Too much of a good thing


There are so many physical and psychological benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle that it might seem paradoxical that excessive exercise or dieting may produce negative effects. But it’s true; you really can have too much of a good thing.


While healthy levels of exercise has an anabolic (tissue-building) effect on the body, excessive exercise can have a catabolic (tissue-destroying) effect and will prevent you from seeing positive results.

Speaking with a qualified personal trainer can help you plan a programme that will sufficiently challenge you but also includes adequate recovery intervals to enable you to really see – and feel- the benefits.


Health food addicts will often choose a diet they think is optimal to achieve better health (such as very low fat or low carb) and stick to it rigidly. However, despite the very best intentions, they may be doing more harm than good.

Strict avoidance of certain foods or food groups can lead to deficits in essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs to function properly, making a diet that involves everything in moderation a far healthier (and not to mention tastier) approach.

© Sarah West Nutrition

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