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If your favourite pair of pants is beginning to feel a little tight, or you want to rid yourself of excess weight and feel the benefits of staying fit, it’s challenging to know where to start. There is a lot of information out there telling you how to lose weight, how to get fit, and how to eat healthily.

However, how much of it can you trust? You need to be able to sift through the mistruths to get to the facts. We’ve listed some common weight loss myths below that may come in helpful as you begin your weight loss journey.

You Should Go on a Detox Diet to Get Started

To get started, you just need to start, and you don’t need a detox diet to be that initial first step. By going on a detox diet, you run the risk of depriving your body of vital nutrients it requires to function. While there are a few positives of detoxing, the overall consensus is that you’re more likely to gain weight after detoxing when you start eating properly again. Instead, just get going. Start exercising, make better food choices, and kickstart your new lifestyle that way.

You Should Avoid Carbs

Low carb diets are everywhere, and it’s often the first thing you think of cutting out when you’re trying to lose weight and think about staying fit. However, the key to healthy carbohydrate intake is knowing which carbs to avoid and which to keep eating. They aren’t all bad. Whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables are all part of a healthy diet.


If you find yourself dreaming about luxury Bali villas, incredible architecture, or stunning landmarks, then it might be time to treat yourself to a holiday. However, given the number of countries ready to offer a unique tourist experience, it can be challenging to decide which country to visit. Rather than close your eyes and point out a random nation on a globe, we’ve included five must-visit countries below. You’re sure to find at least one will pique your curiosity.


Indonesia will prove to be a real eye-opener for any traveller, but if you’ve set your sights on this country, Bali is the ideal hot spot for any tourist. Bali is an Indonesian island with a little bit of everything for those who like variety. You can relax on white sandy beaches, stay in luxury Bali villas, then also enjoy natural attractions such as the coral reefs and volcanic mountains. Then, when the day is done, you can head back to the resorts for unbelievable nightlife.


If experiencing a new culture is on your bucket list, then a trip to Japan is a must. Japan is home to thousands of shrines and temples, cuisine to die for, and plenty of tourist activities in the main centres. While Tokyo and Osaka will appeal to those with a thrill for the hustle and bustle, you can also escape to the outskirts where beautiful gardens and stunning scenery in natural environments await.


Before you even begin to look at bridesmaids gifts, it’s crucial to nail those final details of your bridesmaid outfits first. Even if you’ve already measured all the bridesmaids, ordered their bridesmaid robes, and ensured everyone was happy, did you put in any thought to the type of accessories they can wear or will be wearing at your wedding reception?

If you’ve decided that bridesmaids can choose their own accessories, here are a few things to consider discussing with the girls.


When you first chose the dresses for your bridesmaids, around the same time you looked for bridesmaids gifts, you would have had a particular style and theme in mind. And, this theme would need to tie in with the overall look and feel of the wedding. Before you let your bridesmaids go and choose the accessories they like, make sure they are aware of your style preferences. The last thing you want is for them to go and pick out large dreamcatcher earrings for a contemporary wedding.


Believe it or not, the size of the accompanying accessories can make a difference to the entire look of your bridesmaids. After you’ve selected the dresses, and even before you’ve organised bridesmaids gifts, it’s a good idea to give your bridesmaids a run-through of the acceptable sizing. It’s even better if you can offer them a ratio.

While you want their own unique personality to show through, you also don’t want a necklace the size of a dessert plate to overshadow the entire appearance of the dress. To avoid any uncomfortable situations, lay down the ground rules sooner rather than later.


As you browse the many toothbrush choices in your local supermarket, you are sure to become overwhelmed with knowing how to select the best one. After all, why would dentists and supermarkets provide so many options if there wasn’t one type that would suit you the best? If you don’t know what you’re looking for or know which brush is going to be more beneficial for your needs, then there’s a risk you could make the wrong call.

Here’s how to find out whether the toothbrush you have is the right one for you.

The Bristles

There’s a common misconception that the harder the bristles are, the more effective they are for removing food particles from between your teeth. However, as most dentists will agree, soft bristles are more beneficial. They are far more effective at removing plaque and food while being gentle to your gums as well.

The Handle

When you browse supermarket shelves looking for a new toothbrush, you’ll find the handle design varies from one manufacturer to the next. While there’s no “right” handle, it’s important to purchase one that you’re comfortable using. Some have grip patterns around the sides to help you get a firmer handle on it, while others are rippled, flat, rounded, or edged.


There’s something you might not know about Bali – it has a rough rugged side. Nope, were aren’t talking about crime or anything like that. We are talking about the Lucas Oil Ball Off-road challenge that happened earlier this month.

One thing about an off road competition in Bali is that this is probably the only place in the world where romantic and off road can easily be used in the same sentence, not to mention it is also exotic. If this is a sport you participate in at home, if you are ever lucky enough to get invited to the Lucas Oil Bali Off Road event, be sure to take advantage of it and attend.

This year there were 150 vehicles participating in the event, and there are participants from all over the island of Bali. These are extreme racers and light adventure racers – each placed in their own category. The weather can make this even more challenging.


You are stronger than you think you are, but transitioning from a drug rehab facility to the real world can open some dark and dangerous doors. You find yourself in the same environment you left but with the added stress of trying to fight the urges and cravings of beginning to use drugs and alcohol again. Rather than undo all your hard work to get clean, here are five ways to help avoid a relapse.

Change Your Friend Circle

Often, the same friends you come home to are the ones who encouraged your drug or alcohol habit in the first place. While it might be hard to turn your back on them, changing your friend circle is often the best way to begin your clean and healthy lifestyle on the right foot. Those same temptations don’t surround you, nor are unsupportive friends there to tempt you back into a life of drugs and alcohol. Instead, surround yourself with friends and family who you know will encourage you to live your new, clean lifestyle.

Communicate with Your Support People

When you go to drug rehab, you’re typically assigned a support person, or people, to help you both while you’re in rehab and when you leave. If you find yourself struggling with everyday life without drugs, make sure you communicate these feelings with either your support people or your family. Don’t isolate yourself and hide how you’re feeling. The more people who know about your battles, the easier it is to stay on the right path.


Bali continues to grow in popularity as a vacation destination. This should not be surprising since this wonderful little island, which you can drive around the coastline in just one day, packs a powerful punch when it comes to things to see and do. In fact, we couldn’t possibly even make a dent in the things you can see and do, and experience in Bali, but a recent report listed the following as the top ten things to do while you are in Bali.

Nusa Lembongan – Laid-back Nusa Lembongan is free of cars, noises and hassles. The local population is around 7000, and most live in two small villages, Lembongan and Jungutbatu. It’s a delightful place to visit.

Ubud – Leading up towards the mountains, Ubud is perched on the gentle slopes. Ubud’s focus is on the amazing Balinese culture and this is a great place to come and experience it.

Kuta – This is the most fascinating of destinations. On one hand, this is the famous holiday of fun in the sun. A narrow lane of restaurants and bars are ready to make your vacation memorable. On the other hand you can tuck yourself away in a beautiful villa and enjoy your own private pool, in-house private day spa treatments, luxurious accommodations, and so much more.


When you decide to make the courageous decision to book into a drug rehab facility, you will begin to learn a lot about who you are. Or, rather, who you were while you were consuming drugs or alcohol. Choosing to get clean is a big decision to make, and it unleashes some harsh realities about who you hurt and how you hurt them. Below you can find out how your addiction is, or was, affecting your family.

Broken Relationships

As a drug addict, you can often say or do anything if it means the result is getting your next fix. Therefore, you may find a number of your relationships with friends, families, and partners, are impacted or broken beyond ever fixing due to your problem. What many people struggle with is not being able to find the real you inside the drug-addicted version. Therefore, many people in your life often do decide that breaking all ties is the only way they can make it through.


When you enter drug rehab, you will find yourself going through a period of feeling isolated, but it’s nothing to what your family most likely suffered for many months. With a family member who’s a drug addict, many family members find themselves battling with whether they should let people know. Out of embarrassment, shame, or fear, they may decide the best way forward is to keep it bottled up.


It seems the secret is out – marine tourism in Bali continues to grow and thrive, as more and more tourists seek out what Bali has to offer in the form of water sports. Diving, fishing, snorkeling, and numerous other water sports are very popular in a number of Bali destinations whether it’s Seminyak, Legian, Jimbaran, or one of Bali’s other extraordinary beach locations. And of coarse there is always the opportunity to soak up some rays on the beach.

Yos WK Amerta, chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Marine Tourism Association (Gahawisri) says, “The businesses offer facilities for diving, snorkeling, fishing and various water sports and have seen their market continue to grow.”

Whether you’re a pro at water sports or other marine activities or just want to try something new there are endless opportunities and experiences in Bali. As an added bonus, it’s convenient, affordable, and easy to find a villa in Seminyak, Legian, Jimbaran, or wherever you want to hang out. Your own villa adds an entirely new dimension to your Bali vacation.