Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nathan's Life Changed

Amber and I did Nutrisystem a couple years ago and it literally changed our lives. We both lost 30+lbs in about 4 months and learned what full really feels like. Portion control was something that has made a huge difference.

Recently, we've eliminated red meat and poultry from our diet and that has also been pretty awesome. We eat lots more veggies, still get plenty of protein from other sources, and are getting lots more vitamins without taking lots of pills. Also, I generally just feel better since removing meat ... but that may be somewhat psychological.

I've recently realized that there is an important spiritual component to taking care of our bodies, and working on a healthy lifestyle is part making your whole life worshipful.

Thanks for the encouragement and resources on your blog! Very cool.
Nathan R. Hale

Thank you, Nathan, for sharing your story and your good advice. Three cheers for your healthy worshipful lifestyle. That truly gives glory to our Creator, Jesus.

My story is much the same. In five months, I lost 25 pounds by walking on our treadmill for 20 minutes, three times a day: Morning, Noon and Night. That was January - May of 2000, when we lived in Bouake, Cote d'Ivoire. I went from size 38 jeans to size 32.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

5 weight-loss myths to deny

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Misguided weight-loss myths do more harm than good. This article at HowStuffWorks.com examines five widely believed weight-loss myths that may lead to diet mistakes and some practical ideas to help you avoid them. Discover which foods aren’t as bad for you as you may have been led to believe!
2 of the Weight-Loss Myths:
  • Snacks and Desserts Will Ruin a Diet: Usually it’s not the snacks or occasional dessert that does a diet in, so much as it is the type and quantity of said treat. The occasional snack is necessary to avoid dips in blood sugar, keep energy levels high and avoid binging at main meals.
  • Never Eat in the Evening: Experts are now downplaying this rule because calorie consumption, rather than time of day, is the key determinant of diet success. The main point is that a pre-bedtime snack or dessert isn’t detrimental to your diet, so long as it’s not eaten on the heels of a high calorie day.
Full list of weight-loss myths at HowStuffWorks.com, with thanks to Guy Kawasaki.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Munda's Fitness Story

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Let me share my fitness story with dear readers. I used to be very fit and athlete, but with the passage of time I became lazy and developed a habit of eating and sleeping along with no exercise. Which deposited around 25 - 30 Kilo of fat into my stomach, face, legs and all over my body?

Everyday when I looked in the mirror I had thought today I will start exercising, which was clearly a false promising to myself, again with the passage of time I realized now enough is enough I have to do something to get rid of this fat.

So I stepped onto the treadmill and started running 40 Minutes everyday at 9 Miles per hour. Right after finishing a marathon every day I then take the free weight and start building my shoulders and biceps, chest and etc.

3 Days continues exercise and 2 days rest which continued over the period of 3 months and I have now lost 22 Kilo of fat and I have started to look young and energetic once again. I recommend everyone who is facing the same symptoms of fatness try to get fit, it is really easy and not difficult at all. Thank you

Thank you for your comment Munda. My story is much the same. In five months, I lost 25 pounds by walking on our treadmill for 20 minutes three times a day: Morning, Noon and Night. My advise is to purchase a good quality treadmill, like the Bowflex above. At first, we bought a cheaper treadmill, then later replaced it with a good one. A good treadmill, starting at about $1,000, makes your walking or running hours much more pleasant and helps you avoid injury.




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Monday, November 16, 2009

Lose Weight by E-Mail

You might drop more preholiday diet pounds if you tap into this simple technology: e-mail.

Yep, in a study, dieters who got a little love, support, and motivation through e-mails dropped more weight than the dieters who hadn't received cyber support.

Read more about Pound-Shedding E-Support at RealAge.com

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

As Waistlines Widen, Brains Shrink

TUESDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- For every excess pound piled on the body, the brain gets a little bit smaller.

That's the message from new research that found that elderly individuals who were obese or overweight had significantly less brain tissue than individuals of normal weight.



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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chew More, Weigh Less?

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Next time you grab a handful of nuts to snack on, count to 40.

A recent study revealed that when people ate a small serving of almonds, 40 chews quelled hunger better than 10 or even 25 crunches of the same amount of nuts.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Put Your Thirst First!

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Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I definitely do! Soft drinks, sweetened coffee drinks, and some fruit juices might not seem like much when you're drinking them, but they can add hundreds of calories to your diet — and your waistline! The diet versions are a little better, but only a little. They're still crammed with sodium and chemicals. Their sweet taste can even trigger cravings for other sweets!
Remember that you can have a can of soda or your favorite latte! Just be sure to consider these drinks as treats and not an everyday part of your eating plan. To quench your thirst, try herbal tea, seltzer flavored with lemon or lime, or the most sensible drink of all — refreshing water!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Eat Right!

by Denise Austin
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Best Bets for Healthy Snacking
Snacking is not a dirty word for dieters if you're careful about what you reach for! I can think of loads of nutritious, low-calorie foods that can help you feel full and boost your energy without ruining your day. Stick to a sensible serving size and you're good to go! Here are some ideas to get you snacking healthy!
  • Cut up veggies with hummus
  • Sliced fruit with nonfat Greek yogurt
  • A few almonds or walnuts
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • String cheese
  • Baked tortilla chips with salsa
  • Homemade smoothies or fruit shakes
Try a few of these snacks this week, and a few more next week. Constantly switch things up so that you don't get bored — and you'll be all set to handle your next snack attack!

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Try the Camera-Phone Diet

Mike's Christmas dinner.
Could your camera phone help you lose weight? One study seems to suggest so.

When people in a small study snapped a picture of everything they ate for 1 week, something interesting happened. They took better stock of their meals -- and ate less or ate more healthfully because of it.

Read more at Realage.com

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Cancer or fat from artificial sweeteners?

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The good news relating to cancer:
results from subsequent carcinogenicity studies (studies that examine whether a substance can cause cancer) on these sweeteners and other approved sweeteners have not provided clear evidence of an association between artificial sweeteners and cancer in people.
Read more at Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer: Questions and Answers

The bad news: Scientists at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, warn us that artificial sweeteners make us eat more.
The data clearly indicate that consuming a food sweetened with no-calorie saccharin can lead to greater body-weight gain and adiposity than would consuming the same food sweetened with high-calorie sugar.

Read more from Purdue researchers Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson who wrote in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience, published by the American Psychological Association. You can read their technical article A Role for Sweet Taste in PDF form.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Chris Coleson Lost 79 Pounds McDonald's Diet

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Get Your Beauty Sleep!

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If you have kids, you know all too well that if you disrupt their sleep routine, you'll pay for it the next day. But don't forget that a lack of sleep takes its toll on adults too. Not only is lack of sleep likely to make you irritable, sluggish, and less productive the next day, it can also have a negative impact on your health in the long term. If you don't spend enough time in the deep phase of sleep, your body doesn't get a chance to replenish cells and restore energy. Some research has even connected a lack of sleep to weight gain.

So to feel and look your best, it's crucial to make time for sleep. Get into the healthy habit of waking up and going to bed at the same time every day — that's right, on weekends too! Maintaining a regular sleep schedule will help you reap all the benefits of a good night's sleep. If you get enough sleep each night, you'll not only feel well-rested, you'll look fresh-faced and feel ready to conquer the day. Remember, bedtime isn't just for kids!

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Sticking to Success!

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Which diet works best? According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the answer is "The one you stick with!"

Experts followed dieters on various plans — low-carb, low-fat, and low-calorie — for a year, and found that each had a dropout rate of about 50 percent. But those who stayed the course of the diet all lost weight — ranging from 4 to 7 pounds on average. When the plans were evaluated to see which one provided the greatest health benefits, the balanced low-calorie plan won out! This plan — like mine! — contains plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and lean meats.

In short, the experts say that successful dieting isn't as much about eating a magic combination of foods, but more about staying the course. And remember that eating well is not just about weight loss, it's also about improving your health! So keep going! Your persistence will pay off in pounds lost and health benefits gained!

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Friday, February 29, 2008

What's Your Eating Type?

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Part of overcoming your struggle with weight is understanding how it began. Need some help getting started? See if you can recognize your overeating type. Keep in mind that you may be a combination of these:
  • The Indulger: For indulgers, eating is used to nurture and reward. While you should be good to yourself, that doesn't have to come with calories attached. Think of some nonfood rewards instead. How about a bubble bath, pedicure, or some new flowers from your garden, for example?
  • The Critic: Critics are always telling themselves that they're never going to be good enough — so why bother? "You can't, you won't, you aren't…" And on and on it goes. Remember, being fit isn't about being perfect. It's about doing your best and getting back on track when you derail.
  • The Rebel: Rebels eat "bad" foods to feel good. But remember, unhealthy eating doesn't "get back" at anyone. In fact, the only one you're hurting is yourself. So dye your hair, listen to alternative music, or wear red when everyone else is wearing gray, but skip the chocolate cake!
  • The Victim: The voice inside the victim's head says, "You just can't stop yourself. You're helpless." You eat and eat, then tell yourself it wasn't your fault. There's always an excuse. But the reality is, the only one who can control your eating is you. So stop feeling powerless and start taking charge!

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Pedometers Help You Get Healthy

Pedometers help people count steps to get healthy
By Michelle L. Brandt


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Pedometer users increased their physical activity by more than 2,000 steps per day, or more than 1 mile of walking, according to a review by Dena Bravata of studies done on the effectiveness of pedometers.



The pedometer, a small and inexpensive device that counts the number of steps walked per day, could be key to ramping up a person's physical activity.

Researchers at the School of Medicine have found that the use of a pedometer is associated with significant increases in physical activity and weight loss and improvements in blood pressure.

"Much to my surprise, these little devices were shown to increase physical activity by just over 2,000 steps, or about 1 mile of walking per day," said the study's lead author, Dena Bravata, MD, MS, a senior research scientist in medicine. "This goes a long way toward helping people meet the national guidelines for daily physical activity."


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Monday, February 25, 2008

High-intensity interval training (HIIT)

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an exercise strategy that is intended to improve performance with short training sessions.

A HIIT session involves a warmup period, several short, maximum-intensity efforts separated by moderate recovery intervals, and a cooldown period. The period of alternating effort and recovery intervals typically lasts a total of 15 minutes.

Studies by Tabata [1], Tremblay[2], and others have shown this method to be more effective at burning fat and maintaining, or building, muscle mass than high-volume, lower intensity aerobic work-outs. According to a study by King [3] , HIIT increases the RMR (resting metabolic rate) for the following 24 hours due to EPOC (Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), and may improve VO2 max more effectively than doing only traditional, long aerobic workouts.[4][5][6][7] Long aerobic workouts have been promoted as the best method to reduce fat, as fatty acid utilization usually occurs after at least 30 minutes of training. HIIT is somewhat counter intuitive in this regard, but has nonetheless been shown to burn fat more effectively. There may be a number of factors that contribute to this, including an increase in RMR, and possibly other physiological effects.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-intensity_interval_training

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Strength Training Interval Program

Source: strength-training-woman.com
  1. Chest Press
  2. Bent Over Row
  3. Squats
  4. Lunge
  5. Bicep Hammer Curl
  6. Tricep Skullcrushers
  7. Ball Crunches
Sequencing of Events During Your Interval Strength Training Routines
  • 1 Set of 10-20 Reps of Chest Press
  • 1-2 Minutes Rest
  • 1 Set of 10-20 Reps of Bent Over Row
  • 1-2 Minutes Rest
  • 1 Set of 10-20 Reps of Squats
  • 1-2 Minutes Rest
  • 1 Set of 10-20 Reps of Lunges
  • 1-2 Minutes Rest
  • 1 Set of 10-20 Reps of Bicep Hammer Curls
  • 1-2 Minutes Rest
  • 1 Set of 10-20 Reps of Tricep Skullcrushers
  • 1-2 Minutes Rest
  • 1 Set of 10-20 Reps of Ball Crunches
  • 1-2 Minutes Rest
Do this sequence a total of three times. This is just one example of how to set up interval strength training routines. Basic weight lifting rules apply. Change something in your routine every 4-6 weeks. You can change the exercise, the strength training method or the intensity level. Use interval strength training routines to jump start your program.

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Kiss Your Treadmill Goodbye

Source CBN.com and The Cardio Free Diet

Author and weight-loss expert Jim Karas says you can kiss your treadmill goodbye. He says cardiovascular workouts burn a few calories, but far fewer than you think. From 1987-2000 the number of people exercising on treadmills increased by 900 percent, meanwhile obesity doubled. Using this and other research, Jim developed a new approach to weight-loss: The Cardio Free Diet.

Your body functions like an equation, Jim says, where we look at calories in and calories out. For too long we’ve focused on the first part of the equation when trying to lose weight. Instead, Jim notes that looking at dieting like that is what has led many people to fad dieting. We need to burn calories and interval strength training is the best way to do that for these reasons:
  1. It provides absolute enhanced heart health. It’s our heart-rate variability that counts, how fast we respond to stimuli. If we’re walking at one pace for 30 minutes on a treadmill, our heart rate is at a steady rate. That doesn’t replicate real life. “We live our lives in spurts, not marathons,” Jim says.
  2. Interval strength training provides greater flexibility.
  3. Interval strength training increases lean muscle tissue and increases metabolism. Jim says that we can lose weight doing intervals of cardio exercise also, but that cardio will not build your lean muscle tissue in the same way that interval strength training does. Jim says cardio can be detrimental. “It kills your time, your energy, your joints, and your motivation.” He says the only people who should ever do cardio are those who really enjoy it. Others should cut it out completely.


Read more more from The Cardio Free Diet include first two chapters: Cardio's Reign of Terror and The Body Weight Equation.

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Stealth Health: How to Sneak Age-Defying, Disease-Fighting Habits Into Your Life Without Really Trying

Stealth Health: How to Sneak Age-Defying, Disease-Fighting Habits Into Your Life Without Really TryingStealth Health: How to Sneak Age-Defying, Disease-Fighting Habits Into Your Life Without Really Trying
By Reader's Digest


Discover The Everyday Health Plan - the simplest program available to enhance your health by promoting weight loss while increasing your energy level and strengthening you immune system. This east-to-use plan contains more than 1,200 tiny modifications to make you healthier. The ideas are fresh, unusual, simple, fast, and thoroughly researched and doctor-approved.

This book has changed my life!5
I thoroughly recommend buying this book. Its simple, easy to read guide is well organized and thought out. I've been easily incorporating the changes it recommends in my life without overwhelming me. This is a must read for anyone who wishes to de-stress their lives and add health with ease. Judea Eden

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Easy Ways to Lose Weight: 50+ Ideas

Look slimmer, feel trimmer! From Reader's Digest Stealth Health Simple Slimming

Spring is right around the corner and retailers have already begun stocking their floors with warm-weather goods -- including swimsuits. Besides looking great on the beach, commonsense tells us that one of the best things you can do for your overall health is to drop a few pounds. Or maybe more than a few pounds.
Being overweight significantly increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer ... the list seems almost endless. Plus, if you do get sick or need surgery, being overweight can make any treatments riskier.

1. Once a week, indulge in a high-calorie-tasting, but low-calorie, treat.
2. Treat high-calorie foods as jewels in the crown.
3. After breakfast, make water your primary drink.
4. Carry a palm-size notebook everywhere you go for one week. Write down every single morsel that enters your lips -- even water.
5. Buy a pedometer, clip it to your belt, and aim for an extra 1,000 steps a day.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Mirror May Be Lying

Weight and height are used in computing body m... 
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Thu, 18 May 2006 from RealAge.com

Do you see yourself as fat or frumpy? Blame it on your brain.
Here's why: Your brain routinely maps your body using visual cues and signals from your skin, joints, and muscles. But snags in this system can distort the image and make you mentally overestimate or underestimate your actual body size. So if you want an objective view of your body, don't rely on only your eyes; use your bathroom scale and the way your clothes fit as well.

Researchers know that people with anorexia and other eating disorders have problems seeing their actual body size. The problem may be in a specific portion of their brain.
Although only a small percentage of people have a diagnosed eating disorder, many other people struggle with body image issues. These can lead to unhealthy, aging behaviors like extreme dieting, emotional overeating, compulsive exercise, abuse of weight-loss or muscle-building products, heavy smoking, or excessive caffeine consumption.

If any of this sounds uncomfortably familiar, instead of letting body image issues push you off your healthy lifestyle:
  • Try to focus less on how you look and more on how you feel.
  • Use your eating habits, exercise patterns, and other lifestyle choices to help you feel strong and energized.
  • Keep reminding yourself of all the things your body can do when you are fit and well nourished.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Can a pill peel off pounds?

Saturday, December 10, 2005 by Denise Austin

Do you wish you could pop a magic pill and get fit and trim? Denise Austin is a long time favorite of both Sue and Mike
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Well, keep wishing, say the results of a new study by the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases.

Researchers compared the weight loss results of subjects taking a weight loss tablet with those of subjects who combined the medication with a healthy lifestyle. Sure enough, the group who changed their eating habits and started exercising lost twice as much as the group who only popped the pills!
It just goes to show you, there's no magic bullet when it comes to managing your weight. While medications may help in extreme cases, changing your lifestyle, in other words, eating right and working out is the only way to take off the pounds and keep them off. So don't get caught up in wishful thinking! Instead, realize there's just one way you're going to get that healthy body you dream about: work for it! Furthermore, there aren't any health risks or nasty side effects caused by eating right and being active!

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