Archive for August, 2010

3 Deceptive ‘Health’ Foods You Should Avoid

Our society is constantly bombarded with mixed messages and marketing gimmicks that label certain foods as healthy.  In some cases, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Here’s my top three picks of foods considered to be healthy but should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight.

Deceptive Food #1:  Fruit Juice

Most of us grew up believing that a glass of orange juice is good for us.  It’s packed with vitamin C and tastes great, right?  It’s also loaded with a ton of sugar.  Weight loss enemy #1.  Although our bodies use up sugar for quick energy when we are active, the rest that is not used is converted and stored as fat.  A healthier alternative is to either cut out fruit juice altogether, or try making your own cranberry juice by boiling unsweetened whole cranberries.  Sweeten with a little bit of Stevia if you like, and drink it straight or diluted in water. 

Deceptive Food #2:  Breakfast Cereals

Although there are a select few cereals on the market that could be considered healthy, most breakfast cereals are packed with too much sugar.  Sure, they may claim to have healthy whole grains, vitamins, and minerals; even plenty of fiber.  However, be sure to check the labels to see what else is along for the ride.  Pay particular attention to the amount of sugar added and unhealthy processed ingredients.  Both are the bane to a healthy diet and will only sabotage your weight loss efforts.  Stick with all natural ingredients and organic if at all possible.

Deceptive Food #3:  Health/Protein Bars

Many grocery stores now have a special aisle for the most popular energy, protein, and various other health food bars.  They claim to supply you with various combination’s of protein, carbs, and fats, and may also be tempting as a quick and convenient meal replacement.  As great as all of that sounds on the surface, what else is packed into one of those wonder bars?  Once again, plenty of high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and unhealthy oils.  If you can’t resist health food bars altogether, try to select bars that contain all natural, organic ingredients.

Unfortunately, things are not always what they seem, even if the word ‘healthy’ is on the label.  Become an informed consumer.  Do yourself a favor and check the ingredients instead of just taking the labels word for it.

 

Egg Recall: Trail Leads to Iowa Firm – WebMD

Egg Recall: Trail Leads to Iowa Firm – www.webmd.com
As the salmonella outbreak continues, the FDA investigation is focusing on egg farms owned by Austin.
Publish Date: 08/23/2010 16:13
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/news/20100823/egg-recall-trail-leads-to-iowa-firm?src=RSS_PUBLIC

 

Reprogram Your Mind to Lose Weight

Reprogram your Mind to Lose Weight
You know its much easier doing something the second or 3rd time which again allows you to take more action to lose weight. These two strategies will reprogram your mind to allow you to take more action and by mastering the 80% …
Publish Date: 08/23/2010 6:48
http://www.articlesqueeze.com/fitness-articles/weight-loss-articles/reprogram-your-mind-to-lose-weight/

 

Eat Pray Love Movie Review

I haven’t had the chance to see the movie Eat Pray Love yet, but it seems like all my friends love it and the critics don’t like it as much. Regardless of what the critics say I’m going to head to see the movie and decide for myself. Here is the review I read of the movie that may have had me thinking twice about seeing it, until a bunch of my friends came back from seeing it raving how great it was. I have however, been warned to bring many kleenex!

If you have seen the movie, please post your comment below and tell me what you thought it.

Eat Pray Love Movie Review
Eat Pray Love was more than just one woman’s story from the very beginning– writer Elizabeth Gilbert funded her year-long trip around the world with a publisher’s advance, and experienced her stays in Italy, India and Indonesia with …
Publish Date: 08/12/2010 14:20
http://www.cinemablend.com/reviews/Eat-Pray-Love-4788.html

 

3 Simple Steps to Weight Loss Success, Exciting Reality TV Show News

This is my first blog post this week (I’m sorry) as I have been busy traveling. Now that I’m back home I want to fill you in on some exciting news from my travels.

I’m just back from a trip that started in San Diego and then I flew to Scottsdale, Arizona. What a change from 70 degrees each day in San Diego to 110 degrees in Scottsdale. It’s funny how heat affects me, suddenIy I can see myself walking in slow motion. Thank goodness for air conditioning is all I can say!

Some exciting things happened in Scottsdale, I was asked to be on a Reality TV Show where we are helping transform the lives of three women. These women will be working with a group of experts (myself included) over 13 weeks in a variety of areas such as career/business coaching including help with starting their own business, life and style coaching, relationship coaching, weight loss coaching (my role), fitness training, you name it, these three ladies will be getting it.

I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing team, but mostly I’m so honored to be able to help two out of the three amazing women (Rachel and Sarah) make complete life transformations (the third doesn’t have to lose weight).

Each week I will be coaching them over the phone for an hour session, and then we will have a second call each week where I will check in with them and make sure they have the accountability and support they need.

I’m glad to be back home again and excited to start coaching Rachel and Sarah. I will share more information on when the show will air soon. Now on for some tips for you for today!

Three Simple Steps to Weight Loss Success

1.    Get a support partner or group. Having a support partner is an easy way to stay focused and on track. It’s wonderful to have someone to share your achievements with and be accountable to. Together, you can keep one another on task, stay motivated and be creative as to how you intend to let go of your extra pounds. Another option is hire a coach or to join a support group.

2.    Persistence is key. To be successful at anything in your life, you need to be persistent. With weight loss, you must go on resolutely in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc. Persistence is also needed in training yourself to stop the negative mind chatter that says you can’t do this; you must persist and not lose focus on the magnificent mind-body connection.

3.    Advice…everyone has some. Take a look both physically and mentally at the people who give you advice before you take it to heart. A physically fit, healthy person with a positive attitude about life will most likely give you good advice, whereas a person who doesn’t “walk their talk” is not one you want to follow.

These are three simple steps you can start to take right now to have the body you have always wanted.

If you are looking for a coach please feel free to contact me, even if I am not available I would be happy to recommend one for you. Feel free to email me at melonie@mindbodyfx.com.

 

The Cholesterol Myth That Could Be Harming Your Health

Dr. Joseph Mercola: The Cholesterol Myth That Could Be Harming
You are probably aware that there are myths that portray fat and cholesterol as one of the worst foods you can consume. Please understand that these myths are actually harming your health.
Publish Date: 08/12/2010 14:44
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/the-cholesterol-myth-that_b_676817.html

 

Diet Pills Only Have Minimal Effect…Lifestyle Changes Are More Effective

A study done by the British Medical Journal found that many of the top-tier diet pills do not deliver and are unable to aid users in losing a significant amount of weight. Even individuals that have taken weight loss drugs for year, enjoy only minor losses.

Canadian and Brazilian researchers worked in concert, assessing the results of individuals who consumed both prescription and non-prescription weight loss pills. Persons in the study used the following weight loss pills, Rimonabant (Acomplia), Orlistat (Alli and Xenical) and Sibutramine (Meridia).  The study showed that users were only able to shed, on average, a modest 11 pounds. This was true even up to 4 years of usage. Yes, you read that correctly, a measly 11 pounds.

Individuals who took Orlistat (Alli), a weakened form is sold in retail stores), were only able to shed 7 pounds, even after long-term usage of the supplement. Those persons in the study who took Sibutramine and Rimonabant lost 9 to 11 pounds on average, respectively.  However, those on Sibutramine experienced uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous side effects such as nausea, the inability to sleep, increased blood pressure and pulse.

Nearly 10% of those taking Rimonabant experienced mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. The incidences of mental disorders related to the intake of the drug were so high that the FDA would not allow it to be sold in the United States in 2009. A reduced-strength form of Orlistat (Alli) has been approved and is currently being sold over-the-counter, much to the chagrin of some medical professionals, “Selling anti-obesity drugs over-the-counter will perpetuate the myth that obesity can be fixed simply by popping a pill,” Dr. Gareth Williams of the University of Bristol wrote.

The Problem With Diet Pills

Weight loss pills are hardly ever as effective as they claim to be, as evidenced by the above study. Therefore, users, even those who need to the most, typically won’t lose a great deal of weight by using them. Secondly, weight loss drugs can be dangerous. They often negatively affect both the mind and the body, sometimes resulting in death.

Lastly, diet pills are simply a Band-Aid. Until individuals are able to understand why they over eat, deal with those issues and then learn to eat correctly and control their portions (even when under stress), they will continue to battle with their weight. In short, weight loss pills don’t deal with the root cause of the problem.

Learning To Live Differently
If a person that struggles with their weight wants different results, they have to live differently. Being willing to do the hard work, i.e., getting to the root cause of the overeating problem, treating it and then adopting lifestyle changes and better eating habits is the only way to lose weight and then keep it off.

 

The Truth About hCG for Weight Loss – Web MD

The Truth About hCG for Weight LossWebMD
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, director of nutrition for WebMD, discusses the use of hCG for weight loss.
Publish Date: 08/02/2010 9:31
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/truth-about-hcg-for-weight-loss

 

5 Weight Loss Mistakes You’re Probably Making & Don’t Even Know It!

Often times, when people decide to try and lose weight, they will resort to following (or at least attempting to follow) a very restrictive diet. Such diet plans may make no room for small indulgences, and most likely will not make any considerations regarding the psychological causes of weight gain and overeating. These are just a few problems with most weight loss plans. Many of them are very similar in their approach.  Sure, some will include a few gimmicks that are difficult to keep up in long term.

If you have tried to lose weight in the past, you have probably attempted to do so using the aforementioned formula, which mostly involves cutting back on the number of calories you eat and nothing more. If so, you’re not alone. Below, we will take a look at five weight loss mistakes you are probably making now or have in the past. We will also discuss how to correct them so that you can stop being your own worst enemy. 

Filling Up On Prepackaged Fat-Free Foods
If you don’t know any better, fat-free pre-packaged foods seem like a dieter’s dream. They are healthy and low in fat, right? Well, the answer may surprise you. Many fat-free or low-fat foods of this type have a lot of calories, many of which, are empty calories. Because they are often low in nutritional value and fiber, they aren’t filling which makes you want to keep eating. Before you know it, you’ve ‘scarfed’ down an entire box of fat-free cookies. This certainly won’t help your weight loss cause. 

Not Drinking Enough Water
Water is very good for you. Our bodies need it and it offers those that drink it, a great deal of benefit. Water helps to get rid of toxins and also allows the body to work more efficiently, which helps the metabolism work optimally. Another benefit of drinking water that far too few people are aware of is this; water can help you eat less. Sometimes when the body seemingly craves food, it really wants water. It’s dehydrated. For this reason, when you have a craving for food, you should drink a glass of water first and see if it quells your hunger. If not, drink a glass or two anyways and then eat. You’ll feel full and will want to eat less.

Failing To Figure Out What Drives You To Overeat
If you cannot figure out why you overeat, a dieting plan, even the best one in the world, will not work long-term. Individuals who fail to determine what drives them to eat even when they shouldn’t are relegating themselves to a lifetime of yo-yo dieting.

Failing To Plan

Many times, people eat unhealthy because they don’t have healthy alternatives prepared. Prepare healthy meals and snacks over the weekend so that you are not tempted to eat unhealthy ones. If you can’t do that, at least plan your meals for the day in advance so that when you get hungry you won’t be tempted to resort to unhealthy choices because you will have planned ahead.

Being Too Strict With Yourself

Learn good eating habits that you can maintain for your entire life. No one is able to follow a restrictive diet plan their entire life. While these types of diets can be good for short-term weight loss, the results typically don’t last long.

If you are committing any of the aforementioned mistakes, don’t be discouraged, just learn to do better. Figure out what is driving you to overeat, avoid especially restrictive weight loss plans, plan out your meals and prepare them ahead of time. Drink plenty of water and leave those prepackaged weight loss foods on the shelves at the grocery store. You’ll be glad that you did!

 

The Deadly Neurotoxin Nearly Everyone Uses: Dr. Joseph Mercola

Dr. Joseph Mercola: The Deadly Neurotoxin Nearly EVERYONE Uses
Concerned scientists and researchers fought and were successful in keeping aspartame out of the food supply for over 10 years, and many of those still alive continue to speak out against it today.
Publish Date: 08/04/2010 17:19
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/aspartame-health-risks_b_668692.html

 

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