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Our bodies are like stroppy toddlers: they’re needy, constantly complaining and categorically refuse to do what we ask of them. As we get older, the struggle to keep our bodies in check gets even more difficult. At every turn something else is going wrong and our efforts to keep up start to feel like a fruitless battle. There is still a lot of stigma around liposuction. We hear about it going on pretty often, but for a lot of us it is still something we associate with Beverly Hills housewives or stars of reality television. We could never imagine actually getting it done to ourselves. Well, that’s about to change.

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As we get older, our metabolisms slow down to what feels like a complete stop. The cakes and burgers we scoffed in our twenties are now off limits and even that piece of toast in the morning is starting to feel like a risk. It’s a normal thing that happens to pretty much everyone, but it can still be upsetting to notice things wobbling and drooping that hadn’t before. Times are changing for the older generations, though. The years of grandmas and grandpas wearing corduroys and PVC rain macs are over. Older men and women are breaking down the barriers of fashion, setting trends and showing everyone that beauty really is timeless. Their setting their own standards of fashion and none of those include glossy pop-socks and blankets. What we’re also seeing at the same time is a rise of beauty conscious seniors. Plastic surgery is on the increase in the older generation and there isn’t any shame in that. One treatment that a lot of older men and women are looking into is vaser liposuction. It’s a form of liposuction that uses vibration to break down fat cells in target areas, which is a lot safer and less taxing on the body than traditional liposuction. Because it isn’t as damaging to the body, it’s becoming a favoured option for the slightly less durable older generation and helping them rediscover their love for their body.

Sometimes getting liposuction isn’t about wanting to be thinner. Our bodies distribute fat in very strange ways. A lot of women have an issue with being unable to get rid of the fat on their hips and for a lot of men their stomach is one of the hardest places to get rid of fat. When these little things go wrong in our bodies we might have a tendency to obsess over them. You could be as healthy and as fit as an athlete and these things wouldn’t change, no matter how much work you put in. It’s just the way our bodies work: they’re strange and mysterious and they never do what we want them to do. Sometimes fat distribution can be especially strange; we can find it collecting under our chins and around our ankles and it’s almost impossible to shift it in these sorts of places without dieting to an unhealthy extreme. This is where vaser liposuction can really make a difference. There are cases of people getting fat removed from their knees or from under their arms and feeling like they can finally be proud of their body. It’s the little things that make a difference. Not necessarily to other people, but for the person getting the treatment it could mean finally gaining the confidence to wear what they want to wear and carry themselves with confidence.

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Rob Kardashian’s noticeable weight gain and rumored depression just got a whole lot more serious.

Kris Jenner worries Rob Kardashian is “going to die” without a drastic change.

She also reveals Rob has gained 100 pounds in the last year.Kris Jenner crying over Rob Kardashian

In a new sneak peek for Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kris Jenner arranges for a life coach to meet with her, Kourtney and Kim to devise a plan to help their struggling Rob.

In the clip, Kris Jenner admits to her daughters that she feels like: “If I don’t help him do something drastic, that [Rob]’s gonna die.”

Rob Kardashian has made headlines over the past year over his extreme weight gain and alleged issues with depression.

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A new study has found that sleeping in a room with too much light has been linked to an increased risk of obesity.

A team at the Institute of Cancer Research in London found women had larger waistlines if their bedroom was “light enough to see across” at night.

However, they caution there is not enough evidence to advise people to buy thicker curtains or turn off lights.

The study of 113,000 women was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

The women were asked to rate the amount of light in their bedrooms at night as:

Sleeping in a room with too much light has been linked to an increased risk of obesity

Sleeping in a room with too much light has been linked to an increased risk of obesity (photo iStockphoto)

  • Light enough to read
  • Light enough to see across the room, but not read
  • Light enough to see your hand in front of you, but not across the room
  • Too dark to see your hand or you wear a mask

Their answers were compared to several measures of obesity. Body Mass Index (BMI), waist-to-hip ratio and waist circumference were all higher in women with lighter rooms.

One possible explanation is that the light is disrupting the body clock, which stems from our evolutionary past when we were active when it was light in the day and resting when it was dark at night.

Light alters mood, physical strength and even the way we process food in a 24-hour cycle.

Artificial light is known to disrupt the body clock by delaying the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.

The study was funded by Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the findings emerged from a long-term study to understand the risk factors for breast cancer. Obesity is known to increase the odds of the disease.

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According to US researchers, a defective gene linked to obesity appears to affect impulse control and food choices.

This could explain why people with the gene have so much trouble maintaining a healthy weight as they age.

Middle-aged and older people with obesity-associated variants of the FTO gene tend to gain weight, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health. Moreover, scans detected reduced function in brain regions that govern impulsivity and perception of food texture and taste, the researchers found.

“Sure enough, people who carry one or two copies of the FTO variant show increased intake of high-calorie or fatty food as they age,” said senior author Dr. Madhav Thambisetty, chief of clinical and translational neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging’s Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience.

“There may be a common biological factor underlying both the risk for obesity during aging as well as obesity-related behavior like your ability to resist impulse eating,” Madhav Thambisetty said.

Many studies have tied certain versions of the FTO gene to chronic obesity, but doctors have struggled to determine why the gene affects a person’s risk of obesity, said Ruth Loos, director of the genetics of obesity and related metabolic traits program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Middle-aged and older people with obesity-associated variants of the FTO gene tend to gain weight

Middle-aged and older people with obesity-associated variants of the FTO gene tend to gain weight

“These types of studies are important to disentangle the mechanism of why FTO is associated with obesity, but it’s only one piece of a huge puzzle,” Ruth Loos said.

In the US, more than one-third of adults aged 65 and over are obese, according to background information in the study.

About 45% of people in this study had at least one copy of the pro-obesity FTO variant, Dr. Madhav Thambisetty said, which tracks with the white population in the US. About 16% of people had two copies of the gene, which confers an even greater risk of obesity.

The study focused on nearly 700 participants, including 69 people who agreed to annual PET scans to gather additional information regarding their brain structure and function. At the start of the study, average age was 46. All were participating in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, one of the longest running studies of human aging in North America.

They first confirmed that body mass index increased in those with one or two copies of the FTO gene variant. They then compared brain PET scans of patients with the FTO variant with scans of non-carriers, looking for differences in brain function over time.

They found people with the gene variant had reduced function in their medial prefrontal cortex, a region thought to be important in controlling impulses and response to the taste and texture of food.

In a final step, the team reviewed data gathered on participants’ personality and diet. The group at increased genetic risk for obesity showed a greater tendency to impulsivity as well as a greater intake of fatty foods during aging.

The effect appears to increase with the number of copies.

“We see a dose effect, where these changes in impulsivity or a preference for fatty foods increase with multiple copies of the gene,” Dr. Madhav Thambisetty said.

The findings are published May 27 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

If these results pan out in additional studies, they mean that people who have a greater genetic risk of obesity face an uphill battle to maintain a healthy weight.

However, a genetic predisposition to obesity does not mean one is doomed to obesity.

“You may be genetically susceptible, but by living a healthy lifestyle you can overcome your genetics,” Ruth Loos said.

“You are not destined to be obese.”

Dr. Madhav Thambisetty agreed, noting that previous studies have shown that people can overcome the obesity risk posed by the FTO gene through regular exercise.

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According to a study published in the European Journal of Obesity, most people weigh the most on Monday mornings and the least by Friday.

The new study found that you are more likely to gain weight during the weekend and lose it throughout the week.

You are more likely to gain weight during the weekend and lose it throughout the week

You are more likely to gain weight during the weekend and lose it throughout the week

Eighty men and women recorded their weight every morning before breakfast for nearly a year. When researchers examined the numbers, they identified a distinct trend for weight gain on weekends and weight loss during the weeks.

However, researchers found that what sets people who ultimately lose weight throughout the year apart from those who gain is that losers shed more pounds during the weekdays. They are also more likely to adhere to this pattern than those who gain – losers hit their lowest weight around Friday 74% of the time.

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Matthew Perry’s fuller face revealed that he has gained even more weight in the past month as he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.

Matthew Perry, 43, has won his hard-fought battle with drugs but now seems to be fighting with the scale as his weight yet again fluctuates.

Matthew Perry’s fuller face revealed that he has gained even more weight in the past month

Matthew Perry’s fuller face revealed that he has gained even more weight in the past month

He appeared somewhat bedraggled as he walked though the sprawling airport with a scruffy shirt covering his black T-shirt, a green bag flung over his shoulder and a baseball cap on his head.

Matthew Perry also wore a rare pair of studious glasses and a thick coat despite the sunny California weather outside.

After winning the hearts of millions of Friends viewers as Chandler Bing in the 1990s, Matthew Perry was last seen in Go On, a comedy drama that aired in the US on NBC last year but was canceled after one season.

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Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed that she was left “hallucinating” after a 10-day cleanse.

Gwyneth Paltrow, 40, is known for being active and eating healthy, but admits she has tried fads like juice cleanses in the past which did her more harm than good.

The actress explained: “I’ve done juice cleanses in the past, and in my twenties I did the Master Cleanse, which left me hallucinating after 10 days.

“Be aware: a juice detox can crash your metabolism and lead to future weight gain.”

Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed that she was left “hallucinating” after a 10-day cleanse

Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed that she was left “hallucinating” after a 10-day cleanse

Although she’s committed to healthy living, Gwyneth Paltrow reveals she does indulge in naughty treats every now and then – including wine and cigarettes – because it provides some “balance” in her life.

In a self-penned article for The Telegraph newspaper, Gwyneth Paltrow wrote: “Stay away from processed foods, though cutting them out completely is no fun and can ultimately lead to a binge.

“Allow yourself programmed treats; I often have a glass of red wine in the evening and smoke a cigarette on a Saturday.

“I love those moments because they are just the right amount of naughty. That balance keeps you vibrant. You have to live your life, after all.”

Along with a good diet, Gwyneth Paltrow insists exercise is important and says she finds time to work out five days a week.

Gwyneth Paltrow added: “Keep up consistent exercise. I am dedicated to the Tracy Anderson Method and it has completely changed my body. Still, when I first started working with Tracy, finding motivation was hard.

“She advised me to think of exercise as an automatic routine, no different from brushing your teeth, to avoid getting distracted.

“Now it is part of my life – I exercise Monday to Friday at 10 a.m. and always stick with it.”

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Honey Boo Boo’s mom, June Shannon, has opened up about putting weight back on after losing 100 lbs, why her family will never diet and her thoughts on getting Botox.

Mama June, 33, has also revealed that her daughter Alana Thompson (aka Honey Boo Boo), 7, is losing her “baby fat”.

The Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch told InTouch: “I gain a couple of pounds back and then I lose them. But even if I gained the whole 100 pounds back, I’d be play with it.”

“A lot of larger people beat themselves up when they gain, but I’m really happy with myself.”

Mama June also revealed that her children, Anna, 18, Jessica, 16, Lauryn, 13, and Honey Boo Boo have lost weight too.

“They’ve all lost some weight too, but it’s just because we’ve been so busy. And Alana’s growing up and losing her baby fat!”

However, June Shannon – who grabbed attention for her signature dish of “sketti” – refuses to put her family on a diet.

“We eat what we like. I’m not trying to cook whatever’s cool. I cook what my family wants me to cook!”

June Shannon admits weight gain after losing 100 lbs

June Shannon admits weight gain after losing 100 lbs

Earlier this year, June Shannon said that she had tipped the scales at 365 lbs before she started filming her TLC series and at the beginning of this year she weighed a lighter 263lbs.

Mama June said at the time: “With the show I’ve been more active. They have me running around and going different places… I guess it’s paying off.”

“I haven’t done any surgeries… no diet pills… never went to the gym,” she insisted.

In a recent interview June Shannon said: “Hell no!” when she was asked if she was a fan of Botox.

On Here Comes Honey Boo Boo reality series June Shannon is regularly seen tucking into giant plates of food, with her favorite family dish being Sketti – a saucy combination of spaghetti, ketchup and butter.

A recent episode also showed how Mama June’s Thanksgiving menu featuring 15 cans of vegetables, 12 cans of cranberry sauce and a large turkey coated with a gallon of butter.

“Just like all my other recipes, butter and sugar makes everything taste better,” she exclaimed as she prepared the gut-busting feast.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – which is due to return to network TLC this summer – recently gained a new fan in Hollywood movie star Johnny Depp.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo… I could be called a fan,” Johnny Depp revealed this month.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Season 2  premieres with a double on Tuesday 23rd July 2013, 9 PM on TLC.

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Lady Gaga has shed 30 lbs and displayed her new bikini body while on holiday in Mexico earlier this week.

Lady Gaga, 27, displayed her toned figure in a floral two-piece while soaking up the sunshine with her friends.

Looking back to her confident best, Lady Gaga smiled widely as she was photographed.

Clearly conscious of the strong sun, Lady Gaga teamed the bikini with a wide-brimmed white hat and sunglasses to protect her pale complexion.

Later, Lady Gaga was seen wearing a pair of wide-legged cream trousers over the bikini as she made her way back to her hotel.

Her footwear choice could have been slightly more sensible, however, as the singer was seen wearing a pair of black heeled court shoes, which she them removed to walk along the sands.

The heels were even more inappropriate considering Lady Gaga’s recent operation on her hip back in February for a labral tear.

Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her Born This Way Ball tour and doctors told her to take six months off.

Lady Gaga has shed 30 lbs and displayed her new bikini body while on holiday in Mexico

Lady Gaga has shed 30 lbs and displayed her new bikini body while on holiday in Mexico

She revealed on Twitter that she dealt with chronic pain for several months prior to seeking medical help, but chose to ignore its effects rather than disappoint her fans.

Lady Gaga’s impressive bikini body comes after some unflattering pictures of her on stage in Amsterdam last September led to the singer revealing she had gained 30 lbs.

Following the shots, Lady Gaga admitted in an interview that she had put on weight, telling Stylist magazine: “I don’t really care if people think I’m fat, because, quite honestly, I did gain about 30 pounds.”

Lady Gaga later blamed the weight gain on her restaurant owner father’s cooking.

The singer told radio host Elvis Duran: “I love eating pasta and pizza. I’m a New York Italian girl. That’s why I have been staying out of New York. My father opened a restaurant. It’s so amazing.

“It’s so freaking delicious, but I’m telling you I gain five pounds every time I go in there. So my dad wants me to eat at the restaurant, and I’m, like, I’ve got to go where I can drink green juice.”

Lady Gaga added: “I really don’t feel bad about it, not even for a second. I have to be on such a strict diet constantly. It’s hard because it’s a quite vigorous show, so I tend to bulk up, get muscular, and I really don’t like that. So I’m trying to find a new balance.”

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Rob Kardashian has been slowly and surely clawing his way back to a healthy weight after gaining over 40 pounds following the breakdown of his relationship with Rita Ora.

However, Rob Kardashian, 26, still looked chubby at a Neiman Marcus event in Las Vegas to promote his sock line, Arthur George, and admitted that he’s still got a long way to go.

“I still have to lose like 40 to 50 pounds believe it or not,” Rob Kardashian told Us Weekly at the event.

Before adding: “Six months I should be there.”

Rob Kardashian told the same magazine he weighed 235 pounds in March and was throwing himself into daily work-outs but revealed he has now recruited Lamar Odom’s trainer to help him shed.

He told the magazine: “I’m kind of doing my own thing with Lamar [Odom]’s trainer. He’s on salary since he was 19 years old, so he works for us. I’ve been spending time with him.”

Rob Kardashian also revealed his cutting out alcohol to keep down those empty calories.

Rob Kardashian weighed 235 pounds in March and was throwing himself into daily work-outs but revealed he has now recruited Lamar Odom's trainer to help him shed

Rob Kardashian weighed 235 pounds in March and was throwing himself into daily work-outs but revealed he has now recruited Lamar Odom’s trainer to help him shed

In a Kourtney & Kim Take Miami episode aired in February, Rob Kardashian blamed his weight gain on his break up with Rita Ora.

He said: “It’s crazy how this whole year, my whole relationship was only negative, all I did was gain f***ing 40 pounds and lose so much money.”

Rob Kardashian’s chubby face didn’t put off his girlie fans at the event on Saturday.

The reality star who jokily calls himself “fat boy Rob”, was joined at the Neiman Marcus footwear function by his mother Kris Jenner.

Kris Jenner, 57, proudly posed behind her only son and excitedly held up a handful of his colorful socks at the store’s display.

The Arthur George designer was famously accused of being a “jobless loser” by his sister Kim Kardashian on a 2011 episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Rob Kardashian, who topped the scales at 240 pounds, has been trying to ditch the weight he gained after his breakup with British singer Rita Ora.

“I’m trying to lose 40 [by the fourth of July],” he told People Magazine in March.

“It’s a little journey.”

Rob Kardashian reportedly exercises in the morning with his trainer and then usually joins his friends on hikes, including his former dance partner Cheryl Burke.

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When Keanu Reeves hit the Cannes scene on Sunday, it came as a shock to see the Hollywood hunk look anything less than handsome.

Keanu Reeves, 48, stepped onto a yacht looking bloated and aged.

The actor usually adorns his face and neck with grizzly facial hair, but Keanu went for a clean shaven look that revealed a drooping jaw and neckline.

Attempting to hold onto his Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures youth, the star wore his black locks long in a beach-boy style that only acted as a harsh contrast to his ageing face.

When Keanu Reeves hit the Cannes scene on Sunday, it came as a shock to see the Hollywood hunk look anything less than handsome

When Keanu Reeves hit the Cannes scene on Sunday, it came as a shock to see the Hollywood hunk look anything less than handsome

Perhaps a late night of partying caused his eyes to appear puffier than usual, but the actor looked tired nonetheless.

Further adding to his less-than-hunky appearance was a grey tight V-neck T-shirt that hugged his bloated midsection.

A cream linen blazer layered over his shirt and distressed denim, concealing part of his weight gain.

Keanu Reeves has two films that are set to be released later in 2013, both of which must have required that Keanu be in top form.

In 47 Ronin, Keanu Reeves stars as an 18th century samurai who sets out to avenge the death of his troupe’s master.

Additionally, in Man of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves directs and stars in the film based on martial artists.

It’s quite possible the actor is just letting loose in his off season after months of filming and recently promoting the film Generation Um…

Keanu Reeves is also rumored to be in talks to star alongside Reese Witherspoon in new sci-fi film Passengers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Ajay Rochester, former host of Australia’s Biggest Loser, has revealed she has gained a staggering 105 lbs.

Ajay Rochester, who hosted the weight-loss television show for four series between 2006 and 2009, said in a radio interview that she makes daily trips to fast food restaurants and admitted she is eating herself to death.

She was pictured on Tuesday picking up two Subway sandwiches and two large drinks while walking her dogs in Los Angeles, where she is now based.

“So I’ll eat that. Then I just lie down all day because I can’t move because my arteries are so clogged.

“And then I drive past Carl’s and get a burger and fries. I’m laughing about it. But it’s really serious because I am eating myself to death.”

Ajay Rochester, former host of Australia's Biggest Loser, has revealed she has gained a staggering 105 lbs

Ajay Rochester, former host of Australia’s Biggest Loser, has revealed she has gained a staggering 105 lbs

Last year Ajay Rochester appeared on Australian TV screens in the celebrity diet show Excess Baggage, alongside Kevin Federline.

She has since relocated to the US in a bid to find fame.

“Seriously my house looks like somebody else lives in there,” Ajay Rochester said of her new Californian home.

“There are all these beautiful clothes, because I have lots clothes from Biggest Loser.

“So if you open my cupboard you would go, <<Well she must be the cleaner that big fat thing, and where is the skinny girl who lives here?>> Because I live in sweatpants. You know the saddest thing was, when I got home from Excess Baggage I thought; <<Oh yeah I did alright, I won, I lost a bit of weight>>.

“I came home and I tried on my skinny jeans and I was still too fat for my skinny jeans.”

Ajay Rochester’s weight has yo-yoed dramatically over the years as she struggled to cope with emotional issues.

She was physically abused by her adoptive mother during her childhood and they are now estranged.

Ajay Rochester found her birth mother Kaylene when she was 22, although her mother committed suicide a year later.

In 2003 she became a top-selling author in Australia with Confessions of a Reformed Dieter and later released The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Fit.

Ajay Rochester, a single mother, has a 13-year-old son Kai, who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.

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Kim Kardashian had another unflattering choice of maternity wear with a salmon pink dress that billowed dramatically at the hips as she attended church with her mother Kris Jenner on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Kim Kardashian, 32, who is six months pregnant, wore a floaty dress with the bottom tapered in.

The reality star showed off ample cleavage in the low-cut frock, while the draping material of her dress concealed her pregnant belly for the most part.

Kim Kardashian completed the look with stylish beige sandals and a brown suede handbag.

Kim Kardashian had another unflattering choice of maternity wear with a salmon pink dress that billowed dramatically at the hips as she attended church with her mother Kris Jenner

Kim Kardashian had another unflattering choice of maternity wear with a salmon pink dress that billowed dramatically at the hips as she attended church with her mother Kris Jenner

She wore her long dark hair straight and loose over her shoulders and shielded her eyes with giant aviator sunglasses.

Kim Kardadshian attended church with her mother Kris Jenner, who opted for a low-key look in black skinny jeans, a white blazer and black trainers.

Kris Jenner and her daughter walked closely together as they chatted while making their way into the church.

Kim Kardashian has received criticism for her unflattering maternity style, which has regularly consisted of either ill-fitting baggy clothing or tight, skimpy attire.

Much of the clothing has made her appear bigger than what she is, which became especially clear when she posted a Twitter snap of her bare baby bump on Saturday.

The star looked surprisingly slender in black leggings and a white T-shirt, suggesting that her weight gain hasn’t been as severe as it has seemed.

Kim Kardashian recently took to her blog to respond to criticism of her maternity style.

“I saw some comments that were so critical!” the reality star wrote on Friday.

“It’s funny because Kourtney warned me that when I get pregnant people’s opinions will be on an all time high and everyone will chime in. So I now see what she means.”

Kim Kardashian added: “I saw some comments that the skirt is too tight for the pregnancy and that’s ridiculous! I bought this skirt a few sizes bigger and there is plenty of room.”

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner furiously defended their sister Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy style from those who have been criticizing her weight gain.

“It p***es me off when people say, <<You’re so fat>>, to Kim,” Kylie Jenner, 15, admitted to E! News.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner defended their sister Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy style from those who have been criticizing her weight gain

Kendall and Kylie Jenner defended their sister Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy style from those who have been criticizing her weight gain

Kendall Jenner added that all that matters is how Kim Kardashian feels in herself.

“If you like it, and you feel good…” Kendall Jenner, 17, began, before her sister interjected.

“I’m like, <<Are you dumb?>>” Kylie Jenner cut in, taking a slightly more angry approach.

She added: “I don’t get it.”

“She’s pregnant, people.”

They were speaking at a photo shoot to promote their clothing line PacSun, and as they flicked through rails of garments they had designed, they gushed that they are big fans of Kim’s maternity wear.

Kim Kardashian, 32, who is expecting a baby with boyfriend Kanye West, has also taken matters into her own hands.

After reading comments complaining that one of her leather pencil skirts was too tight, Kim Kardashian posted a blog hitting back at her critics.

“I saw some comments that the skirt is too tight for the pregnancy and that’s ridiculous!” she wrote.

“I bought this skirt a few sizes bigger and there is plenty of room.

“For any concern that my clothes are too tight, I have so many pieces custom fit for my growing body!”

Kim Kardashian added: “It’s funny because Kourtney warned me that when I get pregnant people’s opinions will be on an all time high and everyone will chime in! So I now see what she means.”

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Kim Kardashian insisted she is not ashamed of her pregnancy curves and she certainly made her point by wearing a figure-hugging grey dress which clung to every curve as she emerged from the Trump Hotel in SoHo, New York.

Kim Kardashian, 32, posted a message on her blog explaining she is not trying to “hide” her changing figure with clever styling, as some of her naysayers have suggested.

The grey ensemble, complete with zip detailing, was adored with jewels across the sleeve and front, giving pregnant Kim Kardashian a few more extra pounds to carry around.

The reality star topped off her look with silver stilettos, perfectly set make-up and didn’t have a hair out of place as she headed to a luncheon, held in her honor and hosted by DuJour magazine, at The Darby restaurant.

Kim Kardashian insisted she is not ashamed of her pregnancy curves

Kim Kardashian insisted she is not ashamed of her pregnancy curves

On Tuesday Kim Kardashian took to her blog following a hectic day of TV interviews, where she told her fans that she is by no means attempting to disguise her changing shape.

After earlier admitting to having put on 20lb so far during her pregnancy, Kim Kardashian posted: “I see comments from many people that I only wear black and I’m trying to hide my pregnancy or I’m ashamed, which is so beyond ridiculous!”

The reality star, who is due to give birth in July with Kanye West’s child, went on: “I’ve always worn black and I love it. So simple & chic!

“But I do wear white and color all the time as well. Fashion is fun and I love experimenting even when I’m pregnant.”

During an interview on Live! With Kelly and Michael, Kim Kardashian denied rumors she had put on 60 lbs, but admitted she probably will in time.

She said: “I’ve gained 20lbs. At this stage Kourtney had gained 30. I probably will gain those 60 pounds, just give me a couple more months.”

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Speaking to Extra TV host Maria Menounos, Kim Kardashian squashed rumors that she had hit the whopping 200 lbs mark so far in her pregnancy.

Kim Kardashian, 32, was seen out and about on Monday night. Having earlier stepped out in a bold black and white dress that emphasized her curves, she hid her figure beneath a black wrap coat.

“There are maybe two or three covers just this week that say I am 200 pounds,” the reality star explained.

“I’m like, <<You are 60 pounds off here>>… It wouldn’t even bother me if I gained all the weight,” she said.

“And I have the biggest sweet tooth and I love junk food. Being pregnant I don’t like any of it.”

Kim Kardashian squashed rumors that she had hit the whopping 200 lbs mark so far in her pregnancy

Kim Kardashian squashed rumors that she had hit the whopping 200 lbs mark so far in her pregnancy

However, Kim Kardashian joked she is “sad” no one has been tempting her with fast food, which she’s replaced in her diet with healthier options.

She added: “I’m waiting for the moments when someone’s like, <<Let’s go to McDonald’s and Taco Bell>> – that’s not happening for me and I’m kind of sad about it.”

Kim Kardashian, whose 36D bust has increased to a 36G, jetted out of LAX to New York on Monday morning to shoot two TV appearances.

She will appear on Live With Kelly And Michael on Tuesday morning and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno later in the evening.

“I never thought I would ever say this… But I’m wearing flats today,” Kim Kardashian tweeted to her 17.5 million followers.

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Sharon Osbourne has launched an attack on Lady Gaga, accusing the singer of being desperate for attention after openly criticizing her daughter, Kelly.

Sharon Osbourne published a letter to Lady Gaga on Thursday after Kelly and Gaga traded barbs.

“I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kelly,” Sharon Osbourne writes, asking: “Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?”

The controversy erupted after Kelly Osbourne made comments about Lady Gaga’s weight gain late last year.

Speaking to Alan Carr for his Channel 4 chat show, Kelly Osbourne said: “I think she is pregnant because she has been covering up this part of her body recently and I have been noticing that a lot.”

Kelly Osbourne was referring to a photo of Lady Gaga wearing a burka to a London Fashion Week event.

“And her style has changed and you can’t bleach your hair blonde when you are pregnant,” she added.

Lady Gaga’s furious “little monster” fans responded with frightening death threats, prompting Sharon Osbourne to write the singer’s manager.

In an email to Vince Hebert sent on Thursday, Sharon Osbourne reminds him that she wrote last year about Lady Gaga’s fans bullying Kelly online, and complains that he “never really responded”.

“Well, it’s continuing again. I want you to read the blog below from a Lady Gaga fan,” she continues.

Sharon Osbourne includes a tweet: “Little Monster David @LilMonsterMaren @MissKellyO LITTLE MONSTER ARTPOP : Kelly Osbourne needs to kill herself”, with a link to a vitriolic post aimed at her daughter, calling her “an ugly whore” who “deserves to be hit by a car and die of AIDS”, while asking others to fill in the blank of what they think of Kelly.

Cruel taunts flood the page.

Sharon Osbourne continues: “I thought that Gaga was a main campaigner against bullying.

“Vince, I’m leaving it in your hands to do the right thing here. One tweet from Gaga can change this whole situation. I’m not asking her to deal with this directly but she if she could tweet something to her fans about being more respectful that may end this. I’m sure she doesn’t condone her fans saying such hideously offensive things.”

Vince Hebert responds with a curt: “I’m on it.”

Next, Lady Gaga, real name Stefanie Germanotta, responds in the form of an open letter on LittleMonsters.com, addressing Kelly Osbourne and stating she wished the television star had reached out to her personally.

“As the head of the Born This Way foundation with my mother Cynthia we would like to respond,” she writes, contending that it is part of her mission in life to “work towards a kinder and braver world with our community of followers”.

Sharon Osbourne has launched an attack on Lady Gaga, accusing the singer of being desperate for attention after openly criticizing her daughter, Kelly

Sharon Osbourne has launched an attack on Lady Gaga, accusing the singer of being desperate for attention after openly criticizing her daughter, Kelly

Lady Gaga notes Kelly Osbourne has “chosen a less compassionate path”, and criticizes her work as a correspondent on E!’s Fashion Police, calling it “rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people’s beauty against one another”.

“Your show breeds negativity, and over the years has even become comedic in nature. It glorifies you and Joan Rivers pointing in the camera, laughing, and making jokes about artists and celebrities as if we are zoo animals,” she continues.

Referring to Kelly Osbourne’s weight loss over the years, she asks: “To see you blossoming into a beautiful slender woman who makes fun of others for a living is astounding. Why not help others? Why not defend others who are bullied for their image and share your story?”

Lady Gaga says she has met Kelly Osbourne in person, calling her “lovely”, and asks that they both do their part do their part ‘to set a standard of respect, compassion, and love’.

Sharon Osbourne responded with her own open letter on Facebook, not taking Lady Gaga’s words in kind.

“I am perplexed as to why you would go public with an open letter,” she writes, calling it “hypocritical and full of contradictions”.

“How sweet that you have empathy for my daughter, as you feel that she has taken a less passionate path in life,” she continues.

Sharon Osbourne goes on to criticize Lady Gaga’s fashion choices, stating she was “sickened” when she saw the singer’s infamous meat dress at the 2010 MTV Music Video Awards.

“When I see you wearing fur, and using it as a fashion statement, the fact that defenseless animals have been killed so you can get your picture in the press is abhorrent to me,” Sharon Osbourne  writes, asking: “Shouldn’t you be teaching your “little monster” fans to respect animals and life?”

The matriarch refuses to justify Kelly Osbourne’s career choices, and slams her for making the issue public.

“By your actions to Kelly right now, you have shown me that you are nothing more than a publicly seeking hypocrite and an attention seeker. You know it would have been much more dignified of you to do this privately. I am calling you a bully because you have 32 million followers hanging on your every word and you are criticizing Kelly in your open letter. Are you so desperate that you needed to make this public?”

Sharon Osbourne continues: “In closing, stop wearing fur, stop looking for publicity, and stop using your fans to belittle not just Kelly but an endless stream of celebrities. A word from you would stop all the hideous, negative and vile threats from your <<little monsters>>. Let me know if you want to continue this debate. I’m an open playing field for you my darling. Sincerely, Sharon Osbourne.”

Lady Gaga and her mother had not issued comment at press time.

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A new research suggests that mothers are over-feeding their children because they are unable to see if they are too chubby.

A survey of nearly 300 mothers found they struggled to judge the weight of their own toddlers.

Experts say this blind spot can lead to the youngsters being encouraged to overeat, predisposing them to obesity in later life.

The study was carried out by dietitian Rebecca Byrne who asked 276 mothers to describe their 12 to 16 month old toddlers as either underweight, normal weight or overweight.

The researchers then measured the children’s heights and weights.

Rebecca Byrne said the mothers thought 27 of the children were too thin, but only one of these toddlers was actually underweight, with the rest a normal size.

Additionally, while 32% of the toddlers in the study were actually overweight, only four per cent (12 of the 276 toddlers) were perceived as too heavy by their mothers.

A new research suggests that mothers are over-feeding their children because they are unable to see if they are too chubby

A new research suggests that mothers are over-feeding their children because they are unable to see if they are too chubby

Rebecca Byrne, of the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, said: “Mums are often worried their babies and toddlers aren’t eating enough.

“We put a lot of emphasis on weight gain in babies and toddlers as a measure of them doing well.

“I think the perception in our society is that a chubby baby is a healthy baby and the chubbiness is something they’ll grow out of – but they don’t.

“This sticks with them throughout childhood and they often end up overweight as an adult.”

She added: “Mums who are worried their child is not gaining enough weight, may pressure them to eat more or bribe them with dessert or treats.

“This can teach children to ignore their own cues of hunger and fullness, inadvertently promoting overeating.”

Rapid early weight gain before two years of age is associated with a two to threefold increase in the risk of obesity later in life.

Rebecca Byrne said parents are not given the support they need to understand normal child growth and how to pick up weight problems in their children.

She said: “Serious prevention efforts need to start early in life to reverse the trend of increasing childhood obesity and set kids up for life-long good health.”

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Lady Gaga recently admitted to putting on 30 lbs and now she has weighed in on the body image debate.

In an interview with Stylist magazine, Lady Gaga speaks out after hitting headlines because of her weight gain and asked why people didn’t target British singer Adele.

Speaking to the magazine Lady Gaga said: “Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it? She’s so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match. She has set the bar very high for a lot of women.”

Lady Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, 26, explained how her mother had called her and asked her whether she had gained weight after pictures were published in magazines and online.

She said: “I was acutely aware of some photos on the internet – my mum called me and was like, <<Did you gain weight?>> – everybody was telling me about it, and I didn’t really care. But when I heard it was on the news, where they talk about wars, the economy crashing and the election – I just thought, <<This is f***ing ridiculous>>.”

The singer added: “I mean, what kind of example is that to a young girl sitting at home? I thought, well I don’t really care if they think I’m fat, because, quite honestly, I did gain about 30 pounds.”

In an interview with Stylist magazine, Lady Gaga speaks out after hitting headlines because of her weight gain and asked why people didn't target British singer Adele

In an interview with Stylist magazine, Lady Gaga speaks out after hitting headlines because of her weight gain and asked why people didn’t target British singer Adele

Lady Gaga was talking about her Body Revolution where she asks her fans to embrace their flaws whatever their shape.

She told the magazine that her fans carry the message so she can focus on her music.

While some critics may not like her larger shape her boyfriend Taylor Kinney is a big fan of her curves.

Taylor Kinney recently revealed that Lady Gaga reminded him of his mother, in a good way.

Speaking to The Sun, Taylor Kinney said: “She works incredibly hard and is very strong and inspirational like mom, with a great work ethic.”

 

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Kim Kardashian’s famous hourglass figure has grown by 28 lbs since she started dating Kanye West – and he loves every inch of it.

Kim Kardashian, 31, has slowed down her hardcore exercise regime and now weighs more than she ever has at around nine stone.

She has gone up to a size 12, having previously been a size 8, and she is happy to skip trips to the gym in favor of staying in bed with Kanye West.

A friend of Kim Kardashian’s told Heat magazine: “Instead of hitting the gym at 6:00 a.m., she’s finding herself staying in bed with Kanye and really letting her guard down.”

Her rapper boyfriend is said to be happy with her new shape and he has been encouraging her to diet less.

Kanye West has never made a secret of his love of curvy girls and he often references the feminine form in his songs.

He raps on Good Life: “Welcome to the good life, where we like the girls who ain’t on TV ’cause they got more ass than the models.”

Kim Kardashian’s famous hourglass figure has grown by 28 lbs since she started dating Kanye West

Kim Kardashian’s famous hourglass figure has grown by 28 lbs since she started dating Kanye West

With Kanye West having a healthy appetite for food, his relaxed attitude has rubbed off on Kim Kardashian  too.

A friend told Heat magazine: “She’s normally ruthless when it comes to diet and exercise, but since she met Kanye her discipline has gone out the window.”

The fact that Kim Kardashian makes a living by posing in her swimwear means that even with Kanye West’s support, she is still a little self-conscious about her weight gain.

Kim Kardaashian said earlier this month: “I’m hoping to slim down a little bit, and I’m not afraid to say it.

“I think everyone goes up and down in whatever that comfortable love-relationship phase is, where you like to eat out, but now it’s time to get it together again.”

 

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Lady Gaga has been sporting a much fuller figure of late, but she looked decidedly meaty as she took to the stage on Tuesday night in Amsterdam, Holland.

Wearing her cherished carnivorous corset, Lady Gaga, 26, flaunted her new curves for all to see as she hit the Netherlands for the latest stop on her Born This Way tour.

Looking much bigger than usual around her thigh and hip region, Mother Monster was also sporting a fuller face as she belted out her biggest hits.

And as the Alejandro hitmaker later changed into a pair of high-waisted khaki trousers and a black bralet, her weight gain around her waist was clear to see.

Lady Gaga has been sporting a much fuller figure of late, but she looked decidedly meaty as she took to the stage on Tuesday night in Amsterdam

Lady Gaga has been sporting a much fuller figure of late, but she looked decidedly meaty as she took to the stage on Tuesday night in Amsterdam

But it wasn’t her figure that was grabbing people’s attention as she took to the stage in Amsterdam.

Lady Gaga was seen mid-show lighting a big joint of marijuana and inhaling it during a break.

Praising the “wondrous” drug, Lady Gaga told fans she had cut down on drinking alcohol because she prefers smoking the substance.

Lady Gaga was seen mid-show lighting a big joint of marijuana and inhaling it during a break

Lady Gaga was seen mid-show lighting a big joint of marijuana and inhaling it during a break

She was quoted as telling The Sun newspaper: “I want you to know it has totally changed my life and I’ve really cut down on drinking.

“It has been a totally spiritual experience for me with my music. It’s like saying everybody needs to take a breath and it’s going to be OK.”

Lady Gaga has been open about how hard she usually works to maintain her trim physique, and caused controversy earlier this year by revealing her diet habits.

Writing on her Twitter page, Lady Gaga said: “Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger #PopSingersDontEat #IWasBornThisWay.”

However, the star has previously admitted she can’t resist hearty Italian food.

She said: “The rumors I am a dab hand in the kitchen are completely true.

“I come from an Italian family – what more can I say? I love to cook. I am really good at Italian food. So I make great meatballs, pasta and all sorts. I love it.”

 

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Jessica Simpson showed off little Maxwell’s first swimsuit yesterday as she shared a photo of the adorable four-month-old on Katie Couric’s new chatshow.

Jessica Simpson herself kept her clothes firmly on as she made her much-hyped appearance as the very first guest on Katie.

The 32-year-old singer wore a slimming black peplum Roland Mouret dress as she revealed she had lost 40 lbs since Maxwell’s birth on May 1.

Talking to Katie Couric in her first big TV interview since becoming a mother, Jessica Simpson admitted she didn’t realize how hard it would be to lose her baby weight.

“During pregnancy, I didn’t really think about it,” she said about her weight gain.

“I thought my doctors were telling me that it was just a lot of water and whenever my water broke my whole entire stomach would go down but that did not happen.

“All the weight did not come out with the baby.”

Jessica Simpson showed off little Maxwell's first swimsuit yesterday as she shared a photo of the adorable four-month-old on Katie Couric's new chatshow

Jessica Simpson showed off little Maxwell's first swimsuit yesterday as she shared a photo of the adorable four-month-old on Katie Couric's new chatshow

Now Jessica Simpson says she is 10 lbs away from her goal weight, and she’s using her daughter to get there.

“I basically take her with me, whether it’s strapping her on me or strolling around the neighborhood,” she said.

“My new goal is 14,000 steps a day.”

Jessica Simpson is breast feeding Maxwell, and said that sugar cravings had been an obstacle in her weight loss.

“I feel like what made me eat more is my hormones and breastfeeding,” she confided in Katie Couric.

“I’ve never wanted chocolate more in my life. I’ve had to really stay focused and focus on my diet and concentrate on what I’m putting in my body.”

Jessica Simpson says she is 10 lbs away from her goal weight

Jessica Simpson says she is 10 lbs away from her goal weight

But unlike most new mothers Jessica Simpson is been paid a heady amount to shed her weight.

Jessica Simpson, who tipped the scales at more than 170 lbs during her pregnancy, is following Weight Watchers after signing a deal rumored to be worth $4 million.

She said the programme was working for her.

“You have to track every bit, and you can’t get away with the bites because they add up,” she said.

“You have to be completely honest with yourself, and I think just creating that relationship of honesty with yourself is so good.”

And she said appearing on the show had been driving her weight loss.

“I’ve just had a lot of pressure on me and today was actually one of my goals,” she said.

“Getting here in a comfortable and beautiful dress.”

With the eyes of the world on her, Jessica Simpson also said her weight loss had been somewhat stressful.

“I’ve been pregnant for three years,” she joked.

“I definitely don’t Google my name.

“I try to avoid it completely. But I still subconsciously know that the talk is going on so I think that every day that is a struggle for me.”

“I understand that it sells magazines and stuff. But I wish I could get a cut,” she said.

And she added: “There is a lot of pressure to lose weight. But I want to be healthy for my daughter.”

Talking about her fiancé, Eric Johnson, Jessica Simpson admitted that the couple had yet to set a date to walk down the aisle.

But she said of the American football player: “He’s the best dad. Even my dad says that. He changes every diaper.”

Both Eric and Maxwell Johnson accompanied her to New York from their LA home for the interview.

“She had her first flight yesterday,” Jessica Simpson said of Maxwell.

“She did not sleep. She slept the last hour but she didn’t cry.”

Jessica Simpson said that having her daughter had transformed her life.

“Motherhood is a dream it really is absolutely amazing,” she said.

“My life is very different now.”

Despite her weight loss, Jessica Simpson admitted she was worried about her appearance.

“I almost peed my pants, I’m very nervous,” she told Katie Couric.

She wasn’t the only one.

Katie Couric herself told her audience: “I feel like it’s the first day of school. It’s so nice to be here. I am so thrilled today to finally be here.”

She had plenty of support – her daughters, aged 16 and 21, were in the audience.

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Advances in nutritional research are beginning to shine a light on the potentially slimming effects of some of the most sinful foods, such as chocolate, cheese or a big glass of wine.

 

Red wine

Scientists in the U.S. have identified a compound in red wine that could help you slim. Called piceatannol, it appears to slow the growth of fat cells, which means that rather than topping up your calorie total, red wine could be a dieter’s friend. Piceatannol appears to alter the way new fat cells grow.

Normally, it takes ten days for a fat cell to reach maturity, and once it has, it is difficult to shrink with diet and exercise. However, when there’s piceatannol in the blood, fat cells are stopped from maturing. Scientists believe that if they isolate the compound, they may be able to use it in anti-obesity drugs.

You may be able to reap the fat busting benefits by having one glass of red wine a day. Any more, however, and you could be adding too much to your daily calorie load – half a bottle of wine is around 250 calories, but at 510 calories, a bottle a day is not only highly calorific, but also damaging to health.

Curry

Living off spicy takeaways – including curries – has always been thought of as a surefire route to weight gain, but researchers at Canada’s Laval University have found that a chemical contained in chillies could boost your body’s ability to burn fat and curb your appetite. This is because capsaicin, the chemical that gives chillies, cayenne and paprika their characteristic pungency, stimulates the natural process where some of the food we eat is converted immediately to heat. Called diet-induced thermogenesis, this process is good news for dieters because it means we burn up calories rather than storing them.

Scientists found that chilli can also reduce your appetite. Studies show that when men and women eat chilli-spiked food, they feel less hungry and eat significantly less at subsequent meals. Incorporating chillies into your breakfast has been shown to be effective at encouraging you to opt for a smaller lunch. But if you can’t face the thought of a spiced-up egg-white omelette (51 calories for three eggs), you can get your chilli fix at the end of the day with a hot curry, ideally tandoori, tikka or bhuna as they tend to be made without creamy sauces.

Advances in nutritional research are beginning to shine a light on the potentially slimming effects of some of the most sinful foods

Advances in nutritional research are beginning to shine a light on the potentially slimming effects of some of the most sinful foods

Nuts

There’s no doubt that nuts are fattening. Or are they? As a snack, nuts pack a heavier calorie punch than crisps (a handful of crisps is around 40 calories, whereas you can easily notch up 300 calories with a fist-full of peanuts). But nutritional experts believe they could be a better choice for dieters. Research shows that people who snack on nuts tend to be slimmer than those who don’t.

A study from Purdue University, Indiana, found that when a group of 15 normal-weight people added about 500 calories’ worth of peanuts to their diet, they consumed less at subsequent meals. The participants also revved up their resting metabolism by 11%, which means they burned more calories – even when relaxing. Researchers from the University of Barcelona say this is because nuts stimulate the hormone serotonin, which boosts happiness, decreases appetite and improves heart health. It takes only 1oz of raw, unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts a day to start reducing fat around your abdomen.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has acquired a bad reputation for being high in saturated fat. But research is emerging that indicates this fat might behave differently from other saturated fats. Coconut oil is predominantly made up of short and medium-chain fatty acids. These compounds don’t boost cholesterol levels – in fact, they lower the risk of heart disease and can help weight loss because your body is able to burn them more quickly than other fats.

Use small quantities in cooking or baking instead of butter or unhealthy oils. It remains stable at high temperatures so is great for frying, too.

Cheese

For long-term dieters one of the most sorely missed foods is often cheese. With its high fat and calorie content (42 cals and 3.5g of fat per 10g slice) it’s all-too often sacrificed in favour of more slimming sandwich fillings and meal toppings. But studies now show cheese can help you lose weight – particularly around your abdomen. Cheese contains protein, which helps us feel fuller more quickly, but scientists also believe the calcium in cheese encourages the body to burn more fat because it helps your body increase the amount of fat it eliminates. The best cheeses are feta or Edam as they are lower in fat per serving, but keep away from rich creamy ones such as Camembert.

Chocolate

Even though chocolate is loaded with calories, dark chocolate contains antioxidants and ingredients such as bioflavonoids that scientists believe may promote weight loss. A study at the University of California found that chocolate-eaters tended to be slimmer than those who didn’t touch the stuff. They were also less likely to get heart disease or suffer strokes. But milk chocolate adds calories and depletes the proportion of essential slimming nutrients. So choose dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa (70% or more) as the crucial nutrients are contained in the cocoa. As an added bonus, its bitter taste may also suppress appetite.

 

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Khloe Kardashian has never made a secret of her battle with her weight, speaking openly about her desire to shed the pounds in various interviews.

Now Khloe Kardashian, 27, has spoken of her delight after losing an astonishing 20lbs in just 20 days.

The reality TV star, seen posing in a dark purple two-piece on the cover of Life & Style Weekly magazine, underneath the headline How I got thin fast!

It is believed that the main reason Khloe Kardashian has managed to slim down is the fact that she has been having healthy, easy meals cooked for her by a personal chef.

Khloe Kardashian has spoken of her delight after losing an astonishing 20lbs in just 20 days

Khloe Kardashian has spoken of her delight after losing an astonishing 20lbs in just 20 days

Khloe Kardashian, who is 5ft 10in, has also apparently been working out alongside her basketball player husband Lamar Odom, and his personal trainer, in a bid to shape up.

She has spoken before about how difficult she finds it to be compared to her more petite sisters, Kim and Kourtney.

Khloe Kardashian told Us Weekly magazine last year: “They are 5-foot and 5-foot-2, so I look massive next to them. Everyone expects me to be 9 feet tall and weigh 200 pounds when they meet me.”

She has also said in the past: “My weight is always going up and down. I’m always fighting that and I feel like no matter what I do, I don’t look good enough to everybody else.

“My weight is my biggest lifetime struggle. It’s not the biggest thing in life, but it does get you down sometimes.”

Apparently the difficulty in Khloe Kardashian’s relationship with husband Lamar Odom has been to blame for her recent weight gain.

But the news that they are taking a break from their reality TV career will also help Khloe Kardashian maintain her new slim line figure.

Khloe Kardashian told People magazine yesterday: “We just wanted to prioritize a little; we just wanted a little pause. Part of being married is knowing when your husband needs your support.”

 

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You have cut out calories and joined a gym, but are seemingly innocuous things stopping you from losing weight?

Researchers say you have to cut more other things to help losing weight:

 1. Your oversized handbag

We know those extra Easter eggs don’t help your battle with the dreaded muffin top, but your handbag? After noticing some of his patients carry more fat on one side of their body, cosmetic doctor Michael Prager realized that it was often the side on which the patients held their oversized handbags.

“Before I perform laser fat removal I measure where patients carry fat, so we can measure inch loss post-treatment,” Dr. Michael Prager says.

“Many of my female patients carry more fat down one side of their body and their fat stores were uneven. The only thing these women had in common was their ridiculously big handbags.”

Postural expert Ivana Daniell says that Dr. Michael Prager’s observations are due to the effects of heavy bags on our deportment. Over time, bad posture leads to distorted fat distribution.

“Our posture affects where we store fat,” Ivana Daniell says.

“If you do more weight-bearing exercises on one side – i.e. by carrying a heavy bag – you’re not only activating the muscles more on one side, you’re also creating a muscular and skeletal imbalance which can affect fat distribution.”

Her advice? “Don’t carry so much, because it affects your posture, and good posture makes you look slimmer. And switch your handbag from side to side.” As well as evening out fat stores, this will also reduce pain in your neck, shoulders, and back.

Over time, bad posture due to the effects of heavy bags on our deportment leads to distorted fat distribution

Over time, bad posture due to the effects of heavy bags on our deportment leads to distorted fat distribution

 2. Fake tan

For years we’ve thought a fake tan will leave us looking slimmer and more toned. But could it actually make us fatter in the long run? Scientists in Sweden have discovered that chemicals known as phthalates in self-tanning lotions make us more prone to weight gain and twice as likely to develop diabetes.

The chemical is also found in make-up, cleaning products and plastic containers. The study has raised concerns that phthalates can encourage your body to store fat around the stomach area because they disrupt the hormone balance (in a similar way to puberty or the menopause) which can cause weight gain.

Study author Monica Lind says: “These phthalates are making people obese. Many are used in body products like fake tan and they are absorbed into the body and bloodstream through the skin.”

3. Multi-tasking

For most women, continuously switching between chores is part and parcel of daily life. But new research has found that serially switching tasks exhausts the part of our brain that regulates self-control.

“When you help your kids with their homework, then respond to a work email on your BlackBerry, then go right back to algebra, you’re doing tasks that require very different mindsets, which is what we found saps self-control resources,” says Professor Ryan Hamilton, who worked on the study.

“Being busy also affects the food choices you make,” says personal trainer Dalton Wong, who trains Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence.

“If you’re so busy you can’t think straight, you’re more likely to grab a coffee and a pile of biscuits to keep going.

“However, while this type of snack provides a quick hit of energy, it will lead to more stress and exhaustion. Artificial sugar disrupts the body’s blood-sugar levels, leading to tiredness and more sugar cravings, and more than two or three cups of coffee will flood your body with the stress hormone cortisol.”

Dalton Wong advises never eating a meal while distracted (“You won’t chew properly because you’ll be in a rush, and this leads to bloating”).

He also says you should snack on nuts and berries, or vegetables and hummus, until you’re completely distraction-free.

4. Leggings

That trusty wardrobe staple, a pair of black leggings, can hide a multitude of sins. But can wearing them too often make you fat? Sammy Margo, a physiotherapist who works with the England football team, has warned that too-tight leggings can cause your muscles to become lazy, which results in a flabby stomach, bottom and legs.

“Leggings feel good and look great, and I am as addicted to them as anyone, but there is a downside,” Sammy Margo says.

“They hold in and support the thigh muscles, buttocks and core muscles in your tummy, and do the job the muscles are supposed to do.

“As a result, the muscles are allowed to relax and switch off. So when we reveal our bodies for the first time as summer approaches, they are not as svelte or firm as they otherwise would be.”

Sammy Margo advises that people “should already be weaning themselves off their leggings if they want to look their best in time for summer”, and they should also try the String Workout.

“Suck your stomach in as far as it will go, then breathe out about halfway,” she explains.

“Tie a piece of string around your stomach at that point and keep it there all day.”

This ensures you’re working your abdominal muscles and not letting them get slack.

5. High heels

You wouldn’t believe it from looking at super-slim stiletto lovers like Victoria Beckham, but high heels can give you a pot belly. That’s the opinion of personal trainer Dax Moy, who thinks that wearing vertiginous heels too often can cause your stomach muscles to spill forward.

“Wearing very high heels causes the forward tilting of the pelvis, which allows the abdominal contents to spill forward, producing a pot belly which many women have wrongly come to think of as a fat stomach,” says Dax Moy.

Dalton Wong agrees. He says: “High heels can weaken your abdominals, leading to a tummy that sticks out just below your belly button. I tell my clients to wear their heels on the red carpet, but to slip them off once they’re sitting down.

“So wear them in a nice restaurant, but travel there in your trainers and put your heels on at the last minute. Then slip them off underneath the table once you’re seated. When you’re at home, walk around barefoot throughout the house. This strengthens muscles that have been weakened by wearing high heels.”