Our experts answer reader questions about dropping the last 10 pounds—or more.
Question: I've heard that lifting weights helps the body burn calories even when you're not active. True or false? — Reiko
Answer: That's true. A lot of women prioritize cardio because they want to lose fat, but that burns calories only while you're exercising; as soon as you stop, you're no longer burning as much. Instead, lifting weights revs up your metabolism, so you'll continue burning calories for a few hours after your workout. And don't worry about bulking up; women don't have enough testosterone for that. But you will get leaner!
— Trudie German, certified personal trainer and owner of bodyenvy.ca, Toronto
Question: Is it possible I'm meant to be this big? I've been about the same size all my adult life, give or take a dress size. My mom and my sister are both size 14, and so were my grandmas. Maybe it's genetics? — Anne
Answer: Your genes do play a role, but it's more important to remember that size isn't really a good measure of health. If you're active, feeling good and sleeping and eating well, you probably don't have to worry. According to the World Health Organization, obesity is defined as "abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health." Of course, as you get heavier, there's a greater likelihood your health could be negatively impacted. But it's impossible for me to tell just by having you step on a scale; I have to do all sorts of tests to see if your weight really is affecting your health.
— Dr. Arya Sharma, founder of the Canadian Obesity Network and professor at the University of Alberta
Question: I'm injured and I can't work out. Is it still possible to lose weight? (Even if I'm eating my feelings about not being able to exercise?) — Katie
Answer: It's certainly possible! In fact, what you eat has more of an impact on your weight than exercise. You won't be able to work off extra calories, so be particularly mindful of other factors that influence weight, too, by getting enough sleep, finding ways to manage stress and choosing healthy whole foods in appropriate portions. And try these tricks: Serve vegetables family-style so they're within easy reach, but keep richer foods on the stovetop; use a smaller plate; and focus on your food—you're more likely to overindulge if you're distracted, so try not to eat in front of the TV, in the car or at your desk at work. Lastly, don't deny your hunger; eventually, it will backfire and you'll find yourself overeating or grabbing a convenient but unhealthy snack. People often think they have to cut back on food if they're going to lose weight, but I counsel my clients to eat more during the day. The idea isn't to willpower your way to weight loss; it's to make sustainable changes.
— Casey Berglund, registered dietitian and owner of worthyandwell.com, Calgary
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We asked six of the biggest names in the nail world to dish on the must-have mani of the season. Here’s what they had to day about hot hues, cool effects and what’s inspiring them now.
Among the fashion industry and celebrity elite, Tom Bachik is one of North America’s most sought-after “man”-icurists. The southern California native spent his early years skateboarding and competing on the BMX circuit, but that all changed when his wife got pregnant and he needed to find a job that would provide for this growing family—fast. A hairstylist cousin suggested he get his manicure licence, so he did, thinking it would be a short-term solution. Then, Bachik realized he was good. Twenty years later, he’s an industry icon, repping L’Oreal as the company’s global nail designer and spokesperson, and regularly working with such stars as Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway and Blake Lively.
This season, Bachik is feeling vampy, opulent tones. “Think ‘90s fashion, where dark, rich tones were no longer considered goth,” he says. “We’re going back to that kind of regal colour family.” Bachik notes that it’s not just that lacquers are darker but also that colours are more saturated, so they look deep and lush. When it comes to nail art, he’s inspired by bold stripes, geometric shapes and texture. “I think dry brushing is a cool look,” he says. “It gives you that textured, layered effect, like a tweed jacket.”
Pro tip: “To get the dry brushing effect, wipe off the excess polish; I use a piece of paper to wipe each side of the brush. The key is putting a small amount of pressure on the tipoff the brush, almost holding the brush straight up and down. All the little tips of the hairs on the brush are depositing colour, so you’re almost getting a splash of colour going across.”
Tom’s colour crushes
L’Oreal Paris Le Vernis a L’Huille by Colour Riche in Bleu Royal and Greige Amoureux, $10 each, lorealparis.com.
Checkerboard prints, geometric motifs and kaleidoscope shapes are some of Madeline Poole’s kooky—yet very cool—signature manicures. The New York resident and Sally Hansen global colour ambassador is one of the most talented and recognized nail artists in the industry: Her work has been spotted in magazines, at Fashion Weeks and on the digits of celebrities.
This fall, Poole feels nostalgic for the classics, such as rich navy, energetic orange and a whole spectrum of greys, from heather to charcoal. But her top tip is Sally Hanson Colour Therapy in Unwine’d: “It’s deep enough to feel burgundy while still reading like a rich red,” she says.
The look she created here melds two trends: semicircles and a futuristic French manicure. “Both of these trends also look great on their own—and the semicircle at the tip is quite easy to recreate at home.”
Madeline’s colour crushes
Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Steely Serene and Unwine’d, $13 each, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Prim, not proper
She lives, breathes and dreams nail polish, which explains why Leeanne Colley is one of Canada’s top manicurists. Her work has graced the hands of some of the world’s hottest celebrities and supermodels at Fashion Weeks in New York and Toronto, and her talent has been featured in countless magazines.
In her home base of Toronto, Colley is best known for her to-die-for nail-art skills and her award-winning salon, a manicure hot spot for editors, influencers and loyal clients.
Her “it” mani for the season was inspired by a dress from the Alexander McQueen Fall 2016 show. “I often follow what’s happening on the runways for inspiration,” says Colley. “Both fashion and beauty inspire each other.”
Leeanne’s colour crushes
CND Vinylux Weekly Polish System in Black Pool, $12.50 and CND Creative Play Nail Lacquer in Blush on U, $8.50, cnd.com.
Revlon’s been in the nail game since 1932, but it was only this year that the company added a global nail authority to its team: Instagram-famous Los Angeles manicurist Chelsea King. The self-proclaimed “former tomboy” discovered her affinity for nail polish when her mom ordered a mandatory manicure for her senior prom. It was love at first swipe. As for her first enamel purchase? “It was actually a Revlon colour—a mint green,” says King. “I thought it was so unique.”
Though King usually favours darker lacquers for fall, this autumn she’s fallen for warm metallic with a twist: a matte topcoat. “It looks very interesting; it’s a finish you wouldn’t expect,” she says. As for length, King is a proponent of short nails. If you have petite nails, stay away from square tips. “Rounded nails, following your natural shape, can help elongate short nail beds.”
Chelsea’s colour crushes
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Jackpot and Lucky Us, $9, Revlon.ca.
Rita Remark takes the cake for being one of the most beloved nail artists in the industry. It could be because this sunny Canadian is friendly, warm and engaging, but what it really comes down to is her passion for nail polish.
In 2013, polish powerhouse Essie took note of Remark’s handiwork and hired her as its lead artist in Canada. After Remark hones her skills and showcased high-impact designs in editorials and at Fashion Weeks, the Essie higher-ups recognized her talents, giving her the impressive title of global lead educator in 2015.
“Beautiful but a little bit tough,” is how Remark described this matte-meets-metallic marbleized mani, inspired by the look she created for Helder Diego at this past Toronto Fashion Week. “For a long time, we’ve been doing clean, graphic nail art,” she says, “But there’s something about this look that puts the art in nail art.”
To get the look, Remark applied a hunter-green base colour, then, when it was still wet, she splashed a few small drops of white enamel over top. Remark then applied plastic wrap and peeled it off quickly to create the smoky pattern. She used a matte topcoat for a stone-like effect and painted on gold veins with a detail brush. “It shouldn’t be symmetrical. It’s good if one nail has a little more gold.”
Rita’s colour crushes
Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Wrap Party, $14, and Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue, $10, essie.ca.
If anyone understands the importance of keeping you nails on point, it’s Melissa Forrest. The Toronto-based manicurist has been in the industry for 20-plus years, working with everyone from major beauty brands to come of Canada’s top magazines.
“Fall colours typically help to bring our eyes to a more demure palette,” says Forrest. But this season, she feels the enamel shades are becoming earthier and more decadent. As for nail art, she says decked-out digits are still going strong, especially bold and linear designs. “I’m a big fan of ‘60s fashion, which translates to black, white and precise graphics.”
Melissa’s colour crushes
QUO by Orly Color Amp’d Flexible Color in Stadium Way, $11, and Quo by Orly Instant Artist in White, $5, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
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Quick and easy days to boost your mood
Feeling blue? Here are three simple ways to instantly boost your mood.
Whether it's a rough day at work, you had a fight with your partner or you're struggling with your personal finances, there's no denying that life's little obstacles can put a damper on your mood. But you don't have to suffer through these bad feelings, especially when there are so many easy ways to turn that frustration and sadness around.
1. Focus on the positive
It can be easy to fall prey to negative thoughts and emotions, but all that really accomplishes is upping your stress levels. Stop thinking about everything that's going wrong and start thinking about the positive things in your life. Are you looking forward to a date this weekend? Or maybe you've just finished a great workout. Are you going home to a loving family? It doesn't matter what the source of the happiness is, so long as you feel it. It's these positive thoughts that can ease your mind and lift your spirits.
2. Give yourself a break
Do you feel too stressed out or exhausted from your routine? Perhaps you're juggling too many things at once and simply need to give your body and mind a break. Take your mind off your troubles by doing something you know will put a smile on your face, like going dancing with your friends, playing games with your pet or treating yourself to a spa treatment. You'll feel much more relaxed and you'll be able to deal with what's troubling you with some clarity.
3. Talk about your problems
If you have a problem that you can't get off your mind, find someone you trust to talk to about it. They may understand what you're going through and will be able to offer you advice and support. Voicing your frustrations to a good listener will also help you destress, and you'll feel happier knowing there's someone on your side.
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