Ripped to Shreds

A cutting edge new report aims to destroy many of the myths surrounding fat loss and muscle gain.

The report, Ripped to Shreds, has been co-authored by Liverpool duo Shaun Petafi and Dean Connor and has brought fitness and nutrition in to a whole new era, using the latest scientific literature behind rapid body transformation.

Shaun Petafi believes people looking to improve their physique through diet and exercise are frequently accessing obsolete information.

I think it’s safe to say that no matter how determined one is to lose weight, we all have our days where we would love to chuck the regimented eating schedule into the bin and simply collapse on the treadmill. Well, its not recommended that one collapses on the treadmill as it may result in slight bruising but according to the Ripped To Shreds report skipping breakfast may actually be the way to slimming down- fast.

Waiting for 14-16 hours is also one of the reports suggested methods to speed up weight loss. Simply leave a 14-16 hours gap between your last meal the night before and your lunch as this gives your body a break allowing it to process the food from the day before. That’s all it takes to make your body a “master of controlling insulin”.

As for exercise, we’ve been taught that the longer you exercise for, the more fat is burnt. Well how about the idea that exercising for long periods of time actually encourages your body to store fat? The time taken to boil an egg- 6mins- is a time saving routine that re-programmes how the body uses fat for energy. Whether your lounging on the sofa or panting on the floor afterthis workout, only after 36 hours does your metabolism stop ‘raging’. Awesome.

Kindness UK

The London 2012 Olympics was the epitome of patriotism, sincerity, pride and British culture and attitude. When something big happens, we all come together and share the experience.  And we are sure that Great Britain will share this enthusiasm for the upcoming Paralympics also!

The legacy is the next topic of discussion, and whatever is decided, the London 2012 Olympics and the British attitude should continue, and Kindness UK are making sure that it will.

Kindness UK, a non-profit humanitarian organisation with the sole endeavor of sharing, promoting and uniting kindness, are soon hosting a General Assembly of the World Kindness Movement at their Cricklewood Headquarters from the 18th – 20th September 2012. The conference will bring together kindness movement from across the world including Australia, China, Dubai, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, the USA and obviously the UK. Chosen members of the public will join the delegates and Dr. David R. Hamilton PhD, a world expert in Oxytocin (the Happy Hormone) will be presenting.

David Jamilly, founder of Kindness UK said; ‘we are incredibly excited that London can once again be the forefront of developing a brighter and kinder future.”

 

 

The recipe for summer

Strawberry Daiquiri is a popular drink originating from Cuba, where it is known as a Fresca daiquiri. Making a strawberry daiquiri is really easy.

This is the recipe for the frozen version of this amazing cocktail, which is made by blending all the ingredients.

The Strawberry Daiquiri is a popular cocktail originating from Cuba. Below is a recipe for a Strawberry Daiquiri sorbet. This sorbet is refreshing and delicious.

Ingredients:

  1. 400g strawberries, hulled and chopped
  2. 1 lime, pips removed and cut into small chunks
  3. 120g caster sugar
  4. Pinch of sea salt
  5. 4 tbsp white rum

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve.

Churn in an ice cream maker for 40 minutes.

Eat straightaway or freeze for later.

The days of wine and roses are over

Forget wine, abandon the jug of Pimms and put down that chilled bottle of beer, because the must have drink of summer 2012 is the Strawberry Daiquiri. Sales are up 28% on last year alone and it is expected that Brits will drink more than nine million will drink the sweet, crowd pleasing cocktail this summer. The trend is the result of improved weather conditions and an increase in home made cocktails. Wimbledon is also a major factor as it incorporates strawberries.

According to cocktail experts Funkin, Strawberry puree sales are up by 27.62% which is the equivalent of 9,049,700 individual cocktails (or a great weekend) and the Strawberry producers have seen an increase in strawberry harvesting this year.

Funkin also reports that the demand for strawberries has increased massively and strawberry growers have harvested 52,000 tons of strawberries.

There has been a definite rise in cocktail culture, however, it has moved from the bars to groups of friends socialising and recreating their favourite cocktails at home. The days of pouring a simple gin and tonic or participating in the simple act of removing an ice cold beer from the fridge has been replaced with more sophisticated options including the classic cocktails like the Daiquiri. With summer of events now underway and lots of occasions for entertaining, people are deciding to become their own bartenders.

Britain’s second favourite flavour is Rasberry, with 6 million cocktails being made, where Passion Fruit has seen an increase of 29%.

Location Based Marketing

To put it simply – location based marketing is the art of transferring consumers shared location into revenue.

Location based marketing is very effective tool, that we all most probably use every day without even thinking about it.. But we’ll get to that later.

There are many different form of location-based marketing:

  • Location-based services (LBS): mobile apps such as foursquare and HotList that provide information or entertainment to users based on their location.
  • Near-field communications (NFC): technology that allows two devices that are in close proximity — between two and 20 centimeters — to exchange information.
  • Location-based advertising (LBA): uses tools such as GPS and geo-fencing to locate potential prospects and send them messages.

Out of the apps, Foursquare and Hotlist seems to be the most popular. Both these apps can be linked to Facebook, which is always nice! (It’ll make Facebook a bit more interesting for all of your stalkers.)

Foursquare offers users a fun way to explore their local area. The application works through a phone download. Users add the application to their phones then take it with them as they go out and do things.

HotList is another tool that can help users stay on top of where their friends have been, are and will be going. The application works by integrating Google Maps so users can get a visual on where others are. The user can see where their friends have been and discover places that they like to go. This allows the user to try new places and seek out new local attractions.

If you haven’t heard of these apps, I suggest you give them a go, you never know they might actually help you find something new.

The simplest form of LBM is going to have to be google maps. I think everyone has had that moment when you’re in an area you don’t know so well, and you are starving. The first thing you do is – Whip out the good old smart phone and type a key word like “food” or “Restaurant” into google maps. I’d suggest that all businesses register themselves on google maps, as it is honestly the first thing most of us will turn too.

Near Field Communications is one that has only recently come to the surface, due to the fact that it hasn’t been built into all smart phones (yet).  I’m pretty sure all Londoners have will know how it works, as the oyster card uses exactly the same principle. For example you could have a NFC spot on the outside of a shop and hold your phone up to it, and then all the information about the shop will pop up. You could potentially even do the same with products. I think this type of technology will still take anther year before it is actually used nationally. People always seem to be a little bit hesitant with new technology, especially something like this.

Location based advertising isn’t that big in the UK, but it works on the principle that – Say you are close to a fast food reasturant, and they are have an offer – You’ll receive a message on you phone with a voucher, which would obviously entice you to go there and eat a nice discounted meal.

I think in the next year or so this type of marketing will become the way forward. Most of us will have swanky smart phones that can do supposedly everything under the sun, and we are all on them constantly. So if a business wants to target the consumer, they should target them on smart phones, as we never go without them (Well at least I don’t).

Networking Event

This morning, Through the Door Promotions attended our first networking breakfast. Arriving at the RAF Club in Piccadilly at the bright but early time of 7am.

The networking breakfast happens once a week and is lead by a company called BRX, a business development group and a leading name in business networking.

As we arrived, we were ushered to the president suite where a breakfast was waiting as well as fresh orange juice, which was greatly appreciated in this hot weather. Multiple friendly faces greeted us and handshakes introduced the person attached to them and we were seated around a long table to begin the nuptials.

We expected a less formal event with standing and mingling involved. But instead everyone gave a formal one-minute presentation introducing themselves and their company and what they were looking to gain from the networking event. However, we realised that this was a far more efficient and organized strategy as it ensured that everyone was heard and placed in front of the correct decision makers, and companies could discover what other offerings and referrals were available.

Through the Door Promotions received positive feedback from a number of companies and received two referrals – one for a recruitment company and one from a public speaker. However, the most interesting aspect of the entire morning was receiving a range of cleverly and creatively designed business cards.

That Shit Cray

The ever modest Kanye West announced that “this is the best you will ever see in your life” as he dazzled under the spotlights of London 02 Arena. And last night, Through the Door Promotions was there to catch all of the action. Wearing a Givenchy leather T-shirt, Kanye West was joined on stage by a black clad Jay Z to present the biggest and most elaborate and electrifying show the 02 has ever seen! The two greatest performers nicknamed ‘the Throne’ who both have careers spanning over a decade, united to perform the track list from last years Watch the Throne album as well as diverting to their own extensive back catalogues. Jay Z’s best solo efforts provided well known songs including Empire State of Mind and Run this Town, while Kanye took the audience on a journey through his career performing songs from his first album College Dropout; Jesus Walks and All Falls Down as well as his more recent tracks All of the Lights and Stronger. And unsurprisingly, these solo choices were received with everyone out of their seats dancing and raising their glasses and with Jay Z a veteran of live performances, it is no revelation that he knows how to please a large crowd. And Kanye West must have been extremely satisfied to see over 23,000 people chant the lyrics to 2008 hit Heartless.

The opening sequence saw the pair stand aloft two vast pillars of light, upon which were projected scenes of wild animals. On such scene depicted an ocean view that hosted a great white shark swimming around, portraying the unnerving affect that the superstars were about to fall into their watery graves. Other animals featured included a cheetah and a vicious Doberman. And this animal theme was continued as they launched into ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ with images projected on a large screen including tigers, jaguars and cougars.

Other tracks featured further images that provided a respectful nod to the original music video. Otis came complete with a large American flag whist ‘No Church in the Wild’ offered a petrol bomb treatment.

Michael Jackson was also well and truly present at the arena; with Kanye claiming MJ had passed his gift onto the pair. And the banter continued during ‘All of the Lights’ where he stopped the track to announce, “This is the one time you can get away with it!” concerning the lyric following “Something wrong, I hold my head, MJ gone, our n**** dead!”

As Atlantic recently commented upon, one of the trademarks of the Throne tour has been the finale and Through the Door Promotions were not disappointed! “Big Pimpin”, “Gold Digger” and “99 Problems” were played in quick succession with the encore of “Paris” being played five times.  It is the biggest hip-hop song of the past two years and the entirety of the performance has now set a benchmark to which all stadium hip-hop will be judged.