Posts Tagged ‘Nutrition’

Forget fat reduction, models are now airbrushed to look fatter

May 18, 2010

It seems that women just can’t win – one minute they’re being told they’re too fat, the next minute they’re too thin.

Health gurus Holland and Barratt have recently come under fire for airbrushing a model – not to make her appear slimmer – but to add around half a stone to make her look ‘healthy’.

Here at SkinGenesis, we like to promote health and wellbeing, but we also appreciate that women, and men, come in all shapes and sizes and it’s all about finding a weight, shape and size that you are comfortable with and one that is indeed healthy for you.

We believe that if there wasn’t so much pressure for everyone to achieve this make-believe notion of ‘perfection’, i.e. all looking the same, people would be more comfortable with how they look.

At the same time however, it’s good to have advice and guidance from bodies such as the Department of Health. Tackling obesity is currently a big priority for the Government, encouraging people to achieve a healthy weight for a healthy life.

A balanced diet and regular exercise is a sure-fire way to start shedding the pounds, but sometimes there will be areas of the body where stubborn fat just won’t shift. Usually it’s the hip, thighs, tummy and bottom areas that are the worst culprits.

Certain exercises and machines can work these areas more intensely, and you should consult a fitness instructor to advise on the best regime. Fat reduction treatments, such as Eporex mesotherapy can also assist in getting rid of fat, as part of a healthy weight-loss programme.

Media cancer confusion: Expert Skin Analysis shows sun is deadly

March 31, 2010

A YouGov survey has revealed that over 50% of respondents reported being confused by media reports on the latest cancer scares and things you should avoid consuming to decrease your chance of getting the disease.

In the last few years, I can recall hearing half a dozen cancers off the top of my head – spray deodorants, bacon sandwiches, red meat, Walkers Worcester Sauce flavour crisps, mobile phones, mouthwash… I could go on.

If you took any notice of all these stories that seem to hit the front pages of the papers as *Breaking News*, you would be a nervous wreck and never eat or use anything that’s for sale in the supermarkets.

The BBC website placed an article on this topic recently and featured a spokesperson from World Cancer Research Fund who quite cleverly likened each scientific study that presents these findings to ‘little pieces of evidence’ in a ‘police investigation’.

To avoid mass hysteria on the part of the confused British public, he advised that scientists should be trained to present and articulate their findings in a more concise way, and the media should start to print small disclaimers about the limitations of the study.

One thing that we can confirm is that the sun’s rays definitely pose a risk to the skin. If you have sunbathed unprotected or used sunbeds when you were younger, chances are you’ll have some level of skin damage, particularly on your face.

Many skin clinics offer a free skin analysis to assess the degree of sun damage caused and can advise on the next steps to take to rectify it. We call ours an expert skin analysis which looks at sun damage, moisture content and pH. Very useful stuff to know and well worth it because it’s free!

Fat reduction technique: Eat Seaweed to fight the flab

March 22, 2010

Everyone is always saying how friendly those geordies are, and scientists at Newcastle University would go to the bottom of the ocean and back to help tackle obesity – and guess what?! They have!

Forget swapping your Cadburys for carrot sticks. And ditching your car in favour of the bike every morning. Seaweed could hold the answer to all our prayers when it comes to avoiding obesity.

Seaweed fibres could soon be added to foods that are regularly consumed, such as bread and biscuits, which apparently reduces the body’s fat uptake by up to 75%, which, as the BBC reports, is better than some anti-obesity programmes.

But before you go and get your snorkel, you might want to wait until it’s all tried and tested. The findings are currently in the trial and development process, but we reckon they could be onto a major breakthrough here if successful. How fantastic would it be to know that you’re actually helping your body by eating carb-laden products like bread?!

In the meantime, if you want a fat reduction boost while you’re waiting, why not have a look at mesotherapy? This technique dates back years and was originally developed in Paris. The results speak for themselves and all our clients speak very highly of it. And so do we.

With the summer season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to give it a whirl – and then you’ll be in shape to dive in for that seaweed!

Alcohol helps you lose weight? We’re not so sure

March 9, 2010

Latest news reports state that moderate drinking of red wine is likely to help you lose weight and reduce fat, but with each small glass totalling around 120 calories – is it really worth the risk?

In recent years we’ve had it drilled into us that drinking alcohol puts on weight, that it’s fattening and basically quite bad for your health. But then we’ve also been told that drinking like they do on the continent – the odd small glass with a meal or in the evening – can actually be quite beneficial…

We don’t know about you, but we’re a bit confused. And drinking wine would certainly not be on the top of our ‘most effective weightloss methods’ list! We predict that most people (i.e. those outside of the controlled conditions of any piece of research) would probably just gain weight and be more unhappy with their size than when they started.

It was also acknowledged that the results of the research would also have been affected by individuals’ lifestyle choices, such as exercise and diet.

We don’t think there’s anything more effective than good old fashioned exercise for losing weight, either down the gym or running round a park, as well as making healthy choices when it comes to which foods you eat. The occasional treat is fine – even wine! Just as long as you do everything in moderation. And if you want to be certain of shifting some fat – perhaps for a birthday, wedding or other special occasion – mesotherapy fat reduction treatments can work wonders!

Mesotherapy fat reduction treatments - before and after

Dove ad targets young girls to prevent unnecessary cosmetic surgery

February 26, 2010

We’ve spotted yet another hard-hitting ‘natural beauty’ campaign from Dove, which at the end urges parents to talk to their daughters before the beauty industry does.

We are firm believers in maximising on people’s natural beauty and encourage healthy lifestyles, natural non-surgical cosmetic treatments and making people feel great in their own skin.

Of course we all have our ‘ugly days’, where we wish we were just that little bit thinner, had a few less wrinkles, but there’s a lot to be said of embracing your shape and features and just being happy!

We’re strong supporters of these Dove beauty campaigns from across the pond and although they may contain some strong messages and graphic images, perhaps that’s what is needed to show the media that not everyone will be pressured into trying to find that ‘perfect body’ – because guess what? It doesn’t exist.

80% more ‘moob jobs’ as men opt for cosmetic treatments

February 1, 2010

Monday 1st February 2010

The BAAPS has reported a huge 80% rise in the number of males seeking cosmetic surgery on their ‘moobs’ in just the last year.

And the BBC reports that one surgeon blames it on the increasing pressure that men are feeling from the media. Sound familiar ladies?

We’re not surprised by these stats at all. In fact it was only a matter of time before men started feeling apprehensive about their looks as the muscle-flexing, wash-board stomach ideal is portrayed as being the norm. Like women, who have endured this pressure for years, men are now influenced by countless TV programmes and magazine features to ‘get in touch with their feminine side’, ‘use guyliner’, ‘stay trim for the beach’ etc etc.

With the rise in obesity and the ‘want-it-now’ culture that we live in, it appears easier for people to turn to the knife for a quick fix here and there, and we thoroughly believe that the rise is due to increased awareness of what can be done about body hang ups.

We would always urge people – men and women – to consider the alternatives before resorting to surgical cosmetic enhancements. Targeted fat reduction is a natural method of losing fat in problem areas, without the need for any invasive procedures. Coupled with a good exercise regime and a healthy balanced diet, it will help shed any excess baggage around the chest, waist and thighs.

Fat reduction everywhere but the thighs please

September 7, 2009

Monday 7th September 2009

One minute we’re getting told off because we eat too much, then the next thing you know, we’re being told that we need to eat more because apparently the larger our thighs, the less chance we have of heart disease. We can’t win!

Latest research has shown that bigger thighs reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, so if you were thinking of having fat reduction treatments to comply with recent obesity advice, you may want to leave out your thighs!

Advice needs to be more consistent and clear. I don’t think the advice here is to eat more to bulk up our legs – we don’t want to be accused of being a nation of greedy people now do we?

We would advise what we have always recommended – plenty of exercise, a healthy balanced diet and if needed, a few treatments of mesotherapy to get rid of excess fat.

And if you do want to be extra cautious and protect against heart disease, try building up the muscles in your thighs to increase the circumference, instead of increasing the fat. The place to measure is just below the gluteal fold (the crease below your bottom and at the top of the thigh) which should, apparently, be 60cm or more.

We say, just stay healthy and we’re sure you’ll be fine, big thighs or not!

Calorific drinks that lead to targeted fat reduction

September 3, 2009

Wednesday 2nd September 2009

Those who enjoy a daily Starbucks, lunchtime Coke and an afternoon smoothie, then a beer after work may want to think again if they’re trying to keep their figure.

Office workers especially like to indulge in tasty drinks and snacks when they’re sat at their desk, but i think you would be shocked by how many calories there are in some of the nation’s favourite drinks.

But fear not, as there is a light at the end of the fatty coffee tunnel – in the name of Eporex mesotherapy, targeted fat reduction.

MSN did a great article which listed some of the most fattening drinks – some of which you thought were good for you. Take a look below:

  • Starbucks’s Dark Berry Mocha Frappuccino – over 560 calories
  • Long Island Ice Tea – a whopping 780 calories!
  • Pina Colada – just under 650 calories
  • Stella – 220 calories in a pint
  • Large McDonalds Milkshake – over 580 calories – might as well just have a burger!
  • Can of Coke – 139 calories, better to opt for the Diet Coke or Zero
  • Smoothies – can contain as much as 450 calories, however are also packed with lots of goodness, so we’ll let them off.

Read the original article here.

Expert Skin Analysis Exposes Teenage Girls Boozey Binge Skin Damage

September 1, 2009

Tuesday 1st September 2009

An international survey has revealed that teenage girls are having more boozey binges than ever before, which not only means they are risking their health, but also their appearance.

In fact for anyone who drinks alcohol regularly, especially lots of it, they are unfortunately drinking their good looks away prematurely too, as alcohol wreaks havoc on the skin. Just to name a few problems:

  • Dry, flaky skin – due to excessive dehydration… not a good look
  • More likely to bruise – due to lack of vitamin C
  • Increased likelyhood of psoriasis – red blemishes with silvery flakes

I could go on. We’ve developed an Expert Skin Analysis which basically assesses your skin, tells you what state it’s in and then the therapist can advise on the next best steps to take to rectify any skin damage.

Watch the process of the expert skin analysis below on Channel M

Sun Protection – how can you stay safe this summer?

July 1, 2009

Wednesday 1st July 2009

It’s that time of year when all the lifestyle programmes and magazines start telling you what to do and what not to do in the sun, making the topic of sun protection a bit of a minefield.

Our very own Peter Beard featured on BBC Radio Leeds’ breakfast show yesterday, giving advice to all the listeners on staying safe in the sun. (Listen at the link above at 1hr 50 mins approx.)

Now SkinGenesis has come up with a really simple Sun Protection Guide to give everyone the low down on sunscreens, UV rays – both A and B – nutrition and even what to wear!

The Guide can tell you approximately how many minutes you can remain in the sun for before burning. It even explains why your diet is extremely important in the summer months, for example, did you know that topping up your folic acid or eating more tomato ketchup can stop you from burning…

Intrigued? Read More.

Taking a little extra caution in the sun, could save you from a lifetime of skin problems and complications. The Guide provides all the information you need to stay safe this season, so that you can concentrate on having fun!