Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Drinking Water Helps You Lose More Weight, Study Finds

Posted by Chandra Janitra
About 16 ounces before meals if you want to lose weight, a new study shows

Chug a couple glasses of water before eating a meal, and you may eat less without even trying.

Those are the results from a new study published in the journal Obesity, in which researchers rounded up obese adults to see if drinking water before eating could help them shed pounds.

“If you look at any sort of weight management programs, they all say drinking lots of water is a really good thing,” says study author Dr. Amanda Daley of the University of Birmingham in the UK. “We said, let’s go see what the actual evidence is for this.”

Finding little in the literature, Daley and her colleagues recruited 84 adults with obesity for a 12-week experiment. Everyone was given general weight loss advice, then assigned to one of two groups. One group was told to drink 500 ml—about 16 oz—of water half an hour before their meals, while the other group was told to simply imagine their stomachs were full before meals.

The researchers monitored everyone’s weight at the start, middle and end of the experiment, along with their urine to make sure the water-boosted group was indeed drinking more water. They kept track of physical activity, too, which didn’t change.

The group that loaded up on water lost about three more pounds than the group that didn’t up their water intake. And the more they drank, the better the results; people who drank 16 ounces before every meal lost about 4.3 kg, or 9 pounds, over the course of the experiment. “That’s about what you get from going to Weight Watchers for 12 weeks,” Daley says. “That’s a real success.” (Weight Watchers counts weekly weight loss of half a pound to two pounds as on track.)

Water might be so effective because, obviously, “it fills you up” and helps increase satiety, Daley says. Drinking a couple glasses of water 30 minutes before a meal gives you time to feel fuller, which can help shape decisions about what you eat, she adds.

This is just a first step at getting good evidence, and more research is needed before the mechanisms are fully discovered. But Daley thinks that drinking more water before meals can help everybody with weight management, regardless of BMI status. “We all get fatter over time, so it might well work as a prevention strategy at a population level,” she says. “We want people to drink more water anyway.”

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This Is How You Do Your Make-Up When You’re Blind

Posted by Chandra Janitra
Yesterday’s Wishes is the username of vlogger Lucy Edwards. Based in Birmingham, she’s 19 years old and describes herself as a “YouTuber, soon-to-be law student, and make-up artist”.

“I only went blind about two years ago”, Edwards told 

“When I was 11 I became partially sighted due to a rare disorder. It’s in the female line of my genetics, but my mum and grandma don’t have it. To cut a long story short, I’ve been going to the eye hospital since I was 11.”
Edwards lost sight in her right eye when she was 11, then in her left eye when she was 17, “right in the middle of my A-levels, so I’ve had to retake the year. I wanted to stay positive, which is why I’m on YouTube, really.”

Her sister, Alice, worked with her to create a make-up routine that didn’t require a mirror.

The process wasn’t straightforward, Edwards said. It took about a year for her to be comfortable doing her make-up by herself.
“At points I’ve been like, ‘I don’t want to do this any more,’ because it’s been so frustrating,” she said. “Like when I’ve done my eyeliner, and Alice [above left, with Edwards] has said, ‘It’s heavier than you would have liked when you were sighted.’ And I’m like, ‘How do you know!’

“But I have to calm down, and trust people. That’s a factor when you go blind – you have to put your trust in people a lot more with the way you look.

“I have my basic routine that I do now when I’m at college. If I feel like I’m having a more spotty day then I add concealer. If I want to contour I could do that. My sister has taught me to go over my contouring with a powder on the top. I’ve got steps in place that make sure that I’ve done it right. And I do go very slowly! Because I don’t have a mirror!”

If you’re wondering how she manages to keep her brows on point, here’s the secret:

“I have my brows threaded every month, and also, because they’re a little sparse on my right-hand side, I use an Urban Decay Brow Box.
“I tend to use shadows on my brows with a brush. With a pencil you can easily slip with it. And if you follow the line of your eyebrow with gentle brush movements, it makes you look more like there’s hair there where it’s sparse. Having bright red hair, I don’t want my brows to look really dark brown! Then I have a clear brow gel to just set them in place.”

In the above video, Edwards recommends getting tactile with your concealer – “I feel for blemishes with my hands, and then use the applicator to find the blemish”.
And she finds lipstick tricky: “Being blind, lipstick is really hard, as you have to follow your lipline. Personally, I like lip glosses more than lipstick. But I do have a selection of lipsticks that I use. Barry M Genie lipstick looks green, but once it goes on your lips it changes colour.”

The main thing? Invest in good brushes:

“I swear by Real Techniques. Purely because they’re affordable, and the hair on the brushes is moveable. They move your blush around your face, which means you avoid harsh lines. Plus, their Beauty Blender sponge, I couldn’t get up in the morning without it. I don’t like brushes for your foundation because it won’t move around your face – you need some moisture in there to get the sponge all around your face.”

And get to know the products that work for you:

“With mascara I’d go for a smaller brush – you get so many smudges with the fat brush. Some brushes are just massive. The smallest mascara brush possible is best for being blind. It’s easier to manoeuvre. The best one for that is L’Oreal Miss Manga.
“In terms of eyeshadow, the Naked palette is the best as there’s not a lot of fallout. You don’t have to worry about smudges, or product falling out onto the rest of your face. MUA eyeshadow is only £1 and is also really great – I use it every day.
“Another thing that I always use is Sleek’s contour kit. I love it so much. I was quite daunted by it. I said to my sister, ‘Are you sure?’, but it’s the next step in my make-up journey, if you like. I feel quite confident now in doing quite a dramatic contour.”

“Because I can’t see myself in the mirror, I feel the necessity of doing my face more,” she said.
“Because I’m making myself pretty, it makes me feel better about myself on the inside. I know the media has a lot of rubbish about whether you need make-up and so on – I don’t think I need it especially, but it’s just a thing that makes me feel good about myself. It makes me feel like I’m in control.

“And that’s the thing about being blind. You are very dependent on other people. and make-up for me, personally, means that I don’t have to ask anyone about how my face looks any more. Because I know I’ve put my foundation on a certain way, and I’ve built up my routine so I know my cleansing routine and all that. I know that my face looks good without looking in the mirror. So I don’t have to ask someone, ‘Do I look good today?’, because I know that I do”.

“The YouTube community for blind beauty bloggers is small,” she said. “When I was plunged into blindness, there were no resources for this kind of thing [beauty], and it took me hours and hours to learn how to do my make-up.

“Personally, I didn’t have non-sighted friends – I was in a world full of sighted people and in my head I was like, ‘I want to be sighted.’ And because of that I felt lonely. Nobody really truly understands you. I mean, people try to, but it’s not the same.

“But I’ve met people online who I can talk to, and get support from. And we can all be a network together. Nobody is the definition of ‘normal’, but makes you happy with people around you who you know are experiencing similar things to you.”
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This Newborn Was Covered In Hundreds Of These, But Now Look At Her 19 Years Later!

Posted by Chandra Janitra

A Brave Girl With A Long Road

"It's what's inside that counts" is one of those sayings you hear too often, but it's true, especially for 19-year-old Ciera Swaringen. Ciera was born with a condition most people have never seen and probably couldn't pronounce. It's known in the medical community as Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus, which is a rare skin condition that causes one's skin to become covered in moles and birthmarks. The condition exists in various degrees of severity, and Ciera's marks are on the more difficult end of the spectrum. Needless to say, this is not one of those conditions one can hide easily.

Kids Are Mean...
All through school, Ciera got a lot of negative attention for her appearance; it's so visible and so rare, people rarely understand that they can't "catch it". Kids can be cruel which only made life more difficult for her and her developing sense of self.
“One day I remember being on the school bus and hearing a young boy laugh at me and call me a spotty dog. That really knocked my confidence. I was only young and it made me feel different to the other kids, like something was wrong with me," Ciera reflects upon her school days.

"They're Angel Kisses"

Through all of the "sticks and stones", Ciera persevered with a firm belief in herself and parents who stayed positive through the stares and whispers.They used to wipe away her tears and say her birthmarks are "angel kisses" to soften the blow of being so different. Ciera worked through those hard days with her supportive parents and became a strong, young woman.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

7 Amazing Things that Will Happen to Your Body When You Give Up Soda

Posted by Chandra Janitra
The Coca-Cola company has identified the culprit behind America’s weight problem: You don’t exercise enough.

The world’s largest producer of soda is pouring money into a nonprofit organization called the Global Energy Balance Network, a research group with the mission of proving that our diets have little to do with our obesity crisis.

The group’s vice president, Steven N. Blair, PED, an exercise scientist, claims that “there’s really virtually no compelling evidence” that eating fatty foods and drinking sugary beverages causes weight gain. Instead, the fact that 2 out of 3 Americans is overweight or obese is just proof that we’re not working hard enough in the gym, he says.

If that sounds like a desperation move to you, it is: The amount of full-calorie sodas drunk by the average American has dropped 25 percent since the late 1990s, according to a report last month in the New York Times. And while Coke isn’t about to go broke any time soon — it owns everything from Dasani water to Odwalla juice — reversing the decline of its premier brand is clearly a priority. Even if that means pointing a finger at you.

But don’t be fooled. Giving up soda may be the single best thing you can do for your weight, and your health. The editors of Eat This, Not That! took a close look at the research and discovered these 7 amazing things that happen when you give up soda. (Including Diet. Click here to discover more on The Shocking Truth About Zero-Calorie Foods!)

Despite what Coke says, their flagship product, made with High Fructose Corn Syrup, will cause weight gain—one can has the calorie equivalent of a pack of Sour Patch Kids, but with 10 more grams of sugar! Diet soda packs on the pounds as well—it’s just more passive-aggressive about it. It also makes you crave more sweets. “Artificial sweeteners affect our sense of satiety,” says Isabel Smith, MS RD CDN, of Isabel Smith Nutrition. “Our bodies have evolutionarily developed to expect a large amount of calories when we take in something exceedingly sweet, and those artificial sweeteners are from 400 times to 8,000 times sweeter than sugar.” That causes a couple things to happen, says Smith. “The muscles in your stomach relax so you can take in food, and hormones are released. With artificial sweeteners, your body says, ‘Wait a minute, you told me you were going to give me all this high-calorie food.’ It can actually send some people searching for more food, out of lack of satisfaction.”

Drink This, Not That! Tip: To satisfy your sweet tooth, try the new fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding, one of our 8 New, Secret Superfoods for Weight Loss!

Americans spend millions of dollars on anti-aging products, multi-vitamins, and personal trainers to keep themselves young. If only they kicked the can. A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that, as cells divide, telomeres—the buffers at the end of chromosomes that protect genes—naturally shorten, a process related to aging and age-related diseases. This findings show that sugar-sweetened sodas consumed once a day—in a 12-ounce serving—were associated with telomere shortness, a precursor to chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. In fact, sugar-sweetened sodas increase cell aging (aka senescence) the same amount as smoking!

That Coke Zero is nutritionally no hero—it’s stopping you from losing weight. “Even though diet drinks are calorie-free, they cause insulin to be released in your gut because their artificial sweeteners are sweet like sugar, and that actually prevents weight loss,” says Miriam Jacobson, RD, CDN. “Insulin is your body’s primary fat-storage hormone, so it will have the body hold on to any extra fat,” she continues, adding, “Trying to lose weight by trading a Coke for a Diet Coke is doing the body just as much harm, if not more, because of all the chemicals in the calorie-free version.” In fact, over the course of a decade, people who consume two or more diet sodas a day experience increases in waist size that are 4 times greater than those who don’t.

Drink This, Not That! Tip: To blast fat naturally—and inexpensively—drink tea instead. We love green tea so much, we made it part of our brand new weight-loss plan, The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Diet and Cleanse! Test panelists lost up to 10 pounds in just one week!

The acidity in soda is bad news for your digestive system, eroding tooth enamel and worsening acid reflux. But diet sodas are especially treacherous for your gut—and the far-reaching bodily systems it affects. “Researchers are finding that artificial sweeteners may affect our healthy gut bacteria, which can affect everything from blood-sugar control to weight management to disease—how our immune system works and how our body responds to infection,” says Smith. In fact, for every 5 percent of calories you consume from sweeteners, your risk of diabetes increases 18 percent, and “bad” LDL cholesterol and heart disease risk increase after just two weeks of consuming corn-based sweeteners like those in Coke.

Yep, we’re talking dangerous fats that are hard to detect with the naked eye, meaning, you might not know you’re at risk for certain health problems because you won’t see the changes in your own body. Danish researchers conducted a study of the effects of non-diet soda by asking participants to drink either sweetened soda, milk containing the same amount of calories as the soda, diet soda, or water every day for six months. Total fat mass remained the same across all beverage-drinking groups, but the drinkers of regular soda saw a drastic increase in harmful hidden fats, like liver and skeletal fat. And we mean drastic. Drinking soda can lead to dangerous hidden body fat, too.

Drink This, Not That! Tip: Reduce fat-intake with a plant-protein-based smoothie, like the ones found in Zero Belly Diet. A quick tweak like that can have you melting fat fast—along with these secrets on 14 Ways to Lose Your Belly in 14 Days!

The caramel color in soda contains an artificially created phosphorus that can be bad for long-term bone health, says Smith. Phosphorous is a natural chemical found in foods like beans and grains, but the mutant variety found in dark soda is like a dinner guest who refuses to leave. “Basically, you’re taking something that exists in nature but making this hyper-absorbable form of it,” says Smith. “Your body doesn’t have the choice whether to absorb it or excrete it, so it can cause calcium to leach out of bones. It’s particularly bad for anybody with kidney disease,” she explains.

Ironically, the main reason you’re drinking soda may be the very reason why you’re tired and want more. “Drinking too much caffeine can make you dehydrated, and it can overstimulate the nervous system, making you fatigued and exhausted,” says Smith. “I find that when people cut back on caffeine they have more energy because the caffeine causes very big highs and lows,” she adds. In her practice, Smith has seen that quitting soda can lead to a positive domino effect. “There is way more energy for our bodies in real food than in processed foods,” she says, adding, “When people cut back on processed items, they often look for more fresh foods and make better choices. By giving up soda, it may seem like you’re making one change, but it can actually change a couple aspects of your diet for the better.” For an all-natural way to beat that 3 p.m. slump, enjoy these essential 7 Energizing Foods Way Better Than a Red Bull.

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