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Do weight loss shortcuts really work?

Summer is coming soon and people are scrambling to improve their diets, hit the gym and even starve themselves in order to burn excess tummy fat. Some people are even turning to weight loss shortcuts, such as very low-calorie diet plans, fasting or even surgery. But do these weight loss shortcuts really work, and what does it mean for your future?

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Summer is coming soon and people are scrambling to improve their diets, hit the gym and even starve themselves in order to burn excess tummy fat. Some people are even turning to weight loss shortcuts, such as very low-calorie diet plans, fasting or even surgery. But do these weight loss shortcuts really work, and what does it mean for your future?

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Surgery can be complicated

As with most operations, there are always health risks associated when tinkering with your body. There’s a lot of info on gastric bypass surgery and other forms of surgical weight loss on the internet, and there are mixed opinions on how effective it is, the dangers, and of course the positive effects of it. It’s a weight loss shortcut, but it doesn’t mean you can continue living your regular lifestyle even after surgery. You will still need to eat healthily and you will still need to exercise to maintain a healthy body.

As much of a shortcut as it is, don’t neglect the importance of living a healthy lifestyle after the fact. Think of surgery as a way to give you quick weight loss relief, but not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle.

Eating less is the most natural form of fast weight loss

If you want a less scary, albeit more intense way to lose weight, then a very low-calorie diet will be your best friend. If you have the mental fortitude to eat less and work out on a regular basis, then a low-calorie diet is perfect for you. It involves tackling weight loss with a proven (and honestly common-sense) solution: consuming fewer calories than you take in. With a very low-calorie diet, you essentially don’t even need to exercise as long as you burn enough calories each day. A calorie counting smartphone app can help you determine how many calories you consume each day, and by measuring your daily activity you can get a rough estimate on how many calories you actually lose with daily activities.

Crash diets and their promises

Weight loss systems can work assuming they contain enough nutrients and minerals for your body to sustain itself. What doesn’t work, however, are diets that force you to eat specific foods on a regular basis or cut out essential nutrients. Again, it can’t be stressed enough that weight loss is all about managing your caloric intake. Eat less, burn more, then you’ll lose weight.

Don’t look at those diets that force you to eat only a specific type of food, ignore diets that tell you to skip carbs, and don’t buy into those natural diets where you only eat food that cavemen used to it. Focus on the simple proven science that nutrients and minerals make us healthy and that we need calories in order to work our bodies.

Summary

In short, you can’t expect something unrealistic when it comes to weight-loss. Focus on cutting calories, don’t skip meals, and if you’re desperate to lose weight and turn to surgery, remember that you still need to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure—it’s not a miracle cure.

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3 Trends Filipino beauty consumers are prioritizing this 2022

We took a deep dive into the latest craze in the local beauty industry and rounded up 3 trends Filipino beauty consumers are currently buying into. We’ve also included product recommendations that embody each trend, which you can get up to 90% off on Shopee Beauty.

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Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but as our new normal continues to collectively influence our daily needs, values, and priorities, we see a few key trends rising above the rest. The past two years have altered the way we approach beauty – adopting more easygoing and holistic routines and putting more premium on skin as evident in buzzwords such as skinimalism and self-care dominating our socials.

We took a deep dive into the latest craze in the local beauty industry and rounded up 3 trends Filipino beauty consumers are currently buying into. We’ve also included product recommendations that embody each trend, which you can get up to 90% off on Shopee Beauty.

Back to Basics

As most of us continue to juggle both our personal and professional lives at home, consumers are embracing a more streamlined beauty routine. The key is using fewer, but harder-working items that are quick and effortless. Championing uncomplicated beauty, the Blk Glow Stick Duo Set is a versatile glow stick for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Loaded with Castor Oil, this all-around stick gives a radiant glow with a buildable pop of color. Another hybrid product is the Issy & Co. Active Skin Tint. Its breathable and lightweight formula gives a sheer hint of color while providing sun protection with SPF 35, blending skincare and makeup into one easy-to-apply base. For the brows, the Maybelline Define and Blend is a definite must-have if you’re after convenience and precision. With its perfectly angled tip, this brow pen allows you to create defined and filled brows with just a few strokes.

Skintellectual Solutions

With the wealth of knowledge on skincare and wellness available online, consumers are now more keen on the ingredients and benefits offered by products  – and we love to see it! Active beauty products such as the new L’Oreal Paris Glycolic Bright Face Serum are right on trend. Formulated with 1.0% Glycolic Acid, this serum is clinically proven to reduce 5 years of dark spots in just 2 weeks. For cleansing, go for the Happy Skin Clean & Exfoliate Massage Kit. This duo includes the Happy Skin Hyaluronic Soothing Cleansing Gel, which combines Hyaluronic Acid, Centella Asiatica, and Ceramide to hydrate and soothe the skin. Use this in tandem with the Massage Silicone device to dislodge deep-seated dirt and oil. While for dry skin, use the Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream to moisturize and help strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. It’s unscented, paraben-free, and has a fast-absorbing formula infused with prebiotic Triple Oat Complex and Ceramides.

Going Green

The onset of the pandemic has given rise to more plastic consumption and waste. But alongside this, demands for sustainability also skyrocketed as consumers seek out products that offer ways to offset their environmental impact. The Garnier Super Glow Sampler Kit, which contains Vitamin C to fade and lighten dark spots and acne marks, comes in an all-sustainable and plastic-free packaging as part of the brand’s #OneGreenStep campaign. Last on the list is the Ellana Stay Fresh Powder Face Cleanser, a gentle mineral powder that refines pores and deep-cleanses the skin, without harsh and damaging side effects. It’s refillable and comes in paper packaging which is compostable and designed for minimum waste.

The bottom line is, the beauty industry will continue to adapt to the changing times and innovate to meet the evolving needs of consumers. That said, we can always look forward to new trends and game-changing products to try out. For more beauty deals, tips, and know-hows, check out Shopee Beauty: https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-beauty. Enjoy exclusive deals of up to 90% off from your favorite beauty brands and free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱499 for every purchase.

Want to stay on top of the latest beauty trends without breaking the bank? Make sure to check out with ShopeePay for exclusive perks and savings; such as daily free shipping and cashback vouchers. To enjoy even bigger savings, you can scan to pay with ShopeePay in-store to receive 20% cashback on your next health and beauty shopping spree at partner merchants such as Nature Republic, HBC, Vice Cosmetics, and Zen Zest.

With Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet, you can also look forward to cashless payments and deals when you buy load, pay bills, and send money. Get up to 10% off on load across all networks and up to 25% cashback on your monthly bills from over 60 billers. Spread the word about these deals and keep your fellow beauty trendsetters in the know.

Cash in to ShopeePay from over 40+ partner banks, and get up to ₱25 cashback on your InstaPay fee when you cash in at least ₱300 using your preferred banking app. You can also enjoy free transfers to any bank or to any Shopee user so you can send payments to online beauty shops that only accept bank transfers.

To enjoy these exclusive deals and more, activate your ShopeePay now for a rewarding cashless experience.

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UNIQLO launches 2022 Spring/Summer LifeWear Collection

The collection provides fresh, comfortable, functional, and stylish pieces perfect for the season, whether one is in the city, nature, at home, or the seaside.

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Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO, shows us the joys of clothing as it presents its Spring/Summer collection for 2022. The collection provides fresh, comfortable, functional, and stylish pieces perfect for the season, whether one is in the city, nature, at home, or the seaside. 

THE JOYS OF CLOTHING

For this season, UNIQLO focuses on the simple joys that come to life when people and clothes find each other. In its latest lineup, there’s a blazer or dress that captures modern life in the city, a relaxing and roomy pair of shorts for that trip to the great outdoors, and breezy linens and madras shirts in lively colors that can be worn at the beach. UNIQLO presents four sub-themes this season and what ties all these together is that they bring happiness and comfort to its wearer during these sunny days.

The Joys of Skyline

City-dwellers enjoy the convenience of a cosmopolitan lifestyle: a neighborhood cafe with friendly baristas, a deli selling artisanal cheeses, restaurants serving farm-to-table food, or attending children’s ball games necessitating football mom shirts. This urban way of life needs contemporary and modern clothes that can be worn at work or off-duty.

The Joys of Landscape

Relish life off the grid, the rustling of the wind in the trees and the crunching of leaves under the shoes, with colors and textures that blend in with the scenery of nature.

The Joys of Imagination 

Art and sophisticated designs stir the senses. Imaginations are supposed to wander and enter brilliant new worlds so UNIQLO found inspiration in vibrant and uplifting colors. 

The Joys of Sun and Seaside

An afternoon by the beach while soaking in the sun and feeling the breeze calls for natural textures, linen fabric, and clothes that drape effortlessly over the body. These are comfortable to wear and more importantly, easy to shed off when it’s time for a dip.

UNIQLO U

This season’s collection for UNIQLO U aims to support the daily rhythm of all sorts of lifestyles. Artistic director Christophe Lemaire and the design team in Paris produced relaxed, loose-fitting, and clean silhouettes for the ultimate in comfort. 

This is also reflected in the palette, featuring earth tones in brown, khaki, and olive. Warm, neutral colors, such as faded tones of orange and green, and military blue also make an appearance. A kids’ collection will be offered again this season.

UT

For this season, UNIQLO’s exciting range of t-shirts inspired by art, music, movies, manga, and other elements of culture, UT promises a diverse range of interests, including film, art, and photography. 

A highlight this season is a line of monochromatic Mickey Mouse art by Joshua Vides. The artist is known for his immersive installations and products that embody the essence of pop art. Next is the collection in collaboration with Magnum Photos, a cooperative that has visually documented most of the world’s major events and personalities since the 1930s. The collection includes iconic photographs shot by Alec Soth, Eli Reed, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Elliott Erwitt, and Martin Parr.

These are accompanied by a collection that features Keith Haring’s debut exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York City in 1982. Joining Haring are collections showcasing the art of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

COLLABORATIONS

Apart from the sub-themes, UNIQLO is offering collaborations that reflect different aesthetics, but are all grounded by joy:

Hana Tajima

Hana Tajima returns to create UNIQLO’s first collection dedicated to dresses. This season, the New York-based fashion designer created garments that are made to be lived in, with understated yet iconic styles. 

The collection features deep greens and blues inspired by nature and flower patterns found in Tajima’s garden. These patterns can also be found on hand-drawn scarves. 

Inès de la Fressange

Inès De la Fressange turns to the colorful Moroccan city of Marrakesh in creating this season’s collection. The designer crafted high-quality and elegant yet casual items that liberally use cotton, linen, and silk. 

The womenswear lineup is infused with menswear elements in natural colors and warm accents in reds, oranges, and pinks. The collection stays true to de la Fressange’s DNA of effortless chic that is truly French, truly Inès.

JW Anderson

Jonathan Anderson, who is never far from the sea, was inspired by sailing and the culture of seaside towns and ports when developing this collection. The sapphire blues of the sea, the soft browns of seashores, and the calming beiges of chalk cliffs are combined with red, green, and blue elements, reminiscent of maritime signal flags. 

The nautical narrative is expressed through rope details, performance fabrics, patchwork, and asymmetrical elements.

UNIQLO’s 2022 Spring/Summer collection will be available starting February in all stores nationwide. 

For more updates, visit UNIQLO Philippines’ social media accounts, Facebook (facebook.com/uniqlo.ph), Twitter (twitter.com/uniqloph) and Instagram (instagram.com/uniqlophofficial) and UNIQLO Philippines’ website at uniqlo.com/ph, and download the UNIQLO App.

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Everyone can help create a world of more sustainable fashion

Sustainable fashion is not just a concern for high end designers – we can all make a difference by the choices we make.

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Repairing clothes, buying second hand, purchasing direct from the maker, reading labels, lobbying for change via social media platforms and not being a slave to trends are all actions individuals can take to encourage a new, more ethical order of fashion says a QUT researcher.

Around 100 million tonnes of fibre is produced each year and some 92 million tonnes of textile waste are discarded in the same period, an unsustainable situation in which everyone participates whether dressed in PPEs, tracksuit pants, uniforms, skinny jeans, designer dresses, or smart suits.

Associate Professor Alice Payne says even small changes from individuals, paired with larger scale industry and policy measures could help make the current system ‘less bad’ for the environment and workers within it.

Some of the inspiring examples of changes she cites include:

  • ‘Taming waste’ using advanced remanufacturing and other measures to recycle fast fashion fibres
  • Innovation in biotextiles and other renewable materials to move away from the heavy reliance on non-renewable polyester
  • Approaches to better connect everyone in the system, from fibre manufacturers, retailers, wearers to charities and recyclers
  • Growing consumer behavioural change: how people are sharing, swapping, and finding alternative ways to engage in fashion beyond industry dictates, including inventive approaches to repair
  • Initiatives around the world fighting to improve worker welfare
  • Manufacturers’ innovation in better management of chemical inputs and wastewater, and
  • The opportunities presented through traceability technologies that can powerfully connect everyone throughout fashion’s complex supply chains

“‘Sustainable fashion’ may be defined as systems of clothing production and use that are environmentally responsible, contribute to the social wellbeing of workers and the wider community, and are based on values of cultural respect,” said Associate Professor Payne who has a new book on the subject – Designing Fashion’s Future: Present Practice and Tactics for Sustainable Change (Bloomsbury).

“What is considered design in fashion is trivialised, feminised or brought into the rarefied world of art and serves to disguise how design in fashion actually functions. Exalted high end designers such as Chanel or McQueen represent only the tiniest portion of design practice in fashion.

“My book is not about them. Instead, I have sought to understand the design processes and practices of those who create everyday items like socks and t-shirts, as well as the many other decision-makers who help bring into being these humble objects. These people and their design processes clothe the world from cradle to grave, and their practices design fashion’s future.”

Associate Professor Payne sees the dominant form of fashion system as composed of four networks of production, promotion, wearing and destruction, all of which are out of sync with one another.

“In the dominant system, fashion’s industry and culture are bound up with an unsustainable pace of change, provoking the continual creation and destruction of new garments and the continual piquing of desire without satiation,” she said.

“A ‘better’ fashion system is certainly possible, but everyone needs to take some responsibility – if you wear clothes, you are part of it. In the past decade fashion sustainability ‘awareness’ has risen exponentially but so has pollution, waste, and overconsumption.”

By digging into the root causes of fashion’s unsustainability, Associate Professor Payne proposes the imperfect but essential actions to take for change, and how these can be defined for an individual – whether designer, brand owner or everyday wearer – as their own ‘ethical action space’.

“The book is not ‘optimistic’. Nor does it claim ‘sustainability’ is ever possible. Amid climate crisis and growing inequality, we may see few reasons to be optimistic. Rather, a way through the doom is to reject vague optimism and embrace hope, which can be expressed through actions,” she said.

“Think about the issues that matter to you – whether biodiversity, justice for workers, tackling climate change, poverty, and that can become your ethical action space.

“In the short-term, it’s about seeking to make things better in the immediate and near future, within the scope of one’s own ethical action space. For me that includes working with colleagues, community, and industry partners in finding the new processes and technologies to re-evaluate waste, here in Australia.

“A long-term agenda for fashion’s designers is to prepare our organisations, firms, communities in which we work for a resource-constrained future, one that is cleaner and lower-carbon through necessity, yet one in which economies and communities may be struggling to adapt. Fashion as culture, expressive of community and identity, will find new ways to flourish within these limits.”

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