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Get The App: Lose It!

Monday, January 6, 2014 7:00:36 AM America/New_York

Trying to shed a few pounds for the New Year? The only thing worse than changing up your diet (goodbye, caramel popcorn!) is the math that calorie counting requires.

Fortunately, because we’re tied to our tech, there’s an app that does the work for you, and confession: I’m obsessed.

Lose It! helps facilitate weight loss through tracking daily food consumption and exercise against the budgeted quota. Even better? It’s free! What are you waiting for?





Photo courtesy of Fresh and Foodie

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Fat Melting Technology

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:00:07 AM America/New_York

Staying in shape isn’t the easiest thing to do. With full time jobs, evening plans, and movies to see, who has time to hit the gym on a regular basis? And also, like, running is hard!

Well, thanks to a new drug tested at UCSF, cardio time may soon be a thing of the past.           

The world’s first fat-dissolving injectable, ATX101, is currently in its last round of testing by the Food and Drug Administration after three complete years of clinical trials.

The drug’s active ingredient is sodium deoxycholate, a biosalt similar to the one that intestines produce to digest fats, and basically works to break down the fat cells our body gathers through eating.

While currently designed to target ‘submental’ fat areas (the double chin), if approved, the drug could completely change exercise as we know it! 

Photo courtesy of Kythera.

Laser lipolysis, a new low-invasive laser treatment, promises the same fat trimming effects as abdominoplasty but without the risks of surgical procedure.

Different than a standard liposuction in its collagen induced tightening of skin, the new procedure uses thermal energy (heat) to literally melt fat off the body.

According to Dr. Abbas Chamsuddin, currently leading a study on laser lipolysis at the Center for Laser and Interventional Surgery in Atlanta, GA, “The laser uses targeted energy to "zero in" on the fat, without affecting the other tissue, enabling a faster recovery.” Collagen, the main protein in skin that gives tone and texture, is then released afterward to prevent sagging.

While still in its research stages, the procedure offers a futuristic (and a little scary!) alternative to the traditional tummy tuck. Meanwhile, we’ll just stick to Pilates.

Photo courtesy of Made In China.

It may seem like a silly pick, but the truth is drinking enough water every day does more for you than just simply quenching your thirst.

Most people forget that the skin is an organ, and like all other organs, is made up of cells that need water to operate at their best. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will work to rid the body and skin of toxins, help with blemishes and dryness of skin, improve hair texture and growth, and supplement weight loss. And the best part, it’s free!

Well, not Perrier, but that’s a whole different ball game.



Photo courtesy of eHow.

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