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Why You Should Stop Aiming For A Specific Weight Or Size…

Has losing weight been more difficult than you imagined?

Like many of us, you may have tried various diets and exercise programs but found them too exhausting to keep up with, or they don’t give the results you really want. Even if they do, it can be hard work to maintain those results for long before feeling like you are back at square one again.  Read More

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The Making of Size HH, Part 3: Happy and Healthy Women

It’s been an epic journey producing Size HH. Through it, I have met some incredibly talented, inspiring people and learnt a heck of a lot.

Over a coffee with Mercedes, (the Illustrator) one morning, I mentioned how I would love to meet someone who has an inspirational diet/weightloss story to feature in the book and become part of the project. Not just someone who advocated the fit life, or who had got in great shape, but someone who had personally experienced weight and body image problems and managed to overcome them using the same methods in the book. In other words, they finally felt Size Happy & Healthy. Read More

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Author Eva George Talks About Judging First Impressions With The Glass House Girls

 

Well I didn’t expect that! Recently, my good friend and PR manager, Georgina Shaw, presented me with the opportunity to write for online magazine called The Glass House Girls. It sounded great so I clicked on to their website and was surprised by what I saw…

Pages and pages of honest, humorous and controversial subjects we don’t usually find in normal women’s magazines but secretly wish we did! Their moto is ‘You think it, we say it’ and these ladies certainly live up to their word! There is something there for everyone; from delicious healthy recipes, to stuff you may even have trouble discussing with your closest friends, all exclusively written for the magazine so you won’t find these articles anywhere else.

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Size HH Reader Reviews and Comments

Wow we are really feeling the love in the Size HH office this afternoon, thank you all so much for your support for the project and for all your fabulous comments and reviews on the book so far! I will try not to be mushy but you are amazing and I am in awe of hearing about how you have been implementing parts of it into your own life.

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Do Detox Pills and Products Work For Weight Loss?

‘Fast Fat Flush’ and ‘detox yourself thin’, just a few ads I’ve seen for some products that look pretty convincing if you are looking to lose weight. Plenty of celebrities have jumped on the detox bandwagon so it must be good right?

Marketers have done a brilliant job of jamming it into our minds that we can drink a certain tea, or take a few tablets in order to detoxify yourself and shed pounds easily. So is it really that simple? Is detoxing the way forward for healthy weight loss?

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Women’s Health Blogs ~ Weekly Roundup

Before our official Size HH paperback launch in the UK this spring, we wanted to give our online community the most useful advice about women’s health, weight loss, body image and everything on similar topics. So, we decided to take part in the famous 30 Day Blogging Challenge, hosted by Birds On The Blog’s very own Sarah Arrow, to get loads of our information out to you in just one month! We are all about living good and feeling great, so our passion is to keep you as well informed as possible.

Here is a round up of our best blogs from last week for you to take an info fix, plus a few useful links for some healthy recipes and feel-good sites we have enjoyed in the last week…

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Can you think yourself thin using the law of attraction?

The secret has had us all talking about the law of attraction. So, is it really possible to attract your ideal body through the power of thought? We had to investigate…

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Why is Size HH The Most Enviable size to be?

Size HH: The Most Enviable Size To Be. It’s a bold statement to make right! Find out why it’s true and how you can jump on the Happy & Healthy bandwagon too.

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A Mini Guide To Women’s Metabolism

There are lots of myths and inaccurate information out there about metabolism. It is an important subject so we had to share the facts so that you can make the best of your own metabolism and feel better than ever.

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Milking It Part II: The Power Of Plant Milks

If you have wanted to stop using as much cow’s milk but not sure which other milks to try, this article may help you decide which ones could be right for you.

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How To Change An Eating Habit

Here you can find out why comfort eating becomes such a strong habit and how to change it with some useful advice from Mindset Trainer, Caroline Ferguson.

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Why You Should Eat Carbs If You Want To Eat Healthily Or Lose Weight

No carbs before Marbs? Find out why cutting out all carbs from your diet to lose weight is a bad idea if you actually intend on leaving the house during that time…

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Make Your Meals Healthier Part II

Tips to make any meal that little bit better for you and how to get the most nutrients from your meals, from preparation to cooking and serving.

Other useful links

If you want to see more tips from Mindset Trainer, Caroline Fergusons you can do so here.

Anandi Sleep Guru – Our sleep and yoga expert Anandi is a fountain of wellbeing information and well worth following if you want a better night’s sleep in this busy world.

The Glasshouse Girls – There are some very interesting chat topics on this fabulous blog site if you enjoy a thought provoking read! We love a tasty recipe too so had to share this divine Spanish chicken recipe with you from Lady Lolita.

Have any links to great articles on these topics? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Why You SHOULD Eat Carbs To Lose Weight

bad carbsWe have all heard about a no carb, or low carb diet to lose weight. Cutting back on certain types of carbohydrates can help you lose body fat and weight on the scales because it’s these types of foods that can easily tip our balance in favour of fat storage (you know the types, donuts, muffins, fries etc.). So yes it does work, but my gosh is it a tiring and restrictive way to shape up if you try to cut them all out! Thank goodness there is another way and it involves enjoying delicious comfy carbs, although possibly not the ones you expect…

It wouldn’t make sense to cut out all carbs from your diet, they are one of your body’s main source of energy and are important for several health reasons.

Before we look at the type of carbs our body needs, let’s quickly take a look at what they actually are;

There are three different types of carbohydrates:

  • Sugar (natural or artificial) is found in things like jams and condiments, soft drinks and juices, fruit, many breakfast cereals and all the other sweet stuff we know about. It’s fast digesting and provides a quick burst of energy.
  • Starch is made up of many natural sugar (glucose) units bonded together and is found in food that comes from plants such as potatoes, corn, pumpkin, peas, beans and lentils. Starchy foods provide a slow, steady release of energy throughout the day.
  • Fibre is only found in foods that come from plants. It doesn’t provide an energy boost directly, but it does help eliminate waste build up that causes fatigue, so it can help with energy levels indirectly. healthy carbs lose weight

 

Many people are surprised to find out that carbs are more than just bread and pasta. Which leads me on to, what type of carbohydrates should we be filling up on if you want to lose weight healthily?

The healthiest types of carbs

Breads – Wholegrain, bran, rye, and sourdough bread

Wholegrain rice & Risotto

Whole wheat pasta

Rice noodles

Wholegrain cereals without sugar

Peas, lentils, red kidney beans, chickpeas

Cous cous

Oats

Quinoa

Buckwheat

Fresh fruit such as peaches, apples, pears, cherries, coconut, plums, grapefruit, grapes, banana

Yoghurts with no added sugars or sweeteners

Dark chocolate (over 60% cocoa)

Soya products (if no allergies)

Vegetables including tomatoes (yes I know technically a fruit), mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, fresh corn and many more.

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So from now on, when you think of carbs, think of these lot above! This of course is not a comprehensive list, but something to think about…

You can read about this and more in the Size HH book available here.

Have any more healthy carbs to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

A Mini Guide To Women’s Metabolism

Most of us have heard of metabolism and roughly know that it’s connected to weight loss and weight gain. You may have even seen various adverts persuading you to buy super amazing products that promise to boost your metabolism, turning you into a fat burning goddess. So, should you be trying to raise your metabolism in order to lose weight?

Let’s start by looking at what metabolism actually is…womens metabolism

Putting it simply, metabolism is a nonstop group of activities working in balance to complete essential jobs in our body. There are two main activities that work together to form our metabolism; one works on storing energy and building tissues, known as anabolism, and the other converts food and drink (calories) into energy to use for our daily lives, this is called catabolism. They make quite a team!

The rate at which your body does this calorie to energy conversion varies from person to person and determines whether you have a fast, slow or average metabolism.

Your metabolism is affected by a few things;

  • Genetics (Passed on in our DNA, some people can be born with metabolic disorders)
  • Age (As we age, we tend to do less exercise which slows the metabolism)
  • Sex (Men generally have slightly faster metabolism than women)
  • General health (some illnesses can affect metabolism)
  • Food – Calories – the type of food you eat will govern how many calories you are consuming. If you consume too many calories and don’t burn off enough through exercise, it will lead to fat storage.
  • Exercise –   You have probably heard a thousand times that the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will be. It is true in a sense because just having fat or muscle on your body requires the use of calories to keep it there and muscle uses up more calories to keep it there. Still the presence of muscle doesn’t raise the metabolism dramatically as some are led to believe. The reason exercise works to increase metabolism is not just due to having muscle but simply because you are using more energy and burning more calories. Movement and exercise stimulates the catabolic side of your metabolism (the activity that turns calories into energy).
  • Basal (resting) Metabolic rate – What is a basal metabolic rate? When you are doing absolutely nothing, like lying on the couch watching tv or in bed asleep, your body is actually still busy doing things behind the scenes. Things like; breathing, digestion, cell repair, temperature regulation etc. The rate at which your body uses calories to do these basic jobs while you rest is what makes up your basal metabolic rate.

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Does snacking or eating more meals per day really speed up metabolism?

Not necessarily. Numerous studies have shown no difference in the metabolism when people ate the same calories spread over 5/6 meals per day than they did over three meals per day. So just by spreading your daily food over 5/6 meals per day instead of 3 wouldn’t automatically raise your metabolism speed.

What other things could affect my metabolism?

Hormones – Hormones released by the thyroid can alter the speed of chemical reactions in metabolic activities that’s why people with an underactive thyroid find it harder to lose weight.

Also, remember the two main activities, anabolism and catabolism? The pancreas releases the hormones needed to send these two out to work at the right time. For instance, if your pancreas senses glucose, it will fire out some insulin as a signal for more anabolic activities to start. Remember anabolism is much about storing rather than burning…Not great if you are looking to lose excess weight and it can lead to diabetes so it’s best to avoid high calories foods that cause these insulin spikes, or at least keep to a minimum. They mess with your hormones and your figure!

Calories are mentioned a lot when discussing metabolism, should I be counting them to improve health and lose excess weight?

It’s true that if you burned more calories than you ate during the day, you would lose weight for sure. However, counting calories takes our focus back off of health and back onto diet/restrictive mode, giving us more mental pressure and work to do. Many of us become so focused on how many calories, we forget to think about how much protein, carbs, or fat we should be having. I wouldn’t drive yourself mad worrying about counting them everyday unless you find it really works for you.

So points to remember is that yes you can speed your metabolism up, albeit only slightly, not vastly like some marketers will have you believe. So if you really want to lose excess weight, it’s not necessarily to focus on raising your metabolism as a quick solution. Just ensure you are eating plenty of whole natural foods to give you the right amount of energy and regular exercise to burn off any extra calories. Remember if you burn off more than you eat, you will be provoking catabolic activities and losing body fat. Weight loss doesn’t have to be complicated, in fact, if you forgot all about losing weight on the scales and trying to raise your metabolism, you could give more attention to being the healthiest version of you. That is really when the magic happens…eating healthy

 

Why Is Size HH The Most Enviable Size To Be?

After the success of the ebook launch in December, we have been working extremely hard behind the scenes at Size HH planning more amazing things for you this year! The first thing on our list was to publish the book in paperback for everyone who had requested it, so we are very pleased to announce it is finally here!

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We will be officially releasing the paperback in the spring with a UK event and some challenges you can join in with, but until then the book will be available from Amazon, or direct from our website.

We designed the book big enough to be a comfortable read, but small enough to carry around and pop into your handbag. Imagine reading it in the bath, on the train, or even on the beach! This is a great way to start feeling and looking fabulous this year, even if nothing has worked for you in the past.

Why is Size HH the most enviable size to be?

It leads to contentment, more energy, better wellbeing and a secret inner confidence you may only have had as a child. It’s never too late or too early to start, your time could be now…

For those who have started reading already, don’t forget to join our facebook VIP readers group for daily tips, motivation, recipes and exclusive videos.

Can You Think Yourself Thin Using The Law Of Attraction?

Ever since the launch of the movie and book, The Secret, the law of attraction has become more recognised and consciously practiced by millions. In the book, it talks about using the law of attraction for weight loss and attracting your dream figure. So can you really just think yourself thin? Surely that’s just too good to be true.

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The law of attraction states that you can have or do anything you want if you think and feel as if you already have it, even being genuinely grateful for having it already, even if you don’t. By doing this, you would be on the same frequency as the things you desire, so you will attract them. Apparently, this includes your ideal figure.

We had to delve deeper into this…

According to science, everything on this planet is just energy under the microscope. The more compact energy makes up physical things like food and drink, or the device you may be reading this on, down to energy we can’t see, such as gravity, electricity and attraction.

So if food is just energy too, does that mean I can eat whatever I want and achieve my dream body, so long as I have the right mind set and use law of attraction?

Well not exactly…

Food should be used just as wisely as any other energy. Too much of the wrong types would have a negative effect on health because we all thrive on good energy. Thinking yourself slim and eating whatever you like are too very different things, but they do have a connection.

There are physical changes that happen in our body when we think positive thoughts and feel good emotions from it. The sensations you feel when you are happy, thankful or excited etc is a chemical release in your body. It’s a powerful thing and it all starts from a thought. Many of us experience these feelings when we think about, or eat certain foods. That’s why it becomes an emotional habit because we chase more of those good feelings.

What has that got to do with thinking yourself thin?

Well, if you find yourself repeatedly visualising yourself as something you don’t like or want, such as being fat or ugly, this gives you negative emotions, creates a chemical reaction in your body and sends out a negative energy. According to the law of attraction, thoughts become things, so you could become that picture of yourself if you keep giving it emotional attention. Be the person you want to be and give your focus to that, rather than imagining and worrying about what you don’t want to be.

Visualising yourself as a picture of health and being content with your body, feeling good as you do so, will create positive chemical reactions and energy. It also creates sustainable motivation because your focus won’t be on losing weight any more but rather to just be happy and healthy.law of attraction food

So, how do some people manage to eat whatever they want and not put on a pound?

The difference is what they want and what you want is likely to be different, they may be eating all they want, but to you that may not be a lot. They may genuinely eat a lot and still not put on any weight, but there are probably many factors for this including metabolism which I will be talking about in a post shortly. Anyway, please forget about what anyone else is doing, this is about you and you are unique.

Everything is a choice and life is about finding balance. Too much of anything can have a negative effect. The same as too much alcohol distorts our vision and thinking, too much (or not enough) food distorts the way our body works and the way we think by giving us measurable chemical reactions. Finding balance with everything in life means you can indeed enjoy whatever treats you want because you will be balancing it with good food energy too. When we only aim for healthy rather than ‘losing weight’, the right size for our shape will come as a result. No crazy dieting needed!

So in a few senses yes you can think yourself thin (if that’s what your heart truly desires). By focusing only on yourself as a vision of health and vitality, you will automatically put yourself on the right path in your head, leading you to make healthier choices in your life. If you practice this regularly and feel good as you do so, those thoughts and choices will quickly become habits you will do without even thinking about it.

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Size Happy & Healthy Success Story Competition winner

When we launched our competition last year to find women willing to share their story about finding contentment with their bodies, we were full of excitement to hear from lots of girls and women who had found it. So after the first few tumble weeds blew around our competition email box, we knew we had to reach out and find out what was going on…

What we discovered was that many of us find it a lot easier to talk about things we don’t like about our bodies, rather than the things we do and that there should definitely be more success stories from women who genuinely feel comfortable and confident in their own body!

Of course this is the very reason Eva George started the Size HH project and wrote the book, to help other women find a healthy size they are genuinely happy with.

NutribulletThe prize for our story sharing competition was a health provoking Nutribullet super blender to see our winner off to a great start this year! Our well-deserved winner was Carlie Bateman, who shared her story about a rollercoaster ride with weight; from being overweight and unhappy, to falling ill and becoming underweight and unhappy. Carlie managed to find her natural balance and a great mind-set that enabled her to put her health before anything and appreciate the fantastic body that she has, which ultimately led her to having a figure she has never been happier with.size happy & healthy

Carlie and family have been enjoying making delicious and nutritious smoothies this week! ” My two young boys love it as well, it’s a great way for us all to easily eat more good stuff without any fuss, thanks Size HH!”

We have plenty more competitions and things you can join in with this year, so if you haven’t already, sign up below so you never miss a thing! Don’t worry, we don’t spam and would never share details with anyone.

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Can Natalie muscle her way out of this one?

Happy New Year Everyone, what an awesome Christmas! I have to confess I had a second helping of turkey and drank far more prosecco than I planned, but it sure was a merry time! To be honest, being away in Thailand this Christmas lead to me over indulging in a little more of everything and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

At this point I bet you’ll be expecting me to say how I’ve also gained weight and my cloths are tighter, but they’re not! So how does that work? How did I go away on a 3 week holiday, eat all the delicious Thai food I want, indulge in Christmas goodies and come out lighter on the other side? No I wasn’t ill and not once did I have “deli belly”!

Let me share a secret with you….

Well it’s not a secret is it? You already know your weight is made up of more than just fat. The weight of a fully grown adult is a mix of muscle, water and fat… All three we need, though unless you use highly specialised scales or body fat callipers, it’s quite hard to determine if the results on your scales are actually benefitting you which is why I recommend you give your scales this treatment.

 

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Natalie Guyan muscleThe truth is, I lost muscle mass… I really need the use of a tearful emoji here as I’m not pleased about that! Muscle helps to increase my metabolic rate, meaning I can eat more, look more defined and it makes me stronger. This year I want to pull more than last years 120kg deadlift, so strength and muscle are high priorities!

Anyway, that crash diet you may be thinking about (or embarking on), you know the one that says it will help you speed up your “weight loss”, is very likely to steal your muscle too! Sure it could help with a reduction in excess water and a little fat but it will attack your muscles first… Less muscle = slower metabolism and less requirement for food. This is also the result of yo-yo dieting!

By simply focusing on the foods I need to give me health, strength and energy, rather than thinking about what I shouldn’t eat  makes it much easier to get back on track and stay there. I still enjoy treats but I give my body what it needs first and foremost. After that, I find I don’t even crave the treats very much and I feel fuller for longer.
Consistency is key, if you leave a tap running the bath will overflow. Pull the plug and you’ll drain the water away. Small changes that become habits will help to sustain the right balance (my changes didn’t happen over night if you’ve read the book you’ll know the hard lessons I’ve learned).

So if like the masses you’re about to embark on the latest fad diet, detox or cleanse. Think about what your body really needs, fuel it, give it enough water, eat a variety of colours and plenty of  greens, eat varied and balanced meals, cut back on alcohol and processed snacks. Instead of starving yourself, aim to become healthier by making your meals and snacks more nutritious. Small changes over time, lead to longer lasting results…

Trust me, if I can do it, you can too!

Natalie x