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12 Essential Tips On How To Keep Your Denim Jeans Like A Pro

12 Essential Tips On How To Keep Your Denim Jeans Like A Pro

As you walk from store to store, you’re thinking … I’ll never find a pair of jeans that look fabulous on me. And then … there they are. You’re captivated. The display of beautifully styled jeans are inviting you to come and have a look, flirting with you, daring you.

Each style promises you something different. You’ll look photoshopped. You’ll look great from behind. You’ll achieve instant lift. You’ll have a healthier looking silhouette. You’ll appear to have legs for days. You’ll achieve supermodel status.

Excitedly, you reach for the jeans that hold the key to your happiness and quietly walk into the feared dressing room. After trying on a few pairs that don’t quite live up to your expectations, you begin to feel let down. But wait … can this be? You try on a pair of jeans that instantly transforms your body and life! You’re elated and want to celebrate, but you remember where you are, compose yourself and victoriously walk to the register. The price tag is hefty, but you’re excited to bring these beauties home and experience their joy.

You return home with your lovely purchase and realize that it’s important for you to treat these jeans with tender loving care. They were a serious investment and they must stay in your life forever. The information is conflicting as to how to care for your jeans. Machine wash, don’t machine wash, hand wash, never wash. It’s so confusing.

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To help you prolong the life of your jeans and at the same time, achieve that desired lived in look, I’ve come up with 12 essential tips for you.

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    1. Treated Jeans Don’t Need To Be Broken In

    You can wash these more often. But only wash when they have a stain or begin to appear saggy.

    2. Raw Denim Shouldn’t Be Washed For 6 Months

    They take this long to break in. Jeans conform to your body and after being washed, most of their shape is lost.

    3. Maintain The Wash Of Dark Jeans

    Add half a cup of distilled white vinegar to your final rinse cycle, while doing your laundry.
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      4. Prevent Fading

      Wash your jeans inside out, in cold water, on the delicate cycle. Or wash your jeans by hand with a delicate clothes soap made for hand washing.

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      5. Do You Want To Fade Your Denim?

      Wash your jeans once in hot water.

      6. Freshen Up Your Jeans Between Washes

      With normal wear, your jeans may take on undesirable odors. Hang them in the bathroom before taking a shower (the steam will freshen them up) or place them in a plastic bag and put in your freezer for 2 days … it sounds silly, but works like a charm since it kills bacteria.

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        7. Air Dry Denim

        But if you feel you absolutely have to use the dryer, turn the heat setting to low. Take your jeans out before they are completely dry. Lay flat or hang upside down until they’re dry.

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        8. Allow Denim To Breathe

        Never pile your denim one on top of the other in a drawer or on a shelf. This also means don’t hang denim jackets or vests tightly together.

        9. Fold Your Jeans Like A Professional

        Lay your jeans on a flat surface, fold in half, from left to right. Fold the stacked jean legs in half, so the hems of the legs line up with the waistband. Fold the legs in half once more.

        10. Taking Your Jeans To The Tailor?

        Wash New Jeans Twice. Jeans will always shrink in length after being washed.

        11. Are Your Jeans A Little Too Tight?

        Lay flat after washing and tug on the damp waistband by hand. Allow them to air dry. To stretch a little extra, tug on the damp waistband while blasting it with a hairdryer, or go over it with a very hot, steamy iron.

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        12. If You Don’t Have The Time Or Patience To Try Jeans On In The Store

        The Neck Method is recommended. To Determine your jean size, place the waistline around the diameter of your neck. If the waistline of the pant comfortably meets at the back of your neck, the jeans will fit. (This works for most women.)

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        Last Updated on October 5, 2020

        Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

        Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

        Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

        I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

        This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

        What Is Intermittent Fasting?

        As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

        While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

        The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

        Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

        Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

        The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

        It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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        My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

        You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

        Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

        1. Drink Plenty of Water

        Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

        2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

        The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

        3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

        One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

        4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

        The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

        To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

        5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

        While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

        Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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        You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

        How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

        Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

        This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

        Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

        Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

        The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

        Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

        Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

        One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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        This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

        Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

        Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

        Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

        Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

        How Much Weight Will I Lose?

        The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

        While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

        Can I Work out While Fasting?

        Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

        The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

        Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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        Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

        First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

        Is Fasting Safe?

        As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

        I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

        Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

        As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

        I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

        For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

        Conclusion

        Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

        If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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