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When you make the decision to drastically lose weight and become fitter, there are usually a number of things that motivate you to do just that. These factors typically revolve around your need to improve your health and fitness or a desire to feel more comfortable in your own skin.
However, some people will choose to completely transform their bodies purely for the sake of their love lives. Or the lack thereof… Mos Sataporn, from Bangkok in Thailand, is one of these hopeless romantics who strived for a healthier body after he was turned down by his crush. He used to weigh a whopping 342 lbs and was always slated for his weight. In fact, even his own friends would make him the butt of their demeaning jokes. However, it wasn’t until Mos was rejected by a woman that he had feelings for that he realized he couldn’t keep up his destructive lifestyle anymore. This woman rejected him purely because of the way he looked, and so he decided that if this was scaring women off, he had to change. The truth was, it wasn’t just this particular woman who didn’t want to go out with him because he wasn’t taking proper care of his body. He had been rejected many, many times. The women he was attracted to just never felt the same way. And this was mostly due to Mos’ large size. Not only did he weigh 341 lbs, but he is over six feet tall and very physically imposing. To top it all off, his BMI status classified him as “obese”, a fact that was very hard for Mos to take. Mos soon came to the realization that women generally preferred men who were slim and toned. Anyway, after being rejected by yet another woman, he decided to lose weight for the first time. He hoped to attain the body that would attract the girl of his dreams. So how did Mos go about this ambitious weight loss journey? Well, after previously indulging in foods rich in sodium and carbohydrates, he started eating lean meats and other foods rich in protein. He also started eating a lot more vegetables and drinking mostly water. If you’re looking for any additional tips, based entirely on science, take a look at the video below:
Amazingly, Mos also taught himself to cook for the first time and tried to resist using unhealthy ingredients. For the most part, he succeeded. After making drastic changes to his diet, Mos was pretty shocked at how quickly he started shedding the weight. Needless to say, when he started working out, the weight loss only became more rapid. After a month, of healthy eating and intense exercise routines, he managed to lose 11 lbs. Mos is very proud of the progress he has made and often shares his updates on Facebook in order to inspire others. What Mos is most proud of is the fact that he managed to lose the weight entirely on his own. He simply reduced his portion sizes, began to eat healthier foods and exercised regularly. Mos ultimately lost an enviable 165 lbs. Now, at 6 feet tall, he weighs 176 lbs and feels more attractive than ever before. “If you want to diet, the first thing you have to do is to fight with your inner self,” Mos admitted. “If others can do it, why not you?” Of course, we don’t know for certain whether his new look has attracted admirers, but it definitely will sooner or later. And we are totally here for that!
(CNN)This definitely wasn’t what Dr. Sij Hemal was expecting when he booked a flight with Air France from India to the United States.
Do you remember when it was all the rage to have a thigh gap? It seems like only yesterday that teens around the world were being warned about the dangerous diets they’d committed to in an attempt to have an Instagram ready body.
Then there are the waist trainers which burst on to the scene in 2016 after being endorsed by the Kardashian clan, who, prior to that, were responsible for endlessly promoting diet tea, protein shakes, juice cleanses and teeth whitening kits. The photo-sharing platform has been repeatedly abused by those wishing to profit off of the insecurity of others. So much so that Instagram themselves have had to take action – to little avail. Just when the situation was starting to get out of control (the terrifying blue whale self-harming craze was the latest and scariest viral trend to saturate people’s timelines) a new trend was born, one which is no doubt sending companies who profit from dieting fads into turmoil. The craze? Body positivity. Spearheaded by British model, Iskra Lawrence and supported by plus-size stars such as Ashley Graham, the body positivity movement is gaining massive traction – a quick search will show you that ‘#BodyPositivity’ is tagged in more than 1.4 million Instagram photos already. The trend sees women and men embrace their body, no matter what shape or size in order to promote a healthy approach to self-care. The movement encourages people to celebrate their curves and lust for love handles, rather than obsess over an unattainable standard of beauty. With her inspiring posts which remind people to love themselves, Iskra Lawrence has attracted a healthy four million followers who buy into her lifestyle. However, behind her stunning selfies and abundance of self-confidence is a story that the 27-year-old doesn’t often share. Taking to Instagram the model shared a photograph of her 10 years ago, in comparison to today. In the heartfelt post, she admitted to having battled with eating disorders throughout her youth, but goes on to say how over a decade she had learned to love her body.
“Both of these images are of me. The left is about 10 years ago. And the right just under a month ago. I remember being proud of how skinny I looked during this shoot. And how now people call me fat when I’m just happy to be alive and grateful for this body I call my home.”
“I used to seek approval from the fashion industry and tried to be ‘perfect’. I thought if I looked like ‘her’ (an unrealistic beauty ideal), I’d be happy, successful and loved. All I found was failure (because you can’t change who you are) emptiness (because my time and energy was being used up trying to achieve something completely self-absorbed and shallow sacrificing doing things I loved) and unhappiness (because no restrictive diet or abusive exercise feels good).”
Iskra continues in her inspiring Instagram post:
“I share my experiences with you all because if you are feeling like I did there is another way and those recovering from [eating disorders] you’re not alone. The best thing I ever did was focus on looking after myself and being the best me I could be. Seeing value in who I was.
I started Investing time into self-care, doing things that made me happy. Listening to my body and mind and nourishing them both, without guilt.”
“My dream has always been to get self-care (mental, emotional and physical wellness) education into schools. And I’ve started that, but I also wanted to create something for adults that still needed a safe space that’s judgment-free to go on a positive journey of self-love.” Inspired? I know that I am. Suddenly my New Year’s resolution to lose weight suddenly feels a little unnecessary! Instead, I should be losing the feeling that I need to lose weight in the first place. Who am I trying to please? As Iskra says: “We were all created to be imperfectly perfect,” so enjoy what feels good to you – if that’s stuffing your face with nachos and a couple of sit-ups each night, then so be it!
Name something worse than a matte lipstick that makes your lips feel cracked out. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Lipsticks are like, the very cornerstone of our tequila shot-taking, Hinge-messaging, blackout Snapchat-posting existence. We no longer use the sticks that we have to apply every other hour, so we use beauty’s best invention: matte lipsticks. A lipstick that applies just as creamy, but dries smoothly and stays all fucking night, regardless of the ratchet shit we’re doing. The downside? Finding a matte lipstick that doesn’t make our lips look like the Sahara desert. That shit ain’t cute. Just when you thought the impossible couldn’t be done, here are 7 matte *and* moisturizing lipsticks that won’t dry your lips out, for once and for all.
These are ideal if you’re a busy betch who’s always running late to get somewhere. So like, all of us. These apply like liquid, but dry a creamy matte that won’t make your lips feel dry af. The formula actually stays on your lips, versus on your coffee cup or wine glass. The collection comes in a shit ton of colors, including this gorg pale nude.
These liquid matte lipsticks offer full coverage so you won’t have to apply more than one coat, and they last long enough to get you through a night of binge drinking. They’re full of oils and vitamins so you have all the hydration you need to keep your lips from looking and feeling chapped. This limited-edition set comes in flirty reds, pinks, and purples (some with a bit of shimmer), to carry your look from daytime to 3am pizza.
This shit is so soft, you’ll forget you’re even wearing any lipstick at all. This big lipstick lasts you forever, and comes with a gel-like formula that feels both luscious and moisturizing without needing a Chapstick layer. You’ll only need a small swipe for an intense color you’ll get a ton of likes with.
Honestly, this is def in my top 3 of best lipsticks of all time. This shit is the real deal when it comes to a decent matte that doesn’t make my lips feel like a fucking mummy’s mouth—a feeling I can confidently say I know, thanks to Kylie’s drying-ass lipsticks. Their “thin film technology” is water- and oil-based, making the formula feel v lightweight and long-lasting. It’s both streak- and smudge-free, definitely non-drying, and totally buildable if dramatic lips are your thing.
If there’s one thing I need in life, it’s a good lipstick that doesn’t give me more stress than I need. Butter London’s award-winning formula is praised for being lightweight, nourishing, and matte drying, but WAIT, THERE’S MORE. It ~also~ comes with an addictive champagne scent and some mood-boosting complex that quite literally gives you a rush of happiness after application. Fucking bless, I officially can die happy.
I honestly try to stay from anything over $30 (for most things in life, if we’re being honest) because I’m a cheap bitch on the DL. However, I’m willing to make an exception on worthwhile things I definitely need, such as pricey gin and moisturizing matte lipsticks. While rationalizing my own purchase, Chanel’s lipstick is def worth the splurge because the wide range of colors complement basically everyone’s skin tone and keep your lips feeling moist and on-point for an entire day.
Whether your go-to is a plain Jane pink or sultry, vampy winter berry, these creamy matte lip paints def have it all. Although they’re basically the same as your average matte lipstick, the lip paints are way more pigmented and liquefied to feel 10 times more velvety and intense, all while providing full coverage with an easy swipe of the wand. You won’t even believe they’re matte drying after seeing how long and how amazingly well they stay on for.
(CNN)A hepatitis A outbreak has hit several states across the country, killing dozens of people and potentially sickening thousands. Michigan has been hardest-hit in terms of deaths, with 22.