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Diet Tips Part 2

Welcome to part two of our two-part blog on diet tips that will help you stay on track this New Year!

  1. Be goal-oriented. Having a goal written out will hold you accountable to what you are trying to achieve. If you have a vague goal, you are less likely to stick to it. If it helps, make smaller goals that will eventually help you to achieve the one main goal.
  2. Be uncomfortable. Expect some discomfort; you’re leaving your comfort zone of all old habits and the change is likely to be uncomfortable. Making peace with that will make it easier when you experience the discomfort.
  3. Schedule a cheat day then turn it around. Have your cheat day set for some time in the future; whether it is the last Friday of the month or every Friday. Having the day set aside will help you to avoid temptations by knowing that you can soon eat something delicious! It takes a significant amount of calories eaten to gain a pound of body fat so it’s about what you do the day after your cheat day, and the day after that. So be sure to whittle away at those extra calories over the next day or two, preferably by boosting exercise rather than eating too little; starvation is not the healthy answer!
  4. Take notes. Keeping a journal of when you’re working out and what exercises your doing can help you stay on track. Laying out your workout plan week by week not only keeps your routine the same but it prepares your mind for what your body has next.
  5. Use your arms. When you are working out make sure that you are getting your arms moving instead of just your legs. It will not only help tone up your arms but it will increase your calorie burning as well.
  6. Never shop hungry. Going to the grocery store when you’re hungry not only adds dollars to your bill but will also add pounds to your waistline. Limit your grocery shopping to after you’ve eaten and bring a list with you to ensure you are only getting what you need.
  7. Fill up on fibre and protein. In addition to filling up on vegetables, add some fibre and protein to your diet to ensure that you are staying full throughout the day.
  8. Skip the salt. Salt is your enemy when you’re on a diet; skip adding extra to meals and you will begin losing weight in no time.
  9. Use the apple test. If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you aren’t hungry.
  10. Have a carb free afternoon. Not having carbs after lunch tends to be the hardest rule to follow; however, if you can make it so your afternoons are carb-free, you’ll notice the weight coming off in no time.
  11. Walk it off. Take a quick 15-minute walk after lunch to burn a fast 100 calories. Don’t want to go alone? See if someone from the office wants to come with you!
  12. Find a fitness friend. Having a work out buddy is huge for staying motivated; if you are being held accountable for working out, you are less likely to put it off, especially if you have someone who knows what your goals are.

Stock up on nuts. Nuts provide fibre and protein and are an easy snack that will help to keep you full between meals. Pack them in your lunch in 100 calorie bags to ensure you don’t indulge.

Diet Tips Part 1

Have you made it your New Year’s Resolution to lose a few pounds that you may have put on over the holidays? Here are some easy diet tips to help you stay on track!

  1. Don’t skip breakfast. Making sure that you eat breakfast is the number one place to start with your diet as it energizes you and will guarantee that you are full enough to make it to lunch without snacking.
  2. Eat small portions throughout the day. Eating smaller portions multiple times throughout the day increases the amount of calorie burned, and it also ensures that you remain full between your main meals. Eating healthy snacks throughout the day helps you to resist temptations.
  3. Keep the burn going. When you are working out, make sure that you don’t rest for more than thirty seconds between exercises. Keeping the burn going will actually increase the amount that you burn throughout your workout.
  4. Avoid late night snacks. Always try to avoid eating three hours before bedtime; your metabolism slows down when you sleep so you shift from fat-burning to fat-storage.
  5. Don’t forget the dumbbells. Increase the strength component of your workout; adding lean muscle to your body not only tones, but also increases your metabolism.
  6. Don’t give into cravings. Make sure that you ask yourself whether or not you are actually hungry before giving into cravings. There is no point in eating if you aren’t actually hungry; this tends to lead to over-eating because you are eating out of boredom.
  7. Get enough sleep. Get six to eight hours of sleep a night; without it, the appetite hormone ghrelin increases, which could result in weight gain.
  8. Make your own lunch. Research has found that if you make and bring your own lunch to work, you will look 5 pounds more on average than those who eat out once a week.
  9. Start with your greens. One of the very first things you should do when beginning to lose weight is load up on greens. Always begin your meals with your vegetables in order to ensure that you eat the most of them and ultimately eat fewer calories throughout your meal.
  10. Use methods that are proven to work. If you stick with diet tips that have been proven to work in the past it will be shown that you are more likely to reach your goals. Looking at statistics from people who have lost 60+ pounds and kept it off it was found that 75% weigh themselves once a week, 78% are breakfast eaters and 62% watch less than 20 hours a week of television.
  11. Say hello to H20. Drinking cold water not only increases your metabolism but it also helps to flush your body of toxins. Drink up to eight glasses a day for maximum results.
  12. Police your portions. Instead of adding another spoonful here, or one extra piece of meat there, make sure you are sticking to portion guides laid out by Canada’s Food Guide.
  13. Weigh at the same time every day. Given that your weight can fluctuate depending on what time of the day you weigh yourself, it’s best to stick to one time, whether you are weighing daily or weekly.

Pick the perfect tunes. Having the perfect playlist can help you enjoy your workout more; so make one with lots of upbeat tempos and catchy lyrics to aid you with your workout goals!

Accent Skin Tightening

Today we will be talking about Accent skin tightening. If it your New Year’s Resolution to get into better shape and you have a new diet and exercise regime but are looking for a more results then Accent Skin Tightening is for you!

Inches in Minutes

Accent skin tightening is based on that premise that isolated pockets of fat have collected over time in different places on your body. Sometimes these pockets remain unaffected by diet and exercise. Therefore, this could be the reason your progress is halted in terms of your weight loss/body goals. A non-invasive, comfortable treatment, Accent gently reshapes your body by flattening out those pockets, and even by taking off excess inches- all without incisions, pain or any downtime. Accent employs three mechanisms to improve your body’s shape.

The Magic

The machine applies deep dermal heating to the fat bundles to bring about new collagen formation and skin remodeling. Stimulating enhanced blood circulation, the procedure also helps drain trapped fatty deposits and toxins. Finally, its thermal activity serves to shrink fat cells. The heating action causes the deep structures under your skin to tighten right away and results are visible shortly after treatment. Roughly six full treatments are needed to achieve the desired results. Maintenance treatments recommended roughly every year.

Pretty Much Painless!

While pain tolerance varies from person to person, Accent Skin Tightening is a relatively painless treatment. You will feel little to no discomfort especially with the built-in contact-cooling that cools the outer layer (epidermis) while the inner layer (dermis) of the skin is heated to the optimal temperature. Clients tend to describe the treatment as a ‘warm sensation’. As tolerance differs between individuals, your technician will work with you  on this. The aestheticians will ensure you are not over heated throughout the treatment. Still wondering what the best part about Accent Skin Tightening is? There are no significant side effects; you may be a little pink when you leave the treatment room. However that colouring usually subsides after only an hour or two.


Not only is Accent excellent for body contouring, it is also excels with facial tightening. What is the advantage of Accent you ask? Until now, the only options for body reshaping involve surgical procedures. Most of which are awfully pricy, invasive and have long recovery times. They usually involve anesthesia, risk and have widely varying results.

New Year’s Resolution

Want to Keep a new years resolution? With every New Year comes a new chance to achieve certain goals you have set out for yourself. Are you tired of setting the same goals year after year and consistently not being able to keep them? If this sounds like you, these nine tips will help you in your quest to whatever is on your list!

Goal Setting

Make sure whatever goal you are aiming for is something that you really want. It doesn’t make much sense to shoot for something you only want moderately; it would make sense that you would never achieve it. If your end goal is something that really matters to you, the likelihood of your achievement increases ten-fold. Make sure that your goal is for you and not for anyone else; have it tie into your own personal values to increase the value of the goal.

Don’t over estimate the amount you can do. Making a whole bunch of resolutions can seem like a good idea; although eager. It’s a good idea to make a list of two or three things that you want to set in motion in order to allow yourself to focus your energy on the goals you really want to achieve.

Be specific. Having a specific plan in place when deciding what you want your goals to be makes the entire process much more effective. The vaguer you are about your resolution, the more likely it is that you will fail as it is easier to find ways around a plan that is not concrete.

Automate. If your goals are financial, for example, saving a certain amount of money every month, plan to have it automatically come out of your bank account so you will not be tempted to give up on your goal and keep the money instead.

Plan It!

Make a plan. Instead of writing down one main goal, make a few smaller goals that will lead up to the main goal. This will allow for the tasks to seem less daunting and in turn will help you to better achieve them.
Be prepared to change some habits. Many people have their resolutions fail them because they are unwilling to change their current habits. In order to achieve a new goal, it follows that there may be certain things you need to change. You can only implement resolutions if you’re willing to make room for them in your life.

Write down the goal and visualize it regularly and you will be able to keep a new years resolution. It’s easier to forget about a goal you have if it’s simply in your mind; writing your goals down is a way to hold yourself accountable.

To tell or not to tell? Deciding whether or not to tell other people what your New Year’s Resolutions are can be a deciding factor in whether or not you succeed. Telling others about your intentions holds you accountable which then makes you less likely to give up on your goal.

Forgive yourself. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have a few slip ups when trying to reach your goal. If you do happen to slip up, don’t get discouraged, start again and make it even farther next time!

Winter Fashion

Winter Fashion outfits are glistening the runways everywhere this year. From New York to Paris winter is one of the favorite seasons in terms of clothing; it’s the time of year where one gets to wear cute jackets, scarves, and boots! What better items to accessorize your outfit with!

The Debuts

This years’ season debuts with three main colours which align perfectly with the holiday season. Deck yourself out head to toe in white and accessorize with red and/or black. Wear some white faux fur and add a bright pop of colour; accentuate your lips with a red hue and pair them with a black smoky eye and prepare to get noticed.

As the months leading up to the New Year begin to get chilly, a jacket tends to be the number one item needed in your wardrobe. In terms of what to wear for jackets this year, you have a plethora of options! Firstly, soft material jackets are in; who wouldn’t want to cuddle up close to someone who feels nice and soft while keeping warm at the same time! Puffer jackets continue to be in style; however they are being made to look sleek at the same time. This allows you to be winter ready without looking like a marshmallow; while avoiding looking like one, make sure your puffer jacket instead stays within the ‘marshmallow’ colour scheme; light pink, light yellow and light blue.


The next jacket trend to keep an eye on is the wearing of a plaid coat. This can easily be tied together with your outfit by wearing some kind of matching scarf. You can also pair skinny jeans with your plaid coat and add a bit of different texture by adding a furry hood. This will give you some distinction between all the different pieces of your outfit. If you aren’t so much into the marshmallow colours, you can go back to the look of traditional black, but make sure that you pair it with a bright coloured scarf to add some definition. Coats with a fastened collar are also being talked about this year. Fastening it helps to achieve that ‘high fashion’ look being found on runways across the globe.


Since the winter season tends to be cooler, make sure that you are laying your clothes. However keep them paired with bright knits in order to add distinction and to avoid looking too frumpy. Flashes of bright, neon colours could be just the pop you need to take your look to the next level. When adding colour this holiday season stay within the realm of jewel tones. These consist of amethyst, sapphire, emerald, ruby, garnet and citrine.Winter Fashion

When going out for a night on the town channel your inner punk and rock the night away. Start by dressing head to toe in leather or black velvet. Add a little personal flare by making slashes in your pants to create a sort of grunge look; if you don’t want to wear pants, grab a black mini skirt and put some ripped black tights on underneath. Pair either of these choices with black studded boots and you’ll be the hit of the party! Tone on tone colour is huge this year so add a little fun to your punk look by doing black matte nails with a French tip but instead of using white for the tip, use a shimmery black!

Take these tips and you are well on your way to being a fashionista for the New Year!