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What’s Making You Fat?

THE SKINNY ON DIETING!

Heya Poutlings.

Well…. i have been absent on Pout Perfection for too long, now that assignments are over and handed in I can get back to what I love and that’s motivating people in the right way to be healthy!

 Being a woman is tougher than ever! Celebrity diets have populated the magazines and are even gaining favour on television shows. Low calorie diets rave how “normal people” like you and me can look just like celebrities.

BUT !!!

Do you really want to be starved of nutrients, while your hormones are completely unbalanced, causing feelings of helplessness and depression?

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!

Ever heard of that? Although there is some weak truth to that, eating everything in moderation will keep you overweight. Woman all over the world are suffering from eating disorders and some are clearly unaware of having one. If you are skipping meals or eating very little in order to lose weight…. STOP!!!! These actions will only make you pack on the pounds, sometimes at a rapid rate.

FACT!!!

Eating less than your body requires will slow down your metabolism, making weight loss impossible and will negatively affect your health.

– As you have heard, breakfast is the most important meal of the day; yet many people still confess to eating only a piece of fruit for breakfast.

THE SCIENCE!!!

– Food is used for energy, cell structure, regulating hormones and chemical reactions.

– Food takes one of three directions upon ingestion: use energy, storage, execution.

– The body receives energy from carbohydrates and fats in short supply, our body will turn to muscle for breakdown of amino acids (stored proteins) for energy, causing muscle atrophy.

LOW CALORIES = MUSCLE WASTING

– Low carbohydrate diets deplete the liver and muscle of energy, which causes muscle wasting, lack of energy and will compromise your health.

– Low calorie diets, while reducing body weight (usually for a short period of time), will ultimately poorly affect your health and in most cases will have a rebound effect.

– Low calories will reduce muscle mass and strength.

– When nutrient intake is low, the metabolic rate will become low for three reasons: decreased thyroid function, reduced thermic effect of eating and reduction in muscle mass.

– While reduction in muscle mass causes a lack of endurance (especially during exercise), in turn it will also lead to osteoporosis and lack of independence as you age.

THE WORST PART: FAT STORAGE

– Fat storage is the largest form of storage in the body.

– Low calorie diets and long waits between meals, signal the body that starvation is occurring. With this signaling, the body will turn on the storage mode.

– Eating every two to four hours has been researched to show a positive effect on body composition and overall health.

– Frequent eating boosts metabolism, regulates blood sugars and maintains muscle mass.

– Your body doesn’t understand what to do with processed foods. Diets high in sugar and sodium as well as processed food, do not seem to signal satiety and therefore lead to hunger.

THE SKINNY!!!

– Eating too little is weight loss SUICIDE!!!!

So ladies, think logically about eating plans and be realistic!

Get “skinny” in a healthy lifestyle way, not a quick fix way!

Much Love Megs

XoXo

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Basic Wellness

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Hey Fabulous Pouters!

So we all trying to keep fit and healthy in the busy lifestyles people have now a days, yet most people struggle due to the fact that they are so busy.

We all need to keep it simple, and remember the basics about what our bodies need and what they don’t need, we often put our bodies through stress because of the type of foods we eat or by not giving our bodies time to relax.

I am going to give you our Pouters some helpful tips one should use, whether you male or female.

Tip 1: Replenish your energy.

Energy is essential in this sleep-deprived, over stretched, high-speed world.

-Firstly we need to add more alkaline-forming foods into your diet, such as green leafy vegetables, almonds, dates, celery,

-We must now get rid of excess sugar as this can cause fluctuations in blood sugar level which can cause plummeting energy levels.

-Insufficient protein can cause lowered energy levels, so pack some almonds and nuts for a quick convenient snack.

-I know this will be hard for our very own Sandylash, yet we need to cut down on the intake of coffee, as coffee initially raises stress hormones and gives a rush of energy. Try to gradually cut back on the coffee intake.

-Take time for yourself, at least a 20min relaxation period, where you do nothing stressful, like read a book, have some tea in the garden, listen to some music, or a soothing bubble bath.

-And the all time common one is drink plenty of water.

Tip 2: Revamp your diet.

-Start your morning right, have breakfast! Eating breakfast has shown it prevents over-eating during the day. Stick to a healthier option for breakfasts, either high fibre, or a smoothie, some yoghurt and muslei.

-Eat more veggies, try stick to veggies that are most natural as these contain the most nutrients.

-Cut out butter or margarine, these are both tasteless fatty substances we use to create the illusion of something tasting better, all you tasting is the salt that’s been added into these products. Rather cook with olive oil or avocado oil.

-Cut out fizzy drinks, they packed with sugar and are overall not good for you, if you feel you really need a fizzy drink choose Appletizer, their fizzy drinks are a lot healthier than the others.

-Cut down on the in take of carbs, if you are gaming or doing any type of sporting activity make sure you have your daily carbs before your workout. Don’t eat carbs later than 4pm.

Tip 3: Improve your digestion.

-Chew, chew, chew! Take smaller bites, put your fork in between bites, thoroughly chew each bite of food, do not rush when you eat. If it helps use chopsticks to eat, this will cause you to slow down.

-Increase your dietary fibre. Eat dried fruits, beans and legumes, take an apple to work.

-Practise mindful eating. Slowly savour the flavour of the food, and be aware of how much of the food is enough. Create a peaceful atmosphere to eat in, this will prevent you from rushing and you will enjoy your meal more, which will help with cravings later on.

Tip 4: De-stress your schedule.

-Write it down. Have all your events, meetings, plans, birthdays, etc written down and planned out in a diary of some sort, so you can see where you have space open to make further plans, or to prevent missing important events or meetings.

-The five minute rule. If a task comes up and it’s going to take less than five min, do it there and then. It will help from those little jobs building up, without impacting our productivity.

-Think carefully about the things you take on, do not over crowd yourself with things to do, this will lead to you disappointing either yourself or someone else if you can’t handle it.

Tip 5: Move your body.

-My all time favourite is to get into the gym and get moving, there is nothing better than a great workout, 20-30min of medium intensity exercising daily is sufficient to keep the body going, but it has never harmed anyone to push a little harder and do a little more.

-Target your ‘core’ this is the area around your trunk and pelvis, including your abs and lower back. Targeting these muscles, not only gives you nice abs, but gives support to your lower back. A week core over time can lead to bad posture, lower back pain and injury.

-Try new and different exercises, otherwise you’ll get bored and lose interest.

-Make gym your friend and enjoy the time there, don’t turn it into something you dislike

Stick to the basics when it comes to health and wellness, and your body will thank you for it!

XoXo

Megs

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JNL!

Fabulous Pouters, I trust we still keeping fit and fabulous?!

Well one of my all time favorite fitness celebrity is Jennifer Nicole Lee a.k.a JNL!

I first read about her in the Fitness magazine the South African version and I was amazed at her story.

Jennifer has become an icon for woman all over the world, her fitness career started when she lost 40kg’s after the birth of her children. Her motivational weight loss success story caught the world’s attention, after she gained columns of accolades as a professional fitness competitor, holding countless titles and crowns. She gained international notoriety, due to her incredible transformation, and was soon a frequent guest on major national talk shows

Before and After!

 The turning point came when she asked her husband to take a photo of her and then stuck it on her wall where she could see it. This one photo was just what she needed to keep her and find her fitness motivation on her weight loss and fitness journey and it helped her to turn her life around. She didn’t just go from fat to thin, she became strong and sexy and turned herself into a “super fitness model” and a great role model for others seeking to lose weight and gain a new figure and have that body makeover.

Jennifer Nicole Lee is the CEO and visionary power house behind JNL Worldwide, Inc. Due to her wildly successful globally broadcasted and marketed fitness and wellness products, books, digital products, e-commerce, and merchandise, she is internationally recognized in over 110 different countries. In short, “JNL” is an extremely successful global mega-brand. Mrs. Lee is a fitness celebrity, a bestselling author, a highly sought-after spokes model, being the name/face/and body of all of her lifestyle brands, wellness products, exercise equipment, DVDs, home, bath, bedding, spa, and electronic downloads, and websites. However and most importantly she is a devoted wife and mother, representing the millions of other mom’s and wives in the world with a brand they can trust.

She is a true inspiration to me and many woman around the world, her success story shows us that if we want something we can do it, we just need to put our mind to it and believe. She never used excuses like she has kids or works, she took her kids into mind and thought about how she could become fitter to better her life with her kids as well as for herself.

Jennifer has an amazing blog you can follow for fabulous fitness ideas: www.jennifernicoleleeblog.com

She also has an amazing website with more advice, direction, fitness, exercise routines and eating plans: www.jennifernicolelee.com

So ladies nothing is impossible, this woman has shown us anything is possible a little bit of discipline and determination can get us there.

Keep fit and stay fabulous pouters!

XoXo

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All the right moves!

Fabulous Pouters!

During my training sessions at the gym, I always notice people doing exercises in the incorrect way so I thought I would give a little advice on the correct gym positions. It’s not only females but also males who do exercises in the wrong way. Not only is this bad for your body but it also doesn’t work the correct muscles.

So I will be giving a few tips everyone should stick to when at the gym. These are vital to prevent injury and help in your training. They are basic tips and easy to follow.

Firstly posture is a vital part of exercise, during any exercise make sure you have correct posture. Usually in most exercises we need to keep our back straight.

Core muscles are also important, these are our inner stomach muscles which surround the spine and torso and give you most of your balance, when doing any exercises squeezing your core muscles will enforce your posture and will help to keep your posture in the correct position.

If performing an exercise while standing, remember to keep your feet shoulder width apart, this will help with balance and posture. At times keeping one leg in front of the other can also help with balance and posture, again remembering to keep those core muscles flexed.

Breathing is another very very important part of exercising, breathing helps with your muscles to reach their full potential, always breathe on the hardest part of the movement.

Remember that muscles only start working after 12-15 reps, so make sure you do either a few sets with high reps or vice versa.

If you want to achieve more of a toned look than, higher reps are recommended with a lower weight, yet if you wish to build muscles do lower reps with a higher weight.

Try changing up your routines every two weeks, as your body will get accustomed to the same exercises and will eventually start to reach a plateau.

There is NO such thing as spot exercising, so doing specific exercises for a specific area, say for example bicep curls, does not help increase the weight loss in that area only. Your body needs to be worked all over in order for any successful weight loss.

Experience with different exercises and ask for assistance at the gym if you not sure on what to do.

Stretching is important to help prevent injury and also helps with muscles formation.

These are just a few basic tips, I hope you Pouters all learnt something new and this will help improve your training at the gym.

Keep training and keep Pouting.

XoXo

Megs.

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“THE GABRIEL METHOD” – BEAUTY FROM WITHIN

Good day my Pouters!

I Sandy thought I would share something about my personal self.  Maybe its something that you would find interesting?  Let me know ok?

I lost  15kg about 2 years ago in 3 months or so.  In measurements it was a whole metre and a half I lost around my body.  (that’s a lot)  And have kept it off with no struggle.  I eat what I want and work out when I want.  Eating a whole slab of chocolate about 3 times a week is no problem for me.  And no, I do not resort to sticking a finger down my throat or “dieting”.

It’s the problem of today… DIETS!  I just woke up the one day and decided that it was time to change.  What caused the change?  THE GABRIEL METHOD!  The most amazing book you must read one day regarding your health.  What made me want to change?  Well, being in a relationship.  I have an amazing man in my life.  Having a great partner can make you want to be the best you can be.  Some couples  “let go” of themselves regarding appearance once they’ve found a better half. Point is… you have to maintain what attracted that person to you.  Or in the future boredom will strike the relationship.  Men are visual creatures after all.

I wanted to be the best me I could be for him.. In the end…. I was being the best part for me too.  Things were changing within me.  Only for the better.  I have never met a person that said..   “I want to be the worst me, be unhealthy, let go, be lazy and just look like im a McDonald’s addict.”

You might think it’s spoiling him, but once you get the ball going.  You realize how much you been missing out on yourself  when you’re not looking after your body.  Our relationship only got better, stronger and happier.  Plus it inspired a few more people in my life to make the change.

In the end, you have to better yourself. Always!

Anyway, if you’re struggling with weight, health issues or just maybe need a bit of a change.  Mentally and physically of course, then I suggest you get The Gabriel Method book.  Its unlike any other book you’ll read.  I read the book and a switch went on in my mind.  Started eating healthy and it’s not bland gross food.  Its real foods.  I craved healthy foods.  And it doesn’t tell you to cut out all those things you love.  In my case, chocolate and cupcakes.  Na ah.. I cannot explain to you what it all does in one short post.  I suggest that you get the book and feel your mind open up!

So when I say “beauty from within” it’s meant nutritionally and not all that emo crap yada yada.. (giggles)

Sandysands xx

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