Stretch Marks: Mama Mio’s Goodbye Stretch Marks

There was only one time when seeing a tiger was funny- when smoldering Bradley Cooper woke up with Stuart in “The Hangover”. Unfortunately, stretch marks that look like tiger claws on your body aren’t funny at all. Whether it was puberty’s gift to you, or your precious baby’s way into the world, these scars are a universal problem amongst women of all shapes and sizes. Women develop stretch marks at various times during life, usually marked by rapid growth and stretching of the skin (puberty, pregnancy, or other periods of weight gain). As the dermis (a layer of your skin) stretches, or is exposed to shearing forces small tears can lead to these unsightly lines. But don’t fret ladies, Mama Mio has got your back (and your belly and your hips).

Mama Mio’s “Goodbye Stretch Marks”, is a blend of peptides, fruit and algae extracts, and oils that aims to help reduce the signs of both old and new stretch marks. The ingredients are safe to use during pregnancy and while nursing,  but can be used at any time- preggers or not.

The Nitty-Gritty: The product is packaged in a pump and allows you to squeeze out as much as you need. This is better than the typical tub or jar where it’s easy to waste product.The scent is generally mild, although it may be strong for some. The texture of this product is amazing! It’s a mix between whipped cream and body butter, and glides onto skin easily. Although the instructions say apply 3x/day for 12 weeks, the third application was pretty challenging. The am and pm application was pretty simple, but that mid-day one is killer. I used an alarm on my cell phone but that plan lasted for about five minutes. So unless you can be really diligent, you’ll probably manage to do two applications, maybe three on weekends.

Image and Product courtesy of www.mamamio.com

The Results: It was easy to be skeptical, but this product is all around legitimate. You won’t see results overnight (and the company reminds you of this on their website and packaging), but after two to three times daily applications, you’ll start to notice softening and fading of your stretch marks. The vibrant white or red will fade and you will notice the marks begin to blend into your skin. It took about four weeks to start seeing results, and you may not see a change for six weeks, but be patient, and you’ll be glad you toughed it out. By week ten, the smaller stretch marks were practically invisible and larger/deeper ones were fading.

The Price: A tube of Goodbye Stretch Marks will set you back about $70. Obviously, this is not a small sum of money. Having said that, you will NOT be disappointed with the results. If you use the product as directed (paint on to your stretch marks) you will need one tube, depending on how many marks you want to work on.The natural ingredient list will also make you feel good about what you are using on your body.

The Bottom Line: Many products claim to reduce or eliminate stretch marks, but few actually deliver results. If used correctly, you’ll get great results from the Goodbye Stretch Marks cream. The price is a bit steep, but the natural ingredients and extracts make the premium worth it. Additionally,the cream has a targeted formulation that is specific for stretch mark relief and healing, making it much more effective than traditional oils or cocoa butter, which are mainly used for moisturizing. Even if you can’t manage the 3x/day application you are still likely to see benefit, so it is absolutely worth a try- you have nothing to lose except your stretch marks!

Good Fats: Friend or Foe? The Surprisingly Fatty Foods that Boost Weight Loss

Often times we are taught that fat is bad, but the reality is our bodies need fat to survive. Saturated fats tend to be the ones you want to limit because they are responsible for increasing cholesterol and creating inflammation in the body. Unsaturated fats, however, can have restorative effects, and help your body process other foods more efficiently. They also tend to wreak less havoc on your digestion and assist in blood glucose control. These are a few traditionally “Fattening” foods that can actually stimulate fat burning. 

Olive Oil: This is extremely high in omega -3 fatty acids, which are not only heart healthy, but reduce inflammation and speed up fat burning. Omega-3’s have also been known to help alleviate joint pain and slow the progression of memory loss. Add a few teaspoons to your marinara sauce or grilled vegetables. If you’re feeling really adventurous, try olive oil ice cream- you won’t regret it!

Nuts: Packed with protein and minerals, they can act as an immediate source of energy to help fuel increased fat burning. In addition to omega-3’s, nuts also contain plant sterols that are substances that help to drive down cholesterol. They also contain fiber, another weight loss warrior. Add a handful of nuts to your yogurt or cereal in the mornings, or even add some to your salad.

Avocado: This fruit is notoriously “fattening”, yet when combined with complex carbohydrates, it can keeps most of us satiated longer and promotes effective digestion while helping burn calories. Avocado is also known to help maintain brain function and contribute to more youthful, vibrant skin. Try adding a slice to your morning egg and toast, or blend together with lime and spread on your sandwiches.

Weekend Sabotage: Is Letting Loose Leading to Tighter Pants?

We all forget things sometimes. I forgot that Jessica Simpson is pregnant again, because it seems like it’s been a while. A long while. Did you forget that New Year’s resolution you made? For many of us, the weekend really sets us back when it comes to healthy eating and living.  Here are some ways to get back on track :

Fill Up during the day: Don’t starve the entire day and go wild at night. A simple way to avoid this is to eat small meals throughout the day with protein. You will stay full longer, and you won’t turn up at the party feeling famished. This way if you want to enjoy some more carbohydrate rich foods in the evening you haven’t deprived your body the entire day.

Vary your Alcohol Intake:  Consuming liquid calories can most certainly make the night entertaining, but often times we pay for these decisions for much longer. Alternate an alcoholic drink with sparkling water and lime, or unsweetened tea. This allows you to still drink socially and not go overboard on the calories. You will also stay hydrated and less likely to binge on other foods later.

Shrink your portions: Its easy to load up on everything that looks good. Consider eating only half of an item you want and try a few other things instead. This way you get a variety of tastes and you can sample everything.

Fix your plate with mostly veggies: Vegetables can fill you up and help you feel satisfied. As you add in some of the less healthy options, vegetables provide your body the fiber and minerals it needs to process the other foods more effectively. Avoid heavy sauces and dressings.

Don’t feel guilty: If you have generally been eating healthy and you splurge at a party, don’t worry about it! Start over the next day, and avoid guilt from the previous evening. Some research even suggests that having a “cheat day” can boost your metabolism and help you lose unwanted pounds quicker. Plan for an active day to help you burn off some of the other calories you may have consumed.