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The best anti aging products to use before you get old

In the fashion and modelling world, looks can be everything – but even in everyday life, looks can be very important. When you first see someone, at least 90% of your opinion of them is based on the way they look, and if they look old, you’re going to think they are old.

The problem with that is being old and looking old are too entirely different things. Exercise and diet can make you look younger – if you are overweight, dropping 20lbs or more can make you look 10 years younger.

But the fact of the matter is that we often need a helping hand. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the best anti aging products you can try:

Cleansers – if you have healthy looking skin, you’ll look younger. Skin that is clogged up with old makeup, dead cells, and other day-to-day debris will not look at its best, so a cleanser product is essential.

Moisturizer – radiant looking skin needs to be hydrated, and a good moisturizer will help further by enhancing the natural elasticity of your skin. Young skin = stretchy skin. Properly hydrated skin will also reduce the appearance of wrinkles, so using a decent moisturizer is certainly worthwhile. Make sure you choose the right type of moisturizer for your skin type – oily, dry, normal, etc – by checking your t-zone late in the day. Whatever type of skin your t-zone is showing by evening, that’s most likely the type of skin you have.

Facial masks and peels – spread them on your face, and peel them off. What’s the benefit? Moisturization and the removal of dead cells. Simple!

Anti-wrinkle creams – many anti-wrinkle creams are just well promoted moisturizer, but some have “special ingredients” to help disguise wrinkles, and use the term “lifting” which is to indicate the skin will be tightened by the application of the product. Your mileage may vary dependent on the elasticity of your skin and the depth of the wrinkles.

Night creams – related to anti-wrinkle creams and moisturizers, night creams are designed to be left on overnight

Eye creams and gels – wrinkles and crows feet around your eyes often make you look older, even if they have been caused by a lifetime of laughter. The skin around the eyes is thinner than the rest of the face, and so needs special attention. Care must always be taken when applying, as due to the thinness of the skin, it is easy to damage. Hydration, as always, helps.

Exfoliation – basically giving your face a gentle scrub to remove dead cells. Whilst this may improve the appearance, be careful in cold weather – exfoliating too much may cause damage to your skin. The same also applies to extremely sunny weather, as exfoliation can leave your skin exposed to the damaging rays from the sun.

Quick tips:

  • Drink lots of water
  • Don’t stay in the sun too long
  • Don’t forget your neck – wrinkles are often more visible there than on your face
  • Get some vitamin C!

What are Raspberry Ketones?

The latest supplement to hit the market for weight loss are raspberry ketones. Studies have shown raspberry ketones hinder the growth of fat while simultaneously boosting metabolism – however, most studies have been conducted on mice rather than humans.

That is not to say that many people have not had a positive effect with the use of raspberry ketone supplements. Indeed, many have lost a considerable amount of weight in a short space of time – this may be down to the effects of the supplement, but may also be a partial placebo effect.

Raspberries have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties, and like all berry fruits are generally considered good for your health. The raspberry ketone supplements currently on the market include raspberry extract, but also often other ingredients such as green tea extract – and green tea is known to aid weight loss.

The combination of several natural weight loss extracts should lead to en enhanced weight loss supplement, and if the testimonials are to be believed this seems to be true.

The testimonials consolidate the opinion that drastic changes can be made in a short amount of time, but as with all diets and diet supplement, your mileage may vary as every body is different. A key to the raspberry ketone weight loss is to also incorporate physical activity in to your daily life, and to eat a healthy diet – both of which are proven to aid weight loss in any case!

The direct results of the use of raspberry ketones as part of a weight or fat loss program have not been fully confirmed in humans, and any evidence is anecdotal at best. However, even as a placebo, if the use of raspberry ketones is married with a change in lifestyle including daily exercise, there should be a recomposition of the body and a noticeable loss of fat.

As an advisory note, any raspberry ketone product containing only natural ingredients should have no side effects, unless you are allergic to any of the component parts. Always check the label, and check with you physician, before commencing any radical change in diet or exercise, and before starting a course of supplements.

Is Forskolin Effective For Fat And Weight Loss

There’s a bit of a buzz at the moment around the herb coleus forskohlii, a member of the mint family. It contains a compound called forskolin, which is said to help with fat loss. But how does this work?

Forskolin activates an enzyme, adenylate cyclase, which in turn activates the lipoprotein lipase, which helps stored fat to be broken down and used as fuel for the body.

Studies have shown that in some subjects, forskolin does indeed help with fat loss – however, in other subjects, it has no discernible effect. While not causing any health problems or side effects, the use of forskolin does not seem to be a guaranteed path to weight loss.

Further clinical studies will need to be performed in order to determine the true effectiveness of the use of forskolin as a supplement, as data from just two small studies is not really indicative of anything. Comparisons would also need to be made against established supplements, such as green tea extract, in order to see if forskolin is more or less effective.

Other “miracle” fat loss products surface all the time – recently raspberry ketones have taken the spotlight. But just because something is popular or new, doesn’t make it worthwhile, useful or effective. As a disclaimer on a website selling forskolin capsules says, “This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

As always, the best route for losing weight is to watch what you eat and to get your body moving. This does not mean counting calories and joining a gym – it just means paying attention to what you eat and your eating habits, and not sitting still all day every day.

Does the Slacker Health Club recommend forskolin? No – there is currently no proven advantage to using forskolin over eating bacon. And we’d rather be eating bacon.

Running to lose weight

Physical activity, otherwise known as exercise, is a great way to start your journey to fat loss and weight loss. Running to lose weight has become the passion of many people, as it requires no equipment (other than maybe a good pair of running shoes) and you can fit it in to your lifestyle whenever and however you want.

As with all exercise, it’s best to consult with a qualified medical practitioner before launching yourself in to a marathon – but let’s look at the benefits, and how you can keep track of your progress.

As we know, moving around is the key to getting your body in tip-top condition. Running (or even walking for that matter) has the advantage that it easily uses your own bodyweight against itself. If a 300lb man runs a mile, he uses more energy than a 150lb man running that same mile, as he has to move twice as much weight the same distance. There’s a little more science to it than that, but the basic premise remains that the more weight you move, the more calories you burn.

“But it’s not all about calories!” – too right. When you are running, you start breathing harder, and your heart starts pumping harder. You wear down the muscles in your legs, and up through your back and stomach – it’s not just the leg muscles that cause you to move. In fact, you get quite close to a full body workout when you go for a run!

As the muscles are used (including the heart), the fibres within the muscles break down and are rebuilt over the next 24 to 48 hours. They are rebuilt stronger than before, which is part of the increase in your fitness levels. Your lungs get used to working at a higher capacity, and before you know it you are stronger, faster, fitter and healthier than before.

With the right diet incorporated as well, you will find that running to lose weight actually works. The body requires energy to move, and to rebuild the muscles. Where can it get this energy? From the food you eat, and from the fat stores located within your body.

Ever seen a fat marathon winner? There’s probably a reason for that.

Don’t expect drastic results. If you go running one day, don’t expect to have lost 10lbs by the following day, because it doesn’t work like that. You are in this for the long haul, and incorporating running as part of your routine will help you achieve your goals.

A Little Treadmill Action

So much for requiring no equipment! Depending on where you live, you might not want to go outdoors to run. You might have your own treadmill, or have access to one at a gym. Treadmills are fine, but not as much fun as going outdoors and seeing the world around you. For some, the compulsion to carry on is only evident when they are out in the natural world – essentially, you are going on a site-seeing run. Dragging yourself to the gym to look at the same four walls doesn’t have quite the same appeal, but each to his own – as long as you are moving and working towards your goals, keep going!

Keeping track of your progress

If you are running to lose weight, it makes sense that one of the things you would track is your weight – simple enough! But what might make it more interesting is to track your performance over time.

I use an app called RunKeeper. It runs on iPhones and Androids alike, and uses GPS to track your location. You simply tell it when you are starting, and tell it when you are finishing, and it tracks you the whole time. It can tell you how far uphill you have gone, your total distance, how fast you covered a mile, and show you a map of your exact route. It also lets you know when you have broken your own personal best records – most distance covered in a day or week, biggest hill climbed, and so on.

If you are just starting out, it’s not a necessity, but it certainly keeps you motivated – who wouldn’t want to race against their old self and beat them?

But there again, if you are just starting, you might be better looking at C25K – that’s “Couch to 5K“. It’s a simple training system to get you from being a complete couch potato (not moving at all) to being able to run a 5K race in just a few weeks. It’s very effective, and has users from all over the world – and by using RunKeeper, you could even race a 5K against yourself!

There are many options for exercise and fitness when you are trying to drop fat, but running to lose weight is one of the simplest ways to get fit, get healthy, and maybe have a bit of fun too.

Remember though, exercise is not an excuse for excess – just because you “burned off 500 calories on that run” it doesn’t mean you can eat a 500 calorie pizza as a reward, as it literally becomes a pointless exercise to go running.

So get out there and start running. I’ll see you at the finish line…I’ll be sat on a bench waiting for you….

Medical Weight Loss

What do you do when you’re overweight and think you’ve tried everything to drop some pounds? If you’re like most people, you’ll sit and cry for a while, contemplate your life choices, and start looking on the internet for another solution. But sometimes, you gotta give in to reality. You’re going to need some help.

What is medical weight loss?

It’s not drastic, like you might think it is. The word you probably got hung up on there was “medical”, which is nothing like the word “surgical”. Sure, surgery is an option, but medical weight loss is far more chill than that. It’s about getting a buddy to help, support, and guide you through what to eat and what not to eat. Except that buddy is a medical professional, rather than Little Joey from down the street. Hey, if you see Little Joey, ask him how is dog is. Last time, he’d got three legs.

The dog that is, not Little Joey.

How do I know if I need medical weight loss supervision?

My man, take a look at yourself. Are you overweight? Are you perhaps morbidly obese? It doesn’t matter. You can use this if you’re ten pounds overweight or five hundred pounds overweight. The whole thing is that you are accountable, and it’s kinda tailored to you. If you have a BMI of 30 or higher, it tends to be more beneficial as you have more weight to lose, but anyone can do it.

As this is a specialist area, they tend to measure your progress in different ways. Sure, you’ve got your overall poundage to look at, the size of your waist too, but you also have your body fat percentage – and that’s super important, because that measures exactly how -fat- you are. You could lose literally pounds of fat, and your waist might stay the same. I mean, it’s unlikely, but the thing you’re actually trying to do here is lose the fat from your body. Your muscles and bones and organs and all that kind of stuff can stay where it is, as it’s all quite useful. Excess fat? Not so much.

Can I get this on insurance?

Well, my friend, what you’ll find is that weight screening is usually covered by your insurance. That’ll tell you whether you need to do something with regards to your weight. But treatments for weight loss – any treatments – are often not covered. It depends entirely on your plan. So check the small print and call your provider if you need to find out. I can’t tell you. I haven’t seen your documents, let alone your medical records. I am not a doctor, and I’m not playing one on the internet either. I’m just a slacker, slacking away.

What can I expect?

Medical weight loss is usually manifested as proactive management of diet, fitness, and healthy behaviors, as supervised by a physician. There is often comprehensive metabolic testing to find out what will work best – but yeah, it’s normally food, a bit of exercise, and a lock on the cookie jar.

Is it Slacker-friendly?

I’ll tell you this – 80% of your weight loss is going to be down to your diet, so if you can stomach eating some different food to normal, then yeah, it’s Slacker-Friendly. But you’re going to want to put in a spot of exercise, just for the overall benefits – better mobility, better lung capacity, better circulation, and a bit more muscle. Did you know, muscles burn a lot of energy while they just sit there doing nothing? So the more muscles you have, the more fat you burn off. The body is amazing, and muscles are Slackers. So there you go.



Apple Cider Vinegar for weight loss

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from either cider or apple must. Used as a dressing and in all the usual ways you might expect a vinegar to be used, it has long been reputed to have weight loss benefits. But is it true?

Recent research indicates that it may be true after all. In mice, it has been shown that consuming acetic acid causes a reduction in the amount of body fat stored – and acetic acid is the active ingredient in apple cider vinegar.

In humans, a Japanese experiment showed that drinking 30ml of apple cider vinegar a day caused a weight reduction of around 4lbs compared to a control group. While not a great loss, a proportion of this was visceral fat reduction with minimal exercise.

It seems as though apple cider vinegar is not a magic bullet and will not make you drop 50lbs in a week, but it may give you a little help. If the 4lb loss above repeated over further 12 week periods, it would result in a loss of over 16lbs in a year with no discernible change in your eating habits (other than an extra drink a day) and no extra exercise.

It is worth bearing in mind that the human body has a certain tolerance for such acidic drinks – high consumption of vinegar can cause osteoporosis among other problems, and it may affect insulin levels – if you are diabetic, consult a doctor before trying apple cider vinegar. You may also want to remember the effect that acid has on your teeth, too!

Using bottled vinegar is also deemed to be more effective than usings tablets. The tablets vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and contain different amounts of vinegar – while you may want one tablet from one manufacturer, you might need ten from another. Additionally, a study by the FDA in 2005 discovered that several brands of apple cider vinegar supplements contained…absolutely no apple cider vinegar!

As always, cooking and drinking home made fresh food and drink is probably your best chance at achieving sustainable weight loss.

Acupuncture for weight loss

Obesity rates are rising across the country (and the world) at an alarming pace. Not only that, they are increasing rapidly in my general area. In this very seat. But hey, are you currently overweight and long to lose your excess weight? Have you gotten discouraged from rigid diet restrictions and exhausting exercise regimens? Most overweight individuals – and that includes you, Slackernaut – usually give up before they see any weight loss. The internet says that more and more people are opting to get acupuncture for weight loss. Ha. What?

Acupuncture is apparently an ancient remedy for many health problems. This ancient Asian weight loss treatment has allegedly helped countless people going back thousands of years. This ancient art is now commonly practiced in the western world. If you are overweight and want an easy way to shed those excess pounds, consider consulting with a chiropractor or licensed acupuncture specialist to learn more specific acupuncture details. Note: they don’t poke you with needles and suck out the fat through the hole. Or so I’m told.

Benefits of Using Acupuncture for Weight Loss

The causes of being overweight are numerous. Most of them are down to sitting on your ass and stuffing your face. Deal with it. Certain medicines are known to cause weight gain, but let’s be honest, certain donuts are too. Endocrine issues sometimes result in weight problems, as do nugget issues. This is especially true with some thyroid disorders, and drive-thrus. This neck gland controls the secretion of different hormones, and when its function is out of whack, people may notice unwanted extra pounds. Or sometimes they don’t notice, but they have the extra pounds anyway. Chinese healers developed acupuncture treatments that many claim are still very effective. Usually, the acupuncturist inserts tiny needles just under the skin surface, and the patient can just relax for 30 minutes after needle insertion.

Acupuncture targets many root causes of obesity. Generally, these needles are strategically places on the ear, specifically on four ear points – the stomach point, hunger point, endocrine point and the Shen Men point. Acupuncture is thought to strengthen and correct body energy disturbances that may cause illness, pain, stress and extreme fatigue. Life energy is called Qi, which is a bit like Spanish for “what?”, and acupuncture seeks to harness this energy and improve body system energy flow. When acupuncture is used for weight reduction, the needle targeted area is thought to influence the hypothalamus. This is located in the brain, and it regulates hormones, the endocrine system and more. Acupuncture seeks to balance the body systems that have been unbalanced before.

Reasons to Choose Acupuncture as a Weight Loss Treatment

Having acupuncture sessions is much easier than other weight loss plans. It can actually be relaxing to undergo this treatment, but it seems weird to even be sat in the waiting room. I’m here to get a needle stuck in me so I can get smaller…what am I, a balloon? But this is a terrific weight loss method for busy/lazy individuals that don’t have a lot of extra time. It is also fantastic for individuals that hate normal dieting and hard exercise routines – that means you, Slackernauts. Acupuncture is alleged to work even when other weight loss remedies have failed. If you are one of the scores of people either too busy, not motivated enough or have failed at traditional diet programs and various exercise workouts, acupuncture could be the exact weight loss treatment program that your body craves. These acupuncture sessions are only approximately one hour long. Thirty minutes of that time will be spent just unwinding, staying still. Anyone can work this easy weight loss treatment schedule into their slack lifestyles. It is usually recommended to keep regular weekly sessions for about 10 weeks.

This simple but effective weight loss treatment, targets obesity hormones and neuro-chemicals that cause hunger pangs, food initiation response, appetite and those processing nutrient chemicals responsible for digesting and breaking down fats. There are also natural hormones like ghrelin and leptin that acupuncture affects. Ghrelin is the hormone responsible for your meal initiation prompts, while leptin is the hormone directly responsible for metabolism and fat storage. These triggers are what cause people to desire food, and unchecked appetite response cravings cause individuals to eat more. If the metabolism drive is low, the body will store the excess fat by way of leptin.

Recommended Guide to Losing Weight by Utilizing Acupuncture

Complete the full recommended acupuncture sessions for the best overall weight loss results. Typically, these short sessions are scheduled once a week for ten weeks. This time-frame enables the effective body responses necessary for a healthy weight loss outcome. Individuals wanting acupuncture should seek a qualified acupuncturist. Most acupuncturists that perform this weight loss treatment will encourage their clients to modify their lifestyle habits. When acupuncture is paired with healthy meals in moderate proportions, the results are quicker and will be longer lasting as well. It doesn’t hurt to add some regular exercise program into your acupuncture weight loss plan, but I don’t feel it’s necessary. Do you?

The reasons that acupuncture works are that this procedure is a multi-level approach to safe, easy and impressively effective weight loss. If you are a person with an endocrine issue like thyroid problems or diabetes, acupuncture may improve the symptoms associated with these conditions. It doesn’t cure thyroid disorders or diabetes, but acupuncture has been known to increase energy and curbs hunger pangs that tend to cause overeating that results in obesity. Opening up the body energy flow with acupuncture has been reported to make people feel healthier overall.

What to Expect from Acupuncture Treatments

When performed by a qualified acupuncture specialist, this weight loss regime is far simpler than other weight loss options. You can expect a boost of your natural metabolism which generally leads to the body’s normal response of breaking down and excreting excess fat build up. Most acupuncture patients do not mind the needle insertion process at all. Many patients say that this treatment is unbelievably relaxing. While some individuals think that the session costs are too expensive, most feel the fantastic results outweighs any cost concerns. Many diet programs and intensive exercise classes cost a lot more that these 10 sessions of acupuncture therapy. Since hunger pangs are targeted, individuals can expect to not feel hungry all of the time. Many patients also report increased alertness and higher energy after acupuncture treatments.

Many doctors are recommending Acupuncture therapy for their obese patients. If you are looking for a holistic weight loss regimen that does not require strenuous exercise, or ineffective diet plans, then acupuncture is likely a good fit for your weight loss needs. There are no preparations for the treatments, and individuals that utilize acupuncture lose weight without undue stress.

Two week update

Nah, I’ve not even booked a session yet. Just don’t like the idea of some guy sticking me with a needle. You might like it thought. Let me know if it is a success for you.