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Simple Habits for a Flat Belly I

Some behaviors can actually help to shrink your waistline and help you keep weight off for good. Here are some of the best behaviors to start incorporating today to lose weight and banish belly fat for good.

Deep Breathing:

Stress can pack on belly fat and lead to a host of medical issues if not controlled. One of the quickest ways to reduce your stress levels and bring stress hormones (the ones that trigger belly fat storage when elevated for long periods of time) back to normal is by deep breathing. Taking a few long, deep breaths can help to instantly relax you and cut your overall stress.


Meditation is the practice of focusing and concentrating on one particular thing, whether it  be a particular sound or object or even your own breath. This increased focus and concentration helps to reduce stress and promote relaxation. In fact, studies show that people who meditate on a regular basis experience less anxiety and depression as well.

Exercising in short bouts:

The more exercise the better, but you may not have the time or ability to exercise for long periods of time, especially when first starting out. So instead of trying to pack in 30 minutes of exercise at one time, space it out. Research has shown that working out in 10-minute intervals three times a day is just as effective for weight loss as working out for 30 minutes at once.


Sleep is such an important factor in banishing belly fat. Without adequate sleep, your stress levels increase, thus causing you to pack on pounds and fat around your midsection. Lack of sleep is also associated with reduced levels of leptin, the hormone that helps regulate appetite and metabolism. A leptin decrease stimulates appetite and promotes overeating. So in order to shrink your belly, it’s vital to get enough shuteye. Aim for seven to eight hours a night.

Maje Ayida
Fitness Expert & Affiliate coach at the Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy.

Website: www.olcang.com; www.edenlifestyle.com
Phone: 08077077000


What would you do?

This “what would you do?” segment is taking on more of a “what do you do?” angle this month as I ask, “what are the questions you ask yourself when you’re trying to decide if this is the kind of man or woman you want to be in a relationship with?”

During the “dating” stage after the two of you have met and been talking to each other for a while, you’ll be asking yourself questions to ascertain the direction of the relationship…whether you could go the long haul with the person or whether you should just call it quits.

I’m not talking about the normal questions that answer your physical attraction (like is he or she handsome or beautiful, tall etc…) I’m talking about the deep questions like “has he or she cheated on an ex before?”, “Is he or she a jealous person?”, “can we be ourselves when we are together?”, “do we engage in stimulating conversations?” these are the types of questions that’ll put things into perspective. The answers will tell you whether the two of you are wasting your time or if this is the real deal.

Let me tell you why the answers to these kinds of questions are insightful…if he or she has cheated on an ex before I’d say it shows weakness (I know there are so many theories to cheating that have been explored and feel free to differ but in my opinion, it shows weakness) and would you want to be with a weak man or woman?

Is he or she a jealous person? Hmmmm, now there’s a difference between jealousy and possessiveness so please don’t get the two confused. Jealousy in a relationship is healthy, it shows that the person cares consequently, a bit of jealousy is okay…it’s not a deal breaker, but if that jealousy turns into possessiveness, I’d say get out of there ASAP!

Can we be ourselves around each other? This is a big one…what’s the point of being with someone you can’t be yourself with, having to hide your true personality and how long can you put on a façade for? Trust me, if you can’t be yourself around this guy or girl it may be time to call it quits….

Do we engage in stimulating conversations? Isn’t it nice being involved with someone who you can have intellectual conversations with and who you’re on the same wavelength with? This is a very important point because even attraction can grow if there wasn’t any initial physical attraction. Yes, it’s nice to talk about the small things with him or her but sometimes having serious conversations can give you a deeper understanding of each other and teach you about how he or she views the world…

After all is said and done, there is no limit to the amount of questions you should ask yourself… ask all the necessary questions that’ll cancel your doubts, or at least direct you as to what action to take next.


I bet you didn’t know this person is Nigerian

Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel! We all know him as SEAL…I have to say, I was so proud when I found out this man is of Nigerian descent. I wholeheartedly pay him homage as he is part of a lot of people’s childhood and adulthood. A lot of us have grown up with his music, from “Kiss from a Rose” to “Crazy”, not forgetting the remake of “Fly Like an Eagle” (and they are just a few).

Though Seal was born on 19th February 1963 in Paddington to a Nigerian mother (Adebisi Ogundeji) and a Brasilian father (Francis Samuel), he was actually raised in the City of Westminster in inner London by his foster family.

Seal has won numerous music awards including three (not one, not two but THREE) Brit Awards, Four Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award (not shabby at all, ey?). As well as being a singer, Seal is a songwriter for which he has also won awards.

In regard to his relationship status, Seal was married to the German model Heidi Klum for 7 years and the couple had 3 children together (Seal also adopted Heidi’s daughter from a previous relationship, making the official number of children 4). The couple have since divorced. Seal is currently reported to be in a relationship with model Erica Packer (I think it’s safe to say that Seal has a thing for models lol).


Mother’s Day and Mothering Facts

  1. • The youngest mother on record was Lina Medina, who delivered a 6½-pound boy by cesarean section in Lima, Peru in 1939, at the age of 5 years and 7 months.
  2. • About 4 million women will have babies this year.
  3. • August is the most popular month in which to have a baby.
  4. • Last year flowers were more popular than Mother’s Day gifts and cards.
  5. • There are more phone calls made on Mother’s Day than on any other day of the year.
  6. • The number of people calling their moms on Mother’s Day has declined in recent years due to e-mail and other electronic means of communication.
  7. • Mother’s Day is the third-largest card-sending holiday.
    • Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants.

Cheers! To the women who loved us first

There are many observation days throughout the year, some we just acknowledge and others we are encouraged to put a bit more effort into, one of which is Mother’s Day and this year it is on Sunday 6th March. I know we should not be told when to show our mothers love, it should be shown every day of the year. But with the whole hustle and bustle of life, it can be easy to neglect the woman who gave us life.

Today or any day for that matter, when you look back on the past years…I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to the following scenarios and I hope by the end of this article, you’ll realise how much of a gem your mother figure actually is.

Has your mother ever tried to start a conversation with you but deep down you’re thinking “I’m not in the mood for this”, you start giving her one word answers or giving her attitude so that she gets the hint to leave you alone, and the conversation goes something like this “hello darling, where are you?” you: “mum, I’m out with my friends”, mum: “which friends? It’s getting late, please be careful”, with your eyes rolling and with an annoyed tone you respond with “mum, chill I’m fine…I’m not a kid any more”. Let’s get this straight; to your mum, you will always be a child, even when you have children of your own, that sense of worry will never go away.

When you were a baby you kept her up throughout the night whilst she tried to decipher whether you were hungry, dirty or just wanted to be cuddled, now that you’re older, you keep her up worrying about where you are and who you’re with. Mothers are truly God’s blessings that we tend to take for granted from time to time. A mother’s love is unconditional, they don’t even necessarily expect the same love back, it’s selfless, it’s unique and it’s beautiful!

The other day I came across an article that was titled “the 5 mother types”, there was the perfectionist mother, the unpredictable mother, the best-friend mother, the me-first mother. Under each category the writer stated the strengths and emotional legacy children will obtain from having mothers from each category (all were positive) however, the last category was the best and I think most of us have mothers or a mother figure in this category…the complete mother category. The complete mother has traits from the other four categories and I’d say that children of mothers from this category flourish the most and are well balanced.

Our mothers impact our lives in many ways, our emotions, strengths, attitudes and the way we relate to others. When she gave birth to you, your mother knew exactly what kind of mother she wanted to be to you and has been trying her damn hardest to live up to it. All we are and who we are, we owe it to our mothers, so thank her in a different way this year and let her know exactly how special she is. Remember, you only ever get one mum!


The “it” guys of EbonyLife TV

Tosin Odunfa has been quite the talker for as long as he can remember, so being a TV presenter is pretty much second nature. His first TV job was at 21 for a show called Hotstuff and at University in America (Howard University). He was one of the go-to-guys to be the host for school shows.

After University, it was MCing weddings for friends and family. He then became an “On-Air Personality” with Classic FM in 2010 and then he got picked to join the EbonyLife TV team after participating in the reality TV contest Mo’s Search.

Tosin loves music and his favourite musicians are overwhelmingly Nigerian. Here are some of his favourite and in his words: 2Face is a prolific songwriter writer, Vector is  a poetic lyricist who has a relaxed personality and D’Banj is an aggressive entrepreneur who makes monster hits. Chidinma is a delightful spirit with a great voice. Phyno and Olamide, Show Dem and of course Tiwa brought sexy back to female musicianship.


Lose Weight and Keep it Off!

There are certain steps you can take to change your lifestyle and slowly but surely get to your desired weight. A healthy weight loss is weight loss of 3-4pounds a week that is about 1-2kilograms per week. Here are a few tips for a healthy weight loss.

1. Drink water

Hunger can be sometimes confused with dehydration, so instead of a snack, the next time you feel hungry, drink some water. Limit soft drinks and alcohol.  Drinking water before meals will make you feel full faster and you therefore eat less.

2. Eat real carbohydrates

Eliminate refined and processed carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, rice, ola-ola, sugary  cereals and include real complex carbohydrates in your diet. Real carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Legumes are the different kinds of peas and beans. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber which slows digestion and promote stable blood sugar levels. They are packed with anti-oxidants which help reduce inflammation in the body and also fight off free radicals that cause cancer and disease.

3. Choose healthy fats

Most people have heard that fats are not good for you as they make you get fat, not true.  We need some form of fat in our bodies. Fats are used by the body for insulation and  for easy absorption of some fat soluble  vitamins like A and D which are necessary for a healthy heart. Fats also provide the body with energy, contributes to healthy hair formation, healthy skin and nails.

4. Healthy proteins

Proteins are used to replenish and renew our cells and stabilize blood sugar. So these should also be included in your diet. The minute proteins leave your fork, they start working to slim your waist line. Protein requires a lot of energy to digest, metabolize and use so therefore you burn more calories. They also take longer to leave your stomach, so you feel fuller for longer.

5. Have a healthy breakfast

It has been observed that when you eat a healthy hearty breakfast, you wake up your metabolism with a good boost. Breakfast gets your metabolism working after the break from eating while you slept. A healthy breakfast keeps your craving at its lowest because the breakfast keeps you fuller especially if your breakfast included protein and fiber.

6. Remain active

Staying active is very important for the body. Not only does it keep you lean and fit. It boosts your mood too. Exercise helps burn more calories/energy resulting in weight reduction. It also increases the body’s metabolism, reduces the circumference of the waist, and reduces resting heart rate and blood pressure.

7. Get enough sleep

Sleep is very important for regulating the body’s energy, metabolism and appetite.

8. Eat home cooked meals

When you eat foods that are cooked at home, you are able to have better control of what goes on your plate. You have control over portion sizes (quantity) and quality of food. You can control the amount of salt, type of fat that is used in preparing your meals.

9. Keep a food diary

Keeping a food diary helps you keep track of what goes into your body and you are able to keep track of how your body feels when you eat certain foods. Some foods might affect you adversely and a food diary will help you pin-point what food that was.

 A healthy approach to weight loss is always best!

Ogochukwu Ashiru

Health Coach & Affiliate coach at the Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy.

Website: www.olcang.com;
Phone: 08077077000



I bet you didn’t know this person is Nigerian…

Just looking at this beauty on face value, you would never guess that she’s Nigerian…but her name sure does give her away…who is she? She’s none other than Ashley Madekwe.

Madekwe was born on December 6th 1981 in London, England, to a half Nigerian half Swiss father and an English mother. What is she most known for? Well, that would be her role in the popular 2011 TV series, Revenge as well as her previous roles in Venus and Cassandra’s Dream.

Talking about her role of Ashley Davenport, she is quoted to have said, “On the ‘Revenge’ set, even if they’re not showing my feet, I’ll still wear my heels because it gets me in the feeling of Ashley Davenport”. Hmmm, so Ashley played Ashley in “Revenge”? It must have been easy getting accustomed to her role name.

Other quotes she’s made that’ll give you an insight to her personality include, “when the weather is really hot, I tend to live in denim cut-offs”, “nobody is all good or all bad”, “I hate in when people are impolite to waiters or to the valet guy or the guy in the supermarket. There’s no need for that; it doesn’t cost anything to be polite.” What a down-to-earth young lady? Oh, she’s also married to Iddo Goldberg…sorry men!


What would you do?

Any woman who has or earns more money than a man is an asset, hold that thought for a minute…

Women usually also say “ain’t romance without finance”…which statement holds more weight in this day and age?

You can look at this from two angles, one being you have a boyfriend therefore you are not married you are not tied to him, he is not tied to you. What would you do? You’re earning a very comfortable sum, you’ve got cash flow on lock and life is great! You met a guy a little while back, he isn’t working but he’s got the best personality, he’s ambitious. Would you say “forget him, he needs to get his ish together before we can get together” or would you say, “It doesn’t matter, it’s only a temporary situation. Afterall, he has an amazing personality and that’s rare these days”?

Then we have the other scenario, you’re married to a great man and you both have a family to feed. You’re the main bread winner now the question is, do you submit to him as the head of the house as you’re meant to? I think that as long as the woman is submissive and humble, there shouldn’t be a problem. However, we can’t forget the fact that men have egos and if things aren’t as they’re meant to be, their ego gets hurt BIG TIME!

To get a better understanding, let’s look at the two scenarios in a deeper light. One being that the two of you are dating, courting whichever one slips out of your tongue easier and the other being on the premise that you’re married.

Okay, so come on ladies this is the 21st century is it really a big deal if as a woman you earn more than your boyfriend? To be honest, he hasn’t put a ring on it, the money you make is still yours (you’re not obliged to share it with him though it would be nice) I have been in relationships whereby I have been the sole provider, he wasn’t working and I did it out of care for his wellbeing. I’d say as long as he is ambitious and has long term goals that sit well with you, it’s really not a big deal. Just because he’s not working today doesn’t mean he can’t get his big break tomorrow, we’ve got to start looking at the bigger picture. Just wait it out and see where his connections and pursuits take him.

As for the married women earning more than their husbands? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it and I don’t think it’d be fair to make your husband to feel less of a man for it either. Just like I previously stated, just because he isn’t earning big bucks right now, doesn’t mean he won’t get a higher paying job tomorrow and to be honest, he’s probably feeling uneasy about it…let’s not add unnecessary tension.

In light of all that’s been said, is it a big deal for the woman to earn more money than the man? No, it isn’t…as long as there’s respect from both parties it shouldn’t matter who is bringing in the most “dough”. No situation is permanent so just because she’s earning more than the man today, doesn’t mean it’ll be that way forever.


Valentine’s Day: What does that mean for the singletons?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I have to dedicate this one to the singletons! Let’s talk “the single life”. There are some people who cannot do without being in a relationship whilst there are others who prefer the single life. The thing is if you can’t be happy during the single periods of your life, chances are it will cause problems in the future in regard to relationships, eg. Low self-worth, clinginess or the ability to think for yourself.

I know Valentine’s Day is upon us and it’s now more than ever that society makes the singletons feel like outsiders, but my advice to you is enjoy the single life while you can! Some people try to avoid the “single status” as though it’s a disease but I’d say wear it, rock it and own it like it’s an award you’ve won. It can be the most glorious time if you embrace it.

Being single gives you the chance to find yourself (especially after a break up). You’ll discover that you’re a different person to how you were before you went into the last relationship so you’ll have to discover yourself again. Find out what you do and don’t like…

This period will also give you a chance to explore what you want to do with your life whilst creating your own rules without having to think about what your partner will say. You’ll be free to take chances, explore other countries for months on end. Try your hand in this industry or that industry, the possibilities are endless and the freedom is like none other.

Regain your health! I came across one of the funniest but most spot on quotes once which read “break-ups produce the best body builders”. Most times after a break up, men and women head straight to the gym, the men say “I’m going to bulk up and make her wish she didn’t leave me” the women say, “I’m going to work out in the gym and make him cry for this Kim Kardashian body”. This is all well and good but I’d say get your health back for YOU! You may have picked up a few unhealthy habits whilst in the relationship so there’d be no better time than now to work on your mind, body and soul.

After saying all this you should know that I’m not saying relationships are bad, relationships and marriages alike (the right ones) are great but whilst you’re single it would be wise to invest in yourself. So this Valentine’s Day, love yourself (even buy yourself a gift) and embrace the single life!