Skinny Jeans

It seems that everywhere I look, more and more women are wearing skinny jeans again, paired off with all kinds of tops. Skinny jeans are an interesting type of jeans because they fit tightly in the legs, almost like a pair of tights, only it’s jeans of course. ­čśÇ

Lots of skinny jeans can be found in the market, from the bargains to the designer ones. Unfortunately not everyone can wear skinny jeans because we all have different body types. However, it can definitely enhance body types like straight bodies because skinny jeans emphasize the buttocks and hip area, creating a sexier overall illusion. Petite women can also wear skinny jeans to look longer. Modelesque body types with long slender legs can wear them like a second skin anytime. But if you’re pear-shaped or a bit too heavy on the legs, better ditch skinny jeans because they can really be a disaster. There are lots of other types of jeans in the market anyway so don’t be sad. ­čśë

Are you a skinny jeans freak?

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3 Simple Things to Lose Weight

I am sure these are not things that are going to sound brand new to you. But if you follow this simple 3 step plan, you are bound to lose weight and gain a bunch of energy.  Of course add the exercise into this anytime you can.

  1. Get enough rest. Lacking in sleep can increase your chance of being overweight. How you ask? Well your brain craves dopamine and serotonin. These two naturally occurring chemicals in our bodies come from sleep. When we do not get the right amount of sleep at night, our bodies and brain still crave it. So we seek other sources to quelch the craving, mainly in searching out sugary foods. Sugary foods equal weight gain.  Sugary foods give us an instant high, and a faster low.  That low makes us tired shortly after eating the sugar and then we sleep.  By sleeping, our bodies do not have the time to metabolize the food we ate, causing the food we ate to turn into fat.  So yes, its a catch 22!  The answer: Tuck yourself in earlier at night and go to sleep!
  2. Keep busy. ┬áBy keeping busy, especially our hands, we do not eat on the junk that so often entices us. ┬áNow, that’s not to say that endless hours on your butt at the computer are good for your waistline, but when you keep your hands and brain occupied, you’re not reaching for something to eat. You’re probably not even thinking about food. So the next time you start to open the fridge door, turn on the computer or pick up your knitting instead.
  3. Less choices. Having too much variety as options for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snacktime makes gaining weight a heck of a lot easier.  Try picking one meal a day and eat the same exact thing everyday for that meal.  Make sure the meal is on the healthy side, like a salad with a piece of grilled chicken on it for lunch.  Having less choices, helps you think less about food, and makes it easier to control your appetite.

I hope these tips help you on your dieting journey.  Share some other suggestions with us.
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Small square sky blue plates, the secret to eating less

I was recently talking to a friend and since I just wrote a post on weight loss I had to share this with you guys. My friend is a psychologist and she specializes with people who are overweight. She said that there is proof that using a small square blue plate will curb your appetite.

The sky blue color plate can be accompanied by a sky blue tablecloth. This color is known to reduce appetite because it stimulates an area of the brain that has a calming effect on the body, beta waves. It makes you feel satisfied and full.

The small square sky blue plate make the food on the plate look like more. The symmetry of the plate helps stimulate the part of the brain that seeks balance according to feng shui and makes cravings much weaker or non existent.

Another secret she says is peppermint aromatherapy. Peppermint scent satiates the hunger pangs so it tricks the body into thinking it is no longer hungry.

So stock up on sky blue, its a great color for summer too!

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Weight Loss Anyone?

There are many issues that go into dieting and many more reasons why dieting does not always answer the weight loss questions. Here is a simple guide to weight loss that I have found success with in the past.

ATTITUDE Have a new attitude if past attempts at weight loss have not proven successful. The reasons you diet are going to make or break you. Most dieters are doing it for n event in their life, a wedding, a high school reunion, etc., but the best motivators are those that come from within. The typically require a long term commitment. For example, avoidance of diabetes and other health related issues, more energy for you children, better self image. The problem with those external motivators is that once you reach that goal, it is gone and then the weight whether you like it or not is usually back on.

EAT BREAKFAST: There is a reason they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A recent study published by the Journal of Epidemiology found that those people who skipped breakfast were 450% more likely to be obese. They found that the more people ate in the morning, the less they ate throughout the day. People who ate cereal had less body mass than those who had a meat of some type during breakfast. Make time to eat breakfast, it can help you keep the weight off off lose it altogether!

ENERGY: Some people complain that dieting makes them tired and zaps their energy level throughout the day. If this is the case it is because they are not eating enough protein throughout their day. Start your day off with 3 egg white, did you hear that EGG WHITE. Forgo the yolks as they contain a high amount of fat. Scramble some eggs along with some sauted veggies in a tablespoon of olive oil. If you are consuming less then 1200 calories a day, the minimum requirement for women then you are going to become fatigued. A reduction of calories (less then 1200) makes it hard for your body to metabolise the food it takes in and then the body goes into self preservation mode and starts burning calories at a slower level. Also another top reason to eat 3 meals, low in empty carbs (refined sugar and white flour) and high in protein, and at least 2 healthy snacks per day. When choosing crabs make sure they are HIGH FIBER CARBS. Keep the blood sugar at an optimum level throughout the day and your body burns more, so YES I am telling you to EAT MORE but be healthy about it.

INDULGENCE: Sometimes it is hard to avoid the foods we love because they are “bad for us”. People tend to feel compelled to eat more of them before they start dieting, or are tempted too often when they are dieting because those foods are on the no-no list. Instead of avoiding that food altogether, if you can have some restrain, eat those foods, but eat them sparingly and reward yourself every once in a while (that means not all the time and not everyday ladies and gents) with that food. Just take a small amount of of the packaging and out the rest away and eat only that small amount and DO NOT GO BACK FOR MORE. Take a picture of yourself in a bathing suit and stick on your fridge door for added support.

WRITE IT DOWN: Writing down all the food you eat in a day really helps with dieting. Its amazing what we find ourselves eating if we write it down. When we review the list we are sometimes amazed that we ate what we did and feel badly about it. Just be aware of what you are eating and make yourself responsible for writing it down. You will eat less when you see how much of that chocolate cake you devoured for breakfast.

OVEREATING: If you really have trouble with that urge to nosh, join a support group like weight watchers and just know that you are not alone in this battle.

EAT SLOWLY: I know that with kids hectic schedule things can be a rush rush all the time. I have three so I am talking from experience here. What I can tell you is that if you eat slower you will eat less. If you need to count the chews in one bite, then do that and count to 20. I know it sounds annoying but how badly do you want to lose that weight. Eating slower you tend also get fuller faster.

STRESS: If you are overwhelmed, and overworked, chances are you are also over weight. When your body is under physical attack or emotionally drained not only does it lower your immune system, it also makes you eat more. Under those conditions mentioned above, your body produces something called cortisol, a hormone that increases appetite, especially for high refines sugary foods and fat laden foods. This type of eating adds to the fat around your middle. The best defense is exercise! If stress has you down, find ways to alleviate it, maybe through yoga, meditation, find a way to relax and you will feel much better and eat less.

WATER: When was your last sip of water? I keep a bottle on my desk and make it a goal to drink at least 2 of them while in my office during the day (I drink more at other times during the day). Drinking water will remove toxins through your body at a faster pace, but contrary to popular belief, it WILL NOT boost your metabolism. Water is an awesome replacement for high sugary drinks and those vitamin waters that are so popular now. Read the labels on those things, you will be surprised at the sugar content in them. In order to get rid of the calories in a bottle of vitamin water, you have work out vigorously for 20 minutes!

If you have trouble drinking plain water, there is an excellent water on the market that I found at Whole Foods called METROMINT. It is minted water and comes in a variety of flavors. If you are not the mint type person, try making a flavored water yourself. You can take some fresh sliced cucumbers and add them to some chilled water for a great “spa like” flavored water. Add slices of oranges, lemons, limes, or even strawberries for a great flavor. For more ideas on flavored water check out this great site. I add a detox tea bag to bottled water and drink it cold or at room temperature and kill 2 birds with one stone, and it tastes great!

If you are hungry, or think you are, drink a full glass of water first. It may just make you feel the urge to eat less. I drink a full glass of water when I sit down to eat a meal before I eat. That fills me up faster and is much better for me then that piece of bread or dinner roll.

Gotta go fill up my water and jump on my treadmill! If you have any suggestions to h elp with weight loss share them with us, summer is right around the corner!

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