Lose The Loose Skin


Pexels.com

 

The reasons for developing loose body skin can be numerous, but the most common culprits include:

 

  • Weight changes. Loose skin might be associated with sudden weight loss, but any significant change in weight can leave your skin struggling to catch up with the change. The result of this is often loose skin, which may have a crinkled texture in appearance.
  • Ill health. If you have been unwell or suffer from a chronic illness, then you might develop loose skin due to malnutrition. Conditions like Celiac Disease and Hypothyroidism can lead to weight changes and malnutrition, meaning you are more likely to suffer skin problems.
  • Lack of exercise. While exercise might be seen as developing your body beneath the skin level, it also has an impact on the overall appearance of skin if the muscles beneath it are not taut.

 

There’s no doubt that excess loose skin can have a serious impact on your confidence. Clothes just don’t look right and have a tendency to wrinkle and bunch, emphasizing any problem areas. As for the idea of going without clothing covering the skin – such as bare arms if you have the horribly-nicknamed “bingo wings” – is unthinkable. It’s particularly problematic if you have made the effort to lose weight and now find yourself battling with another body problem you weren’t expecting!

 

So how do you get rid of loose skin? The most obvious and immediate answer is surgery, but this is something you have to think long and hard about. It’s a nuclear option. Surgery of any kind is inherently risky – especially if you’re not in the best of health to begin with – and it’s worth exhausting all possible alternatives before going down this route.

 

So what are the other options?

 

  1. Caffeine Stimulants

 

Caffeine might be a component we are most familiar with because of coffee, but it actually has a powerful impact on stimulating skin recovery. When applied topically in the form of a cream, it can help increase elasticity and reduce the fat cells that are dragging the skin down. Definitely worth a go, but make sure you use it regularly – develop a reliable routine to see the best results.

 

  1. Muscle Building

 

Toning the muscle beneath the loose skin is a given if you are trying to deal with the problem once and for all. Pick an exercise that works hard on the area you are most concerned about, and do it every other day without fail. To increase your likelihood of success, try a muscle building primer and eat plenty of protein to aid muscle development.

 

  1. Dietary Supplements

 

A diet rich in protein and healthy fats is useful for any health complaint, but you might need to supplement your food to help with loose skin. The key components here are gelatin and collagen; they’re easy to supplement and can make a big difference to skin texture and appearance.

Peace & Tranquility Can Be Found Just Outside Your Office


Image source

 

Tough days are impossible to completely evade, they are just part of and parcel of your working life. It doesn’t matter how much you love your job, how much you enjoy the company of your colleagues or how satisfying you find your role; we all have days that stress us out. Even if the day itself wasn’t necessarily a bad day, chances are some part of it was stressful, some situation stressed you out.

 

That is why it is so important you learn how to cope with these stresses, shake it out of your system, and alleviate it. And to help you achieve this much sought after zen we have come up with a list of ways that will ensure you’re as relaxed as a yoga instructor by the time you hit the hay.

 

Image source

 

The Soul Food That Is Music

This is nothing new. Since music playing devices were first invented, people have been dealing with their stresses by stepping out of the office doors and blowing them away with music. It doesn’t matter whether it plays through headphones or car speakers, whether it is R&B, heavy metal, rap or funk. People have been relying on music for a long time. But perhaps it is time you tried popping on some classic music. This has been proved to alleviate stress and promote good health. Buy some classic albums from the bargain bin, YouTube it, get up a playlist on Spotify; it doesn’t matter where you get it from it just matters that you get it.

 

Image source

 

Become A Regular Massagee

Swedish, aromatherapy, hot stone, reflexology, Lomi Lomi; there are hundreds of different types of massage that you can enjoy, and you should. The reason for this is massage, in its most basic form, is a specialised treatment where a qualified individual manipulates the body’s muscle and soft tissue in such a way that it relieves stress. But that isn’t all. A body massage has also been proved to reduce pain, improve mood, better your sleep and give you a better body image. Now, what could be better than to leave the office stressed and get into bed utterly content with yourself?

 

Image source

 

We Sweat You Can

Okay, so not an original recommendation by any stretches of any imagination; but exercising to beat stress doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym. You see, weirdly enough, you are not the only person who despises the gym on a molecular level, which is why there are thousands and thousands of alternatives. For example, you could find that the best way to alleviate your stress through exercise is by taking out all of your aggression on a punching bag at the local boxing gym, or to submerge yourself in the peace and tranquility of swimming, maybe you could take on some Zumba classes and replace your stressed mind with a toned body. The options are endless, and it could be that you go through a system of trial and error before finding the Captain Fantastic of the alternative gym opportunities.

 

Exercises Guaranteed To Boost Your Self-Esteem

When your self-esteem is a little low, it can be easy to try and cheer yourself up by investing in a new wardrobe and freshening up your look. Although the self confidence brought on by a new pair of killer heels should not be sneered at, this boost can be short-lived. If you’d like to make this change permanent, exercise is one of the simplest and yet most difficult ways to achieve that. But the results are definitely worth the hard work you put into it. Here are just a few exercises to do by yourself, every day, that will set you on the path to becoming a new and more confident you.

Diet and physical exercise


Image Source

Before you start with exercises specifically for self-esteem, make sure you’re not underestimating the effect a healthy lifestyle will have on your self esteem. Doing a physical activity on a regular basis will release adrenaline and endorphins, which are natural, mood-enhancing, hormones. Have you ever noticed that you feel tired, sluggish, and moody after consuming too much junk food? Eating well and staying hydrated will make you feel happier and more energized, especially if you do this over a long period of time.

Take Care Of Your Appearance

We’ve all had days when we look in the mirror and hate the reflection staring back at us. It’s bad enough when your hair’s a mess, your skin is breaking out, or your eyes look dull and tired, but when all three happen at once, you just want to call in sick and crawl back into bed. Taking care of your hygiene and personal appearance will go a long way to curing you of your fear of mirrors. Make sure the products you’re using daily are right for your skin type. Sites like www.beautyambition.com can recommend a number of products for acne prone skin. Remember, a daily beauty routine is not about how others will perceive you. It’s about being able to strut out the front door with confidence because you feel absolutely fantastic.

Meditate


Image Source

Meditation encourages you to shut off the outside world and address how you’re feeling. Too often we bury our emotions for the sake of completing a group project, or not wanting to hurt anyone else’s feelings. It’s admirable to put others first, but not at the cost of your own mental well-being. Through meditation, you can take the time to feel your emotions, address the cause, and banish any negative thoughts. One of the biggest reasons people lack confidence, is because their negative thoughts hold them back from putting in their best effort. With regular practise, you can use meditation to cultivate a positive outlook on life, and keep your worries and anxieties under control. This should build a strong foundation for boosting your self-esteem.

Live In The Moment

The best way to build self-confidence is to live in the moment. Ground yourself in the present, and focus on what’s good in your life right now.

How To Trick Your Body Into Losing Weight

 

Most people don’t know it, but their bodies are actually pretty dumb. When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense that they would be. After all, they’re just a bunch of cells going about their business and responding to their environment mindlessly.

 

It’s this mindlessness that can get the body into trouble. Our bodies think that they have to hold on to energy in the form of fat because, thanks to evolution, they’re never certain that the next hunting season will work out okay. They are programmed to store fat just in case the rains don’t come, or the hunt fails. They don’t realize that food can be purchased from the grocery story whenever we want and that there’s more food around that anybody could possibly ever eat.

 

But that the same dumbness can be used to your advantage. In other words, your body can be tricked into losing weight if you send the right hormonal signals. Here’s how to do it.

 

Pick Up Hormone-Boosting Foods

 

According to an article by Fitness To Go, human growth hormone is one of the most potent muscle building and fat-destroying agents in the body. People with high levels of growth hormone are more athletic and look younger than those with less. The cool thing about growth hormone is that you can supercharge the levels of it in your body by buying the right foods. Blueberries, low-fat soft cheese, Greek yogurt, and walnuts have all been shown to have a remarkable effect on hormone levels, helping to restore your body to its healthy state.

 

Wikimedia Commons

 

According to Natasha Turner, the author of The Hormone Boost, recent studies have shown that obese people who drink blueberry smoothies once per day experience a 22 percent improvement in their insulin sensitivity. Better insulin sensitivity leads to better fat metabolism which leads to lower weight.

 

Listen To Your Body

 

So long as it is functioning properly, your body is very good at knowing precisely the kinds of foods that it needs, be it protein, fat or carbs. Often you’ll find yourself getting cravings for certain foods if your diet isn’t complete and well balanced. For instance, if you’re craving sweet food and can never seem to eat enough, this might be because you’re not getting enough protein. Protein is an essential building block in the body and is required to repair your muscle tissue after a workout.

 

Craving sweet food can be the result of other factors, however. For instance, people crave sugary foods when they are stressed, haven’t had enough sleep or haven’t eaten enough carbs. Trick your body into losing weight by eating the healthiest carbs, like beans, whole grains, and vegetables.

 

Fill Your Plate With Fiber

 

People who eat diets that are full of fiber are also those that lose the most weight. One of the reasons for this is that the fiber in the food feed bacteria in the gut which produce helpful, weight loss chemicals that help the body. Those on a high-fiber diet experience more sustained weight loss because the ecosystem in their guts is healthier. 

 

Be Body Beautiful


Image source

It’s more important to be beautiful on the inside than the outside, but there is also nothing wrong with doing what you can to make your body as beautiful as it can be. After all, a healthy body is an indicator that you live a healthy lifestyle and that you take pride in yourself.

 

If you’re in search of the body beautiful, here are some simple tips for creating the look you desire:

 

Eat a Healthy Diet


Image source

 

If you want to be a healthy weight, have beautiful flawless skin and thick, luxurious hair, you need to be careful about what you put into your body. Eating a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats will ensure that you get all the nutrients you need to feel good on the inside and look great on the outside.

 

Use Coconut Oil


Image source

 

No matter what other beauty skin care products you use to get the body beautiful, you simply must add a jar of coconut oil to your bathroom shelf. This simple substance can be used for everything from cleansing and moisturizing the skin to removing makeup and conditioning your hair. It is also a healthy fat, which when eaten will work on your skin, hair, and nails from the inside out.

 

Exercise


Image source

 

There’s no way around it – if you want to be body beautiful, you are going to have to do some exercise. Engaging in regular activity will help to control your weight, tone up problem areas and give you the kind of confidence that can make any body appear infinitely more beautiful. It will also help you to stay healthy and disease free on the inside too.

 

Use Sunscreen


Image source

 

If you don’t want to be covered in wrinkles, blemishes and dark spots by the time you’re 50, you need to take good care of your skin by protecting it from the harmful rays of the sun. Whether the sun is shining down on your face, or it seems to be obscured by the clouds, always wear a sunscreen on your face, neck and any other parts that are exposed.

 

Take Grooming Seriously


Image source

 

You will never look your best if you don’t get serious about your personal hygiene and grooming. So, cut your hair every six weeks, manicure your nails regularly, take care of any unwanted body hair and most importantly, wash daily. If you do only these things, you will look much better than you would otherwise.

 

Exfoliate

 

Image source

 

Eating your fruits and veggies and moisturizing will help to give your skin a glow, but that will be overshadowed if you allow your dead skin cells to build up. To ensure your skin always looks fresh and radiant, dry brush with a boar-haired body brush every day and exfoliate your face at least three times a week. This will remove dead skin, allowing fresh new cells to show you at your best.

 

Fake It


Image source
If you do all these things and you still have a few problem areas that spoil your look, there is nothing wrong with using a bit of concealer, fake tan or skin whitener to reach perfection.

 

What are your tips for getting the body beautiful?

Fitness is My Medicine

Fitness means a lot of different things to different people. It can mean having great abs and being able to go on long runs. But fitness is also about keeping our minds sharp, connecting with other people, and motivating ourselves. For a growing number of people, fitness is a way to cure diseases, get back on their feet, and take control of their lives. Here’s how fitness is rehabilitating and curing a whole range of people.

 

Fitness for Rehabilitation

 

https://pixabay.com/p-1290022/?no_redirect

 

Fitness is a great way to make our bodies strong again. The types of people who use fitness as rehabilitation include sporting stars who’ve have to take long absences from exercise due to illness. Fitness can help to strengthen muscles, improve technique, and help to sharpen athletes focus again. But fitness rehabilitation is also being used to treat those who have or are recovering from, addiction.

 

For those who have spend a lifetime neglecting, or treating their bodies poorly, fitness is a great way to start respecting your body again. Exercising it and giving it the love and dedication it deserves, stops some people from harming it again. This newfound respect comes from important exercise therapy classes which use our bodies as a tool on the road to recovery. Drugs rehabilitation programs have recognized the importance of asking addicts to report their energy levels, sleeping patterns, and food consumption. This is a good way to make people accountable for themselves, and invested in taking care of themselves.

 

Exercises like yoga, martial arts, and pilates, also help addicts to become disciplines and focussed. These type of exercises are great de-stressors and help those who would rather work through a particular grievance physically rather than vocally. The natural high one gets after a workout is also a contributing factor to the success of fitness as rehabilitation.

 

Fitness as a Cure

 

http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/static/photo/1x/Kayak-Lake-Adventure-Exercise-Clear-Water-Female-1836601.jpg

 

Exercise is a hugely effective preventative and healing treatment for chronic illnesses. For those with alzheimer’s, exercise is said to improve memory and concentration. It can also help with sleep disorder and heart problems. It’s especially good for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. It has even been suggested that regular exercise can be a deterrent for colon and breast cancer. Hand exercises and movement can even help with the discomfort of arthritis. https://www.canadapharmacyonline.com, has some information about other causes of arthritis too. If more people took up exercises instead of medicine, it would save the health industry a huge amount of money. Exercise is free and safe to do, and the results are huge.

 

Exercise won’t cure all illnesses, especially genetic ones. The fact that exercise helps to cure chronic illness, mental health issues, and even rehabilitates addicts, is enough incentive for anyone to become more active.

Drop a Dress Size in a Week


Image source

Crash diets don’t work long-term. They make you miserable, and you end up gaining back, even more, weight than you lost in the first place! Eating clean and squeezing in the occasional treat is a much healthier and effective way to lose weight, guaranteed. That being said, we all have those big events, like dinner parties and weddings, that we need to attend. We want to look our best, and we only have a week or two to lose weight, which means that we have to crash diet, right? Well, no – not really. There are several things you can do to fit into that size ten dress even though you’re a twelve, which don’t involve crash dieting. Check out this list of (mostly) simple ways to drop a dress size in around seven days:

 

Stay Hydrated


Image source

 

If you can’t fit into that slinky little number not because you’ve gained too much weight, but because you’re really bloated, you need to start drinking more water. The better hydrated you are, the better able your body will be to purge itself of excess salt reserves and toxins that are causing your stomach to blow up like a balloon.

 

Eat Your Vegetables


Image source

 

Starving yourself to lose weight isn’t going to work. It’s just going to make you feel sick. On average, it is impossible to lose more than two pounds of real fat in a week, so you’re onto a losing streak if you think the cabbage soup diet will sort you out. That being said, making vegetables the bulk of your meal will help you to lose a couple of pounds and eliminate bloat-causing toxins, which could be enough to get you into that special outfit in time.

 

Start Sweating


Image source

 

Sweating will get rid of excess water that makes your body swell up and look bigger than it really is. It also releases toxins and helps the body to burn excess fat. So, get running or take as many trips to the sauna as you can in the week before your important event.

 

Liposuction

 

If you have the money and the inclination, vaser liposuction is a simple procedure, which can get rid of excess fat in a pinch, giving you’re the silhouette you really want very quickly.

 

Cut Down on Carbs


Image source

 

If you are retaining water, you can puff up and appear bigger than your weight would suggest. By cutting down on carbs, you can encourage your body to release water more quickly, which will slim you down somewhat. A low-carb diet can also help you to burn fat more quickly, but you generally have to cut down to a very low carb intake for that to happen, and that is something which isn’t very sustainable in most cases.

 

Exercise


Image source

 

I’ll be honest, exercise can only do so much in the space of a week, but if you do an hour a day, combined with a healthy diet you could lose 2-3 pounds in seven days. Just stick to cardio and exercise as intensely as you can safely manage for the best results.

 

Once you’ve hit your goal, don’t fall back into bad habits. Keep eating more fruits and vegetables and take regular exercise and you’ll always be at your ideal weight in the future!

 

Dark Side Smoothie

  
We all love a good smoothie, and we all love a good smoothie with chocolate. 

I created and whipped this bad boy up after spin class a couple weeks ago, and will definitely be doing it again.

The peanut butter is protein packed, and the powder is super low in calories, is made with half all natural chocolate, and only has .5 grams of fat. 

It’s good to feel bad, huh? Thankful we aren’t being bad, we are giving our body what it needs post workout. 💪 

Ingredients

Jif All Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy

Hershey’s Special Dark Powder

Milk

Crushed Ice

I use a Ninja Blender that has the singke serve blending cup, as well as the regular blender.

Using a single serve cup, fill it about half way with crushed ice.

Place two large spoonfuls of peanut butter and 1tbls of Special Dark in over the ice.

Top off with your choice of milk, I start off with filling just over half full. 

Screw blade onto cup and begin blending. If the smoothie is too think, add more milk to get it to a smoother consistency. 

One fully blended (I blend until I have a smooth, complete “vortex” in the cup), pour into glass, or drink right from the single serve cup, and enjoy!

Now remember, we are using DARK chocolate, don’t expect it to be sweet like a shake, but it isn’t bitter either. The peanut butter adds a little sweetness, but I just wanted to to know ahead of time, we are on the Dark Side after all. 

If you try this out, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Or hit me up on social media! (Click here to go to my contact page.)

Guest Posts

  
I am currently looking for people interested in guest posting on my website!

If you have a recipe, outfit, business, or story to share; please contact me! 

Your post will go up on my website and be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

If you are interested, please visit my contact page to see where to find me!