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Jessica Simpson says she is happy to feel like herself again after losing an incredible 100 pounds. 

The mum showed off her beautiful figure in an all black ensemble. 

Jessica, who is a mum to three gorgeous kiddos, said she weighed 240 pounds when she was expecting her youngest bubba, Birdie.

The mum wrote, “6 months. 100 pounds down (Yes, I tipped the scales at 240)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“My first trip away from #BIRDIEMAE and emotional for many reasons, but so proud to feel like myself again. Even when it felt impossible, I chose to work harder,” Jessica shared.

In an interview with People, the singer’s personal trainer said she called him days after welcoming her daughter, eager to start her fitness journey.

Her trainer, Harley Pasternak said: “I’ve kind of helped her come back after each baby, and this is a bit different, in that she said she was tipping the scales at 240 [post-delivery]. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“This is sort of the aggregate of being pregnant nonstop for a decade, and so we had a little more of a challenge between this and the other ones,” he shared.

He explained that they focused on a holistic lifestyle approach instead of spending every second in the gym.

The trainer added, “The difference between this and the other times was that she worked out, yes, but her transformation was more about what she did on her own time.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jessica was more motivated than ever, “She was saying that her body has not belonged to her for the past decade. Not in a bad way, in a positive way — her body has been designated to create life and now it’s hers again and she’s going to make it fantastic in a really enjoyable way.”

Fair play to Jessica. She looks unbelievable.

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We've seen our fair share of mad fitness trends here at SHEmazing– but this one really takes the biscuit, or should we say bun? 

Introducing Hot Dog Water, the new health food trend involving the bottling of water used to make Hot Dogs. Yep, it's as weird as it sounds. 

Debuting the latest health revolution in Vancouver, the fancily packaged Hot Dog Water can help you lose weight, increase brain function and look younger.

“We’ve created a recipe, having a lot of people put a lot of effort into research and a lot of people with backgrounds in science really creating the best version of Hot Dog Water that we could,” Hot Dog Water CEO Douglas Bevans told Global News.

At the steep price of $38 (€25) a bottle, the water is compatible with the Keto diet, gluten-free, rich in sodium and a source of electrolytes.

But what about the all-important science behind it? 

“There’s a fair bit of it that is too science-y for me, but from what I understand from the specialists here working on it, it’s this idea of like-likes-like,” Bevan continued.

“So the protein of the Hot Dog Water helps your body uptake the water content, and the sodium and all the things you’d need post-workout.”

Sounds too good to be true? That's because it is. 

At the bottom of the impressive information sign contains the fine print- it was all a lie. The whole thing was an elaborate prank to get people to assess the pseudo-science used by health food companies. 

“Hot Dog Water in its absurdity hopes to encourage critical thinking related to product marketing and the significant role it can play in our purchasing choices," it reads. 

In real life, Bevans is a tour operator and artist and said that the Hot Dog Water was a response to the  “snake oil salesmen” of health marketing.

“It’s really sort of a commentary on product marketing, and especially sort of health-quackery product marketing,” he said.

“From the responses, I think people will actually go away and reconsider some of these other $80 bottles of water that will come out that are ‘raw’ or ‘smart waters,’ or anything that doesn't have any substantial scientific backing but just a lot of pretty impressive marketing.”

That's not even the weirdest part fo this story- it's that some people ACTUALLY bought it. 

“They’ve been drinking it for hours,” he said. “We have gone through about 60 litres of real hot dog water.”

Wow. Just wow. 

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Whether you want to feel your best on your annual holiday or you're feeling sluggish after winter, the summer months are a great opportunity to get fit and healthy.

However, a lack of any spare cash can mean that signing up to the gym or even talking to a nutritionist are out of the question, and it can be hard to motivate yourself when you don't really know where to begin, right?

Thankfully, LloydsPharmacy, Ireland’s leading pharmacy chain, are inviting customers to get fit and stay well for the summer with the launch of its Change Your Health Direction programme. 

Exclusive to LloydsPharmacy, Change Your Health Direction is a free 8-week health and wellness programme personalised for each customer.

At sign-up, customers will receive a blood pressure and BMI screening and discuss their goals with a trained LloydsPharmacy Change Your Health Direction colleague.

After, you'll receive nutritional advice, a diary for food logging with health and wellbeing tips and a smoking cessation plan (where applicable). 

For the remainder of the programme, you'll visit your local LloydsPharmacy for a weekly weigh-in where your coach will support and track your progress and offer tips and healthy lifestyle guidance.

The programme is available in every one of LloydsPharmacy’s Irish stores, many of which have late-night and weekend opening hours.

"The Change Your Health Direction programme is about giving LloydsPharmacy customers support to take more control over their health and wellness without the need to spend huge amounts of money—or, in fact, any at all," Life Coach and Training Specialist Lisa Walsh said. 

"Over the course of eight weeks, under the specialist guidance of our colleagues, participants will learn to monitor their weight, eat healthier food, exercise more, and quit smoking. When you stick to the plan, there are fantastic results: in January, every Change Your Health Direction participant lost an average of 2kg.

"We want to demonstrate that a pharmacy is more than just a place you go to pick up a prescription. LloydsPharmacy is continuously investing in its value-add services and colleague training so that our customers stay well and healthy for longer."

For more information, click here.

The launch of Change Your Health Direction comes as LloydsPharmacy announces they are the Official Pharmacy Partner of WellFest 2018, the health, fitness and wellness festival taking place at the Royal Kilmainham Hospital this weekend, 12-13 May.

This year, the festival will feature appearances from Davina McCall, Joe Wicks, Madeleine Shaw and Deliciously Ella. 

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Getting healthy doesn’t necessarily mean you have to become a gym junkie, or eat like a rabbit for the rest of your life.

Improving your health can be as simple as taking a short walk during the day, cutting down on your intake of fat and sugar, or swapping take-away for a home-cooked meal once in a while.

Change can seem a little overwhelming for people, especially if they feel they are stuck in a rut, and are unsure where to start.

But, with these five simple tips you can start improving your health today:

1. Drink lemon water

Adding lemon juice to your water can detox the body, promote healthy skin, aid healthy digestion, boost your vitamin C intake, and encourage weight loss.

2. Clear out the fridge

One simple way to get healthy is to stop eating bad food. You could start by clearing out your fridge, and food cupboards of all things nasty.  You  will be less likely to eat it, because it’s not there.

3. Get some exercise

Walk yourself fit. Did you know that walking for just 30 minutes a day has been said to improve people’s health significantly, as it reduces the risk of heart disease.

4. Stretch, stretch, and stretch some more

This doesn’t mean you have to sign up to Pilates or yoga, but stretching daily can improve blood circulation.

Good blood circulation is important in preventing illnesses like diabetes or kidney disease, so, stretch those legs.

5. Inhale that fresh air 

Fresh air is full of negative ions that make us feel good naturally. So, if you are looking to get healthy, in both mind and body, get outside, and take a deep breath of fresh air.

6. Catch enough zzz

Get a good night’s sleep. Nothing can put you on edge more than lack of sleep. So, put your phone on silent, turn down the lights, and try to get a full eight hours unbroken sleep.

If your nerves are keeping you up at night, try taking some deep breaths, taking some natural lavender oil tablets, or using a mindfulness app for 10 minutes before bed.

Sweet dreams.

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It seems to be all about the bum these days. However, if you aren’t blessed enough to have been born with a behind quite like Khloe Kardashian there is hope for you.

Schedule these exercises into your fitness regime and your bum will be the perkiest it can be:

Lunges
Lunges are easy enough to do and you can do them while watching Corrie. Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Take one step forward and bend your back leg like you are going to kneel down. Come back to fully standing by pushing your stretched leg until you are standing upright. Do two sets of 10 on each leg.

Squats
These are particularly easy to do and you can even do them while waiting in a queue – don’t blame us if you get a few stares though. Stand with your legs apart, feet flat on the ground. Lower your bum so that your legs are at a 90° angle. Stick your bum out and make sure your back is straight at all times. Repeat 10 times.

Steps
This is a great way to make use of your stairs but you can take it outside if it is nice out. Simply run up and down until you can’t run no more. And then go for another one.

When toning your body, you need to push yourself when you don’t think you can do another. 

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Running can be boring, especially when you have to go it alone. The endless streets, rain and spending 30 minutes looking at your feet doesn’t make for a particularly entertaining time.

One San Francisco runner took matters into their own hands and decided to get some fun out of their daily runs.

Using her Nike+ app, Claire Wyckoff used her runs to draw pictures on her phone – explicit pictures. Claire uses her GPS to map out routes on her photo that look like things. While she draws dogs, aliens and other things, penises are her speciality.

We have to admit they are pretty good and we suppose anything that makes running that bit more fun  is fine by us.

We might even give this ‘draw run’ a go.

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Ever wonder how yoga teachers have such an incredible figure, apart from the obvious of actually doing yoga? You’re in luck, as we have uncovered their secrets -read on for lean legs, toned arms and incredible abs.

Have a fruit smoothie
A fruit smoothie in the morning will ensure you get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals.

Eat avocados
Avocados are great for providing the body with much needed folic acid and potassium. They will make your skin glow so try them on crackers.

Use various exercise
Don’t just stick to one exercise. Spice it up by running one day, walking another and doing your yoga stretches in between.

Do a handstand
Turning yourself upside improves circulation, boosts oxygen supply to the brain and helps to flush out toxins.

Eat little but often
Rather than having three large meals a day have six smaller ones. Don’t allow yourself get hungry or your body will try to store fat reserves.

 

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Need a helping hand to motivate you to get to the gym? Well, let us introduce you to Sonny, the 70-year-old bodybuilder.

Now, if he doesn’t inspire you, we don’t know what will.

 

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