By: Kayla Kobela (shown above)
Everyone goes through a point in their lives where they hate the way they look, but many don’t have the motivation to change themselves for the better.
In December of 2014, I decided I had had enough with the way I regarded myself. In only two weeks, I dropped a pound, lost four inches around my waist, fit into jeans I hadn’t worn for years, and I felt confident.
The first step to starting a transformation is motivation. I weighed myself, and then took a few pictures of how I looked in my bikini. My starting weight was 164 pounds and I wasn’t happy with that, but in my transformation, I began to realize that the number on the scale didn’t mean as much as how you feel about yourself. The pictures I took became my motivation. I hated what I saw and whenever I felt like giving up, I remembered them.
By: Georgia Conway
I hate the thought of being on a treadmill for 20 minutes. Especially when one minute on a treadmill feels like 10 normal minutes (well at least to me it does!). I used to avoid the treadmill at the gym, and not even look at it until a friend mentioned doing high intensity interval training (HIIT). I will admit that at first I was sceptical but now I am hooked!
HIIT is an amazing workout for burning fat, it incorporates intense bursts of exercise with short recovery periods breaking up those long treadmill minutes.YOU set the level you want to work at making it so easy to build up fitness while fat burning along the way.
By: Kenzie Thomson
I know ladies who, like me, are a little more... well, endowed than some. It is a constant struggle to not feel like my bra buddies are hanging to the floor. On the flip side of that, I have a few girlfriends who have always wanted to have a little extra ‘oomf’ on top.
Where do we get better boobs without the use of a pushup bra or padding?
Here are three EASY exercises to do at home or the gym that will give that little extra perk you are looking for!
And, no, I'm not talking about the type of bra. Good ol’ fashioned military push-ups are one of the best ways to lift your ta-tas! Not only is it working your pecs, its also engaging your shoulder, back and core muscles! Remember to keep your hands shoulder-width apart on the floor, your spine straight and keep your stomach tensed to get the most out of this exercise!
By: Alix Hecht
Demanding schedules are often the thing which leads us to make subconscious unhealthy choices.
Unhealthy food choices are alright (even encouraged) in moderation, food is an important part of our overall happiness and treating ourselves to the occasional slice of chocolate cake isn't a sin. However, continual unhealthy patterns are what generally results in weight gain over time, or not being able to shift pesky pounds which often leave you feeling perplexed as to why.
Many of us feel that we lead relatively healthy lives, and sometimes we feel that the scales/skinny jeans simply don’t reflect our actions.
On the flip-side there are also many of us who know we make bad choices but simply don't have the time or money to change our lives drastically enough to live a better life.
That's why I've compiled a list of 18 ways to help you to lose weight without trying. These are my simple 'hacks' for combining a hectic life with healthier choices. My hope is that you can drill down to the source which is keeping you from your goal.
1- As Bob Marley said "Turn Your Lights Down Low"
Turn the lights out when you sleep or wear an eye mask.
Now there are actually two reasons why your bedtime light is keeping you from losing weight; natural and artificial light ( the kind you get from your phone, street lamps or bathroom light ) wreak havoc on your metabolism. Now, the science behind it is pretty complicated, but there have been several studies performed which prove that light disturbs your sleep ( which is the second reason light is dangerous because this could cause you to wake up and eat ), and reduces your resting metabolic rate; which is SO vital for weight loss.
2- Arrange Your Work and living space to be organized and clean
We've all heard the phrase, cleanliness is next to Godliness and that also might be said for 'slim-ness'. Our work stations, study desks or home being in disarray actually create a sense of chaos in your mind. It can throw you off your eating schedule ( and schedules are really important for a healthy life ). Cleaning up your work station or home will also boost your self-esteem, relaxing you and helping to avoid emotional or stress eating.
3- Carry around a re-usable water bottle wherever you go
I absolutely adore my water bottle; it's plastic, with a cute pink lid with sparkly butterflies and I just adore looking at it. Carrying it in your daily bag wherever you go will means that every time you reach into to your shoulder purse to look at your phone, grab your wallet or apply lip balm you'll see the water bottle and be reminded to take a sip. I don't need to mention how imperative hydration is to overall health and weight loss.
By: Nadine Elías
So you’ve probably been hearing a lot about coconut oil these days. And chances are, you're not eating or using it enough. Coconut oil has many uses, and here we will go over what it is, in addition to each of it's many super powers.
What is Coconut Oil?
The scientific name for Coconut is Cocos Nucifera. Coconut is highly nutritious, it is rich in fibre, minerals and vitamins. In some Asian and Pacific cultures the coconut palm is known as “the tree of life” and they consider coconut oil as a cure for all illnesses.
It has been used in Ayurveda, Indian traditional medicine, and in other cultures as well. After extensive research in modern medicine a wide range of new health benefits have been discovered. It was once believed to be a source of saturated fat, it is still believed by some, but Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Which are beneficial and well assimilated by the body. The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are predominately medium-chain fatty acids.
By: Vicki Bolen
When you are to trying to eat well, dining out can make even the most disciplined of heathy eaters, cheat. I’ve compiled a list of tips and low calorie meal options that will satisfy your taste buds, and your waistline!
1. Don’t make the mistake of being naïve; never take menu options at face value. For the longest time I ordered the Hibachi Chicken Skewers from TGI Friday’s, I thought, “Chicken, rice, pita bread – HEALTHY!” little did I know it was just under 1300 calories! MAJOR FAIL! That was my whole days’ worth of calories in just one meal! Now I know, just because a dish contains healthy ingredients, doesn’t mean its low calorie. Restaurants load their entrees with butter, salt, and who knows what else! Be the person who knows what your meal is made of! You’ll be thinner for it.
Most people assume that slimmer people will have a higher metabolism, but that is not true. People who are bigger need a higher metabolism because they require more energy as they have a bigger heart and organs for example a big car requires more fuel compared to a small care.
Slimmer individuals would see that they have less body mass to support; weight loss can result in a decline in metabolic rate and result in finding it hard to lose weight and get stuck in the plateau cycle.
What is the metabolism?
The metabolism is a very essential and useful function of your body. The metabolism is a process where our cells break down food in a chemical reaction, and this is what breaks it down into energy in order for our bodies to complete vital function such as the digestion of food, transferring nutrients to energy and necessary functions such as breathing and heart rate.
It can also be broken down into two categories:
By: Sarah Gerbig
Do you find the gym a little intimidating or even frightening? To be fair, a building full of strange machines and overly-buff dudes, is not exactly an inviting environment. But with a little bit of pump-up music and these tips, soon you'll be able to confidently strut to the gym like a regular!