Hi, I'm Danni and I'm based in the South East of England. I work as a fitness writer for The Sun newspaper, as well as presenting daily shows for The Active Channel. I also continue to work as a personal trainer, as it's important to practice what you preach and I love helping people achieve their goals.
I am proud to say I passionately adore a healthy balance of diet and fitness without being neurotic. I want to spread the word that keeping in shape doesn't have to be difficult, and will most certainly make you an all together happier person. Try to do 30 minutes of walking, running, cycling, swimming or whatever cardio takes your fancy at least 3 times per week. Combine this with some resistance exercise and you're away!
Not sure what to eat? Confused by the diet media?
Here's some advice from me...
Get 'That' Bikini Body - And Keep It!
When you know how you want your body to look but you're not sure how to get there, it's hard to know what to believe isn't it? Low fat, low carb, low sugar, low calorie; there's barely anything left to eat! The diet and fitness market is an extremely lucrative place, a place which wants your money!
Paul Mckenna, Rosemary Conley, Davina Mccall and Coleen Nolan are just a handful of dozens of well known faces claiming to hold the key to slender success. But who should you trust? Which fitness DVD will really help you to shed the pounds, and which diet plan will send the needle on the scales back towards zero? If, like thousands of others you feel like giving up hope and resigning yourself to a life of donuts on the sofa, try one more thing before you do so, because it's the only thing guaranteed to stop the endless yo-yo journey you've been on and send you back down to planet earth.
Look at the science. I'm not talking white coats and microscopes, I'm talking plain and simple facts. None of these diet and exercise gurus even attempt to educate you as to how your body works, do they? And when it comes to shifting those excess pounds and achieving the body shape you desire, how can you succeed if you don't understand why you're doing what you're doing? Ditch the gossip and stick to theory for a sculpted, long lasting bikini body this year.
Bikini Diet Myths Banished
Carbs, carbs, carbs. If the word makes you want to dash for the diet pills or turn to the treadmill, just stop! There are so many diets on the market that push the case for cutting carbs. Some say we shouldn't be eating them at all, whilst others allow them in moderate quantities. But almost of all of these low carb diets assure us the same thing; 'Carbs make you fat!'
What a load of twaddle! Yes, if you eat more carbohydrates than your body needs it will convert the leftovers into fat. And yes, foods like white bread and pasta do leave us feeling tired and bloated and offer us little nutritional value. But there is a place for carbohydrates in our daily diets, a very important place in fact.
So why do so many diets tell us not to eat carbs? The general theory behind most of them is the same. Authors of no or low carb diets claim switching to their methods of eating force the body to use it's fat stores for energy because it doesn't have any carbs to burn. This in turn they say will make us lose weight fast; this may be true but such dieters struggle to keep it off. Why? Well, effectively, depleting the body of carbs means it will immediately shed a lot of excess water. In fact, our bodies hold around three molecules of water for every one molecule of glycogen. This may show a weight loss on the scales, but lost water is not lost fat. When we have no glycogen reserves we use amino acids for energy, eating into our proteins. Not good!
I normally advise clients who have a wedding or holiday coming up to switch to a low carb diet around 14 days before the event if they're adamant about going down this road. In doing this, their bodies will have shed that excess fluid, giving them a more ripped appearance. I always stress this is a temporary measure which should be used for a short period of time only and that not only will the effects then begin to stabilize, but the body will begin eating into it's amino acids. To enhance the effects of fluid loss even more, be sure to cut out the salt and try adding a dash of citrus fruit to your water, as foods such as lemon and lime act as a natural diuretic. Finally, try to drink more water. This may seem like madness if you're trying to shed fluid, but hydrating your body will drag it out of panic mode and force it to start shedding some of the fluid it's been holding onto for dear life.
For a healthy body that lasts, opt for whole grain foods and avoid processed products. Pile on the vegetables at tea time and try to get your fats from things like unsalted nuts and oily fish. If you need to use oil when cooking choose olive oil. Eat regular small portions five times per day as opposed to consuming huge filling meals.