Category: DIET & HEALTH

Low Calorie Ingredients for a Healthier You

After asking around for tips on losing weight, I realised the most important tip is that diet is king. Even if you exercise regularly but don’t stick to a healthy diet, it might not be easy to see those numbers on the scale drop. Not sure about you, but I used to associate a ‘healthy diet’ to unappetising food like cold salads and bland chicken breasts. Having a healthy diet seemed like an insurmountable task to me until I discovered some delicious ingredients that are low in calories. The best thing I discovered was shirataki noodles. As the noodles are made of a substance found in konjac root, they are very low in calories. These noodles are life-changing because I did not need to indulge in carb-filled options like rice and regular noodles anymore. Although I needed some time to get used to the texture and smell of the noodles, it was worth it since they tasted just like regular noodles after a boil. You can enjoy these noodles in Continue Reading

Here’s Why (Good) Bacteria Helps To Clear And Strengthen Your Skin

Speak of probiotic and yogurt comes to mind. Thanks to all the yogurt commercials and Yakult (everyone’s favourite probiotic milk beverage in Asia), you probably know now that probiotics are good for your health. Probiotic drinks are fermented with bacteria strains, most frequently the Lactobacillus ones. Yakult contains Lactobacillus paracasei Shirota, first isolated from the human intestines by a Japanese scientist in the 1930s. Turns out, probiotics aren’t just good for the gut, word has it that they can also transform skin. These are really bacteria that normally live in your gut, but the good ones that curb the overgrowth of yeast and unhealthy bacteria.   YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT You’ve probably heard of this before, down a jumbo packet of potato chips and face a breakout the next morning. This instinct is spot on. Your body produces more insulin to deal with the sugar and this ramps up oil production and clogs up pores. Avoid processed foods and your skin will usually clear up. The same goes for Continue Reading

5 Things Models Will Not Use on Their Faces

When it comes to their faces, a model’s face is literally her fortune. That’s why they will go to great lengths to ensure their number one assets are primed, prepped and ready every day. We speak to models in the industry on what they will not ever put on their faces Read more: 5 Signs You Will Look Younger Than Your Friends in 10 Years’ Time

Detox For Weight Loss, Beauty And Health – Rave Or Rant?

We’ve blogged about many effective weight loss treatments that can help us achieve the figure we want, without undergoing the knife, such as Coolshape, a non-invasive fat freezing treatment or skin tightening treatments such as Onda Body Magic. Detox diets are raved by celebrities for their astonishing results but are they really the best? Many people associate detox with deprivation, with extreme diet choices, colonic cleansing. While it may sound strange to people who are not big on dieting, overweight people or people who generally want to make an extreme change to their health may be tempted to start on a detox plan. Some celebrities have also shared their detox experiences such as Oprah Winfrey, who went on a 21-day vegan diet, eliminating alcohol, gluten, animal products and caffeine and Beyonce is a fan of ‘Master Cleanse’. But nutritionists now believe that extreme detox plans are very much like double-edged swords – not all of these are caloric bargains, and there is a lack of vital food groups such as Continue Reading

Bad Foods that are Good for Weight Loss

Tempting foods seem to call your name at every turn, especially when you are trying to lose weight. You remain virtuous and stick to rabbit food, but finally succumb to triple servings of sin ‘cos you’ve had a bad day and need some comforting. Sounds familiar? The bad news is binge eating is only going to put you on the frustrating weight yo-yo with thousands of other self-blaming dieters. The good news is many of your favourite foods that have gotten a bad rap aren’t so terrible after all, so you don’t have to feel deprived all the time. The key is portioning and sensible food choices. Here are some seductive treats can actually help you lose weight and keep it off long-term. Red Meat: You don’t have to shy away from red meat just because you are on a diet. A lean cut of steak has almost the same amount of saturated fat as a similar-sized skinless chicken. It is also loaded with protein which tends to keep you Continue Reading