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As far as we’re concerned, the best time to reach for an alcoholic drink is when you’ve officially had it up to here with life, and need a quick sip to take the edge off.

And that, ladies, is why we let the experts tend to the scientific research because we are, in fact, a little short of the mark on this one.

According to research compiled by the health and wellbeing firm Forza Supplements, the best time to chill-out with the first drink of the day is 6.10pm – four hours before we go to bed to maximise liver recovery time.

And it’s not just alcohol that our body clock has a specific response to, either.

The recent findings suggest that there exist optimum times for a number of activities, from work and sex to exercise and sleep.

The best time to have sex is at 7.30am – around 45 minutes after you wake up because energy levels are at their highest after a good night's rest which means you have more stamina.

The rush of endorphins sparked by sex lowers blood pressure and stress levels and makes us feel more upbeat for the rest of the day.

And once you’ve gotten down and dirty with your other half, researchers claim the individual is best suited to work-related tasks.

Apparently, our concentration levels peak three hours after we wake up so the best time to do the most taxing jobs at work is around 9.45am as your memory, focus and creativity levels are at their best.

And now to exercise.

Studies have found that strength is at a low point in the morning and gradually climbs until it peaks in the early evening.

So, if you’re a gym bunny with a focus on weights, you’re likely to do your best work in the early evening.

And where does sleep feature in all of this?

Well, researchers assert that the best time for sleep is at 10.10pm – allowing for 20 minutes to get to sleep and 90 minutes of the most restorative non-REM sleep which is most likely to occur prior to midnight.

Commenting on the findings, Forza Supplements managing director, Lee Smith, explained: “What we set out to do was to find out the absolute optimum times to work, rest and play.”

"While no two people are the same, these were found to be the very best times for the average person to do the key activities which make for a healthy and happy life.”

You heard the man.

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It took her a mere six weeks, but Celebrity Big Brother contestant, Bianca Gascoigne, is officially in 'the best shape of her life'.

In the weeks leading up to her participation in the long-running reality television show, the 30-year-old model admits she began to feel the pressure.

"The camera puts 10 lbs on you and I knew that I really needed to get in shape for CBB," she explained.

As the victim of bullying and a sufferer of body dysmorphia, Bianca struggles with her appearance, and knew that the nature of the show would effect her unless she made a concerted effort to overhaul her lifestyle in the weeks leading up to the show's launch.

With the help of an exercise regime and Forza Supplements, Bianca dropped a staggering 19 lbs, slimming down from a size 12 to a lean size 8.

"I have body dysmorphia so I am never going to be entirely happy with the way that I look. It is in my nature to find fault with some aspect of my appearance," Bianca admitted.

"But I am in the best shape of my life and I am as happy as I am ever going to be with my weight and body shape," she added.

Reflecting on her lifestyle, Bianca acknowledged that managing a London lap dancing club helped to contribute to her unhealthy lifestyle.

"My weight has always yo-yoed and it is a lot harder to stay in shape when you are working all night," she explained."

"My diet can be rubbish and it is difficult to summon up the energy to go to the gym when you have been working all night."

Deciding to use her participation in Celebrity Big Brother as a motivator to get her health and wellbeing in check, Bianca said: "I realised that I needed a total body overhaul which is why I was keen to work with the experts from Forza."

"I worked really hard in the six weeks before Celebrity Big Brother to get in fantastic shape."

And, in fairness, she looks amazing.

Image credit: Forza Supplements

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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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The Geordie Shore cast is known and loved by TV viewers for a great many things: turbulent relationships, wild antics abroad, and outrageous flirting.

However, in more recent times, the female cast members have also gained notoriety for their incredible body transformations.

Marnie, Charlotte, and Holly look incredible right now

 

Indeed, Charlotte Crosby, Holly Hagan and Marnie Simpson (as well as former Geordie Vicky Pattison) have all shed a load of weight over the past 18months – something that prompted co-star Chloe Etherington to kick-start her own fitness programme.

The 20-year-old admits that she piled on 2st filming the as-yet unaired new series of the hit MTV reality show on the Greek party island of Zante.

The star struggled with her weight  ©Forza Supplements/Mike Cohen

 

Ms Etherington reveals she knocked back calorific cocktails and even scoffed pizzas topped with… spaghetti Bolognese!

Understandably, the combination was a diet disaster and earlier this summer she says she felt seriously self-conscious.

"I wasn't happy with my body after filming the new series," explains Chloe.

Chloe after her 21lbs weight-loss  ©Forza Supplements/Andy Lesauvage

 

"I had a bit of a jelly belly and I had put on some weight around my hips. I wasn't comfortable at all showing off my body."

With Geordie Shore series 11 airing this autumn and a load of promotional gigs already lined up for it, Chloe seized her chance, embarking on a tough exercise and healthy eating schedule.

Today, she is down to 9st 7lbs from a high of 11st just six weeks ago.

Before and after  ©Forza Supplements/Mike Cohen/Andy Lesauvage

 

"I feel confident about joining the other Geordie Shore girls on the beach. I like wearing the skimpiest bikinis you can find. I don't like tan lines!" she laughs.

And Ms Etherington admits that seeing her co-stars’ perfect figures provided all the motivation she needed.

"What I love about Charlotte, Holly and Marnie,” she explains, “is that they all look amazing but they still kept their curves and have a bust.

"I very much wanted to preserve my curves."

Transformation!  ©Forza Supplements/Andy Lesauvage

 

She adds: "I feel like I have my Goldilocks body now – not too fat, not too thin, just right!

"I didn't want to lose too much weight because if you get too skinny it starts coming off your bust.

"I'm very happy with with my 34C figure.”

 

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Chloe also states that she embarked on her weight-loss and fitness regime with the help of Forza Supplements. 

She ditched the fast food and cocktails and combined five work-outs a week with a personal trainer and a low-fat diet.

The Kylie Jenner look-alike recalls: "It's been six weeks of hell but I am really glad I did it.

"Now I've got the beach body I always wanted and I cannot wait to catch up with the other Geordie Shore girls and swap a few weight-loss tips."

Skimpy bikinis  ©Forza Supplements/Andy Lesauvage

 

In the past, Charlotte, 24, has lost 2st 7lbs – going down from a size 16 to a size 8 in just six months. 

Holly, 22, shed even more weight – 3st – slimming down from a size 16 to size 10, and achieving her dream weight of 9st 10lbs.

And Marnie lost 17lbs in a just month after becoming fed up being branded the show's ‘fat lass’.

Work it!  ©Forza Supplements/Andy Lesauvage

 

Chloe continues: "There is no magic formula to weight loss – you have to put in the hard graft.

"But I found that Forza's Raspberry K2s worked well with my new diet and exercise regime.

"They gave me more energy ahead of a work-out and accelerated my weight loss."

Chloe Etherington is a brand ambassador for Forza supplements' Raspberry K2 capsules which are available in Ireland at branches of Lloyds pharmacy. 

 

 

Chloe's diet before her new body blitz

  • Breakfast: Fried egg sandwich with white bread. Tea with three sugars.
  • Lunch: Jacket potato with cheese and a chicken bake.
  • Dinner: Spaghetti Bolognese pizza!

 

Chloe's new diet on her Forza weight-loss programme

  • Breakfast: Porridge with water.
  • Forza Supplements' Raspberry K2 supplement followed by 60-minutes work-out with her personal trainer Ian Guildford.
  • Lunch: Grilled chicken and broccoli. Some days she would have a Forza Lipowhey Protein Shake instead of a meal for lunch.
  • Dinner: Poached haddock and sweet potatoes. 
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We have all witnessed the insane body transformations of the Geordie Shore girls, Charlotte, Holly and Marnie.

So we can imagine that arriving in as the new girl and filming alongside these beauties while wearing a bikini in Greece would be pretty daunting.

© Forza Supplements/Mike Cohen

 

Chloe Etherington, the newest member of the Geordie Shore cast, has admitted that she feels the pressure to lose weight because she just isn’t happy with how she looks and feels.

“I really hate my body at the moment and badly need to get back in shape and get rid of my jelly belly,” the 20-year-old reality star who currently weighs 11st has stated.

The former performing arts student who wants to get down to 9st 7lbs  said that her diet of “spaghetti Bolognese pizzas” in Greece was largely to blame for the rapid weight gain when she entered the show.

© Forza Supplements/Mike Cohen

 

“I loved filming the new series of Geordie Shore in Greece but it was a disaster as far as my diet was concerned.”

Ms Etherington, who was a former figure skater, seems to suffer from a condition that a lot of us are familiar with – the stopping-for-chipper-after-a-night-out syndrome.

“My big problem is that I would binge eat late at night after we had been partying. I am terrible when I get mortal. When I am like that, I eat like a man. My favourite is spaghetti Bolognese pizza – that is lush.”

Chloe has been taking Forza’s raspberry K2s that were recommended to her by her trainer. She explained that they “take the edge off your appetite and give you a bit of added zip when you go back to the gym.”

Chloe said that they are helping to accelerate her weight loss and they have worked for other celebrities such as Chloe Goodman and Frankie Essex. 

© Forza Supplements/Mike Cohen

 

Chloe's diet before her new body blitz:
  • Breakfast Fried egg sandwich with white bread. Tea with three sugars.
  • Lunch Jacket potato with cheese and a chicken bake.
  • Dinner Spaghetti bolognese pizza!
 
Chloe's new diet on her Forza weight loss programme
  • Breakfast Porridge with water.
  • Forza Supplements' Raspberry K2 supplement followed by 60-minutes work-out with her personal trainer Ian Guildford.
  • Lunch Grilled chicken and broccoli or a Lipowhey protein shake from Forza .
  • Dinner Poached haddock and sweet potatoes. 

 

Chloe is a brand ambassador for Forza Supplements' Raspberry K2 diet capsules which are available at Boots, Tesco, Superdrug and Lloyds Pharmacy branches, and via www.forzasupplements.co.uk

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