Why Amanda Holden ditched her Spanx


Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has revealed she’s so happy with her figure she has thrown out her control pants – and it’s all thanks to some serious stretching

With her long lean legs, defined arms and washboard stomach Amanda Holden cuts an enviable figure.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge has been showing off her svelte silhouette in a number of tight-fitting dresses while appearing on the new series of the ITV talent show. Now Amanda, 43, has revealed the secret behind her toned physique: yoga and lots of it.

So impressed is she with her body that the TV star has been able to throw away her beloved Spanx control pants.

“I used to be a big fan of Spanx but ditched them when I started yoga, which has changed my shape,” she said.

Madonna and model Miranda Kerr are both said to also swear by regular yoga sessions to keep them in shape.

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Brain injury survivor walks again to graduate


His mom didn't want him out. He knew he had just enough time to grab a soda from the gas station and meet a friend to skateboard before she found out he was gone.

Reams watched the walk signal change from red to white on the corner of 12th and Beverly streets in Casper. He stepped off the curb.

He doesn't remember the driver, who was 16, running the red light. He doesn't remember the car striking his left side. He doesn't remember flying 25 feet from the point of impact or slamming into the pavement in the middle of the intersection.

Now, eight years later, Reams' brain works in spurts. Often it gets stuck. Sometimes, it makes him mad.

Few scars hint at Reams' trauma. He doesn't walk with a limp. His words don't slur together like doctors thought they would.

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Brain injury victims suffer savage cuts in services


Savage cuts in rehabilitation services are resulting in thousands of brain injury victims being denied help and ultimately costing the taxpayer more money, according to a new study by the brain injury charity, Headway.

More than a million people with a brain injury living in the UK have been forced to compromise their quality of life because a combination of local authority, NHS funding and welfare budget reforms has resulted in rehabilitation and support services being removed.

"Timely access to rehabilitation and continuing health and social care is needed to help people regain a degree of independence, improve their quality of life and reduce their reliance on more expensive long-term care," according to Colin Shieff, a consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, and a Headway trustee.

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Low-carb diet and yoga workouts fueled Ivanka Trump's 30-pound weight loss


Ivanka Trump attributes her 30-pound weight loss just six months after the birth of her second child to a low-carb diet and regular yoga and spinning workouts, she told Shape Wednesday.

Trump, 32, said she rarely watched her diet before becoming a mother, but began eating more carefully after her first pregnancy in 2011. "I ate like a teenager [before having children]," said Ivanka.

"Carbs three meals a day, usually in the form of pizza or pasta. But when I was expecting Arabella, my attitude toward food changed, and I began thinking about nutrition in a whole new way."

Yoga, Spinning and Pilates Keep Ivanka Fit

Trump now centers her meals around protein, especially salmon and chicken, and cut back on processed carbs to have more consistent energy throughout the day. Over time, Ivanka started enjoying healthier foods and craving them over junk foods.

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What are some of the more common birth injuries?


Caput succedaneum. Caput is a severe swelling of the soft tissues of the baby's scalp that develops as the baby travels through the birth canal. Some babies have some bruising of the area. The swelling usually disappears in a few days without problems. Babies delivered by vacuum extraction are more likely to have this condition.
Cephalohematoma. Cephalohematoma is an area of bleeding underneath one of the cranial bones. It often appears several hours after birth as a raised lump on the baby's head. The body resorbs the blood. Depending on the size, most cephalohematomas take two weeks to three months to disappear completely. If the area of bleeding is large, some babies may develop jaundice as the red blood cells break down.

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Technology has made our lives easier, especially when it comes to holding us accountable. If you feel like you need a little extra encouragement to help you stick to your weight-loss path this holiday, you'll want to make sure you've got these techy tools in your arsenal and at the ready on your smartphone. Food journal apps: It's easy to dismiss half a cookie here and a handful of M&M's there, but those nibbles add up. The best way to be aware of just how many calories you're eating is to keep a log of everything you eat. Online food journals make it easy; not only do they keep track of everything in one simple place, but they also give you accurate calorie counts so you don't trick yourself into believing that you've eaten way less than you think. Try MyFitnessPal, an iPhone and Android app that synchs with other body-tracking products and has a large database, so uploading your meal is a breeze.

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Starbucks Diet: Woman Claims She Lost 85 Lbs. By Only Eating At The Coffee Chain


Starbucks is known for fueling the highly caffeinated masses, but one woman credits the coffee chain for something else: helping her lose weight.

Christine Hall, 66, claims to have lost 85 pounds by eating all of her meals at her local Starbucks, MSNBC reported. Starbucks' prepackaged foods -- located right underneath those sugary cakes and buttery croissants -- make up her breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offer "really healthy choices," Hall explained to a reporter. And because nutritional information is provided on each item, she can keep track of her caloric intake.

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Woman loses 85 pounds on Starbucks diet


Every coffee shop has its regulars. But 66-year-old Christine Hall calls Starbucks her second home.

That's because Hall eats all of her meals there, and she said it's helped her to lose nearly 85 pounds in two years.

"Losing weight is hard," Hall said. "But I realized I could do it. I found a system that worked."

Hall said she lost all that weight by counting calories.

Starbucks puts nutrition information on the labels of their packaged foods. That made it easy to keep track of exactly how much she was eating.

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