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Thinking Clearly »

Written: November 2, 2012 By: In: Diet

Nutrition plays a role in sooooo many areas of your life, including short and long term effects on your mind.

“…Now we have research to suggest why, that insulin in the brain is needed for a variety of protective functions and thus more evidence it’s not necessarily another pill we need but better diets.

  • More vegetables and less meat and cheese
  • More essential fats ad less saturated animal fat
  • More complex , b vitamin rich carbohydrates and less sugar
  • More water and less cola and alcohol…”

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Venti Frappuccino is a Meal »

Written: April 15, 2012 By: In: Diet

Starbucks vanilla frappuccino and NY cheese cakeThe average Venti (large) sized Frappuccino weighs in at 530 calories. This staggering number equals 2.5 bagels or one

third of the recommended daily calories for an average woman. Beverages such as this contain high amounts of sugar and should be consumed rarely as the extra calories they contain are readily stored as fat.
~as noted by coach Tom Perkins

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Myths of Weight Loss »

Written: November 19, 2011 By: In: Diet

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The case for taxing sugar-sweetened drinks to curb obesity, which is being enthusiastically advanced by some of the country’s most prominent public health experts, wildly overestimates weight loss, according to two new studies published in leading academic journals.

And the reason explains why there are no quick fixes when it comes to losing weight. Read more

Electric Muscle Stimulation Pros-Cons »

Written: September 27, 2011 By: In: Fit Resources

 

Pros

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The Contour Ab Belt is one of a few abdominal toning devices that use electrical pulses to tone the muscles of the abdomen. Known variously as Electric Muscle Stimulation or EMS, this technology is receiving more and more attention, which is not surprising given that the method has been utilized in rehabilitative medicine for decades. The EMS technology offered by the Contour Ab Belt has actually been cleared by the FDA, even though it technically does not require such clearance before hitting the market. Furthermore, the Contour Belt is versatile enough that it can be used on areas of the body other than the abdomen. It also comes with a diet and exercise guide and is supported by a two year warranty program.

Cons

While there are some clear advantages to the Contour Ab Belt there are also some distinct disadvantages. For one thing, the device appears to be too bulky to be worn discreetly, especially given the size of its remote controller. Thus, users might need to forget about undergoing a toning program while at work or in public. It also requires 4 AAA batteries, unlike some other belts. Plus, the device is not specifically backed by any third party clinical trials, as some other EMS devices are. With a satisfaction guarantee period of only one month, people do not have a very long a time period to make a final decision about the apparatus. Finally, the vendor does not ship outside the U.S and charges customers outside of the continental U.S. extra shipping costs.

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Dieting Pitfalls to Avoid »

Written: May 31, 2011 By: In: Diet

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With diet having (by far) the greatest effect on any weight loss goal, knowing and avoiding obstacles and pitfalls is essential.

Richard Fran provided us a good start to knowing those obstacles in his short article highlighting a couple of the more common dieting pitfalls that effect many.  That article is highlighted below.

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Women Triathlete Nutrition Plan and Supplements »

Written: May 5, 2011 By: In: Fitness

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Lady triathletes have benefited from the scientific and nutritional advances made in sports and athletics like most modern athletes. Age old sports problems like low energy, cramps and injuries have not been cured, but the answers to why they happen and how to try and prevent them are finally being answered.

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There are times when all women triathletes experience what is known as a “bonk” or bonking. Despite the funny name or double entendres that one can think of, it is not much fun when you experience bonking, it involves you completely running out of energy or hitting the proverbial “brick wall”.

Triathletes bonk because their body uses up its glycogen reserves from physical exertion and this results in a feeling of no energy, continuing your physical activity becomes like running through quicksand

How your body burns glycogen and stored fat calories depends on the amount you have exerted during a race or training session. If you are doing a hard triathlon workout for an hour on an empty stomach, then you will more than likely end up experiencing a “bonk”. If on the other hand you are doing a more moderate one-hour training session without eating anything, your body will use stored fat and glycogen and you will still have enough reserves to get you through.

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Secret of the Mediterranean Diet »

Written: January 19, 2011 By: In: Diet

The Secret of the Mediterranean Diet

a)  Mediterranean diet is high in fat content.  Can people enjoy weight loss and optimum weight management if they follow this diet?

To some extent, Mediterranean diet really has a high fat content.  But you have to take note that the fat content of a Mediterranean diet consists of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  These fats are essential and healthy for your body unlike the saturated fat which is common in American diet.  Do take note also that calorie intake is the determining factor for weight loss and not fat consumption.  If you follow the Mediterranean diet, you will enjoy lots of healthy benefits but you still need to lower your daily calorie consumption to achieve weight loss.

b) In simple terms, what is the principal difference between the American diet and the Mediterranean diet?

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Buying Fresher Produce »

Written: January 5, 2011 By: In: Fit Resources

“Supermarkets used to get food deliveries once or twice a week, but now most stores are getting shipments every day,” says food trends, safety and consumer shopping expert Phil Lempert. “The idea that certain items are going to be fresher on certain days doesn’t hold true anymore.”

Because of these more efficient shipment methods, you need to sharpen your food selection skills to bring the best home to your family.

Try these techniques:

  • Shop early in the day for fresh produce
  • Larger produce displays likely equates to fresher items as they are generally gone through more often
  • Exotic fruits are not bought as often and therefore may be more likely to have sat on shelf longer than standard fruits or vegetables
  • A lot of fish comes to the U.S. from overseas, so it’s already been frozen or stored on ice by the time it’s landed in your grocery store’s fish section, says Lempert. He recommends checking the display signs for the words “previously frozen,” and if you see that, you may as well purchase a version from the freezer section.
  • Make nice with the Butcher, the Baker, maybe not so much the candlestick maker.  Also, don’t forget the produce lady and the wine specialist.  When in doubt these are your experts on selecting the freshest and most cost effective items
  • Follow these tips when selecting grocery store items for your family.  You’ll find healthful benefits from the freshest options as well as likely save a buck or two also!

article adapted from Women’s Day

To Keep More Weight Off – Log On »

Written: July 29, 2010 By: In: Diet

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Recently reported in ScienceDaily (2010-07-28) — The more people used an interactive weight management website, the more weight loss they maintained, according to a new study.

“This study shows that if people use quality weight management websites consistently, and if they stick with their program, they are more likely to keep their weight off,” said study co-author Victor J. Stevens, PhD, co-author and senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. “Keeping weight off is even more difficult than losing it in the first place, so the fact that so many people (in the study) were able to maintain a good portion of their weight loss is very encouraging to us.”

Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight is not necessarily a simple task. Provide yourself an edge by logging in to Diet Grader.

Diet Grader is a scientifically based program that not only tells you how your current intake “Grades” out compared to where you should be, but it also provides you daily meal plans and shopping lists to make it as easy as possible to eat healthy and specific to your goals.

Try log into Diet Grader for a week free to see for yourself how to keep more weight off.

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Tricking Yourself to Weight Loss »

Written: July 16, 2010 By: In: Diet

ScienceDaily (July 14, 2010) — Research presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior suggests that the key to losing weight could lie in manipulating our beliefs about how filling we think food will be before we eat it, suggesting that portion control is all a matter of perception.

The mind has been known as a powerful tool for many years.  Healing, performance, and now you can help yourself in attaining your weight loss goals.  Tricking yourself to weight loss might be just the ticket for you.

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