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Losing weight is not something you can do overnight. It takes a lot of time and effort to appear and become your ideal size. Nevertheless there are tricks that you can adopt to make you look slimmer than you really are. Incorporate these fashion tips next time you pick an outfit.

1. Keep everything under wrap.

Choosing the right underwear helps in keeping everything in place. Make sure your bra is the correct size and fit not only to give you that proper support but  accentuate your natural gifts. Also give body shapers and hosiery a go to keep those tummy rolls in check.

2. Use the magic of Line & Color.

Clothing with thin to medium vertical stripes that are closely placed together have been long used to create the illusion of height. It also proves to make one appear slimmer. Dark colors have a similar effect. One trick is to wear dark skirt or pants with a lighter colored blouse. But do keep color contrast limited lest the look gets confusing.

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3. Observe proper proportion.

People naturally tend to wear loose clothing and even a size larger than what they actually are in the hopes of hiding those problem spots. But this practice will only make you look larger. So always choose your right size and compliment it with proper underwear or body shapers mentioned in tip number 1. Also stay away from heavy fabric as they add weight, literally and figuratively. Select your accessories wisely too as holding a tiny bag will make you look bigger as it is not in proportion to you. The same goes for brooches and jewelry.

4. Make the shoe fit.

Many tend to forget that everything from top to toe matter in creating the perfect illusion. And a great pair of shoes to suit your outfit can create wonders. Avoid chunky and rounded toe styles and instead opt for heeled pairs with a thin sole and pointed toe. Of course make sure your toes aren’t sticking out. The more of your feet you show, the longer your legs will look as a line is visually created. Ankle straps and flat shoes are therefore not the best.

5. Smile and Pose.

Feel happy and confident or at least try to. A good posture makes a lot of difference and so does a contagious smile as you attract attention to your face rather than your body. Keep your back straight to make you taller and let your outfit drape on you properly. You may be wearing the correct style of clothing but if you look tired and unhappy then the illusion is shattered. Raise your face a little for photographs to hide double chin.

So there you go!  Keep the illusion going while you are still waiting on those pounds to melt away.

Jessy Troy is a new mom struggling to lose weight and feel tiny. She blogs on sudden weight loss and healthy meals.

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My Wife The Weight Loss Superstar!

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My wife really is a weight loss superstar; at least in my eyes anyway. She has struggled with her weight for years, but in the last few months she has managed to bring it right under control. I’d love her just the same no matter what weight she was; it wasn’t like she was that heavy. It is great to see her so happy and confident though, and this time it seems that she really will keep her weight under control. I’ve seen her try and fail before, but there really is something different about this current attempt.

In the past my wife has tried one fad diet after another. She will also go on these fitness frenzies where she will work really hard for a few weeks, but then end up getting injured. Her recent attempt though at losing weight was a lot more controlled; instead of just cutting down on her food or overdoing it with exercise she has instead made life changes. She has made a few changes to her diet, and just goes for a walk in the evenings. Her progress losing the weight has been slower than other attempts, but she has now reached her ideal weight. In the past when she hit this magic number she would return to her old ways, but this time she is just continuing with the current life changes and it now seems to take no effort on her part.

My wife has done well, and hopefully there will be no more worry about her weight. As well as making her more confident it is probably going to be better for her health. She has been a great inspiration for me and although my weight isn’t a problem she has inspired me to make other changes in my life – including giving up coffee.

I think that my wife is a good example for other people who are struggling to keep their weight down. She is proof that you can make it work even if you have failed many times in the past. The secret isn’t anything to drastic or any type of fad died or fitness regime, but instead the way to do it is to make simple changes that you will be able to keep. I think some people do worry too much about a bit of extra weight, but if losing it can make people feel better about themselves I suppose it’s worth it.

Musa is a guest blogger for Tony Ferguson, he absolutely loves the internet and is a tech geek at heart.

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Easy Ways For Women To Lose Belly Fat Fast!

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Women are particularly conscious of their belly. Aside from the fact that we like wearing bikinis during the summer, we tend to wear body- hugging outfits more than men. The problem with women is that our metabolism slows down as we grow older. Metabolism is responsible for burning fat, which is necessary in having a flat belly. We are also very sensitive to the hormonal changes that occur in our body. A little shift in our hormone level, and we get stressed out. Unknown to a lot of people, stress is one of the biggest causes for big bellies. Another glitch in the woman’s body is that we have fewer muscle tissues than men, making it harder for us to lose belly fat fast. If you’ve been trying all sorts of things to have a flat belly, here are some tips on how to lose belly fat fast for women.

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK

Whether you are a career woman or a stay- at- home mom, I’m sure you have a lot of stress factors in your life. Since stress contributes towards a big belly, you might want to give yourself a break every once in a while.  It doesn’t have to be something grand. Sometimes, a ten minute break away from the noise the kids make is enough. Stretch, close your eyes and relax a moment or two on your bed. You can also play a little of music if that relaxes you.

ADAPT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

For some, the goal of having a flat belly is an on-off thing. You want it one day, and you don’t care the next. Having a flat belly is not an easy task, and you’d need to give it all if you are serious about it. You’d hear from a lot of people that you’d need to go on a diet if you want to lose your belly fat, but that’s not all that you need to do—it’s just the first. You also need to quit drinking, and only drink on occasion. You’d also need to take a lot of rest but push yourself when it comes to working out.

COMMITMENT

As pointed above, you’d need to be committed if you want to lose belly fat fast. Stick to your diet, and work out religiously. Committing is a big issue for a lot of women, especially those who have a job or have kids to take care of. Imagining the body that you want or sticking a picture of a sexy woman up on the wall may also help you stay focused.

Chris is a contributor for how to lose belly fat, a web resource dedicated in helping you lose the nasty fat from the belly.

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Fitness for everyoneHave you been hoping to get fit, but you feel like you are so far away from your weight loss goal that it is impossible? Have you spent the last several days searching for the perfect weight loss workout plan, looking for something that you feel able and ready to do? Maybe you have five pounds to lose, or twenty, or fifty, or a hundred or more, and you don’t know where to start to get back into shape. That is probably what led you here in the first place.

I am here to tell you a secret: there is no perfect weight loss workout plan. We all want something tailor made by an expert to suit us, but the truth is there is no magic go-to to help us slim down and tone up. We are all at different levels physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Getting fit takes strength of will and is hard work. Sometimes it can feel like an insurmountable task, rendering even a fantastic, personalized and expensive plan useless.

So, where do you begin? Wherever you like. The important thing to remember is that even a small effort in the beginning is a good one. Once you get started you will almost certainly struggle, and you will find yourself unable to do that much. But after a few weeks you will see your stamina building, and that effort will no longer be a challenge. So you will double it, then triple it, then add it to different workouts or activities. Where you start is not where you will end, so don’t worry about your beginning level.

There are some general rules you should follow to see it through:

  • Do something you enjoy. This is crucial, because if you do something you hate, you will find it almost impossible to do it every day you are supposed to. Hate running but like biking? The opt for a ride around the city rather than a jog. Like to swim? Find a community center with pool access on the cheap and do it in the morning before work, or in the evening before bed. If you like it, you will be more eager to do it, especially on those days where you don’t feel like doing much at all.
  • Do something to distract yourself. A workout goes much faster if you have something else to focus on. Bring along your MP3 player and listen to a book on tape or podcast, some talk radio or a blood pumping music playlist. Watch the televisions in the workout room or gym, or bring a media player that lets you watch movies or TV. Anything that keeps your mind focused away from the timer.
  • Do something with a friend. A spouse, a friend, a sibling, kids or just a workout buddy from a fitness group make great motivators. Have them exercise with you, or make it a fun group activity everyone can enjoy. If you have someone to hold you accountable, and for you to hold accountable in return, you are more likely to work out.
  • Do something different. Don’t restrict yourself to a single workout if you get bored. Some people like to follow a routine all the time, which is fine. But if you are like me you should mix things up to keep yourself from losing interest. Have a small arsenal of workouts to do on different days, such as running, biking, an in-gym workout, a swim, yoga and exercise videos. Do whatever feels good for that day.
  • Do a fitness class. Classes can be a lot of fun, and a great way to meet other health conscious friends. Zumba, pilates, yoga, spinning, water aerobics, salsa and hip hop dancing, martial arts, kickboxing…there are classes for people at every level and with any interests. With a gym membership you will usually have access to all classes, but you can also find community run classes around your city.
  • Do keep track of your progress (here is one fun free Twitter-based tool for that!). Whether you use a notebook, a chart or a website like Sparkpeople, you should keep track of your progress. How you do this is up to you; you can go by the scale, by inches, or just by how you feel at the end of a workout and how long you can go at what intensity. Whatever you decide, you should take some time to recognize how far you have come. It is the greatest motivation there is.

Resources

If you want a place to start, you can use any one of these websites to get you on the right track. They are appropriate for anyone, and you are sure to find something to meet your needs.

  • SparkPeople – A personal favorite, Sparkpeople is a comprehensive site with a fitness tracker, food diary, personal blogs, community groups, fitness videos (including the popular 10 – 15 minute workouts), recipes and articles. They also have a point system with trophies.
  • Bodyrock.tv – A website with a ton of fun and interesting workouts set to good music. Better for intermediate and advanced users, but with beginner options. This is a nice way to get in a workout without going anywhere.
  • Crossfit –  A great site for advanced fitness buffs. Crossfit has some of the more challenging workouts that I have found, which can be adapted well for your style. You can either do them alone, or by going to one of their licensed providers. They also have a great course for kids.
  • StickKNot fitness specific, StickK can be used to set and reach goals. The idea is based on a university study that found that people were more successful at reaching goals if they had something to lose. So you make a commitment, set stakes (as in laying cash down), and get going. If you don’t reach that goal you lose your money. Whether you want to quit smoking, lose weight or get fit, this is the way to do it.
  • Ross Training – A strength and conditioning blog. This forum is a great place to meet like-minded individuals and get advice and training tips.
  • Mark’s Daily Apple – A blog written by Mark Sisson about health, nutrition, fitness and the industry.

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This is a guest post by Jessy Troy who tries to find her own perfect plan (and loves discovering great free tools for that)! She blogs on trainer fitness and dreams of a fitness body!

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4 Weight Loss Facts You Should Know About

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You might be a health buff who thinks you know everything when it comes to topics that involve weight loss and fitness. However, the following facts might be something that you still haven’t heard of or would be too outrageous for you to even believe. Here are some interesting healthy weight loss reports that you might want to include in your “weight loss fact list”.

Fact #1 Women Gain More Weight Than Men When Living Together

Your DVD collection won’t be the only thing growing if you move in with your man. Cohabiting tends to make men healthier- but women heavier. According to a recent research about the influence that live-in partners have on each other’s eating behaviors, they found that lads tend to eat more healthfully after the move, but women less so – thereby packing on the pounds. Why? Probably because women start eating more like their men. Women might compromise and buy white bread if that’s all what their partners will eat. Can’t agree on chow choices with your new roomie? Try smaller packages of the food you each like: a half-gallon of whole milk for him and a skim for her; ice cream for him, Skinny Cow pops for her.

Fact #2 Quit Meat And Gain Less Weight As You Grow Up

Move over, bacon! Quitting meat can help prevent weight gain as you grow up. A group of researchers followed the weight of nearly 22,000 meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans for 5 years. Everyone put on a few pounds, but the carnivores who gave up meat during the course of the study gained less than any other group.

It makes sense: Animal protein is full of saturated fats. And fiber-rich carbs (like whole-grain bread, fruits, and veggies) can give you an energy-burning boost because calories from complex carbs are used quickly rather than stored fat. Not ready to ban beef? Include more grains and legumes in your diet to help burn calories efficiently.

Fact #3 Calories Do Matter

A calorie is a calorie, right? Not really. Choosing foods rich in vitamins and nutrients (like fiber, protein, and complex carbs) over ones that have the same caloric content but fewer nutrients can help you lose weight: Calorie for calorie, they keep you fuller longer. Make these food swaps and tame your tummy.

  • Instead of having half a cup of corn, have 3 cups of asparagus instead. Both have 75 calories but the latter has folate, Vitamins A and K.
  • Instead of snacking on 1 oz of pretzels, have 1 large apple instead. Both snacks contain around 100 calories each but apple has fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.
  • Instead of having 5-oz of roasted chicken breast for lunch, shift to 5-oz of salmon fillet. Both would approximately account to 300 calories each, but the fish has folate, magnesium, niacin, and potassium.

Fact #4 Motivation Is Still The Key

Exercising just to trim your figure may make you exercise less. A group of researchers surveyed 59 women and found that the 26 who sweats for the sole purpose of shedding weight or toning up attended the most exercise classes. But they actually spent 40 percent less time exercising overall than women who were active because it made them feel good, was good for their health, or relieved stress. Your new mini may motivate you to initiate a workout program, but your discipline might waver if you’re driven by unrealistic expectations and you associate exercise with hatred of your body.

Our suggestion: Try combining fitness and pleasure: Watch your favorite TV series while you walk a mile or two in your treadmill or pedal a good distance in a stationary bike.

Losing weight is like pumping air in a balloon. If you put too little air, the effect is close to nothing and it’s just a waste of energy. Pumping too much air on the other hand, would cause it to burst. So, take it one step at a time and apply the tips and tricks that could help you along the way.

Alex writes about healthy ways on how to lose weight fast. He strongly believes that this should be done using natural and safe methods. All his articles are easy to follow and are based on established research and personal experience.

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