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Chocolate in itself has been dubbed unhealthy – that is, in copious amounts. Cocoa powder however, if taken in moderation (give or take 20grams a day), can give a great deal of benefits to your body including anti-inflammatory agents, lesser risk for some cancers, and protection against heart disease.

Little do people know, an ounce of dark chocolate contains dozens of nutrients and powerful antioxidants called flavonoids, that are responsible for cleaning up free radicals, which have been linked to heart disease and cancer.

Other than combating heart disease, a regular dose of cocoa powder can elevate HDL cholesterol (or the “good cholesterol”) and lower total blood cholesterol levels that reduce the chance of obstructed arteries that hinder blood flow to your heart.

Having dark chocolate along with a plant-based diet allows the body to synergise with good microbes that are known to ferment and feast on dark chocolate, forming anti-inflammatory compounds that are beneficial to our bodies.

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The people behind the GREAT campaign, who made sure that the Fit for Fashion contestants were all decked out for various challenges, are bringing back the GREAT Shopping Contest!

This 18 September until 16 November 2014, spend RM250 & above in a single receipt at a participating British retail store & stand a chance to win GREAT prizes including a trip to London with £1,500 to spend!

Additionally, customers who share a photo of their purchase on Instagram can also participate in the SHOP. SHARE. WIN! contest! All there is to do is to upload a photo of the purchase with the price, brand, location where purchase was made & hashtag #shopgbmy – as simple as that!

Prizes up for grabs include a STORM London watch, a Modalu Choc Croc Mini Pippa bag, T. M. Lewin gift sets, MINI merchandise & shopping vouchers from Reebok, Debenhams, Clarks and many more!

Visit www.clozette.co/great for further info on SHOP. SHARE. WIN!

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You’ve left your excuses behind on the Wall of Excuses: Graffiti Wall. Now it’s time to smash them! Play the Speed Smash Facebook Game to stand a chance to win exciting prizes.

Four lucky players will win a 1-month Fitness First membership with four personal training sessions weekly. The top smasher will walk away with a 4D3N stay for two at Tanjong Jara Resort, Malaysia.

How fast can you smash? You have from 18 September to 16 October to put your fingers to the test. Join the Speed Smash giveaway now!

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The best place to start with a great fitting suit is a fit body. It’s not a big secret that if you keep in shape a great piece of tailoring will enhance your natural figure. But certain aspects of a suit will either help or hinder your desired look.

The venting on the back of a jacket has a big impact. Jenny Schwarz Menswear shares the basic rules:

  • No vents (historically Italian) will allow a much closer taper at the waist creating a dramatic V shape.
  • A single, or central, vent (historically American) requires less tapering into the waist to stop it splitting open.
  • Double, or side, vents (historically British) allow a medium taper at the waist and results in the skirt of the jacket slightly flaring out.
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Avocados contain more than 25 essential nutrients that promote good health and boost the immune system. Studies show that the nutrients present in avocados can aid in the prevention of stroke, cancer, and birth defects.

Not only are avocados rich in disease-preventing nutrients such as glutathione, oleic acid, and folate, people who are having trouble gaining weight can indulge in avocados because they have healthier amounts of calories (200 calories for 100 grams to be exact) than the typical fruit (around 60-80 calories for 100 grams).

Avocados also help with regulating blood sugar levels and enhancing nutrient absorption.

Substitute butter with avocado for your toast, or mix them in your salad to ensure that your body gets a hefty amount of the healthy fats (omega-9) it needs to function at its best.

Image credit: flickr.com/photos/timsamoff/2383457534

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Fit for Fashion, a first-of-its-kind reality TV show which will be hitting Asian TV screens in October, has unveiled its celebrity line-up ahead of the show’s official launch later this month.

The unique show will be hosted by lifestyle, fashion expert and host Louise Roe – the well-known presenter of Plain Jane on MTV International. Louise previously hosted NBC’s hit competition show, Fashion Star, and co-hosted Style network’s first ever LIVE show, Style Pop. With a background in journalism, she began her career at Vogue.com in the UK and has since contributed to numerous publications around the world. She is also a host on the popular US entertainment show, Access Hollywood.

In addition to Louise, the show will also be graced by the presence of expert trainers Christine Bullock and Mitch Chilson – who will be putting the ‘fit’ into ‘Fit for Fashion’. Over the course of the show’s run 12 ordinary women and men will be transformed with Christine and Mitch’s expert guidance and the help of Fitness First’s proven training methodologies.

Christine has been teaching fitness from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles for over a decade, although she has been in the fitness world for her entire life. Christine’s knowledge as a wellness expert has resulted in appearances on E!, America’s Next Top Model, VH-1, California Life and PopSugar. She is also a contributor to a variety of publications including Oxygen Magazine, In Touch Magazine, Life & Style, FabFitFun, SheKnows, Examiner, Inside Weddings, Simply Stylist, Lucky.com, HauteLook and many more.

Christine believes that embracing better eating habits and incorporating a personal exercise routine into one’s daily routine is vital to having a balanced life and this is something that she will be conveying to the contestants during the course of the show.

Christine’s fellow trainer, Mitch Chilson is also no stranger to being on TV; Mitch has hosted numerous television shows, including SuperModelMe and Mega Kids. Mitch’s perfect form has also been featured as a model across the Asian region. Mitch believes in a holistic approach to fitness and this led him to become the programme director for some of the largest training facilities in Asia, which included a wide range of specialisations from fitness and nutrition, to martial arts and kids.
He has also been a professional athlete in his own right, and is a two time ESPN Martial Combat MMA Champion. Additionally, he also has a solid base in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is 1 of only 7 Muay Thai instructors outside of Thailand certified by the Grandmaster of Muay Thai Kru Yodtong Senanan. Mitch’s holistic approach to fitness, physical health and his experience in mentoring and professional competition, make him the perfect all round co-trainer to make the contestants ‘Fit for Fashion’.

In addition to Louise, Christine and Mitch, the show will also feature the renowned fashion photographer Todd Anthony Tyler who will be dispensing fashion and styling advice and taking stunning photos. Todd will also serve as one of the show’s four judges.

Todd is hugely experienced and widely recognised both in Asia and globally. He broke into the fashion industry as a model, and then began to pursue his lifelong love affair with photography, this time from a different angle. With 20+ years of combined experience on both sides of the camera, the Canadian-born photographer uses the lens to push the boundaries of style and creative exploration.

For over a decade, Todd has operated a successful studio in Shanghai, China, becoming the photographer and art director of choice for his knack to transform models into icons. His unique point of view on producing artistic imagery is expressed candidly each month in a column he writes for Asian Photography, India and Asia’s premier professional photography magazine.

With Todd’s fashion expertise, Christine and Mitch’s fitness knowledge and the experienced advice of celebrity host Louise Roe, the contestants of Fit for Fashion will be in good hands while undergoing their transformations.

Commenting on her involvement in Fit for Fashion, Louise said, “I am delighted to be part of the Fit for Fashion project. I really hope that the transformations that the contestants undergo through the course of the series will motivate viewers to embark on their own transformational journeys. Fitness is increasingly a fashion statement in its own right and gives people the confidence to strut their stuff in style.”

Fit for Fashion is a partnership between Fitness First and Imagine Group, who have produced other hit shows including The Contender Asia, The Biggest Loser Asia, The Challenger and The Apartment.

In collaboration with FOX International Channels, Fit for Fashion brings fresh and inspiring content to a diverse audience through StarWorld, Asia’s leading female entertainment channel. The channel, part of FOX International Channels network, is available in nearly 9 million homes, reaching 17 countries and territories across Asia and the Middle East.

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