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Does counting calories help you lose weight?


A new way of thinking is gathering momentum. According to some scientists and nutrition experts, there’s more to losing and gaining weight – and staying healthy – than simple numbers. Emerging evidence suggests not all calories are created equal as far as our metabolism is concerned. In other words, certain foods are more likely to cause weight gain than others, even if they contain the same number of calories. What’s more, some experts in the treatment of obesity now believe that calorie-counting is an outdated approach that doesn’t work and overshadows the importance of good nutrition. They point to the growing obesity crisis and rise in weight-related health problems that have occurred while calorie-counting has been the cornerstone of official weight management advice.


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Celebrate spring with our April/Easter issue: the maestro Francesco Mazzei creates an Italian feast while Raymond Blanc roasts a salmon French-style. Finish off with cakes from Bake Off’s Martha Collison, Paul A Young's new sticky, chocolate pud or Brick House's orange hot cross bun loaf. Read how in 1999 British food changed forever and find out whether counting calories works. If you've ever wanted to visit Amsterdam, we've got the latest foodie recommendations as well as a round-up of the best Easter eggs AND 16 extra pages of brilliant cheesecakes!

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How do you decide what to buy? Everything you read about here has been chosen from the hundreds of products we see, test and try out. Only the most useful, most beautiful and best value for money make it onto these pages – and this month there’s a special Easter theme
What’s the one item in your kitchen that you’d never part with? In the irst of this new series, Tom Aikens talks about a family heirloom that holds sweet memories
It was the cusp of a new millennium and the world of food was about to get a shake-up, the repercussions of which would continue to be felt decades later. Katy Salter surveys the people and events that made 1999 a year of such profound and long-lasting influence
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One of the best ways to go Dutch is to head to Amsterdam for culture, cuisine and canal-side cool. Writer Nicky Evans, who lives there, shares her insider’s secrets for a flavourful weekend
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We read a lot about chain restaurants going bust, says Katy Salter, but what of the great local places whose struggles never make the news? It’s time to use them or lose them
10 outstanding recipes to pull out and keep
Crunchy and crispy, sweet or savoury, fritters are a crowdpleaser. Ours are served spiced with poached eggs for brunch, as a pancetta-wrapped snack – or in a caramel coating for a sweet ending. One word: deeee-licious!
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delicious. reader Miriam Lewis wrote to us to tell us about these sweet almondy treats, traditionally eaten during the eight-day Jewish festival of Passover (this year 19-27 April). This heirloom recipe was passed down to Miriam through her mother’s family
Susy Atkins’ wine recommendations, plus the best drinks to match with cheddar
The fresh green spears are making their much anticipated appearance – a proper joy of the season – and Gill Meller knows exactly how to enjoy them at their best
Top of the bill this month is a movie about food and being true to your roots and family. Kay Plunkett-Hogge (food writer) and Fred Hogge (movie buf) serve up the makings of a great night in
There is wit, wisdom, creativity and comfort in the best food writing. A good recipe – and a good turn of phrase – can open minds and hearts as well as satisfy stomachs. Debora Robertson sings the praises of a rich lineage of female food writers who’ve brought so much more to the table than mere words on a page
John and Eileen Hall’s Cavanagh Free Range Eggs have chefs raving and cooks craving. Lucas Hollweg visits their farm in Northern Ireland to find out what their secret is
Francesco’s fresh take on cooking a rack of lamb will give your Easter brunch and lunch a springtime makeover. And despite this being a proper feast for six, it’s a menu you can get a head start on the day before, leaving you plenty of time to eat, drink and make merry
This beauty of a dish, called a sformato, originates from Italy – think of it as a soulé having a lirtation with a crustless quiche. This version, combining savoury celeriac and peppery rocket, makes a brilliant Easter centrepiece that works as well as a traditional roast with classic sides
I’ve used fragrant North African harissa as the base for my quick lamb marinade. The forthright spices mingle harmoniously with the naturally sweet flavour of spring lamb, lifted with zesty lemon and coriander. Paired with the minty almond, radish and cucumber salad, you have an Easter roast to get everyone hotfooting it to the table.
Can you improve on a classic? We put our foolproof tried-and-tested recipe up against three other techniques to find out which spud emerged as king of the roasting tin
This recipe, the whole fish roasted with vegetable crisps and paired with colourful spring veg, is a showstopper. It’s ideal if you fancy a change from the traditional spring lamb – just a few minutes of preparation and you’ll be creating a wonderful feast for the senses.
Gather together some of your favourite meats, cheeses and breads, whip up a few flavour-packed veg dishes and maybe some spicy nuts… Prep everything ahead apart from the warm and griddled dishes, then let guests loose to serve themselves. All that’s needed is a cool drink or two, and your starters or nibbles are sorted
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It’s the time of year for fresh ideas, and who better to give a twist to traditional classics than baker extraordinaire Martha Collison. Here she reveals how to make your Easter break a whole lot sweeter
Editor Karen had this pudding at a dinner a while ago, where it was served in big sharing dishes for everyone to dive into. “There were sighs of appreciation around the table,” says Karen, “and a rare lull in the conversation as everyone savoured the moment.” Paul agreed to share the recipe – and here it is, exclusively for you to bake and enjoy
There’s an extra-special theme to Georgie’s Hayden’s dishes this month… She’s just published a new and beautiful book, Taverna, which celebrates the food of her Cypriot heritage. These recipes were made with loyalty, love and care – the best ingredients a cook can have
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Sweet, salty, sticky ham isn’t just for the weekend. Our trick? Cook it long and slow in the oven and serve for a midweek supper, then use the leftovers for a veg-packed ham pie
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