How-to: stop winter weight gain

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Tuck shop lady arms. Bulging bellies. Wobbly turkey necks. Butt dimples.

Did the thought of these words spark a little fear inside you? Us too. That’s why we’ve nicked some tips from Caitlin Reid – dietitian and exercise physiologist from Health & the City – in an attempt to keep the somewhat inevitable winter bulge at bay this chilly season…

WINTER HEALTH TIP #1: Up the protein
Protein keeps you feeling fuller for longer, meaning you’re less likely to overeat or snack later on. Wonderful sources of protein include meat, fish, legumes, dairy foods and nuts – try and eat one of them at every meal. Nifty note: feeling tired and lacking in exercise motivation? Protein-rich foods are full of energy-promoting iron, so up your daily dose for improved energy levels.

WINTER HEALTH TIP #2: Keep moving
Hitting the pavement or gym will not only warm you up, but burn kilojoules, too. One hour of moderate intensity exercise five times per week will most certainly leave you without those nasty excess kilos come springtime.

WINTER HEALTH TIP #3: Warm-up with soup
Downing a bowl of soup is guaranteed to make your tummy feel warm and fuzzy. Soups are also generally low in kilojoule density and packed with vegetables so you’ll feel fuller for longer and eat less, which is fantastic for keeping your waistline in check.

WINTER HEALTH TIP #4: Sit to eat, and eat slowly
Yep, it’s time to make use of your dining table and chew your food properly, too. The trick is to give every meal and snack the attention it deserves, so you’re less likely to find yourself mindlessly shoveling down food and, as a result, overeating. It takes around 20 minutes for your brain to register you’re full, so give your tummy time to digest while you slowly take in the taste and textures of your meal. Nifty tip: eating off smaller plates will also see you eating less.

Cherie Herrmann





Do you struggle to keep your weight in check during winter? Will you be following any of these expert tips?

PS: Do you know the importance of smart snacking?

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Posted by: Deb763 (Australia)

perfect timing for this article as i have been slack with my exercise and not watching what i've been eating lately :( its time for me to hit the pavement again!! I agree with the soup in winter does keep me full; this is my lunch in winter i usually have a piece of fruit for morning tea and this keeps me full till dinner time.

Posted on: July 13, 2012 (Jul 13, 2012 9:23am)

Posted by: Beauty Wise (Australia)

I love soup so that's a big tick there, I find a big bowl of homemade vegetable soup fills me up nicely.

Posted on: July 13, 2012 (Jul 13, 2012 9:36am)

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Curious to see what a Carefree TV commercial all about vaginal discharge would be like? We were definitely intrigued. After all, it’s not a topic that’s readily talked about – especially on television. But somehow, I think that’s all about to change…
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I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, but when I click play on that video it's Liv showing us how to fishtail braid......

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Cute idea: red lips and nails + a lemon frock

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I’ve got nothing against yellow, but geez, I’ve never come across a colour that is so tricky to pull off when it comes to clothing. Sure, it appears all happy and bright and sunshine-like, but put different shades of it against my fair skin tone and boom! You have a disaster on your hands.

Lemon, however, is one such member of the yellow family that suits everyone. It is subtle against fair skin, makes medium and olive skin glow, and simply pops in a sorbet way on a dark skin tone.

However, as Mischa Barton so kindly demonstrates, lemon looks best when it’s teamed with bright make-up hues, namely a bold red lipstick and matching saucy digits.


Well, lemon is a soft hue – one that simply screams out for a little contrast – and a true tomato red gives it the right amount lift. It doesn’t take away from the femininity of the frock, but adds a classic touch instead. And applying this colour to the nails as well creates a wonderfully uniformed finish, while breaking up the abundance of lemon on the lower half of the body. Smart, huh?

TIP: This lemon frock + red lippie and nails idea is a winner for those sporting lighter strands, as it’ll prevent you from looking washed out. Add to that a little bronzer on the face and collarbones and you’ll radiate the perfect amount of warmth and glow.

Got a lemon frock, top or blazer at home? Team them with some of these stunning red lippies and polishes for a glorious, Mischa Barton-esque look:

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Don’t know how to apply red lipstick? No worries – let bh’s Debbie show you how:

Cherie Herrmann






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Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I like the idea but think it would look even better if the lemon was a little stronger with a bit more contrast against her skin. Love lemon but have few pieces in my wardrobe - some shades are almost impossible to find in clothing stores, and I've had little luck with this one. I'd have to tone down the red lip by adding a coral or bronze gloss, too stark for me :-)

Posted on: July 12, 2012 (Jul 12, 2012 5:26am)

Posted by: Sumaya (Australia)

I agree with katshepsutt, it would defianetly look better if it was a stronger shade of lemon.

Posted on: July 12, 2012 (Jul 12, 2012 6:09am)

Video how-to: fishtail braid

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Are you into hairdos of the oceanic variety? No, I’m not talking limp, seaweed locks, I’m talking fishtail braids, baby! Thanks to celebrities like Blake Lively and Kim Kardashian, these plaits are back - bigger and better than ever before. Cue the photographic proof:

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Posted by: kireina (Australia)

This is a great look, unfortunately my hair is way too short for this.

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I've always wanted to know how to do this!!! Definitely trying this out!

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