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Belly Dancers Lose Weight

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

I want to take belly dancing to lose weight. Will this dance help me to do so?

This is a very popular question which many women who are considering taking lessons ask either before or during class sessions. The instructors will supply guidelines to assist weight loss.

Commit to Losing Weight

The first decision is to make a commitment to lose a certain amount of pounds within a period of time. Select small units of weight loss. The reason for this is not to lose weight so quickly that you find yourself hungry or frustrated and binge eats undoing efforts. The time frame is to allow a healthy and reasonable amount of weight loss. For example, losing two pounds a month and keeping it off is a realistic goal.

People who lose large amounts of weight in a short period of time will create folds of hanging skin. The skin which has been stretched with extra weight will pull and hang in folds. Exercising is important to help the skin gain tightness, toning, and elasticity in order to return to normal.

Costumes Motivate Weight Loss

Belly dancing is a unique dance form which works naturally with the female body and the dancer wears beautiful costumes. The costumes are a great incentive for any woman to lose excess fat. The excitement of performing is a turning point for many women to look in the mirror and make desired physical changes.

Beautiful costumes camouflage or hide body faults, but the dancer can continue to be mentally and physically attractive during her weight loss program. As she loses weight, the costuming will change and she is rewarded with beautiful gifts for her exercises, dancing movements, and healthy eating habits.

Dancers Are Focused

Many students of this dance are so preoccupied and focused on learning and performing that weight loss is put on the back burner. They are not preoccupied with counting and measuring calories because they become mentally, psychologically, and physically active with dancing. With months of increased activity and performances, each woman can experience weight loss or see results of trimmed and toned muscles.

Performances bring many compliments from fellow students, families, friends, and people in the audience. These positive compliments help many individuals to continue their journey towards becoming slender and taking pride in their appearance.

This dance requires discipline, patience with the learning curve, private practice, rehearsals, before and after exercises, and new skills. Nutrition knowledge and portion control needs to be managed.

Bad versus Good Eating Habits

Approach eating as a nutritionist and eat those foods which are beneficial to one’s health. Eliminate hydrogenated fats, animal saturated fats, no fructose corn syrup and artificial sugars, no diet drinks, and if the label has ingredients which you cannot pronounce, do not eat or drink it. Avoid fast foods and commercially prepared foods. In other words eat foods in its most natural state. Learn to steam, boil, bake, or sauté foods. Avoid deep fried foods and large portions of candies and desserts.

If you are a daily junk food eater or have unhealthy eating habits, changing to a healthy eating lifestyle may seem difficult or shocking. However, reaping the benefits of these food types has wonderful rewards. There are many varieties of foods available from nature’s bounty. People have discovered that eating natural foods satisfies their hunger and boosts their energy level resulting in weight loss.

Feel and look beautiful; take belly dancing classes to not only lose weight but to build a positive self- image, self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence.

Collagen – A Beauty-Bestowing and Health-Promoting Protein

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Collagen has been known to be a panacea for all age-related woes, and it’s an indispensable component of most skin care products – particularly the anti-aging ones. However, that is not all! Collagen has been one of the most widely used food additives as well as a must-have component of most of the Nutri cosmetics that are gaining popularity. Let’s explore the market sentiments to this novel protein.

Proteins are one of the important classes of nutrients. Protein is the structural component of body tissues, which helps in the growth and overall development of the body. Collagen protein is the cement that holds everything together.

Collagen is the most profuse protein in the entire animal kingdom, constituting approximately 30% of the proteins in the body. It is naturally produced in the bodies of animals and is the main component of connective tissues, thus contributing to the elasticity of the skin. Apart from that, collagen is also one of the important components of the first line of defense and prevents absorption and spreading of pathogenic (disease-causing) substances, environmental toxins, microorganisms and cancerous cells.

How the global market is responding to this natural sweetener?

A report by a market research firm, estimates global collagen market to grow at a CAGR of 6.3% during the period 2017-2022.

As per the source, there are two varieties of collagen, namely, animal-based collagen and marine-based collagen. The former dominates the market with more than 75% of the total extraction being sourced from animals, particularly the bovine and porcine sources. The reason for this major market share of animal-based collagen is its economic extraction, abundant supply, and easy availability.

Despite being a dominant source of collagen, the popularity of the animal-based segment has been declining gradually due to the risk of disease transmission, immunogenicity, allergenicity, and mandatory halal status required in the Islamic countries where porcine-based collagen is strictly prohibited.

The marine-based collagen segment is expected to grow moderately at the cost of animal-based collagen, positioning itself as a suitable alternative. Marine-based collagen is characterized by various advantages, such as, high bioavailability (absorbed quickly into the bloodstream), odorless and tasteless quality, ease of blending, and zero fat and calcium content, which is not the case with animal-based collagen. Moreover, the extraction of marine-based collagen is a classic example of waste product utilization as collagen tissues are majorly found in skin, bone, and scales, which constitute about 30% of marine fish processing waste.

Globally, North America has the largest share of the collagen market due to the largest consuming populace residing in the United States. The growing popularity of bone-broth among millennials, owing to the surging sports nutrition segment, and huge demand for dietary supplements from growing geriatric population have been retaining the market share for developed regions, like North America and Europe.
Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market for collagen and its derivative products due to increasing health consciousness, rising disposable incomes, and huge demands from various application segments, such as dietary supplements, food additives, meat & meat products, and beverages, particularly functional drinks.

The main hurdles for the market are the Low efficacy of isolated collagen protein to impart desired health benefits, a risk of disease transmission and allergenicity, and growing popularity of vegan alternatives, like plant-based gelatin, silica, and soy-protein.

Way ahead: The overall market share of collagen is unlikely to be captured by plant-based alternatives, at least in the near future. This can be attributed to the evolving therapeutic benefits of collagen, in particular, the beneficial effects on protecting cardiovascular health, tissue regeneration, and blood glucose levels of the body. Moreover, the application spectrum of collagen as a food additive is also expanding, and this food additive segment is only expected to grow in the light of the overall growth of food processing technology.