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Health & Fitness Facts Of The Day – Week 1

Hi there! Welcome to our debrief of this week’s Health & Fitness Facts & Tips with your favorite host Charlie Farmer.

Are you currently having a quick breakfast? Are you on the way to work? Or are you taking a small break from whatever you’ve been busy with lately?

Whichever it is, tune-in to our information-packed short episodes to learn something new about Health & Fitness in less than 5 minutes! We often hear specific Health & Fitness terms, concepts or even rumors that we simply assume we understand. But in reality, we have plenty more to learn about them.

Wait, thinking about it now, this intro is already getting too long! This series is designed to be quick and efficient, so without further due, let us lay down the three topics that we have covered this week:


Drinks and food packed with antioxidants have a famous reputation of being healthy and good for your body, yet many people actually ignore why. Well to put it simply, antioxidants help the body defend itself from harmful molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are dangerous for the body because they can damage cells.

3 Key Facts

• A growing quantity of free radicals can lead to oxidative stress which causes chronic illnesses and in some cases even to cancer and heart disease. 

• Darker coloured greens and fruits are usually rich in antioxidants.

• Antioxidants can be endogenous and exogenous, meaning that they can either be produced by the body or taken in through external substances.

Increasing your intake of something doesn’t necessarily mean that the positive effects will increase as well: some research has shown that taking antioxidant supplements can cause harm and increase the risk of cancer!


Keto Diet (Header)

The Keto Diet, short for ‘Ketogenic Diet’, is a high-fat/low carb diet that has risen to fame after countless success stories from all our favourite stars, models and athletes. But it sounds quite contradicatory considering that the goal is to lose fat doesn’t it? Let’s explain why it works so well through science!

3 Key Facts

• Up to 75% of all your calories for the day comes from fat in the Keto Diet!

• Ketosis is the idea to limit glucose intake so that your body burns more fat instead of glucose when producing energy.

• Ketone supplements can help reduce the time to reach ketosis.

There is a lot of hidden sugar in the food you consume, which is why reaching ketosis can sometimes be challenging.


Sleep Deprivation (Header)

Sleeping is an essential process to allow your body to regenerate so that you can feel all fresh again and ready to roll the next day. The impacts of a lack of sleep are often visible through changes in your mood and productivity, but it can also be a significant obstacle if you are trying to stick to your fitness routine or if you’re trying to hang on tight to your diet plan.

3 Key Facts

• Sleep Deprivation can cause weight gain because it causes changes in hormones that regulate your appetite.

• You can consume about 300 calories more on a day where you’ve had less sleep.

• Lack of sleep reduces fat cells ability to respond properly to insulin, which crucial to regulate energy storage and use.

A study found that one week of 5 hour-long nights led participants to to gain an average of two pounds!

And there you have it! Three information packed episodes to learn a lot more about Health & Fitness every week in a ridiculously short amount of time. If you’ve liked this, make sure to head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe to get notified when we release new episodes! Also, a five-star rating would be greatly appreciated 😉

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Lesley is a content writer and community manager at Shape.
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