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Have Baby, Will Exercise : There Is No Magic Bullet For Fitness

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Meal Enders



The claim: Prevent yourself from overeating by sucking on one of these candies when you think you’ve had enough food. From 

It takes about 20 minutes for the food you’ve just eaten to travel from your stomach to your colon, where peptide yy is released. Only then does your brain receive the signal that it’s time to stop eating.  First the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert – a signal we typically associate with the end of a meal.  Then the Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, which engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue overeating.

The process: I was kindly sent MealEnders to try, in each of their four flavors: citrus, cinnamon, mocha and chocolate mint. The first two are tingly mints covered in white chocolate-like coating, the last two are chocolate based coated mints. For one week, every time I was feeling munchy in the middle of the day I popped a MealEnder. If I finished my plate at meal time but thought about having seconds, I had a MealEnder. If it was late at night I wanted to go down to the kitchen, first I had a MealEnder. I averaged about four of the candies per day.

The result: Meh. While taking time between a first and second plate of food to see if you’re really still hungry is a great idea, you can just as easily accomplish this with a timer or by drinking a glass of water. When it came to my general Tso’s chicken, I had the MealEnder and still went back for seconds. I absolutely overate that night, but the desire for more sweet, spicy chicken won out over the mint. And at $14.95 for a bag of 25 candies, these aren’t for the thrifty. That being said, if you’re the kind of person who’s more likely to stick with something if you feel like you’ve spend a good deal of money on it, or if you’e always wondered what a chocolate coated starlight mint tastes like, then you could benefit from these.

Foam Roller Cellulite Removal

foam roller


The claim: Roll your cellulite against a foam roller every night and the lumps and bumps will magically disappear from your thighs. Or as founder of the Melt method Sue Hitzmann says, these moves “…help stimulate the cells in your connective tissue to restore its ‘juiciness’.”

The process: I used the MELT method every night for a month. The three moves took about ten minutes to complete and didn’t hurt. Full disclosure: I used my cheapo foam roller from Target and not the official Melt roller because I’m #thrifty.

The result: Here are the before and after photos. Please be kind to my fragile ego in regards to my rear.


foam roller after

What’s that you say? You can’t tell which one is the before photo and which is the after? My point exactly. A month of foam rolling did ziltch for my cellulite. And for those of you who need to know, the pink shirt is the “after” shot.


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