nutrition

Ask LH: What's The Right Combination Of Diet And Exercise?

Hey Lifehacker, I’ve recently started going to the gym, but I’m finding it difficult trying to find a good workout/diet combination. What’s the best combination for someone aiming to get rid of a bit of fat and putting on some muscle?


Parents Can't Tell If Their Kids Are Too Fat Any More

We’ve all heard those phrases that denote a certain blindness to the passage of time. “She looks as young as the day I met her” husbands say of their wives 50 years into married life, or “haven’t they grown”, people tell me of my children. How about “it wasn’t even hot” said the frog, realising too late that he had sat unawares in the pot while the water slowly crept up to boiling point.


What To Eat After Exercise For The Best Recovery

Sports performance was once thought to be enhanced by practices such as drinking cognac before an Olympic marathon run. Thankfully, today’s nutrition strategies are more scientific and properly researched.


The Best Workarounds For Dietary Restrictions

Dietary restrictions may mean that you can’t eat whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways around those restrictions. This infographic lists the best alternatives for flours and baking grains, sweeteners, oils, thickening agents and proteins.


How To Make The Most Of Airline Food

Airline food is the butt of endless bad comedy routines, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t maximise the experiencing of dining on a plane. With Qantas upgrading its in-flight meals this week, here’s what’s on offer and how you can get the best from it.


Why The Science Of Salt And Health Can Be Unsavoury

This week, the New England Journal of Medicine published three papers about the effects of salt consumption on health. Their apparently contradictory findings have served to further fuel an unwarranted debate about the harms, or otherwise, of excessive dietary salt.


Ask LH: What Happens If A Product Makes Fake Nutrition Claims?

Dear Lifehacker, I am on a calorie-controlled diet and was very excited to discover a delicious product which only contained 432 kilojoules per serve. I was quite sceptical how this product could be so low in KJ as I was still gaining weight on a limited number of calories. Recently I noticed the bottle of said product has now been labelled with a different count of 1297KJ per serve. When you drink up to four a day I now understand why I have been gaining weight!


Fruit And Vegetables Should Be Capped At Five Portions A Day

We all know that fruit and vegetables are good for you, but how much is too much? According to the latest scientific research, improvements in health stop increasing once you reach five portions per day. While eating additional sticks can be healthy, it won’t make you live longer.


How Supermarkets Make So Much Money From Unhealthy Food

Many people eat badly because far too much of their energy is provided by nutritionally worthless junk foods and drinks. Part of the problem is the push by the food industry to get us to buy food that may be bad for us but good for its business.


How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Over the last half century, the global food industry has profoundly changed the way we eat. While we understand how these dietary changes have impacted physical health, their effect on mental well-being is only now being realised.