MakeHerUp: What I'm Reading Now

I just read 7 Years Younger and loved it. A really easy and interesting read with all the tips and tricks to turn back the hands of time and have you looking gorgeous. The book is broken down into seven categories, Skin Care, Beauty, Hair Care, Weight Loss, Exercise, Brain Fitness and De-Stressing.

It’s a holistic approach to looking younger that focuses on all facets from diet to exercise down to the best products to use. The books has tons of great tips and tricks even for girls who swear they have heard it all. And it can help you save money with suggestions on products that have been reviewed and proven to work. A great book to help get on track to look great for summer from your head to your toes!

7 Years Younger


“Follow this plan – it works!” says Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor and Vice-chair of Surgery, NYP-Columbia Medical Center, and Host of The Dr. Oz Show.

Look younger, stay slimmer, feel sexier…no matter what your age! This revolutionary plan to reverse the signs of aging kicks off with a 7-day Jumpstart plan offering all the tools you need to start your total rejuvenation. Then you’ll follow the 7-week, science-based program with a holistic approach to looking and feeling younger. Its 7 age erasers cover every base with special regimens for skin care, makeup, hair care, nutrition and diet, fitness, brain fitness, and emotional health. With this program you can “de-age” your skin, use makeup and hair smarts to get a youthful look, rehab your diet and exercise habits to lower your risk of age-related diseases and to lose weight, learn to sharpen your mind, and nurture your emotional health. You’ll be surprised at how much you can turn back the clock on your own-without stepping near a plastic surgeon’s office, or spending a fortune on expensive beauty products.

The scientists at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute rigorously tested more than 400 beauty products and conducted more than 5,000 lab tests over the course of two years to find the anti-aging products that really work. Then ten test panelists went on the plan. The life-transforming results? One woman lost 12 pounds, another lost an amazing 10 inches from around her waist, and a third restored the glow and smoothness of her skin-improvements that were confirmed by scientific testing. Yet another tester emerged looking more glamorous than she’d looked since she first had kids. As one of the testers said, “There are a lot of diet and exercise programs out there on the market. And there are a lot of beauty tips you can get, but ‘7 Years Younger’ has taken all of those things and put them into a one stop shopping experience for your overall beauty and health and mindset.”

“What’s great about the program,” says Good Housekeeping editor in chief Rosemary Ellis, “is that you can treat it like a tool kit. You can pick and choose which elements of the program you want to focus on.”

The Shred diet is great for anyone if your weight loss goal is 20lbs or 120lbs this plan can work for you. I lost quite a bit of weight and hit a plateau months ago and there I sit, not moving forward or backward just sitting. I was excited to check out this book and really like a lot of the tips in it. What I love is the diet focuses on real food that you can grab at any grocery store. No special supplements or shakes to buy just real, normal food. Eating more often throughout the day has been tough for me so far, its hard to stop and eat but I have found with good meal planning and prep I can more easily hit the benchmark goals. 

For the last year I have been losely following a primal diet which did help me loose a lot of weight. I am working to combine these two diets so I don’t fall into old traps or diet soda or processed foods. It has been a bit of a learning curve but even just making sure to eat more often and drink lots of water the scale is moving the right way again and I am down 5lb. If you are looking for a simple, but regimented plan to take the guesswork out of getting in shape grab the Shred diet and get rid of those extra pounds before summer!

Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes
Dr. Ian K. Smith’s Shred is the answer to every dieter’s biggest dilemmas: how to lose that last twenty pounds? How to push through that frustrating plateau? What to do when nothing else is working? Here, Smith has created a weight loss program that uses all he knows about strategic dieting in one plan–like putting all the best players on the field at once to create a can’t lose combination. Shred combines a low GI diet, meal spacing, and meal replacements. Those who follow Shred will constantly be eating (every three and a half hours!), four meals or meal replacements (soups, smoothies, shakes) and 3 snacks a day, over a six week program. Shred also introduces Dr. Ian’s concept of “Diet Confusion”. Diet Confusion, like muscle confusion, tricks the body and revs up its performance. In the same way you need to vary your workout to see results, switch up your food intake to boost your metabolism.

No matter how often or how unsuccessfully you’ve dieted before, Shred: The Revolutionary Diet will change your life. Shred has taken the internet by storm, and thousands have already joined Dr. Ian’s Shredder Nation, losing an average of four inches, two sizes or twenty pounds in six weeks. Utilizing the detox from Fat Smash Diet, the intense cleanse of Extreme Fat Smash, and varying food of The 4 Day Diet, Shred is a six week plan to a new way of life!

SHRED consists of six easy-to-follow cycles that take the body through different routines from week to week. Both meals and exercise suggestions are provided for each cycle.

  • Prime: This beginning cycle prepares you for the rest of the plan, focusing on meal spacing, proper snacking techniques and suppressing hunger without consuming too many calories.
  • Challenge: This part of the plan is all about boosting your confidence and showing dieters that despite past failures or plans that didn’t work, they actually have what it takes to succeed.
  • Transformation: This is the toughest week, but also where most shredders start truly noticing a difference, many dropping a clothing size.
  • Ascend: This week you’ll be combining knowledge and skills learned in the first three weeks to keep you motivated and moving forward.
  • Cleanse: The focus of this stage is to enhance your liver’s ability to detoxify your blood.
  • Explode: This cycle is meant to take you into your new life with the knowledge and skills you’ve developed. The variety in the types and quantity of food and beverages keeps you moving along from one day to the next.

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