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How To Get V Cut Abs Workouts and Diet

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                                                           (Photo Credit: Pakiholic) Many people find the transversus abdominis, or V cut shape at the obliques and hips very sexy. Workout enthusiasts strive for this coveted shape as it reflects dedication and hard work.  There are several factors to consider when trying to achieve the V cut shape. Genetics, diet, discipline, and training. You need to build a strong core with a lower ab and oblique focus. If you're serious about reaching the V cut shape goal, follow these tips and stay consistent. Exercises Body Up Start in a plank on your forearms shoulder-width apart and palms on the floor. Raise your body upwards and then lower and repeat.  Side Plank   Any variation of the plank is going to help tighten and strengthen your core. The side plank is an excellent exercise to help define your V cut abs.  Lie on your right side keeping your knees straight and propping your upper body with weight on your forearm.  Raise your hips and h

How To Do The Whole30 Diet

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                                   (Photo credit: Healthyweightforum.org ) The Whole30 Diet is a clean way of eating that is designed as a lifestyle change for those who desire optimal health. It's an excellent way to start off the new year. The Whole30 Diet can be hard to follow for many people who easily fall victim to temptation. The diet requires you to remove foods and beverages we've grown to love such as; sugar, alcohol, dairy, legumes, and grains. Don't' stop reading just yet! The great thing about this diet is you don't have to count calories and you shouldn't feel hungry. If you can stick to the diet, you will improve your health drastically and have a figure to match.  Benefits Of The Whole30 Diet By eliminating certain foods that have proven to make us feel crappy, you'll experience several benefits on the Whole30 diet including: * Weight loss * Clearer skin * Reduced digestive problems * Reduced headaches * Improvement in sleep * Increased energ

What To Eat On The Fertility Diet

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                                      (Photo credit: Shecares.com ) Many women struggle with getting pregnant due to several factors including age and fertility. In 1976, researchers performed a study on female patients between the ages of 30-55. The study required the women to adjust their diets in a way that increased ovulation thus improving their chances of getting pregnant. The diet focused on consuming plant proteins, whole grains, and "good" fats which improved the patient's egg supply. The females who stuck to a diet of red meat, soda, and "bad" fats showed a higher risk of infertility by producing fewer eggs.  How To Follow The Fertility Diet The diet is backed by research with 10-steps that help boost fertility especially, in women who suffer from fibroids, ovulation disorders, damaged fallopian tubes, polycystic ovary syndrome (POS), uterine polyps, immune disorders, and endometriosis. The goal of the fertility diet is to stick to plant-based proteins

What Is A Liquid Facelift

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                                   (Photo credit: Fundamentalsmedspa.com ) A liquid facelift is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that adds volume to the face. In less than an hour, your wrinkles will have filled in and your skin will look more refreshed and youthful.  It also restores your natural contours giving you a rested and energized appearance. As we age, our skin begins to sag both in the eyelids and lower areas of the face. Some may also experience discoloration and loss of suppleness. By the age of 30, collagen production decreases dramatically and it shows on our skin. A liquid facelift can slow the signs of aging and stimulate the production of new collagen helping us look younger longer.  What Is A Liquid Facelift?  While it has facelift in the name, a liquid facelift is not the same as a surgical facelift and won't give you the same results. Liquid facelifts also have no effect on the neck. This procedure is best suited for men and women in their late 20's to ear

Top 10 Foods That Prevent Clogged Arteries

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                                                 (Photo credit: Healthline.com) It's so important to prevent plaque buildup in your artery walls. Once it's too late, you run the risk of heart attack or stroke, and require invasive treatment. When our blood vessels and arteries are clear, blood can flow fluidly through our body and fuel all of its functions. When the arteries become clogged, inflammation can occur in the body. Blockages can be formed, break apart, and cause a heart attack or eventually, heart disease. The good news is, there are natural ways you can prevent clogged arteries from plaque buildup and lower your cholesterol. Lowering your BMI, exercising, and avoiding cholesterol-rich foods can prevent plaque in the artery walls. Common sense is to quit smoking and limit alcohol and sugar consumption to start. Here is a list of the best foods to add to your daily diet to reduce the risk of the number one killer, heart disease.  I can personally attest to this list.

What Is Dry Brushing?

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                 (Photo credit: Thankyourbody.com ) One of the growing trends in beauty is dry brushing your skin. Detoxifying and exfoliating is always a great way to take care of your skin. So what is dry brushing? Dry brushing can take your skin to a whole other level of smoothness and wrinkle-free. It's also known to stimulate lymphatic drainage increasing blood flow to the face and body. Dry brushing isn't complicated, it's exactly as it sounds. You take a coarse brush and gently use it against your skin. It will help remove dead skin cells and flush out toxins from the body.  Dermatologist Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin from New York told SELF magazine "gently brushing the skin is a form of physical exfoliation, meaning it can slough away dead skin, leaving it smoother. When you exfoliate on dry skin, the friction is increased as opposed to when the skin is wet. When the friction is increased, exfoliation is more effective." Exfoliating dry skin enhances the ra

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) With Brow Lift

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      (Photo credit: Dr. Guy Massry) Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is ideal for those who need a lift around the eyes without a facelift. It's a more natural way to go by removing saggy skin from the eyelids and lightly lifting the brow. Eyelid surgery is ideal for those who have "hooded eyes" (like the first picture above) due to genetics or aging. Eyelid surgery will give you a fresher appearance without changing the expression of your eyes. During the procedure, your surgeon can also remove excess skin from the lower eyelid making bags appear less prominent.    Most men and women notice a change around the eyes when they reach their mid-thirties or early forties. It's best to address this early so you can avoid the need for fat removal at your lower eyelid bags and the upper eyelids will look more natural.  How Blepharoplasty And Brow Lifts Work                                                  (Photo credit: Dr. David Hidalgo) Your surgeon makes incisions within

What Is Afterburn And How To Maximize It

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   (Photo credit: Instantknockout.com ) When you make the most out of your workouts and go hard, you'll reap the benefits of your afterburn. Afterburn is also known as EPOC (post-exercise oxygen consumption). This means after an intense workout, your body consumes an increased level of oxygen and calories it needs to recover from working out. A high-intensity workout raises your metabolism and stays heightened for a longer period of time. This is the afterburn, and the more you generate the more weight you will lose. So how do you generate the most afterburn? Best Workouts To Maximize Afterburn Cardio, duration, and intensity are key when it comes to EPOC and afterburn. Strength training and your fitness level will also come into play. Many believe that just two short 20-minute workouts like HIIT training at a high intensity create the most afterburn compared to one continuous workout. Here are the best 20-25 minute workouts that will maximize your calorie burn during and long afte

Beet Juice Recipes For Liver Cleanse

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                                 (Photo Credit: Draxe.com ) The liver is the most important organ in our body besides the heart. It doesn't get enough credit that it's due. Its job is to filter and break down what we put in our bodies while producing bile and glucose that we need to stay healthy. When we pollute ourselves with processed foods, toxins, and chemicals, our liver suffers and becomes taxed. It's important to cleanse our liver from time to time with healthy herbs, fruits, and vegetables.  These juice recipes will help naturally cleanse your liver and help its detox function and protect against oxidative stress.   Liver Cleansing Beet Juice Beets are one of the best vegetables you can eat to cleanse the liver and blood. They quickly help break down toxins and boost enzymatic activity. They are rich in vitamin C, potassium, iron, and fiber. They reduce blood pressure, treat inflammation, detoxify the liver, and improve blood flow.                                   

Plastic Surgery Trends For 2021

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(Credit: iStock Photos) Cosmetic surgery procedures were on the rise this year and they show no signs of descending in 2020. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were over 18 million minimally invasive and surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2018. It will be interesting to see what the new numbers are by the end of this year. Currently, the top 5 cosmetic procedures are: 1. Breast Augmentation 2. Liposuction 3. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) 4. Eyelid surgery 5. Tummy tuck Body-shaping procedures whether non-invasive or performed with liposuction, will continue to be on the top 5 list throughout 2020. This includes the Brazilian butt lift we see so often along with fat transfer from other areas of the body to the buttocks. The top minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are: 1. Botox (Botulinum toxin) 2. Fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, etc.) 3. Chemical peel 4. Laser hair removal 5. Microdermabrasion Thanks to the

Top Healthy Fast Food Options

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   (Photo credit: Thrillist) Most people believe fast food is a no-no especially when you're on a diet. Fast food restaurants produce a lot of "fake" beef and practically everything is ridden with fat and gluten. However, now that we're approaching 2021, many fast food chains have come a long way and even offer separate menus catered to those concerned about their health. You should still limit your dining at these restaurants but sometimes it's unavoidable. Here is a list of some of the best things you can eat at fast food places that won't derail your diet.  Subway Subway is my go-to fast food restaurant when I need something quick and convenient. You can make any sandwich as a salad avoiding the bread and extra carbs. I always ask for my salad dressing on the side and make it olive oil and vinegar.  If you have to have a sandwich, the Veggie Delight is your best option. It's loaded with vegetables sans meat, and is only 230 calories for the whole sandwi

The Benefits Of The Fodmap Diet

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                                  (Phot credit: Thegeriatricdietician.com)                               I came across the FODMAP diet when I was googling stomach symptoms I had been having suddenly for a couple of weeks. I was experiencing cramping, dull pain, and constipation only after I ate certain foods. After a lot of research, I self-diagnosed myself with irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. I started keeping a journal of everything I ate to see what was affecting my stomach. Most of the irritation came from sugar and foods high in fat. I later saw my doctor who confirmed I have IBS. The diet plan she came up with turned out to include everything recommended on the FODMAP diet.  FODMAP stands for  fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. These are sugars or short-chained carbohydrates that the small intestine can't absorb correctly.  The FODMAP diet was designed for those who experience IBS and gastrointestinal issues. The plan is meant to be tem

What Do Facial Rollers Do?

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                                         (Photo credit: Gilded Gargoyle Shoppe/Etsy) Facial rollers are all the rage right now and will continue to be in 2021. I can't watch an episode of any Real Housewives franchise without seeing one of the castmembers use one. I'm starting to think maybe they have an advertising deal. Or could it be that they are handy devices that actually work? Legit facial rollers are made of rose quartz or jade.  How Do Facial Rollers Work? The Chinese believe that jade draws out negative "chi" which is powerful in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. Facial rollers claim to decrease sagginess or bags under the eyes, stimulate blood circulation, reduce puffiness in the face, ease pain, and smooth wrinkles. The stone is naturally cool making it soothing on the skin.  Using a jade roller regularly can help reduce morning puffiness and swelling. The act of rolling the stone along your face causes lymphatic drainage. As you continuously

5 Unique Tofu Recipes

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                                                      (Photo credit: One Green Planet) I personally love tofu because of the protein and health benefits I get out of it. Let's be honest though, tofu doesn't exactly have any flavor when cooked plain. One of the greatest things about tofu is that it soaks up added flavor like a sponge. I love experimenting with different tofu recipes whether it's baked, fried, or scrambled like eggs. Here are my top 5 favorite tofu recipes that will surprise those taste buds. 1. General Tso's Tofu Stir-Fry                                                               (Photo credit: The Minimalist Baker) This recipe may seem like there's a lot to it, but the punch of flavor it packs makes the prep time well worth it. This recipe is courtesy of The Minimalist Baker .  Ingredients: (Optional) 4 cups cooked brown or white rice steamed broccoli For the Tofu: 12 oz. extra-firm tofu 3 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce 1 tsp. chili garlic sauce  1 ts