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08/05/2015

Emotions Drive Dieting Behavior

Emotions Drive Dieting Behavior
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Plans to change behavior, like embarking on a diet, are a function of thoughts, the belief that weight loss is possible by making better food choices. But a new study suggests that when it comes to making a food choice and deciding to execute the plan, feelings guide behavior.

“There is clearly a disconnect if we have a majority of the population that has tried to lose weight and a majority of the population that is overweight,” said Marc Kiviniemi, Ph.D., a public health researcher at the University at Buffalo.

“People are planning to diet and trying to diet, but that’s not translating into a successful weight loss effort.”

At any given time, about one-third of the adult population in the U.S. says they are currently dieting. Despite the effort, 60 percent of American adults are clinically overweight or obese and more than 16 percent of deaths nationwide are related to diet and physical activity.

A host of reasons contribute to dietary failures with issues ranging from biological to environmental. However, the way people manage their own behavior is a big piece of that puzzle.

Dieting is a process that involves a plan to change eating behavior and behaving according to that plan. But the factors that guide diet planning differ from those that guide actual diet behavior, according to the results of Kiviniemi’s new study with Carolyn Brown-Kramer, Ph.D., of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“The crux of the disconnect is the divide between thoughts and feelings. Planning is important, but feelings matter, and focusing on feelings and understanding their role can be a great benefit,” said Kiviniemi, associate professor of community health and health behavior.

“If you’re sitting back conceiving a plan you may think rationally about the benefits of eating healthier foods, but when you’re in the moment, making a decision, engaging in a behavior, it’s the feelings associated with that behavior that may lead you to make different decisions from those you planned to make.”

The findings highlight the shortcomings of deprivation diets or diets based on food choices that ignore people’s preferences.

“First of all, the deprivation experience is miserable. If you didn’t associate negative feelings with it to start, you will after a few days,” said Kiviniemi.

“The other thing that’s important is the distinction between things that require effort and things that are automatic.

“Planning is an effort that demands mental energy, but feelings happen automatically. Deprivation or anything that demands a high degree of self-control is a cognitive process. If you put yourself in a position to use that energy every time you make a food choice that energy is only going to last so long.”

Feeling good about what you are eating should be a prime consideration as individuals contemplate a behavior change.

“In the dietary domain, eating more fruits and vegetables is fabulous advice. But if you have negative feelings about those food choices, they might not represent elements of a good plan,” said Kiviniemi.

“It’s not just about eating healthy foods. It’s about eating the healthy foods you like the most.”

It’s not easy, and a lot of work is required to move intention to action, which is why Kiviniemi said planning should be broadly based on both thoughts and feelings.

“Think seriously about how you’re going to implement the plans you make to change your behavior, and that includes not only the feeling component, but how you plan to overcome a negative reaction that might surface during a diet.”

It’s not just the knowledge of what we’re eating, but consideration of how we’ll feel having decided to eat those foods, he says.Read more here:cheap formal dresses melbourne

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22/04/2015

PSFW Day 3: Textiles take us back to our roots

A look from House of Ittehad on Day 3. — Photo: Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly
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This was because Day Three was reserved for textiles, and so with the absence of designers showing luxury pret (and celebs wearing it) the night's glam quotient didn't quite live up to the previous couple of nights.

The idea behind segregating voile from designer showcases is because they both have a different market segment and need. Furthermore, in a country like Pakistan where winter comes around for only a few months, voile becomes the popular fabric throughout the year.

Saad Ali, CEO of the Pakistan Fashion Design Council says, “Textile and fashion are synergic – most especially in Pakistan where fabric for S/S and A/W dominates women’s wardrobes. The eruption of designer-textile collaborations were in fact encouraged if not borne from these joint platforms, where both mill and designer had a chance to meet, interact and be a part of a similar experience. You now not only have collections for textiles by designers but entire mills being run creatively by fashion designers. You also see textile really shaping up in R&D and making a concerted effort to keep its proverbial finger on the trend pulse."

"To neglect such an important sector of the industry and the impact it has on fashion for the average person in Pakistan would be careless if anything — thus textile does very much have a place in Pakistan’s fashion week landscape, but not at all right next to a high end designer show,” he added.

The night kicked off with a fashion presentation by Gul Ahmed featuring their collection “A Flourishing Journey of Prints”. The collection was a range of flow-y and effortless silhouettes that resonate with Spring/Summer and were showcased on a variety of prints. The highlight of the collection was perhaps the pieces that could be taken out of the ensembles and paired individually.

Whereas the menswear is concerned, colourful jackets stood out though the collared shirts were nothing new. All in all, Gul Ahmed showcased an interesting collection that has the market to sell. Though to be honest, strictly comparing the brand to itself, we have seen better before.

After Gul Ahmed, Shubinak showcased their collection ‘Pakistan United’. The collection was ethnic-inspired with a strong boho-chic vibe. Earthy tones dominated. It drew inspiration from socio-environmental activism and made use of fabrics such as pure Pakistani cotton, organic cotton and recycled cotton bags with embedded jacquard reforestation theme patterns.

Hand embroidery, crocheting, applique work, ralli and stone carving could be seen in the collection in an attempt to showcase regional craft. The collection featured a number of cuts such as angrakha style tops, jackets; cropped, short and even long, printed pants and the likes.

All in all, the collection was a testament to Pakistan and if nothing else, the collection was spot-on coherent and very well-styled however, was also quiet safe.

Warda Prints showed the collection ‘Chromatic Ecstasy’ using patterns inspired by the medieval era that included Romanesque antiquity, Oriental artifacts and characteristic Persian Paisleys. The collection looked to present ‘contemporary chic’ and ‘classical eastern drapery’ but failed to work on the ramp in every aspect including the cuts, prints, color palette and even stitching. The range of ensembles incorporated frills with layers, even a print on print skirt that failed completely.

Unfortunately, the collection was quite disappointing and perhaps the weakest one on the ramp last night.

However, one outfit that worked and was styled well was a pair of beige pants with a blue top and a printed scarf tied around the waist like a sash with a cropped jacket on top.

Al-Karam was up next with their collection ‘Savoir Vivre’ inspired by tradition and modern styles. A selection of prints with ethnic and floral patterns were seen on the outfits based on lawn, chikan kari and jacquard fabrics. A lot of print on print along with whites were prevalent in the range. Whereas the embellishment is concerned laces and cutwork could be seen.

A piece that worked well was a fringe jacket that could be seen in a white on white ensemble:

The highlight of the collection was Mustafa Zahid of Roxen walked the ramp for the brand.

Harmony by Hangten went next. The thing that let us down most about Harmony was the fact that the menswear collection was something that is so traditional and safe that we have seen it in every household for decades and can be bought anywhere from your local market.

Furthermore, the womenswear collection used a number of striped prints paired with a gold sequined patti sometimes seen on the slits of a dress, or a waistline, or sleeves. It was even seen as a skirt! The thing is; fashion weeks are meant to present the coming trends for the season, not ones that are ‘been there and done that’ or what looks nice to the designer.

The finale of the night was House of Ittehad with the collection titled ‘The Summer Rouge’. Ittehad has been known to collaborate with designers on a regular bases for the design of their prints and this one was done by HSY — the King Couturier himself. It was inspired by different contemporary cultures and numerous ethnicities from all over the world. Floral and geometric prints could be seen along with bright summery hues and a twist of pastels and earthy tones. What worked were the following outfits, mostly because of their color schemes:

Some of the outfits worked while some didn’t. For example the hot print on the outfit above (R) has been around for perhaps a few years now.

The umbrellas used in the showcase were fabulous especially in terms of the meticulous detail they presented and kudos to the person/team who conceptualized and created them.

Day 3, after all had been said and done, was a bit slow but necessary owing its dedication to voile. Whether or not textile houses belong on fashion weeks is a question meant to be addressed separately. However, in this edition of PSFW, the Council has made some remarkably smart choices one of which was segregating the voile shows and dedicating a day to them. This way, only the relevant people attend the showcases giving a much needed break to the ones who are not interested in voile.

"It makes sense from a trade point of view to have separate shows for separate types of fashion, with each own catering to their distinct audience," says Saad Ali. "Even specific media is distinct for textile, focusing more on the trade and business stories rather than only the fashion angle."

The last day of the fashion week is tonight featuring a high-street segment with House of Arsalan Iqbal, Erum Khan and Chinyere. While the designer line-up for luxury/pret are Sana Safinaz, Republic by Omar Farooq, Syeda Amera, Huma & Amir Adnan, Sania Maskatiya and HSY.Read more here:www.marieaustralia.com/blue-formal-dresses

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13/04/2015

Obesity Policy Coalition warns lunch box fruit drinks have more sugar than Coca-Cola

Fruit drinks can be just a sugar-laden as soft drinks, the Obesity Policy Coalition says.
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Many popular children's lunch box juices contain more sugar than Coca-Cola and parents should steer clear of them, health groups say.

The Obesity Policy Coalition is warning parents that with the school holidays ending, they should not assume products like juice are healthy just because of claims that they have "less sugar" or are "free from artificial colours and flavours".

The group's analysis of the lunch-box size poppers has found many have the equivalent of five or more teaspoons of sugar in them, with several containing even more sugar than the same size serving of Coca-Cola.

The worst offender is Golden Circle's Sunshine Punch poppers, which its website describes as "perfect to fit in a school lunch box". However, it has more than 30 grams of sugar per serve, or the equivalent of 7.7 teaspoons.

Obesity Policy Coalition executive manager Jane Martin said parents could be forgiven for thinking fruit drinks were healthy.

"I've just been in the supermarket and they are all packaged up and discounted for 'back to school'," she said. "I used to put them in my kids' lunch boxes because they are very convenient and you think it's good for them.

"Most parents wouldn't dream of putting soft drinks in their kids' lunch boxes, yet many of these drinks are just as high in sugar or even worse."

Australia's dietary guidelines say that while fruit juice can be a source of vitamins, people are better off getting those vitamins from pieces of fruit.

"The occasional use of fruit juice may assist with nutrient intake when fresh, frozen or tinned fruit supply is suboptimal," they say. "Fruit juice is energy-dense and if consumed in excess, it can displace other nutritious foods from the diet and may lead to problems such as obesity."

Queensland University of Technology professor Amanda Lee, who chaired the National Health and Medical Research Council committee that developed the guidelines, said there was increasing evidence that our bodies didn't register energy consumed through drinks, and so kilojoules we drank in things like fruit drink would come on top of the rest of our energy intake.

"The major issue with fruit juice is it is associated with increased risk of weight gain in children and adults, increased risk of dental caries, and there is a concern that it displaces milk in the diets of children and infants," she said.

"There's also a particular problem in hot climates with children doing sport, because when you are a little bit dehydrated it increases the strength of acid in the saliva.

"You can get quite striking and rapid deterioration of the enamel."

The guidelines recommend that children aged under 12 months don't drink any juice, yet data indicates 89 per cent of them do so.

Professor Lee said there should be no confusion about what foods were healthy.

"The Australian dietary guidelines spell out a wide range of culturally appropriate products," she said. "Unfortunately, it's not as heavily promoted because no one makes a buck out of it."Read more here:www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dresses

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