As a somewhat normal person, the pressure is on daily to look younger, thinner, the list is endless! A TV agent used the ‘B’ word recently Botox! However, it makes me feel a little better to know that Hollywood is taking a stand and saying no to Photoshopped images.

“Love yourself no matter what shape or size you are,” says “Walking Dead” actress Ann Mahoney.

According to the American Psychological Association, the obsession with being super thin is on the decline. More and more people, especially young women are focusing on healthy lifestyles and less stress.

actress Ann Mahoney“Life is a balance; not everyone has time to spend 3 hours in the gym a day or even a week. Healthy eating goes a long way to helping you stay in good health.  I have trained people for more than 20 years, but I remember the first time I ever went to the gym — I only lasted about 15 minutes. Each time I got a little stronger, so I took that sign from God, and now I help others. Don’t give up what you love, but take everything in moderation,” says Howard Hammen, a personal fitness trainer for Forze.

I decided a few weeks ago to try a personal trainer, so I reached out to Forze. The truth is, I was dreading it, I imagined an army drill sergeant, someone yelling at me while brainwashing me to stop eating chocolate.  Not even close — my workout and diet are tailored around my life, and my trainer makes it a lot of fun.

“I battled for years with my weight, especially growing up in the world of ballet and dance. Being cast as Olivia in the ‘Walking Dead’ made me realize that if I had looked any other way, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the role,” says Mahoney.

Many magazines have also stopped using Photoshop to create the perfect women.

The weight loss industry is booming! Ditch weight control for self-control, if you want to shed a few pounds then doing it gradually and in a way that is manageable favors success.

“Dieting is a short-term strategy to lose weight but is a terrible way to improve your body and health long-term. Studies show people who diet and lose weight, most often regain all the weight they lost,” says Darya Rose, Author of “Foodist Super Tomato.”

Nutritional experts worldwide say diets don’t work!

actress Ann MahoneyFinding a balance of what you eat combined with exercise that suits your lifestyle is the key. Let’s face it, how many times in your lifetime have you started a diet—which means the last one didn’t work.

“Everyone has a different genetic makeup, what works for one person may not work for another when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle,” adds Mahoney.

Did you know? In 1958, a size eight would fit someone with a 31 inches bust, a waist of 23.5 inches and a hip girth of 32.5 inches.

In ASTM’s 2008 standards, a size eight had increased by five to six inches in each of those three measurements, making it about a size 14 or 16 in 1958.

“Don’t look at the size on the label, focus on how you feel in what you are wearing and your skin. I always think that one size fits all means — it doesn’t fit anyone,” says Mahoney.

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This original article first appeared on before findind its permanent home on – both are publications of the Neotrope® News Network, USA, and is Copr. © 2016 by Raychel Harvey-Jones – all reprint and reproduction rights reserved (not for republication). Photo Credit: Cynthia Kehoe; Make-Up: Stephanie Hogan; Clothes: Gwynnie Bee. Follow Raychel on Twitter at @RaychelENewsNow and @canewswire.