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SaleQuinoa: Gain Protein Points with this Wonder Grain

In many Asian countries, rice is a staple food. Asian countries love their rice so much that they have even invented rice noodles, rice cakes and more. But what if you need to cut back on rice?

Enter Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), a gluten-free grain, which is originally from Peru and has been gaining popularity because of its health benefits.

Quinoa can be eaten plain or with veggies, with shredded coconut or almond flakes, banana, and cinnamon with vanilla. It’s a good source of protein because it has amino acids and Vitamin B.

It’s a type of cereal that can replace rice when you’re craving for it. Include it in your regular diet to complement your fitness regimen and shed those unwanted pounds feeling happy and satisfied.

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SaleQuinoa: Gain Protein Points with this Wonder Grain

Shedding some pounds require time and commitment. Aside from working out, eating right is also part of the process to lose weight. If you’re up for the challenge, it’s time to count those calories.

Go to our Facebook page and give us a guesstimate on the number calories in one serving of Shrimp & Asparagus Pasta and Loaded Baked Potato Soup. You will stand a chance to win a free personal training session with a Fitness First trainer!

Submit your answer now, before time runs out. Contest closes on Sep 1, 11:59PM. Terms and conditions apply.

SaleCalorie Count: Shrimp Pasta & Potato Soup

Want to measure how hard you’re exercising? Take the Talk Test.

  1. Can you easily carry on a conversation during your workout?
    If so, you’re not getting much of a workout and you might want to consider picking it up a notch.
  2. Can you carry on a conversation, but doing so takes some effort?
    If you need to place an extra breath or two in each sentence to get your words out, then you’re getting a solid workout. Nothing too intense and nothing too easy.
  3. Can’t talk at all during your workout?
    We’ve all been there. Rest assured you’re milking your workout for all it’s worth.

Obviously there are grey areas between these three levels, but to make it easy just remember that the more difficult it is to talk, the more intense your workout is.

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SaleTake the Talk Test to Gauge Your Workout Intensity

Do you think you’re too busy? Too old? Or believe it’s in the genes? Stand up to the things that are keeping you from getting fit with Fit for Fashion’s Wall Of Excuses!

Head to the Facebook app and pick the excuse that discourages you the most to get tips on how to overcome it. Then, customize the excuse and share it with your friends. The excuses you create will be locked up in The Vault. So don’t look back and say goodbye to those excuses forever!

Each entry gives you a chance to win a US$100 Reebok voucher, and will hopefully bring you one step closer to being fit for fashion.

Contest runs from 25 August to 6 September.

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Complete your look with flattering highlights that add volume and shine to your hair.

Pick natural colors that flatter your skin tone, with lighter pieces to frame and brighten up your face. The combination of light and dark colors in your hair resembles vertical stripes that help your face appear slimmer and younger.

You can also ask your hairdresser’s advice on the perfect highlights that best suit your personality and lifestyle. Remember it all boils down to you, your new hair cut means nothing if you don’t have the confidence to show it to the world.

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Take a look at the photo, the meals are the same size, but one plate is larger than the other.

An easy way to manage your portions is to use smaller plate for your meals. Your plate will look full, but you’ll be eating less. This method will trick your mind into thinking that you’re having a larger meal when you’re really not.

Regardless of plate size, we typically finish 92% of what we put on our plate. Seeing an empty plate tricks our brain into thinking that we’re full. Research suggests that moving from a 12-inch plate to a 10-inch plate can help us cut up to 500 calories per day. That can lead to a weight loss of 1lb per week.

Research has also shown that we serve ourselves according to the size of the tableware we use, so naturally, if we’re eating from a platter, we’ll be eating too much. Eating from smaller plates puts a stop to mindless eating, and allows you to take into consideration what you’re putting into your body.

It’s a short step from downsizing portions to downsizing fat content, and maybe after a few weeks, you’ll find yourself on a path to a healthier diet and lifestyle.

SalePortion Distortion: Smaller Plates Can Help You Lose Weight