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The Fighter, ANTIOXIDANTS

We have all heard of antioxidants, but have we heard of the mother of all antioxidants? One that is the secret to prevent cancer, heart disease, aging, neurological issues and more? This single antioxidant has been studied in great depth yet most of us know nothing about it and  many doctors have no idea how to address the epidemic of its deficiency in humans.
You already know that your skin — like the rest of your body — benefits from the work of antioxidants: They help fight free radicals, unstable compounds that attack cells and cause wrinkles, dull skin, and even skin cancer. But with so many on the market, how do you know which antioxidants work the hardest to help your skin stay smooth and young? The good news is, there’s no reason to limit yourself to just one.

The generation of free radicals increases by:

• Excess consumption of processed or refined foods

• Increased consumption of meat and other animal products

• Pollution

• Stress

• Sleeplessness

• Decreased consumption of natural foods

• Strenuous exercise

Glutathione
Composed of glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine, this little protein is found in all animal tissues, is one of your body’s main antioxidants and is very decreased in the skin after skin exposure.

1. Try bioactive whey protein. This is great source of cysteine and the amino acid building blocks for glutathione synthesis. As you know, I am not a big fan of dairy, but this is an exception — with a few warnings. The whey protein must be bio-active and made from non-denatured proteins. Choose non-pasteurized and non-industrially produced milk that contains no pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics. Immunocal is a prescription bioactive non-denatured whey protein that is even listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference.

2. Consume sulfur-rich foods. The main ones in the diet are garlic, onions and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc.).

3. Exercise boosts your glutathione levels and thereby helps boost your immune system, improve detoxification and enhance your body’s own antioxidant defenses. Start slow and build up to 30 minutes a day of vigorous aerobic exercise like walking or jogging, or play various sports. Strength training for 20 minutes 3 times a week is also helpful.

One would think it would be easy just to take glutathione as a pill, but the body digests protein, so you wouldn’t get the benefits if you did it this way. However, the production and recycling of glutathione in the body requires many different nutrients and you can take these. Here are the main supplements that need to be taken consistently to boost glutathione. Besides taking a multivitamin and fish oil, supporting my glutathione levels with these supplements is the most important thing I do every day for my personal health.

4. Alpha lipoic acid. This is a close second to glutathione in importance in our cells and is involved in energy production, blood sugar control, brain health and detoxification. The body usually makes it, but given all the stresses we are under, we often become depleted.

5. Methylation nutrients (folate and vitamins B6 and B12). These are perhaps the most critical to keep the body producing glutathione. Methylation and the production and recycling of glutathione are the two most important biochemical functions in your body. Take folate (especially in the active form of 5 methyltetrahydrofolate), B6 (in active form of P5P) and B12 (in the active form of methylcobalamin).

6. Selenium. This important mineral helps the body recycle and produce more glutathione.

7. A family of antioxidants including vitamins C and E (in the form of mixed tocopherols), work together to recycle glutathione.

8. Milk thistle (silymarin) has long been used in liver disease and helps boost glutathione levels.

Green tea


Green tea extracts are derived from the Camelliasinensis plant; you may also want to drink tea brewed from the plant for internal benefits. Green tea contains a number of powerful polyphenols, one of which — epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)— it contains in large quantities.

Research has shown that when EGCG is applied before or immediately after UV exposure, it helps correct cellular changes caused by damaging UV rays. It can also quench hydrogen peroxide radicals and cause carcinogenic skin cells to degrade.

Idebenone

Idebenone(pronounced E-d-buh-known) is a more stable relative of the antioxidantcoenzyme Q10.

Idebenone penetrates better than coenzyme Q10 and offers more protection from the oxidation caused by free radicals. It also protects skin cells from the damaging effects of UVB rays.

Be sure to do a patch test before committing to regular use of a product containing idebenone; about 1 out of 10 people has an allergic reaction to the antioxidant.

Resveratrol

This oldie-but-goodie antioxidant is a polyphenolic compound found in grapes, berries, cocoa, and even peanuts.

Studies show that resveratrol confers great benefits when applied topically. When you apply resveratrol before sun exposure, it reduces the production of damaging free radicals and other sun-related skin damage. It also helps retard the development and growth of skin cancer tumors.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been given credit for all sorts of miracles, proven and unproven. It is a potent antioxidant and a necessary component of tissue collagen production. Again, we are advised that normal diets, including citrus fruit, provide adequate vitamin C. Over the years scientists and clinicians have waffled over claims for the ability of vitamin C to prevent colds and lessen the length of time that symptoms persist. It is generally believed that these qualities are overstated or wrong. One study did show vitamin C to be effective in preventing cold symptoms in 50% of marathon runners tested but only a tiny percentage of the general population. Since I’m so set against subjecting one’s body to marathon running, I nearly opted to leave that bit of information out. The significance of all this is confusing.

Antioxidants such as vitamin C are key players in the prevention of cholesterol plaques forming in the arteries and are generally necessary for sustained good health. The importance of vitamin C is well-known for its role in the healing of wounds and maintenance of the integrity of tissues. It is important in collagen synthesis, and its absence causes the disease scurvy, which results in tissue breakdown and open wounds.

Vitamin C has also been shown to be a powerful antioxidant when applied to the skin. This is where real progress is being made. Free radicals derived from metabolic processes interfere with the production and maintenance of collagen in the skin. When collagen fibers are inadequate in number or misaligned, the skin structure breaks down and loss of elasticity and wrinkling result. Vitamin C protects the collagen in the skin and is necessary for new collagen production and wound healing. Free radicals from the environment have also been said to enter the skin and cause tissue damage. The function of the skin is to keep the outside environment outside. That’s how it works. And the difficulty in getting topical vitamin C into the skin illustrates that fact. But mechanisms aside, vitamin C applied to the skin can work if it can get into the skin in sufficient quantities.

Vitamin E

Along with the knowledge of the destructive capability of free radicals is the knowledge that they are products of normal metabolism and are neutralized by antioxidants. These antioxidants are either enzymes within the body systems or antioxidants derived from the diet. The diet-derived group includes vitamin E (tocopherol), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), carotenes (vitamin A), and many others. Vitamins C and E are among the major nonenzymatic antioxidants that protect skin from the adverse effects of aging and sun damage, and for this purpose, topical application seems far more effective than oral supplements. We don’t yet know how much is optimal for this function, but we are discovering how to most effectively deliver it to the skin. The fat-soluble vitamin E molecule is too large to penetrate the skin and significantly raise circulating levels, but application of vitamin E to the skin has consistently shown the ability to retard the inflammation from sun exposure and UVB damage and, in fact, reverse the sun damage. There is also a great deal of evidence that vitamins C and E are enhanced in their antioxidant function when applied together. Current conservative advice is that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables should be adequate for normal healthy adults. Daily oral supplements of vitamin E have long been recommended but have fallen into scientific disfavor due to conflicting reports. Some studies claim it promotes cardiac health; others contradict the findings. A 2009 study indicated that most basic studies were universally flawed and suggested that larger (and perhaps larger than tolerated) doses might be necessary to be effective.

Melatonin

Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland in the brain and is known to influence the circadian rhythms of the body: sleeping at night, being awake during the day. It has also been recognized as among the most powerful of antioxidants. The ability of melatonin to eliminate free-radical contamination in cellular function has been repeatedly demonstrated. And as noted above, it is very effective as a topical antioxidant in its synergetic action with vitamins C and E. The ability of melatonin to help drive vitamin C into the skin and its anti-inflammatory action have made it a very important ingredient in skin-care products. The combination of vitamin C, vitamin E and melatonin represents the most truly effective way to get enough of these antioxidants into the skin to impede collagen destruction, encourage collagen production, reduce facial wrinkles and undo sun damage.

Allantoin


Long used to help protect the skin in creams and lotion, allantoin was thought to be a skin protectant. It has been called a “cell proliferant, epithelization stimulant, and a chemical debrider.” Basically, it helps to exfoliate and stimulate new skin growth.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)


ALA is unique, as it is soluble in both water and lipids, so it easily penetrates into the skin. It seems to help protects Vitamins E and C, helping to boost their activity within the cell by “reenergizing” them. It is also converted in the skin into another chemical that has it’s own antioxidant properties.

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a fatty acid that is naturally found inside every cell in the body. It is necessary to produce energy for the body’s everyday functions as it converts glucose into energy. ALA is also an antioxidant that works in both water and fat, unlike some other antioxidants. It can also recycle antioxidants such as vitamin C and glutathione after they have been used up by the body. Glutathione is an important antioxidant and ALA increases the formation of glutathione. It also enhances the antioxidant functions of vitamins C and E.

ALA directly supports detoxification within the liver. It can prevent cell damage, regulate blood sugar levels, chelate toxic metals from the blood, and enhance mental function and muscular energy production.

Sources for ALA include the following:

• naturally made in the body
• spinach
• broccoli
• peas
• Brewer’s yeast
• Brussels sprouts
• rice bran
• organ meats

Grape and Grape Seed Extract


Proanthocyanidin, a very powerful antioxidant is found in grapes and grape seed extracts. While this antioxidant doesn’t have strong evidence that it works topically (really, most of these things I’m listing don’t have much evidence anyways), it was found to have strong effects on free radical damage of fat cells especially, as well as improved wound healing and prevention of tumors (both in mice).

Panthenol


An alcohol derivative of Vitamin B5, Panthenol is actually a humectant (see, it’s here in my moisturizer post), and is very easily found in moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Once it’s in the skin, it get converted to an acid that is an important cofactor for Coenzyme A, allowing your skin to function normallly. It’s pretty stable, but doesn’t do well in acidic or basic environments or high heat.

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YOUR ACNE WANTS TO TALK TO YOU

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Acne is often thought of as a normal part of adolescence. In Chinese Medicine, it’s believed that acne that flares up on different parts of your face represents health problems on different parts of your body. Although this is not a science but this theory can be helpful when you are helpless in treating your acne and this might help you to pinpoint a reason which cause your acne.

Toxins often cleanse through the skin, when the other eliminating systems are sluggish; hormonal imbalances over stimulate the oil glands and impurities in the blood will often affect the skin. All of these can clog pores. Acne is the body’s reaction to those clogged pores. Here’s what your acne trying to indicate about your health concern:

Upper Forehead

Digestive System & Bladder – Drink plenty of water to flush, eliminate greasy foods and refined sugars especially preserved or process foods. If you’re craving deep fried fatty foods, eat avocado or add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your dish. Make sure you consume plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Some of the best antioxidant rich foods or drinks include green tea, warm lemon water, and fresh berries. If your diet is not rich in naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, or kefir, consider supplementing with a probiotic capsule daily. Most pharmacies carry probiotic capsules.

Lower Forehead

Heart – Your heart is a massive organ that pumps blood through your entire body. It has a tough job and can become easily stressed due to poor diet, inactivity, and various mental and physical stresses. If you have pimples on your lower forehead make it a point to do regular cardiovascular exercises. Eating pomegranate and coconut oil will also keep your heart healthy and help clear this up.

Eyes, orbital area and between the eyebrows

Liver – Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest. Cut back on greasy foods loaded with vegetable, soy, and canola oil, alcohol and dairy products. Avoid eating late at night as well. If you’re craving a late snack take a spoonful of raw honey or raw celery. This will let your liver rest while you’re sleeping. Eat more vegetables such as garlic, grapefruits, green tea, carrots, beets, green leafy vegetables, lemon and limes etc.

Ears

Kidneys – When kidneys are not taken care of, you’ll find these large, painful pimples on your ears that refuses to leave no matter what. Increase water intake, avoiding eating too much salty food & caffeine, & cleanse your kidneys with diuretics like parsley and water.

Nose

Heart – Check your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, go for lower cholesterol by replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Besides that, our nose area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging and make sure that you do proper face cleansing.

Upper Cheeks

Lungs and Respiratory System – Stresses to the lungs are likely to cause flare ups in the upper cheeks and even break your capillaries. Even if you’re not a smoker you may have noticed an upper cheek breakout due to asthma, allergies, lung infections, staying in a polluted area. Try to avoid smoking and second hand smoke.

Lower Cheeks

Gum or teeth problems – Acne may appear in the lower cheek area as a result of gum or teeth problems. Avoid refined sugar and soft drinks. Oil pulling is a great technique and it is efficient in treating many gum or teeth problems. Eat fiber rich fruits and vegetables to strengthen your teeth and gums. Besides, you must change your pillowcase at least once a week, and wipe down your phone with an antibacterial wipe every few days.Always keep on top of your dental health, brushing, mouthwash and flossing twice a day and regular check ups at the dentist at least twice a year! Don’t just wait until you have a dental problem to make an appointment.

Side Of Chin

Hormones and genitals – This condition mostly affects women and it often indicates hormonal imbalance, caused by menstruation, birth control or diet high in soy. Emotional and physical stress also cause hormonal imbalance. Try to have enough & quality sleep not more than 8 hours, meditate, or do yoga. This will help you keep your mind focused and relieve stress. You can also increase the intake of essential fatty acids, such as omega 3. You can go for some herbs that will help you balance your hormones such as licorice, schisandra, holy basil, maca root, burdock, red raspberry leaves, rhodiola, milk thistle, green tea etc.

Center Of The Chin

Small intestine and stomach – Acne on the center of the chin can be related to digestion and to problems with the the stomach and small intestine. This can be directly caused by a poor diet and/or food allergies such as one to gluten. You may want to consider a whole foods cleanse for a week to assist with movement in the intestines.  To be more precise, you are what you digest. Probiotic deficiency and insufficient consumption of naturally fermented foods or probiotic capsules affect digestion, even though you may eat healthy and organic foods. Stress, insufficient sleep, and dehydration also affect stomach and small intestine. Sleeping well at night, drinking a lot of water, introducing lifestyle changes to reduce your stress, and doing yoga or meditation will help you fight chin acne.

Chest & Neck

Illness – Chest & neck areas are usually caused by stress, so be sure to figure out what’s stressing you out and try to eliminate that stress. It’s also important to be comfortable in your outfits. When areas around the neck flare up, it’s often caused by your body fighting off infections.

SKINARTESSE LASERS

WHY CHOOSE SKINARTESSE LASER?

No medication required

No downtime

No long recovery periods

Affordable

Long term results

Painless and no anesthesia required

Skinartesse Laser Peel encompasses the equivalent of having 4 chemical peels in one session, the outer most layer of the epidermis is safely removed with no downtime, or any complications like ablative alternatives such as Fractional Co2 lasers, and yet it still produces visible results immediately. This laser function treats:

  • skin rejuvenation
  • all types of acne problems
  • improve skin elasticity
  • reduce age spots
  • large pores
  • sun damaged skin
  • reduce fine lines, wrinkles
  • yellow, dull or oily skin
  • lighten acne scars

Skinartesse Laser Toning is the application of specialized laser energy to reduce visible sin pigmentation and it accomplishes two major goals:

  • Even-out your skin tone
  • Improve your skin texture

The laser energy gently targets the melanin in the cells breaking it up for your body’s natural removal processes. Because the treatment is gentle, multiple passes are needed in order to target deep into the tissue.

ARE YOU A SUITABLE CANDIDATE? IF YOU WISH TO…

  • Glowing youthful looking skin
  • Have Acne under control
  • Remove minor Acne Scars and redness
  • Flawless radiant smooth skin

SKINARTESSE CINDERELLA, THE ULTIMATE SKIN TREATMENT 皮肤救星

Magical transformation to radiant skin, the Skinartesse Cinderella Skin Treatment

Everybody dreams of having whiter, brighter and beautifully even skin. A complexion with youthful elasticity and perfect hydration is now in reach, thanks to this unique treatment. All the ingredients are FDA approved and known to be safe for usage. Skinartesse Cinderella Skin Treatment helps to achieve:

    • Hydration
    • Whitening
    • Brightening
    • Pores reduction
    • Face Lift
    • Fine line reduction
    • Improve pigmentation
    • Lighten Scars
    • Improves uneven skin tone

不可思議的美麗蛻變。就能拥有一張水潤通透的肌膚。

每一个人都想要拥有透白亮彩、輪廓分明、緊緻富彈性,如上了妆的肌膚。Skinartesse Cinderella 皮肤疗程所用的都是FDA 安全認證的著名成分,安全可靠。这个疗程可以达到得效果如:

    • 保濕
    • 美白均色
    • 提升光澤
    • 收細毛孔
    • 輪廓提升
    • 柔滑飽滿
    • 減淡幼紋
    • 減淡黑眼圈
    • 改善眼部乾紋

HYALURONIC ACID FILLER 玻尿酸

Non Invasive, Non Surgical way to achieve desired 3D Heart Shape Face

Hyaluronic acid filler injections, among other fillers, are injected into the desired position to naturally replenish and refresh your appearance. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most important natural substances inherent in the human body to maintain health and beauty. It attracts and seals in moisture. By injecting hyaluronic acid on desiring areas, it will make your skin plump, glowing and resilient. As the hyaluronic acid used is very similar to the natural hyaluronic acid in the human body, it will not cause rejection and is acclaimed as a safe cosmetic product. Hyaluronic acid works by:

  • Eliminates wrinkles
  • Alters facial contours
  • Improves tear trough and dark circles
  • Increases the root of the nose, the chin
  • Enhance temple and forehead
  • Creating fuller lips
  • Improves sagging contours and scars

不需要开刀就可以立刻拥有梦寐以求的3D心形脸轮廓

玻尿酸是最受欢迎的皮下填充劑。除了填平皺紋、疤痕、凹陷的部位外,獨特的皮內注射技術可以增加皮膚的水份,提升皮膚的鎖水功能及緊緻肌膚,能夠促進膠原蛋白增生,恢復潤澤飽滿的臉頰。它也可用來修改面部輪廓,例如增加鼻根、鼻頭高度和加長下巴等。

玻尿酸是人體內維持健康美麗的其中一種重要天然物質,它能吸收及鎖緊大量水份。只要在需要護理的位置注入透明質酸,便能令該部位肌膚飽滿、增加彈性與光澤。由於採用的透明質酸與人體內的天然透明質酸十分相似,不會引起排斥,是一項非常安全的美顏產品。玻尿酸適用於:

  • 消除皺紋
  • 改善面部輪廓
  • 改善泪沟和黑眼圈
  • 提高鼻樑、加長下巴
  • 丰额头,夫妻宫
  • 增加嘴唇的豐腴感
  • 改善下陷的輪廓和疤痕。

BOTULINUM TOXIN 肉毒杆菌素

BYE BYE TO MAKE UP

As a nerve conduction blocker, Botox is used in the treatment of overactive muscles to relax muscles that cause wrinkles. The main component, highly purified botulinum toxin type A, is a purified protein and natural extract from the secretion of bacteria. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and accredited by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in 1989, Botox has been used in the treatment of strabismus, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, torticollis, cerebral palsy, limb spasticity, and hyperhidrosis caused by stroke and other therapeutic purposes. Treatment of headache, back pain, and voiding dysfunction are also developing. The safety and efficacy of Botox have been confirmed.

Achieving face slimming and wrinkle-free results all in once.

Through injecting Botox on corresponding part of facial muscles, patient is able to achieve young and smooth face in just a short time without leaving traces on the face. Botox is applicable for frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead, full face lifting, nose wrinkles, abducens of nose, nasolabial folds, lip, jaw lines, lower eyelid hypertrophy, hypertrophy of the jaw, eyebrow adjustment, arched eyebrows, phoenix-shaped eyebrow, horizontal eyebrow. Also for improving square face, muscular legs, fine lines, firming and tightening the skin as well as treating hyperhidrosis, headaches, and teeth grinding. The whole process only take 10 minutes.

不用再依赖化妆了!

肉毒杆菌可阻截神经传导,放松因过度活跃而造成皱纹的肌肉。肉毒杆菌的主要成分为高纯度肉毒杆菌素A 型,是一种由细菌分泌物萃取的天然、纯化的蛋白质。肉毒杆菌早于1989年便获得美国食物及药品管理局及美国神经科学研究院的核准和认可,可用于治疗斜视、眼睑痉挛、半面痉挛、斜颈症、脑性麻痹及中风引起之肢体痉挛及多汗症,治疗头痛、背痛及排尿障碍的研究更在发展当中,足以证明其安全及有效。

紧致瘦面除皱,一次达成

将肉毒杆菌注射于相应脸部肌肉,能在短时间帮你达成年轻、滑嫩的容颜,不会留下蛛丝马迹。肉毒杆菌适用范围包括皱眉纹、鱼尾纹、抬头纹、全脸紧致提升、皱鼻纹、鼻翼外展、法令纹、唇纹、下颚纹、下眼睑肥厚、下颚肥厚、眉形调整、拱形眉、凤眼眉、水平眉。并能改善国字脸、萝卜腿、去纹、紧致皮肤和收紧面型,以及治疗多汗症、头痛和磨牙。整个过程只需10分钟而已

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Why Diet Plan Always Goes Wrong?

What you heard from others:

The Truth behind

Why diet doesn’t work?

1) Skipping Breakfast

Myth:- Not having breakfast encourages your body to burn fat
Fact:- Thin people eat breakfast; fat people don’t

Missing breakfast is a “massive diet mistake” – it leads to overeating later in the day as blood sugar drops mid-morning, making you more compulsive around food and less likely to resist that double mocha and danish.

Plus, you are more likely to binge at night as your body plays catch-up on missed calories, making you more likely to store the calories as fat.

Researchers at Imperial College London recently used MRI brain scans to study the effects of skipping breakfast. They found the reward centres in the brains of breakfast-skippers lit up when they saw higher-calorie foods such as pizza, cake and chocolate, making them less likely to resist junk food than those who opted for an early morning meal.

What you should do?

  • Research at Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in the US found that those who started their day with two boiled eggs felt less hungry and ate less come lunchtime.
  • Any form of protein in the morning – plain yoghurt and berries, mackerel or smoked salmon, an omelette or raw muesli with nuts – makes for a breakfast of (thin) kings.
  • If you can’t face breakfast, eating a handful of walnuts or almonds an hour after waking will be enough to stop you binging later.

2) Weekend Blowout

Myth:- If you eat healthily all week, it’s fine to treat yourself at weekends
Fact:- Even after five days of restraint, two days of freestyle carbicide will make you gain weight.

Say you sensibly manage your carbohydrate intake during the week and then binge on burgers, ice cream and cakes at the weekend – over time, you can technically gain up to five kilos.

When All You Want Is To Be Slim. As carbohydrates are first stored as glucose and water, this won’t be fat – yet – but will turn into fat if it isn’t worked off, so you’ll need to do extra exercise during the week.

Insidiously, weekend blow-outs keep you feeling deprived psychologically. People liken the fun and relaxation of weekends to unhealthy eating.

They equate their working week with dieting and deprivation, which locks them in the mindset of “good” or “bad” eating. If you feel compelled to overeat every weekend, it suggests the way you’re eating most of the time isn’t satisfying you.

You’re waiting for the weekend when you can enjoy your diet. But the healthy eating should be making you feel better, not be your penance.

What you should do?

To avoid the temptation to binge, pepper your working week with small amounts of what you fancy, such as a small glass of wine, some cheese or a few squares of good quality chocolate.

At the weekend, with children around and more social events, it can be harder to stick to a diet. If you have a croissant with jam and a fry-up on a Saturday morning, go back to your regular eating habits for the next meal.

The damage will only be done when you start mind games such as, “Oh, I have been bad now, so I might as well continue all weekend,”’ he says. ‘That’s how fat people think.’

3) Diet Drinks

Myth Diet drinks have no calories so they won’t impact on weight
Fact People who drink diet drinks are fatter than those who don’t

A study from the University of Texas Health Science Centre found that people who drank 21 diet drinks a week were twice as likely to be overweight.

Another study that followed diet drinkers over a ten-year period found their waists grew a staggering 70 per cent more than non-diet drinkers’ waistlines.

Diet drinks feed a sweet tooth as, gram for gram, artificial sweeteners can be 13,000 times sweeter than sugar. When the body receives a sweet taste without the calories it expects, it triggers sweet cravings that make you eat more.

Sweeteners have also been shown to have a similar effect to real sugar on blood glucose and insulin levels. These blood sugar fluctuations drive cravings for sweet substances when blood sugar is low.

One study also found that a high intake of diet drinks could increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by 67 per cent.

What you should do?

Drink sparkling or still water with fresh lime or lemon juice. If you want something sweet, coconut water with nothing added is a natural, healthy choice.

4) But – it’s Healthy

Myth:- I can eat as much healthy food as I like
Fact:- Healthy food can be moreish, leading to overeating

Hummus, pistachios and peanuts contain healthy fats but come with masses of calories and often epically fail the ‘eat just one’ test. Such foods can act as triggers for those with a tendency to overeat.

It’s possible to overeat a healthy diet and as a result not lose weight – or even gain it.

Being “healthy” doesn’t give people carte blanche to completely ignore calories.

Look out for cereals, snack bars and drinks that present themselves as healthy options that are anything. Most people know to look at the label and put the food back if the first few ingredients are sugar. The sugar content of a food might be high, but listed in various different ways on a label; a crafty trick used by manufacturers to hide the total amount of sugar contained in a so-called health food from consumers.

What you should do?

No matter how healthy they are, don’t keep foods around you that you find moreish.

Raw almonds and brazil nuts are pretty hard to binge on, so they’re a better choice than, say, a bag of wasabi nuts. Likewise, if you find you can’t have only one teaspoon of hummus with your raw veggies as a snack, choose something else.

When trying to spot faux-healthy foods, know sugar’s noms de plume: corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, fructose or anything else ending in ‘ose’.

Some foods produced by weight-loss programmes can be high in sugar, artificial sweeteners and refined carbohydrates, which increase appetite.

5) Fat Phobia

Myth:- Avoid fat if you want to lose weight
Fact:- Successful dieters get 30 per cent of their daily calories from fat

Studies show that the tiny ten per cent of people who lose weight and keep it off eat moderate amounts of fat.

When dieters avoid fat, they are hungry all the time. Fat is highly satiating. People who avoid it are invariably never satisfied by meals.

Dieters’ obsession with low-fat products merely fuels a craving for fatty foods, and that’s why they end up binging on cakes, biscuits and ice cream – all sources of the fat their bodies need.

Low-fat food is pointless for people wanting to lose weight because when real fat is removed, something needs to be added to retain taste and texture – ‘usually sugar and flour, which provide calories but are nutritionally poor.

Fat also provides essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and the government’s National Food Survey shows that we are now deficient in many of these thanks to the low-fat message – especially vitamin D, the lack of which is one of the reasons behind the re-emergence of rickets.

What you should do?

Choose full-fat yoghurt (especially greek, which is higher in protein so keeps you satisfied for longer) and add a pat of butter to steamed vegetables.

Make sure you eat plenty of good fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids (there is some evidence that these help the body burn fat) found in oily fish, coconut oil, walnuts and flax seeds – try them crushed on your morning porridge.

6) Diets Full Stop

Myth:- Diets work for long-term weight loss

Fact:- Ninety per cent of yo-yo dieters don’t keep the weight off

People go on a rigid diet and manage to lose weight. But most people can’t tolerate rigid dieting for long so once it’s inevitably stopped, weight goes on a little more than before. ‘Then you go on another diet, lose again, stop and go a little higher still. That is how crash dieters gain more and more weight over time.

The body thinks it’s starving so, to compensate, will switch on all the mechanisms it has to store food.

One of these is hormones. Last October, a University of Melbourne study of 50 overweight women and men showed that after dieting, our hormone levels start to work overtime and react as though our bodies are starving. The study found that participants’ levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, was 20 per cent higher than before they went on the diet, and their levels of leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite and registers satisfaction after eating, were lower.

The bottom line: dieting was making them hungrier.

What you should do?

The only diets that have been proven effective for long-term weight loss in randomised controlled studies are those that focus on higher amounts of protein and vegetables, and limit carbohydrates to those with a low glycaemic index [GI].

GI is a number rating out of 100 that refers to how quickly a particular food causes spikes in blood sugar. Low GI is considered 55 or under.

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Top Five Signs of Aging and The Solution

We all know everyone ages uniquely – you and your closest friend will have different parts of your face begin to age at different times, at different rates, and with varying degrees of concern. But we can identify five of the commonest signs of aging, and you can determine for yourself which one(s) apply most significantly to you.

#5 – A sign of aging that we are all becoming increasingly aware of is photo damage or sun damage. Over the years, brown and red spots, wrinkles and general loss of tone, and pallor mark the aging, weathered skin. The best surgical treatment is laser resurfacing. This removes the damaged surface cells and stimulates both the growth and reorganization of collagen and elastin fibers. It provides exceptional results, and really turns back the hands of time. Non-surgically, the most important thing to do is protect your skin from UV (ultraviolet) damage through sunblock and hats. And, regular visits to your aesthetician for light peels and appropriate topicals can also make a substantial difference in the youthful look of your skin.

#4 – Jowls, those puffy little prominences of fat and skin along the jaw line that you can pinch with your thumb and finger, are terribly bothersome to many people, both women and men. The best surgical treatment is a face and neck lift which draws the sagging skin and fat upwards and backwards, smoothing the jaw line and lifting the cheek. This provides many years of improved appearance, and holds its results very well. Non-surgically, facial fillers such as hyaluronic acid (for example, Juvéderm® and Restylane®) can be injected in front of the jowl “hill,” filling the pre-jowl sulcus “valley.” This usually lasts 12 to 15 months and then can be repeated.

#3 – Droopy upper eyelids cause a tired, sad and old look to a person. They can also give a feeling of heaviness, especially at the end of the day. An upper blepharoplasty (eyelid) procedure removes the excess skin and, if necessary, trims redundant fat. This creates a more open, less tired, happier and more youthful look to the eyes, indeed, the entire face. And it is a “simple” procedure with no pain and a quick recovery. Non-surgically, neuromodulators like BOTOX Cosmetic® can be injected to raise the lateral eyebrow – this doesn’t actually reduce the eyelid skin excess, but does create a slightly more open look to the eye. Also, hyaluronic acid filler can be placed along the lateral brow, or sometimes in a deep upper eyelid crease, to provide a subtle, more lifted and youthful look.

#2 – Puffy lower eyelids or “bags” are often accompanied by dark circles and a “tear-trough” depression beneath the puffy fat. The best surgical treatment is an elegant transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where an incision is made behind the eyelid and only the redundant fat excised. In some cases the fat can be “transposed” into the tear-trough deformity to get the best result. From a non-surgical perspective, hyaluronic acid filler can be placed in the “tear-trough” to diminish the relative prominence of the fatty bags. And, sometimes, a combination of both surgical and non-surgical treatments provides optimal results.

#1 – You might not think so, but perhaps the most common complaint I hear from women is, “I just can’t stand the sagging skin in my neck.” We often call this a “turkey wattle.” The best treatment for this is almost always surgical – a neck lift which includes liposuction to remove excess fat, tightening of the lax muscle bands and removal of the excess skin through a face and neck lift. As a non-surgical treatment, BOTOX Cosmetic® injections can sometimes decrease the tightness and prominence of the vertical muscle bands. And radiofrequency therapy may, for some people, provide a mild improvement in tightening.

As you can see, there are many different ways in which we age. Each person has their own specific concerns as to what bothers them the most and what they would like corrected. The good news is that with today’s techniques and technologies we have a wide array of options to offer you to improve your situation as you feel it best for you.

 

LOOK YOUR BEST BY AVOIDING THESE 3 MISTAKES

The right makeup can take years off your face, but the wrong makeup can age you. Makeup tips change over time and if you haven’t updated your techniques, you might be behind the times. Check out the most common makeup mistakes.

DON’T OVERDO THE FOUNDATION

Foundation is a girl’s best friend, but packing too much on your face is a big no-no. A heavy-handed layer of foundation will sink into pores and wrinkles making them more pronounced. Plus, if you don’t have the right base color, you can add ten years to your look. Sit down with us to find the perfect color for your skin tone.

BACK OFF THE BLACK EYELINER

Don’t skip eyeliner altogether, just avoid lining the most important feature on your face with such a dark color. Instead, use brown eyeliner. You’ll want to avoid harsh, distinct lines too. Keep the eyeliner towards the corner of your eyes and use a Q-tip or your finger to smudge the color so it blends in.

TAKE IT EASY WITH THE UNDER-EYE CONCEALER

As you age, those dark circles under your eyes become more apparent. Your instinct is to use concealer to cover those raccoon-eyes, but too much concealer is counterproductive. When using concealer, less is more. Apply a light coat of concealer on the dark areas only, not under your entire eye. A power-based concealer that can be applied and blended with a brush is the best way to avoid the caked-on look.