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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Dress To Look Slimmer

The clothes you wear can either make you look slimmer or add pounds to you. Wearing baggy, loose clothes that are one or two sizes too big will make you look larger than you are. On the same note, trying to squeeze in to clothes that are a size too small will not be flattering.
 Work out your body shape.

There are 5 principal body shapes out there:1. Pear 2. Top Heavy (Inverted triangle) 3. Hourglass 4. Apple 5. Rectangle (straight up and down)

Once you know what shape you are then choose clothes that flatter your shape.

Department stores can help with buying and wearing the right clothes for your shape and size.

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Easy Exercise You Can Do For Free

There are easy ways to get some extra exercise into your day without much effort. You could walk or cycle to work if that’s possible. Get off the bus a few stops earlier. Park your car further away from the shops/place of work so that you have to walk more. Use the stairs everywhere you can instead of the lift or escalator. Try to get up and move about every hour if sat at a desk – walk to the water cooler or around the office if this is possible.

When at home get up and march or jog on the spot during TV commercials. Run up and down the stairs. Put some music on and dance. Play football or run about with the children. 

Go for family walks or swimming. 

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Lose Weight With A Food Journal

Several studies have shown that people who keep food journals are more likely to be successful in losing weight and keeping it off. In fact, a researcher from one recent study says that people keeping a food diary six days a week lost about twice as much weight as those who kept food records one day a week or less. 

You often might think that you don’t eat much but keeping a record of everything that passes your lips will give you a true record of how much you are eating. You can then use an app to see how many calories are in each item and work out if you are consuming more calories than you thought!

One of the best ways to keep a record is on your mobile phone using an app.

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Foods And Ageing

Certain foods can contribute to the ageing process in different ways.

In a study, subjects visually five years younger than their actual age had the lowest intake of sweet, sugary treats. 
A theory that is gaining in popularity is the idea that sugar contributes negatively to the skin and overall ageing process. It is believed that, sugar (or glucose) creates ‘Advanced Glycation End (AGE)’ products in every cell and molecule in the body, creating inflammation.
Dietitian Helen Bond comments: "Leading health organisations are recommending that we should all be reducing our intake of added sugars throughout our life-course to benefit our health, but for many people telling them sugar may be contributing to their wrinkles and they will be far more likely to put down the doughnut."
A study found younger-looking people had the lowest intake of caffeine. Dietitian Helen explained: "It is an old chestnut, but making sure that you are adequately hydrated is vital for healthy skin.  
"Drinking plenty of fluid gives skin the necessary moisture to help maintain its’ elasticity. Plus, it helps to clear the body of toxins and carry vital nutrients to cells."
But there is good news for our other favourite diuretic: alcohol. Frequency of alcohol seemed to have no effect on visual ageing. 
However, volume of alcohol did, so if you want to keep wrinkles at bay, it’s ok to have that post-work glass of wine, but drink only in moderation.
If you're in the market for a caffeine-free tea, try Dragonfly Tea's Wild Honeybush brew. This rare South African tea is made from Cyclopia bush, native only in botanically rich south-western Cape.  
Unlike conventional teas which are made from the Camellia family, Honeybush is naturally caffeine free, and - like rooibos tea - was pioneered by settlers who built their homesteads in this remote and rugged region, making tea using the local indigenous plants. 
During a study, across all participants there were no observations for better skin amongst vegans or vegetarians. 
The visually youngest participants were more likely to consume the recommended one portion of oily fish a week.
Helen said: "Omega-3 is found in abundance in oily fish, such as herring, mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna and salmon, and has a plethora of skin and other health benefits. 
"I always recommend it to clients prone to dry/itchy skin with redness and they see an improvement in just a few weeks."
If you are not a regular fish eater, perhaps because you don’t like oily fish, there are plenty of omega-3 rich supplements that provide skin-loving, anti-ageing benefits on the market.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Get Glowing Smooth Skin

Ninety percent of women have cellulite. (The dimpled effect usually creeps up between the ages of 25 and 35, when the collagen fibers that bind fat to the skin start to stretch and tear, allowing fat cells to bulge out.)

There are ways to help reduce the appearance of the skin and this must be done regularly. 

Using a scrub in the shower or bath is one of the easiest ways to achieve smoother skin. Not only will it help in the fight against cellulite, but it will also help with the overall look of the skin making it softer and less pimply.

Sloughing away dead skin and increasing the circulation are one of the best ways to improve the appearance and you should aim to do this 2-3 times a week. 

Work on the legs, thighs, bum, tummy and arms. You can also gently scrub the face once a week using a suitable scrub designed for the delicate face area.

Always finish off with moisturising. My preferred option is baby oil on damp skin and pat dry with a soft towel.

Working on what goes into your body is a must for healthier, firming looking skin and in my next post I will be sharing some advice on where to start.

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

How To Be Body Confident Over 40

In today's society, having confidence in the way you look and feel can often be a struggle for most people. As you get older this can sometimes be more difficult as wrinkles start to appear, grey hair, sagging skin and loss of muscle tone.

Sounds pretty bleak. 

However, for a lot of over 40 year olds it has never been a better time for being the most confident you have been. You become more accepting of yourself and over the years have learnt to live and love what nature has given you (and make the best of it).

As you get older you are more aware of looking after your health and so exercise and eating healthier often becomes a priority.

If you feel this doesn't describe you but you would like to feel more confident, toned and healthier then fear not. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my best tried and tested techniques for being the best, most confident you.

I will be showing you ladies:
  • How to get glowing skin
  • How to work from the inside out
  • How to lose weight and tone up for FREE from the comfort of your home
  • How to dress to impress
  • How to look slimmer instantly
  • Make-up and hair for over 40 year olds
Stayed tuned!!

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