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Reasons Why People Do Not Lose Weight

Posted by admin On March - 27 - 2011

Reason #1: No Exercise

Most experts consider this to be the primary reason as to why people do not lose weight. If you don’t exercise, you won’t burn any calories, and you don’t burn any calories, you won’t lose any weight. It’s as simple as that!

Reason #2: On a Diet without Exercise

Just as one cannot clap with only one hand, the same thing applies to losing weight. Even if you pick the best diet that is in the market today, you will notice that exercise is also a part of the routine that they ask you to follow. Therefore, dieting without exercise is pointless, and won’t achieve results.

Reason #3: Not enough Calorie In-take

With the minimum intake being at 1200 calories no matter who you are, and perhaps while the common misconception is that if you skip a few meals you will lose weight, nothing can be further from the truth as this is minimum recommended limit so that the body will have enough energy to function properly and your health will suffer as a result. So eat your meals regularly.

Reason #4: Excuses

While all these tips can be useful for people who are ignorant, the only people who can motivate themselves to follow a proper diet and exercise program are the ones who don’t focus on the excuses. It’s not about not having the time but making the time for these important aspects of living that will bring about a change in your life.

Important Health Test For Women

Posted by admin On March - 21 - 2011

In order to stay in optimum health, it is important for both sexes to get themselves tested every once in a while. But this applies doubly so for the ‘fairer sex’, and this means that in doing so they can get a good handle on their health, which is vital for general well being.

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So here is a list of tests that have been recommended by the United States Preventive Services task Force:

#1: Obesity

Calculate your Body Mass Index to get a good understanding as to whether or not you are obese, overweight or normal.

#2: Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancer

One should get a mammogram done every one to two years after the age of 40 and a pap smear especially if you are sexually active is a good idea as well. You can also get yourself tested for cervical cancer at the age of 50, and your doctor will be able to help you with that.

#3: High Cholesterol

Ensure that you have your cholesterol checked after the age of forty-five.

#4: High Blood Pressure

It’s important to have your blood pressure checked every two years with the measurements at 140/90 or higher.

#5: Depression

This is just as important as physical health, and in consulting with a doctor, you should be able to test for depression as well.

#6: HIV

This is perhaps one of the most important tests to take especially if you’ve had unprotected sex with several partners or took a blood transfusion between 1978 to 1985 as well as other obvious reasons.

John Galliano, once touted to be the next “Monsieur Dior” of fashion, has found himself in the news for all the wrong reasons this time for the anti-Semitic and racist remarks that he had made at a Paris bar last week. And now, the man will face up to six months in jail if convicted as he is currently spending time in a rehab facility.

Of course, he also did apologize for his behavior and clearly stated that he is not anti-Semitic but was provoked into making statements in being verbally harassed as well as hit with a chair as the way he looked and the clothing he wore was not accepted well.

And his lawyers have already filed a countersuit on the counts of aggression and defamation against Galliano against the culprits. However, the fashion world has not taken this situation well as Galliano was fired immediately after a video which was taken in October depicted him saying that he loved Hitler and how Jews would have been gassed.

According to the experts, even though there was no doubt that Galliano took the Dior brand into the next century but since the fashion industry hinges on ‘reputation’, it was justifiable that this action had to be taken.

And since he has a reputation for dressing some of Hollywood’s A-listers, and continues to do so, Natalie Portman (being a Jew) is shocked and disgusted by this verbal tirade of Galliano and wants nothing to do with him either.


And while people say that the pressures of the industry have been responsible for his public downfall, the Dior and Galliano catwalk shows will go ahead as scheduled despite this controversy.

Signs That Indicate Sleeping Problems

Posted by admin On March - 15 - 2011

Sleep is perhaps one of the most important things that a human being should have, and yet there are times when we seem to wake up not having enough sleep as we still feel tired and groggy. Experts say that this might be due to a sleep problem even though it might not manifest itself with any serious health issues.

So here is a list of signs that indicates a “sleep problem”:

Sign #1: You haven’t had a good night’s rest and wake up with a bad taste in your mouth

Sign #2: You wake up often to use the bathroom or even toss and turn in your sleep

Sign #3: Your teeth are wearing down or your jaw clicks, pops or even feels sore

Sign #4: You wake up tangled in the covers or move all over the bed at night

Sign #5: Although you sleep well, you feel exhausted all the time while waking up with a sore throat or neck pain

Sign #6: You wake up with a horrible breath or a dry mouth

Sign #7: You are able to sleep well but feel sleepy while driving or groggy throughout the day.

Each of these signs are related to a particular disorder, and they have a reason for it, and if you have identified one of these reasons to be the one that you seem to be dealing with, your doctor should be more than happy to assist you in dealing with this health issue.

Basic Tips To Lose Weight In Three To Four Weeks

Posted by admin On March - 11 - 2011

In a recent study it was revealed that single women worry more about their weight rather than think about why they are not in a relationship. However, while the desire to lose weight exists, they either don’t know how or are finding it difficult to keep up with a tough routine.

So, here are some basic tips that can help you lose weight in three to four weeks:

Tip #1: Cardio Exercise & Yoga

One of the most important tips to lose weight is to have an exercise routine that involves a lot of cardio exercise. Jogging, running, swimming, aerobics, bicycling and rock climbing are some of the most engaging exercises if one wants to lose the most number of calories, and thus lose weight. On the other hand, yoga can work wonders for people as it will reduce the amount of sugar released into the body.

Tip #2: Maintain a Diet

Exercise is just one part of the entire thing but what is important is drinking lots of water, eating fruits, vegetables and foods that are high in protein while watching your portion sizes. And most importantly, you should avoid snacks as much as possible.

Tip #3: Being Consistency

Being consistent is a much-desired trait with anything, and it is the same with health too. If you start a fitness program, ensure you stick with it until you reach your goals because this will not only impact your health positively but you’ll be the happier for it.

American Idol Now Reduced To 13 Contestants

Posted by admin On March - 7 - 2011

In reducing the number of contestants from 24 to 13, Randy Jackson remarked this would was the toughest night ever on American Idol. With four of the contestants from California, two from Nashville and two from New York with the remaining three winning contestants out of six being picked out by the judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson after an audition.

The clear winners that were picked by the viewers through online and phone votes, consisting of five men and five women in all, were James Durbin, Casey Abrams, Jacob Lusk, Paul McDonald, Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart, Thia Megia, Pia Toscano, Karen Rodriguez and Lauren Alaina.

The three who benefited from the extra chance given by the judges were Stefano Langone, Naima Adedapo and Ashthon Jones after completing their audition with a song.

While the results were pretty clear with the winning ten contestants, there seemed to be some indecision when it comes to picking the three out of the six contestants who were given a second chance by the judges in the wild-card competition.

In the meanwhile, the television channel Fox aired the world premiere of Jennifer Lopez’s new music video as they were still undecided despite having time during the commercial break to do so. And with this delay there was no doubt that the ones who were painfully waiting for their decision was the six contestants, and one can only imagine what they went through to get to the next round.

Simple Ways To Stay Beautiful

Posted by admin On March - 4 - 2011

While they say that beauty is actually skin-deep, there is no doubt that, for a woman, maintaining her beauty is of the highest priority. But apart from the all the artificial methods that are available, finding a way to be naturally beautiful is no doubt, priceless.

So, here is a list of tips for women to maintain their natural beauty:

Tip #1: Drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day

There’s no doubt that clean, filtered water will give a woman a youthful and beautiful complexion. All you have to do is carry the minimum quantity of water with you, and finish drinking all of it by the end of the day.

Tip #2: Avoid make-up

A lot of the ingredients used to prepare make-up are actually harmful for your skin. And that’s not all – they also clog the pores of your skin as well. And it is important to take good care of your skin, so in situations that don’t require it, like at home, or with very close friends and relatives, avoid the use of make-up.

Tip #3: Moisturize your skin with the food you eat

Treating your skin with raw organic fruits and vegetables will do your body a lot of good. Not only will you look better but you will feel better as well.

Tip #4: Sleep early

Go to bed at 10 pm and wake up at 6 am. It’s as simple as that.

Tip #5: Exercise

Ensure that you perform at least one session of strenuous exercise every week as this will get your metabolism rate going, resulting in a great body as well as a youthful complexion.

With the popularity of the artwork known as “Obama Hope”, there was no doubt that the art world was unanimously behind a politician who displayed confidence, wisdom and hope and that would bring about change in the coming days as the President of the United States.

The creator of this portrait that has become so widely-accepted and popular in both its original form as well as the online world was Shepard Fairey, who on finding such success, became a regular visitor on every conceivable talk show. In short, he became a celebrity of sorts.

But this fairytale came to an abrupt end when it was discovered the Shepard had committed graffiti violations, and was arrested by the police at the launch of his retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

However, all this was completely overshadowed by the following controversy in which the Associated Press (AP) claimed that they had found the original photograph that one of their freelance photographers, Mannie Garcia, had taken and this led to demands of credit and financial compensation.

Of course, a few months later, Fairey, his partners and AP decided to finally settle matters while deciding to collaborate financially on merchandise that was based on the image of “hope”. At another level altogether, the National Portrait Gallery found itself in a spot of bother over a David Wojnarowicz video which was duly removed later, due to the fact that it found itself in a vulnerable position at Congressional budget meetings.

And while some directors considered it inappropriate to accept any federal funding, the Republican Study Committee announced its plan to reduce the budgets of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and by this time, it was pretty clear that the art world was alienated yet again from the world of politics.