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Is Weight Watchers the BEST Way to Lose Weight?

Weight Watchers is the BEST Way to Lose Weight… …at least according to a recent study in the journal Lancet. Basically the study separated subjects into two groups — one group who followed the Weight Watchers plan with weekly meetings or the other group who met once monthly with their primary care MD.  What they found after 12 months was that the group following the Weight Watchers plan lost 11.1 lbs compared to the 5 who met with their MD’s.  Few things here. Regardless of which "plan" was best, 11.1 lbs in 1 year isn’t impressive.  T…
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12 Fruits and Veggies With the MOST Pesticides!

Last year we published a blog about The Environmental Working Groups "Dirty Dozen" list … well, they’re at it again with an update … with the 12 fruits and veggies you SHOULD make sure to buy organic, as these 12 are highest in pesticides. We’ve talked about organic vs. conventional foods in previous blog posts.  Basically the "Dirty Dozen" list are the 12 foods that have been found to be highest in pesticides when a random sample is taken from a the grocery store shelves.  In other words, since these are highest in pesticides, itR…
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4 Ways to Speed Up a “Slow” Metabolism

I’m in a conversation with someone the other day who is trying to lose weight. She admittedly wanted to lose just 15 lbs, so she was clearly not obese…but she’s struggled with that same 15 lbs for years. Lose 10.  Gain 8.  Lose that same 8.  Gain 12.  And from what she said, this pattern has gone on since she had her first daughter, 10 years ago. She was concerned that as she continued to get older, her metabolism would slow … …and wanted to know how she can speed up a seemingly slow metabolism. We hear this regularly — my metabolism is sloo…
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Biggest Holiday Nutrition Obstacle

Uh oh, it’s here. The Holidays! Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away.  We’ve venture into the "dangerous" holidays — the time when the average American gains 3-5 lbs during the 6 weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years. Holiday parties. Cookies. Massive amounts of food. Stress. But it doesn’t have to be the downward spiral that most people think it is, spiraling off into a difficult time of overindulgence and weight gain. We’re here to help — what are YOUR biggest struggles during this time?  We’ll be answering every s…
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3 Under Rated Fat Loss Tips

When I was younger, if my mom bought us snacks, the "go to" choices were pretzels.  Her rational was that they’re better than chips, Doritos, etc … they’re not coating in flavoring, made with preservatives, and they’re FAT FREE!. She was right. To a point. Are fat free pretzels BETTER than chips?  Sure are.  Are they better than other similar, high calorie snack foods that are more common?  You bet. But are they the best snack option out there?  Not a chance. Growing up having pretzels as an occasional snack carried over to argu…
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The Most Effective Prescription

What if you went to your doctor and she wrote you a prescription for fruit and vegetables. Or exercise. It happened to my uncle.  His doctor prescribed exercise.  At lest 3 times per week.  And, interestingly, he wouldn’t give him a prescription for any medication (for diabetes) until he "filled" his first. He now meets with a trainer 3-4 times per week. Similarly, I recently saw a piece highlighting 3 physicians in Massachusetts who are giving "produce by prescription."  This group of physicians is passing out coupons for family members…
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Stopping the Bleeding

"Obesity is the single greatest threat to public health in this century." That was part of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Report out earlier this year that we talked about in a previous post. But what if we looked at things differently… …rather than focusing on obesity and weight loss, what if we first stopped the bleeding? Stop weight GAIN in the first place before getting to the point where a person has to lose? A report out recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that over 16 years, the 18,000+ women in their study gained an average of 20.5 lbs. Here’s th…
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Cartoons Make You Eat More

We were recently on vacation with Kara’s family — 17 of us, with Ella being the youngest and kids ranging up to 20.   Needless to say, with all the kids in the house, there were a lot of snack foods, various cereals, etc … … and one thing that kept jumping out at me was the marketing targeted to kids.  There were Sponge Bob yogurts, Scooby Do gummy treats, and various cartoon covered cereals.  One of our standard messages has always been "if there’s a cartoon on the box, leave it on the shelf." Well check this out — the results of this s…
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