Even though the country is buried under snow, soon the temperatures will start rising again. In order to feel our best, we often try to look our best. This means dressing up, wearing something to feel more confident than ever. Just like our DNA, our body types are different, and stylists have come up with tips and tricks to accentuate different shapes.
If you gain weight around the middle you should focus on clothes that fit loosely around your midsection. Avoid anything that draws attention to the center of your body—no high-waisted pants, no belts, and no waist-cinching tops. Slim-cut pants showcase your thin legs. Looser tops don’t emphasize your roundness.
When your shoulders and torso are narrower than your hips, you are triangle-shaped. Avoid oversized sweaters and skinny bottoms; this will only magnify your body’s shape. Wide-leg pants slenderize the thighs. Tailored jackets showcase your shoulders and balance the body’s proportions.
A large chest, a narrow waist, and full hips are indicative of hourglass figures. Because of this, it’s important to wear clothes that compliment your natural curves. Avoid anything shapeless or boxy. High-waisted pants showcase your hips without making them appear oversized. The same applies to V-neck tops. With an hourglass figure, it’s all about flattery, not exaggeration.
Famous celebrity Natalie Porter is known to be rectangle-shaped: when the hip, waist and shoulders have similar widths. If you fit into this category, go for styles that fit at the waist but flare out at the bottom to form curves. Avoid anything that is tight all over, and anything with no structure. Boot-cut pants can create shapeliness all over. Fitted jackets create a waist and make your hips look fuller.
Knowing your body type is one step towards a positive self-image, just remember that your lifestyle choice is the most important factor when it comes to healthy living!
Sometimes, life seems to get the upper hand. On some days, despite your best efforts, you just can’t beat the odds. It’s easy for things to start spiraling out of our control. Work, family, relationships, everything becomes unmanageable. When you reflect on your days, you wonder: how did things get so crazy? How did I lose control of my own life? But you must always remember: this is your life. You have (and always had) complete control.
Make every decision for yourself. You know what is best for you—so do it! The easy way out when things go awry is to make (and accept) excuses. “Oh, I didn’t have time”. “I just forgot!” You should never do this. The first step of taking control of your life is to hold yourself accountable for everything you do.
Boost your self-confidence. It’s easy to put yourself down when your life is hectic. Changing how you look at yourself will make others to do the same. A simple adjustment to your body language can go a long way. Put your shoulders back and hold yourself up. Another great confidence booster is to acknowledge the positives in your life. Write down every little thing that makes you smile; it will only take a few minutes for your attitude to change.
Step out of your comfort zone. When life throws you a curveball, you don’t have to stand around and get hit. Imagine your goals and reach a little further than your comfort zone. Take a trip to a foreign place, meet someone new and start a hobby that would normally intimate you. Thinking outside the box can push you to get to know you better; you might even find out the thing that scared you the most is actually what you have been missing all along.
By declaring yourself as the key to reclaiming your life, you have already overcome the biggest obstacle. Now you are on your way to finding the peace you seek.
There are many misconceptions about weight loss. Every day, we hear so many different sources tell us conflicting information; it’s hard to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong. Here are some important facts that will help you reach your goals:
FACT: You should snack during the day.
Some people say that snacking during the day only means more calories and defeats any progress you might be making.
This is false.
Snacking is actually very healthy. If your body is telling you its hungry… feed it! Snacking has the added benefit of making you keep your meals smaller. By keeping your body satisfied, you’ll want to eat less when dinner time comes around.
However, make sure the snacks you’re eating are right for your DNA and you’re balancing out snacking with exercising.
FALSE: Carbs are bad.
The truth is your body needs some carbohydrates or “carbs”.Not all carbs are bad. You just have to avoid the processed carbs that are high in sugar. Instead, opt to eat beans, apples or whole grains; they are high in fiber and low in calories.
Carbs serve as fuel for your workouts, so it’s important not to eliminate them from your diet. When choosing your carbs, it’s important to make sure they fit your specific DNA diet plan, or your body may not use them as effectively as possible.
Timing is also an important factor. Some bodies prefer a bowl of Cheerios first thing in the morning, while others crave a glass of chocolate milk following a hard workout. Listen to your body and feed it the carbs it desires when it needs them.
FACT: Foods do not burn calories.
It’s been said that there are some foods that increase metabolism and therefore burn more calories. It’s important to note: a calorie is a calorie. No foods increase your metabolic rate, so rather than search for these “magic bullets,”work to build muscle. By building muscle, you increase the amount of calories your body burns when resting.
If you eat the foods that are right for your body and perform the exercises that your body reacts to the best, you won’t need food to burn calories. Your metabolism will take care of it.
FALSE: Everyone loses weight at the same pace.
Some say that losing weight quickly makes it harder to keep off the weight you’ve lost. There is little to no evidence that supports this claim. If you’re being safe and healthy about the methods in which you lose weight, then you can go as quickly or as slowly as you please.
Losing weight is like wearing a pair of jeans. There isn’t a one-size-sits-all brand or size of jean, just as there isn’t a one-size-fits-all pace for losing weight. It’s all about an individual’s personal make-up, diet, exercise, sleep, stress, metabolism and more.
Remember, it took years to put on the weight, you can’t expect it to come off over night.
FACT: Eating fat doesn’t make you fat.
Obviously the word “fat”has a negative connotation. People think that by eating fat, you’ll gain fat. This is untrue. The body needs fat; it carries many vital functions, such as helping build healthy cell walls and aiding in fertility. Plus, some vitamins need fat in order to be absorbed into your body.
When you eat fat, pay attention to how much and what kind you’re eating. For instance, your body likely processes a spoonful of peanut butter differently from a spoonful of butter, or ice cream from frozen yogurt. It’s not the fat that makes people fat, it’s the type and the quantity that show.
Did you know that excessive inflammation can damage the body?
Or that it may be linked to obesity, cancer, and heart disease? It’s true. That may be one explanation for our desire to open the medicine cabinet or first aid kit when injured. Or, perhaps we just don’t like feeling pain or discomfort. Either way, most of us use traditional medicine that can be purchased over the counter, to quell our aches and pains.
However, it’s important not to rely too heavily on medications, for their side effects can be crippling. Of course, we’re not suggesting you go through the day in pain. We’re just suggesting you look at your DNA and munch on a body-friendly food instead of popping pills.
Did you know that some foods have been found to decrease inflammation?
Depending on your DNA, there’s a chance you should be eating these foods everyday anyway. Why wait until you’re injured to start munching your delicious and inflammation-preventing foods?
Did you know that foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat can spark inflammation, due to over activity in the immune system? It’s true. Put down the pizza and try some berries!
Here are some foods to add to your diet to keep your body in balance.
Eating whole grains—as opposed to refined—helps keep inflammation under control. Whole grains contain more fiber, which reduces the level of C-reactive protein in blood. C-reactive protein is a sign of inflammation. Whole grains also have less sugar.
Nuts—especially almonds—are high in fiber, calcium, and vitamin E. All nuts are rich with antioxidants. Antioxidants help your body keep away and repair the damage caused by inflammation.
Soy products carry isoflavones, estrogen-like compounds that help lower inflammation levels in women. An animal study published in the Journal of Inflammation discovered that isoflavones also helped reduce inflammation on bone and heart health in mice.
Red tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which reduces inflammation in the lungs and throughout the body. Cooked tomatoes contain more lycopene, and tomato sauce and tomato juice work just as well. It’s important to note that tomatoes are known as “nightshade vegetables,”meaning their effects might be beneficial to some but detrimental to others.
Garlic and onions
Garlic works similar to ibuprofen, in that it closes off the pathways that lead to inflammation. Onions possess similar anti-inflammatory chemicals.
Because they’re low in fat and calories and high in antioxidants, all fruits can help prevent inflammation. Berries, however, have highly effective anti-inflammatory properties. For example, studies showed red raspberry extract prevented animals from developed arthritis.
By increasing the amount of these foods in your everyday diet, you can keep pain and inflammation under control. Always be sure to maintain a healthy balance; too much of something can lead to a negative response.
When asked what is wrong with the average American’s diet, experts give the same resounding answer: “Too many calories.” Twenty-five years ago, Americans consumed approximately 1,850 calories each day. Since then, the average has increased by 304 calories. That’s enough to add 31 pounds to each person every year. How can you beat that statistic?
Get rid of cheat day: One of the things that have consumed our lives is fad diets. As part of those fad diets, we tend to have a cheat day, which allows us to enjoy one “bad”day a week. Moderation is key when it comes to everything we do in life. Get rid of the word “diet”and you will see that cheat days are unnecessary.
Think small portions: Nowadays, normal sizes seem meager. Focus on what’s on your plate instead of how big your plate is, and eat until your stomach finds its first sign of fullness. Once that happens, have a mint or gum, psychologists at the University of West Virginia found they are natural appetite suppressants.
Replace, don’t take away: Fit individuals will tell you that eating healthy is not a hard thing; Why? Because they are never hungry! Knowing the food groups and what they can do for you will help you snack more often without the guilt.
Record your eating habits: You will be surprised to find out the many healthy things you thought you were consuming are actually taking away from delicious and nutritious meals you could have. Keep a diary for a few days and you will start to notice common eating habits that you have never noticed before.
In order to reduce any health concerns and get back on track toward a healthy lifestyle, you must begin to make smarter choices. If eating away from home, order baked, steamed, or grilled foods. By eating in moderation—and taking your activity level into account—you can retire your harmful habits and begin a new, healthier life.