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A Self-Confessed Crazy Plant Lady's Suburban Garden

Some people are just born plant people. Jac Semmler, Ornamental Category Manager at The Digger’s Club is one of them! After spending years experimenting in the gardens of various rental homes, Jac finally has a place to really let her plant-freak flag fly: in the garden of her own home in Frankston, where the outside space is almost as big as the house itself! It’s the perfect place for experimentation.

Georgina Reid of The Planthunter chats with Jac about her ‘botanical laboratory’: getting it wrong, getting it right, and embracing the art of the process.

Three Trees + A Pool – The Love Story Of A Wild-Looking, Natural Garden

It has the makings of a great rom-com: tricky conditions (a sloping site and large established trees), an existing lover (a pre-ordered pool), conflicting desires (the clients being a family of five) and a dashing newcomer (Mcnuttndorf Landscapes). But these landscape designers + this Fairfield backyard = the best meet-cute ever!

From these many plot lines, director and designer Lori McNutt has created an undulating backyard wonderland. Replete with veggie beds, a gin deck, a pond-like pool and a rockery filled with everything from local indigenous species to large semi-tropical plants, it has everything each member of the family asked for. And all in the delicious embrace of surrounding majestic trees. It’s a love story with a happy ending!

Spelt and Maple Apple Tarte Tatin – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

A new month is upon us, which means a new Tasty Tuesday contributor! This month we welcome local foodie Ashley Alexander of Gather & Feast. Ashley is a self-taught cook with a focus on wholesome,  in-season food, designed to be shared – we love her beautiful food blog!

Ashley is kicking off the month with her amazing Spelt and Maple Apple Tarte Tatin!  ‘This is not your typical tarte tatin’ she says! In her slightly more rustic take on this decadent French ‘upside down’ tart, Ashley opts for stone ground spelt flour, with pure maple syrup and raw honey as sweeteners.

Does Muscle Really Weigh More Than Fat?

Weight LossDoes Muscle Really Weigh More Than Fat?

It’s one of those common fitness misconceptions you hear all the time when it comes to weight loss and working out: “Muscle weighs more than fat.” Bad news. It’s not true. A pound is a pound — both a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh the same. The good news? One takes up significantly less space.

Think of it this way: If you have a pound of feathers and a pound of gold, both will weigh the same. But the pound of feathers will take up more space on the scale, right? That’s kind of how muscle and fat compare inside your body.

Muscle, by design, is denser and more fibrous in nature, as it serves to help support and move your entire body. Since dense muscle tissue takes up less space than fat, it’s possible you may weigh the same (or even more) yet appear slimmer than another person with the same weight and a similar height and frame because of the difference in your body composition.

Another bonus to adding more muscle to your frame? Not only will your body be stronger, more compact and tighter, but regular resistance training can also help prevent the muscle loss that often occurs while losing weight with calorie restriction. And, muscle tissue is slightly more metabolically active than fat. (It’s been estimated that you can burn anywhere between an extra 10–15 calories per pound of muscle per day.) That isn’t a huge amount, but as most MyFitnessPal users know, every little bit counts!

Then there’s the fat. While it usually gets a bad rap, we do need an adequate amount of it to stay healthy. A beneficial amount of body fat is a good thing, since it helps our body function, regulates our body temperature, serves as our extra energy stores, produces sex hormones, acts as a shock absorber for our bones and even cushions our organs and tissues.

What’s a healthy body fat range to aim for? The American College of Sports Medicine recommends a body fat percentage of 10–22% for men, and 20–32% for women.

The takeaway here? Don’t put too much stock in your scale weight alone. Pay attention to how your clothes fit and your body composition measurements in addition to your weight in order to truly measure the progress and positive changes you are creating in your body with your healthy eating habits and regular fitness routine.

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