The wrong way to lose weight- 5 habits to ditch

Spring is here and some cannot wait to flaunt their “bikini bodies”. And well for that unfortunate few who haven’t been religious about their workout the last few months, we understand that you’ll have to work hard to achieve it, however people should wary of adopting extreme diet plans and habits.

It’s true that extreme diet plans and habits can yield extreme results-but not always in the way you’d like. Here’s a breakdown of the changes that happen in your body when you boycott carbs, drink every meal or deprive your body of the calories it needs.

Fat free diet

Picking the right kind of fat is one of the most important tricks of losing weight. Eating food that is packed with the wrong kind of fat will make you fat. Trans fat which are mostly found in some margarines, cracker and cookies and saturated fats found in processed and grain fed meats, do the worst to your body’s nutritional bottom line.

But healthy fats that you get from your olive oil, avocado, dark chocolate will do the opposite. They will suppress you appetite, making you cut down on the number of calories you eat in a day and also improve your heart health and stoking your metabolism.

Protein only diet

Doctors and nutritionists often say Carbohydrates are a huge factor when weigh gain is concerned and suggest  cutting all your carbs in favor of meat, meat, and more meat might help you lose water weight in the short-term. But in the long-term, these kinds of diets aren’t actually any more effective at helping you drop kilos.

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the human body, and when the body is deprived of carbs, it gets forced to burn body and dietary fat and protein to fulfil its energy needs. The breakdown products of burning large quantities of body fat for energy are called ketones. These keytones will then accumulate the body and a build-up of ketones can cause all kinds of damage to vital organs such as the liver and kidneys.

Other nasty side effects include loss of muscle tissue, high risk of high blood-fat levels, unpleasant body odour and bad breath, all cased by the ketones that have taken over the body.

Over exercising

Over exercising can impact one negatively both emotionally and physically. It leads to injuries, exhaustion, depression, insomnia, anxiety, and possible suicide. A person may see deterioration of their personal relationships as a result of their compulsions and frustrations or failure at work or school. Social isolation is common amongst those exercising compulsively as all available time is scheduled with physical activity, usually alone.

A person can become unaware of dehydration or more seriously be affected by natural elements such as heat or cold and suffer heat stroke or frostbite, respectively. Compulsive exercising can lead to insomnia, depression, fatigue, and anxiety. Physical side effects include muscular atrophy and skeletal injuries such as shin splits, bone fractures, arthritis, or damage to cartilage and ligaments. Too much exercise can lead to the release of excessive free radicals, which have been linked to cellular mutations and cancer. Females may cease menstruation, a condition called amenorrhea.

Drinking laxative tea:

They are often labelled as herbal, organic and recommended by weight loss and detox centres, but are these teas good for you? Laxative teas typically contain Senna as the main ingredient and provide essentially no nutrients and no calories for you. Dieters together with colon-cleansing fans equally sip on these stimulant laxatives during the day or before they go to sleep, but are not aware that they could cause more harm than good.

They irritate your intestinal wall and stimulate your colon, forcing your body to get rid of whatever is in your digestive tract. Though there may not be any immediate negative consequences, side effects include dehydration and nutrient absorption loss, which leads to serious nutritional imbalances, even causing grave damage to the gastrointestinal tract, brain, colon and potentially igniting kidney and heart issues.

Switching to Diet Soda

A lot of people who are trying to lose weight often see the word “diet” in a soda and then assume that it is healthy and that it will assist them in shedding off some weight, however that is unfortunately untrue.  Diet soda’s especially diet coke has ingredients like High Fructose Corn Syrup (and other artificial sweeteners) Natural Flavours and caffeine which are a ll not good for weight loss.

When one consumes regular sugar, the body registers the sweetness and understands that sweet things contain a lot of calories, so since diet sodas are made with a number of artificial sweeteners, the sweeteners tricks the human body so that its internal ability count calories is thrown away. When the calories count is thrown away, the metabolisms get shaken up, making one want to eat more and eventually leading to greater weight gain.



Are you drinking your health away?

Have ever questioned if the drinks you gulp down during breakfast, lunch and dinner are healthy, your 100% juice, organic ice tea and sports drink. They seem harmless right, however the daily consuming of these drinks add up to our health concerns.

A study conducted by the All Media Products has revealed that South Africa is one of the world’s top 10 consumers of sugary drinks and consumption has been growing at about 3% a year. The extreme consumption of sugar affects everyone, from you low-income households to the high –income households.

Sugary drinks have almost become the drink of choice. Sales are relentlessly driven by inescapable, hard-edged advertising and reinforced by aspirations. Yet the reality is that these drinks are far from healthy as frequently consuming these sugary drinks can lead to an increased risk of:

  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Type two diabetes
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Cardiovascular disease

Drinks we think are healthy

  • 100% fruit juice
  • 100% natural green tea/ice tea
  • Sports drinks
  • Vegetable juice
  • Diet Coke


  • Tea leaves/Natural tea
  • Coconut water/electrolyte water

Ingredients to watch out for in drinks

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Natural Flavours
  • Brominated Vegetable oil
  • Modified food starch
  • Red 40


  • High Fructose Corn Syrup

HCFS is known to have ginormous loads of pure fructose and sugar; however the syrup contains other toxic chemicals. During the manufacturing of the syrup, chemical contaminants used in that process end up in the syrup, and chloralkali is used in the process. What we didn’t know is that Chloralkai contains mercury. And there are trace amounts of mercury found in high fructose corn syrup-containing beverages meaning that when consumed occasionally the heavy metal can build up in the body, causing health problem.

Eating too much HCFS can also cause Hepatic Steatosis also know as fatty liver, which is mostly common in America and about 90 million American are diagnosed with this disease, which is why The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition links food that contain HFCS to obesity, saying the tastier the food is, the more likely you are to overeat it, causing too much damage for your health, leading to diabesity which is pre-diabetes and Type two diabetes.

  • Natural Flavours

Natural flavours are complex mixtures created by specially trained food chemists known as flavourists. The mixtures contain more than 100 different chemicals including preservatives, solvents and other substances. These are defined as “incidental additives.”

Natural flavours appear safe for human consumption when consumed occasionally in processed foods. However, given the number of chemicals that may be part of a natural flavour mixture, adverse reactions are always possible.

  • Brominated Vegetable oil

Is a flame retarded chemical that is used in citrusy flavoured beverages, it has the element bromine attached to it, and bromine is classified in the halide class and halides often include fluorine and iodine. When consumed the bromine competes with iodine in our body, meaning the more bromine you consume, the lesser the iodine which may lead to Metabolic syndrome, early puberty, reproduction problems, behavioural problems and a decrease of the thyroid hormone.

  • Modified Food Starch

The ingredient is processed with potentially harmful chemicals and has a high risk of contamination and in some cases; we are actually consuming the chemicals.  This poses a health threat and is the actual cause for concern when modified starch is used in processed foods.

Modified food starch contains sulphuric acid, chlorine and maltodextrin, a flavorless powder that is employed as a binding agent in candies, sport enhancing supplements and drinks. Its side effects include sudden weight gain and wheat allergy-like symptoms including rashes, itching, asthma etc

  • Red 40

Red 40 is a certified colour that comes from petroleum distillates or coal tars; it is used to make our foods look more appealing and fresher. However it is very harmful to our health as a number of individuals have had adverse reactions caused by this ingredient.

Red 40 causes hyperactivity in children, caused immune-system tumors in animal studies, and has caused many people to have severe allergic reactions ranging from hives and swelling, to anaphylactic shock, it is also implicated in learning disabilities.

So all-in-all we emphasize the importance of going through the ingredients of every product you purchase and knowing whether they are healthy or not. Learn to eat food as medicine otherwise we will be forced to eat medicine as food.


DA calls on Grace Mugabe to hand over her documents

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Zimbabwe’s First lady Grace Mugabe to hand over all her passports to the South African government to ensure that she does not flee the country.

DA’s Shadow Minister of Police, in a statement said is Mugabe doesn’t hand over her documents she will remain “massive” flight risk.

“…it is imperative that South Africa be assured that Grace Mugabe will not flee the country in order to evade justice. The only way to ensure this is for all her passports to immediately be surrendered,” said Mbhele.

On Sunday Mugabe was accused of assaulting a South African model Gabriella Engels and was pleading for diplomatic immunity.

This follows after she failed to turn up at the Randburg Magistrates Court to answer to assault charge.

Mbhele said the Departments of police and International Relations, as well as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), needed to play their role and ensure that the Zimbabwean First Lady is held accountable for what she has done, because she doesn’t qualify for diplomatic immunity.

“Grace Mugabe needs to be arrested to face charges of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm – charges for which the investigation is complete and ready for court,” said Mbhele.

“The DA has already confirmed that Ms Mugabe does not qualify for diplomatic immunity, and reports today confirm that the government is similarly in possession of a legal opinion to this effect,” added Mbhele.

On the other hand, it has been rumoured that President Robert Mugabe might use his visit to South Africa to try and help the situation surrounding his controversial wife and kids.

President Mugabe is currently in SA for this week’s 37th South African Development Community (SADC) Summit in Pretoria. He arrived on Wednesday.

Gerrie Nel to represent Gabriella Engels

South African advocate and Prosecutor is gearing up to take on the first lady, this comes after Nel joined the Afriforum.

On Thursday the Afriforum announced that it will be supporting Engels in her criminal case against the first lady. The rights group said it aims at pressurising the NPA and police to apply justice fairly to ensure that the first lady is not granted diplomatic immunity.

By Senzile Kubheka

Etwatwa Residents receive 300 title deeds

Etwatwa Residents receive 300 title deeds

The city of Ekurhuleni on Wednesday (24May2017) handed out 300 title deeds to the residents of Etwatwa Ext 9 and 10.

Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile addressed Etwatwa residents, where he urged commuters to not sell their houses, even though they have title deeds and then blame the government.

“I plead with you not to sell your RDP houses and move back to shacks. We are today giving you title deeds which are confirmations that you are now home owners. Do not sell your houses and then blame the ANC for not giving you houses,” said Mashatile.

He then pleaded with the residents to report anyone who is trying to sell his/her RDP house, as this is a setback to the city.

Gogo Thamaria Mdlalose who was the first person to receive her title deed said she was ecstatic that after 20 years of being an Etwatwa resident, she is finally a home owner, with a title deed.

“I am pleased to know that even if I die, my five daughters and grandchildren will always have a roof over their heads,” said Mdlalose.

Even though a number of commuters where happy the number of title deeds being handed out, a few questioned when they will be receiving their own. However Mashatile assured them that they will receive them as the city was processing over 39 000 title deeds.

Mashatile also said the government has allocated and approved six “mega projects” for the city of Ekurhuleni.

He then called on all councillors around Etwatwa to keep in touch with community members and inform them about the progress of building houses in the area.

“I have a letter here with me and I will hand this letter to the councillors because I want them to inform you commuters about the number of houses which will be built in certain extensions around Etwatwa,” said Mashatile.

“And another thing will also be allocating land, service sites to individuals who are able to build their own houses. In those stands we will make sure that there is electricity and running tap water,” added Mashatile.

Mashatile then touched on the issue of women violence and pleaded with commuters to communicate with the police and report women and child violence.

Mthandeni ‘Igcokama Elisha’ releases his 8th Album

Mthandeni Sibusiso Manqele popularly known as Igcokama Elisha, the most loved Maskandi artist, is set to release his brand new 15 tracks album this weekend titled “I-Thousand”. The official release for this long awaited album is this coming Saturday, 3rd June.

This album is Igcokama Elisha’s 8th album since he started his solo career in 2013 and it comes with songs like “My Toffoluxe” for the lovebirds and “Hello Hello” to revive the hashtag: #UnyakaWamaBhinca, hence it is without doubt that this new album will also be well received by a number of Africans.

Manqele is a 29 year old KwaZulu-Natal born and bred hit maker from a small area called Mtubatuba, has promised that his new album is focused on growing his career as an artist, songwriter, delivering the best music to the Maskandi music lovers and contributing to the growth of this genre.

In this new album, Igcokama Elisha fans hope that the hit maker continues to brings innovation in the genre that speaks to the new generation with a sound that is inspired by what the youth in South Africa likes currently.

Manqele has taken the Maskandi genre to greater heights as he has made history by being the first Maskandi artist to be an Ambassador for a clothing brand called Cutty. In 2016 he was also the first Maskandi artist to be featured in an urban magazine called True Love Magazine

Motheo Institute celebrates 78 ECD graduates

Motheo Training Institute Trust on Friday held a graduation ceremony where 78 Early Childhood Development (ECD) graduates received their FET Certificates.

The Event was graced by various guest speakers including Dr Thabi Molete who attended on behalf of Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi and a representative from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Pauline Ngakane.

Molete during her address commended the Director of Motheo Meshack (Rex) Molefe and said she was impressed that a male was involved in promoting the importance of early childhood development and giving women the opportunity to be employable.

“I am impressed that I see a man being involved promoting and showing the importance of ECD and proving that ECD can be promoted by any individual in any gender,” said Molete.

Ngakane, a representative from Ekurhuleni stressed the importance of being an ECD practitioner and how the municipality being a practitioner would benefit both the city and the country.

“As Ekurhuleni we hold your work in high importance and high esteem and we have also created platforms of rewarding the work that you are doing through some of the ECD awards,” said Ngakane.

“Graduates and also practitioners your success in ECD is equally a success for us as Ekurhuleni. What you have achieved today makes a positive contribution to the larger early learning development environment and also towards our economic growth as a country,” she added.

The day was filled with great speakers; however the children from Sabelo Day-care and South African Red Cross Day-care warmed hearts of ceremony attendees as they demonstrated what their ECD teachers are teaching them and how it benefits them as learners

Two graduates Nomvula Mohlala and Nomvula Shongwe expressed their excitement and said they can’t wait to go out there and be with children, teaching them rhymes, shapes and dancing

 “I mark this day as a great day, since it is the beginning of my career as an ECD practitioner. I know that with this certificate I will be able to contribute positively to the lives of the foundation phase learners, which is why I am also volunteering at Bhekimfundo Primary School,” said Mohlala.

“I am so excited that I have finally received my qualification because now I can register for a day-care centre with my qualification and if that doesn’t work I can also get permanent employment dealing with children because I honestly love dealing with children,” said Shongwe.

Molefe during his speech also expressed his gratitude towards the whole event and said the qualification which the graduates hold will contribute positively towards the economic growth of this country,as they will have employment and in turn reduce the high number of poverty in the country.

He then reminded the graduates the importance of being an ECD practitioner and said they must love and enjoy their career paths because they will be assisting in laying a great and steady foundation for children, which will in turn ensure that reach Matric and study further.



Springs Mall Shoppers welcomed by gun shots

Shoppers on Thursday during Springs Mall opening were greeted by gruesome sounds as gun shots rang out, leaving four individuals injured.

Shortly after the ribbon cutting ceremony, a number of shots were fired at the mall’s second (2nd) entrance. It was alleged that the individuals who fired the shots were attempting to rob the Fidelity cash-in-transit vehicle headed to Nedbank.

A reliable source from Netcare 911 confirmed that there had apparently been a cash-in-transit robbery, which left four people injured and one of the victims being airlifted to the nearest hospitals due to their critical condition.

Despite the whole event, shoppers were not discouraged as they enthusiastically continued with their browsing and shopping.

Two shoppers Clara Wallis and Monique Elliott were spotted dancing at Jet Store, saying they will not allow the matter to overwhelm them, or discourage them from enjoying their shopping.

“What happened out there was tragic, but that will not halt us from continuing with our shopping because we are always a happy bunch no matter the situation,” said Willis.

Lindiwe Nkosi a shopper said that she is happy with the new mall because its closer to her house, however she made it clear that she was not pleased with tragic event that took place at the mall, because this was supposed to be all fun and enjoyable; she went on to say that the great thing about the new mall is that it will open job opportunities.

Mahlatse Ndlovu from Bakerton,Springs said she is very happy with the new mall because it is big, has all the necessary shops and closer to her house.

Then Prince Ndlovu , Mahlatse’s husband, said he was also happy with the mall because he won’t have to drive far for shopping anymore, as it’s just a five minute drive.  On the tragic that transpired outside, Ndlovu said it was alarming for him because he bunked off work so that he could witness the opening.

Clara Wallis and Monique Elliott dancing at Jet store

The rest of the day in pictures

“I’m here to disturb the peace of the white man”- Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has vowed to disturb the peace of “white man” until land is returned back to black South Africans.

Malema said black South Africans have never known peace because of all the land issues they have and are experiencing.

“They found peaceful Africans when they came here! They slaughtered them! We are here to demand our peace, Land!,” said Malema.

“Revolution is about disturbing the peace of those who are swimming in a peaceful environment through exploitation… they’ve been living in peace on our land while we never knew peace,” he added.

Malema on Monday addressed the masses that came to support him following his appearance at the Newcastle Magistrates’ court on two charges relating to the contravention of the Riotous Assemblies Act.

Malema was released on a warning, however the Leader and his party still maintained their call for land occupation despite the charges.

Malema then said they got him arrested because he threatened the peace of, he also said the ruling party values whites more than blacks.

“They called us here because we disturbed the peace of white people! No one dares touch white people,” said the Leader.

“This country is still in the hands of white people. I do not serve white masters! I’m here to disturb the peace of the white man! We have never known peace,” said Malema.

He added he will halt in his quest to get land for all black South African, as South African heroes: “Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela, were jailed because they disturbed the peace of white people!”

While dozens of EFF members showed up to support their Leader, a few individuals were spotted wearing African National Congress (ANC) T-shirts.

Malema said about them:”the people of the ANC who are here are not here to support Malema but to say, “We want the land!”.




MKMV calls on Mthembu to resign

Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMV) have called on African National Congress Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu to resign from his position.

This follows after Mthembu urged the ANC top six leaders to resign from the party, saying the leadership is abusing power and using governmental institutions to settle political scores within the ANC.

MKMV leader Kebby Maphatsoe said Mthembu’s utterances are a display of pure ill-discipline, he added the comments would promote factionalism within the party in the national assembly.

“He can’t call for all NEC members to resign, if he is principled and brave enough, we will be happy if we can hear tomorrow that he has sent a letter of resignation to the office of the secretary general,” said Maphatsoe.

When asking the top six leaders to resign, Mthembu said he includes himself and President Jacob Zuma.

“President Jacob Zuma is the president of the ANC. When I said the entire ANC leadership that has already taken collective responsibility must take the fall, I meant everybody, myself included, including President Zuma,” said Mthembu.

Maphatsoe said Mthembu’s comments prove that he is not fit to lead the ANC caucus in Parliament; he added Mthembu has continuously spoken against the party’s NEC.


Opposition parties sceptical of ANC’s SABC Parliamentary inquiry

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have expressed their scepticism on the African National Congress (ANC)’s decision to launch a Parliamentary inquiry on the SABC.

This follows after the ANC on Wednesday announced that it has decided to let the Portfolio Committee on Communications launch a parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the SABC Board to hold office.

DA’s Shadow Minister of Communications Phumzile van Damme said they welcome the ANC’s decision.

She then said the announcement made by ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, must be put into action. She then warned that the decision should not be a public relations stunt by the ruling party to save the ANC.

“The board has overseen and allowed for institutional rot to set in at the SABC and should be held accountable for its failures. It is a pity that the ANC allowed the crisis at the SABC to continue to escalate over the last couple of months,” said van Damme.

“The crisis could have been avoided much sooner, nevertheless, we are pleased that they have woken up and smelled the coffee,” she added.

Deputy President of the EFF Floyd Shivambu also said they note and welcome the decision by the ruling party.

However he questioned whether the ANC will keep its word and stick by its decision to save the public broadcaster.

“The ANC Chief Whip made same threats about the SABC board before. Let’s hope this time there will be action. Bring them to Parliament ASAP!,” said Shivambu.

By Senzile Kubheka