The Perfect Body.

Written by Deborah Caruana RN, MES, CPT

Everyone wants it. If we haverepparttar perfect body, it becomes a race to keep it. "I can’t gain that weight back." If we don’t have it we resent it, some to inconsolable longing. This longing can verge on an obsession to extreme measures (Al Roker). We strive for those low body fat numbers 8-10% for men and 15-20% for women. We count calories or eat low carb for that perfect thin body. We want all traces of rolls, dimples and squishy, puffy soft skin gone. All signs of gravity lifted. Our age needs to be defied. We want tone, taught and lean skin and muscles. We have to look like models and superstars who are paid thousands a day to lookrepparttar 135832 way they do. Lithe. long, lean, sinewy, wispy even drawn. Pay no attention that these stars can affordrepparttar 135833 time and trainers to exercise 4 hours a day inrepparttar 135834 pursuit of perfection. There's a plethora of diet books out there. We’re all studying weight loss. Each new book brags a new solution. Butrepparttar 135835 diet industry has grown as large and swollen asrepparttar 135836 American public's waistlines. Diets, pills, patches, concoctions, procedures, prescriptions and remedies to supposedly 'cure your condition'. Meanwhile health care costs are spiraling out of control from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases exacerbated by being overweight. We can turn away from it in anger, disgust or frustration, to give up and get fat (1/4 of America). Or continue from one diet torepparttar 135837 next fad, yoyoing into obesity (other 1/4 America). What is going on? As life gets easier with our technological advances and our economic success we become more sedentary. Is itrepparttar 135838 increased need for instant gratification causingrepparttar 135839 obesity? Or is it mass produced fast foods with no nutritional value that are just too easy to acquire? Add to this a sedentary lifestyle. Speaking of instant gratification, liposuction seems an easy solution. It will suckrepparttar 135840 fat away making us look perfectly thin but our blood chemistry doesn’t change. We’re still overweight inside, ripe for heart disease and sure to gainrepparttar 135841 weight back. The weight then tends to come back in allrepparttar 135842 wrong places exacerbatingrepparttar 135843 situation (look out Nicole Smith!) Self-esteem and body weight are inextricably linked. I have to say thatrepparttar 135844 recognition I receive (as a woman) for being slim is real. Generallyrepparttar 135845 thinner I amrepparttar 135846 more positiverepparttar 135847 response. My experience probably reflects others, in thatrepparttar 135848 social recognition for thin is insidious. Media, society, and culture reinforce these perspectives. Self-esteem and body weight I conclude are inextricably linked for most. It will take more than a rebellious few such as Queen Latifa who's refreshing attitude expresses "Thin for who? For what? I like my meals! I'm happy and successful! And I like being full figured!" Her message liberates perfectionist thinking. She's got curves and her body fat is probably a healthy 25%. The pursuit ofrepparttar 135849 perfect body then becomes a self esteem issue. If we want recognition we can't eat, drink or be merry! We need to always be in control to uphold these rigid standards. That'srepparttar 135850 rub. For naturally fun loving, giving and sharing folks who want to enjoy life while being healthy and productive here’s a solution. Lose control! Queen Latiffa does it by taking off on her motorcycle going from here to who knows where. Lose yourself in something you love to do and forgetrepparttar 135851 rest. I call it 'zoning' when I lose myself in my writing, exercising, playing with kids, music, conversation sometimes even in housecleaning (Beware: this ‘zoning’ thing is contagious and starts to infiltrate everything you do). Just lose yourself inrepparttar 135852 moment, and findrepparttar 135853 zone within. It builds self esteem, burns calories and generates bliss atrepparttar 135854 same time.


Written by Valerie Goettsch

Dermatologists praise Retinol as an excellent over-the counter anti-wrinkle ingredient. Retinol creams work to soften lines and fade age spots.

What is Retinol?

Retinol isrepparttar technical name for Vitamin A. Research suggests that topical Vitamin A can help build collagen fibers and exfoliaterepparttar 135715 skin, thereby minimizingrepparttar 135716 appearance of fine lines.

There are several forms of Vitamin A found inrepparttar 135717 body. Retinol is one of them; other forms include retinyl palmitate, retinal and retinoic acid. Renova and Retin-A® are retinoic acid, also known as tretinoin.

Why Use a Retinol Cream?

Regular use of a retinol cream increases cell turnover and exfoliation by stimulating cell production and new collagen production. As we age, this process normally slows down and layers of dead, sun damaged skin cells build up onrepparttar 135718 skin. This causes our skin to look dull and thick; pores look large and we seerepparttar 135719 visible effects of sun damage such as age spots, uneven skin tone and less elasticity.

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