The Best Slimming Underwear

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Only a week to go until Christmas Day and the party season is in full swing. Whilst my list of things to do seems endless, in the back of my mind I’m thinking of what I should wear to my Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Bearing in mind that it’s all too easy to overindulge at this time of year, looking a bit lumpy in my LBD is a concern. But I’m armed with my secret weapon: smoothing shapewear. Depending on what you’re wearing, there’s a great selection of smoothing underwear, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. Plus, with rises in demand, smoothing underwear doesn’t need to look like ‘granny pants’, so you can avoid a Bridget Jones moment!

Here are my 3 favourite shapewear staples:

1.       Control Tights

Perfect if you’re wearing a pencil skirt or bodycon dress and want to firm your tummy or lift your bum. Tights are a fashion staple, so they’ll help smooth your silhouette discreetly. Plus they don’t have to be pricey. M&S, Debenhams and Spanx all sell them.

 2.       Full bodies

These help sculpt your silhouette from bust to bottom, smoothing your tummy, lifting your bottom and defining your waist. M&S stock several bodies varying in how much control you want. Some even allow you to wear your own bra, which is perfect for bigger-busted ladies.

 3.       Shaping vests

These are perfect under tight-fitting tops or sweaters and can define your waist whilst flattening your tummy. They can be discreet and can come in several basic colours, as shown by Debenham’s range.

 

Still unsure which control underwear will be most suitable? M&S provides a great Shapewear Style Guide, whilst Woman and Home have a great article which runs through 9 of their favourite slimming underwear pieces.

I hope that you enjoy the party season and have a lovely Christmas week,

Jane xx

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Guest Blogger: Katy Swan

I’ve been so moved recently to see a community of Jane Planners building on Twitter. In particular it’s been lovely hearing from Yvonne, who’s already lost 4 stone, Ceri and the gorgeous Katy Swan who have both recently started their weight loss journeys. It’s lovely not only to keep in touch with these ladies and see how they’re doing, but also to see how they support each other as this can be so helpful when trying to lose weight.

Here at Jane Plan HQ we’ve also been following Katy’s blog closely, and have found it incredibly heart-warming and honest. So this week I invited Katy to be a guest blogger and have profiled her first blog post on starting her Jane Plan journey.

I hope that you enjoy Katy’s first blog post and feel as inspired as we did by her story. She’s a wonderful writer and we love the authenticity of her voice.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and get tweeting,

Jane xx

Katy Swan (emailed 11.12.15)

 

Starting my journey with Jane Plan, by Katy Swan

The start of my journey…baby steps!

I chose a start date but I didn’t stick to it because I had a social commitment. The plan recommends that you have a drink free/no eating out first week.  My second start date came and I began.
As every dieter knows, the beginning is easy…its exciting…you still have motivation. But I was hungry. Really hungry. I was getting worried that I’d wasted the cost of a 4 month subscription on a plan I’m not going to be able to stick to!

Support helped me through

I had my first call a few days in – I was told at this point I could eat as many crudités as I liked – this really helped. The hunger slowly subsided and I realised I wasn’t quite hitting the celery as often.
Following a sober (and boring) first week I began to resume my social life. My first commitment was dinner with friends I hadn’t seen in a while. I looked at the menu in advance and panicked… I couldn’t see anything on the menu I could eat. What should I do? Cancel? Have a side salad? There isn’t one! Only buttery vegetables! I thought I could test the support via email (one of my reasons for choosing the Jane Plan) – I sent the menu to Jane Plan and very quickly (within an hour) I received a response! My nutritionist suggested either steak with plain veg or another option on the menu with some suggested tweaks. I chose the steak; I knew I wouldn’t feel like I was missing out with a nice juicy steak to eat!
Of course, despite ordering with all the amends, the veg came with butter on. I sent them back! Not only had I found motivation, but confidence and determination to follow this through. I have to say it did take that determination to watch my friends eating truffle fries!!
A number of social events came and went and I managed to make amends to the dishes to stay within my calories. A salad with no sauce and no croutons or another steak. A gin and slim rather than my usual glass of red.
I used my fitness pal to track my calories (and still do 9 weeks in). I checked with my nutritionist and she said this was ok. As I began to lose weight though, the calories started to reduce!

My first slip up

I went for ‘just one drink’ at a reception at work. It started out well. I refused canapé after canapé, but unfortunately I didn’t refuse the wine! As I got more drunk my new-found resolve weakened and I started to say yes to the canapés! Then the macaroons came out. Again, I started off well refusing them but after a while I broke down. Despite the weakness I recorded my consumption in my fitness pal.
The next morning, very hungover, my nutritionist called!! My weekly catch up. My nutritionist was amazing! Tantamount to a counsellor. She emphasised the positives – in the past I would have said yes to every canapé and every macaroon and probably taken some home! This was a key moment in my journey – I learned some new rules –
  • Don’t beat yourself up;
  • Alter your behaviour as best you can;
  • Be better, it doesn’t have to be perfect; and
  • Make up for it afterwards.
lbs lost: 9
lbs to go: 111

Hangover Busting Myths

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If you pick up any glossy magazine this time of year, it will probably boast that it’s found ‘the cure’ to end your hangovers. As we head towards party season, it’s likely that a few of us will have nights out where we have one or two-too-many, and just don’t want to get out of bed the morning after.

As many of us have learnt the hard way, there’s no easy fix to a hangover. But even if a magic cure doesn’t exist, by eating and drinking right you can fight your hangover. Here are my thoughts on how to take care of yourself when you’re a bit worse-for-the-wear:

What to drink

Alcohol is a diuretic, which mean that it dehydrates you. To recover, you need to replace the energy, fluids and electrolytes lost by drinking too much. But don’t go for fizzy, sugary drinks. Whilst fizzy drinks will help ease a delicate stomach, they won’t rehydrate you and there are healthier options. Try drinking coconut water, it will hydrate you faster.

Craving coffee? It’s true that caffeine will wake you up, which could be necessary if you’re in the unfortunate situation where you need to go to work after a night out. But coffee dehydrates the body, so don’t make the mistake of thinking that it will hydrate you. So if you do drink coffee, double up on water.

What to eat

Alcohol can affect your sleep, leaving you feeling drowsy. To refuel your body and brain, try eating something plain, like toast. Toast will provide enough energy, and is less likely to make you nauseous than a slice of pizza or some chips.

Gentle exercise

I stress the word gentle! Doing some low intensity yoga or walking to the shops will release endorphins, which will improve your mood and state of mind. This is great when you’re not feeling your best, or when you’re remembering what you got up to the night before!

I hope that you find these tips helpful. If you have any hangover tips, please comment below!

Have a lovely weekend,

Jane xx