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  • The temptations that come with working in a kitchen...

    My job means that I am around food ALOT!

    In the kitchen the chef, the other waitresses and the pot washer munch constantly on chips. What does not help is, one of my fellow waitresses is not only a new mum (8 month old baby) but she is a naturally teeny size 6, and I have never seen anyone eat so much in my life.

    So I am fighting temptation constantly. The good news is, all the walking that comes with waitressing and bar work means my 10,000 steps a day challenge is going well, as I walk a lot! I walk after a two year old, a 23 year old and customers at work. All of this walking means that I am pulling in just under 11,000 steps per day, well and truly meeting my 10,000 steps a day challenge.

    So this means that I should be able to maintain my weight quite well. So I will be moving on to toning!

    I will of course be focusing on my swiss ball, I am going to once again hit You Tube for more video inspiration, as I did with the belly dancing.

    So back to me fighting temptation, if you want to fight temptation when it comes to food, remember that cravings last at the most ten minutes. Your cravings are in your head, not in your stomach!

  • The Skinny Blog Week Beginning July 12th Summary...

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    Lower Calorie Consumption Can Extend Your Life Expectancy
    Research has shown that lowering your calorie consumption by 30% can extend your life expectancy by up to 25 years! Click to read more.

    Get Rid Of Your Cellulite Diet Review
    Can a simple exercise progam really rid you of cellulite completely? Click to read more.

    Walking or Biking to Work for Better Fitness
    Improving your over all health and fitness can be as simple as walking or biking to work. Read more about how to meet your weight loss goals through walking/biking and how The NHS 10,000 steps a day challenge can help you.

    The Health Benefits of Both Meat Eating and Vegetarianism
    Risks come with each dietary choice, but which ones? Click to read more about how your meat eating or veggie eating habits can affect your over all health.

    Review of 'The Skinny Bitch' Diet Book
    Not exactly a big hit with The Skinny Blog, but worth a review/read anyway!

    The Return of Bridget Jones
    My favorite fictional size 14 will be hitting our screens late next year as she makes a bid to fall pregnant in her forties.

    The 10,000 Steps A Day Challenge
    How I will be using the 10,000 steps a day challenge to maintain my new body.

    How Grapefruits Burn Fat
    More dieting science at its best, it turns out grapefruits really can help you lose weight!

    The 3 Day Diet Review
    I am about to begin a 3 day review of, the 3 day diet!

  • NWA Flight Attendants Demand a Size 28 Dress...

    NWA flight attendants (NWA is now owned by Delta) are demanding that the size of their dresses is extended from a size 18 maximum (UK 22) to a size 28 (UK 32).

    I know I criticise the need for sizes designed to fit those who are morbidly obese on a regular basis, but that is because morbidly obese is no better than being seriously underweight. However, this for me falls in to a whole different issue.

    Flight attendants are much more than just pretty ladies designed to hand us our tea and coffee, they must also be trained in health and safety and be physically able to assist others in the case of a crash or emergency landing on either land or water. So my view is they really should not be a size 22, let alone 32. Controversial? No. It is about health and safety, can a size 22 woman or man act with speed in a compressed space during dangerous situations? I doubt it.

    My mother in law works for a British airline who are quite strict regarding the waist lines of their attendants. Not to the extent where every flight looks like a cat walk show, they have up to UK 16/18's. But health and safety is taken in to consideration before anything else, surely that should be the case everywhere?

  • The Skinny Blog Review of...The 3 Day Diet

    I have received one or two emails regarding 'The 3 Day Diet' and a few review requests over the past couple of weeks, so I thought I would review The 3 Day Diet.

    The 3 Day Diet is neither backed up by a clinic or book, so how it exists or has continued to exist, no one is quite sure. There are various rumours that float around regarding its origin, including the story that American army men use it to lose weight fast and the tale of models using it before run way shows.

    This is the 3 day diet meal plan:

    Day 1:

    Breakfast: Black Coffee, 1/2 grapefruit or juice and 1 piece of toast with 1 tsp peanut butter.

    Lunch: 1/2 cup of tuna, 1 piece of toast, 1 black coffee

    Dinner: 3 ounces of lean meat, 1 cup of green beans, 1 cup of carrots, 1 apple and 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream.

    Day 2:

    Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 black coffee, 1/2 banana, 1 piece of toast

    Lunch: 1 cup of cottage cheese/tuna, 8 saltine crackers

    Dinner: 2 beef franks, 1 cup of brocolli, 1/2 cup of carrots, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream

    Day 3:

    Breakfast: Black coffee or tea, 5 saltine crackers, 1 ounce of cheddar cheese, 1 apple

    Lunch: Black coffee, 1 boiled egg, 1 piece of toast

    Dinner: 1 cup of tuna, 1 cup of carrots, 1 cup of brocolli, 1 cup of melon, 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

     

    The three day diet does not include any exercise, it requires you to meet the daily recommended quota of 8 glasses of water a day and absolutely no substitutes can be made.  The diet claims to help you lose 10 lbs. So, after consulting a dietician, I am embarking on the diet. I have been advised that it is not sustainable long term, as the main reason why you lose 10 lbs is due to calorie restrictions. Due to this it is a 'short term fix' and will inevitably result in weight gain afterwards, which is fine by me. I will be coupling the diet with a sensible eating programme afterwards (namely my meditarranean diet) to prove that weight gain is inevitable even with sensible eating. I am testing this diet following requests, as I am lucky enough to know people who can advise me for free and help me stay safe whilst diet testing, I would not recommend that anyone tries this on a whim and that all pre-existing health conditions are taken in to consideration prior to trying any diet.

  • The Fat Burning Qualities of Grapefruits

    Ever since the popular 70's diet 'The Grapefruit Diet' emmerged and began helping women lose weight, the fat burning qualities of Grapefruits has been disputed.

    Although The Grapefruit diet is not an advisable diet to follow (I have tried and tested it, I felt very ill), there is apparently some truth behind the statement that grapefruits can help you burn fat.

    Naringenin, the flavonoid found in citrus fruits, can help burn fat when eaten after a meal containing fat. A study conducted on mice has found that those who consume higher amounts of naringenin are less likely to become obese than those who don't. This same study has led researchers to believe that the long term benefits of consuming more naringenin could also see a lower chance of diabetes developing in obese individuals.

    This has made me consider upping my grapefruit consumption. I aim to eat my 5 a day (and more) so it may not hurt to add 1/2 a grapefruit in each day.

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