October 2009 Blog Posts

Reasons why you should join a Weight Loss Buddy Team

If you're like me, it's probably very hard for you to admit that you need help with something. If you're not like me in that regard, you're lucky. But even I know some things are done better when I'm not alone, when I have support and when I work in a team. Some of you new members might not known much about the teams Weight Loss Buddy offers, but they are great for a few reasons. Here are a few: * You get to meet new buddies (or people) who might have common interests as you * You get added support in your weight loss...

Will Michael Moore's next movie attack the weight loss industry?

Maybe. Moore, who is the director of such movies as Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and most recently Capitalism: A Love Story, got heavy criticism for his weight after his last movie release. So, he started watching his diet and exercising more and reportedly has lost 70 lbs. to date. His goal includes losing 70 more. In a recent interview, Moore said that the three biggest contributors to him dropping the pounds were eliminating salt (or sodium) from his diet, eliminating white flour, and eliminating sugar and corn syrup. I wouldn't be surprised if his next movie explored all of the unnecessary weight loss...

Biggest Loser Recap: Episode 7

SPOILER ALERT: If you didn’t watch last night’s episode, reading ahead will tell you who got sent home. Whew, last night was intense. I want to start with the  first challenge. I think Allen had a bit of advantage, being a firefighter, and knew how to shimmy under that rod really well. I was sweating a little bit when a contestant from either team would do less than 100, feeling bad for the contestants who came after them because they would have to carry the load for the team. Overall, I think many of the contestants tried to be pretty fair except...

Does your doctor respect you when you're fat?

You know how when you're overweight, you constantly feel like everyone's looking at you and judging you? Well apparently, your doctor really is. A new Johns Hopkins research study found that doctors have lower respect for those patients who are deemed obese. Here is an excerpt from an article I read on it: "The new study  to be published in the November edition of Journal of General Internal Medicine (http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0884-8734) found that physicians had lower respect for patients with a higher than normal Body Mass Index (BMI), the standard for determining healthy weight based on a person’s height and weight. According to Mary...

Can a gastric bypass cure diabetes?

It's been talked about for a while in the weight loss world, but now doctors are coming so faithful in the powers gastric bypasses can have on Type 2 diabetes that they are considering it as a possible cure for the disease. As with any surgeries there are risks though, and doctors are trying to evaluate if the juice is worth the squeeze. Here's an article from the Los Angeles Times with more information: http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-diabetes-surgery26-2009oct26,0,7401145.story What do YOU think? Would you trust that a gastric bypass would be an appropriate cure for diabetes?

ABC announces new docu-reality show 'Obese"

I remember not too long ago writing a post about the trend of fat. It seems to me, not that being fat is a trend, but that the entire fat industry and learning about people who are losing weight is becoming a trend. We are becoming more and more obsessed with how people lose weight, and I'm kind of glad. As an avid Biggest Loser viewer, I honestly believe these types of programs are inspiring and have the power to teach people how to healthily and responsibly lose weight. Well let's see about this new show. From the producers of the Biggest Loser comes...

Biggest Loser Recap: Episode 6

Phew, these two hour episodes wear me out. Don’t get me wrong, I love the show, but don’t you think they could be cut down to not be two hours? Anyways, let me start with my SPOILER ALERT: If you read to the end of this post, you will know who went home on last night’s episode. So, I personally was not so impressed with that challenge. Come on, digging through sand. Yes, I’m sure it’s difficult, but these are people, not dogs. I think the producers could have come up with something a little better. I did like the idea of the...

Cash for your fat

These days, it's not uncommon for businesses to encourage their employees to lose weight. In fact, not only do they encourage it, they have programs centered around losing weight and weaved into the average work week. But this company is taking weight loss even a bit further by offering cash bonuses when their employees lose weight. In fact, 12 different companies under the umbrella of The Business Group, offered this bonus for the biggest loser. According to the article, link below, the teams walked away with a pretty hefty prize: "Employees at 12 companies took part in the 10-week contest, said Lisa Gish, executive...

Weight loss product spam blocker

Christopher James, cuts through the bull so that you don't have to. To me, that's a very good thing. What James does is he finds weight loss programs and products and interviews the creators, listening to their truths and sometimes bull, and lets them explain why their weight loss products really help people lose weight. He does this because on his own Web site, www.loseweightinterviews.com, he lists which interviews lead him to believe that the products actually work, and which lead him to believe the creators are full of it. Here is an article about James and what he does: http://www.pr.com/press-release/185769 I do find that...

Guest Blogger: Biggest Loser Recap Episode 5

My fiance is a man who's not ashamed to say he's into the Biggest Loser. He's so not ashamed, that he has decided to come on my blog as a guest blogger this week to talk about last night's episode. I hope you welcome him with open arms. Here is his demographic, so you know where his opinions are coming from: Jonathan Sheehan, 24 year old male, starting to eat much healthier than he used to (I'm proud to say), but doesn't exercise much, other than going on long walks with our dog. Still, he has a mind for purchasing healthy...

Bootcamp Results?

So last week, I posted an idea I had for a free bootcamp which included one week, every other week, of two 40-minute workouts per day. I did awesome during bootcamp week until the second workout on Wednesday, when I started really feeling sick. I know, a lot of times people make excuses for why they don't finish something they start-but I'm NOT doing that right now-I PROMISE! I have a sinus infection to prove it! So, I basically haven't been to the gym since Wednesday-and instead have eaten a whole lotta naughtiness. The one thing I did notice when I did go to the...

Re-think these five weight loss rules

I found this article that disspells five weight loss rules we need to re-think in order to actually achieve our weight loss goals. They are actually seemingly obvious, if you ask me, but things we all seem to forget once we get wrapped up in all the weight loss trends and fads that we feed into on a daily basis. Here are a few from the article, with the link for more below. "Old rule: A calorie is a calorie. New rule: All calories are not created equal. It is true that if you take in more calories than you burn, you will gain...

Biggest Loser Resort

I don't know about you, but when I think of resort, I think of sauna, hot tubs, massages, facials and LOTS of relaxation. I definitely don't think of working out, though some people, probably most, think of sports like tennis and maybe crochet. Maybe I've never been to a resort and have no idea what I'm talking about. Yep, that's probably it. Well, The Bigges Loser has launched its own resort and if you were watching this week's episode you may have caught a glimpse of it. It's called The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge and is in southern Utah....

Biggest Loser Recap: Episode 4

SPOILER ALERT: If you read until the end, you will know who got sent home last night. So, first, I have a confession. I missed the entire first hour of last night’s episode. Ironically, I missed it because I was eating out for my birthday at the Macaroni Grill. I picked a chicken marsala dish, as to avoid cream sauce and lots of pasta, so I don’t think I was that naughty. Anyway, I gathered from the second hour that many had a hard time eating healthy while eating out in the episode. I know that I, myself, have a hard time...

Snack aims to curb hunger

There’s a new snack hitting the shelves at the market and it’s aim is to make you fuller. I don’t know if fuller is a word, but I do know that when you eat any food, eventually you will get full, so I’m a bit perplexed by this food. Fullbites, made by the company that makes Fullbar (www.fullbar.com) is coming out with this little snack that is said to make the eater fuller quicker, allowing them to eat less of this food, and not turn to other, high calorie and fatty foods when they are feeling hungry. Fullbites will come in a...

FREE Boot Camp!

So, I’m starting my own boot camp! And the best thing about it is that it is FREE! Ideally, I would be up for joining a weight loss boot camp-I could certainly use the motivation. But the boot camps around me all seem to be hundreds of bucks. And knowing that I technically could lose the weight on my own for free makes me hesitant to throw out the cash for something I could do without spending it (especially when times are tough). SO, here is my free boot camp idea, and I would love it if any of you would participate...

Howcome my tummy isn't flat?

I'm pretty sure I know why my tummy isn't as flat as I'd like it to be. I eat some naughty things that are proven to put more fat in the midsection, I don't work out as much as I'd like and when I am working out, I might not be doing the best exercises to flatten my mid-section. The first two reasons up here are controllable-if I try hard enough, I can control what I eat. But that last one, that may not be your fault. Here are a few articles on better ways to flatten your tummy: http://www.flat-stomach-exercises.com/flat-stomach-tips.html http://www.prevention.com/cda/article/flatten-your-belly/613888dc78803110VgnVCM10000013281eac____/fitness/belly.abs/ab.exercises http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/21381/4_exercises_that_can_help_you_flatten.html  

Practice what you Preach?

Sometimes, when you're overweight, it's easy to point the blame. Some people blame the enticing television commercials that draw them towards fatty Big Macs. Others blame their boyfriends who bring danishes, donuts and cookies home all the time. When it comes to the challenges of losing weight, though, many turn to God. And while blame God for creating such hardships and uneasiness in losing weight, others turn to God to help them conquer their challenges. Well Dr. Frank A. Thomas, of Memphis, thinks he may have come up with a way to bring health and fitness into the church in a...

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