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Monday, February 21st, 2011
5:18 pm
New Pic's by Alas Vera
Model Blue hair: Ugly Shyla/Me www.uglyart.net
Model Black Hair: Cootie Von Ghoul http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cootie-Von-Ghoul-Art/115450888481035
Vera Alas http://www.alasvera.com
Eyeshadow colors courtesy of Zombify ZöeZombie http://www.gothcupcake.etsy.com
Sunday, January 9th, 2011
1:56 pm
BBC News article - "Obesity linked to money insecurity in affluent nations"

"Taking into account research into animal behaviour which shows that animals increase their food intake when faced with uncertainty, the Oxford researchers believed that stress could be a factor in causing people to overeat.

So they analysed data on obesity levels using 96 national surveys carried out over 10 years across a number of different countries."

Current Mood: thoughtful
Monday, November 8th, 2010
10:06 am
Starvation diets – why they won’t work
I read this today on the Guardian Food and Fitness website and thought it might be appropriate to this community (although please feel free to remove if it's not). :-) The full article can be found here:

I've just quoted the salient points from it below. All italics are mine:

1. Fasting results in rapid initial weight loss

Under normal circumstances, the principle fuel for the body is glucose. The brain, in particular, must receive a constant supply of glucose in order to function properly. During a period of calorie restriction, glucose, which is stored in the liver as glycogen, is used first to supply energy.

Glycogen is stored with water, so when it is broken down for energy, water will be released as well. It is this fluid that is responsible for the rapid weight loss that occurs in the first one to two days (anywhere between three to five pounds per day) of severely calorie-restricted diets, such as the Hollywood Miracle Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet and The Grapefruit Diet, all of which claim that you can lose 10 pounds in two days.

Consequences: If it sounds too good to be true, it is: this weight loss won’t last. When normal eating is resumed, glucose and water stores will be replenished and the original body weight will be attained. The rapid loss of fluid can also lead to the loss of electrolytes and dehydration, so the only things that are "cleansed" from the body are the minerals needed for muscle contractions, nerve transmissions, regulation of body fluids and other physiological functions. The sudden drop in sugar in the blood, as glycogen stores are diminished, will result in tiredness, confusion and mood swings. These are the symptoms that are often mistakenly thought to be the first step in the cleansing process of a detox diet.

2. Cutting calories slows down weight loss

The liver stores only enough glycogen (energy) to last for one day, so when fasting lasts longer than 24 hours, the body will then turn to muscle to produce glucose for energy. After following a very low calorie diet or fast for one week, 30 percent of the total weight loss is muscle and the rest is fluid.

The amount of muscle in the body sets your metabolic rate (the rate at which you burn calories). So, as muscle is lost, they perform less metabolic work, saving calories and hence energy. In short, your rate of weight loss will slow down.

In fact, most two- to three-day crash diets that claim to burn fat only burn away metabolically active muscle tissue and actually hinder long-term weight loss. The same applies when skipping meals. When you eat a meal, overall metabolism is increased due to the energy required for digestion and absorption of the meal. Skipping a meal will have the reverse effect, decreasing the metabolism, which lasts until you eat something.

Overall, the body will then save - rather than burn - calories to ensure it has adequate energy during the times of fasting. So, meal skipping to avoid unwanted calories is a counterproductive method for sustained weight loss.

Consequences: When calorie levels are increased to a normal level, weight gain will be faster and the weight will come back as fat, since your metabolic rate has slowed, and you may even end up heavier than before you began dieting! The loss of muscle will have an effect on your ability to maintain weight loss in the long term, unless muscle is regained by exercising.*

3. Fasting results in fatigue

Body protein provides most of the energy needed during the first few days of a fast, but after that the body will adapt to using fat for energy in an attempt to preserve muscle.

Fat is then metabolised to ketones, which can be used by the brain for energy. However, prolonged inadequate carbohydrate intake results in the build-up of ketones, which become toxic, resulting in a condition called ketosis.

Consequences: The kidneys and liver become burdened with toxic waste from the breakdown of fat and muscle tissue and the body’s normal functions are disrupted. Ketosis can cause fatigue, constipation, nausea and vomiting. The potential long-term side effects of ketosis include heart disease, bone loss and kidney damage.

In addition, the lack of calories will deprive your body of essential vitamins and minerals so hair, nails and skin will show signs of deterioration. Ironically, if you’re using fasting as a means of detoxifying or cleansing the body, you will actually be achieving the opposite effect.

Fasting and fad diets can be very dangerous for individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, liver or kidney disease, infection or pregnancy.

*I've actually seen this happen to a work colleague who used the SlimFast diet to attain her target weight. Two years after she finished it she's now significantly heavier than she was before she began the diet and is miserable about it. :-(

Current Mood: thoughtful
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
3:23 pm
Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween! Retro Witch Shoot of me Ugly Shyla www.uglyart.net by DCB Photo Studios http://dcbphotostudios.com/ here in Louisiana.
Friday, March 5th, 2010
9:34 pm
Screw you, body fascists, I'm an *actress*, not a fashion model

Well impressed with this:


Mo'nique has plenty going for her,  so doesn't need to bow to the 'rules' about stick-thin, carefully depilated Hollywood glamour, it seems.  I particularly loved '"Well, the performance is on the screen. So at what point am I still trying to prove something?"

Current Mood: impressed
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
1:44 am
Aether blog
Thought y'all might like this.

Aether is a blog that encourages women of all sizes to submit erotic pictures of themselves and/or write articles.
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
8:57 am
Weight and wisdom
I'd like to share this amazing piece written by Carrie Fisher on celebrity weight which is (like pretty much everything she writes) hilarious and spot on.

Saturday, July 25th, 2009
9:48 am
Body shapes in the 20th century
Interesting little article bitching about inappropriate body types in period movies.

Friday, June 26th, 2009
6:52 pm
Digital cosmetic surgery

Click image for link to page which shows how it was done.

Another interesting example of what is achieved via image manipulation.
Thursday, February 19th, 2009
8:38 pm
An Article to share..
This Article I scanned is about body image in the American Goth scene about 1997 to address the stereotype of goth women as always being thin.

Current Mood: touched
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
1:13 pm
Increase in anorexia
Short but rather shocking story about the rise in anorexia on the BBC

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
4:47 pm
As a point of interest more than anything else, here are some interesting 'before and after' Photoshop jobs - hover over the image to see the original.


Monday, February 16th, 2009
6:30 pm
Traditional and Gothic Bellydance Group Lessons Start again Monday 2nd March and Wednesday 4th March
Sorry if this is not appropriate, but thought it would be useful to post here as bellydance is a celebration of all sorts of figures as well as women!  Come and experience it for yourself if down in Brighton!

Gothic Bellydance Lessons in Brighton!

Starting Monday 2nd March and Wednesday 4th March 2009.

At last, something for all women (and men!) who love drama, beauty and excitement! Gothic Bellydance is a new sensation which originated in America just over 20 years ago and is now taking the UK by storm. Styles of dance included are Egyptian, Indian, Flamenco, Tribal, Burlesque, Ballet and Contemporary. Music encorporates artists such as Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, The Cure, Nox Arcana, Gypsy Caravan and more! Come and experience to believe...

Sascha is a professional performer who has danced bellydance for the past 11 years and now specialises in Gothic Bellydance. Her classes are taught in a relaxed atmosphere at The Marlborough Little Theatre, 4 Princes Street , Brighton. They are taken in 2 parts - the first half will concentrate on traditional bellydance movements that form the basis of Gothic Bellydance and the second focusses on Gothic Bellydance itself which will include, veil, cane and whip work. Or you can choose to learn either the Traditional or Gothic Section separately. Please wear a long circular skirt and a scarf to wear over your hips (black should be your base colour if you're doing the Gothic Section). Bare feet please!

Classes will start promptly at 7.30pm-8.30pm for Traditional Bellydance and 9pm-10pm for Gothic Bellydance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Mondays are tailored for Beginners and Improvers, whilst Wednesdays are focussed on Advanced and Professional Levels.

Prices: One lesson only (Traditional or Gothic) - £5 or both sessions £8. Students and concessions - one lesson only (Tradional or Gothic) - £4 or both sessions £6.

Join our Loyalty Card Scheme! Attend 10 double sessions and get either one free class lesson or one 2 hour private lesson for free!

For further information, please contact Sascha.

T: 01273 677917
M: 07912 650317
E: sassysash25@hotmail.co.uk
Facebook Group: Brighton Gothic Bellydance
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