Looking Good in 2012

8 Feb

When a new year begins women always make the resolution to be healthier, lose weight and look great. All of the Christmas indulgence can really take its toll on your body, but also on your bank balance. That is why I have spent January testing out the latest products so that you don’t have to waste your hard earned cash on products that do not cut it. At 10lbs lighter clearly some of the products worked for me, but mainly you have to be in the right mind set to make the healthier choices in life. Here are a few of my favourites:

Zaggora Hotpants

The concept behind the Zaggora Hotpants (www.zaggora.com) is that the thermal nature of the material will help to burn weight more quickly when exercising or at rest, and will also target cellulite. This is the type of product that I am usually wary of, as with an RRP of £44.99 it is a lot of money to spend for an item that could end up sitting in the wardrobe unused. However I was intrigued, with claims that weight loss is around 4x greater while wearing the shorts, it seemed a great way to maximise my exercise time. So using my cross trainer, I put the shorts to the test throughout January, doing short workouts once or twice a day to fit around my schedule. I was quite impressed with the results, my legs looked smoother, I lost 10lbs over the month. I cannot put all of my weight loss down to the shorts as I changed my eating habits and took a combination approach, but they certainly encouraged me to hop on the cross trainer more often, and my legs and bum do appear more toned. I would certainly recommend for those who have limited time to tone up (for an approaching beach holiday perhaps) as it is a great incentive to get exercising. The only negative that I can think of is that I wouldn’t really want to wear the shorts all day or at night as they manufacturers suggest, they are very warm and not a breathable material (imagine the feel of a wetsuit but slightly thinner) so they are not an easy fix, they are something that you have to work with.

Verdict: 8 / 10

The Skinny One – chilled low calorie meals from The City Kitchen

I thought that I would give these meals a mention, as they really helped me out at the low points of my healthy regime. There are some days you may be tempted to grab convenience food or order a takeout, and The Skinny One meals proved really handy as they were not only flavourful but guaranteed too be low fat and low calorie enough to not ruin my healthy eating efforts. I even ate one meal cold when I was in a rush, and it still tasted great. They are available from Tesco for under £3, and the handy stackable tubs that they come in is great to freeze your own home-made soup in afterwards.

Verdict: 9 / 10

FULLfast Spray

The idea behind the FULLfast spray is that you spray it under your tongue up to 5 times a day as an appetite suppressant. It contains 100% natural ingredients that include the amino acid, 5-HTP, which is essential to the production of serotonin – a naturally occurring chemical created in the brain which can help to keep hunger pangs at bay.

Trying out the FULLfast spray reminded me of the time at university when my housemates and I all tried out Hoodia pills (which also claim to suppress appetite) to varying effects. One housemate felt full after one bread roll, the other didn’t feel any different, and I felt a bit let down as I had been expecting too much.

Initially I didn’t like the FULLfast spray; it was an extra thing to carry in my bag, it tasted like sweet cough medicine, and I still yearned to pile my plate high with food. After a few days of using it however I was pleasantly surprised. It had become my vice instead of the chocolate and sweets I used to graze on in between meals. Also as I knew I was supposed to feel less hungry, I minded less at the smaller portions that I was having as part of my healthier eating regime. I also liked having that something as a psychological energy perk in my day, much as a smoker reaches for their cigarettes for a boost, a coffee addict ‘wakes up’ with caffeine and a chocaholic ‘needs’ sugar.

I would certainly recommend this spray for those about to embark on a really strict diet, even if just for short term help while getting used to smaller portions.

The only negative is the price, though as far as diet aids go it is not one of the more expensive products on the market. One bottle, a month’s supply, costs RRP £23.95 and is available from independent pharmacies and www.fullfastonline.co.uk

Verdict: 7/10

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