Eat like a warrior

Want to keep your energy levels up throughout the day? Sheena-Lauren ‘s Warrior Recipes will help you refuel and stay energised. Chocolate protein and coconut porridge BEST FOR: A mini boost before an end-of-day workout or if you need something in your tummy pre-early morning workout. (Sheena-Lauren recommends fasted morning workouts, but if you can’t fathom powering through without something to nibble, bite off a bit of brekkie and save…

January 21, 2016

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…

October 26, 2015

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…

October 25, 2015

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…

October 11, 2015

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….

October 1, 2015

What’s Wrong With This “Amazing” Weight Loss Story? Everything.

August 7, 2015

Friendly reminder: Not all before-and-after pictures are legit. Yesterday, BuzzFeed Life wrote about a recent story on a Web site called The Chive that featured “amazing” stories of dramatic weight loss. Unfortunately, not all of the transformation photos The Chive shared were represented correctly: The image above right (which has since been removed from The Chive’s article) is of Anne Marie Sengillo, of Cincinnati, while she was suffering from anorexia. She had posted the photos…


How to Eat Sugar to Lose Weight

August 6, 2015

Nope, you don’t have to ditch the sweet stuff altogether to reach your weight-loss goals. Okay, so mowing down a brownie after every meal isn’t going to do anything great for your weight-loss efforts (or health, for that matter)—but we’re pretty sure you know that. What you might not be aware of is that you don’t have to completely eliminate sugar from your diet to slim down. After all, healthy…


The Exercise and Eating Plan I Used to Drop More Than 200 Pounds

August 5, 2015

Steal the moves that helped get Desiree Richards major results Before: 388 After: 173 The Lifestyle Growing up, food was my friend. I had a bit of a rocky childhood. My parents divorced when I was little, my mom passed away when I was 10, and I lived with my dad and stepmom, who was extremely controlling. While I was living with them, my stepmom kept a close eye on the…


See How This Woman Shut Down Haters Who Didn’t Believe Her Weight Loss

August 4, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words—and recently, a woman from New Zealand showed that they can be pretty damn effective at shutting down haters, too. Simone Anderson, a 24-year-old freelance hair and makeup artist, says she went from 373 pounds to 185 pounds in 11 months through a combination of eating well, working out, and weight-loss surgery. Simone documented the whole thing on Instagram and Facebook, picking up tens…


How to burn belly fat

August 3, 2015

No, you can’t spot-target belly (or any site-specific) fat, but you can mitigate conditions that favour storage of fat in the abdominal region while maximising overall body fat loss. Here’s how. 1. Exercise:  Anaerobic interval training (short, sharp sprints) demands metabolic adaptation, meaning the body is forced to burn fat to maintain high intensity. As a fringe benefit, it also increases energy use for more than 24 hours post-workout. In…