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It’s a few days into January and a familiar, unwelcome feeling is looming in the back of my mind. It’s a specific type of dread, regret and panic all at the same time. I dare to glance at myself in the mirror beside my bed. This is a bad idea, but I force my eyes towards the reflection… I feel sick.

I thought I had come far this year. They say you gain confidence as you get older. That the latter part of your twenties herald a time when you no longer gasp at the sight of your own body. 2020 gave us movement and space to say no to the one-size-fits-all narrative we’d been fed since the beginning. I thought I was there. I was done with the self-criticism and had accepted my body for what it is: a body.

January 2021 has proven me wrong. Just like every January, I am in a state of disgust at my own body- and I’m not the only one.

This time of year is one of the worst for those struggling with their body image- and by ‘those’, I mean most people. We have let our guard down these past few weeks, clinging to the holiday season as an excuse to… to what? To pack on a few extra layers maybe? It’s been a cold winter to be fair. To change our relationship status with food from, ‘it’s complicated’ to ‘In love’ for five minutes? To take a break from punishing ourselves when we ‘lose control’?

Whatever way we toxically justify the winter weight gain, the question remains: why? Why do we do it?

Those of us who preach body positivity delight in the fat rolls of others but still cringe at our own. We are so proud of friends when they appear to achieve body acceptance. We would never use ‘fat’ as an insult… but we pull angrily at the rolls on our tummies and double chins when we see ourselves in the gaps between fog on the mirror.

Before I disappoint, I have not come up with an answer as to why we can’t achieve full-body acceptance. However, it would help if we all admitted to having days… or months when our membership to the body positive club was revoked temporarily. Being semi-okay with your own body is EXHAUSTING. It is so much easier to adore someone else’s being, body and mind.

Maybe simply achieving that is a steppingstone: to celebrate all bodies, but our own. This could eventually lead to a relationship with our earthly vessel that is deemed ‘not as complicated as before, but not yet perfect’.

So, this January, let us not to be so hard on ourselves if we are not yet OKAY with our outer shells. It is just as toxic to hate our thoughts as it is to hate our bodies. We cannot expect a year of Internet movement to undo a lifetime of damage done by unrealistic standards and fatphobic culture.  Cut your mind some slack… even if you can’t do the same for your body, just yet.


If, like me, you're forever searching for a way to lose weight that doesn't involve living off kale then here is some wonderful news.

Scientists believe that peanut butter may be the key to losing weight.

Apparently, peanut butter helps boost a feeling of fullness and even improves your insulin and glucose responses.

Tucking into peanut butter once a day can stop you from gaining extra pounds, thus improving your health.

It is understood that there is less risk of gaining weight if you opt for peanut butter when snacking throughout the day.

However, experts do suggest eating peanut butter without the added sugar.

It is also important to remember that bodies come in all different shapes and sizes.

Gaining weight is nothing to be ashamed of but if you do feel like shedding a couple of pounds in order to feel healthier and happier then perhaps peanut butter is the one for you?

We’ll certainly be trying it on our toast in the morning.


Beyoncé laments her weight gain after giving birth to twins Rumi and Sir in a new video titled 22 Days, proving she's just like us in so many ways.

The clip shows Queen Bey following a strict organic, vegan, non-GMO diet and working out endlessly to get back into shape in time for her ground-breaking Coachella tour last year.

The 37-year-old had just given birth to her baby twins at the beginning of the video, and it begins with the superstar singer stepping onto the weighing scales and saying; 

"Good morning, it’s 5am, and this is day one of rehearsals for Coachella."

The weighing scales show that her weight is 175lbs (roughly 79kg) and she proclaims; "Every woman’s nightmare. Long way to go."

Her 22 Days nutrition programme was set up by her friend and personal trainer, Marco Borges.

"I’m back on the stage after giving birth to twins. I was a woman that felt like my body was not mine," the Spirit singer admits in the candid clip. 

"Me getting the weight off was so much easier than getting my body back in shape and feeling comfortable."


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The video also gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at Beyoncé in intense Coachell rehearsals, food-repping and working out ahead of her headline set, which became a Netflix film in a multi-million deal.

Queen Bey claims she has a "special bond" with daughter Blue Ivy, and has been honest with her followers about her post-pregnancy weight loss journey in the past.

In her Netflix documentary Homecoming, she shares:

"I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol – and I’m hungry." The star has just released her Lion King album, The Gift.


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The former Destiny's Child band-member admitted that she worried her body following Rumi and Sir's birth would affect her performance;

"There were days when I thought I would never be the same I’d never be the same physically, my strength and endurance would never be the same.

"And you know, a lot of the choreography is about feeling so it’s not as technical, it’s your own personality that brings it to life."

She continues: "And that’s hard when you don’t feel like yourself. I had to rebuild my body. It took me a while to feel confident to give my own personality."

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It's not uncommon to gain weight when you're in a new relationship – after all, all those dinner dates and Chinese takeaways will eventually take their toll. 

However, it seems that even when the honeymoon period has been and gone, people who are romantically involved are still more likely to gain weight than their single counterparts. 

Researchers at Central Queensland University in Australia examined over 15,000 adults to find out whether or not a person's relationship status could affect their ability to lead a healthy lifestyle. 

Almost three quarters of the participants had romantic partners and there was an even amount of men and women. 

Interestingly, results showed that people in relationships tended to follow healthier lifestyles, but still had higher BMIs than the single folk. 

Lead researcher Stephanie Schoeppe reckons the reduced pressure to look good and the affect of having children could have something to do with this. 

“When couples don’t need to look attractive and slim to attract partner, they may feel more comfortable in eating more, or eating more foods high in fat and sugar,” she told New Scientist.

So, the next time you blame your partner after gaining a few pounds, you'll actually have scientific evidence to back it up. 


Better dig out the Mr Sheen, because according to a new study, household dust could encourage weight gain. 

Researchers from the American Chemical Society have discovered that compounds called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) found in dust can spur fat cells to accumulate more fat.

The study found that house dust caused the fat cells to accumulate an additional type of fat called triglycerides when it was introduced to the petri dish.

EDCs are synthetic or naturally occurring compounds that can that act as a replica for the body's hormones.

They are commonly found in consumer goods and thus ends up in household dust which is then inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin (what?).

In order to conduct the research, scientists tested samples of dust from 11 different homes in North California.

The results showed 7 of the 11 samples had triggered the fat cells to develop and accumulate triglyerides while only one sample had no effect on the cells at all.

Furthermore,  just three micrograms of dust was shown to have an adverse affect on cells – far less than the estimated 50 milligrams consumed by children each day. 

Researchers concluded the study by suggesting that exposure to the chemicals through house dust may disrupt metabolic health, particularly in children.

Excuse us while we hoover for several days.


An Irish student has taken it upon herself to fight the myth that healthier people weigh less, by sharing a before-and-after photo documenting her two stone weight gain.

Originally from Co. Clare, Amie Wiley weighed 8st 9lbs in 2013. In order to maintain her slim figure, she followed a strict, low calorie diet, eating minimal carbs and just a small amount of protein.

Now, at 18-years-old, Amie weighs in at 10st 9lbs thanks to her new diet of protein, carbs and unsaturated fats.


Happy #transformationtuesday my loves when I told you that I used to be so skinny with matchsticks legs I was not lying I genuinely used to be so skinny it was crazy  so here's my 4 year transformation. From skinny to strong #gainingweightiscool I couldn't be happier with how I currently am looking and I much prefer stronger Amie to skinny Amie also can we appreciate the over filtered before picture back in the bebo stunnah days when filters were very very overused anyways I shall leave this here! Picture 1: a skinny Amie who over did it on the cardio and ate very little VS Picture 2: a stronger Amie with much more muscle, who lifts weights and that eats much more food! (Carbs have my heart) HAVE A GREAT EVENING ALL

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According to MailOnline, the fitness fanatic works out five days a week, focussing on a separate part of her body during each session.

Now living in London, Amie has documented her transformation on Instagram, where she has over 10,000 followers.


"Weights will make you bulky" girl it's been nearly 3 years now and this is all the damage that's been done 

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Happy #transformationtuesday  the picture on the left was taken in January and the one on the right was taken today in June!  I'm so happy with how far I've come since then the one thing I have learned is that it's all in the mind what a person can do and without having the mindset to get myself back to a weight I'm happy with and to get a healthy lifestyle back I wouldn't look the way I do today (I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the way I looked in January, i just personally didn't like the way I looked and now i feel so much happier and confident in my body than I did back then) Also I now fuel my body with much healthier foods and it makes me feel so much better aswell! I really let myself go starting college and I'm now happy to say that since then I'm in the best shape I have ever been in!! My legs are more defined, my waist is much smaller, my body fat is so much lower and the best part… I couldn't be happier exercise and a healthy lifestyle is so amazing and I'm so happy that I adore every bit of it  happy Tuesdayyyyy everyone 

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Deciding to ditch the exhausting cardio sessions and instead focus on weight training, Amie reveals that how the change has helped her not only physically, but mentally as well. 

“Back in 2015 I decided to make the transition from cardio to weights."

“I just loved the idea of being toned and leaner and not just being a skinny girl who would just go to the gym to run on the treadmill or go on the cross trainer for hours.”

"Personally, I enjoy weights much more than cardio. You don't just benefit physically from weights but you benefit mentally as well."


It wouldn't be a Tuesday without a #transformationtuesday  This picture marks 2 transformations for me and Im hella gonna talk about them right now: Number 1) when I first started off the gym I was a cardio bunny, I literally went there and ran. I would literally run on the treadmill for hours and leave how I did it? I have no idea but that is what I did, don't get me wrong at the time I loved it but if i was asked to do that today lol dat would so NOT happen  I started weight lifting about 2.5 years ago and I've never looked back since  I LOVE weight lifting  it is the one major thing I look forward to every day and to be able to say that is super duper unreal because exercise and weight lifting is sooo good 4 u !! Yay @ endorphins  I used to be super skinny (hello pancake bum)and since starting weight lifting I am much more defined and happier, so yay! the gym makes me so happy and I would be lost without it, mad to say- i know!  but it's so true! -Not gonna lie it was super daunting at first heading into the branded "lads weights area" but once you've done it you've done it do it once and you will do it again! Which leads me onto my second point soooo… – 2) two weeks ago I posted a glute progression picture on this account (FOR MYSELF) and knowing from where I'm from- a small town, I knew It was inevitable that I would get some sort of comments made about it, which happened. Before posting that picture I stared at my phone screen for ages contemplating whether I should post it or not and after a while- I did! And right now I can just say that I am so happy and proud of myself that I did because now I do not give a fuck (pardon my french) what others think of me nor am I afraid of gossiping etc I never did care about this sort of thing, I'm such an easy going person but for some reason that just got to me, but out of it I've realised how many people actually support me and what I'm doing and it made me S O happy  – Everything I do I am doing for myself(with the added bonus of helping others along the way). I will continue to transform myself physically and mentally with thanks to the gym and I am so grateful!  u do u 

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She added, "Usually girls would shy away from using weights in fear of getting 'too big' or 'too bulky' but that cannot be further from the truth." 

"Weights make me feel strong and confident much more than cardio ever did."

Speaking to MailOnline, Amie had some words of wisdom for anyone looking to start their own fitness journey. 

"Everyone that goes to the gym is there to better themselves so don't be afraid and just go do it."


Bad news guys – smelling food before you eat could contribute to weight gain, new research has found.

Researchers in the US have found that the smell of food could actually play a vital role in how our body processes calories.

In a study, scientists at the University of California, Berkely, used gene therapy to eliminate in the sense of smell in a group of obese mice.

Results showed that the mice who couldn't smell lost weight when compared to those who could, even though they all ate the same amount of high-calorie food.

What's more, the mice who were able to smell actually doubled in weight, while mice with a boosted sense of smell put on the most weight.

As it turns out, smelling food could trigger the body into storing calories rather than burning them off.

Céline Riera, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said: “This paper is one of the first studies that really shows if we manipulate olfactory inputs we can actually alter how the brain perceives energy balance, and how the brain regulates energy balance.” 

Researchers hope that the study could help people with eating disorders and diseases such as Parkinson's. It's also thought the results will help those who struggle to lose weight.

Senior author Andrew Dillin, said, “Sensory systems play a role in metabolism. Weight gain isn’t purely a measure of the calories taken in; it’s also related to how those calories are perceived,”

 “If we can validate this in humans, perhaps we can actually make a drug that doesn’t interfere with smell but still blocks that metabolic circuitry. That would be amazing.”

For now though, it's probably best to avoid walking past that bakery on the way to work.


We're all used to seeing snaps of people before and after considerable weight loss.

Whether they're pulling their (now extra large) waistband away from their stomach or using their (now oversized T-shirt) as a bed sheet, when it comes to social media weight loss is always in… until now.

Deciding to turn the trend on its head, body positive social media star, Arianna Dantone, initiated a brand new trend at the start of the year, and Twitter is officially loving it.

The #GainingWeightIsCool hashtag is Arianna's attempt to highlight the importance of weight gain when it comes to countless people's personal journeys.

Whether it's as a result of muscle development through exercise or during the recovery process of an eating disorder, #GainingWeightIsCool seeks to highlight that in many cases relating to physical and mental health, weight gain is just as worthy of celebration as weight loss.

And we're going to let Twitter take it from here.








She’s remained defiant against bodyshamers, but it seems Chanelle Hayes may be feeling reminiscent of her slimmer days.

Having recently been snapped wearing a small black bikini while holidaying in Spain, the former Big Brother star has taken to Instagram to share two throwback beach pictures.

The first photo was taken while she was pregnant with her now six-year-old son, Blakely, and the second – which was posted today – came from a calendar shoot she did in 2014.


#pregnantbelly #throwbackthursday

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While the 28-year-old television personality’s weight has fluctuated drastically over the years, she recently told the Mail Online that her critics should “eat a croissant and get over it”.

And it seems Chanelle’s fans are supportive of her confidence as her latest upload features comments which suggest she looks as good at size 16 as she did at size 8.


#throwback to #2014 calendar shoot

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One user wrote: “You were gorgeous then and you are equally gorgeous now.  I think you are a good role model.”

While another fan said: “You look so much healthier now then back then (sic).”


Love my boys so much

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We hope Chanelle feels happy in herself no matter what size she wears.


While most women aim to put on as little weight as possible while pregnant, Blac Chyna has set herself the goal of gaining 100 pounds before her second child is born.

The former stripper told fans on Snapchat that while she wants to gain a lot of weight, she does plan on losing it all once the baby is born.

She said: “Like no lie, my goal is to gain like 100 pounds this pregnancy.  Imma tear it up and then Imma snap back.”

Although she doesn't offer any actual reason for why she wants to pile on the pounds, she did show her followers that she's already made steps towards achieving her rather unusual goal by weighing herself on camera.

While filming, Chyna discovered she is now 26lbs heavier than she was before becoming pregnant and upon seeing the result she squealed delightedly at the scales.

The mum-to-be also offered fans a glimpse of her pregnancy diet – which so far seems to consist of egg and cheese sandwiches, grilled chicken and kale salad.



Follow my snap BlacChynaLA to see how I prepared this meal

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Chyna – who got engaged to Rob Kardashian in April after a four month romance – is due to give birth to the latest Kardashian baby this Autumn.

She and Rob have also been offered their own reality show with E! so their entire pregnancy experience will be documented.

And by the sounds of it, their show will involve a lot of food!



In case you may not have noticed, we enjoy Instagram for the food possibly more than the fashion.

Although, that really depends on the day that’s in it, but at SHEmazing we find it hard not to double tap any time we see a pretty foodie snap. For example, this beautiful cake:


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Or indeed, cheesecake of all sizes:


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So almost every time we open the app we are left feeling practically ravenous, and that’s before we’re even close to lunch time!

While many believe that scrolling through some #foodporn is just harmless fun, a new study has made us all regret following that last pastry chef immediately.

A new study in the journal Brain and Cognition suggests we may have been using Instagram wrong: "Regular exposure to virtual foods nowadays, and the array of neural, physiological, and behavioral responses linked to it, might be exacerbating our physiological hunger way too often.”

Basically, seeing everybody and their pug post pictures of their meals encourages you to feast every time they feast regardless of whether you are actually hungry or not.

If you spend too much time scrolling through a food-heavy Instagram feed you could end up eating excess calories that contribute to weight gain.

Apparently, even seeing images of food can physically affect you, making you salivate, messing with insulin levels, and even shaking up your heart rate. This is all in anticipation of eating the food you see on screen.

The study is not all bad news though. Eating habits are quite complicated and vary from person to person, so you may not need to unfollow every pizzeria on social media.

However, the study does draw attention to the link between those staring at mouth-watering looking recipes all day every day and their weight-gain.


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.

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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.

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“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. 

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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