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Weight Loss Wonders

A New You
It’s that time of year again when we vow to kick all the bad habits and lead generally healthier, happier lifestyles. Of course, if we manage to shed a few of the Christmas pounds in the process, even better! So are 2011’s health trends weight loss wonders or simply fitness fads?

The book…
Every year a new diet book is released that makes waves for a few months before disappearing into nutrition oblivion. It’s possible that this is exactly what will happen with newly released The Flex Diet but something about this unique approach to losing weight makes us think that this one could be a keeper. The beauty of this diet is its flexibility – rather than teach you just one way to lose the pounds The Flex Diet teaches you 200 different strategies and you can follow as many as you like. The diet is divided into three parts, which will take you through the early stages of weight loss right up to creating a plan for a lifetime of successful healthy eating. Think it sounds too good to be true? There’s only one way to find out…

The re-vamped plan…
Those of you that break out in a cold sweat at the thought of being restricted to Weight Watchers typical daily allowance of 18 points may be interested to hear that on the new ProPoints programme the average dieter is allowed a whopping 29 points worth of food per day. Other major changes include the fact that most vegetables and all fruits will now carry zero points (a small banana carried one and a half points on the old system) and participants will now be awarded 49 ‘real living’ points per week – allowing them to feast on the occasional Indian takeaway or enjoy a few glasses of wine over a serving of cheese and crackers. The classic Weight Watchers points system has been helping women and men to lose weight and pursue healthier lifestyles for forty years now and the new ProPoints plan is still very much based on the ethos of it being a way of life as opposed to a diet. The rethinking of the traditional point system came about because Weight Watchers felt that they could no longer ignore the fact that science has moved on so now points are calculated based on protein, carbohydrate, fiber and fat content as opposed to just calories and fat. The support group system remains the same and Weight Watchers will most likely continue to be a massively successful weight loss programme – the only difference is that now it’s even easier!

The dance craze…
Zumba has been around for a while now but 2011 is the year that it is going to take our little island by storm – a great big Latin storm! ‘Zumba’ is a Spanish word for moving fast and having fun and that is exactly what this fitness craze is all about. Created in the mid-90’s by Colombian celebrity fitness trainer Beto Perez, Zumba combines many dancing styles such as salsa, merengue, flamenco, hip-hop, foxtrot and samba with Latin music to produce a fun dance fitness class. The routines feature easy-to-follow moves, which are designed to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. There are a number of different class options available, like Zumba Gold for active older people and Zumbatonic for kids and you can expect to see Zumba classes popping up in gyms and community centres all over Galway/Limerick over the coming months.

The latest gadget…
Nintendo Wii offered the first real opportunity to get fit by using a video game but now Xbox have gone one step further with the release of Kinect. Those of you with computer-crazy husbands and children may have seen this piece of gaming equipment in action over the Christmas so you already know that it works without a controller – instead players use movement, hand gestures, facial expressions and voice commands to control the console. What you may not know is that Xbox have already released a number of fitness titles to be used with the Kinect, so you can get toned and fit in the comfort of your own living room. The main gaming title is called Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and the basic premise is that your personal trainer will guide you through ways to target different areas of the body. There are literally hundreds of different workouts available for you to select and you will get feedback on your progress and fitness level as well as on the exact movements that your body is making – so no slacking off allowed! Other fitness titles already released for the Kinect are ‘The Biggest Loser Ultimate Challenge’ and ‘EA Sports Active 2’ with lots more likely to follow.

The fitness fad…
Gravity Blast is a new 30-minute cardio resistance class that helps to sculpt and tone the body using just one piece of kit – The Gravity Training System. The Gravity Training System looks a bit like a rowing machine but the beauty of it is that there are no weights attached. Users are essentially pushing and pulling their own body weight and this is surprisingly hard. You can exercise every muscle in your body on this machine and there are apparently over 200 different exercises you can do, so you’ll never get bored…well, maybe you will but when you’re achieving a total body workout in 30 minutes, who can complain?

The quick fix…
Ok, lets be honest. It’s January, you put on some weight over the Christmas and as great as all the aforementioned diet and fitness solutions sound, none of them are going to help you fit into that dress next week. Enter the Universal Contour Wrap. This is a slimming treatment that uses elasticated bandages that have been pre-soaked in warm, mineral-rich clay solution to slim the figure with measurable results. And by measurable results we mean that you will lose at least six inches that are guaranteed to stay off for 30 days. Impressive, right? The whole treatment takes about two and a half hours and is quite relaxing (so long as you’re not claustrophobic) and in addition to the inch loss you also walk away more toned, cleansed, exfoliated and detoxed. A guaranteed slimmer figure with added benefits…perfection!


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