Important Things To Know Before Going To Clinical Hypnotherapy

By Oliva Wilson

With the passage of time, the popularity of clinical hypnotherapy is rising rapidly.

In today’s time, this is one of the most common techniques that the Psychologists and Psychiatrists adopts for treating their patients.

This technique has been successfully used for treating various physical ailments as well. As such, you may consider availing a session.

This article shall discuss a few key points that you need to know before undergoing such sessions.

It is an unregulated industry

This is one such profession that anyone can start any point of time, without having adequate training, professional qualification or insurances.

Though voluntary regulations has been introduced in contemporary times, still, the domain remains mainly unregulated. Hence, there are very few chances to segregate the reliable providers from the worst practitioners of clinical hypnotherapy.

Thus, you should approach a therapist who is wise and considerate.

It will be better to seek recommendations

As the industry is completely unorganized, you stand chances to fall into the traps of the unqualified and below-par practitioners. These instances can result in devastating outcome.

Hence, it is to secure your safety and interest that you should always seek recommendations from reliable people within your network. The professional who gets the recommendations of reliable people, should definitely get priority over the other providers.

If you are not getting personal recommendations, it will be wise to refer to reviews on the services of the prospective provider. Reviews come from parties that have already availed the services from the concerned provider and hence, it provides the most realistic assessment of the service.

Does the provider have membership of professional bodies?

The competent and professional therapists tend to hold membership with professional bodies.

In other words, professional bodies, while granting membership to a therapist will check if the provider meets the professional standards.

Hence, before you take a session with the hypnotherapists, check whether if he/she holds membership with a reputed professional body. If yes, you can certainly rely on the expertise and skill set of the professional.

Most importantly, if you are availing the services from a provider, holding membership with a professional body, you may seek assistance of the concerned body to resolve the issues and troubles, if any.

Don’t trust Google blindly

It is obvious that you will try to gather knowledge about the process and service providers, collating information from Google. Conducting a search at Google, you can definitely generate a list of providers, serving your locality.

However, Google, by no means, can ensure the quality or authenticity of the services the provider offers. Take the help of your friends circle to find from them or their acquaintances if any of the shortlisted providers are known to them.

Are you availing the services from an insured provider?

Before you undergo the clinical hypnotherapy session with a provider, check if the provider holds the necessary insurance coverage. A provider that holds insurance suggest that it runs the services adhering to the professional guidelines.

Should the provider be insured, you can claim compensation for damages you incur out of the acts of the provider.

Discuss about the service fees

As the domain is unorganized, the service fees vary from one provider to another. As such, it is important that you check the service fees payable before you take the clinical hypnotherapy session.

Refrain from parties that either charge extravagant fees or quotes a surprisingly low fee.

Selecting the clinical hypnotherapy service provider, considering the points stated above will ensure that you are partnering with a reliable provider, and hence, can expect good results.

Fitness Focus! Q and A With Fitness and Pin-Up/Glamour Model, Dagmara Izabela Luka

Photo: Gary Clark Photography

Koszalin, Poland

A quiet and quaint city in northwestern Poland on the Baltic Sea, Kosazlin has a storied history and past all it’s own.

While most outside of Poland are more likely to be familiar with larger cities such as Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow and Torun, Koszalin’s history—which stretches back to the 11th century—is littered with being a part of the German Empire, occupied by the Nazis and Red Army.

With a population of 108,000, Kosazlin may not be considered by many a top tourist destination, but it is a city with a special place in both Polish and European history.

While not known as the birthplace of fitness models, perhaps Morristown, New Jersey-based fitness and glamour/pin-up model, Dagmara Izabela Mara could put it on the map.

Mara, who left her native Kosazlin for the United States nine years because she loves a challenge and wanted to challenge herself, is a certified personal trainer that holds accreditations through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Certified Weight Loss (WLS), is currently working towards her Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certification.

Holder of a master’s degree in Economics from Koszalin University of Technology and a post-graduate degree in Psychology/Management from the University of Szczecin in her native country.

The 36-year-old blonde bombshell and New Jersey transplant has been a certified fitness trainer for seven years and a model off and on for five years, taking time off to raise her now 13-year-old son.

Polish born and Jersey-bred, Mara is an example of following one’s dreams and making it in America if there ever was one.

Below is my Q and A with Mrs. Dagmara Izabela Mara as we discuss modeling, working out, how to get fit and in shape this spring, coming to America and how to stay and get motivated.

Photo: Jolly Roger Imagery by Michael Lee


Name: Dagmara Izabela Luka

Age: 36

Height: 5’4

Birthplace: Koszalin, Poland

Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey

Measurements: 33-27-37

Social Media Links: Facebook: Dagmara_Izabela | Instagram: @Dagmara_Izabela


Photo: Effi Amouris

Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “I consider myself a pin-up/glamour model, a petite model, a swimsuit/lingerie model, a fitness model, a fashion model, a commercial model and a mature model.”


Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for? Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “I have not been fortunate enough to have modeled for any brands. I am hoping for a better chance to do so in the near future.”


Photo: Effi Amouris

Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “One of my most memorable experiences has been in New York City, around the World Trade Center. I love shooting outside with natural light, and it was pleasurable to be around very optimistic and a professional group of people.”


Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “The most exhilarating aspect about modeling is the transformation that takes place mentally and physically. Doing photography, for me, is something eternal. In the image, you can mirror someone’s soul, and feelings.

Modeling is more than posing; moreover, it’s a form of creative art.”


Photo: Effi Amouris

Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “My inspiration is Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer. Cindy Crawford and I think alike. She said, “It’s not about looking younger, but about loving yourself”. I completely agree in terms of when you are content with your accomplishments in life, how it “brings true youthful energy to your life”.

I like to take good care of myself by eating healthy and working out, but most importantly being passionate and happy about what I do is what truly keeps me feeling great, which then brings more confidence into my life.

Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer inspire me because they achieve success through hard work and commitment. That’s commendable.”


Robert D. Cobb: Any spring fashion and style tips for women that you wish to pass on?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “You could have on the trendiest, most expensive outfit in the world—but if it doesn’t fit you properly, you’re not going to look stylish, and all your effort and money would have been wasted.

The biggest mistake women make is wearing clothes that don’t fit because they don’t accept the body they have right now. You have to do that in order to figure out what looks good on you.

And besides, confidence is the best accessory. It can make or break an outfit.”

Robert D. Cobb: What is your secret to staying in shape?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: There is no secret to staying in shape. As a personal trainer, I know what it takes to achieve your fitness goals. It is hard work and dedication. I work out five days a week and I eat as healthy as I can to maintain myself in good shape.

All it takes is self-motivation, and dedication to get where you want to be, and you’ll get there.”


Robert D. Cobb: Fashion or fitness fad, what is your opinion of athleisure?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “Why are people increasingly interested in athleisure wear?

I think part of it is certainly connected to the rise of fitness-conscious people who look at athletics not only as a hobby but also as an all-around lifestyle. Another part of it is simply the desire for clothing to be comfortable, even when it’s supposed to be functional, like formal wear in professional situations.”


Photo: Jolly Roger Imagery by Michael Lee

Robert D. Cobb: Describe your workout routine?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “First, I want to say that I’ve been consistently training for over five years now. I have always been a fan of weight and strength training. My work schedule is constantly changing, therefore; I don’t always follow any specific training days.

Photo: Gary Clark Photography

The same applies to my rest days, I take them as they come.We all have those lagging body parts that just take longer to respond to our workouts, personally it’s my legs.

When training, I like to use heavier weights, with a moderate rep range. I usually do 4-5 sets of each exercise with a rep range of 8-12. If for any reason I’d only have 3 days during the week to workout then one day I would train my whole upper body, the next day would be all legs/calves and on the 3rd non-consecutive day I would do a whole body workout, focusing on a couple of exercises for each body part with a higher rep range.

I like to stick to the same routine for no more than six weeks.

Our muscles are very adaptive, and after a while they stop responding to whatever workouts we are doing. Therefore; it is important to change your routine from time to time. To change things up, I might just change the order of exercises, rep range, weights and/or change my routine completely.

I also may add a light weight day with an increased in reps and then a heavy weight day with lower reps for the same muscle groups.”


Photo: Effi Amouris

Robert D. Cobb: What’s the best way to stay motivated?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “Fortunately, economists and psychologists have been studying how to crack the code of what compels us to repeatedly do something we don’t always want to do. 

Start thinking of yourself as an athlete, and not a spectator. Set a goal, enlist a friend, mark it on your calendar, and have some fun.

You’ll be setting yourself up for a lifetime of better health, more happiness, and more energy for everything else in your life.”


Robert D. Cobb: With spring now here, what workout tips do you suggest?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “Weight training for a better body.

Many women worry that weight training will somehow transform them into Hulk-ettes, so they spend hours doing cardio in order to maintain their “feminine” figure. The truth is, women just don’t have the hormonal support to gain muscle mass like men.

The hormone testosterone is responsible for large increases in muscle mass. Women’s testosterone levels are a fraction of men’s. That means you can bench press without concern that you will look bulky.

You’re right about one thing, though: training with weights will increase your lean muscle mass.

That’s a good thing! The more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn. The more calories you burn, the leaner you’ll get. Increased muscle mass will also add shape to your arms, take inches from your tummy, and even add some roundness to your booty!

When women’s magazines talk about “tone,” they’re really talking about strong muscles.”


Jolly Roger Imagery by Michael Lee

Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “My hobbies are working out, reading books on psychology, neuroscience, human body and food, and art.”


Robert D. Cobb: Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “I like to watch soccer and tennis games, but I have no particular favorite team.”


Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “There are too many nice cities all around the world; therefore, I would have a lot of favorite cities if I had traveled them all. I think all of them are special in some kind. All of them have some beauty. Krakow in Poland or Prague has majesty. Jaco in Costa Rica has amazing tropical wind.”


Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?

Dagmara Izabela Mara: “My advice to women aspiring to get into modeling would be to love yourself and be confident. It is your patience, listening skills and general attitude that will get you far. You don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Beauty is within you.”


Special thanks to Mrs. Dagmara Izabela Mara for her time and assistance during the Q and A interview process. Images used are the property of their respective owners and are used with permission.

Fitness Focus! Q and A With Fitness and Instagram Model, Susan Sophia Rouse

Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

San Jose, Costa Rica

The picturesque and breathtaking capital of Costa Rica, the former Spanish colonial outpost tucked away in Central America is as beautiful and historic a city as you will ever find.

Located in the Central Valley, Chepe—as it is sometimes called—boasts a population of 2.1 million, is the country’s major hub of transportation and tourism.

One of the top spring break hot spots annually, San Jose was ranked the sixth-most important destination in all of Latin America, per TheMasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index 2012.

While known for being a place of paradise and great beauty, one of it’s own citizens in fitness and Instagram model, Susan Sophia Rouse may turn out to be it’s greatest ambassador.

Based in Tampa Bay, Florida and currently a student at the University of South Florida, the curvy and simply gorgeous 25-year-old Rouse is both easy on the eyes as well as being so outgoing.


Blessed with an eye-catching figure and athletic build, the 5’6 bombshell has modeled for Tampa-based bikini swimwear line, The Bikini Boutique with sights set on doing bigger things in 2017.

Below is my Q and A with Ms. Rouse as we discuss fitness, modeling, fashion and her love of her adopted hometown Tampa Bay sports teams.

Photo: Larry Hodge Photography


Name: Susan Sophia Rouse

Age: 25

Height: 5’6″

Measurements: 32-27-36

Birthplace: San Jose, Costa Rica

Residence: Tampa Bay, Florida

Agency: Freelance

Social Media Links: Instagram | @so_lavish


Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Fitness, Instagram, bikini and boutique”


Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for? Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “The Bikini Boutique in Tampa, my favorite would certainly be bikini and fitness style photo shoots”


Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Being a Costa Rican/Florida girl, I would have to say the beach!”


Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Working with amazing photographers, other models, makeup artists, etc. it’s so exciting to see people come together to make something really beautiful happen!”


Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

Robert D. Cobb: With springnow here, what fashion and style tips and trends do you have for looking good when the temperature drops?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Embrace this amazing weather for hair! You can wear it straight or curled without worrying about humidity. Cozy sweaters over leggings and cute boots are always a lovely stapled look, you look but together while feeling super comfy!”


Robert D. Cobb: Any style tips for women that you wish to pass on?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “I believe that woman should own their own style, don’t just go buy whatever is popular at the moment but create your own style at the gym that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful! Everyone is different and there is so much variety in todays world that you can make it whatever your heart desires.”


Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “My inspiration comes from a lot of different fitness models, the year round conditioning that they are loyal to shows and it’s an incredible commitment to health, and motivating others!”


Robert D. Cobb: Fashion or fitness fad, what is your opinion of athleisure?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Athleisure has a time and place, I think it certainly is a fashion. Women can look like super models at the gym, while out running errands or even at home lounging!

I still encourage getting dressed up and putting on some makeup from time to time because you put in work in the gym you should get dolled up every now and then and show it off!”


Robert D. Cobb: What’s the best way to stay motivated during the colder months?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “During the colder months it’s important to remember your goals that you have worked so hard for in the other months during the year, fitness is not a season it’s a lifestyle.

Success is created in your daily habits, meal prepping, training, proper supplementation and making sure you get your beauty sleep! During the cold months I always love going to the sauna to shake the cold and get into my workout! Plus cute workout winter clothes are always fun”


Robert D. Cobb: What is your secret to staying in shape?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “My secret is really no secret at all, eat clean, train hard, hit some pre breakfast cardio 2-3 times a week and drink lots of water!”

Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

Robert D. Cobb: Describe your workout routine?

Susan Sophia Rouse:

“My workout routine usually looks like this every week:
Monday: shoulders
Tuesday: back
Wednesday: legs
Thursday: chest
Friday: arms and abs
Saturday: glutes and hamstrings
Sunday: active rest day”


Photo: Larry Hodge Photography

Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Outside of modeling I love fitness, I’m a personal trainer and I genuinely enjoy watching people accomplish their goals! I also love painting, and home projects.”


Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs

Susan Sophia Rouse: “Since I’ve grown up in Tampa, I would have to say the Bucs, Rays, and Lightning!”


Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?

Susan Sophia Rouse: “In the USA, I love Seattle, WA! Outside of the USA, I would have to say San Jose, Costa Rica!”


Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?

Susan Sophia Rouse: My advice to women who are aspiring models: carry yourself with confidence, know that you may not be every ones cup of tea but never let that stop you, wake up every day, work towards your goals, and always take chances! You never know how close you are to making your dreams come true!”

Health and Fitness: 12 ZAYN Ways To Lose Weight Secretly

Whether losing weight is your new year resolution or you just want to get in shape because you’ve had enough, whatever the reason, the point is to become fit and there is no right time for it. Hence, start today and lose weight effortlessly as summers are just around the corner.

If you feel conventional diets and hardcore exercise routines are not made for you, simply go for the secret tricks to lose all the body flab without anyone noticing. Wondering what those secret tricks are?

Take a look below and be speechless!

1.    Talk and Walk!

Why limit your phone calls to sitting behind a desk or relaxing on the couch? Make the most of this habit and lose weight while you enjoy long conversations. Simply be on the run when you speak to your friends and family members on the phone.

Take a walk up and down the stairs, work your legs by walking around your lounge or simply take a walk to the end of the street. Easy right? You will burn calories and the best part is, you won’t even realize it!

2.    Chew the Gum!

Love popping a chewing gum in your mouth? While you love the gums because of their unique flavors, trust us, you will love them, even more, when the weight loss secret is revealed!

Chewing a sugar-free gum all day long can boost your metabolic rate by more than 20%, which means you can lose up to 10 pounds per year. Interesting right? Moreover, chewing gum can help get rid of double chin and tone up the jaw line muscles.

3.    Hello, Bigger Chunks!

Whereas most researchers suggest how smaller bites can make you feel full sooner, the revelation suggests the opposite when losing weight is in question. How? When you consume bigger chunks of salads or raw fruits on daily basis, you not only trick your brain into eating more but you feel full sooner, meaning you eventually eat less and cut back on calories. Hence, when you make yourself a bowl of assorted salad next time, cut the fruits and veggies into bigger chunks and enjoy losing weight secretly.

4.    Pack a Snack!

Don’t you always feel hungry when you see scrumptious meals being served at fast foods and cafes? Well, if you want to lose the excess weight, ditch the fattening foods and eat a homemade snack instead. Simply pack a snack with you when you visit the mall or the shopping center and whenever you feel hungry, bite it away!

5.    Supersize the Aqua Intake

Believe it or not, you can lose weight by just drinking water! Adding up to 10 glasses of water in a single day’s routine, you can feel full all day long and ultimately consume fewer calories. Moreover, you can stay active, fresh, hydrated and help your skin revive like never before.
Drinking loads of water can help flush out toxins from the body and also keep the tummy full.

6.    Spice it Up!

Consuming spicy meals can actually help you shed weight immensely. While the chili can boost the metabolism at a great rate, it can also help burn fat. Spicy foods are also beneficial as they can curb your appetite and may allow you not to eat sooner. For the ideal spices, add some green chilies, red chili flakes, capsicum, jalapeños and spicy pickles in your diet.

7.    Stop Stacking

Stacking junk food items at home such as crisps, chocolates, sweets, candies and what not are merely enemies of fitness. If you want to lose weight, simply stop hoarding them at home. This way, once the unhealthy processed foods will be out of sight, they will be out of mind within a jiffy too!

8.    Move when Bored

This is the best advice when shedding weight is in question. Whenever you feel bored sitting at home, drop down to the floor and do 20! Either jog around the house, warm up and do lower body exercises or simply dance away. Once you get into a habit to move when bored, firstly you will never feel bored again and secondly, you will lose weight effortlessly.

Simply add these 8 secret tips into your daily routine and feel smarter by the day!

Author Bio: Selena Jackson has worked in the writing industry for 3 years. Currently, she is writing fitness, weight loss, and health products. Visit her blog and check her latest post on Anabolic Steroids. Follow her on Facebook for more details.

Men: Top Foods You Should Eat If You Have Erectile Dysfunction

Being able to achieve an erection that is hard enough for penetration is vital if you want to have sexual intercourse. Maintaining the hard erection during sex is also a vital part of having a healthy sex life. While the ability to achieve and maintain such an erection comes naturally to most men, some do find that they are having some trouble when it comes to their performance in the bedroom – especially those that have reached the age of 40.

According to Cleveland Clinic, approximately 40% of men experiences issues with their erectile function by the age of 40. This rate elevates to 70% in men who reaches the age of 70 and continues to increase with age. Not being able to have “normal” sex can cause a man to feel depressed and even lead to self-esteem problems. It may also result in relationship problems if an emphasis has been put upon the sexual habits of the two partners.

Conventional Treatments For Erectile Dysfunction.

When a man experiences reduced performance in the bed due to problems with his erection, then he may be suffering from erectile dysfunction. This condition often signals the development of an underlying disease, but can also be the result of depression and other mental health concerns. WebMD reports that this sexual disorder is often an early sign of heart disease. News Max explains that, apart from heart disease, erectile dysfunction can also be a sign of diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Even though the problem may signal an underlying cause, men often want to obtain a remedy that will work immediately to help them gain back their normal sexual function. Thus, a doctor will often prescribe some sort of medication for a man that experiences these symptoms.

Some common side-effects may include headaches and flushing, as well as an upset stomach, changes in your vision, dizziness and lightheadedness. In more severe cases, pain, accompanied by vomiting and fainting, may also be experienced.

Natural Solutions For Erectile Dysfunction

Since the side-effects of various drugs that are used to treat erectile dysfunction can be harmful to the wellbeing of the human body, many people prefer to opt for natural remedies that will help them gain similar results but without the adverse effects. When a person considers natural solutions, they should aim for foods that can provide them with two essential functions – boost circulation and increase libido.

By including more foods that possess these abilities in their daily diet, a man can not only experience better and harder erections, but also an elevated sex drive. These are the most common foods, nutrients and herbs that are recommended for men who are looking for a natural way to overcome erectile dysfunction:

  • Oysters – Oysters are probably one of the oldest and most recommended food types for men. It is often associated with better sexual performance as it has powerful agents that act as an aphrodisiac in the male body. This boosts the man’s sexual desire, which also has a positive effect on the firmness of his erection. Oysters are also rich in Zinc, which plays a vital role in the production of testosterone, the main sex hormone that is present in the male body.


  • Watermelon – These fruits are rich in phytonutrients, which is known to possess powerful antioxidant properties. By loading the male body with antioxidants, heart vessels can relax and supply more blood to the penis. Since blood is what causes an erection to become hard, the increased volume of blood results in an erection that is firmer than before.


  • Spinach – While spinach is mostly known for its high protein content, the vegetable is also rich in magnesium. This mineral helps to reduce inflammation that may be present in blood vessels, which causes more blood to rush to the penis when an erection occurs. Spinach is also an excellent weight loss tool, which will boost a person’s self-confidence and lead to a higher sex drive.


  • Pomegranates – Pomegranates are also high in antioxidants that help to reduce damage to the walls of blood vessels and causes blood circulation throughout the body (and to the penis) to increase.


  • Maca Root – Maca has become a very interested subject among men with erectile dysfunction and a low libido. The plant root extract contains many nutrients, fatty acids, minerals and amino acids. These natural compounds can increase libido, boost blood flow and may even lead to a harder erection. Natural News explain that Maca not only treats erectile dysfunction but also relieves the symptoms of various other sexual dysfunctions.


  • Other powerful erection boosting foods, as reported by Eat This, include carrots, celery, eggs, shitake mushrooms, muira puama, blue mussels and goji berries.


Experiencing the symptoms that are related to erectile dysfunction can be shocking, inconvenient and cause problems in your sex life. In some cases, it may even completely stop you from having sexual intercourse at all. Treating the problem when it starts is essential and can be easily done through the use of medication or natural compounds that has similar effects in the body as the medication that is often used. As an alternative to medication, herbal supplements, such as Virectin, can also be used to provide the body with essential circulation-boosting ingredients that also has aphrodisiac properties.

Yoli Shakes: Do They Live Up to Their Claims?

By Zac Ferry

Yoli Shakes are meal replacement alternatives to help people lose weight and burn off fat.

The company claims they have 2 important ingredients for success and are patented. The shakes are offered in Vanilla and Chocolate. We will give you information on the ingredients and their benefits:

Their Patented Ingredients:

LeanImmune Blend is a blend of several ingredients including; Pomegranate, carrot, olive leaf, cissus, irvinga, grape seed extract, acai, alfalfa, maqui, spinach, moringa, and broccoli.

The powdered mixture of ingredients might sound like a good alternative, but because it’s been dehydrated and treated you are losing their nutritional values.

Purawhey has 12 grams of their patented native whey protein in each serving. The company describes this patented protein as: “finest, biologically active, non-denatured, and minimally processed whey protein”. The problem lies in the definition “non-denatured” which means it has not been changed in any way. It cannot be minimally processed and non-denatured at the same time.

Whey Protein From Non-GMO Grass-Fed Cows:

Though this sounds great, the healthy fats that are higher in grass-fed cows are drastically reduced once processed into whey powder.


Luo Han Guo – This is a sweetener that is 300 times sweeter than regular sugar. There have been no studies on this ingredient, so it’s difficult to determine if there are any side effects. The sweetener is taken from the herbaceous perennial vine of the gourd family.

Xylitol – Looks and tastes like sugar but has 40% fewer calories per gram. Regular sugar has 4 calories per gram while Xylitol has 2.4 calories per gram.

It doesn’t raise blood sugar levels or insulin and has a very low glycemic index.

Whey Protein:

The mixture of whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate produces the best protein. It provides a slower acting protein for a longer period of time for muscle growth and short term for post workouts.

Nutritionists recommend women take in 40 grams of protein daily and men 55 to 70 grams daily.

Yoli Shakes provide 24 grams, replacing two meals each day and therefore a woman would need to take in an additional 16 grams and a man at least 31 more grams.

The company also claims that their patented whey promotes Glutathione, an antioxidant that removes free radical from the body. Unfortunately, there is no proof to this claim.

The Costs:

A 30-day supply purchased through their regular retail is $80.00 for 30 servings. Replacing 2 meals a day brings the supply down to 15 days worth of shakes. That equates to $5.33 a day for a meal replacement that has very few vitamins and minerals.

Questionable Claims:

This is not a good price for the quality of a shake that is questionable. You are paying for benefits that aren’t there. Their non-denatured claim is nothing more than a marketing ploy that only confuses consumers into believing they are getting a product that is better than others. The bottom line, all protein is denatured in some way due to additional processing used on the ingredients.

The company continually claims that the only sweetener is stevia, making it seem that it’s the only sweetener even though their additives of Xylitol and Luo Han Guo are also present.

They also have a pamphlet that goes over all the benefits of their hormone and antibiotic-free cow. The fact is, most cows are not given hormones and antibiotics are actually quite safe!

An FDA study showed that less than 1% of cow’s milk has any traces of hormones. The most commonly added hormone is bovine growth which is known as bST. In natural amounts, there are no known side effects for humans. Again, you are paying for something that will not give you any benefits.

Yoli Shakes patented formulas might sound great, but due to dehydration, the benefits are lacking in comparison to whole foods. The level of vitamins is minute and not impressive.

Yoli Shakes are far from the best meal replacement choices. Look for meal replacement shakes with higher levels of protein and a great deal more vitamins and minerals.

Lifestyle: The Best Fitness Apps To Look For In 2017

By Carla Adams

If you haven’t been able to reach your fitness goals even after doing all you can then you might be stuck in a fitness rut. Your exercises may have become repetitive causing your muscle growth to be stationary or your calorie intake may be limiting your mass gain.

Whatever the reason might be, one of the things you can do to pump up your fitness regime is to try some kickass apps that will put you on the right path to your fitness goals.

A recent study established that fitness app users were more active than non-users and had a lower body mass index. The authors of the study claimed that apps aided people in better understanding and organization that led to improved exercise habits amongst them. Over time these habits translated into transformative changes.

Regardless of being dedicated to our health and fitness, we value our phone’s storage space so we only want the best of the apps that will really yield results. We are seeing some great apps that have a lot of potential to unlock the strength, flexibility, and growth that we desire.

1. My Fitness Pal: Ranked as one of the best apps in the industry, my fitness pal comes with an easy to use step and calorie counter. The app boasts a database of more than 5 million foods, a nutrition scanner using barcode and a recipe importer. The apps gives its users the ease to track their food intake and calories regularly with great efficiency. Available for users of Android and iOS for free.

2. Map my fitness: Free for both Android and iOS audiences, Map my fitness has more than 600 fitness activities and it’s sync-able with over 400 devices giving its users a full understanding of their performance. App users can search about running routes near to them as well. The app saves data on pace, distance and calorie details for its location-based workouts which can then be used to set new personal goals.

Map my fitness community can further help people reach their goals by setting up challenges with friends to stay motivated. The app is also compatible with Apple watch and Android wear. There is a premium version as well that allows monitoring the rate of different heart zones.

3. Yonder: This free iOS and android app is a gem for travel and fitness lovers. Yonder allows users to find and share excursions based on your location and your interests. With their many categories ranging from biking to skiing, “Yonderers” can explore endless options and read reviews from other users about it before choosing the best one for them.

The app exists to inspire users to engage with nature and acts as a social platform where users can share experiences and photos.

4. Sworkit: Sworkit stands for ‘simply work it,’ and with 13 million users, this app is one of the most popular ones. It offers more than 200 different types of exercises demonstrated by professional trainers and it also has a specialized app just for kids. Users can follow standard workouts or create customized ones for themselves by choosing the length, the body area in focus, and other special needs or limitations.

The app smartly mixes up interval training along with other random exercises to make the most of every workout and inhibits the body from getting used to a certain routine.

5. Apptiv: For $10 a month Apptiv provides you audio-based personal fitness coaching services according to your demands and location. Through this app you can receive coaching on your trail runs outdoors or at your home yoga session. The trainers motivate you to keep up and going while relevant music lets you have fun as you sweat it out. The customized coaching ability sets this app apart from its competitors.

Apptiv is available for both android and iOS users.

6. ActiveX: ActiveX gives its users customized Tabata workouts, a special high-intensity training discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata. These workouts help increase strength, improve flexibility, and build muscle. Users can create packs or join them where they can communicate, organize group trainings and celebrate victories with pack members. The workouts are adjusted to the location of the users and to the equipment that they have.

They also have activities to keeps the kids engrossed.

7. Headspace: Free for android and iOS, Headspace helps users with a cluttered mind and lots of noise with finding some peace. Famous celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, moguls like Richard Branson and many great athletic stars use the app, along with 10 million other people. To start off, the free program introduces 10-minute meditations for ten days while the next level of meditations and mindful exercises can be unlocked through a subscription.

Apps are not just fun to use, they are also a great way to add new and interesting elements to your daily exercise routine so that you can reach your fitness goals faster! If there are any apps that you think you would like to share with us, feel free to leave a comment below!

Author Bio: Carla Adams is an enthusiastic dreamer and a workaholic to achieve that. She is a blogger, writer, basketball player, technology and fashion freak. For all the updates follow her on Facebook.