How to shave inches off your waist in weeks 0 72497

Shave Inches Off Your Waist In Weeks

For men and women, the waistline is an important part of their physical appearance. For guys, a slim waist can get you closer to that V-shape and for women, it can call attention to your more prominent features. A smaller waist is one feature that both genders find important when it comes to fitness and that is why it’s important to devote time and effort to it. Men tend to retain fat in their abdomen while women tend to retain fat around their waist, these sex-specific fat deposits are advantageous only when it’s in a small proportions and, on the female body, too much fat around the waist can take away that sexy look that it was supposed to provide.

Knocking a few inches off your waist is not particularly easy, fat around the waist tends not to burn easily – after all fat is supposed to be there. To burn waist fat there is a need to drastically change your routine.

First off, you need to eat healthier. You need to get down with the idea of a greener, fruitier diet and stick to it, no more trans-fat and sugar-based foods and drinks. Then you need to work your abdominal muscles, targeting the obliques especially and finally, do a lot of Vacuums. Vacuums are the secrets to a slim, carved-out midsection. Improving your exercise routines and nutritional intake helps to get your body in that sweet spot that will let the effects of the vacuums really show.

Eating healthier

It’s popularly known that excess stomach fat can lead to heart-related diseases and obesity. So if you aren’t particularly interested in a smaller waistline, the probability of an early grave should prompt you to make some changes. Added sugar is incredibly unhealthy, it contains high concentrations of fructose and glucose. The body can’t use all those excess ingredients, so it tricks the body to store and form body fat. The key is to avoid foods and beverages that contain added sugar like soda and chips. Processed foods contain ridiculous amounts of sugar. It’s wise to cut back on them completely if you can, but if you can’t, you should always check the sugar content on the label so you know what you are up against. Make more healthy diet choices like fruits, whole grains and vegetables, and consume lots of protein – that could be beef, eggs, lentil, milk etc. The gist is to avoid processed foods and always eat a balanced diet. Your change in food choice is bound to reflect on your waistline if you can stick to it!

Here comes the challenging part of the three step plan. This part involves exercise, and I mean lots of it. Fat generally stores around the stomach and waist which means that you need to pay attention to your obliques, this means a lot of isolating exercises and cardio.

The plank

One of the most effective yet common exercises. It doesn’t exactly target the obliques, it’s more focused on the entire core region or mid-section. It’s a good compound exercise that can get you closer to that smaller waist and work on your abs at the same time.

 

Russian Twists
Russian Twists

Russian twists

Russian twists target the obliques, and it’s this part of the mid-section that houses most of the fat around the waist. It is more effective when executed with a light weight. It helps you develop balance in your core. It also focuses on the upper abdominals because of the part of the abdomen active during the exercise.

Windshield Wipers
Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers

Don’t let the name fool you, this exercise will wipe your obliques. They target the core and the obliques simultaneously, and improve core strength.

Side Plank With Twist
Side Plank with Twist

Side plank with twist

This is a bit different from the usual plank. This variation targets the side of the oblique involved in the exercise at that time. Since the entire body rests on one side, the exercise ends up working that side extensively.

Ab Crunches
Ab Crunches

Ab Crunches

Ab crunches focus mainly on your upper abdominals and carve them out. It’s a filler exercise that is meant to ensure that more than one part of your abdomen is getting all the work.

Cardio

Never underestimate the power of excellent cardio. It helps the body burn fat and improves the health of the heart. Good cardio helps you maintain a low body fat and keep your body toned.

Vacuums

This exercise is what everything has been about. It’s so important that it gets its own section! Vacuums are so effective that you can shave inches off your waist by just doing them every day for a month, but there’s a catch, vacuums are somewhat temporary, once you stop, your waist goes back to its original size – well, not exactly. Aside from this little hiccup the possibilities are endless. It is possible to lose 3 to 4 inches in little as 2 to 3 weeks – it’s crazy right?! Vacuums target the tranversus abdominus, which involves an isometric movement of those muscles and the result of doing that over and over again is a small waist.

To perform a stomach vacuum, you place both hands on your waists and exhale until your lungs are empty then inhale until you can’t anymore then hold it for a while and let it out again. That’s a single rep. To see significant results you need to do this as much as you can. A fair warning though – they might take some getting used to. They feel weird and unnatural at first, but when done properly and consistently, you can expect results in a month or so. For vacuums to be fully effective you need to develop a healthy diet and work towards a low body fat percentage. This exercise is the icing on the cake, which is why it’s recommended to first get used to other ab exercises so that they can help chip away at overall waist fat. For newbies you should try holding each set for 15 seconds.

Let us know how it goes!

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Three Cloud Forests to Visit 0 7471

Cloud forests are unique ecosystems that are located in mostly tropical areas at high altitudes. These forests have high levels of cloud cover, precipitation, and very temperate climates. The cloud-cover leads to high levels of precipitation which is taken directly from the clouds. Cloud forests have especially high levels of biodiversity which are home to an incredible number of unique plants and animals. Cloud forests are extremely rare ecosystems that cover around 0.14% of the planet’s land surface. These mystical forests are extremely important to maintaining biodiversity, but sadly many species are in danger of disappearing due to climate change. These fragile forests are worth a visit and worth advocating for change to help save these natural plant and animal havens.

Mindo-Cloud-Forest
Credit: The Globetrotting Teacher

Mindo, Ecuador

Mindo is a preserved paradise in the clouds found just a couple of hours from the capital city of Quito. It is situated where two of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world meet, in the western foothills of the Andes. The convergence of bio-diversity provides for a wealth of possible activities to enjoy the surrounding nature. Topping the list is the journey to the waterfall sanctuary which includes a cable car journey with epic views over the top of the forest and hikes to seven impressive waterfalls. Enjoy bird watching as the cloud forest is home to about 350 unique species. Check out the organic coffee farm or for a bit more adrenaline, raft down the river that runs through the village, or even enjoy a ziplining journey through the forest for more breathtaking views. Wake up amongst the nature in charming tree-house style accommodations that are situated around the center of this quiet village.

Cerro Huitepec, Mexico
Cerro Huitepec, Mexico

Cerro Huitepec, Mexico

Located within the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Cerro Huitepec is an extinct volcano which has a cloud forest located in the upper part of the reserve. This cloud forest is quite untouched with no resorts or accommodations inside the reserve. A trip to the cloud forest here consists of a simple hike but truly allows you to experience the importance of a rainforest. As you descend on the cloud forest, the temperature drops, the moisture increases, and the light diminishes as the trees are reaching high into the sky to compete for light. Clouds suspend over the forest and the more than 100 different species of birds are profoundly heard throughout the forest. The cloud forest is just 5km from San Cristobal de las Casas which has plenty of accommodation and has many other activities in the surrounding area.

Monteverde Reserve, Costa Rica
Credit: Two Weeks in Costa Rica

Monteverde Reserve, Costa Rica

Situated on the continental divide where the Pacific and Atlantic slopes collide, Monteverde is the probably the world’s most visited and well-known cloud forest. It is a cloud forest reserve that encompasses an astonishing 10,500 hectares (25,945 acres) of land. There is an impressive amount of wildlife to be spotted amongst this clouded forest due to the diversity of ecosystems found on the reserve. There are over 100 different mammals like white-faced monkeys, 120 amphibians and reptiles, and over 500 different species of birds. Scientists say there are still many undiscovered species living on the reserve. There are trails that lead to views of the continental divide, waterfalls, and the famous hanging bridge overlooking the canopy of trees.

Red Algae as a Skin Care Ingredient 0 336

Red Algae
Sanseti's 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit
Sanseti’s 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit

If you have been following me and by blogposts over the years you know how much I love skin care. And how much I have grown to love and review healthy skin care. Because what we put on our skin effects our health. Hormones, toxicity, skin disorders, and much more. I have found that I am enjoying a lot of amazing skin care with some great ingredients. And Red Algae is one. Below let me break it down to you the greatness of this oceanic plant.

Algae has been used in skin care for thousands of years. It’s been dubbed a “miracle ingredient” and the “ocean’s most potent secret,” and there are even entire skin care lines and brands dedicated to using algae and other marine extracts (you’ve heard about Sanseti, right?). Well I will be reviewing Sanseti. And unfortunately other brands like La Mer have so many chemicals along with its great ingredients that it really has no benefits to speak of. And this is my opinion on my use of this cream and my research on its ingredients. Like I said read your labels. Learn what it good and bad for your skin.

There are two primary types of algae: macro and micro. Macro is large-scale type that’s visible to the naked eye. It’s the stuff you see floating in the ocean and think of first when someone says the word “algae.” This includes seaweed, kelp, and laminaria (the brownish red seaweed that’s typically found in Japan). Microalgae, as you probably guessed, is super tiny. In fact, it’s a “single cell” algae, and you can’t see it without a microscope. This type is often found in freshwater and marine systems in both water and sediment.

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Algae’s Skin Care Benefits

Micro and macro algae are both found in skin care products and boast numerous benefits. Most notable, perhaps, is its ability to instantly hydrate and condition the skin. Upon using products containing this ingredient, you’ll notice a more supple, moisturized complexion that’s soft to the touch.

Algae is also an antioxidant, meaning it protects your skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. In that sense, it’s an excellent ingredient for those who are worried about aging skin which is, well, most of us! Finally, it is high in essential amino acids, proteins, and a variety of vitamins—including vitamins A, B, C, and E. Talk about a loaded, super ingredient!

Skin types that benefit most from algae-infused products are dry skin, sensitive skin, and those who want to combat and prevent signs of aging.

Now let me name some amazing skin care lines that have this beautiful ingredient. And I do know that they all are amazing for you and your skin health.

Sanseti

Elemis

Algenist

Look for my review and blogpost on Sanseti soon!! I will pick my favorite product from the line next week and post about it on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!!

~Tiffany♥

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