Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What Weight Loss Diet Plan Is Right For You?

By Peter Hale

When it comes to losing weight the first word people think about is “diet”

Diet to most people means weight loss – people imagine small portions of food and giving up what they most like to enjoy. I imagine most folks think of salads, fruit and vegetables and feeling hungry all of the time.

Luckily there are many diet plans on the market today that simply allow you to change the way you view food whilst allowing you to lose weight at a reasonable rate rather than enduring rapid weight loss which is not suitable to most people’s lifestyles.

Even some the weight loss plans, such as the GI diet, are actually good for you. The foods you are allowed to eat will improve your health whilst maintaining a steady weight loss that you are aiming for.

Being overweight is no fun for anyone and can actually reduce your life expectancy by 10 or more years so it’s important to maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) as well.

Some diet plans target instant weight loss in “7 days or less” but when choosing to start a diet it’s better to look at your longer term goals – rather than losing weight for a special event it’s probably better than you look at your life style and what you want from yourself and your body.

Certainly people who reduce their weight state that their energy levels improve dramatically and they enjoy their day to day lives even more.

So what weight loss diet plans are available to you to try?

As mentioned, the GI diet combines a healthy eating approach and is based on how your body processes the food you eat. GI diets are followed by diabetics because it’s based on the blood sugar levels that are produced from what you eat. It’s scientifically researched and if you follow the guides for long term weight loss it should be beneficial.

Other diet plans include the Atkins Diet, which although has received bad press is also based on how your body processes food and is structured around food combination. It is suggested that if you combine fats, proteins and carbohydrates correctly you will lose weight naturally. It’s best to avoid the high fat content of this diet as you will raise your cholesterol levels. Additionally by avoiding carbohydrates your body will initially lose water rather than fat and this leads to unwanted side effects such as bad breath.

You should search the internet to see what other diet plans are available and that fit in with your lifestyle. Generally though, if you cut out high fat and high calorie food, eat your 5 fruit and vegetables a day as recommended by most government agencies and combine this with a light exercise programme, your weight should be maintained at a healthy level.

You should always speak to your Doctor before embarking on any weight loss diets and the above should in no way constitute diet advice. For more information on diet plans please visit www.118diet.co.uk

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Flat Belly Diet (Hardcover)

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The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss (The South Beach Diet) (Mass Market Paperback)

Editorial Reviews
The verdict is in: those simple carbs we've been living on are killing us. For good health, we've got to get our blood sugar under control and stop the incessant cravings. Or so says Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of The South Beach Diet. The first half of the book details the science behind the diet. Most of the explanations revolve around why things you thought were healthy—-orange juice, wheat toast, carrots—-are actually evil. To avoid blood sugar surges, Agatston created a modified carbohydrate plan, recommending plenty of high-fiber foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats, while cutting bread, rice, pastas, and fruits. Major differences from other diets include a lack of concern over portion size and a serious indifference to exercise. Feeling full while on a diet is a beautiful thing, but it seems odd that a cardiologist buries his exercise recommendations in a solitary sentence.

The last half of the book covers his three-stage plan; daily diets are mixed with recipes, some of which are from South Beach restaurant chefs. The most restrictive period lasts just two weeks, enough time to stabilize your urges and lose a few pounds; stage two adds fruits and a handful of other carbs, while stage three is meant to last the remainder of your life, with occasional lapses for white bread or birthday cake. While the diet is sound, the book could be better organized. The first half mixes scientific study with anecdote in a seemingly random way, while the mix of meal plans and recipes can be confusing. Still, the recipes are varied and tasty, and you'll never feel deprived, unless you currently happen to live by bread alone. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Despite the glitzy title, this is one of the more appealing diet books among the new "anti-carb" programs. Agatston, a doctor based at Miami Beach's Mt. Sinai Medical Center, found that his patients not only were unable to stay on various popular diets but their cholesterol and blood sugar levels remained dangerously high after trying these plans. The doctor chose to alter his own diet-first avoiding all carbohydrates and fruit and then reintroducing these foods in moderation. Feeling better and losing weight, he then consulted a nutritionist to modify his strategy to devise a sound method for his patients. The South Beach diet begins with a somewhat restrictive two-week program, generally producing a weight loss of from eight to 13 pounds. The initial phase may be difficult for those who crave bread, pasta and fruit. But there are still choices, and snacks (cheese, hummus, vegetables) are a necessary part of the diet. People shouldn't feel hungry on this part of the diet, stresses the author. The second phase offers somewhat more choices, including whole wheat bread and other selected carbohydrates. Agatston advocates combining the "bad" with the "good." For example, take whole wheat bread and dip it into olive oil, rather than using butter. Eat a very small amount of pasta with lots of vegetables, meat and healthy oils. Complete meal plans along with simple recipes comprise roughly half the book. Of course, there's no perfect diet that works for everyone but the enthusiasm of the conversational tone and the inviting manner make the book more appealing than many other diet tomes.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss (The South Beach Diet)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Jennifer Love Hewitt Weight Loss

By J.E.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt made headlines on nearly every single gossip/celebrity website and magazine last November when someone snapped photos of her in a bikini. The photos revealed wide hips and a big butt — the result of the Ghost Whisperer star packing on weight.

At the time, Love Hewitt admitted to being “embarrassed” and “saddened” by the photo furor, but nevertheless encouraged women with less than perfect bodies not to be afraid to put on bikinis and have fun.

Now, however, Love Hewitt is on the cover of Us Weekly for losing 18 pounds in 10 weeks, which of course now has people grumbling for other reasons. Some are saying that Love Hewitt comes off as a hypocrite for first telling women not to be ashamed about carrying some extra weight around, and then going on a mission to shed all these pounds.

Others are making snide comments, saying she must have been studying anoretix reviews all summer, and must have taken a ton of supplements and/or starved herself for months in order to achieve those results.

Personally, I do think Love Hewitt comes off as something of a hypocrite, but at the same time, I can totally understand why she’d want to lose the weight. After all, those bikini pictures were far from flattering, and thanks to the Internet, they’ll be around forever.

To be fair, here’s an Us Weekly photo of what Love Hewitt looks like after the weight loss. Pretty damn good, if you ask me!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Myth of Moderate Exercise


Obesity experts agree that daily exercise is essential for good health, but whether it can successfully lead to long-term weight loss is a question of much debate. What has become increasingly clear, however, is that the conventionally accepted advice — 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity most days of the week — is probably insufficient to spur any real change in a person's body weight. A study published July 28 in the Archives of Internal Medicine adds to the burgeoning scientific consensus: when it comes to exercise for weight loss, more is better. It suggests that obese people would have to exercise at least an hour at a time to see any significant difference in their weight.

The study, led by John Jakicic at the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, followed nearly 200 overweight or obese women ages 21 to 45 through a two-year weight-loss program. The women were given free treadmills to use at home, regular group meetings and telephone pep talks to help keep them on track. Participants were also asked to restrict their food intake to between 1,200 and 1,500 calories per day, and were randomized to one of four physical activity intervention groups based on energy expenditure (either 1,000 calories or 2,000 calories burned per week) and exercise intensity (high vs. moderate). By the end of the 24-month intervention, the women who managed to lose at least 10% of their starting body weight (which was, on average, about 193 lbs.) — and keep it off — were exercising twice as long as health authorities typically recommend and expending more than twice as many calories through exercise as women who had no change in body weight. The biggest weight losers were active a full 68 minutes a day, five days a week (about 55 minutes a day more than they had been before the trial began), burning an extra 1,848 calories a week.

Jakicic and his colleagues originally designed their study to measure whether weight loss could really be achieved and maintained through moderate-intensity exercise, akin to "walking when you're late for a meeting," he says, or whether it was preferable to engage in shorter bursts of more vigorous-intensity activity, "like, when you're late for the bus, chasing it down." The problem was that not enough of the women stuck with their assigned exercise categories for the researchers to gather enough meaningful data. Within a few months, most of the participants had resorted to exercising as much as they chose to. That left researchers with a slightly different data set than they had planned for, but they were still able to associate women's reported physical activity with their weight loss. Indeed, exercise was more strongly associated with weight loss than any other factor, including diet. Overall, the more the women exercised, the more weight they lost.

More than half of the study participants managed to lose at least 10% of their body weight within the first six months. At the half-year mark, however, most of those women relapsed and started gaining the weight back — a discouragingly common phenomenon. "The major outcome of this paper is the maintenance issue," Jakicic says. Once a patient hits her target weight, he says, it's imperative that she stick with her exercise and diet regimen to maintain her new weight.

Still, the underlying question remains: are diet and exercise a reliable cure for obesity? Modern-day obesity researchers are skeptical — achieving thinness, they say, is not simply a matter of willpower. Research suggests that weight may largely be regulated by biology, which helps determine the body's "set point," a weight range of about 10 lbs. to 20 lbs. that the body tries hard to defend. The further you push you weight beyond your set point — either up or down the scale — some researchers say, the more your body struggles to return to it. That might help to explain why none of the women in Jakicic's study managed to lose much more than 10% of their body weight. After two years on a calorie-restricted diet, keeping up more than an hour of physical activity five days a week on average, most were still clinically overweight (though much less so than before). But what Jakicic and other obesity researchers stress is that a 10% reduction in body weight represents a tremendous boon for overall well-being, lowering blood pressure, improving heart health and reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes. For the obese, the end goal should not be thinness, but health and self-acceptance, which are more realistic and beneficial objectives. "The women's health was absolutely improved," Jakicic says.

Jakicic, in fact, seems heartened by his findings. "I think the beauty of this study is that we now have a target" — a better idea of how much exercise is needed for weight maintenance. There is, of course, some variation in how people respond. Some of the study participants fared well with less exercise than the additional 275 minutes per week (about 55 minutes per day, five days a week) that the study's author now recommends for weight maintenance. Others needed more. But the keys to success, according to Jakicic, were embracing the weight-loss program fully, and finding a way around the daily obstacles to exercising — that's something he says many of his participants were able to achieve, regardless of their socioeconomic group. So, if you're aiming to lose weight and keep it off, his message is clear: don't slack off.

Source: Time

Friday, August 15, 2008

Fit Over 40

I have local Combat Endurance Training classes - a home based fitness course designed to use one's body weight to improve core strength and better fitness in general. There's a 7 pm class on Monday and Wednesday and a 5:45am class on Tuesday and Thursday morning. There's a large number of folks in both classes.

I'm finding it very exciting that I have many people in the over 50 year old age group. It seems that there is a growing number of people who are realizing that they are going to be on the planet for quite a number of years, barring any detours, and they are opting to spend their golden years in good health and feeling strong and healthy. What a great decision.

Health and fitness is a lifestyle. It may be difficult to get to a class or get out of bed in the morning but it's good to think about the results if you make the sacrifice. Good health, good attitude, and looking forward to each day are wonderful things to strive for. Disciplining yourself to do the things necessary to have them is a life style choice that will reap you tremendous rewards.

I had another wonderful surprise a while back when I got an email from one of my Karate schools saying that an old Karate acquaintance of mine was in town and had left his phone number. This gentleman is a highly respected Black Belt who really was a role model for me as I was coming up through the ranks in the martial arts. He and I have always been friends and I immediately called him and brought him back to my house to meet my family.

The old times and old stories began to flow and I reminded him of the story that he had told me many years ago about his grandfather who made it a habit to walk on his hands across the kitchen floor and back every Christmas. He said that he remembered seeing his grandfather do that when he was 80 years old. His grandfather told him as a young man that being healthy is free and easy so it's a good idea to take care of your health. His grandfather lived to be 97 years old.

Choose to be healthy. Choose to do the things that others may not have the desire or commitment to do. The good choices that you make to stay healthy will continue to reward you as your years move on.

Make good decisions about your health,

Fred Nicklaus

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

How To Lose Weight The Right Way, Ten Top Tips To Lose Weight

It is a well documented fact that diets do not work, this is because dieters do not know how lose weight the right way. Over 90% of dieters fail to lose weight permanently. You do want to keep the weight off permanently, right? The restrictions that go with all diets are too much of a burden for you to follow long term, and for those few who manage to stick it out long term and lose weight, what happens when they finally come off the diet? The weight comes back, surely but surely. So if you want to lose weight permanently, you must make permanent changes to your lifestyle, so that when the weight does come off, it stays off.

So what changes can be made? You should be looking for multiple small changes to your eating habits, changes that are easy to make and and easy to keep to. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you will be able to keep to the change for the rest of your life. If you answer yourself "no" then it's probably better not to make the change in the first place, since any gains will be offset once you come away from the change. Try using skimmed milk, sugar substitutes, low-cal soda, in fact there are low-calorie alternatives for many of todays popular foods. Drink more water, eat more fresh fruit and veg. You know this stuff, it's not rocket science, but it does need a commitment from you. Maybe today is the day?

No weight loss program can be succesful without exercise. Even the fad diets all state that their measures will be ineffective without exercise. The "E" word can be pretty scary for many people, because it drums up images of leotards, gymnasiums and lots of sweat. Exercise doesn't have to be like this, there is only one rule when it comes to exercise; whatever it is, do it EVERY day without fail, (or at least five days a week). So it could be something as simple as walking or cycling. In the long run, fifteen minute's walk every day is more effective than a two-hour workout in the gym. For most of us the gym workouts will stop at some point in the future - let's face it, we don't need much of an excuse not to go to the gym today, do we? By contrast, a walk is something that we can do every day, without having to give it up.

The equation for weight loss is as simple as it ever was: burn more energy than you consume. This can be done through modification of diet or an increase in energy burn - preferably both. In short, eat less and move more.

Loking at the points discussed do far, the top ten tips to lose weight are based on these principles. If you are looking to lose weight fast, this list is not for you. Yes, it is possible to lose weight fast, but it is highly probable that you will put it all back on as quickly as you lost it. This is a long term plan, and it will take six to twelve months to have significant permanent effect. This can be quite a demoralizing thought, but remember; a pound lost using this system is a pound lost for good.

1. Forget fad diets they don't work

2. Make a decision to exercise every day. Start tomorrow. Walk, cycle, swim - anything is OK

3. Look for small changes you can make to your daily energy consumption.

4. Stop eating fried food. Broil, Steam, Bake, Roast, Boil, Microwave but DON'T fry!

5. Set a time in the evening - say six 0' clock. Make a rule NEVER to eat after that time.

6. Get at least 8 hours' sleep each night. If you are tired during the day you will turn to high energy candiy bars, cakes and cookies to boost your flagging body.

7. Eat breakfast. Yes, you've heard it before - never mind the reasons why, the statistical fact is that almost all people who lose weight permanently eat breakfast. So just DO IT!

8. DON'T cut out carbohydrates. Your body and brain need carbs (NOT from sugar!) so eat them, preferably with fiber, eg wholemeal bread and pasta, potatoes with the skin on.

9. Cut out fat. This is the most significant change you can make. Fat has a huge calorific value, so do your utmost to find alternatives. Yes, your body needs fat, but don't worry, no matter how hard you try to eliminate it, thanks to today's processed food environment you will always eat a degree of fat.

10. Don't be impatient, you want to lose weight permanently, not lose weight fast. This is a long term program.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Women And Weight Loss

By Aditi Miscall

Women, to put it bluntly, are biologically different from men. Those differences imply some guidelines for diet, exercise and health matters in general.

Women, for example, naturally have a higher percentage of body fat than men, 27% on average compared to 15% for a fit individual. That single number alone is helpful information if one of your weight loss or exercise goals is fat reduction. Any woman trying to reduce her percentage should take into account this natural difference, since it can help avoid guilt and provide a realistic goal.

Women experience hormonal changes that differ considerably from that of men as they age. Even young women can have irregularities in menstrual cycle and other physiological changes as a result. This can be seen more clearly by looking at some extreme cases, for example.

Women in concentration camps in WWII frequently discontinued having regular menstrual cycles, as a result of the effects of starvation. Highly trained female athletes also often experience similar changes, as a result of ultra-low body fat and other causes.

The ill effects of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) can be reduced by stabilizing blood sugar levels, regulating fat intake and other dietary changes. For example, mood swings can be smoothed out to a degree by higher amounts of soluble fiber, which helps produce a slower rise in blood sugar. Apples, oats and beans are good sources.

Combining fat with protein and carbohydrate intake in a balanced way will help slow the rise in blood sugar from the carbohydrate consumption. Ice cream may be a comfort food but the effect is short-lived and doesn't provide the balance needed. Instead, increase consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables. Bananas are a good choice, along with walnuts.

Women are more prone to arthritis, fibromyalgia and other conditions. Certain previously unsuspected food allergies can worsen the symptoms. Testing is essential, but at the same time a healthy diet will help. Rice beverages can be substituted for those sensitive to cows milk, there are wheat-free breads on the market that are still whole grain and peanuts may need to be avoided for some.

For example some women who suffer from rheumatic symptoms will find they are allergic to wheat. A gluten-free diet will help lessen that problem. This includes finding substitutes for ordinary cereal, standard bread, pasta and other foods made from wheat flour.

During the years of menopause, as cycles become less regular and large hormonal changes are occurring, diet can help lessen the severity of any discomfort. Lowering sodium intake is helpful. Substitutes include herbs, garlic or lemon juice for flavoring. Each individual is different, though, and you should consult a physician for proper amounts.

Menopausal women are likely to benefit from reducing saturated fats, beyond that of younger women or males. Since estrogen levels are declining, HDL cholesterol (the beneficial type) will tend to fall and LDL cholesterol (the potentially harmful type) will rise.

One result is that, though men in general have a higher risk of heart attack as they age, during this time a woman's risk is equal to those of men of similar age. Reducing saturated and trans fat can help reduce those risks.

Moderate wine consumption is beneficial. It provides anti-oxidants and other helpful compounds and is generally lower in calories than many alternatives. Lowering caffeine can help reduce loss of calcium, which is more needed as women age.

What constitutes a proper diet varies somewhat by gender and age, so investigate what is right for your particular circumstances. Knowledge is the key to health.

About the Author: Aditi Miscall is a Independent SUZANNE™ Sales Consultant and the owner of http://www.ageless-diva.com

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Wii Weight Loss: Is It Possible To Drop Pounds With Wii Sports?

By Julie Universal

Wii weight loss is the concept of having fun while playing video games while losing weight. Usually this Wii weight loss is accompanied by calorie restriction in addition to the moderate exercise that Wii gaming offers. Several bloggers across the web have created very popular sites detailing their Wii weight loss. Most of them have done this using the Wii Sports video game that comes free with the purchase of the Nintendo Wii system.

Wii Weight Loss with Wii Sports

Wii Sports is a set of five different sports games that utilize the Wii Remote's unique motion-sensing skills to get the player off the couch and burning calories. Many advanced users on the web report that Wii Sports is incredibly fun to play for the first couple days you have it. Some more advanced gamers are not as happy with it overall, but the allure of Wii Sports is that it is good fun for the gamer and non-gamer alike. Wii Sports has captured the hearts of wives, grandmas, mothers, kids, as well as hardcore gamers and casual gamers. For many, Wii Sports is just the first game they will play on Wii as they get used to the motion sensor controller. After they tire of Wii Sports they move on to other games. Wii Sports includes golf, tennis, and baseball games, which act as a showcase for Wii remote’s sensor functionality. Some find the game insanely addictive. The game draws every player into the experience. Wii Sports is the first Nintendo Wii title to use the Mii Channel, a customizable channel where you can create your own avatars. Wii Sports is fun to play with amongst some friends using the multi player function.

Wii Weight Loss with Wii Sports Has Critics

Some critics find it difficult to get used to the fact that in Wii Sports your character automatically runs forward to hit the ball. Others remark that the Wii remote waving around isn't a realistic experience. If following the strides of annual big name sports titles that rely on depth and realism is your thing, then Wii Sports isn't what you're looking for.

Wii Weight Loss Success with Wii Sports

Here are some quotes of people who had Wii weight loss success:

This guy lost nine pounds in six weeks enthusiastically playing his Wii.

Mickey started out at 182 pounds, and after a month and a half of Wii workouts, whittled his weight down to 172 pounds, which he found quite amazing considering that this was the first substantial loss he had attained in over two years, and he never even cut back on the Eat ’N Park cookies (or similar).

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Chinese Medicine For Weight Loss

By Ron Shelf

Weight problems are never categorized as a major health concern in Chinese medicine. Chinese people rarely get fat or obese. But nevertheless, obesity is still one problem addressed by traditional Chinese medicine.

The weight gain problem is more apparent with the Western race. And if weight loss were to be tackled in the light of Chinese medicine, you'd see that there are a quite a number of ways to treat it. These medicines are normally over-the-counter medications that consist of natural herbs and decoctions.

To initiate weight loss with the use of Chinese medicine, pattern discrimination is the first step. In here, the person's metabolism is analyzed through the bian zheng lun zhi process. This technique is effective and has a long-term effect. Once the actual reason why a person's metabolism is slow gets determined, then the necessary treatment procedure would be carried out. And these procedures are moxibustion, acupuncture, and diet modifications through the aid of natural herbs.

In traditional Chinese medicine, weight problems are focused on the spleen. This is because of the fact that the spleen directly controls the flesh and the muscles, including the transformation of the body's water fluids. The spleen is also the reason of the engenderment of phlegm. Once the spleen gets damaged because of eating too much fatty and sweet food the person gets fat. At that condition, the spleen won't be able to function and move water fluids all over the body and transform them into nutrients along the way.

Water fluids that aren't processed accordingly collect and gather in the different parts of the body. These are what transform into fatty, bulgy deposits in the waist, arms, legs, and other parts of the body.

In Chinese medicine, the primary treatment for obesity is also exercise. So there's really no going around it. If you want to lose weight, you have to start eating less and exercising more. Western or Chinese medicine, it is all the same. The only difference between the two techniques is the use of Chinese herbs and the most common Chinese method of healing, acupuncture.

The herbs used for losing weight are Shan Za, Zhi Ke, Sheng Jiang, Zi Su Ye, Huoxiang, Chenpi, and Laifuzi, among many others. Most of the time, these herbs are mixed in special proportions and are taken in two to three times in a day. These herbs are normally sold in capsules for easy administration.

Here are some examples:

Diet With Bo Jen Mi Tea

Yes, you can curb your eating pleasures with the use of this tea. Just take Bo Jen Mi tea for a month. You will surely lose substantial weight along the way. This diet tea is composed of half tea and half herbs. Take two to three cups per day, preferably before every meal. That should keep your diet on the sound side.

Herbal Diet with Wu Wei Zi

Wu Wei Zi is the food or herb that is considered as a complete meal as far as Chinese medicine is concerned. It is a prized food product because it contains all the five tastes of the Chinese diet. Basically, if you eat this herb, your body has all the nutrition it needs. And so, you need not eat more. Fructus Schizandrae or Schizandra is the pharmaceutical name of Wu Wei Zi.

Go on a Diet with He Ye and Fu Ling

These herbs are two of the best ones to counter the effects of gaining weight. These herbs, when taken orally, mixed with food, or drank as a tea, can produce impressive effects on an obese person. The other herbs that can be mixed with these two are Huang Qi, Zi Cie, and Da Huang, among others. Chinese medicine also recommends cucumber as the best food item for dieters.

However, there are also diet powders that can help initiate weight loss. These diet powders contain Ji Geng, Qiang Huo, Chai Hu, Shu Di Huang, Sheng Ma. To use it, the powder should be dissolved in a tablespoon of warm water and taken half an hour before mealtime.

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Friday, August 1, 2008


OK ladies, prepare to be amazed.

We asked thousands of you to tell us what you think about your body – which bits you like, which bits you don’t, and what you’d change if you could.

Just to make things fair, we asked the men too. And when the results came in, shock waves rippled through Fabulous HQ.

It seems men and women have very different ideas about the perfect female figure.

While women yearn for the waspish waist of a size 8 model, men hanker after a curvy size 12 with hips. Oh yes!

And that’s not all. It seems all that time spent staring at the mirror making mental checklists of everything we’d change is a waste of time.

When we asked men what they would alter about their partner’s appearance, the majority said they were perfectly happy, thank you very much.

In fact, the only thing they’d wish for is that we’d all love our bodies as much as they do.

So, come on girls – what are you waiting for? Let’s hear it for love handles, muffin tops and big bottoms.

Let’s embrace our bodies and start loving what we’ve got.

And for an extra boost, read the rest of our body-inspiring results.



Hurrah for curves!

We asked whose body you admire most:


voted for TV presenter Myleene Klass


picked curvy Kelly Brook


went for supermodel Gisele Bündchen

And what do they all have, girls? Yep, great boobs! PS: Nobody voted for skinny supermodel-of-the-moment Agyness Deyn, or curvy singer Beth Ditto.


of women say their breasts are the most attractive part of their body


say their stomach is the part of their body they like the least


constantly worry about their weight


worry their partner isn’t attracted to them because of their body


would consider having cosmetic surgery – 41% want liposuction


say their ideal dress size is an 8

Vital statistics

10st 1lb: the average weight of a Fabulous reader


of you want to lose weight


of you want to lose 1-7lb


What do you think about the results of our survey? Do you agree with the women or the men? Were you surprised? Were you pleased with what the men said?


Compiled by: Farzana Parkar Photography: Jonathan Keane, LFI, BIGPICTURESPHOTO.COM, WENN, RETNA Models: Anna at mot models, tillie at nevs, caroline at hughes models 12+

Source: Fabulous Mag

Making The Decision To Lose Weight

When it comes to losing weight, the hardest part of all is making an unbreakable promise to yourself to actually stop just thinking about it and actually get down to business and just plain do it.

Once you've made the decision there should be no turning back, no doubt in your mind that you will go the full course no matter what gets in your way. Solutions instead of problems, right?

Actually getting to that point though is a challenge for many people.

Most people, answering honestly, would like to lose *some* weight even if not a lot.

Very few people actually succeed though - even among those who seem to start off on the right foot.

They start a diet or go for a run but within days or weeks they are back to their old self.

How come?

The answer is that they weren't 100% behind their conviction.

It was a bit like playing the lottery. We'd all like to be rich but very few people are willing to put the time and effort in to achieving that goal so they'd rather spend a few dollars pointlessly on the lottery each week looking for the easy route out.

Unfortunately as unfashionable as it is to say - getting rich, like losing weight, isn't easy. Otherwise everyone would be think and rich.

But doiing things half-heatedly won't get you to the tipping point. Absolute focus and determination will.

So, the key is getting to the tipping point - the point where you honestly believe nothing will stop you. Where every traffic light is green.

And the only way to get to that place is from inside.

You need to work on yourself. Because attitute is 90% of the battle.

So take some time with a notepad and pen to write down why you think you're not totally focused on the goal. Realistically what has to change for you to reach that tipping point? Make an honest list. You don't have to show it to anyone, it's just for you, so list every point, every concern, every problem you can as honestly as possible.

Do you think you'll fail? Are you scared of going to the gym? Do you worry you'll miss your favorite foods too much? Do you think you're too busy to fit exercise into your daily routine?

Keep going for as long as it takes to get everything down, then it's time to work out ways to smash through those barriers.

You know yourself better than anyone else so work out a solution for each of your concerns - how could you really turn them around?

Then one at a time, make those changes you worked out. Keep plugging away.

It might take hours. For others it could take months.

But if you're honest with yourself and look inside deep enough you will come out the other side at that verty tipping point that will make you invincible.

Best of luck, and I look forward to seeing you there.

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