Most people consider exercise an important part of losing weight but might they be expecting too much?
There is now mounting evidence that slimmers won't necessarily derive much benefit from pounding the treadmill and a compilation of over 60 studies confirms this view.
The main shortcomings of exercising for weight loss are:
- Starting from scratch it will take a long while, months or even years, to build up to a meaningful contribution.
- Exercise is often followed up by a recovery period and resting obviously negates some or all of that extra energy expenditure. Can you be sure that more calories have been used up going to the gym, compared to a normal busy day?
- Burning more calories : consuming less calories, are just opposite sides of the same coin. Both involve going hungry and succumbing to a single snack bar after a workout may be all it takes to nullify all of the previous hour's efforts.
There's still time to catch up and see 'The Truth About Slim People', Channel 4, 8th November. A programme about weight loss that's a bit more science based for a change!
Two slim individuals were followed around to see how they did it and for those who don't have time to see for themselves the highlights were.....
The participants had a low alcohol intake (an obvious one).
They didn't eat late in the day.
Their diet was auto-balancing. In other words, times of excess were instinctively followed by corresponding periods of deprivation. Eating was primarily a response to stomach, not mouth hunger.
Exposure to our celestial friend can have a downside so now’s a good time to tackle any unfortunate consequences that may have arisen.......replace some moisture, clean up some uneven skin tone, add a bit more sparkle even.........in essence, now the children are off your hands, you definitely need to lay back and enjoy a comprehensive facial treatment.
The last nine months have zipped through a bit sharpish and thoroughly refreshed Laura will be rejoining the team in just 2 weeks; which is handy because it coincides with our seasonal demand for MD facial expertise. MD products, you may recall, use glycolic based products to deliver benefits exactly where they’re needed....really, really dippy deeply.
Naturally, all our usual facial treatments are still available but to synchronise with Laura’s return, only through October, we’ve put together an absolute bargain £17.00 taster ‘Moisture Quench’ MD facial which fits neatly into a 30 minute slot during a lunch break.
Incorporating cleanse, scrub, hot towels, mask, serum, eye crème, SPF and lip balm. Alternatively, you might like to buy the products for use at home for around £700 (OK, I’ve exaggerated a bit).
Please don’t arrive late because we won’t have time to complete the treatment and it will be embarrassing walking home with the mask on!
Summer and laser hair removal don't mix too well and there's an increased risk of temporary pigmentation of skin that has an active tan.
It's OK if high factor suncream is applied but this can sometimes be inconvenient.
The warmth of the sun may seem a long way off but at least the gloom makes this the ideal opportunity to start laser treatment and there's still time to make a significant impact on areas of unwanted hair before summer arrives.
And with finances stretched after Christmas we thought we should get with the 'January Sale' programme and 3 sessions are now discounted by 25% up until the 26th January 2013.
As the song goes....you have to accen....tuate the positive!