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When vegetable crisps came on the scene, it's safe to say we all jumped for joy at the 'healthy' snack alternative.

But it turns out that the crisps may not be as healthy as we think.

According to nutritionists, the vegetable snacks contain more fat and saturated fat than most other snack brands.

 

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One registered nutritionist, Charlotte Stirling-Reed told Cosmo, "The concern with products that are often seen as ‘healthier alternatives’ such as vegetable crisps, is they don’t always match up to their reputations.

"Crisps are crisps, and even if they are made with vegetables, they are likely to contain too much in the way of fat, saturated fat and salt.

"In fact, the vegetable crisps here have higher levels of saturated fat and salt than some well-known, regular crisp brands.

“As a nutritionist, I’ve seen this first hand in weight loss clinics where clients may eat even as much as double a portion size of a product if it’s perceived to be healthy.”

They may not be the healthiest, but they sure are delish, so you know… nom.

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The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil is now claiming that Khloe Kardashian has been "fat shamed into a prison of self-critique" following an Instagram post by the reality tv star.

Jamil is an ardent advocate of women's right and body positivity, and currently runs the i Weigh campaign to show women that their worth doesn't stop at their weight.

She is also a prominent speaker for banning airbrushing in the beauty industry, and refuses to allow photographers or magazine publications to edit her image.

The 32-year-old campaigns to end body dysmorphia, and has now focused on Khloe Kardashian for her repeatedly damaging messages aimed at young women.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star posted a message to her Instagram story which said: “2 things a girl wants: 1) Lose weight 2) Eat.”

Jamil screenshot the message and uploaded it to Twitter, writing "This makes me sad. I hope my daughter grows up wanting more than this. I want more than this. Sending love to this poor woman. This industry did this to her."

“The media did it to her. They fat shamed her into a prison of self critique. Dear girls, WANT MORE THAN THIS,” she concluded.

Jamil has previously criticised the Kardashian clan for their weight-loss product endorsements, which are essentially laxative meal replacements and possibly encourage body dysmorphia.

The former T4 presenter argues that the family capitalise from the insecurity of others, making money from “the blood and tears of young women who believe in them”.

Jamil attended the Golden Globes with her The Good Place co-stars last Sunday, where the show was nominated for best television series, and claimed she has no intentions of stopping her campaigning.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She told the Press Association: “They’ll have to kill me to stop me talking out about the rights of women and minorities. It’s something I feel really passionately about I’ve been talking about it for years, I just didn’t have the platform that this amazing show has given me.

“I understand some people think I’m speaking out where it’s not my place, for groups who I don’t necessarily represent, or represent anymore, but I think someone has to say something," she added.

“And no-one listens to the people from marginalised groups so those of us with privilege have a duty to speak out so that their voices can be heard.” Dead right Jameela. You do you, gal.

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We saw our fair share of celebs post throwback pictures for Father's Day yesterday, and Lucy Hale was no different.

The Pretty Little Liars star posted a gorgeous snap of her and her dad, standing side by side and beaming into the camera.

Lucy captioned the picture, "You thought me to have soul. I love you daddy," yet it's what she said in the comments section that really irked her fans.

 

You taught me to have soul. I love you daddy.

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Directed towards her hair stylist, Scotty Cunha, Lucy wrote, "ugh I was so fat," and many of her followers are outraged.

Lucy has some young followers due to her role on PLL, so this message could be very problematic to them.

One followers commented, saying: "I know you've got the right to say that, but just imagine what it's like for your fans who are a little bit bigger or struggling with their body to hear that from their idol who's obviously never been fat."

While everyone has body insecurities, perhaps this could be a wake-up call for people in the public eye to be more careful with the words they use.

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Is the word 'fat' offensive?

Technically, no. But the meaning we, as a society, have attached to that little three letter word has made it synonymous with shame and self-hatred.

Bethany Rutter, fashion blogger and writer for Red Online, has spoken out about the issue. In an article posted on the website, Bethany poses the question ‘’why would you be offended when someone considers you plus size?’’

She argues that phrases like ‘curvy’ or ‘plus-sized’ have become the ‘socially-accepted euphemism of choice’ when describing fat bodies and is rejecting the idea that these terms should be seen as polite or non-offensive.

She wrote, ‘’Describing myself as ‘fat’ is not an act of self-hatred, but an act of self-love. It took a long time for me to own it, but I got there, and remain there with defiance and aplomb.’’

Bethany admits that she never hated being fat, in fact she always liked the way she looked, but other people were not convinced that she could actually feel confident about her body.

‘’The problem was everyone else. It was films, magazines, books, my parents, PE lessons at school that made me wonder if I had got it all wrong.’’

It took a while, but Bethany was eventually able to take back control of the word that so many people had used in attempt to hurt or shame her and now uses the word with pride when talking about her body.

‘’I say it with respect and a refusal to participate in a hierarchy where thinness is aspirational, and fat is shameful.’’

‘’I say it to describe a body, to celebrate a body for what it is, not to wound it or treat it with shame.’’

Bethany signed off by asking readers to drop the politeness and simply call her body what it is, fat.

She’s okay with it and you should be too. 

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The term fat-shaming gets tossed around a lot these days, be it on viral fitness Instagram pages who reveal the reality behind before and after pictures, or on the photos of women who are deemed "brave" for showcasing a body fits in clothes with a label featuring double digits. 

Fat-shaming, for those not in the know, is a term which refers to the action of humiliating someone by mocking them or making critical comments about their size. At least, that's the dictionary definition. 

If you're anything like me and have never really existed in a lean, mean, fat-fighting machine of a body, then you may relate a little bit to what I'm about to say. 

Fat-shaming happens on the daily, it's simply ingrained in our language and the way we describe things.

People say "oh nooo I feel so fat today," to refer to bloating, proving once more that being seen as fat is inherently bad.

Celebrities are praised for shedding the pounds, no matter how dangerous a diet they follow to do so (Beyonce's cayenne pepper and lemon juice, anyone?) while women who gain weight, be it a little or a lot, are often encouraged to see this weight gain as a temporary state, something they must suffer through until they "fit back into their jeans." 

 

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I don't mind admitting that I'm a size 12, which is by no means on the higher end of the clothing size scale.

And yet, I have still had moments where I have been made to feel ashamed for not prescribing to the new decree of a beautiful body. 

It was only recently that I was unceremoniously insulted by a guy at a gig, who, after I joined my friends dancing on the stage, told me that the stage was no place for fat girls.

Obviously this was upsetting, so I couldn't let it slide by. 

Because, as a perceived fatty, I'm hungry for justice, right? 

This incident got me thinking that, whatever amount of humiliation I endured due to this one man's opinion of my physique, to feel that way on a regular basis must be unbearable. 

There are entire Instagram pages dedicated to shaming and policing women's bodies, encouraging them to take up less space, even when they are already at healthy sizes.

Just because their bodies may not necessarily match up with that of a Victoria's Secret model, they are somehow less worthy than their thin and toned counterparts. 

Placing such a high value on a woman's weight completely demeans her as a person.

When that asshat (who I can only assume had gone mad with power) attempted to fat-shame me out of the gig, he wasn't considering who I was as a person, he only cared about my attractiveness, specifically the attractiveness of my body alone. 

The same goes for thin women, who are made to feel like they are "less than a woman" because "real men like curves." 

Body-shaming works both ways, and the obsession with weight dehumanises people and their worth. 

Personally, I'm choosing to practice self love rather than dwelling on the cruel words of strangers, but it's easier said than done.

Until people realise that fat-shaming is even closer than an Instagram comment away, the issue will probably never be rectified.

Seeing people as less than deserving of basic human kindness on the basis of their numeric relationship with gravity seems pretty juvenile, and yet it happens every day, in real life, among adults.

Skinny, fat or in-between, people seem to think that they have some kind right to comment on unsuspecting bodies in a negative manner, and until we all take a stand against body-shaming, it's probably going to continue.

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Made In Chelsea star Louise Thompson has had a major body overhaul in recent months.

The petite designer has grown some serious muscles, and her Instagram account is rife with gym selfies, foodie posts and snaps with her personal trainer boyfriend.

However, fans were less than impressed with something the fitness guru said in a caption on a recent picture.

 

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"Muscles are there, now need to get rid of the fat over the top," she added to a caption on Instagram.

Fans were outraged by the stars use of the word "fat" to describe herself, as the image shows a seriously lean Louise.

"I get what is meant by this comment but as someone who people look up to it is a very irresponsible comment. You are clearly tiny and now young girls especially will think they need to lose weight and fat to look like you" 

"As someone who has suffered an eating disorder this upsets me because people need a healthy amount of fat to function," said one Instagram fan.

 

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"Wtf fat?! Uh you're tiny," commented another user.

Some fans rushed to Louise's defence, claiming that if the star wants to burn whatever body fat she has left, then that is her right. 

"It's fine to have self motivation and be healthy, but to project the unrealistic expectation on 90,0000 followers that your shape isn't good enough, or even unhealthy, is irresponsible," said another.

 

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Louise has not responded to the criticism, and continues to post fitness and workout videos with her boyfriend to her Instagram. 

Couples who train together, stay together, right?

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For the discerning cheese fiend, one slice is just never enough. 

Yes, you know you have a problem when even an entire board laden down heavy with a half a dozen varieties can be deliciously devoured in less than an hour. 

However, rather than bemoaning a lack of self control, it seems that genetics have a LOT to answer for when it comes to cheese cravings. Indeed, the food can be like a hard drug to some people.

In short, it's not you it's science.

Fancy-pants researchers at the University Of Cambridge have found that around one in 1,000 people have a troublesome gene called MC4R. This means they have a predisposition for high-fat foods (read: donuts, pizza, butter and CHEESE!), but less of a preference for high-sugar foods. 

The scientists laid-out a chicken korma buffet followed by an Eton Mess dessert for 54 volunteers of various size. 

And while there was no real difference in the amount eaten between the individuals, the 14 people with MC4R unknowingly ate a significantly higher proportion of the high-fat korma, although they liked the high-sugar option less than their counterparts.

Professor Sadaf Farooqi, neuroscientist and co-author of the study, said in response: “People couldn’t tell the food apart and that was the key thing. They [participants with the MC4R defect] still ate a lot more of the high fat and a lot less of the high sugar which suggests that the brain has ways of picking up levels of nutrients.”

Past experiments with mice have found similar links between the MC4R gene defect and fatty food preference but the Cambridge research is the first human study of its kind.

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If you’re looking to lose weight, you might want to consider switching off The Great British Bake Off.

Yes, and as former star baker and Heston Blumentha-in-waiting Tom Gilliford became the seventh competitor to exit the contest, one study has thrown up some rather worrying findings.

Some 1,000 dieters – surveyed by weight loss firm Forza Supplements – were asked to find the ten most effective ways to lose weight.

Respondents were given a list of 50 diet tips and asked to pick the ten best if you want fight the flab quickly.

Coming up tops was weighing yourself every day – being cited as the most effective way to diet.

And after switching off TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off, using smaller plates came third.

In fourth place was taking a topless selfie every three days to show your weight loss.

Throwing away your cook books was the fifth most popular option – because you are tempted to make highly calorific dishes you would not normally eat.

Stopping doing a big weekly shop at the supermarket came sixth – if you have lots of food in the house, you tend to eat more.

The likes of eliminating snack drawers, cutting back on alcohol consumption and going to bed earlier were all also short-listed by dieters.

Forza Supplements said in response: "We all think we know the secret to effective dieting, so we thought it would be useful to find the ten tips that really do work.

"Weighing yourself every day was the overwhelming winner – nothing beats the crushing disappointment of standing on the scales and seeing you have nudged up by a 1lb. It motivates dieters to do better.

"It is interesting how destructive popular TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off can be to regular diets.

"It's watched by more than 11 million people a week and it is inevitable they are going to want to try one of those highly calorific recipes at the weekend.

"Dieting is incredibly difficult and people struggling to lose weight need help – it is why diet products like ours have never so popular."

Forza Supplements are available in Ireland at branches of Lloyds Pharmacy.  

The ten most effective ways to lose weight:

  1. Weigh yourself every day
  2. Avoid TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off
  3. Use smaller plates
  4. Do a topless selfie every three days to show your weight loss
  5. Throw away your cook books
  6. Stop doing a 'big' weekly shop at the supermarket 
  7. Make sure your partner or a close friend diets with you
  8. Don't have a snack drawer at home 
  9. If you booze, you lose 
  10. Go to bed earlier
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Here in SHEmazing Towers we're big fans of no-nonsense weight-loss. And in our books that means shedding the excess pounds of winter without scrapping our three-a-day Maltesers bunny habit. 

Now another weight-loss tip that's right up our street has come to our attention: namely that drinking WINE before bed can keep you slim.

Hallelujah!

We have Washington State University and Harvard to thank for such an invaluable contribution to health science – they found that a chemical called resveratrol stops your body's fat cells gaining more fat, therefore helping you stay slim. 

And where is this wonder chemical found? That's right – in WINE!

According to scientists, drinking at least two glasses – aka a half a bottle – can help beat obesity by some 70 percent. 

But wait.. there's more: the University Of Denmark found that people who drank everyday had slimmer waistlines compared to their sober counterparts, while Harvard’s weight gain study of 20,000 people revealed that out of all of those that gained a large amount of weight, none of them were drinkers. 

Happy Friday, folks!

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We all know that what’s inside our fridges, freezers, and cupboards is going to have a fairly significant impact on our health.

But now new research has suggested that how your kitchen is laid-out is just as influential when it comes to keeping trim.

Yes, following an in-depth study at the Food And Brand Lab at Cornell University, scientists have announced: “The food on our counters, the smells in the kitchen, the lighting in the room and even the colour of the walls can contribute to obesity.”

So, what can we do? Well, the university also has tops tips that makes for some rather interesting reading…

 

1) Keep your blender or juicer out on the counter:

“When you have that craving for something sweet, the blender might just serve as a reminder that healthy fruit smoothies can satisfy that urge.”

2) Keep bread in fridge

“Bread can be a healthy snack, but if eaten too frequently, it will lead to extra pounds. Keep the fruit on the counter and put the bread away so the lower calorie snacks are easier to grab.”

3) Cover high-calorie items with tinfoil and the more nutritious items with cling-film

“Hiding temptations can help you remember to eat fruits and vegetables. This can keep you from eating 120 extra calories a day.”

4) Keep a jug of flavoured water

“Water infused with fruit can satisfy our craving without loading us down with extra calories. Compared to soda, drinking water can save you 100 calories per 8 fluid ounce glass.”

5) Serve up your dinner before you put the plates on the table

“People who use this strategy eat 19 percent less food, which can be beneficial to the waistline in the long run.

6) Dim your kitchen lights

Doing so can help you “eat more mindfully, resulting in 175 fewer calories per meal.”

7) Paint your kitchen in neutral tones

“Brighter tones cause us to feel anxious so we eat faster; darker tones relax us so we take more time to eat and might eat more. A neutral colour can help avoid either extreme.”

8) Use air fresheners

“Clean, fresh scents most likely will not trigger our memories of delicious foods or spark a craving for something sweet ­— helping us avoid unnecessary snacking.”

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It’s tough to find the time to eat right and exercise – but actually a few simple changes can make ALL the different to your waist-line.

Here, SHEmazing! gathers up a handful of insider weight-loss tricks and tips, so you can be trim and healthy without even trying…

 

1) Take the stairs:

No more excuses! But something as simple as taking the stairs can have a BIG impact on your waistline. Plus, after a day or two you won’t think twice about skipping the lift or escalator.

The same goes for standing; instead of diving for the nearest seat on public transport, stand up tall and burn calories while you commute.

2) Don't shy away from a cold blast:

OK, it’s maybe not the most pleasant thing at the time – but afterwards you'll feel great. And an added bonus is that a cold, 30-second blast during your morning shower could help you burn fat for the rest of the day. 

If you just can’t manage that – at least then drink plenty of iced water. Indeed, German researchers found that drinking a litre-and-a-half of cold water daily can raise resting metabolism by about 50 calories: enough to shed a 1.5kg over the year.

3) Have more green tea:

Aim to drink a cup of green tea four times a day, and you could burn an additional 100 calories. That could result in weight-loss of a full kilo over the course of a month: not bad for doing very little other than sticking the kettle on.

If that’s not your thing a blast of caffeine can rev your metabolism by as much as eight percent, also burning around 100 calories daily.

4) Make sure to eat breakfast:

Mammy was right all along: it IS the most important meal of the day. That’s because eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism. In fact, those who skip it (and there are a lot who are guilty of that) are four-and-a-half times more likely to be obese.

Stick to plenty of protein and slow-burning carbs though; that means that cereal, toast or fatty meats are out. A good bet? Scrambled eggs: in one study, overweight women who had two eggs a day for eight weeks lost 65 percent more weight than those who ate plain bagels.

5) Whip up some soup:

Home-made vegetable or chicken broth takes just minutes to put together. You can whip it up in the evening before you go to bed, ready for the following morning.

Have a mug before you head out for a meal (it will keep you away from the bread-basket and encourage healthier menu choices) or simply fill up a bowl and heat when you feel hungry – it will tick you over until dinner-time nicely and help you avoid nutritional pitfalls such as crisps, biscuits and chocolate.

6) Make Epsom salts part of your routine:

Weight-loss with no pain! Add one or two mugs of Epsom salts (available from pharmacies) to a hot bath to help draw out toxins in the evening. Get into a regular routine of two or three baths a week, and really speed up your weight loss.

Apparently this is a firm favourite with a load of models and celebrities – so certainly worth a try, we say.

7) Go to bed earlier:

A study in Finland looked at sets of identical twins and discovered that in each set of siblings, the twin who slept less and was under more stress had more fat gain around their tummies. 

So switch off completely – that means leaving all electronic devices at the bedroom door – and move away from Netflix, you have some serious shut-eye to catch up on.

8) Just ditch the diet!

Sure, we’ve heard it all before – but it’s said for a reason: diets don’t work! If you’re carrying excess weight, then pretty much the only way to shift it is to come up with a long-term, slow-and-steady programme that champions a healthy diet combined with exercise.

Juicing, shake, meal replacement or supplement plans are a waste of your time and money. Not only that, but you could end up heavier than when you began.

So eat more nutrient-dense food, avoid empty calories and make real efforts to stay active. Give yourself one meal a week too to eat whatever you want so you’re never deprived.

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Former The Voice Of Ireland judge Jamelia has certainly ruffled a few feathers – by saying that fat people shouldn’t be able to buy clothing on the High Street.

The singer appeared on Loose Women – where she is a regular panellist – on Tuesday afternoon and debated the issue of overweight teenagers.

“I am all for celebrating people for who they are – everyone has the right to be comfortable in their own skin,” she said live on air, before adding: “I think everyone should have access to lovely clothes but I do not think it’s right to facilitate people living an unhealthy lifestyle.”

 

She also stated: “In high-street stores you’re catering for the average woman; there’s a healthy [weight] range, and I don’t believe they should be providing clothes for below that range or above that range.

The 34-year-old mother-of-two concluded: “Yes have specialist shops, but you should feel uncomfortable if you’re unhealthy.”

Understandably, her comments quickly proved divisive, with viewers taking to social media to air their own opinions on the matter. One Twitter user was outraged, stating: “Disgusted and personally offended by what #jamelia said about plus size women. It’s just as bad as #racism and #homophobia”. Another Tweeted directly at the star, asking: “Really?? I am sorry should us larger people walk round in binbags to make you feel better. #disgusting”.

Jamelia featured on The Voice Of Ireland in 2013 and 2014

However, others seemed more sympathetic. “Kind of agree with the Jamelia thing, but only as part of a wider cultural change and education about health. Being size 22 isn't good,” said one supporter.

Jamelia, who appeared on the Loose Women episode wearing a dress from Marks & Spencer’s Per Una Speziale range and Rosa Red earrings, left her stint on RTE’s The Voice a year ago and was later replaced by current judge Una Foden of The Saturdays.

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