Carb backloading is a word that is increasingly bandied about these days. It’s a sort of diet, but one where you lose fat and keep your muscles fuelled with carb “backloading”. Clear? No, well let’s go into more detail:
You eat little during the morning (and that may mean skipping breakfast) and again little in the early afternoon hours, but then feast at night. You eat little-to-no carbs (no carbohydrates is better) until after your late afternoon or early evening workout. So your carb intake begins with your post-workout meal and it can continue throughout the evening.
This style of dieting takes advantage of the natural daily fluctuations in insulin sensitivity in muscle and fat cells, as well as the exercise-induced increase in insulin sensitivity in muscle cells. So what? Well, research has demonstrated that insulin sensitivity in both muscle and fat cells is higher in the morning than the evening, which means that both muscle and fat cells will be more receptive to glucose earlier in the day. This is good in the case of muscle (because more glucose absorbed into the muscles will produce a better performance in the gym), and bad in the case of fat (the glucose will be absorbed into the fat cells and so more fat storage).
So you use this understanding by not eating carbs when your body is best able to store them (morning and afternoon), but you eat them later in the day, after working out, when your body will store them as glycogen in your muscles: You don’t gain weight but you build your muscles.
You have to have some commitment to carb backloading to make it work. You may have a busy lifestyle- and up until now have been going to the gym in the morning or at lunchtime. That’s not going to work if you want to pursue carb backloading. Also, you need some energy during the day in order not to faint with exhaustion when you turn up at the gym at 6pm! Obviously no carbs, but you’ll need to get some energy into your body. The other things as that whilst you can have your carb backload feast after your workout, you should still only consume your daily limit of carbohydrates. A sackful of potatoes and doughnuts will ruin the whole thing!
So here’s a one day mini-programme for you to try. Obviously you’ll need to vary your carb backloading diet for the rest of the week and onwards, but this is a taster so you can see what’s involved.
This one is based on the facts that: Chicken is a great source of vitamin B3, which prevents fat storage. Prawns contain protein and vitamin B12, to help you build muscles with exercise. Rice is carb central to help you build muscle after your evening workout,whiletomatoes will give you a dose of bone-strengthening vitamin K.That all adds up to a great paella dinner. Here’s your food routine through the day-
For Breakfast
A mushroom and spinach omelette will providefibre and essential amino acids to start your day off. No full English breakfast obviously! I assume you know how to cook and omelette?
For Lunch
Tuna salad with avocado and black olives and maybe a little sweetcorn will be packed with protein to build muscles and unsaturated fats to keep your heart healthy ready for your workout, which comes later in the afternoon- say between 5pm and 7pm
For Dinner
Paella (this serves 3-4 adjust portions appropriately if you’re only cooking for yourself)
1tbsp olive oil / 2 chicken breasts / 4-6 chicken wings / 2 cloves garlic, crushed / 1 red pepper, sliced / ½tsp smoked paprika / 300g paella rice / 200g chorizo / 1 litre chicken stock / 8 cherry tomatoes, halved / Pinch of saffron / 400g can cannellini beans / 50g frozen peas / 12 prawns / 12 mussels
Warm the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
Add the chicken and fry, turning occasionally, until it’s lightly browned on all sides.
Add the garlic, peppers, paprika and rice and fry for two to three minutes.
Add the chorizo, stock, cherry tomatoes and saffron and cook for ten minutes.
Add the cannellini beans and peas and cook for a further ten minutes.
Add the seafood and cook for an additional ten minutes. If the liquid fully reduces, top up with boiling water to ensure the paella doesn’t dry out and stick.

Unless you’ve been on the Moon for this year, you must have noticed a trend in hair styles away from long hair and towards bobs, shags and pixie cuts. You can see it on the red carpets and on the runways, in the malls and the parks. Perhaps it’s a rebellion or a backlash against season after season of extensions, andlush lustrous lioness-maned starlets. Or perhaps it’s a conspiracy by hair stylists getting paid by the snip! It seems that the Anne Hathaway look has taken over Hollywood. So what about you?
The first law of getting a short hair cut is… Don’t cut it too short- at least to begin with. Start off with a bob and see how that suits you, then if you want you can go shorter still. Going shorter in stages is a safer way than starting off with a radical short cut, not liking it, and then having to wait weeks or months for your hair to grow back again!
There is a way to commit to a shorter hair style, while keeping a sort of insurance policy- keep your hair longer on to. Because then you can sweep your hair to the side, part it in the centre, create waves or simply pull it back. It enables you to be versatile with your short hair and do more things with it. It will also help you look good by compensating for a square jaw or round face.
If you think you may have unruly hair, or colour changes that were masked when you had long hair, then you may want to consider a keratin treatment before going short for more control. Combined with this is the issue of colour. Going to short hair is likely to alter your colour if you have highlights. Be wary of getting highlights at the bottom of a pixie cut- they can look a bit stark and clunky. If you don’t know what a pixie cut is, see below.
You should also visit your hairdressing salon just as often, if not more often than you did when you had long hair. Short hair needs a lot of maintenance if you want to keep it in tip-top shape.
Finally you’ll want to experiment with make-up. Because more of your face is on show, you may feel tempted to go for more make-up. But just try one or two things different, at least to start with. Perhaps a new vibrant lip gloss and a different eye make-up to your usual preference.
For those that want some clarification, a pixie cut is a short hairstyle worn by women, generally short on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer on the top. Think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday in the late 1950s; she probably sported the first ever pixie cut. Later on we had Twiggy and Mia Farrow with that style too. Generally pixie cuts are pretty easy to maintain and sustain and look good all year round.

People often forget that your skin is an organ and like any other organ of the body it needs looking after. While you may have the most sensational lipstick shade known to man, and eye-shadow to show off your peepers, the foundation of your face is your skin. It’s vital that you look after it, especially when there’s so much around that can adversely affect it. We are talking heat from the sun, rain water, cigarette smoke and more. There are so many enemies out there that one sometimes wonders how we do not all end up with dry wrinkled flaking skin by the time we are twenty! Here are six steps to take you on a journey to having glowing gorgeous dewy skin.
First of all you have to have a moisturiser. If you were on a desert island and you could have only one item of make-up with you, what would you take? Lipstick? Blusher? No. You would have to have a moisturiser. It is absolutely essential as a first step in anyone’s make-up routine. It gives your skin hydration and nutrients and provides a robust first layer for other skin products. There are many fine moisturisers out there, so choose your favourite!
Next up is the primer. It will be good to get one that gives your skin a luminescence and a glow. The best primers seem to show through your foundation as though your skin is lit from underneath. L’Oréal Magic Lumi Primer is a favourite of my girlfriends- check it out!
Talking about foundations, you need to get a good quality foundation to achieve that fresh-faced vibrant skin glow. It’s best to go for one that is thin and rubs in well, to avoid you looking like you’ve got a mask on! Nars Sheer Glow has a very thin consistency and so will do the business beautifully. Or try L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi foundation. However if you have dry skin, go for a moisturizing foundation instead.
Then there’s your powder. If, like me, you have somewhat oily skin then go for a translucent powder which will take away any excess shine. But if you have dry skin, you won’t need any powder
The blusher is next. I always prefer a cream blush rather than a powder. Powder can dry your skin whereas a cream will give extra hydration and melt into your skin rather than just lie dormant on top of it.Makeup Forever HD Cream Blush is a good product, but there are plenty of others to experiment with. Make sure you get one to complement any skin tone.
Finally we come to the highlight of the facial glow experience- the highlighter!My friends swear by the L’Oréal Magic Lumi Highlighter pen but I am sure you’ll have your fave highlighter already sorted. Apply it to your cheeks top lip and nose- the places where the sun would naturally shine on your face.
Now check out yourself in the mirror- your skin should have a healthy, radiant glow. Dewy skin gives you a more youthful appearance and keeps your face looking three dimensional from any angle rather than flat and wooden.

Many people both young and old, think that fashion began in the late 1950s and 1960s as families became more affluent, the younger generation demanded more freedom and found their voice. They consider it was only with rock n roll, Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando, the United States blossoming fashions at High School and College proms across America, Flower power, Woodstock, Levi Jeans, and in the UK, Teddy Boys, Mods and Rockers, swinging sixties, Carnaby Street and the mini skirt.
But you might be surprised to learn that the increasing numbers of vintage clothing shops that are being founded are being asked to uncover women’s fashion garments from the 1940s. In addition, today’s fashion houses are making increased nods and references to the 1940s in their new season’s collections rather than dipping back in to later decades. Part of the reason that this surprises us is that in non-fashion documentaries about the post-war years, a picture is painted of austerity, rationing, and a dull, drab, colourless world that still needed to shake off the horrors and the privations of the six years of war. But while that may have been true to some degree, there were green shoots of progress all over America and Europe, and that included clothes.
Women’s fashion in the 1940s combined style and practicality to achieve a lasting effect of elegance. While post-War fashion was indeed a challenge as materials were still in short supply and money was hardly on tap, the designers of that decade achieved some remarkable and time-less looks.
One thing that had happened during the war and in the two years after it in the US was that sportswear became more common as clothing in non-sporting situations and women used a lot of ingenuity in mixing separates to make a wardrobe seem more diverse than it was. Homemade accessories and elaborate curls allowed women to show their flair without expense or waste. Indeed curls and bright lipstick kept a feminine look and drew attention. With jackets shorter, the peplum became hugely popular, which was a short gathered or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s jacket, dress, or blouse to create a hanging frill or flounce. It helped to narrow the hips while showing off a trim waist. Clothes were simple and practical, but women still managed to look attractive.
As materials became available again, the Paris couturiers, in hibernation during the occupation of France, once again took the fashion helm. Christian Dior pioneered the New Look, which featured a nipped waist, longer lengths and fuller skirts, with yards and yards of fabric used and to create a more classically feminine image. This was the Dior 1947-9 “New Look” built on Dior’s desire to let the curves of the feminine body be moulded by the clothes, with the style itself being less important.
Characteristics of the New Look includedskirts wrapped tightly over the hips,narrow (sometimes corseted) waists, sloping shoulders rather than the shoulder pads seen earlier in the decade, plus full skirts and full busts.
Rosie the Riveter pioneered women’s trousers- slacks. Film star Marlene Dietrich wore trousers in the 1930s and it was considered shocking. But for more casual wear slacks became a staple part of the wardrobe that continues to this day.
By looking online you can find many shops specialising in vintage clothes including genuine or reproduction styles from the 1940s. There’s also a whisper that next year’s collections will see peplums being used in new designs for the big fashion houses.

Chennai is known as a colorful as well as vibrant coastal city. But, at the same time the city is known for its traditional massaging center. At Body to Body Massage Centre in Chennai, traditional Indian massaging techniques have been nourished as well as offered to people, who are seeking mind as well as body rejuvenation. Massaging brings mental peace as well as stability. Stress or anxiety causes blood pressure irregularities and that leads to migraine or severe headache or sinus problems. Nevertheless, nerves remain hyperactive and that can potentially cause sleeping disorder, mental disturbances. All these things have tremendous effects on our body.
In order to make the mind relaxed and to keep body vitalized or energized, you can pay a visit at Body to Body Massage Centre in Chennai. If you are traveling to this beautiful city, you should not miss this opportunity to experience rejuvenating as well as relaxing massaging sessions at body massaging centers. It gives complete relaxation from stress and mental strains, helping normalizing blood flow level throughout the body. Not just mental relaxation, but physical rejuvenation has also been attained through body massaging. Find a good massaging center when you are on your trip at the city of Chennai.

Whenever a product is purchased it should be stored in a place before it gets dispatched to the end user. A mattress warehouse is a place where they store the finished mattresses before sending them off to the retailers or the customers. This is to make sure that the mattresses are maintained in a good quality and shape like they were manufactured. Inappropriate warehousing of any product may cause damage to it and it is most likely to be returned by the customer because of poor quality. Most of the items should be stored in a clean and a dry place. Only some of the fresh items like vegetables and other eatables should be stored in places that are subjected to careful temperature control. When mattress warehouses are considered, they should be free of dust, moist and dirt. Many manufacturers have their own warehouses while some have third party warehousing solutions. This happens only when the manufacturer does not have a storage space that is big enough to accommodate all the products they manufacture. When the product is stored for an order that needs to be dispatched later on the use of warehouse is necessary. These are some of the reasons to have a mattress warehouse.

In this materialistic era of life as well as lifestyle, everyone has to participate in the rat race. No one ultimately wins, but everyone loses a lot of things. Most importantly, you lose one of the most important assets of your life, and that is your health. Wise men used to say health is wealth, and we can understand the real meaning of this phrase in today’s time. So, if you are stressed out, exhausted and completely shattered both physically and mentally, you need to opt for massage center in Pondicherry.
Nothing but Ayurvedic massage can bring the right solution for you. Over the counter drugs can heal stress for a few days. If you are looking for side-effects free and long sustainable solution, Ayurvedic massaging at Pondicherry is a ‘must try’ for you. A completely relaxing session of massaging will rejuvenate your mind. Massaging helps enhancing blood flow level, and thus our body feel energized. We can also get out of chronic back or neck or joint pains through effective body massaging.
At massage center in Pondicherry, veteran massager will take care of you. Through pressing and touching different portions of body, they provide massaging service. This is an art, and only veteran massagers have mastered this art.