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Fashion Tips For Men Over 40

Fashion Tips For Men Over 40

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By Janey Holliday Updated: 08:50, 20 April 2009 View commentsThe so-called muffin top is the overhanging flesh that spills over the waistband. Not a good look by anyone's standards. So, with summer in sight and low-rise jeans and cropped tops still in fashion, it's time to lose that spare tyre. JANEY HOLLIDAY, founder of Fit For A Princess, explains how to get rid of your muffin top for good. Work out laterally... Conditioning your muscles all the way around helps decrease the 'muffin' appearance STRIP THE FATMuffin tops are made up of excess fat around the abdominal area all the way round your body. Stripping excess fat from your body with cardio exercise is one of the best ways to get rid of it. Jogging, power walking, cycling, aerobics, swimming - anything that gets your heart rate up and your body moving - will burn fat. Women tap into fat stores for energy much more slowly than men, usually after 40 minutes of exercising, so aim for at least this, but ideally building up to an hour, three times a week. WORK OUT LATERALLY Women often exercise the muscles of the front of the body, backs of the legs and abs by jogging, squats, lunges and crunches, but neglect the sides and the back. Having conditioned muscles all the way round will greatly decrease the muffin appearance. Try raising your legs to the side and galloping side-to-side on your usual walk or jog. For the less fit, you can get a fantastic workout in water by holding on to the side of the pool and kicking out behind you. Add twists or scissor kicks to tone hips. For best results do a few lengths, then a couple of minutes of exercises and repeat as much as you can. TAKE UP KICK BOXING This is arguably the best way to get rid of excess bulge around the middle, with its side-kick combinations, punch work across the body and movements that involve twisting and jumping side-to-side. The fact that it is high intensity, and includes balancing and core work with pretty much every sort of movement, means you really can't beat this as a muffin-top-blasting workout. CONSUME FEWER TOXINS As a survival mechanism, our bodies try to protect us and keep toxins away from our vital organs by wrapping water, fat and cholesterol around them. This is then stored, particularly around our middle and hips. Toxins include processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, too many animal products or acidic foods, pollution, sugar and smoking. Eat a low-sugar diet rich in vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains and drink two litres of water a day to help flush out toxins. Regular baths with Epsom salts will also help expel them and reduce excess water retention (£2.15 per 1kg pack at www.justasoap.co.uk). This is popular with celebs who want to keep their waists and hips as streamlined as possible. EAT MORE ESSENTIAL FATS Our bodies need fat for energy, to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, to give us shiny hair and nails, and to transport nutrients around the body. Perversely, not eating enough fat can stop our fat cells functioning properly. Debra Waterhouse, author of Outsmarting Female Fat Cells, believes that including around 70g of 'good fat' in our diets each day makes our cells work more efficiently, releasing stored fats to burn as energy. EAT LESS SUGARExcess calories are converted and stored as fat and this includes low-fat foods, sugary foods and alcohol. Even though there is no fat in wine, there are the same amount of calories in a bottle of white wine as four fishfingers. A latte or glass of orange juice (containing around 200 calories each) a day adds up to around 1,000 calories over a working week. To lose 1lb of fat, you need to burn off 2,500 calories, so cutting out excess calories will decrease the flab. By eating slow-releasing (low GI) carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, oats and basmati rice with low-sugar foods such as nuts, fish and green vegetables, you will also help stabilise blood sugar levels. AVOID STRESSCortisol, the hormone released in response to stress, encourages the body to release blood sugar into the bloodstream to give us energy for the 'fight or flight' response. If we use this energy to get away from a physical danger, there is little chance for this sugar to be stored as fat, but if it is released repeatedly through stress, the increased blood sugar will be ultimately stored as fat. The female hormone oestrogen causes fat to be stored around the pelvic region anyway, so getting stressed makes matters worse. Try to stay calm - a few drops of lavender oil in your bath or a cup of camomile tea should help. IMPROVE POSTUREHaving strong core muscles (which include the abdominal, back and hip area) will not only help the muffin-top area look better because the muscles will be more defined, but by having stronger, well used muscles, the circulation will improve in this area, too. This, in turn, improves blood and oxygen supply to the cells, which will improve rejuvenation and help expel toxins. Yoga and Pilates will help, but basic correct posture is even more important. This means sitting or standing tall, and pulling inwards and upwards by tensing your core muscles (stomach, lower back and hips) throughout the day. Over time, using these 'core muscles' regularly will work wonders. BRUSHING AND SCRUBBING Brushing and scrubbing your muffin top with a good exfoliator and gentle massage (as you would around celluliteladen bums and legs) will also help stimulate cells and improve circulation, getting nutrients in and toxins out. Next time you are in the shower, scrub as vigorously as you can for at least five minutes. Share what you think No comments have so far been submitted. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards. We are no longer accepting comments on this article.Published by Associated Newspapers LtdPart of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group





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