs before he marries make-up artist Lindsey Cole.

Shape I’m In: Russell Kane swoops into Cork with a belly full of laughs

TOP British comedian Russell Kane is ripped and proud to show off his six-pack.

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Two high-intensity moves when time is short

Think you don’t have time to sneak in a worth while workout? Think again.

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Top 8 sausages tested

Searching for a decent, chunky sausage suitable for barbecuing when the weather settles was the task I set myself this week.

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Sheana Keane

Shape I’m In: Sheana Keane, TV presenter

Sheana Keane made a brief return to TV presenting last week, filling in for TV3’s Lucy Kennedy.

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Take our outdoor moves indoors

With the warmer weather due (we hope!) it will soon be time to head out to the park to load up on fresh air and sunlight.

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Gateway to health: A healthy diet and regular exercise keeps Donal Skehan out of the doctor's surgery.

Shape I’m In: Donal Skehan, cook

“I have a bottomless pit of a stomach. I will try everything once,” says cook Donal Skehan.

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Boost your fitness with lunch break workouts

REGULAR exercise is important, but finding time to do it isn’t always easy, especially if you have a long commute, work irregular shift patterns or have children, or other dependants.

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Go with grains after the excess of Easter

AFTER the excesses of Easter what better way to shed extra kilos than to add nutrient-rich grains in your diet.

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Kicking off:  Emma Byrne trains for 14 hours a week with Arsenal.

Shape I'm In: Goalie Emma Byrne talks married life and more

IRISH soccer goalkeeper Emma Byrne, 34, is enjoying married life but is still adjusting to her new surname: Bignot.

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Grab a SandBell to blast fat and tone up

HANDS up if you want to enjoy your workout and see some serious results?

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Eating by the numbers for the Whole30 diet

You must adhere to the Whole30 diet for 30 straight days. Any lapse and you start again, but this popular high-protein/no grain programme may not be for everyone.

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Body con: Holly Carpenter is in the fittest shape ever.

Shape I'm In: Grand designs after modelling for Holly Carpenter

HOLLY CARPENTER is savvy enough to know modelling is a short-term career and to keep her career on track she’ll need to diversify.

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Keira Knightley's tiny waist is unachievable for most of us but a tubby tummy can be a high risk when it comes to your health.

Unattainable celeb waist-sizes shouldn't stop you measuring

IT’S more than a century since women everywhere were liberated from their corsets by the bra.

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3 ways with super squats

Get your pins looking picture perfect in those skinny jeans with three easy moves.

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Family affair: Culann and Finn took the four-week sugar ban in their stride, while their mum, Esther (right), threw out a trolley-load of sweets and introduced healthy eating habits.

Balance is the key to healthy eating

Faced with health warnings about obesity and diabetes, mother of two young boys Esther N McCarthy goes on a month-long crusade to cut down her family’s sugar intake. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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As little as 100mg a day of caffeine is all it takes to get us hooked to the point where most people would have withdrawal symptoms if they were to stop using it abruptly

New book suggests caffeine is a widely abused drug

MINE’S a flat white. Plus a couple of squares of dark chocolate and a few cups of Earl Grey tea.

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On the table: The recent stresses of Irish life have further encouraged poor diet and higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use.

Dying for change: Irish need to look at what goes into their bodies

POOR diet, lack of exercise and high alcohol intake are making us sick, costing us economically and killing us in huge numbers.

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Try out The Lazy Day workout

These exercises are easy, fast and can all be done in the comfort of your own bedroom.

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Shape I'm In: Pixie McKenna on health, family and everything between

IF there was an Olympic sport for multi-tasking, chances are Dr Pixie McKenna, 43, would win gold. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Top 8 scones tested

MOTHER’S Day is close and an indulgent breakfast is a terrific start to the day.

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One to watch: Weather presenter Nuala Carey at the launch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland's One in 1,000 appeal.

Shape I'm In: Nuala Carey, weather presenter

RTÉ weather presenter Nuala Carey has endured years of puns about her career, but she is more than happy to join in the fun.

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HAND-TO-HAND SWING

Fire up your fat burn

Put the kettlebell on for a quick way to torch calories, says Amanda Khouv.

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Liquid solution: For optimum health, exclude or minimise the amount of sugar taken in liquid from fizzy drinks, juices and sweetened teas and coffees.

Less sugar, less protein - how to interpret new nutrition guidelines

Two big nutrition headlines recently grabbed my attention. The first related to sugar intake.

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Ride on: Easkey Britton with her beloved surfboard.

Shape I'm In: Catching up with Irish pro surfer Easkey Britton

Irish pro surfer Easkey Britton, doesn’t remember life before surfing.

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3 ways to rise and shine

Set your alarm for this easy and energising bedroom workout, says Amanda Khouv.

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Delicious treats for Saint Patrick's Day

WHAT better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than with an Irish cheese board.

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Renaissance man: Actor Don Wycherley mixes it up with TV shows like Bachelors' Walk and stage work.

Shape I'm In: Don Wycherley, Actor

ACTOR Don Wycherley came to national attention in the hit TV dramas Ballykissangel, Father Ted and Bachelors’ Walk.

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All covered: Bernadette Bohan, whose third book has been published, says it's vital to give the body what it needs.

Raw food to the rescue

Sharon Ni Chonchuir talks to Bernadette Bohan who now enjoys excellent health thanks to her plant-based diet.

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Double take: Fresh veg can be less nutritious than frozen, depending on time between harvest and consumption.

Fresh isn’t always best

THERE’S a common fallacy which suggests that fresh foods, especially fresh fruit and vegetables, are nutritionally superior to their frozen counterparts.

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Shape I'm In: Niall Breslin, Musician

Musician Niall Breslin trains twice a day, six days a week for an Iron-Man challenge in May. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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On the batter for the perfect pancakes

THOUGH pancakes are easy to make from scratch — even for those with little time for cooking, they have somehow become a convenience pre-made food.

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Fast track to fat loss

You can fire up your slim-down mission with this efficient fat-burning training technique, Amanda Khouv explains.

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A big success: David Casey has won the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, but became a jockey because of a bet.

Riding high with jockey David Casey

DAVID CASEY is one of Ireland’s top jump jockeys. He has won a string of races and titles, including the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup.

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