Scientists Say Nix The Diet Soda To Lose Weight

A new study followed soda and diet soda drinkers and startlingly the diet soda drinks experienced a 70% increase (!!!) in waist circumference.  Crazy!  Maybe it’s the false sense of sweets, or maybe the cheating that follows after having the “good” soda or the lack of drinking healthy options like water and low fat/skim milk.  Crazy numbers, though, eh?

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June 29, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Health, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

15min To Vanquish Obesity

“Getting Canadians off their butts and physically active for 15 minutes each day would eliminate obesity in about one million adults, while adopting a healthy diet could add another 362,000 to that number, a new report concludes.” The Toronto Star, Health Zone

June 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Health, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Foods To Fight Snack Attacks

I feel like I’m constantly hungry despite eating what I think is a lot and every 3 hours.  I make sure to avoid grabbing a bag of chips (don’t have any in the house and rarely buy them at work) and have snacks I like.  My favs include Red Delicious apples, cottage cheese, popcorn, salad and my new protein shake concoction.  I just got a Magic Bullet Express and I whip up this: fill half with ice cubs, 1/4 water (or milk but I slim my drink), 2 scoops chocolate protein powder, teaspoon of instant coffee, handful of fresh/frozen blueberries or berry mix and half a banana…whiz until smooth.

Here is a list from iVillage of food that stave off hunger.

June 15, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Diet, Recipes, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Eat Well For Cheap

Processed foods can seem cheap but work out the cost per meal and the cost to your health, and good food isn’t that expensive.  My fave foods are eggs, oatmeal, brocolli and apples.  I use my crock pot with cheap cuts of meat and through in some potatos and carrots.  I buy lots of frozen berries when they are on sale.

Men’s Health worked out what are the cheap healthy foods compared to their processed counterparts.  Click here!

The list includes:

  • Eggs
  • Lentils
  • Canola oil
  • Bananas
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Pork loin chops
  • Top sirloin
  • Chicken leg
  • Farmed catfish

June 1, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Diet, Fast Food, Health, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

US To Replace Food Pyramid With Food Plate

Apparently the food pyramid is confusing, so the US is thinking of following in the UK’s footsteps with the food plate.  I’m all for improvements but I’m not sure that confusion is the reason why a large portion of the US do not eat properly.  For me it’s because a McDonald’s is dangerously close and cheap(ish)….

May 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Fast Food, Health, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Running Workouts

I am running my first 5K of the year on Sunday.  I have to admit that I haven’t been training for it a lot.  When I moved at the end of March I was running 3 or 4 times a week, but then the nice weather came and I did bootcamps, Insanity and biking by the water.  So I have improved my cardio, but running on your feet is quite different then being on a bike or interval training.

MSN.com offers combo training workouts here.  The idea is to incorporate into one workout the goals of 2 workouts…for instance, if you want to work on your race pace and increase your distance MSN offers a workout to work towards both goals.  Also the change up is nice.

And if you are a beginner runner, or returning to running after illness or a injury, read this on how to avoid the early pitfalls of running!  Helpful.  Second week is harder than first….

May 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

Resistance Bands

In order to use up all this empty space in my apartment I’ve started working out more at home.  I dusted off my resistance bands and realized how much I like them.  They are light (much easier to store at home then weights) and pack a powerful resistance.  They are very versatile.  All you have to do is youtube resistance bands and you can see how many different exercises you can do with them.  And they are cheap!

April 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

If I’m On My Feet All Day, That’s A Cardio Workout, Right?

I’m on my feet all of my 8 hour shift, and my legs were feeling it the first week of my new job.  So I thought that because I was on my feet and walking all day that that was enough of a workout.  Then I picked up the Women’s Health Training Guide and this question was in it:

Q: I’m on my feet all day.  Do I really need to hit the gym, too?

A: If you’re walking from 9 to 5 and the numbers on the scale are stagnant or heading in the wrong direction, then yes, a more intense workout may be in order.  Even walking nonstop, you wouldn’t burn much more than 500 calories in a typical workday.  Aim for 20 to 30 minutes of strength training followed by 20 minutes of intense cardio, such as intervals, three times a week.  You’ll get a metabolism boost and burn extra calories.

Here is the Women’s Health guide I picked up at the local bookstore/grocery store.

April 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Vegetarian Protein Sources

I’m trying to incorporate more vegetarian options for 2 reasons: usually cheaper protein and higher in fiber.  Here is some information on vegetarian protein sources and some recipes!

April 4, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Health, Recipes, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Healthy Desserts

I love a little something sweet after a good meal.  I love a little something sweet most of the time.  Here is a link to healthy dessert recipes, and because spring is here, summer is close by and all that wonderful fruit!

Click here for the recipes from EverydayHealth.com.

April 4, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Recipes, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

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