7 SIMPLE Ways to Upgrade Your Diet

Anytime a person thinks about losing fat, it’s always about everything they have to "give up." I’m losing fat, so pizza is out the window.  So is cake, cookies, candy, ice cream, carbs, fat, cereal, alcohol, and so on. Truth is — let’s look at everything you CAN keep up versus focusing on the negative. And, better yet, how about 7 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Diet. It’s not only about calories.  Yes, calories matter.  But they’re not the ONLY thing! Check out these 7 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Diet Add cinnamon to your yogurt, oa…
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Green Tea – Fat Loss Belly Burner or Belly Fat Burning Hype?

With all the hype and ads trying to pitch "fat burners" it’s no wonder people are consumed. We’re at the park last night with Ella — our daily routine — and as we’re playing with her, we overheard a conversation between two moms.  What was it about?  Losing their "baby weight" even though they both joked because their youngest were now 5. Our ears immediately perked up when they then brought up how they saw in a magazine that drinking tea burns fat, so she’s recently started doing that everyday.  Let’s take a l…
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Is Your Diet Too Complex?

It’s kind of hard to make permanent lifestyle changes if the changes you’re trying to make are too complex, right? Well what if the plan you’re trying so diligently to follow is “too complex” – meaning there are too many food rules? A study out just this month in the journal Appetite, compared two diet programs (one with more “rules” and one with less) to see if one plan produced better results and long term success. The two programs used were Weight Watchers and something called Brigitte.  The study was performed in Germany, where Bri…
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3 Secrets to Lose Weight Permanently

It’s estimated that around 80% of those who have lost weight in the past … gain it all back (and more) after 2 years. Losing weight is actually easy. Maintaining that loss is the hard part. So how can you lose and maintain your weight loss permanently?? When looking at data from the National Weight Control Registry — a registry of 1000’s of people who have lost and maintained a 60 lb loss for 5+ years, they have many common traits. People who have successfully lost and maintained their weight loss keep food records. They exercise about 60 minutes/day, 5 days/week. …
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Are You Addicted to Food?

We’ll be the first to say that you need to take responsibility for you … your body, your health, and the foods you choose that can change both of those. But, what if food was addicting, like drugs or alcohol? Is it possible that for some people, food is so addicting they can’t stop eating? It’s been suggested that certain ingredients — salt, sugar, fat and other "secret" components in many packaged foods and particularly many fast foods — have addicting components in them. In fact, research out of Princeton University has shown that when rats a…
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Dear Jillian Michaels,

  Congratulations on the success The Biggest Loser has had … 10 seasons and counting. There is nothing more gratifying than helping people work towards and achieve their goals. There is nothing better than helping people transform their lives. And you get to witness people doing this in BIG, meaningful ways. Lose 100+ pounds? Reverse, even ELIMINATE disease? Compete to win hundreds of thousands of dollars? Yep, those are life changers. But the contestants on the show represent only a small fraction of the people who need to lose weight. And so while you have your work cut out for y…
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Chile Miners & Vitamin D Deficiency

What a great story that unfolded over the last few days with all 33 of those trapped miners in Chile being saved!  A true miracle! It’s nice hearing some positive stories in the media vs. the usual negative ones that are broadcast throughout the world. Of course each of the men has to be checked over to make sure there are no medical concerns that need to be fixed.  One of the concerns that they continue to talk about, though, has peaked my interest … …vitamin D deficiency. We’ve talked about this one before.  The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is cert…
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This Boosts Obesity by 171%

It’s scary when a single "thing" that every single person out there has will increase the risk of becoming obesity … by 171% according to one study. Do you know what "IT" is? Your friends.  According to the Framingham Heart Study — an ongoing study that’s been following around 12,000 participants for decades — concluded that if a friend becomes obese, the likelihood that you will too skyrockets by 171%! That is insane. Here’s the deal — you spend time with people who are "like you." Similar interests.&nbs…
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Lose Calories Easily to Shed Pounds

The first thing people do when they even think about losing weight is focus on everything they ‘can’t’ eat.  "Fat is bad." "Carbs are worse." "I have to give up alcohol." "No more snacking.  Ever." "Desserts are done.  Someone else can enjoy my birthday cake this year." What if it weren’t THAT hard, though?  What if there were easy calorie swaps you can make to lose calories easily without giving up what you think to be all of your absolute favorite foods? You know what, there are. …
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Your Job is Making You Fat

That’s sad… Because like most people, I sit behind a computer most of the day.  Sure, I carve out time to train.  And, yup, we go to the park with Ella every single afternoon so am moving more than.  But the rest of my day is spent sitting. And how about this… Although studies show we’re eating LESS and exercising MORE than we were decades ago (which doesn’t say much), leisure time activity is WAY down…way, way down. Those are the calories that really add up.  Here’s what I’ve started to do on a daily basis — not just t…
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