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August 29, 2017

How Your Weight Loss Struggle Could be Solved Overnight

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Imagine that you could meet and befriend two versions of yourself. One is slender and fit, works through the day with enough energy and finishes it off, feeling sleepy and content. The other one has her heart in the right place and attempts to eat healthily and get enough exercise; yet, at the end of the day, she feels groggy, looks tired, and the weight tends to return even she manages to lose a bit.

The two versions of you, different as they may be, have one thing in common: they focus on living relatively healthy.

When both of them are trying to do everything right, why is it that only one of them succeed in looking and feeling great throughout the day? Here is the not-so-known secrets behind weight loss and a couple of likely reasons to your struggles.

The tired truth

Losing weight is as simple as balancing an equation. You should use more energy than you consume to weigh a bit less - and consume more energy than you use to weigh a bit more. Unfortunately, life isn’t as simple as this and a lot can get in the way of this equation, making it less reliable and more unpredictable.

What if you would like to move more and eat less, but your body is constantly craving food and energy?

By having a long look at your sleeping routines, you could find the reason for your increased food cravings and weight loss struggle. The answer to losing weight is, in fact, not always found in moving more - it could be found by going to bed.

How it affects your diet

We need to get enough sleep to feel like ourselves and to perform our best, and most of us know the dreadful feeling of not having slept enough. Walking around in a daze, becoming grumpy over nothing and as sulky as a child; sleep deprivation really can get the best of us.

Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 35 percent are unable to get the required amount of sleep to stay healthy. Did you know that the numbers for obesity are almost identical?

In a study that’s explained in the same article, test subjects were assigned different sleep schedules in order to see if there was a connection between the lack of sleep and weight gain. The group that received an adequate amount of sleep - more than seven hours, that is - half of the weight they lost when exercising was from fat.

The other way around, however, and the amount of fat they lost was sliced in half; to make matters worse, they even started to feel hungrier during the day and craved more energy.

The study makes a lot of sense, when you think about it, as not getting enough sleep is a clear signal to your body that it needs to stock up on energy. Maybe it thinks we’re in for some dangerous times where you certainly won’t have time to eat if you don’t have time to sleep - so it would like you to build a nice supply of long-term energy to help you out in the nearby and gloomy future.

It’s fat, by the way, and it’s what you will be storing without sufficient sleep.

Lack of sleep impacts our decision-making

Enough with all the body-talk; you know very well that you should hit the sack in due time to stop feeling hungry. The problem with sleep deprivation, though, besides from making us fatigued and craving junk food, is that it seriously affects your cognitive abilities.

As little as one night without enough sleep can be sufficient to affect the activity in your frontal-lobe which is the centre for complex-decision making. It’s the one you’re using when convincing yourself to cook up a healthy meal at home rather than making a quick drive to McDonald’s - and anyone who has been in this situation knows just how complex a decision like this can be.

When you walk around feeling hungry and fatigued most of the day and have the added benefit of being in a state that’s pretty close to being drunk, a fast food decision is quite a lot likelier than the hassle of cooking.

What would drunken you have chosen when you’re tired and hungry? Probably not the tedious task of preparing a healthy meal.

Needless to say, constantly depriving yourself of sleep will basically beat the purpose of staying true to an exercise schedule. Not just because you won’t have the energy for it in the first place, but also because sleep debt decreases protein synthesis which is our bodies ability to build muscle.

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You won’t be recovering as well either even if you do force yourself to go to the gym, as the best kind of recovery and muscle growth happens when we produce the growth hormone. It happens, of course, when we sleep - and the lack of it can even slow the entire production down as the stress hormone cortisol takes over instead.

It’s not good news for your health goals, that’s for sure.

I’m not getting enough sleep! What can I do?

Sometimes, it’s not the lack of time to spend in dreamland that’s the problem as much as your quality of sleep. There are so many tips and tricks to how you can improve your sleep, and the best thing you can do is to try and identify the reason for the poor quality.

If you wake up warm and sweaty, your bedroom might be a lot warmer than it should be. When you lay awake for hours without falling asleep as you can’t make your thoughts keep quiet, consider meditation and reap the benefits of self-hypnosis by creating a routine before going to bed. It will tune your mind to sleep-mode and help you with getting enough hours.

Start by going to bed and rising at the same time, implement a calming bedtime routine an hour or two before going to bed, and treat yourself to a warm shower before entering the cool bedroom.

On the days you wake up without having slept enough, feed your food cravings with shakes to help your diet, and make sure you get enough water to stay sharp.

You will feel a bit hungrier, though, so try to put a damper on the cravings by snacking on fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Apples, berries, melon, and cucumber are good choices for everyone, sleep deprived or not. It’s kind of like allowing that voice of reason to sneak up on you when you’re out partying and, even though you’re not quite yourself, you’ll be able to make sensible decisions nonetheless.

Or do as you should do when you’ve had one too many; tell a friend that you haven’t slept enough tonight and should be parented towards proper decision-making. Here is a wonderfully comprehensive article to help you sort your sleep cycle out, by the way, so that you can achieve those weight goals as soon as possible.

Not treating yourself to adequate hours of sleep is not a sign of someone who leads a busy and modern life. It’s just a sign of someone who isn’t taking care of themselves, kind of like those who forget to drink water during the day and complain about feeling drained and fatigued by lunch time.

You’re responsible for your own health and should never let anyone decide for you. If your work is getting in your way of rest and relaxation, you need to slow down and have a talk with your boss - no company is worth risking your health over.

Get your priorities straight, prioritise sleep, and enjoy the wonderful feeling of being completely rested.
August 26, 2017

Making Sure You End Up Where You're 'Supposed To Be'

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There are so many people out there right now who don’t believe that they are where ‘they’re supposed to be’ in terms of their career. What does this even mean? Surely we’re all where we’re supposed to be, because if we were supposed to be somewhere else then we’d be there already! A little confusing, isn’t it?

Perhaps what people really mean is that they aren’t truly happy with their job, and they believe that they should be. We all deserve happiness, in every area of our lives. So, how can you start making sure that you end up where you feel you should be? Use these tips…


Think About Who You Want To Be
Who do you want to be? When you think about your very best self in your head, who is it? What do they do? What do they speak and dress like? When you start thinking about this person, you’ll get a better idea of where you think you want to end up. Most people will say they don’t know, but when they do some real soul searching, they easily figure it out.

Think About Where You Want To Be
What sort of environment do you want to work in? What don’t you like about your current job? Where do you want to be in a few years time? How much money would you like to have (but please remember that money is not directly linked to happiness and that many wealthy people are unhappy).

Come Up With A Great Strategy To Help You Get There
Once you have a good idea of who you want to be and where you want to be, come up with a good strategy to help you get there. There are many companies that can help you to land a role in the perfect company, such as Alexander Daniels Recruitment Agency. Figure out what you need to do step by step, as barely anything will be successful without a great plan.

Change Your Limiting Beliefs And Stories
Now it’s time to stop making excuses and change your limiting beliefs. So many people believe they can’t do something, but it’s literally down to telling yourself the same story over and over again. If you keep saying it, you’ll start to believe it. Many people have made miracle transformations of themselves and their lives. You could do the same, if you believed you could. Changing your mindset and attitude is everything. Once you’ve done that, you should be able to take real action towards where you want to be.

The truth is, there is no one place we’re supposed to be. We could be multiple places. It’s all down to where we choose to be. You choose to be where you are right now with your daily actions, patterns, and habits, even if you don't like it. By changing your actions and habits, you can change where you end up. Where do you want to end up? Leave your thoughts below!
August 24, 2017

Have A Happy Bathroom Makeover

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If you get a sense of dread every time you need to go to the bathroom, it’s a big sign you need to focus on giving it a makeover. Nobody wants to spend time in a dull, dark bathroom with mould and other issues at every turn. Giving your bathroom a makeover with more color and interest could be just what you need to love spending time in there again!

Pastels For The Minimalist Bathroom
If you have a minimalist bathroom and want to perk it up without changing too much, it’s pretty easy to do. You don't have to add a myriad of colors to make your bathroom look more inviting. If you would prefer to keep a minimalist bathroom, you can simply add a few pastel shades to lift the place in mood and help to soften the design overall.


Adding Color The Right Way
There are many ways you can add color in a way that works. Different shades of one color can be used to create a fun look, or you could try a unique combination such as peach and black. Geometric patterns with bold colors work well; black and white zig-zag patterns with a color like bright yellow would look fabulous! Just one bold wall is enough to make an impact, though, so don’t feel like you have to spend hours painting and tiling the walls. Make use of a color wheel to help you find the perfect combination if you need inspiration - they never fail.

Create A Focal Point
Having a focal point in your bathroom will add personality and bring it to life further. You don’t have to paint the walls to give you bathroom a cheery makeover. Why not paint a stand alone bath? Including a stand alone bath in your bathroom gives you an automatic focal point - however, you do need to make sure you have the correct plumbing and water requirements, so don’t attempt to install yourself, say the pros at If you decide to do this, you can match it to a feature wall with some bold wallpaper for an even stronger look.

Include Some Metallic Hues
Metallic hues can add glamor and texture to your bathroom. Having texture in your bathroom is crucial; this stops it from looking flat and boring. You could include gold, copper, and even iridescent tiles to get some more interest in there. You can do this in the form of soft furnishings too, so they are super simple to include (you don’t need to tile a wall to improve the look of your bathroom!).

Colorful bathrooms are seriously ‘in’ right now and can help you to create a happier room that adds life and vibrancy to your home. Remember, there are no rules; experiment and have fun. Bright colors can really stand out against a white base, but you can get as quirky as you like with it. Oh, and big green plants in the bathroom never go amiss - they have health benefits to make you even happier!
August 21, 2017

Important rules to consider when getting a loan

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What should you know so you can make the most appropriate choices for choosing a loan? Ideally, borrowed money should be invested as much as possible in studies, for the arrangement or modernization of the house, in the education of your children, or anything that can give you added value in the future.

A loan should be something positive that will be helpful in your life and make it easier. As a supportive rule, you should not accept an excessive degree of indebtedness, because it will only put pressure on your financial resources and increase the risk of being unable to pay. The golden rule is never to owe more than half what you can pay easily.

To get a loan and good terms, you will want a good credit score. Your credit score is one of the most important eligibility criteria when looking for a loan, as well as the amount of interest charged on the loan. Lenders examine this to determine how likely it is that you able to repay the loan.

Even if you currently have a bad credit score you should see what you can do to improve your credit and get back to a good score. If you find yourself in an emergency or something else unexpected happening, you should know that there are also companies that offer solutions such as loans for bad credit.

Short borrowing periods help people pay less interest. You should balance all options before making the decision to contract a loan. For example, choosing to rent for a limited period, until you save the amount for a down payment of at least 25%, may be more advantageous to you than buying a real estate on credit only. Also, in the case of a loan for home electronics products or other devices, it is recommended that the reimbursement period be less than the life of the product.

Consider all commissions attached to the loans. You must take into consideration several factors: the total cost, the repayment period, the type of interest (variable or fixed), the reference index, but also other commissions that are attached to the contracts and which may differ depending on the bank.

In addition to monthly rates, you may also need to pay a series of related fees and commissions, including file analysis, balance management, early repayment, and late payment fees. This information must, however, be mentioned before the credit agreement is signed and must not be missing from the contract documents, so it can be read carefully beforehand.

Paying the necessary attention, the loan you are looking for must always be a positive thing in your life and help you in fulfilling your dreams and necessities. Good luck (and good credit score)!
August 16, 2017

Simple and effective things you can do to get started with losing weight

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  Whether you start a long diet or you just want to get rid of a few pounds that bother you, putting all this in practice is always the hardest. However, if you follow some simple tips and change your lifestyle, you will lose excess fat a lot easier.

The first step to be taken in fighting extra pounds is to get a solid state of mind. You should ask yourself: why do you want to lose weight? Is it just so that you can wear a new dress? Or to be liked more by others? Or maybe just to have more self-esteem? Of course, the answer to all these questions is yes. But more importantly, besides all this, do not neglect the benefits that a normal weight, along with a balanced diet and regular physical exercise, has on health: easier breathing and less tiredness, preventing the appearance of illnesses that are closely related to weighting imbalances.

The benefits that weight loss brings to the body and self-image are of course very important. Another element of solid motivation, however, should be the objective awareness that a slender and toned body cannot be obtained overnight. Do not give up before you start, and of course, start as soon as possible. Once you have a positive thinking and a moderate physical activity and avoid excessive caloric intake, the results will surely appear sooner or later, depending on your own metabolism. 

Often, the most important factor in keeping or obtaining a particular silhouette is not the amount but the quality of the food. It matters more what we eat, and less how much we eat. Any plan of weight loss starts with diet control. It would be helpful to try one of the various diet regimes proposed by nutritionists everywhere, depending on the pace at which you want to lose weight and your culinary preferences. Nutritional supplements may also be an important ally in the fight against kilograms. Brands such as Crazy Bulk offer varied solutions such as supplements for enhancing the rate of fat burning in the body and making it harder for the body to retain water. This leaves the body with less fat and less water retention.

Whatever the diet you choose, here are some essential principles that always remain valid in getting a healthy body: controlling the food portions and quality, avoiding artificial sweeteners and acidic drinks, physical exercise six days a week, varying the calories that you accumulate daily, staying with a positive mindset and persevering every day!
August 09, 2017

A Holistic Approach to Healthy Living

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For some, healthy living means choosing diet sodas over regular sugar-laden ones. Some people that choose to have a healthier lifestyle prepare meals without gluten or dairy. Some people even go Vegan. But what exactly does it mean to choose a holistic way of healthy living?

According to WebMD it’s approach to holistic healthy living is holistic medicine, which looks at healing that considers the whole person - body, mind, spirit and emotions in the quest for optimum health and wellness.

Holistic Medicine’s philosophy is that one can achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance in one’s life.

To gain proper balance within one’s life you need to look at the following factors:

     Alcohol Consumption
     Fresh Air


As the old saying goes, you truly are what you eat. Let’s start off with sugar. Want to have an off-the-wall crazy party within a kindergarten classroom where children literally bounce off the walls - give them cake and chocolates. As soon as the sugar hits their systems, they will become louder and will have excess energy that they will need to burn. Now, if this happens with children what can you imagine happens with adults?

We have a lot of stress. Work stress, family stress and general life stress that doesn’t exactly put us at ease. When we consume too much sugar - even in the form of our favorite morning cappuccino and chocolate croissant, we will naturally become more irritated, stressed and aggravated. Never a good cocktail for starting out the day.

When you eat alkaline-promoting food such as most fruits and vegetables, soybeans and tofu,some nuts, seeds, and legumes as well as Low GI foods such as sweet potatoes, your blood sugar will not spike, you will be able to think clearer, your body will become more regular, and your stress levels will be more manageable. 

As you cannot consume all the healthy minerals your body needs daily it is really important to accompany your diet with supplements that carry all the important nutrients your body needs. We found a fantastic supplement company which has an array of products to meet all your nutrient needs called Research Verified. For a Research Verified review click here.

They have a vast number of products such as Omega-3, Anxi Relief, which deals with anxiety problems and Insomnia Relief which help you get a good night’s rest.


We were made to move. The more exercise we get the more productive our lives get because the more energy we will have. It is also important to keep up your muscle strength and tone your body, especially as you get older which, in effect, promote stronger bones. There are so many forms of exercise from swimming to cycling, running and dancing, choose one that suits you best.


Sleep is an exceptionally important part of life. At the end of our busy day we get to recharge our batteries on our favourite pillows in order to wake up re-energized and refreshed for the following day. Without a good night’s sleep we become moody, irritable and in general, not very pleasant to deal with. Click here to look at a product review that specifically aids you with insomnia.

Alcohol Consumption

According to The Guardian, even moderate drinking can damage the brain as well as impair cognitive function over time, according to researchers. Heavy drinking can be linked to memory problems - which is never fun for anyone, as well as dementia.

Going to the pub or bar is a very cultural thing as many people go out or meet for “a drink” but just remember - that drink can be a “virgin” cocktail or your favorite soda or juice. It doesn’t need to be alcohol. Keep the champagne for special occasions and you will definitely feel the difference and your general mood will feel it too!

Fresh Air

Unfortunately, many of us live in highly industrialised areas that clog our air with invisible smog. Besides that, we often sit in offices where our air is controlled by air conditioners and we hardly get any fresh air into our lungs. According to Good Relaxation, the benefits of fresh air are:

     Blood pressure and heart rate improvement
     Makes you happier in general.
     Increase in energy and sharper mind
     Cleaner lungs
     A strengthened immune system
     Better digestion

 Also remember, exposure to sunlight each day gives you a lovely boost of Vitamin D and cheers you up in general.

Mindfulness & Meditation

It is important to be in the present and focus on the now. In his bestselling book “The Power of Now”, Eckhart Tolle explains that every moment you spend worrying about the future or having regret over past actions are moments lost , as all you really have is the present, the now. In this book Eckhart Tolle gives you actionable strategies to start living each minute as it happens.

It is important to be grateful for all that you have and mind how you treat others, as all you do comes back to you. Meditation is exceptionally important as it puts your body in a state of complete relaxation and allows you to attract the life you want through visualisation techniques. An amazing company that deals with meditation is Mindvalley founded by pioneering entrepreneur Vishen Lakhiani in 2003.

Exercise like Yoga and Pilates, especially Yoga, falls into this section and really calls for you to center and align your thoughts for a more peaceful day and life overall.

So there you go, our holistic approach to healthy living. Prepare for a more energetic and balanced life and don’t forget to click here to see our review of amazing Research Verified supplements that will help you throughout the day to be more productive and happier in general!

August 01, 2017

Hidden Ways Your Mobile Phone Is Costing You More Money Than It Should

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One of the things that most people spend more money on than is necessary is their mobile phone. Are you leaking funds without even realising it? There are many elements that come together to form our mobile contract, so we often simply accept the price we have been quoted and forget about it. But you could be paying way more than you need to! Let’s take a look at some of the hidden ways people pay more for their mobile phone than is required:

  1. Your old phone is sitting in your drawer – If you have upgraded to a new phone, great! But why is your old phone sitting in your drawer? So long as it is not completely broken or bust, you should be able to make a bit of money from it. In fact, there are even companies that take on destroyed phones and still pay you a bit of cash.
  2. You tied into a two-year contract – Two-year contracts are a thing of the past. They drain your bank account and tie you into something for the long haul. There are many companies that no longer force you into a two-year contract, and so once your contract is over, you should definitely switch to a shorter plan. After all, do you really want to be tied into something expensive and potentially unsuitable for the next two years?
  3. You have a plan that is much bigger than what you need – Are you paying a fortune for unlimited data? Perhaps you’ve got unlimited calls or texts added on as well? If you actually require these features, then that’s fine; you should keep them. But most people don’t need unlimited data or texts. One of the ways to find out whether you do is to head to the Settings on your smartphone. If you have an iPhone, you will navigate to Cellular, and then Cellular Data Usage. You should hit the ‘reset statistics’ button and then check your cellular data usage after a month. This will give you a great idea regarding how much you actually use, enabling you to determine whether you are paying for data you don’t even need.
  4. You are on a contract that is not right for you – Most people choose mobile phone contracts out of convenience, rather than choosing something that is right for them. If you have a bad credit rating, you should turn to companies like that provide mobile phone contracts for people in this exact position. By doing that, you will know that the contracts are perfectly tailored to suit your situation, making them more manageable and more affordable.
  5. You don’t see the bigger picture – One of the mistakes a lot of people make when sorting out a new phone contract is going for the one with the cheapest initial cost. However, you should look at the cost overall. If your phone contract lasts for a two-year period, determine how much it is going to cost for the entire two years. This is the only way to work out what type of contract or phone deal is going to be the cheapest solution overall.

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