Join author of The Diet Myth, professor Tim Spector, to find out the reason most diets fail, why we should learn to love our microbes and how we can change our view of food and make better nutritional choices
Are you stuck in a food rut? Do you feel as though you’re constantly trying different diets, and following new food fads but never managing to lose weight or feel healthier?
What we eat has a huge impact on our health, but recent evidence shows that we all respond differently to the same foods and that our genes are only part of the answer.
Thanks to recent scientific breakthroughs, researchers have started to examine the permanent residents of our guts - the trillions of microbes, bacteria and fungi that digest our food, produce vitamins and regulate our immune systems. Ongoing research has revealed how these microbes are essential for our continued good health and how by ignoring them, many of us are failing to make the best food choices.
Join us for an illuminating Masterclass from Professor Tim Spector as he talks through some of the amazing discoveries that have come to light during his career at King’s College London - many of which form the basis of his new book The Diet Myth.
He’ll explain why most diets are destined to fail and why we we need to increase the diversity of our microbes to improve our health. The Masterclass should enable you to make better choices about your personal nutrition and lifestyle.
The course will cover
- How diets are making obesity and overall health worse
- The microbiome and the impact of an unbalanced microbiome on our health
- Why microbes are potentially the secret to good health and stable weight, and how to measure them
- How our diet and lifestyle has neglected our microbes and reduced their diversity, and what we can do to increase this diversity
- Pre and probiotics
More about your tutor
Tim Spector is a professor of genetics and director of the TwinsUK Registry at King’s College, London. His current work focuses on the microbiome and diet (The Diet Myth) and he also runs the crowdfunded British Gut microbiome project. He’s ranked in the top 1% of the world’s most cited scientists by Thomson-Reuters having published more than 800 research articles.
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