My Experience with the Classic Latex Waist Trainer

 

Check out my experience with a sports waist trainer which I love!

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After trying out the sports waist trainer, I knew I had to get the latex waist trainer which is a more firm, aggressive version for faster results. As the sports waist trainer worked really well for me, I was curious to what the latex one would do. If you would like to know about my results from waist training, my reasons for waist training, the safety of waist training, how it works, and how often I wear it, please check out the article above!

In contrast to my first waist trainer, I have more mixed feelings about this one. Ultimately, I think it all depends on your body structure – whether you have a long torso or a short torso to how comfortable this waist trainer would be for you, I’ve noted at the bottom of the article which brands are better if you have a longer torso or a shorter torso.

On the positive side, when I wear it, and take it off at the end of the day, I feel like I’ve had an ab workout as my abs feel a bit sore. I think this happens due to the flexible fabric (latex) when I breathe in, and my chest expands, they have to push through the resistance of the fabric so I can fully inhale. Therefore, the repetition of this process through out the day works out the abs and helps to define them more. This waist trainer also causes me to sweat a lot more and I feel heat around my core, which releases toxins and helps to burn more calories. Here are other positives I noticed:

  • By time, it gradually takes the shape of your body and it becomes more comfortable to wear since it’s more customised for you, due to the flexible latex material.
  • The design and latex material looks and feels amazing (this is actually my favourite thing about this waist trainer!)
  • It helps posture (but not as much as the sports trainer)
  • It is invisible under clothes
  • It keeps your curves in mind due to the section at the bottom which is more stretchy and expansive so it doesn’t dig into your skin too much.
  • This waist trainer surprisingly helps to ease menstrual cramps due to the heat and warmth it provides. Sometimes I just put it on the bottom three hooks around my midsection to give me warmth without any tightness by using all the hooks.

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However, all the positives didn’t really outweigh the negatives for me. The waist trainer did not make my waist any smaller after a total of three months which may not be a lot, but I noticed a reduction in my waist size after just a month of wearing the sports trainer, and as it is a more powerful version than the sports trainer, it didn’t really rise up to my expectations. However, this may be due to my waist not being able to physically get any smaller rather than the product itself. Nevertheless, the main reason why this waist trainer did not work for me was my body shape and the structure to how it’s built. I have a very short torso, with longer legs, therefore, the smallest part of my waist is actually very short. This waist trainer is very long, so it could be suited to people with a longer torso. However, it temporarily elongates my waist and works as overall body shaping wear for me rather than a medium to make my waist smaller. However, it does not tick all my boxes due to the negative aspects I’ve noticed:

  • It definitely restricts my breathing quite a bit due to the tightness of the hooks around my upper rib cage. It would be better if it was tighter on my actual waist rather than in other places.
  • The bottom of the waist trainer is in contact with my backside and therefore it crinkles up my waist which kind of defeats the purpose since the waist trainer does not stay straight.
  • Overall, it didn’t really do anything for me.
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Length difference between Ann Chery Classic Latex vs. TruFigure Sports Waist Trainer

Therefore, this waist trainer would be a lot better for someone with a longer torso and it’s better as overall body shaping wear as it is a single unit tightening up a large part of your core together due to it’s length, rather than being concentrated on the waist.

However, my sports trainer was from a brand called TruFigure which I think caters more for a short torso. The classic latex waist trainer is by Ann Chery which I would steer away from due to my body shape, but it would be more effective for those with a longer torso. Both brands manufacture classic latex waist trainers and sports waist trainers. Next time I might try TruFigure’s latex waist trainer and if I do, I’ll update you with what happens!

*Please note that a waist trainer is not in any way a substitute for diet or exercise, it is more of an ‘enhancement’ or a ‘supplement’. Always consult your physician before trying anything new!

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment section! 

Alternatively, you can email me on ouramazingsouls@gmail.com

Have a great day and smile because you’re a beautiful soul! ♥

 

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Don’t blame others for your own progress!

When it comes to fitness, stop blaming others for your own progress. You’re the only one in control, it’s so easy to give excuses why you don’t do it. Just look down, you’re by yourself, and close your lips. Just do it. Just turn your brain off and just do it. Then you’ll find you came a long way away.. Just because your senses are turned off, you’re not listening, looking, thinking to all those different directions. No, you just do it.. And I believe that is how the people with the greatest physiques work. They just turn their brains off, put their heads down, do it, and get lost inside it. That’s the epitome of being focussed and in synchronisation with your body, moving, and progress.

We spend so long thinking ‘but I want to look like that’ with our eyes wide open. Just close your eyes and do it, because you don’t know how big of an inspiration you would be by just focusing inwards, reaching potentials that are better than the ones you saw. You don’t know what your genetic limit actually is, you don’t know what your full potential actually is, the journey is about discovering yourself and making the most out of you, your energy…

My experience with waist training.

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My experience with waist training after one month… 

I’ve always wanted a waist trainer, but I was somehow hesitant to if it actually works, is it safe, and what’s the point if I can just workout to get the shape I want?  So far, I have lost 1.5″ off my waist, down to 23.5″ and I’m actually quite surprised because I didn’t think it would be that effective on me. After just one to two weeks of wearing it I’ve noticed that it helps to flatten my stomach and enhance my shape more. Also, my favourite feature about the waist trainer is that it significantly improved my posture and it’s more second-nature to me to have a better posture even if I’m not wearing it. I never wanted to get a waist trainer as a weight loss medium, in fact, I’m actually trying to gain weight, but I wanted it to improve my body shape more, and attain a smaller waist, which is what I prefer on myself, (I’m not trying to portray that this is the ideal body type in any way, I’m just expressing what I prefer on myself and sharing my experience with my readers!). Continue reading

Protein Supplements and Building Muscles

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If you are interested in building muscle, please visit my Get Ripped guide.

We don’t need supplements to build muscles, but because our bodies does not absorb or take in all the nutrients it needs, taking multi-vitamins, fish oils and protein supplements may be beneficial to ensure optimum performance and results. It’s an on-going debate on whether protein supplements are really necessary and the truth is, they’re not. However, protein powders are easily absorbed by the body after working out, so they can reach your muscles quicker compared to, for example, steak which needs a lot more time to be digested. In addition, they help escalating your total protein intake to efficiently build muscles.

When and how much should I consume protein shakes?

Protein shakes should be consumed within 20 minutes of your workout so your muscles can absorb them. Make sure to read the instructions on the pack to ensure you are getting the right amount of protein (should be around 25g). They can be added as part of your daily diet for extra protein, but they should never be used to replace real food like eggs, meat, chicken, fish, etc.

Below I will explain the pros and cons of different types of protein powders.

Whey Protein Powder

Whey protein is the most commonly used type of protein powder, and it’s made from the clear liquid that’s left over from cheese-making, which gets dried up to form a powder. There are 3 types: concentrate, isolate,and hydrolysate. The main difference between them is simply how they’re processed and what they offer e.g. faster absorption rate, less fat/carbs. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what type you consume, unless you have specific requirements.

Pros-

  • Quickly absorbed by the body
  • Can be easily blended in a drink
  • Tastes great, with a variety of flavours
  • High in protein (around 25g per portion)
  • Contains all necessary amino acids

Cons-

  • May cause stomach upsets in certain individuals or bloating – hydrolysate protein is the most recommended for these symptoms
  • May cause acne for some individuals, if combined with a high-dairy diet
  • Not suitable for vegans or individuals who are lactose-intolerant

Casein Powder

Casein is similar to whey, as it’s another compound found in cow’s milk. The main difference is that casein digests slower than whey, making it a better option when you need a slow release of protein (usually before bed as you will go several hours without food). However, I would not recommend it for beginners as it’s not really essential.

Hemp Protein Powder

Hemp protein is my favourite as it always makes me feel more refreshed, and funnily enough, it’s a derivative of cannabis but it’s completely safe to consume.

Pros-

  • Helps ease muscle pain for quick recovery
  • Suitable for vegans and those who are lactose-intolerant
  • High in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
  • Easy on stomach and doesn’t cause bloating
  • Contains all necessary amino acids

Cons-

  • Doesn’t taste good
  • Less protein per portion, so you often need more scoops to have 25g of protein
  • May be expensive, specifically in the US since it’s illegal to grow, so it has to be imported

Pea Protein Powder

Pea protein usually comes from, yes, peas…

Pros-

  • High in protein per portion
  • Suitable for vegans and those who are lactose-intolerant

Cons-

  • Does not contain cystine (essential amino acid)

Soy Protein 

Soy Protein comes from soy beans, which are legumes native to East Asia

Pros-

  • Contains all the essential amino acids
  • Cheap
  • Suitable for vegans
  • High in protein
  • Suitable for individuals who are lactose-intolerant

Cons-

  • Studies say that soy can interfere with hormones if taken in large quantities, potentially lowering testosterone levels and increasing oestrogen levels

 

Yummy Egyptian Dip

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This dip is called ‘Asal Eswed Bel Tahina’ which literally translates to ‘Black Honey (Molasses) with Tahini’, and it’s an awesome dip as it acts as a full meal, which includes around 25g of protein (as much as a can of tuna), healthy fats, and calories. I would especially recommend it to those who do weight training and want to grow muscles (check out the ‘get ripped guide’ if you are interested in that), and I swear I have muscles growing out of no where when I eat this! Molasses is extracted from sugar cane and it’s a staple ingredient favourable to many Egyptians. Tahini is sesame paste, which is flavourful and nutrient dense and used in Middle Eastern cuisine.

The ingredients below act as a guideline only, so you can try it out and add more tahini or molasses, as much as you prefer.

100g of tahini (sesame paste) – you would often find it in the international section of a supermarket, or any health shops

35g of molasses – usually found at health shops

Your favourite bread (preferably pitta)

Pour the tahini in a bowl, and gradually add the molasses so it twirls on top and mix very gently until the mixture has pretty brown patterns or if it’s a light brown colour. Dip in some bread and see if you would like more or less of any ingredient to suit your tastes. Alternatively, if you would like a lighter dip, you can add some water to the tahini and mix it well first, so it’s less concentrated.

Below are some benefits of molasses and tahini (sesame paste)…

Molasses: 

Good for hair – One serving (two tablespoons) of blackstrap contains approximately 14 percent of our RDI of copper, an important trace mineral whose peptides help rebuild the skin structure that supports healthy hair. Consequently, long-term consumption of blackstrap has been linked to improved hair quality, hair regrowth in men and even a restoration of your hair’s original color! Click here for more information about blackstrap’s hair benefits.

Safe sweetener for diabetics – Unlike refined sugar, blackstrap molasses has a moderate glycemic load of 55. This makes it a good sugar substitute for diabetics and individuals who are seeking to avoid blood sugar spikes. Moreover, one serving of blackstrap contains no fat and only 32 calories, making it suitable for a weight loss diet.

Laxative qualities – Blackstrap is a natural stool softener that can improve the regularity and quality of your bowel movements.

Rich in iron – Two tablespoons of blackstrap contain 13.2 percent of our RDI of iron, which our bodies need to carry oxygen to our blood cells. People who are anemic (including pregnant women) will greatly benefit from consuming 1-2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses per day.

High in calcium and magnesium – Blackstrap molasses contains a mineral profile that has been optimized by nature for superior absorption. For example, two tablespoons of blackstrap contains 11.7 percent of our RDI of calcium and 7.3 percent of our RDI of magnesium. This calcium-magnesium ratio is ideal, since our bodies need large quantities of magnesium to help absorb similarly large quantities of calcium. Both of these minerals aid the growth and development of bones, making blackstrap a good safeguard against osteoporosis and other bone diseases.

Additional mineral content – Two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses also contains 18 percent of our RDI of manganese (which helps produce energy from proteins and carbohydrates), 9.7 percent of our RDI of potassium (which plays an important role in nerve transmission and muscle contraction), 5 percent of our RDI of vitamin B6 (which aids brain and skin development) and 3.4 percent of our RDI of selenium, an important antioxidant.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/043009_blackstrap_molasses_nutritional_supplement_health_benefits.html#ixzz3B8XAqkCL

Tahini: 

It’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron.
It’s a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.
It’s one of the best sources of calcium out there.
It’s high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
Helps to promote healthy cell growth.
Prevent anemia.
Helps to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.
It has 20% complete protein, making it a higher protein source than most nuts.
It’s easy for your body to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content, which is great for assisting in weight loss.
It is high in unsaturated fat (good fat!)

Source: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6997/10-Reasons-to-Eat-Tahini.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you put all your trust in the ‘experts’…?

Do you automatically trust in the experts when information comes you? What I mean by ‘expert’ is the person with the PHD because you may believe that they know more than you, the police officer because you believe that they can protect you, the bus drivers because they know where they are going. That internet passage on the existence of God should totally be believable, so you don’t have to think too much about it. Don’t think for yourself, have the information provided for you. Take it, eat it, just don’t think about it. That is how the media feeds us everyday. Feeding us fear, desire, and emotion for us to consume.

You need to learn to trust in yourself and in your heart before trusting logic. Logic is only worth something when we put a value to it with our hearts. But logic can never put value to our hearts.

What makes someone an expert has to be more than just a paper saying ‘doctor’ or ‘teacher’, learn to trust yourself before others!

An example to demonstrate what I mean is the controversial Milgram Experiment, testing people’s obedience to authority. The people automatically trust the person in the white coat because of course, he ‘knows’ more…

When this experiment was first done in 1961 in the USA, the shocking results show that ‘65% of the volunteers continued to play their part as ‘teacher’ right to 450 volts, even after the victim’s screams and silence…In Munich, it was 85%…In other words, 3 out of 4 men will be ready to torture and kill to order without questioning’. Is this all for the name of science? 

‘ this experiment shows – to the point where established anonymous authorities like ‘the state’, ‘science’, or even ‘the revolution’ can make everything legitimate by the way of a rubber stamp, white coat or armband’.

Another example is that how everything in the diet fitness world is so ‘factual’. In order to build a load of muscle, of course you need excess calories and you need to use very high weights for lower reps. Eugen Sandow, a Victorian bodybuilder (pictured below), apparently used to train with only 5lb dumbbells in the morning, and stated ‘I am myself no believer in a special diet, still less in a rigid one, as necessary while training…I endeavour to have my meals at regular hours, and prefer that they shall be simple and easy of digestion.’

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Just because a fitness trainer claims this and that or a dietitian promotes a new bar that can turn you around overnight and makes you forget that nature (fruit and vegetables) exist. Or the ones who claim that fruit will turn into fat if you don’t burn it off. Really? Find what works for you, and sticking to nature won’t let you down (as cliche as it may sound).

In conclusion, analyse information, (whether it’s on the news, in a book or said by the president), don’t just digest it. You are a free being.

 

Why Women Should Lift Weights

womanliftingThere seems to be a common belief that the best exercises ever developed for womankind is cardio (lots of it), squats, and lunges. In addition, heavy weight lifting will turn women into Arnolds. However, if you genuinely want to change your physique, you need to start lifting heavy. Women don’t have the ability to bulk up because they don’t have anything near as much testosterone as men. As well as that, women don’t consume enough calories or supplements and lift heavy on a regular basis.

 

Benefits:

  • Faster metabolism: A study found that the average woman who strength trains two to three times a week for two months will gain nearly two pounds of muscle and will lose 3.5 pounds of fat. Also, your resting metabolism will be higher the leaner you are. If you want to slim down, combining cardio with weight training will help you get to where you want twice as fast compared to cardio on its own.
  • It actually creates definition. Doing cardio on its own will leave you feeling shapeless and undefined. You need muscles to sculpt your body.
  • Stronger: Research shows that moderate weight training can increase a woman’s strength by 30 to 50 percent. Increasing your strength can actually change how you perform your everyday activities, giving you more energy (because your muscles are working, rather than just momentum).
  • Decreased risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and arthritis
  • It puts you in a great mood!

Don’t be afraid of lifting heavy if you dramatically want to change your body! Our bodies are made to lift as well as to run! lifting

 

Why You May Be Not Getting Results…

DumbbellsA lot of people complain on why their workout regime is not bringing results. The following points are made to help you determine why:

  • Do you allow sufficient recovery time? For weight training, you need to rest every body part for at least 24 hours. This is so the muscle fibres repair and come back even stronger and bigger!
  • Are you putting your mind into the muscles you are working? The brain-muscle connection is key to really target a specific body part and for quicker results.
  • Do you create a challenge? Each time you do the workout, add extra reps or weights. This is absolutely crucial to getting results.
  • Do you change your workouts every 4-6 weeks? Muscles get bored too (just like us!) and do not respond efficiently if they are used to the routine. You must surprise your muscles and hit them at different angles.
  • Concentrate on good form. It’s not about the time you take, the amount you can lift or the number of sets you do. Focus on quality, not quantity.
  • Do not be afraid to lift heavy. If you think that the heaviest thing you can lift is a handbag, time will prove you wrong. You can carry beyond what you think if you give it time. In addition, lifting heavy is what really makes a difference to your physique.
  • Do you get at least 7 hours of sleep each night? Sleep is the time when your body starts recovering, building muscle mass and releasing growth hormones.
  • Remember that it’s 80% diet and 20% exercise. Food is what makes the exercise sculpt you in a specific way. You need to provide enough energy for your muscles by eating healthy carbs, plenty of protein and healthy fats. In addition, eating every 2-3 hours.
  • I recommend that after your workout, you take a good quality protein shake and 1 or 2 bananas so you have quick proteins and quick carbs.

Challenge: How about you don’t ‘check yourself out’ in the mirror for another week or two? Just do what you got to do, and don’t worry about the results yet! It’s a psychological thing, as when you look at yourself everyday, your eyes will try and look for little details and you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. If you completely forgot the mirror for another month, and you finally look in it, you will be surprised. Your eyes will notice the real new changes because you haven’t refreshed your memory for a long time.

Remember: Muscle fibres are like jigsaws. Every workout you do, inserts a new jigsaw over your existing muscles, to form a bigger picture. You don’t form a jigsaw in one second, but you gradually do it by time, adding more and more muscles to your body. So every little helps!

Consistency

Consistency is one of the keys to reaching your goals – whether it’s a health/fitness goal, a studying goal or just a new habit to get into. How many times do you start something, just lose track of it and forget it? When you started eating healthily and just thought, “Agh…forget it”, or when you wrote that study timetable and never looked at it again.

Why does that happen?

  • Maybe you are not fully focused on your goal. You need to set a strong intention on why you want it and how you are going to get there.
  • Maybe that goal is not actually what you want. Have you fully researched and understood what you are really looking for?
  • Consistency! It can be a habit to get into, you are not just going to automatically eat healthily everyday or stick to that things to do list. You take it step by step. You listen to your body and move at your own pace.

So… if you are trying to adjust your eating, and find that piece of cake staring at you, it is okay to eat it. As long as you don’t make it a consistent habit. Doing those workouts once won’t get you results right that second, so don’t keep looking in the mirror every 5 minutes. It needs consistency, time, and patience. My goal is to develop my consistency!