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4 reasons you’re not shedding those last few kilos

  Struggling to lose those last few kilos? Here are some common weight loss saboteurs that might be getting in your way. 1. Liquid energy Less filling and easy to over-consume. Smoothies and juices may seem like healthy options, but can be packed with sugar and kilojoules. Cut back on sweetened beverages. Think carefully about long-term alcohol habits and drink less.   2. Portion size Eat slowly and use smaller…

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Do I need to be skinny to look toned?

Want to achieve that ‘shredded’ look? It usually requires an increase in muscle mass and a descrease in body fat. Increased muscle mass (i.e. size, width and volume of your muscle fibres) will help your muscles become more visible beneath body fat; however, significant mass is not always necessary for improved tone. According to exercise scientist Johann Ruys, “Muscle mass increase is generally associated with an increase in tone, but an…

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Jen Jewell’s strawberry protein pancakes

  Fitness model Jen’s Jewell shares her protein pancake recipe. I start my day with a solid meal of protein and healthy carbs, which provides me with energy for the day right from the start and helps to provide fuel for my workout. Generally with breakfast I’ll drink both water and have one coffee with light, unsweetened almond milk in place of coffee creamer. Using the almond milk adds flavour…

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Chickpea and vegetable curry

  intro text here Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tbsp olive oil
 1 brown onion, thinly sliced 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger 3 cloves garlic, crushed
 3 long green chillies, finely chopped ½ tsp dried turmeric 
 2 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp garam masala
 2 potatoes, cut into large cubes
 2 carrots, cut into thick slices
 2 zucchini, cut into thick slices 425 g can salt-reduced chopped tomatoes 250 ml…

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What’s the difference between BB cream and CC cream?

    Confused about the latest beauty balms and colour correcting products? We’ve got the lowdown.. BB cream “BB stands for ‘beauty balm’ – they’re meant to be time-saving products that combine colour, moisture, treatment ingredients, and sun protection in one product,” says Bryan Barron, research and content director at Paula’s Choice Skincare.  CC cream “CC isn’t as firmly defined, but typically stands for ‘colour and correct’; think of them as…

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Matcha powder: a secret weight loss weapon

Matcha powder helps boost metabolism and the body’s ability to burn fat. So how can we incorporate it into our diets? What is it?  Powdered green tea. Unlike many ingredients with weight loss claims, green tea won’t overstimulate the adrenal glands. How to use it:  Try green tea as a smoothie base or drink it on it’s own. Nutritionist Dr Joanna McMillan says, “Green tea increases general health and improves body weight…

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Lateral raises

Lateral raises work to isolate the smaller muscles in the shoulders for great shape and tone. How to 1. Stand up with your torso upright and a weight plate in each hand being held at arms length. The elbows should be close to the torso. 2. The palms of the hands should be facing your torso. Your feet should be about shoulder-width apart. This will be your starting position. 3….

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Side-to-side box squats

Looking for a total leg workout? This move will work your glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves How to 1. Stand to one side of a bench or box and place the inside foot up onto your bench. 2. Get in a squat position and then push through both feet to propel yourself into the air and over the step, landing in a squat position. 3. Immediately upon landing, jump up…

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How to stay slim in your 30s, 40s and 50s

Can you beat age-related weight gain? We asked the experts for their diet and exercise tips for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s.  What is the ‘middle age spread’? The term ‘middle-age spread’ has been etched into ageing lore, yet unflattering connotations ignore the naturalness of physiological change. Expecting to weigh the same at 30 as 18 is folly according to clinical psychologist Louise Adams from Treat Yourself Well….

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Slam ball twists

A fun exercise that targets your abdominal muscles and lats! How to 1. Sit on a bench with your legs stretched out in front of you, ankles crossed, slightly below parallel and your arms holding your medicine ball. Your torso should be leaning backwards around a 45-degree angle from the bench. This will be your starting position. 2. Keeping your core engaged, take the medicine ball and slam it down…

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