It’s Time To Stop Shedding For The Wedding | Betches

Ever since I got engaged nine several months ago, I’ve noticed a strange tendency. I mean besides the constant “It’s raining on my wedding day” nightmares that maintain me up at night and the ever-present fear that by the time I’m hitched I’ll have less than $10 in my bank account. I’m talking about the constant messaging telling me I need to start “shredding” or” shedding for the wedding”. Every day I insure a new article about pre-wedding juice cleanses and wedding diet plans, and I’ve pretty much had it. The notion that girls need to hit a certain weight or look a certain way on their wedding day in order for it to be “the best day ever” is an outdated concept rooted in sexism. Here’s why I’m 100% OVER shedding for the wedding, and why you should be too.

It Feels Like Society’s Beauty Expectations Of Women, On Steroids

Women have been held to unrealistic beauty expectations since the beginning of time, but since getting engaged, I’ve found that this expectation of having the perfect body( whatever that means) is on a whole other level. Whenever my friends got engaged they would all say, “My wedding diet starts now”. They were literally getting engaged one day and counting calories the next. I didn’t quite understand their reaction, but now, I altogether get onto. I’m constantly inundated with wedding content about workout regiments, foods to avoid and skincare routines( apparently I’m months behind on this ). It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re engaged, if you’re a human girl who goes online, you’re no stranger to the expectations society has for us. The only change is that when you’ve got a ring on your finger, there’s an impending deadline to achieve the aforementioned perfect body, and it’s your wedding date.

It Feels Like A Prerequisite For Getting Married

Look, I understand wanting to look and feel the very best on your wedding day, I know I do, but that entails different things to different people. You may have a goal weight you’ve been trying to make and the bridal day is a good motivator, or you may feel perfectly comfy in your own body and not feel the need to do anything( more power to you ). But whatever your situation is, losing weight shouldn’t feel like a prerequisite to getting married. Content about what you should and shouldn’t be eating before your bridal and articles that claim the hardest part of wedding planning is your fitness routine( has this person ever made a seating chart ?) might construct you question if something’s wrong with you if you’re not dieting or amping up your workout( myself included ). If you find yourself believing like that, try to block out all the social media noise and focus on doing what constructs YOU feel like your best self. I know it’s easier said than done, but maybe unfollow the #weddingworkout hashtag for a while. Don’t worry, you can still get a marriage license even if you’re not going to bridal boot camp.

Designers Are Becoming More Size-Inclusive

You shouldn’t have to feel like you need to drop weight in order to fit in a wedding dress. Cookie cutter garbs are a thing of the past, and bridal decorators today are attaining wedding dresses for all body forms and sizes , not just the stick-thin models who debut them on the runway. Supermodel Ashley Graham recently teamed up with Pronovias to launch her own size-inclusive collection, while Fame and Partner launched a capsule collecting for the modern girl with David’s Bridal and new wedding dress company Floravere has garments up to size 26, ensuring women of all sizes they’ll be able to find something that constructs them feel like a million bucks. If you’re fretted you’ll have to lose weight to find a gown that fits you, you can kick that fear to the curb, because it’s become much easier in recent years to find the perfect gown , no matter your body kind.

Grooms Are Held To Different Standards

After being inundated with ideas of ways to change the way my body appears in time for my wedding, I asked my fiance if he noticed anything similar. He hadn’t. I can’t say I’m surprised that there’s not this insane pressure on men to look a certain way for their bridal day, but it was disappointing to hear nonetheless. I wanted to see if there was any content out there aimed at the groom’s physical appearance on the bridal day. Come to find out, there is, but it’s scarce. I found a listing of things bridegrooms should do leading up to the wedding, and the only appearance-related tip was for them to get a haircut. And on their 12-month checklist? Apparently all they need to do is whiten their teeth. No gyms advertising groom boot camp or weight loss tips for men before they go tux shopping. Sure , not all men care as much about their appearance as Tom Sandoval, but why are only the brides being told they need to shed for the marriage in order to “look our best”? I’m exhausted just thinking about all of the things I’m supposed to be doing to my body to get it “wedding ready”, meanwhile my fiance’s downing fried chicken and playing video games not worrying about what the f* ck he’ll look like six months from now. Ugh, to be a man.

It’s Time To End The Madness

Look, I’m not saying that dieting and exercising before your bridal day is a negative thing, but I’m tired of reading articles that imply feeling your best on your bridal day means you have to be working out and dieting beforehand. Shouldn’t you feel your best on your bridal day because you’re marrying the love of your life? Or because you’re about to attend the best party of all time? Why is weight loss so intrinsically tied to how we feel about ourselves, and why is that link merely reserved for women? Your physical appearance might be a part of your wedding day journey, but it shouldn’t hijack what the day is really all about. So, let’s shatter the notion that those surface-level things are in any way the key to having a happy and joyful wedding day. It’s time to say f* ck it and halt to a stop on our never-ending journey towards unattainable beauty standards. The best route to get” wedding day ready” is to be 100% you.

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How The Kardashians’ Beauty Looks Have Changed Over The Years | Betches

I’ve always said that being hot is really 75% only proper hygiene. Simply seeming clean and polished ups your hotness ratio by a lot.( I mean, except if you’re a guy living in LA, and then somehow you’re allowed to look filthy and still be considered hot because it’s “grunge” .) Celebrity have the means to push this further. Even without the plastic surgeons, they have access to the best hair stylists, very expensive extensions and wigs, the most skilled makeup artists, personal trainers, personal cooks, and the listing goes on and on. Meanwhile, appearing my best as a regular person entails putting on makeup in 10 minutes and poorly curling my hair–maybe put on jeans instead of leggings( but usually not, jeans are formal wear, everyone knows that ). But truly, if we all had Kardashian money and access, how much better appearing would we be?

Well, I made the decision to set that question to the test. Not by somehow becoming an overnight billionaire, but by taking a look at what the Kardashians used to look like before all the money and the renown. The Kardashian-Jenner clan were always rich, let’s build that clear, but once they get in the public eye, they have begun actually shelling out cash for their appearance. So what does being rich and having access to the the best of the beauty world do to your face? Let’s take a look.

Kim

Kim went from styling her makeup like Jafar to a “natural” looking.( I set “natural” in quotes because it still probably takes her a ton of makeup to got to get .) Kim speaking about makeup was the first time I had even heard the word ” contour ,” and say what you will, but she heavily influenced the style all of us think about makeup. She really does look like an entirely different person from her past self, and for some reason, also stopped smiling in photos. Is that a rich person thing or from the Botox?

Khloe

I genuinely thought that Khloe would look the most different due to her dramatic weight loss, but actually, she was actually pretty thin before she was mega-famous. Now she’s just super rent and in shape. In addition to the obvious hair colouring change, Khloe got a tan, is no longer subject to normal human problems like oily skin, improved her lips, and is “contouring” her snout differently. I will say, the makeup is definitely better! Why did we all suppose having shiny lips was a good look?

Kourtney

I always felt like Kourtney had the least amount of work done of her entire household, but this photo makes her face seem fairly significantly different. One thing being that she seems super miserable in every single photo now. Is that part of being “high fashion”? Or is that simply proving what they say about money not buying you happiness? IDK. What I do know is that years of the best makeup artists get Kourt to grow out her eyebrows and stop with the heavy-handed black liner. I say, from my high horse, although this was my* exact* look in middle school, too. Complete with the hoop earrings! It was just of the times for a regular person. But the money definitely altered Kourt from being subjected to us regular people tendencies( and, from the lookings of it, also changed her nose ).

Kris

Kris was always cute, and now she’s still cute, but she kinda looks like an entirely different person. Since her early days, Kris grew out her hair, got lash extensions, a new nose, and thicker eyebrows. She also lightened up the makeup, which stimulates her look style younger, but somehow has less wrinkles in the recent photo than the before thanks to her documented facelift and Botox.

Kendall

Kendall and Kylie are harder to show because they were literal children before they started their cyborg transformation. But I tried to find photos of them in their late teens. I always thought Kendall seemed the most natural out of all of them, with most of her changes being to her makeup , nose, lips, and learning how to serve~ lewks ~. Seriously, can Kendall teach me how to pose? I’m sick of looking awkward in every photo. I said today that her lips definitely look fuller, and not just from overlining them, but that’s neither here nor there.

Kylie

In a correlation that is definitely pertained, Kylie has the most money and has changed the most. Aside from being a child in the original photo, clearly there is a lot going on for this total glow-up. Surgery/ fillers aside, the biggest changes to Kylie’s face truly look like they’re from simply having the best of the best makeup and hair people. Before, she did her makeup like every other 14 -year-old. Now she looks like a true celebrity, with perfectly filled eyebrows, contour, super long lashes–the works.

This goes to show, with enough money, we could all look like these celebrities. It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again: nobody’s ugly, simply poor.

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The Most Ridiculous Job Titles In ‘Bachelor’ History | Betches

We’re just a few short days away from the premiere of Pilot Pete’s season of The Bachelor . Thank god, I was starting to get a little too productive on Monday nights. Get your wine and yoga gasps ready, because the contestants have been announced( are three flight attendants really necessary ?), the bar has been defined high, and we’re ready for our annual Bachelor hiatus to end. I, for one, always love to see what new and inventive words the contestants will come up with to mean “aspiring influencer”. (” Content creator”, anyone ?) So, in anticipation of the new season, we’ve rounded up the craziest job titles from the past few seasons.

Tiara, Chicken Enthusiast

Season: Ben Higgins

When it comes to Tiara, I merely need more details. What kind of chicken? Does she opt nuggets or tenders? Is she a breast or a leg daughter? Has she tried the Popeye’s spicy chicken sandwich? And if not, can she even call herself an enthusiast? Does she, too, want a man to get her Chick-fil-A on Sunday like that contestant on Pilot Pete’s season? This undertaking title leaves me wanting more, and I feel like it’s my journalistic duty to interview her and get all the facts about how enthusiastic she is about her love of chicken.

Daniel, Canadian

Season : JoJo Fletcher

Okay, I’m curious what exactly a professional Canadian does. I imagine “theyre saying” ” eh” a lot, play hockey, eat Canadian bacon, and love Justin Bieber, Drake, and Ryan Gosling. But if you have any other hypothesis about what it means to represent the entire country of Canada as your profession, without being the Prime Minister, please let me know your thoughts.

Heather, Never Been Kissed

Season: Colton Underwood

This is a lie, I’m sorry. Heather, there is no way you HAVEN’T ever been kissed. She just wanted to top the virgin on the demonstrate and this was the next best thing. Or maybe she thought she was supposed to write down her favorite movie instead of her job? Either way, I’m not f* cking buying it.

James, Bachelor Superfan

Season : JoJo Fletcher

This was genius and I want to shake James S.’s hand and thank him. I can almost hear the gleeful screeches from groups of women at watch parties declaring him their dream human. An attractive single male who loves The Bachelor and can help me with my fantasy bracket? WHERE CAN I Sign up? Whatever happened to this guy anyway? Can we get eyes on James S. ASAP?

Alexis, Aspiring Dolphin Trainer

Season: Nick Viall

I, too, love dolphins and definitely wrote down” dolphin trainer” in elementary school as what I wanted to be when I grow up. But that was elementary school, and not on national television. And I can’t help but feel like I need an update on the status of Alexis’s aspirations. Going on The Bachelor brought her nowhere closer to achieving that dream–probably further from it, to be honest, since we realise she can’t even tell a dolphin from a shark. But she does have her line of hoop earrings, so she has something, even if that something is not dolphins.

Tony, Healer

Season : Kaitlyn Bristowe

WTF does this even mean? Is Tony a “doctor” that focuses on natural remedies? Is he a therapist? Is he just like my manipulative ex-boyfriend who claimed he was a” spiritual healer” which actually just meant he would bully people until they broke down so he could construct them back up? Whatever the suit may be, Tony definitely sounds like he did a lot of drugs at Burning Man and only declared himself a professional healer in the middle of the Nevada desert. He kinda is like he merely escaped a flame, so maybe he should use some of that magical energy on himself. Has he ever actually healed anyone? Also, what insurance does he take? Inquiring intellects need to know.

Rachel, Unemployed

Season: Ben Higgins

Honestly, props to this girl for being honest. She’s not trying to construct us believe she’s anything other than what she is. Look, the girl is 23, of course she’s unemployed. These people who come on here at age 22 and say they own a business are just liars. I guess this was before we could all simply call ourselves influencers, so good for her. Respect, Rachel!

Jonathan, Tickle Monster

Season: Rachel Lindsay

Yeahhh, “tickle monster” sounds like a bootleg Sesame Street character , not a profession for a 31 -year-old man. Jonathan is like that persisting guy at the bar who does not get the hint when you tell him you “have a boyfriend” that it means you’re not interested, forcing you and your friends to move to the other side of the bar. If an adult man ever tried to tickle me, I would call the policemen, and that’s not an exaggeration.

Lucy, Free Spirit

Season: Juan Pablo Galavis

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I feel like people who are actually free spirits don’t declare themselves as such. It’s kind of like calling yourself a hipster. Lucy probably just did acid at Coachella one time while wearing a flower crown, and here we are. I’d love to see her these days, because I have a feeling she realized that she needs money to live, and has a boring job like the rest of us. Being a free spirit isn’t so cute when you can’t move out of your mom’s house.

Evan, Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

Season: JoJo Fletcher

Please always remember that before Evan married Carly and had two kids with her that he was an erectile dysfunction specialist. I entail, this is just incredible. He’s basically advertising his sex abilities via his chore title. Like, he literally specializes in guys not being able to perform, implying that he’s an expert in it, and I admire that. Even if it’s not true, which it is likely to isn’t, you’ve only got one shot on this thing( unless you’re Chris Bukowski) then why not lay it all out on the table? Of course, he still has his ED clinic, and has recently been in some legal hot water over building misleading claims.

Hayley& Emily, Twins

Season: Ben Higgins

I will say that even though ” twins ” is not a real job, Haley and Emily might just be the closest thing to professional twins this world has ever seen. I entail, they were a package duo even on Paradise , and even tried to have a spin-off show that merely focused on them being completely incompetent at life. Most twins I know didn’t even want to attend the same college, so I guess I respect Haley and Emily leaning into their one strength.

Lucas, Whaboom

Season : Rachel Lindsay

Lucas, your dumb little catchphrase was an embarrassingly overt attempt to make sure you got your 15 minutes. Now, I get that all of these people must want their 15 minutes, or else they would go on a dating app and not a reality TV show, but Lucas didn’t do it very deftly. Frankly, I’m riled that the producers even humored him by casting him at all. The fun of watching The Bachelor is pretending that all these people are there for the right reasons and not to become Instagram influencers, even when we know they’re all going to become influencers anyway.

Kelly, Dog Lover

Season: Juan Pablo Galavis

Honestly, I’m a huge dog lover, so this is my dream job. Although it’s not exactly clear how one could make a living off of loving puppies, because if you could, every single person on Instagram in 2019 would be a millionaire. Kelly, tell us your secret! We could solve world hunger! If I had to guess, I’d say Kelly walks dogs sometimes and maybe even started an Instagram for her parents’ dog, and it has 700 adherents to date. Chase those dreams, daughter!

Kamil, Social Media Participant

Season: Becca Kufrin

Kamil, I hate to break it to you, but we’re ALL social media participants. You might as well have set” human man” as your job title. He is definitely the guy who has a passion for starting Twitter wars with strangers on the internet. Or maybe he was just getting a head start on his post- Bachelorette career, which doesn’t appear to have worked out too well for him.

I frankly don’t even understand the phase of dedicating the contestants task titles at all, considering half of them are fake and all of them just want to shill weight loss tea. But at least it dedicates us amusement and extra gasoline for our roasts.

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I Tried Intermittent Fasting For 10 Days& It Was Not At All What I Expected* Betches

As I’m sure many of you can relate to, I did not enter January feeling the best I’ve ever felt about my body. Candidly, forget vacation weight gain–I hadn’t successfully lost weight since a belly glitch last May, and the whole thing was starting to feel hopeless. In 2019, I’d already tried a juice cleanse( painful, outcomes gone within a few weeks ), and macro counting( depleting! very difficult without professional advice on what to eat ). So eventually, I turned to intermittent fasting. I am in no way a nutritionist, and I cannot tell you whether IF is “good for you, ” or give you a scathing review of whether or not the science behind it is legit. What I can tell you is that I had a tough 10 days, and a surprising set of results. If that’s enough for you, read on for my experience with intermittent fasting

What I Expected From Intermittent Fasting

If you’re interested in learning more about the science behind IF( intermittent fasting ), or the different ways you can do it, I used these three articles as guides. Like I said, I’m not a nutritionist, and I genuinely don’t want my advice here to be the last word on whether or not you embark on a major diet alter. Please believe me–it is a MAJOR change. I understood the merits of IF in two ways before starting. First, I learned that periods of fasting decrease insulin production and boost growth hormones–both of which mean nothing to me, but they apparently help boost metabolism, burn fat, and gain muscle. Second, by limiting your “eating window”( a term my friends would literally pay me to stop hearing at this point ), you’re meant to limit overall calories( e.g. you can’t eat breakfasts anymore; you skip seven breakfasts’ worth of calories per week ).

Have some objections to that second point? Yeah, me too–don’t worry, we’ll get there. But just to be clear with my intentions for IF: I wanted to lose weight. Not a drastic quantity, especially not in 10 days; I know all too well that that weight just comes right back. But losing perhaps 1, 1.5 pounds? If nothing else, simply to prove that my body was still capable of weight loss after all the weird diets I’d put it through. So, I decided on a 16:8 routine( 16 hour fast, 8 hour eating window ), and set off on my 10 -day journey.

Actual footage of me putting together diet schemes and not shutting the f* ck up about it :

How Fasting Actually Felt

Despite most recommendations for 16:8 indicating eating 12 -8pm( or even earlier ), I set mine from 2-10pm. First of all, I fight route more with snacking at night than I do during the day, and I didn’t want to set myself up for failure. Second of all, I have a standing Bachelor date Monday nights, and no way in hell was I sitting through Colton’s journey for love without a healthy dose of wine and pizza. The first few days were mostly the same: I presented up to work around 10( usually when I eat breakfast) and had unpleasant but bearable waves of hunger until 2pm. This included stomach cramps( worst when I woke up, or when someone ate a delicious-looking bagel near me ), and a few headaches. Water and black coffee helped, but candidly more in terms of keeping me awake than stimulating me feel better.

The first mistake I constructed that week? On Day 3, I went to a spin class at 8am( a disgusting habit I picked up in LA ). Not only did I nearly die from hunger that morning, I forgot the parameters of my eating window and ate until 10:30 pm that night. While I worried I’d messed all there is to it, and was starting to question how healthy it was anyway, I woke up on Day 4 “feeling LIGHT”( per my detailed notes ). My stomach felt flatter, my digestion was good, and my thirst cramps were clearing up sooner. Everything seemed good. And then, as must happen to all diets, the weekend came along.

I was spending that particular weekend in Salt Lake City, crashing some friends’ ski trip.( I don’t ski, I just wanted to drink in a cabin for a weekend .) In preparation, I switched my eating window for the weekend to 4pm-12am. After all, if I was going to induce IF my long-term eating pattern, it had to be something I could do while maintaining a social life. And my social life right now involves ingesting calories after 10 pm.( I say “involves, ” but really that’s all my social life is .) I also weighed myself Friday morning, but both of the scales turned out to be broken, and both told me I’d gained 16 pounds in the past two weeks.

So, even though I’d woken up Friday feeling light and lean, I expended most of that day questioning reality and trying not to eat my own hand. By the time I could eat at 4pm, my body went into full animal mode, terrified I would fast for another 18 hours at any moment. Basically, I filled the day with airport snacks, a pasta dinner, and bags of Cheetos and mini Oreos the Airbnb host had left behind. Yes, right up until midnight. Saturday and Sunday, I accompanied the non-skiing group to two massive brunches and fasted through both, for which I would like several medals.( Insta proof below .)

Throughout the weekend, I felt like the bloating and general gross-ness I’d kicked during the week was back–but mostly I blamed the type of food I was eating( processed garbage and desserts, yum ), and it was more of an internal “yuck” than an “oh sh* t, these gasps are not fun to button.” The final few days I focused on drinking sh* t tons of water, feeing more real foods and fewer snacks, and bringing my eating window back to a reasonable scope.( AKA Monday I eat 4-11; Tuesday I feed 3-10; Wednesday I could eat at 2 again .) But candidly, I never quite kicked the bloated feeling from the weekend and I was still freaked out by the scale disaster Friday. By the time I went back to regular eating, it didn’t come a minute too soon.

Pros& Cons I Felt On Intermittent Fasting

I would need a licensed professional to confirm or deny this, but I suspect that I messed up by making my eating window so late on the weekend. Like I said, I am a chronic night-snacker–which means I’ve read all the advice on how it’s the worst thing you can do for your body and how you’re meant to give your body 2-4 hours of not eating before bed. I’ve also been a yo-yo dieter for years, and hear rumors of starvation mode( when your body’s metabolic rate slows down bc it thinks you’re dying and need the food) if you deprive your body of calories irresponsibly. Again, IDK for sure what happened, but once I started eating from 4pm-12am it felt like my body panicked, shut down any fat-burning processes, and held onto whatever calories I did consume for dear life.

In other words, with a later eating window, my digestion slackened, my usual bloated feeling returned, and it quickly seemed like a terrible idea. And while my 2-10pm feeing window had induced me feel lighter after a few days, it had also allowed me to stop supposing so carefully about what I was eating. I would try to break my fast with a big, healthy meal, but I was way more relaxed about carb content, afternoon snacking, and feeing desserts. As long as I stopped at 10 pm, I was still technically on a diet–right?

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Yeah, I wasn’t right. People who promote IF assume that you’ll eat fewer calories if dedicated less period, but they’ve clearly never been to a timed buffet. I can’t say for sure whether I was feeing more calories while I did IF, but I genuinely doubt I was feeing fewer( and definitely not on the weekend ). And overeating with 16 -hour transgress isn’t a diet: it’s just feeing the same amount and giving you a better shot at digesting it properly. By the time I received a less f* cked up scale that Friday, I determined I was two pounds heavier from the whole experiment.

BUT–and again I have no way of proving this–I felt like it was possible that part of that weight gain was muscle. I’m the kind of person who can( and has) temporarily gained two pounds from a large meal, and I’m very familiar with what that feels like. This weight gain, however, felt different.

To sum up my very scientific impression of how my body changed during this process, I felt like I was roughly the same size but less jiggly–like my pants were maybe a little tighter in the legs, but looser in the waist. It wasn’t my goal, and I still have five pounds I’d like to lose, but I’ve experienced worse outcomes on more painful regimes.

Overall, would I recommend intermittent fasting, or ever do it again? Kind of! I would recommend trying a few different eating windows and assuring what works best for you, for sure. I might try incorporating a 24-hour fast once a week, since I’d had good short-term results with a few days of fasting. Ultimately, I think incorporating a couple fasting periods helped me shed some bloat and regulate digestion–but extending the fasts and confounding my body on when to expect food backfired. As much as I hate to say it, I have to accept that this wasn’t a “weight loss hack” by any means. If I actually want to see a lower number on the scale, I will have to consume fewer calories. Until then, I’ll be accepting tips on how the f* ck I’m supposed to enjoy an evening at home without feeing until the second I fall asleep.

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What To Eat Before& After Your Workout To Maximize Benefits* Betches

Fueling your body before and after a workout are vital elements in maximizing the consequences of said workout. After all, who wants to work hard and find subpar outcomes? Nobody. That’s like, the whole opposite of the entire point. You already bought your cute workout clothes and dragged your ass to the gym, and( hopefully) actually like, been seeking to put in~ werk~ and didn’t just half-ass it. But what you do at the gym isn’t the only thing that factors into your weight loss or other fitness goals–what you feed before and after your workout can kind of induce or violate your efforts as well. What should you feed before your workout? Should you eat at all? And after your workout, what should you feed so your muscles can recover, but you don’t undo all the progress you just made? These are the types of questions I get from my clients a lot. I’m going to help you break down what to eat before and after your workout so you can get the most benefits and not altogether sabotage your efforts.

Pre-Workout Nutrition

Okay, so I generally can be classified into two camps here for pre-workout nutrition. If it is early in the morning, like a 5am-6am workout, I understand not feeing pre-workout. What’s more, if the workout consists of a morning jog or mainly endurance cardio( the treadmill, elliptical, Stair Master, etc .) it is totally fine to not eat before.

HOWEVER. If you’re about to go lift weights or do HIIT training, a completely empty stomach could potentially make you dizzy and interfere with your ability to do as much as you want to in the gym( and also be dangerous ). The reason for this is when you’re running on totally empty, the body has already depleted its glycogen store( which is used for quick energy–it’s a reason athletes carb-load prior to a game ). This is where I am an advocate of waking up earlier( yeah, I know, I know) so you can actually try to eat something before.

Now, if you’re an afternoon/ evening gym rat, then I’m sincerely hoping you’re not working out still fasted from the night before. A mixture of protein and carbohydrates will give you the proper nutrition you need to work out. Stay away from anything with a lot of fat content, because fat takes longer to digest than carbohydrates and protein, so it’ll kinda simply sit there for a while and cause cramps while you work out. A good example of a pre-workout snack is a bowl of berries, a piece of toast, and two eggs. That’s a pretty optimal meal anyway, but it’s not too big to mess with you during the workout if you have to go right to the gym after eating.

What I find works best for me is having a proper meal about two hours before I workout. I’m a PM-er, so I workout later in the day after lunch. My lunch could be anything from lentil pasta arrabbiata and chicken breast to ground turkey salad. I devote myself time to digest after, then I find I’m able to really go hard in the gym.

Also, it’s pretty common sense, but gasoline more for a more strenuous workout. So you’re definitely going to want to eat more before a leg workout( larger muscle groups= more sweaty, more tiring–I have an article coming on this later) than for an arms/ abs workout( smaller muscle groups ).

Post-Workout Nutrition

The reason post-workout nutrition, to me, is more important than pre-workout nutrition is because the body involves replenishment after being depleted of energy. Now, amino acids( or protein) play a super key role here because you want the proteins to help your muscle fibers mend and kickstart your recovery process.

You don’t really NEED to rush to get in your protein and carbs within 30 minutes after your workout, like many fitness gurus will tell you( this is what they call the” anabolic window “). You’re definitely going to want to eat after, but honestly…I live in LA, that drive home from the gym could already take up the whole 30 minutes, honey. Trust me when I say those 30 minutes are not the end-all and be-all. You only want to make sure you’re getting enough protein throughout the day; rushing to get it in right after a work out won’t make much of a difference.

The best kind of post-workout nutrition should really be a full meal if you have the time for it. Anything with a complete protein source( chicken breast, fish, etc .) and complex carbohydrates( brown rice, pasta, beans are all good options) will help your body recover from the workout. If you’re kind of in a day crunch, then a protein shake will do. Depending on how filling your shake is, you might need proper ga as well.

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These Influencers Got Exposed For Agreeing To Promote Literal Poison | Betches

Earlier today, I wrote about what I thought would be the last crazy influencer scandal of the year. It is December 18, after all. That narrative had everything: handguns, prison term, and petty disputes over web domains. It seemed like the perfect route to close out a year of influencers generally being the most difficult. But, reader, I SPOKE. TOO. SOON. Lo and beheld, we have another story that is almost hard to believe, except for the fact that I literally wouldn’t set anything past influencers anymore.

There are certain things in this world that we should just know not to believe. Things like” I’m not like other guys ,” or” I will definitely pull out” come to mind, but this should also definitely be applied to influencers telling us that they only endorse products they really believe in, or even employ at all. Sorry, Khloe Kardashian, but no one buys that you achieved a total body transformation through a regimen of diarrhea tea and waist trainers. The BBC apparently doesn’t trust influencers’ promises about the products they shill either, so they decided to pull a little sting operation to uncover their shady ways.

On the most recent episode of Blindboy Undestroys the World, which is basically like Punk’d, but with social justice undercurrents, three reality TV personalities were dragged into a situation that they’re definitely regretting right now. Lauren Goodger and Mike Hassini( from The Only Way Is Essex–basically the British version of The Hills ), along with Zara Holland( from Love Island ), were all approached about doing ads for a weight loss beverage that was literally poisonous, and they all said yes. Yeah, it’s a big ol’ yikes.

The drink( which doesn’t actually exist) was called Cyonora, and was alleged to contain hydrogen cyanide, which is literally like, the most famous poison. Despite the ingredient being specifically highlighted, both on the label and in the ad copy , none of our three influencers in question had any qualms about shilling for the drink. When asked about promoting the drink, they were told that the product was still in development, and that they wouldn’t” be able to drink it until it’s launched .” Mike Hassini said that was ” absolutely fine ,” and Zara said that it’s” not a number of problems ,” despite her agent clarifying that she wouldn’t lie to promote the product. Good for the agent, but clearly these people don’t give a sh* t.

Lauren’s agent clearly wasn’t concerned about lying, saying directly that” Half these posts you see that people do, they’re not even trying them half the time anyway .” So would that amount to … a quarter of the time? The interviewer then double checked that it wouldn’t be a problem for Lauren to promote a beverage she hadn’t tried, and she merely shook her head. Lauren is probably the worst offender here. After agreeing to do the Cyonora promotion, she willingly shared that she had never tried Skinny Coffee, another weight loss product she promoted earlier this year. She claimed on social media to have lost weight by drinking Skinny Coffee, and said friends messaged her asking if it truly worked. She seemed amazed anyone would even believe she actually used it, saying she told her friends,” Do you not know this by now ?”

Lauren’s agent do ask for clarification about the ingredients in Cyonora, saying she had received backlash over Skinny Coffee because of the laxatives in the drink. But asking isn’t the same thing as actually caring, it doesn’t really seem like Lauren cared. After being told about the ingredients( aka cyanide ), Lauren–along with Zara and Mike–still videotapeed a practice run of an ad script which contained multiple mentions of the LITERAL CYANIDE in the drink.

In the wake of the present airing, these morons obviously tried to cover their ass, and Lauren and Zara’s reps both spoke to BuzzFeed News about how they were misrepresented on the reveal. Zara, in a classic move, blamed the editors, saying that the” full edit” wasn’t demonstrate, and that she claims to” only promote products that I have tried first and know a lot of detail about them .” But just like any reality indicate, the editors can’t literally put terms in her mouth, and Zara said she would promote the drink without trying it!

Lauren’s rep issued a similar statement, saying that” proper checks would have been induced” if she was actually going to promote the product. As for not raising more concerns when reading the script with the CYANIDE references, Lauren said that” As with any audition you people please and say what they want to hear .” HA. Sorry, but reading a line the route the director asked and not asking why a weight loss drink has poison in it are not the same thing !!

Overall, it’s impossible to know if these people would have actually gone through with knowingly promoting cyanide juice, but their behavior on camera doesn’t exactly instill confidence that influencers are being thorough with vetting the products they make money off of claiming to use. This is disappointing, but it’s zero percent surprising–if we know anything by now, it’s that we should expect nothing from these people. They’re mostly clowns doing their best to avoid having to get real jobs, and if cyanide juice is willing to cut them a hefty check, they’re not going to ask a lot of questions.

If you’re the kind of person who is still buying products based on influencer recommendations, you should probably be a little more careful. Of course, some things aren’t harmful, or could even be beneficial, but the weight loss drinks are just never going to work the way you want them to. Sorry, but you should know this by now!

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Digital Sugar Newborns Are Getting Paid Without Ever Meeting Up* Betches

When I began college in 2011, being able to survive financially meant either A) having rich mothers, B) surviving off scholarships, C) falling into bottomless debt, or D) getting a part-time job. For me, this came down to blowing all of my scholarship money my freshman year, and then turning to waitressing at Mexican eateries so I could afford to feed myself.( My diet became 80 percent Mexican food, which I now realise is not the best weight loss strategy .)

Eight years later, the internet and a growing number of applications have created a limitless number of ways for students to make money online, without having to ever leave their beds. So long to the days of having to physically go to work, because who wants to do that? Let’s be real , nobody, but especially not college kids.

When beginning to search for digital gigs that require little effort but that offer great fiscal reward, more and more college-age students are jumping on the sugar baby bandwagon. According to SeekingArrangement’s report, aptly called Sugar Baby University , more than 2.7 million college student have turned to sugar daddies to help pay off debt or offset other expenses, like books and housing. But just like millennials and Gen-Z have different outlooks on social media, dating, and drinking than other generations, they’re also approaching the sugar newborn world differently, get a little more technologically savvy.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, sugar babies, according to the SeekingArrangement website,” enjoy a life of luxury by being pampered with fine dinners, exotic trips and allowances .” Sugar daddy or Mommas( those terms just gave me hives) want to” discover beautiful members to accompany them at all times .” So, utilizing services like SeekingArrangement, they link up. Basically, the idea is that sugar newborns “accompany” daddies( to dinner, events, dinners, or whatever) and can receive money, gifts, etc. in return. Now, though, there are a growing number of sugar babies who are going digital and not fulfilling up with their daddies/ mommas at all. Why do in person what you can do from your phone, right?

What Are Adaptogens& Do They Work For Relaxation?* Betches

The wellness world is always evolving and throwing new sh* t at us to help our bodies and intellects in wonderful, magical styles. As focus has changed from the early’ 90 s epoch of extreme weight loss( remember the grapefruit diet, anyone? No? Wanna go on a Cabbage Soup fast? No? Ok then .) to today’s more holistic and health-conscious space, the trends have adapted to follow suit. In other words, our focus in the health space has transitioned from weight loss to wellness. Applause all around, please. I’m so glad we all ultimately realise there are more important things in life( such as functioning organs) than having thighs that don’t touch.

With this paradigm transformation, wellness experts are now marketing new things based on conceptions such as detoxification, hormone balancing, and immune boosting. Enter: adaptogens.

Adaptogens are the latest buzzword in the wellness realm, and I know they voiced weirdly medical, like they should be a part of our DNA or cells or something, but they’re actually a non-toxic herb, so you don’t need to be scared. According to Times magazine, adaptogens are a special class of herbs that will help the body resist physical, chemical, and biological stressors. Results from this scientific study is demonstrating that the herbs also interact with our hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis( HPA ), responsible for communication to our kidneys( ie: adrenal glands) about how to handle stress.

See, when we are stressed out, our body utilizes three stages to handle stress. The initial stage is the alarm stage. It’s self-explanatory: you’re f* cking shook. It’s the initial stage of stress, such as your first few reps of lifting weights. This is where the body releases its first dosage of hormones. The second phase, the phase of resistance, is when you’re able to handle the stress. So this stage is kind of what get you through the subsequent reps and situateds of your workout. This stage is where the adaptogens work their magic. They basically stretch out the resistance phase by behave like a hormone balancer. Because they play a role in the brain to adrenal gland communication, they are able to level out the amount of stress hormones that get released by your adrenal glands. The third and final phase of a stress response is the exhaustion stage. It has nothing to do with adaptogens, that’s just your body saying ” chill, bitch .” The instance of weight lifting is obviously a physical stressor, but adaptogens have also been shown to help the body handle mental or emotional stress. So basically, adaptogens are supposed to level you tf out so you’re not a miserable, murderous bitch.

While new to the Western world, Ayurvedic healing and Chinese medicine have known about adaptogens for centuries. The trend has hit our side of the world in a big way, and now all these coffee shops are pushing mushroom coffee( I’m not so sure about this ), and you can find the adaptogenic herb Ashwaganda in powder form in many health food stores. Another one you’ve most likely heard of before is ginseng. I’m kinda psychic, so I can say with like semi-certainty that it’s about to have a huge comeback now, but your favorite Chinese place has probably been cooking with ginseng forever. For you overambitious betches that don’t believe in easing into things, try this Gwyneth Paltrow-approved adaptogenic smoothie recipe. I’m not sure where you can buy” moon dust ,” but it sounds like something my drug dealer has mentioned before.

Despite all the cool info disseminate about these herbs, keep in mind that scientific research on how adaptogens truly treated with our body is still very limited, and I recommend consulting with a doctor before trying new supplements, especially if you are taking prescription drugs.

What do you guys suppose? Would you try these herbs? Would you do the mushroom coffee? Sound off below!

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What To Eat Before& After Your Workout To Maximize Benefits* Betches

Fueling your body before and after a workout is a key component in maximizing the consequences of said workout. After all, who wants to work hard and insure subpar results? Nobody. That’s like, the whole opposite of the entire point. You already bought your cute workout clothes and dragged your ass to the gym, and( hopefully) actually like, tried to put in~ werk~ and didn’t just half-ass it. But what you do at the gym isn’t the only thing that factors into your weight loss or other fitness goals–what you feed before and after your workout can kind of stimulate or break your efforts as well. What should you feed before your workout? Should you eat at all? And after your workout, what should you eat so your muscles can recover, but you don’t undo all the progress you just made? These are the types of questions I get from my clients a lot. I’m going to help you break down what to eat before and after your workout so you can get the most benefits and not altogether sabotage your efforts.

Pre-Workout Nutrition

Okay, so I generally fall into two camps here for pre-workout nutrition. If it is early in the morning, like a 5am-6am workout, I understand not eating pre-workout. What’s more, if the workout consists of a morning jog or mainly endurance cardio( the treadmill, elliptical, Stair Master, etc .) it is totally penalty to not feed before.

HOWEVER. If you’re about to go lift weights or do HIIT training, a completely empty stomach could potentially construct you dizzy and interfere with your ability to do as much as you want to in the gym( and also be dangerous ). The reason for this is when you’re running on completely empty, the body has already depleted its glycogen store( which is used for quick energy–it’s a reason athletes carb-load prior to a game ). This is where I am an advocate of waking up earlier( yeah, I know, I know) so you can actually try to eat something before.

Now, if you’re an afternoon/ evening gym rat, then I’m sincerely hoping you’re not working out still fasted from the night before. A mixture of protein and carbohydrates will give you the proper nutrition you need to work out. Stay away from anything with a lot of fat content, because fat takes longer to digest than carbohydrates and protein, so it’ll kinda simply sit there for a while and cause cramps while you work out. A good example of a pre-workout snack is a bowl of berries, a piece of toast, and two eggs. That’s a fairly optimal dinner anyway, but it’s not too big to mess with you during the workout if you have to go right to the gym after eating.

What I find works best for me is having a proper meal about two hours before I workout. I’m a PM-er, so I workout later in the day after lunch. My lunch could be anything from lentil pasta arrabbiata and chicken breast to ground turkey salad. I devote myself time to digest after, then I find I’m able to really run hard in the gym.

Also, it’s pretty common sense, but ga more for a more strenuous workout. So you’re definitely going to want to eat more before a leg workout( larger muscle groups= more sweaty, more tiring–I have an article coming on this later) than for an arms/ abs workout( smaller muscle groups ).

Post-Workout Nutrition

The reason post-workout nutrition, to me, is more important than pre-workout nutrition is because the body necessitates replenishment after being depleted of energy. Now, amino acids( or protein) play a super key role here because you want the proteins to help your muscle fibers heal and kickstart your recovery process.

You don’t really NEED to rush to get into your protein and carbs within 30 minutes after your workout, like many fitness gurus will tell you( “thats what they” call the” anabolic window “). You’re definitely going to want to eat after, but honestly…I live in LA, that drive home from the gym could already take up the whole 30 minutes, honey. Trust me when I say those 30 minutes are not the end-all and be-all. You just want to make sure you’re getting enough protein throughout the day; rushing to get it in right after a work out won’t make much of a difference.

The best kind of post-workout nutrition should really be a full meal if you have the time for it. Anything with a complete protein source( chicken breast, fish, etc .) and complex carbohydrates( brown rice, pasta, beans are all good options) will help your body recover from the workout. If you’re kind of in a day crunch, then a protein shake will do. Depending on how filling your shake is, you might need proper ga as well.

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4 Ways To Get Over A Weight Loss Plateau | Betches

A weight loss plateau is beyond frustrating, and the worst part is it’s not even really about what you’re doing right or wrong. A plateau is the result of our bodies’ evolution and a survival mechanism that had contributed to our species prosper.( Caroline Dooner talks a lot about how our bodies’ survival mechanisms are meant to thwart weight loss efforts in her F* ck Your Diet series .) A weight loss plateau is the outcome of our bodies needing less energy to function, and our metabolism slowing, when we lose weight. Our biology isn’t that happy with our weight loss. It triggers a signal that we’re about to go through some trying times. It thinks we’re about to run out of food. So when we lose weight, our bodies start to tell us to hang onto the nutrients in the things we eat, and slows down our metabolism.

Here’s the science behind a weight loss plateau( get ready for some math ):

Metabolism ( Total Daily Energy Expenditure)= Basal Metabolic Rate ( the bare minimum number of calories you need to survive at complete remainder)+ Exercise ( calories burned during exert)+ Non-Exercise Expenditure ( calories burned through other activities other than exercise)+ Thermal Effect Of Food ( energy used to digest the food we eat)

So, generally speaking, if your uptake is greater than your metabolism, it will lead to weight gain, and if your uptake is less than your metabolism, it will lead to weight loss.

Simple enough, right? We’ve heard of different differences of this same equation before( we’ve all heard” calories in vs. calories out” at one point or another ), but our bodies are so clever that once we lose weight, the calories used at rest will also lessen. Therefore, if every other aspect of your energy expenditure remains the same( workout , non-exercise expenditure, and thermal impact) then your overall metabolism will be lower. So what gives? Am I telling you that now you have to spend another 30 extra minutes in the gym to compensate? No , not unless you feel like it. Here are four other ways to get over a weight loss plateau.

Sneak In More Non-Exercise Physical Activity

A lot of people have the mindset that you need to be in a gym to get in physical activity, which kind of restriction their ability to see the opportunities we have to be active in daily life. Take the stairs instead of the escalator or the elevator when you can, walk or bike instead of driving, and stand instead of sitting. Go for a walk with your puppy, or go for a hike with a friend instead of going to get drinkings( or hike to get the drinks ). You can even simply stretch while watching Tv. Little things add up. A study was published that claims fidgeting and working to maintain correct posture burns up to 800 more calories than sitting still. So merely get moving in some way.

Don’t Work Out Longer, Work Out Smarter

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You can still limit your workouts to an hour and increase the efficiency if you maximize your time. Working smarter in the gym means less rest, more resistance, and more defines/ reps. Only make sure you’re not do the same workout at the same intensity as the day you started months ago, because your body needs you to step your game up. Another way I like to add intensity to my workouts is to add more blended motions, so instead of simply doing squattings, I’ll add in a shoulder press at the standing part of the movement. More muscles ran means more calories burned in the same amount of time.

Don’t Neglect The Weights

By now, you should know that weights don’t induce you bulky. If you have more muscle cells, you’ll be burning more energy at rest than if you had more fat cells in your body. This will help you to maintain that same metabolic rate pre-weight loss.

If you’ve receive your weight loss plateaued and your exert routine consists of mostly cardio, it’s time to incorporate weights in a more significant way. Cardio is fantastic, and those who are starting on their fitness journey can find great outcomes with it. However, because cardio does very little in terms of muscle building, cardio-focused individuals will hit a plateau early on because they lose the weight and then their metabolism slackens. My recommendation is to cut the cardio portion of your workout routine in half and use the other half of the time to complete a few resistance training circuits. So if you’re used to doing an hour of cardio, do 30 minutes and use the other 30 to do three to four decides of five to six resistance develop moves.

Choose Protein

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So, here’s a wild notion: your body actually burns calories when digesting. The dietary-induced thermal effect–sorry, more science–is the energy needed after we eat a certain food to digest and absorb the nutrients in our body. So if you’re trying to get over a weight loss plateau, it might be time to eat a little smarter. And by that I entail, eat more foods that take more energy to burn. This is called the food’s thermogenic rate. Fat, for example, utilizes 0 to 100 calories to digest for every 100 calories devoured( or, it has a thermogenic rate of 11-18 % for non-obese individuals ). Protein, on the other hand, has the greatest thermal effect of about 20 -3 0 %. This means your body uses the most energy to digest protein which means more calories burned! According to the same study, protein also helps you stay full the longest. By making protein the spotlight of your dinners, you can increase your metabolism rate.

A weight loss plateau is something that is probably going to happen to you at some phase. The good news is that we can mitigate the consequences of it by controlling other aspects of our energy expenditure. A plateau could also mean that it’s time to take a step back and appreciate your journey so far, because you didn’t get to this plateau without having first put in the work! It is also a sign that you’re ready to step your workouts to the next level if you’ve been stuck in a pattern or routine for a while. So while plateaus can feel discouraging, it’s a sign that you’re physically ready to advance to the next level. Your body is ready to take the stairs instead of elevators, to do faster sprints and that extra situate of bicep curls. Instead of being down, pat yourself on the back and go do those sprints!

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