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.
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 (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.
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
“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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
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
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 BooBoo Season 2 premieres with a double on Tuesday 23rd July 2013, 9 PM on TLC.
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
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.”
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
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.
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
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.”
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
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.”
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.”