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Fitness Model Wants Women To Focus On Their Bodies Instead Of Their Scales

This Mother And Fitness Model Wants Women To Focus On Their Bodies Instead Of Their Scales

Diet shakes, fat burners, green tea extract, body wraps, crash diets, liposuction, and gastric bypass.  If you’ve ever contemplated dropping a few (or more) pounds, you’ll have come across a number of those options, either by reading articles on how to ‘tone up’ or through ads that would start pelting them your way after you’ve searched google twice for a diet plan.

For as long as I can remember, women around me, regardless of age, ethnicity, or cultural background, were obsessed with losing enough weight to hit a specific number.

I recall my mother and her friends exchanging tapes with one another, have seen people go to homeopathic doctors and come back with overpriced generic supplements, and have read article after article of people opting to go on extreme crash diets for month to reach that oh so very special number, be it the incredibly flawed BMI scale that’s seen posted on the walls of every school gym or in pursuit of a dress size that’s also regularly a hot button issue in society today.

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I didn’t learn about body composition until I started participating in competitive strength sports in my late 20s, which was also (coincidentally) the same time I actually started getting healthy.  I can write a separate article on men if there’s demand for it, but the social pressures nowadays really don’t target us.  No, those crosshairs are always their way, it’s people like Kelsey Wells that are going to help change that.

Wells came out of her pregnancy 25 pounds heavier than she did when going in. She decided to get back in shape 8 weeks post partum, picking a training program that appealed to her and went to work.

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The photos show her at her starting weight, 8 weeks post-partum, the lowest weight she reached after 8 weeks on the program, and the last one has her looking much healthier months later and near her initial starting weight.

The Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program she was following recommended that people using it take full body photos along the way and not just base progress on the readout from their scale.

I weighed 130 before getting pregnant, so based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my ‘goal weight’ should be 122 and to fit into my skinniest jeans. Well after a few months of BBG and breastfeeding, I HIT IT and I fit into those size 0 jeans. Well guess what? I HAVE GAINED 18 POUNDS SINCE THEN. EIGHT FREAKING TEEN…

I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now.

Wells went into detail in her post, saying that had she kept to tracking progress through the scale only, she would’ve given up, decorating the caption with a catchy #screwthescale hashtag that caught on rather quickly.
Yesterday she appeared as a fitness model on Cosmo, a move which may have prompted her to show the behind the scenes work that went into securing that photoshoot.

The big takeaway that Wells was pushing for was for people to not attach their self-worth and progress to a number on a scale.

The fixation has led to a $62 Billion supplement industry and $58 Billion (2014 figures) weight loss industry, which includes the assorted diet drinks you see decorating the shelves in your local Walmart.

Have an opinion on the topic, or would you like to see something else written about it?  Leave a comment under the article and I’ll drop by.

Original Article Source: This Mother And Fitness Model Wants Women To Focus On Their Bodies Instead Of Their Scales

Staggering Weight Loss Transformation -Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs

Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs And Reveals Staggering Weight Loss Transformation

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A woman who used to consume 2,500 calories in one meal alone has lost more than seven stone after removing bread, pizza and nachos from her diet.

Before losing weight, Kristina Guice, 25, from Tucson in Arizona, USA, would overload on carbs daily and weighed close to 18 stone (250lbs).

After switching schools in her childhood, she struggled to find friends and began burying her feelings beneath carbohydrate-rich foods.

Two years ago, Kristina decided to overhaul her lifestyle and slim down before starting her Masters degree in Forensic Linguistics.

She downloaded a calorie counting app and, after drastically shrinking her carb consumption, lost over seven stone (102lb).

She hit her lowest weight of 10 stone 8lbs last month after adding exercise to the mix and is now loving life having graduated from Hofstra University, New York.

Kristina said that growing up, food provided her with “comfort”, and by the time she left high school she was 60lbs heavier than when she’d started.

“I started off being the ‘chubby kid’ when I was six, when we moved states I went from being active with lots of friends, to more lazy and inactive,” she explained.

“Being the ‘new kid’ I couldn’t socialise as much, so I had a lot of time to myself where I was just comfort eating.

“I once did a calorie count of one Taco Bell order, it was over 2,500 calories. I would have two taco supremes, two chicken chalupas, a chicken quesadilla, a seven layer burrito and an extra-large Mountain Dew.

“I didn’t enjoy being overweight through high school or college, it all just clicked and I knew I needed to make a change.

“I realised that while I loved bread, I didn’t love being fat.”

The 25-year-old downloaded a food diary app and cut out carbs from her diet.

“I was done with them, no bread, pasta, chips, rice and that’s what I did for two and a half years,” she explained.

“At first it was tough, I missed pizzas, nachos and bread, but keto uses substitute carbs which are quite nice.

“I started making pizza crust out of cauliflower dough and other changes, then suddenly I stopped wanting them so much.

“Now the idea of eating bread is so boring, it’s just a waste, it doesn’t appeal to me anymore.”

Since embarking on her weight loss journey, Kristina has lost almost seven stone.

Where previously she would eat a large bowl of Corn Pops for breakfast and snack on tortilla chips mid-morning, she now has iced coffee with hardboiled eggs.

Her carb-filled lunches of supreme pizza have been replaced with healthy, low-carb wraps and her calorie-laden evening meals swapped for chicken thighs with salad.

If she has dessert, it will be sugar-free jelly with homemade whipped cream.

“I feel really proud that I did it,” she said. “Looking back at pictures of myself now is like seeing a different person.”

Original Article Source: Graduate Who Ate 2,500-Calorie Meals Ditches Carbs And Reveals Staggering Weight Loss Transformation

Low-Calorie Sweeteners

Low-Calorie Sweeteners are an Effective Tool for Weight Loss

The internet is rife with misinformation about low- and no-calorie sweeteners, from their safety to their efficacy as a weight loss tool. In a recent column for South Strand News, Nick McClary, a doctor of physical therapy, looks at the evidence to determine if low- and no-calorie sweeteners can help you lose weight.

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McClary notes that when people want to lose weight, “calories are king… To lose weight, you must create a caloric deficit, which is best done by both cutting back on the calories you consume and increasing the calories burned from exercise.” He suggests that some people may choose to use low- and no-calorie sweeteners in food and beverages as a strategy to cut calories.

To determine if this truly an effective strategy, McClary looks to the science – “A systematic review of studies in the International Journal of Obesity published an article in 2015 reviewing both human and animal studies on what was termed “low-energy sweeteners,” which includes your common artificial sweeteners, as well as stevia, a plant-derived zero-calorie sweetener…Overall, they found that artificial sweeteners induced weight loss in subjects.”

McClary concludes, “we can be reasonably confident that artificial sweeteners can help us lose weight.” It’s time to mark this statement as “true” once and for all.

Not only are these sweeteners effective, they’re safe! Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have found low- and no-calorie sweeteners to be safe for use in foods and beverages. In fact, EFSA reaffirmed that aspartame is safe for consumption by the general population as recently as December 2013. This opinion is based on the most comprehensive risk assessments of aspartame to-date.

For more information about low- and no-calorie beverages can be found at Let’s Clear It Up.

 

Original Article Source: True or False: Low-Calorie Sweeteners are an Effective Tool for Weight Loss

Cut the Calories Without Cutting the Flavor

Cut calories without cutting flavor

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(BPT) – This post is sponsored by Eisai Inc.

Approximately two-thirds of adults in this country are overweight or obese. This extra weight may pose life-threatening health risks including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. For an overweight person, losing even 5 percent of their weight can be meaningful. While the idea of losing weight may feel overwhelming, beginning the journey means starting with small steps.

An important place to start is with healthy eating. Often times, go-to food favorites are high in fat, sugar, starch and sodium. Eating large portions of such foods can hinder weight loss and lead to obesity and related health risks. Reducing portions can help cut calories, and there are ways of adjusting favorite recipes to add healthy ingredients without skimping on flavor.

For example, try the Oven-Fried Fish & Chips recipe below for a lighter take on a popular dish. To cut the calories in half and reduce the fat, this recipe calls for coating the delicate fish in a crispy cornflake crust before baking it along with sliced potatoes.

When trying to lose weight, physical activity is also an important factor. Consider finding ways to work small changes into your daily routine; taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking on the far side of the lot are great ways to get started.

Some people still struggle with weight loss despite reducing calorie intake and undertaking an exercise routine. For those looking to add to their weight-loss regimen of a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity, BELVIQ® (lorcaserin HCl) CIV is an FDA-approved prescription weight-loss medication that, when used with diet and exercise, can help some overweight (Body Mass Index [BMI] =27 kg/m²) adults with a weight-related medical problem, or obese (BMI =30 kg/m²) adults, lose weight and keep it off. It is not known if BELVIQ when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight-loss products is safe and effective.

BELVIQ was tested in three major clinical studies–two trials in adults without type 2 diabetes mellitus and one study in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. All three studies evaluated the effect of BELVIQ 10 mg twice daily compared to diet and exercise alone. The combined results of the two studies in patients without diabetes showed that almost half of patients (47.1%) taking BELVIQ lost 5% or more of their body weight after one year of treatment, and some (22.4%) lost 10% or more of their body weight after one year of treatment. In the study that enrolled overweight men and women with type 2 diabetes, results showed that more than a third of people taking BELVIQ with diet and exercise (37.5%) lost 5% or more of their body weight, compared with those using diet and exercise alone (16.1%). In the same study, the BELVIQ group showed significant improvements in blood sugar levels, compared with those using diet and exercise alone.

People taking BELVIQ with diet and exercise also had significant improvements in their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, compared to those using diet and exercise alone. It is not known if BELVIQ changes your risk of heart problems, stroke, or death due to heart problems or stroke.

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Oven-Fried Fish & Chips

Prep time: 25 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Servings: 4

Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

Canola or olive oil cooking spray

1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges

4 teaspoons canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning, divided

2 cups cornflakes

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large egg whites, beaten

1 pound cod or haddock, cut into 4 portions

PREPARATION

  1. Position racks in upper and lower third of oven; preheat to 425°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Set a wire rack on another large baking sheet; coat with cooking spray.
  2. Place potatoes in a colander. Thoroughly rinse with cold water, then pat dry completely with paper towels. Toss the potatoes, oil and 3/4 teaspoon Cajun (or Creole) seasoning in a large bowl. Spread on the baking sheet without the rack. Bake on the lower oven rack, turning every 10 minutes, until tender and golden, 30 to 35 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, coarsely grind cornflakes in a food processor or blender or crush in a sealable plastic bag. Transfer to a shallow dish. Place flour, the remaining 3/4 teaspoon Cajun (or Creole) seasoning and salt in another shallow dish and egg whites in a third shallow dish. Dredge fish in the flour mixture, dip it in egg white and then coat all sides with the ground cornflakes. Place on the prepared wire rack. Coat both sides of the breaded fish with cooking spray.
  4. Bake the fish on the upper oven rack until opaque in the center and the breading is golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes.

NUTRITION

325 calories/per serving

Carbs 45g

Fat 5g

Saturated Fat 0g

Monounsaturated Fat 3g

Protein 24g

Cholesterol 43mg

Fiber 3g

Sodium 331mg

Potassium 955mg

Recipe from EatingWell.com © Meredith corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Important Safety Information about BELVIQ®

Pregnancy: Do not take BELVIQ if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as weight loss offers no potential benefit during pregnancy and BELVIQ may harm your unborn baby.

Serotonin Syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)-like reactions: Before using BELVIQ, tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, especially medicines that treat depression, migraines, mental problems, or the common cold. These medicines may cause serious or life-threatening side effects if taken with BELVIQ. Call your doctor right away if you experience agitation, hallucinations, confusion, or other changes in mental status; coordination problems; uncontrolled muscle spasms; muscle twitching; restlessness; racing or fast heartbeat; high or low blood pressure; sweating; fever; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; or stiff muscles.

Valvular heart disease: Some people taking medicines like BELVIQ have had heart valve problems. Call your doctor right away if you experience trouble breathing; swelling of the arms, legs, ankles, or feet; dizziness, fatigue, or weakness that will not go away; or fast or irregular heartbeat. Before taking BELVIQ, tell your doctor if you have or have had heart problems.

Changes in attention or memory: BELVIQ may slow your thinking. You should not drive a car or operate heavy equipment until you know how BELVIQ affects you.

Mental problems: Taking too much BELVIQ may cause hallucinations, a feeling of being high or in a very good mood, or feelings of standing outside your body.

Depression or thoughts of suicide: Call your doctor right away if you notice any mental changes, especially sudden changes in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings, or if you have depression or thoughts of suicide.

Low blood sugar: Weight loss can cause low blood sugar in people taking medicines for type 2 diabetes, such as insulin or sulfonylureas. Blood sugar levels should be checked before and while taking BELVIQ. Changes to diabetes medication may be needed if low blood sugar develops.

Painful erections: If you have an erection lasting more than 4 hours while on BELVIQ, stop taking BELVIQ and call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Slow heartbeat: BELVIQ may cause your heart to beat slower.

Decreases in blood cell count: BELVIQ may cause your red and white blood cell counts to decrease.

Increase in prolactin: BELVIQ may increase the amount of a hormone called prolactin. Tell your doctor if your breasts begin to make milk or a milky fluid, or if you are a male and your breasts increase in size.

Most common side effects in patients without diabetes: Headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, and constipation.

Most common side effects in patients with diabetes: Low blood sugar, headache, back pain, cough, and fatigue.

Nursing: BELVIQ should not be taken while breastfeeding.

Drug interactions: Before taking BELVIQ, tell your doctor if you take medicines for depression, migraines, or other medical conditions, such as: triptans; medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic or thought disorders, including tricyclics, lithium, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or antipsychotics; cabergoline; linezolid (an antibiotic); tramadol; dextromethorphan (an over-the-counter (OTC) common cold/cough medicine); OTC supplements such as tryptophan or St. John’s Wort; or erectile dysfunction medicines.

BELVIQ is a federally controlled substance (CIV) because it may be abused or lead to drug dependence.

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Original Article Source: The Paper of Montgomery County : Weight loss tips: Cut calories without cutting flavor

Weight Loss Tips

Among the biggest battles individuals who really need to slim down face is the inspiration to get going on their weight management trip. They commonly maintain putting it off, due to the fact that they fear the modifications and also adjustments they’ll need to make to their eating practices, therefore they postpone setting a begin time. However just what’s it most likely to take to obtain them to establish a date, when is the best time of the year to start a weight management program.

 

Why start a weight reduction program

If your clothing aren’t suitable as well as they used to, you’ re tired constantly, and also you’re constantly starving although you consume a lot, it may be time to size down for the sake of your wellness. An increasing area is a reason for issue, since it could increase your threat of creating illness such as hypertension, kind 2 diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease.

Some obese individuals are usually meaningless eaters. This implies that they are not really knowledgeable about the food that they are consuming, and end up eating more than they need. So if they want to lose weight, they need to change those consuming routines.

In order to succeed at effective weight loss you need to be inspired, as well as set realistic goals, especially as it relates to when to start your program. It’s constantly recommended that you talk to your medical professional before beginning any type of effective weight loss program.

When is the very best time of the year to start?

After overindulging on food as well as drink over the Xmas vacations, January is constantly a great time making a fresh start. Lots of people agree to commit to a much healthier way of life at the beginning of the year, due to the fact that when the New Year rolls around hopes and also assumptions are high.

On the various other hand, there are those that think that winter months is the most effective time to start an effective weight loss program, because the body normally sheds more calories when it” s chilly, so about maintain normal body temperature level. Since the climate supplies a metabolic increase, some opt to start a weight loss program throughout the winter time.

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If your body is using up a lot a lot more calories in the cold weather, it could call for much less exertion on your component to drop those extra pounds. Of course this would only be effective if your diet strategy is also created to assist you reduce weight, without needing to do a great deal of workout. Nevertheless, it’ s still vital to participate in outdoor activities.

The best time of the year to start your weight reduction program is really the moment that feels right for you. Whether that’s at the beginning of the year or completion of it, it’s vital to stay committed to your objective.

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Can you lose weight without counting calories?

 

Can you lose weight without counting calories?

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By law food labels are allowed to be slightly inaccurate, as minor variations from pack to pack during manufacturing are difficult to avoid.

You’ll want to compare brands to see the differences in calorie content. But make sure you compare the ‘per 100g’ values. The alternative ‘per serving’ and ‘per portion’ values can be misleading, as brands vary in serving sizes. You may be surprised by how small a ‘portion’ of food is. Many foods are sold in increasingly large packets, which can make it difficult to keep track of portion sizes.

Nutrition labels sometimes provide information about how much of your body’s daily calorie requirement a food provides. This is referred to as ‘Reference intakes’ (RIs), and unless the label says otherwise it is based on the energy requirement of an average-sized woman doing an average amount of physical activity: 2,000 kcal per day. The RI is not intended to be a target, as energy requirements are different for all people.

If a food is labelled ‘light’ or ‘lite’, it should be substantially lower in at least one typical value, such as calories or fat, than standard products. But you may be surprised by how little difference there is between foods that carry claims to be ‘light’ or ‘lite’ and those that don’t.

Original Article Source: Can you lose weight without counting calories?