Body inspirations


If I am going to get myself into gear I need to have my inspiration images reminding me through my crazy diet that these are the bodies I want to achieve! All of these celebrities have done a crazy fad diet and it seems I am going to be following in their footsteps! Watch this space readers! will be announcing my fad diet I am doing in the net couple of days!


Top 5 FAD diets

In my battle to shed weight quickly I have researched what seems hundreds of diets, and here are my top 5 fad diets. The have been chosen for being the most crazy, effective and the best quick fix.

1.The 13 day Danish diet

This is one of the craziest diets I have ever heard off. The diet itself consists of lettuce, spinach, coffee, boiled eggs and water to curb cravings. The rule is if you break any of the rules you have to immediately stop and wait 6 months to try it again. It is designed to increase your metabolism and is has been (loosely) claimed to make you loose up to 22 pounds. This diet in my opinion is a way to starve yourself and I can imagine after the fifth day I will be devouring a chocolate bar.

2. Maple Syrup Diet

Favoured by Beyonce this diet claims that you can loose a stone in a fortnight. The concoction consists of syrup mixed with lemon juice, water and cayenne pepper. You don’t eat anything for 2 weeks and can only drink this and water. This in my opinion would work, but you starve yourself and you’ll bound to gain the weight back once you start eating solids again. You have 2-3 of this syrup cocktail each day and the weight is simply meant to melt away.

3. Cabbage Soup Diet

This diet only last for 7 days, more manageable then some other diets. I have tried this diet last year and it worked, but I gained the weight straight back. The cabbage soup flushes everything, and I mean everything, out of your system. All you can have is cabbage, carrots, leafy greens, cranberry juice and water. On some days you are allowed a small salmon steak or beef steak so this fad diet is easier to tackle then some other ones. I learnt that to make the soups more flavoursome I use vegetable stock cubes to boil my cabbage in.

4. 3 Day Diet

Dieters have claimed they have lost 5-8 pounds in just 3 days. The menu consists 3 set meals, relatively all salad based but all meals in really small portions. You are even allowed a scoop of ice cream! This diet does seem to good to be true but I am very tempted to give this one a go. The most attractive part of the diet is that it only last 3 days.

5. Negative Calorie Diet 

This was the big Hollywood diet last year. The diet consists of Fibrous complex carbohydrates, basically green vegetables. Some green vegetables like celery, broccoli, asparagus and courgettes take more of your bodies energy to digest. For example a stick of celery is 5 cal and it takes 95 cal for your body to digest it, this means negative calories. the way the diet works is that fibrous vegetables fill you up, so by consuming low calories belly filling foods it will cause weight loss rapidly.

The Alkaline Diet

Thealkaline diet is the most raved fad diet this year. With celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst and Victoria Beckham raving about it’s effects (just look at their amazing bodies) no wonder dieters are wanting to try it. This diet has been the underdog of the dieting industry for a while but the latest book ‘Honestly Healthy Alkaline Programme’ by chef Natasha Corrett and nutritionist Vicki Edgson, it has become a cookbook on every dieters self.


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What is the Alkaline Diet?

Well the ‘Honestly Healthy Alkaline programme’ consists of you eating alkaline foods to keep your bodies PH between 7.35 and 7.45. Our stomach is acidic (PH 1.35-3.5) as this is how we digest our food, but the diet is designed to balance out your PH level, this in affect is meant to improve your overall health. The diet is vegetarian based consisting of fresh vegetables and some fresh fruit, nuts, grains and soy products.

It is believed that heavily acidic diets unbalance the bodies PH, promoting the loss of essential minerals. this imbalance makes people prone to illness and gaining weight.

The alkaline diet is healthy, says Marjorie Nolan, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman.”It’s a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of water, avoiding processed foods, coffee, and alcohol, which are all recommendations for a generally healthy diet anyway”.

Here are a few examples of foods you can eat in the alkaline diet:

-sweet potatoes






In my battle to fight the bulge I think I will a recipe from the alkaline diet and see what all the fuss is about. Keep you posted readers!



How To Lose Weight Without All The Stress


Every good plan starts with a solid foundation and weight loss is no different. It is imperative to build your lifestyle around the goals you are setting. When you have the right information, you become unstoppable. These knowledgeable tips are a good way to help get yourself in a good frame of mind.

rapid fat loss You must create a weight loss plan that you will stick with through the end. For instance, you need to take into account that you’ll probably be tempted to eat unhealthy but delicious foods. Try and come up with healthy snacks to take the place of unhealthy temptations.

Keep a calorie journal so you can be aware of how many calories you are consuming each day. You can do this by monitoring the amount of calories and calculate them by your personal daily needs. Ensure that your calories are equally divided throughout your day…

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Slim Sticks, are they really a gastric band in a glass?

Being a woman obsessed with the newest fad diets or crazy exercise regimes, I came across this new product Slim Sticks. As it claims to be ‘the simple way to lose weight’ I though I would take a closer look and see if I would give it a go for my individual project idea.

Slim Sticks have become the newest ‘miracle’ drink to make you shed the weight. Slim sticks are a dissolvable sachet you simply add to water, which experts claim is a ‘revolutionary’ way to aid weightless


The way it works is that due to the drinks hunger bursting properties it make you feel full and kills food cravings. The 40 calories drink contains newest crazed ingredient, Konjac. The supplement, Konjac is designed to expand the stomach, instantly creating the feeling of fullness. It has been reported that Sticks are being used as a last attempt for dieters before they get surgery.

Konjac is a natural ingredient derived from the native Asian plant palm oil. The supplement makes you feel fuller for longer, the 3 hours after the palm oil kicks in, this makes the brain thinks there is fat to digest, preventing hunger signals to the brain.

But, is this just another fad for dieters? Personal trainer and nutritionist to the stars Jenny Dawes says ‘This is just another high fibre “quick fix” product which claims to make the stomach feel full quickly.’ Due to Konjac being a fibre, it has a laxative effect and also is believed to have the ability to absorb cholesterol and glucose.

With most quick fix products we must be aware of the long term effects of this supplement. Slim Sticks have only been recently released for sale, so I would be wary to try a product like this.

Books and Photography

Notes from lecture…

1842- first photograph 

The language of photography has changed, as we have become more educated and understanding to art. 

Photograph is an idea not just something that witnesses an event 

Benjamin Stone- member of parliament, amateur photographer 

Pagan Rights – about food, sex and money

also recorded rural life in Briton 

Book: modern photojournalism origin and evolution, 1910-1933 by Tim N.Gidal

the ‘small’ (miniature) camera revolutionised photojournalism as it allowed photographers to take photos in different locations and was easier to transport 


1957- Robert Frank and Jack Caroline 

Robert Frank, swiss commercial photographer who moved to the US and collaborated with Walter Evans. During this time the racial segregation was at his highest. He travelled through the southern states to California then to New York to record ‘storytelling’ events. He was fundamental in the new way of photography, not recording events but narratively showed how an outsider into America felt.



Robert CapaDavid “Chim” SeymourHenri Cartier-BressonGeorge Rodger,William Vandivert, Rita Vandivert 

-all founding members 


Capa – was a recorder, photojournalist 

Valparaiso – Sergio Loreia

this book gives a sense of what Chili was like 

Tony Ray-Jones 

Falkland Road by Mary Ellen Mark – about the sex workers of Bombay, had to pay for access. The subject surrounded with sex, adds intrigue which will sell. 


Chris Killip – In Flagrante 

also photographed skin heads, sex pistols, youth of Briton

Dewi Lewis – good for research

Antoine d’Agata – new photographer, controversial takes drugs and sleeps with sex workers

In the shadow of things – about her mother who suffers from OCD




Advanced online media session 3


Defining Data Journalism


to acquire, research, extract, give sense and shape the information

data journalsim, isn’t a new trend has always been around. recently media organisations have found it easy to collate, research and gather data, more efficiently.

WHO’S WHO of data journalism:

data driven journalsim website

open knowledge OKF

online journalsim blog


to find data eg filetype:xls

Advanced online media session 2

Difference between cinema and tv

cienma: narrative, expectations

(think about your audience at all times)

look at google hangout clips

look at

overall think about your audience ad how they gather information

Slideshows – a way of doing a picture story – series of images with short captions, way of doing long lists

these can be misused by modern sites to generate views, buzzfeed has a policy of avoiding slideshows for its list features

audio slideshows still being produced – especially by photojournalists

The water dance is an example of audio and fashion slideshow for the New York times

Over todays session the focus was on audio slideshows. I leant that the voice of the slideshows is key. It must be engaging, as in emotive and clarity.  The menswear Alexander McQueen slideshow on the guardian online does build the suspense of backstage. However they failed at trying to create a narrative to the piece. The techniques of fading and dissolving the images together in my opinion looked ‘tacky’ and not clean cut like there other video stories. It would have also been suitable to include interviews with the models, stylists or make up artists (would last 3-5sec each) to achieve a more in depth piece that would be more attention grabbing. Lastly it would have been more affective to include the actual runway track instead of recording the show backstage, this would present a cleaner and sophisticated element to the slideshow, improving the quality.

Ralph Lauren Flagship store opening

I have recently been looking though all my favourite videos on youtube and came across the 2010 opening of the Ralph Lauren Flagship store on 888 Madison Avenue. It was in celebration of ten years of digital innovation. It was a 4d experience fusing fashion, art and technology and was highly praised as this show seemed to have pushed the boundaries of fashion. However the show was heavily criticised for it’s cost and the fact that it will attract more rich tourism to an already busy street. Personally it seems that there are always designer stores popping up on the upper east side, especially in Madison Avenue and it is becoming more and more competitive to promote stores. This 4d extravaganza seems like a massive publicity stunt more then anything but it has fused art, fashion and technology together which I admire greatly. The display itself was a visual feast as the eye popping animation was dramatically beautiful. The 7 minute video sequence managed to promote all aspects of the heritage brand;fragrance, clothing, runway, sport an home wear. This in my opinion was very clever and technologically ground breaking.



Overall I think I achieved the brief for the audio assessment. In my interview with Niall Cotrell I thought I edited the sequence well as it flowed without any breaks.However at one part the audio (1:40sec) was slightly jagged. I could have rectified this by re recording that question but due to time constraints I could not do so. I also learnt for future I should not record in a room that echoes as it makes the audio slightly unclear when playing back. During the end of February was London Fashion Week when my audio interview with Niall about the Burberry Prorsum spring summer 2012 was posted, this made it current newsworthy story as people would be blogging, posting and searching about the show- this fulfilled the brief.

In my last audio piece ‘What are the students of Westminster’s favourite item of clothing?‘ I explored what the students of Westminster favourite item of clothing is. Editing the numerous box pops and interweaving them with backing music definitely was a challenged for me as it took me a while to get used to the editing equipment. I also found that our zoom kit was very temperamental which did make interview recording a slight challenge.However I would say that this pieces lacks it news relevance as my piece was not a current choice of topic in media, but it is relevant to the students of Westminster. I also used Crystal Castles music for the backing track, this would bring up an issue of copyright. But I used this music as i thought it evoked the trendy, current and youth of fashion in Westminster campus.

Through out the audio assessments I have least how to use audacity and upload aduios files to blogs which will be very useful for future projects and for my other blogs that I run. I have also learnt how to use zoom kits, which will be useful for interviewing or recording other audio pieces for other projects.


My aim for these video pieces was to explore whether achieving size zero is still a strong trend agmonst the youth of today. My other aim was to post a video diary exploring my views on size zero and to reflect on my finding during the recording process.

My topic of choice I thought was quite a newsworthy topic, as the size zero debate has been around for a decade but got in the media headlines around 2005. I thought it would be interesting to revisit the current state of the trend and see what the average youth would say about it. My video was primarily focused on the women’s point of view as when I interviewed the men they didn’t seem affected by the subject, which wouldn’t of been sufficient content to put into my piece.

During my project I learnt how to use final cut pro, which at first I found very complicated but soon I was able to edit on a standard level. This will help me with future projects and for future videos I many record for my personal blog.I though my video atheistically looked professional as I used text to name the write the profession of each interviewer on the video and thought the piece flowed well as each sequence was well edited together.

To improve my piece I would of preferably interviewed not just students but people in the fashion industry such as models, model agents, designers or an editor of a magazine. This would of given a wider, more objective opinion rather then people in Harrow. It would of also given credibility to my video piece which I would of ideally liked.