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Weight Loss Motivation

Posted by: Smilie on Monday/December 17/2007 - 12:56 PM
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1. Buy a piece of clothing you love. Hang it out in full view, so you can see it everyday. Remind yourself that you will be wearing it as soon as your goal is reached.

2. Put pictures on your refrigerator and food cabinets of people who have the body weight you want. Look at these thoroughly each time you go to the food places. Contemplate yourself in that body before you open that frig or cabinet.

3. Tell others what your goal is. Tell them what your benchmarks are. When you tell others that you are going to lose a specific amount of weight by a certain time, you will feel more motivated, because you will not want to admit that you “cheated” and didn’t reach the goal.

4. Ask for support. Tell your family and friends that you need them to get “on board” with your plan. They have to refrain from tempting you or eating enticing fattening foods in front of you. Your husband or wife can do his/her “fat food” eating while away from home. Our friends can go out with you to restaurants that have “light” fare, and eat that light fare with you.

5. Find another friend who wants to lose weight too. Do it together. There is strength in numbers.

6. Join a weight loss program – they are all over town. Regular meetings and celebrations of everyone’s small successes will serve to keep you on the right track.

Most important, reward yourself for your success. After you have lost 15 pounds, have one item on your list of favorite foods that you have denied yourself. And then, back to it!

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Herbal and Natural Weight Loss

Posted by: Smilie on Monday/December 17/2007 - 12:52 PM
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Quite a number of people claim weight loss success through the use of herbal treatments and supplements. There are a wide variety recommended by just as wide a group of diverse people. Basically, herbal supplements perform two functions:
1.The action of some natural ingredients trick the brain into thinking the stomach is full. This concept is actually quite accurate, because the “fullness” of the stomach is actually a signal sent by the brain which results in a person’s cessation of eating. Soy protein is a natural ingredient which actually expands a bit in the stomach. It is free of fat, carbohydrate and sugar, and is considered an ideal diet food. If it is prepared in a method pleasing to taste, it can become a staple of many dieters. Soy has a tendency to produce gas, however, so it may be wise to take an anti-gas medication if soy is to become a large part of your diet.

2.A number of herbs actually speed up metabolism, giving the dieter much more energy. More energy means more activity. More activity means more calorie burning. Some of the most common herbals producing this effect are ephedrine, guarana, St. John’s Wart, nettle, dandelion, green tea and cayenne. Before taking any of these, however, it would be wise to investigate studies and reports about the possible side effects of their use. Ephedrine(commonly called ephedra), for example, has been suspect in causing high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Because most clerks in health food stores are not completely versed in the potential effects of these supplements, it would be wise to check them out on the Internet and to consult your physician before you begin a regular regimen of intake. Others, like green tea, dandelion, cayenne and St. John’s Wart have not been linked to negative side effects and are considered to be relatively safe.

Herbal and natural weight loss treatments are certainly an option as you explore what works in your case. Again, however, remember to thoroughly investigate any one that you are considering, check with your doctor, and be aware that you want to use them in conjunction with other methods.

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What tops can I wear when I have big arms?

Posted by: Smilie on Sunday/November 04/2007 - 11:33 PM
When you go shopping for shirts, you should always inspect the arms to see if there is elastic band in the sleeves. If there is, and the sleeve is shorter than three-quarter length, put the shirt back immediately. Most kinds of puff sleeve are disasters waiting to happen for thick-limbed women, because no matter how good the shirt looks on you, those bands are going to cut right into your upper arms. You also want to avoid sleeveless tops and halter necks. Both shirts create narrow necklines that end up making your arms look huge.

You can wear flimsy shirts that are long-sleeved with floating cuffs. The delicate fabric and airy cut will give your wrists a daintiness that extends all the way up the elbow. Nobody has to know what's hidden in the upper half.

There are shirts that have small puffs on the shoulder seams, and if the fit is right for you, these can be a great choice. The puff makes the whole arm look smaller, but again, only if the fit is just right. If the sleeves are too tight, or the puffs are a smidge too big, the elegance of the look is destroyed. Because large upper arms can be hard to accommodate with off-the-rack shirts, you must be diligent about trying things on.

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Keep up with old weight-loss resolutions

Posted by: Smilie on Friday/July 20/2007 - 02:01 AM
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• The little black dress: All right, it doesn’t have to be black, and it doesn’t have to be a dress, but it does have to be little. Too little or too tight for you to wear comfortably or tastefully. It could be a favorite pair of shorts, a sleeveless tank top or a sundress. Some successful long-term weight-loss experts feel it is motivating for them to bring out old clothes that no longer fit as a visual motivator. Seeing that itsy bitsy teeny weenie little bikini might propel you to action.

• Try eating at home more often: Recent studies show that adults who eat at home more often have much healthier diets. Think about it. What are your choices away from home? How many times a week do you run into the fast-food joint to pick up something quick? That habit may be contributing to extra pounds.

• Add purposeful activity: America has too many fannies parked on the couch/desk instead of walking to the park. Sitting for longer than an hour drops the calorie burn to nearly the rate of sleeping. Try “wasting” calories by being inefficient in your home. Try hanging clothes on the line, pulling weeds, washing your car by hand, going berry picking or going on a walk to pick up cans/bottles.

• Plan meals in advance: Make yourself a grocery list of your menu each week.

• Enlist the help of a registered dietitian: Perhaps you are contemplating starting on the new weight loss over-the-counter medication called Alli? Check with a dietitian before you make any big changes.

• Trick your taste buds with low-fat options: Many products – such as salad dressing, sour cream, cream cheese or mayonnaise – have a low-fat or reduced-fat variety. Choose these more often, and you can save 50 percent to 75 percent more calories. Try the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter butter-flavored spray on your baked potatoes or veggies. This contains 0 calories and 0 fats. Find it in the refrigerated section by the butter/margarine.

• Eat breakfast for a metabolic boost: The body idles overnight. Eating breakfast is one way to jump-start the calorie-burning process. Don’t have time for breakfast? Try rising 15 minutes earlier so you can take full advantage of all the calorie burning that eating breakfast will allow you. It is a fact that breakfast skippers weigh more than breakfast eaters. If you keep doing the things you are doing, you will get the same results. Eating breakfast is a proven weight-loss habit.

• Use applesauce for oil in baking: Substituting applesauce for oil or butter produces a delicious product with much less fat. When my college students make brownies using applesauce, everyone agrees they taste better than the traditional brownies made with oil.

• Eat fish at least twice a week: Fish has been called the ultimate diet food. It is low in fat, high in protein and fits into a weight-loss diet. Check out the individual frozen fish in the freezer case.

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Self-Tanner Advice

Posted by: Smilie on Sunday/May 27/2007 - 11:22 PM
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Self-tanners and bronzers can make women look great in the summer without spending too much time in the sun. But the trick is knowing the right way to apply them.

"Self-tanners are great because they hide a lot of the imperfections all over our bodies that we sort of don't want people to see," says Alyssa Hertzig, Beauty Editor, Good Housekeeping. "They even out the skin's texture. They give you a gorgeous glow, and they just make everything look a whole lot better."

Sometimes the problem with self-tanners is you can get a little bit of a streak. If you put a little too much product in one area, it will look darker than the other areas. Here are a few quick tips to help you avoid those problems.

Tip 1: Before you begin, decide which type of self-tanner fits your needs.

"Creams and lotions are probably the easiest self-tanners to apply," says Hertzig. "As long as you apply them in a circular motion and really make sure you cover every inch of your body, you really can avoid streaks with them."

One product the Good Housekeeping Institute recommends is Dove Energy Glow. It's actually a moisturizer mixed with a little bit of tanner, so you're not going to turn dark right away. The color is actually going to develop over the course of the week, so it's very subtle.

Tip 2: Sprays are quickest and they're excellent at reaching awkward areas like the backs of thighs and knees.

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Eat right, exercise key to healthy lifestyle

Posted by: smilie on Monday/January 08/2007 - 05:26 AM
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The food and physical activity choices you make today — and everyday — affect your health and how you feel right now and in the future.

To maintain good health, make smart choices from every food group to give your body the balanced nutrition it needs, being sure to stay within your daily calorie needs.

Exercising regularly is just as important, which helps control body weight, promotes a feeling of well being, and reduces the risk of chronic diseases.

Since not all people are the same, the need for a more individualized approach to improving diet and lifestyle is necessary.

• Make half your grains whole: Eat six ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice, or pasta. Substitute a whole-grain product (brown rice, bulgur, graham flour, oatmeal, whole-grain corn, whole oats, whole rye, whole wheat, and wild rice) for a refined product, such as eating whole-wheat bread instead of white bread or brown rice instead of white rice.

It’s important to substitute the whole-grain product for the refined one, rather than adding the whole-grain product. Note that foods labeled with the words “multi-grain,” “stone-ground,” “100 percent wheat,” “cracked wheat,” “seven-grain,” or “bran” are usually not whole-grain products.

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Exercise Can Be Critical for Diabetics

Posted by: smilie on Monday/November 13/2006 - 01:24 AM
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If you are diabetic, the National Diabetes Education Program ( recommends that healthier lifestyle include eating the correct portions of healthy foods, eating less salt and fat, staying at a healthy weight, giving up smoking, taking your medication as prescribed, brushing and flossing each day, checking your blood glucose levels as recommended by your physician and getting 30 to 60 minutes of activity on most days.

For the average person, exercising regularly is a good idea, but for a diabetic exercise is critical for many reasons. For starters, it will help you maintain a healthy weight, while storing too much fatty tissue makes insulin absorption more difficult.

Exercise makes you leaner and increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, helping the body to better absorb and more effectively use insulin. Exercise even causes your body to make insulin and can reduce your need for medication.

It additionally reduces cardiovascular risk factors, strengthening your heart, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and other fats in your blood. All these factors add up to regular exercise being a must.

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Diet changes speed up stalling weight loss

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/October 29/2006 - 11:18 PM
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For starters, the human body adapts to the sudden changes and weight loss slows down. With your new diet in place, less food often reduces sodium intake causing net loss of water - water loss slows as sodium loss in diet slows.

Rapid reduction of food intake triggers starvation mode and lowers metabolism quickly.

Also, skipping meals too often may produce intense food cravings caused by lower blood sugar levels. Many dieters save their calories for one big meal and that slows down that metabolism.

Try the following tips when having trouble losing weight:

Keep active with regular exercise.

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TALK about getting a New Face.

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/October 05/2006 - 11:13 PM
Beauty Tips 
1. Prepare your canvas Just like a painting, our face needs to be carefully cleaned and prepped before applying make-up.

M.A.C's Prep and Prime creams smoothen the face for easier application and make makeup colours sharper and more dramatic.

2. Complement your dressing Always ensure that your makeup goes well with your clothes.

It is not necessary to use the same shade as your outfit, but choose a colour that will complete your look.

For example, the '60s retro look goes perfectly with bright hues.

3. Warm or cool - know your tone Remember that not all colours are suitable for different skin tones.

Asians have warm skin tones, so go all out with colours like pink and blue. They instantly brighten up your face, and create an energetic look.

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Emotional intimacy the key to better sex

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/September 17/2006 - 11:06 PM
It all begins with emotional and verbal communication.

Good sex does not just happen naturally, said Lily McNair, a psychology professor at Spelman College. ''If you're in love and you're together, it's just supposed to be good -- one size fits all. But it's not that way.''

Before having sex, talk about your expectations, what you like and the role of sex in your relationship, she recommends. Such discussions can be difficult and require a lot of time, effort, vulnerability and trust.

Once you break through the communication gap, you can reap the emotional and physical benefits of a healthy sex life.

Studies suggest that regular sex promotes good health, because people tend to pay more attention to their bodies. As a result, people live longer, said Celia Dominguez, an assistant professor of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Emory University. The cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart and muscles and releases endorphins that help to relieve stress, pain and depression. It also helps to lower body weight, increase stamina and boost the immune system.

''If you do it right -- eyes wide open, lights on, within a nurturing relationship -- you benefit psychologically,'' said Doug Weiss, author of ''Intimacy: A 100-Day Guide to Lasting Relationships,'' a guide to help people develop emotional connection, oneness and bonding. ''It's good for your spirit, soul and body.''

The sex diet

About four years ago, Kerry McCloskey made an accidental discovery: The more sex she had, the better she felt and the better she wanted to look.

So the New Jersey woman, who was about 20 pounds overweight, enlisted the help of her husband, Ben, to create a diet regimen with sex as the primary form of exercise. The couple also cut down on processed and sugary foods and added lean meats, fruits and vegetables to their diet.

''We made it into a routine, and we even developed routines,'' said McCloskey, who lost 23 pounds in six months. Her husband lost 15. ''I gained a new sense of confidence and inner peace, and it translated to every aspect of my life.''

Last year, McCloskey penned ''The Ultimate Sex Diet,'' a guide that teaches you how to slim down and shape up while enhancing your love life.

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Beauty Tips For Women Based on Age

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/September 09/2006 - 05:46 PM
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Experiment with colors and textures, like sheer green shadow and shimmery highlighter. Your skin is at its best and you will look good in anything. And be vigilant about SPF every day to keep it that way.


Keep up with the trends, but it's now time to carve out your signature style. Pick a feature and play it up -- if it's your eyes, choose a neutral liner to make them pop, like brown or gray. If it's your lips, apply lipstick (or gloss) and then liner for a natural look that lasts.

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Health: Pregnancy Nutrition

Posted by: smilie on Saturday/September 02/2006 - 09:08 PM
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Pregnant women are supposed to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right and taking prenatal vitamins. Now research is showing it is actually important for your child's breathing later in life.

Lauren McGrail is seven weeks pregnant, but she's spent months preparing her body.

“I try to get a lot of sleep, I get 8 hours a night and take my vitamins and try to eat a balanced diet,” she said.

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Woman finds, shares fun route to weight loss

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/August 27/2006 - 10:34 PM
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Different eating styles

Taylor takes a humorous approach to bad eating habits in her Top Ten Ecumenical Eating Styles:

1. The Unconscious Eater: "If you find yourself covered in cookie crumbs and do not have any memory of eating cookies, you are an unconscious eater," Taylor said. "Wake up!"

2. Gulp 'n' Go: Eating on the run leads to indigestion and poor nutritional choices. Instead, have a seat and enjoy a meal.

3. Food Architect: If you're playing with your food, you're eating unconsciously while you're doing it.

4. Assembly-Line Eater: "Doesn't anybody put down their fork between bites?" Taylor asked. Slow down and take stock of what you're doing.

5. Never Say, "No, Thank You": It's OK to say no to food, Taylor said. "If you're afraid someone will be offended, tell them you're allergic."

6. If It's Free, It's for Me: When you see free food, take just one bite. "It's about putting limits on things. It's not about being deprived," Taylor said.

7. Closet Eater: People who eat in secret, she said, often overeat. These people need to consider if other psychological issues are coming into play.

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Structured exercise improves potential for weight loss

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/July 26/2006 - 03:40 PM
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Every day, I hear a girl say something about how she wishes she were in better shape. I will be the first to say that I have also uttered those exact words without even the slightest intention of doing anything about it. But now, I'm going to.

I still work out during the school year as a part of the club volleyball team, but during the summer or various breaks from class, I find that the most exercise in my days consists of walking from my bedroom to the kitchen to retrieve the rest of the ice cream I didn't finish the night before.

Earlier this week, I was talking to my cousin. We constantly talk about how we wish we were the kind of people who could just get out there and run a few miles because we have nothing better to do. Then she told me about the Couch-to-5k Running Plan that she found on

This program, as is evident in the title, is designed to get a person who never works out to run a 5k, or three miles, on a regular basis, in a little more than two months. The plan incorporates walking and jogging, and over the course of the program, a participant is supposed to increase the amount of jogging he or she is doing and decrease the amount of walking.

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'Food porn’ addiction unhealthy for women

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/June 15/2006 - 02:41 AM
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Americans have become lazy, and heart disease has entrenched itself as the No. 1 women-killer for several years.

Doctors are, however, paying attention to how heart disease manifests itself in women, Atkinson said, and have discovered a common link among heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and a host of other autoimmune conditions: Inflammatory reactions.

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Beauty tips from the skin experts

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/May 31/2006 - 05:18 PM
Al-Sanabel Al-Thahabeyah (Sebamed) held an awareness lecture yesterday for students at Bayan high school for girls. Many teenagers suffer from acne due to changing hormones, diet and stress. Sebamed offered the lecture to provide girls with information about how to take care of their skin. Hana'a, a pharmacist with Sebamed, opened the session by talking about skin types and cleaning treatments and methods. "There are several types of skin. One of them is normal. This is the best type of skin, its nice, soft and easy to deal with. Normal skin is smooth and firm to the touch. Another type is oily. Many teenagers have this skin because of hormonal changes. Oily skin is greasier and more shiny, and has a sort of hardness to it, not like the firmness of normal skin. The pores in oily skin are larger and more visible. This is because they are saturated with oil. This skin is more vulnerable to pimples, blackheads and white heads," she noted.

She then said, "The third type is the dry skin, where the skin is rough and feels tight. Dry skin is caused when the oil glands do not supply enough lubrication to the skin. As a result, the skin becomes dehydrated. Skin gets exposed to the elements especially in winter. However, sometimes this dryness can be brought on by not drinking enough water, certain types of heating in winter, and being in wind for prolonged periods. If your skin starts to feel abnormally dry, this could be cured by a change of soap, because ordinary soaps tend to dry the skin out, otherwise you should look at other, environmental factors for the cause".

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Healthy habits key to heart health for women

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/May 31/2006 - 04:42 PM
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Eat your fiber

"Only plants have fiber, so anything with fiber, by definition, is packed with other nutrients," Savard said.

That includes all your fruits, vegetables and whole grains. If it's been processed, you're not getting the health benefits, she said.

"Don't just buy brown bread because it says multigrain," she said. "It has to say whole grain because multigrain could mean they stripped out all the fiber and added a little molasses to make it darker."

Know your fat

"Fat is not the enemy," Savard said. "In some ways, it is really critical to our health but that is the olive oil, canola oil, and the vegetable-based liquid oils."

Fish oils and omega 3 fatty acids, meanwhile, are also extremely important to heart health, she added.

"They reduce inflammation, blood clots, risks of sudden death and triglycerides," Savard said. "It's like a best-kept secret."

Meanwhile, the absolute worst thing you can put in your body are trans fats. Trans fats are the type of unhealthy fat created when vegetable oil is hardened into margarine and shortening by adding extra hydrogen molecules.

"I don't even like to call them foods," she said. "You need as little as two grams of trans fats to cause health risks, and as little as five grams of trans fats will increase your risk of heart disease by 25 percent."

Trans-fat labeling became mandatory on packaged foods earlier this year. But don't trust them, Savard warned. That's because food manufacturers can list "zero" when a single serving contains a half gram or less of trans fat.

"Read the fine print because if it says partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, it has trans fat," she said. "And chances are they put it as close to the limit as possible."

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Single women, double standard

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/March 29/2006 - 01:52 PM
HERE is the tale of two successful women, both well educated, who chose the world of politics over corporate careers and bigger paypackets.

By doing so they both willingly signed up for public scrutiny over privacy. Neither have married or had children.

One is constantly on the receiving end from commentators not content with challenging her on policy, but who also resort to slagging off her personal circumstances.

They want to make her private life seem so far removed from yours that you begin to wonder how she could adequately represent you.

Some of her detractors are the same sycophants who wax lyrical in their praise of the other female politician.

Given the women are from opposite ends of the political spectrum, that is not surprising.

After all, it clear for whom these commentators vote.

What I find perplexing is that the two traits that unite these women – being single and child-free – is only used against one of them.

Why is it they believe it is no impediment to Condoleezza Rice's career not to have children or a partner – but it is to Julia Gillard?

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Secrets for Flawless Makeup

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/March 12/2006 - 05:59 AM
10 expert tricks to help you get a polished makeup look.

Foundations, Primers, and More

For the prettiest, most presentable makeup look, skip the trends and follow these tips. You're guaranteed to look polished and perfect!

1. Buy the proper foundation. An off-color base will make every other cosmetic you apply look not quite right. Splurge on foundation at the department store, where you can ask for help in finding the right shade.

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Tips for achieving good health and getting fit

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/March 12/2006 - 05:41 AM
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Getting and remaining fit isn’t all about developing muscles; it has a lot to do with exercising and eating healthy.

“In order to have a healthy body, a person should follow a nutrition guide and exercise primarily every day,” Anderson said. “They should also get five to seven servings of fruit, lean protein, 25 to 35 grams of fiber every day, a minimum 64 ounces of water every day, and three servings of dairy.

“Exercise has been proven to slow down blood pressure, cholesterol and help with weight loss,” Anderson said.

The excuse most individuals use is not having the time to exercise, but if there is time to do things that are enjoyed, then what is a little bit more time and effort toward something healthy — your body?

“Failing to make a plan for a healthy lifestyle is planning to fail,” Anderson said. “Health is a mental game as well as a physical game.”

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