Archive for January, 2016

Weight Loss Tips – Portion Sizes

28 Jan

In keeping up with highlighting positive weight loss stories in the news (since there are soooo many bad ones) I’m going to discuss a recent CNN article centered around portion sizes.  There is some good and some bad in this article, but overall I think it sends a good message.

The article first starts off my talking about the importance of portion sizes for weight loss and mentions “when people overeat, it leads to irregularity in blood sugar.  It also leads to obesity…”  This is all very true, but are portion sizes the reason people overeat or are obese?  Maybe it’s more the food choices they make, the number of meals eaten per day, or the number of calories consumed via liquid to name a few.  Still portion size is a valuable discussion.

The article next mentions five talking points about portion sizes.  We will discuss two of them:

  1. Ignore the size of your plate.


This is an old wives tale that says the smaller the plate the less you will eat.  Really?  Or maybe I’ll just eat more platefuls?  This article cites a study that debunks this tale and mentions it’s better to learn what a proper portion size actually is.  I totally agree and think you should take it a step further and learn how many calories are in common portion sizes of chicken, steak, ground beef, eggs, etc.  Once you understand the basics, healthy eating becomes so much easier!

Also if you eat lunch at work, take the same Pyrex everyday!  That way you know the portion sizes that fit in there and how many calories you are having for that meal.  Once you figure everything out once, you have it figured out forever.  No more guessing or wishy washy meals from that food truck across the street.  Unless it’s a cheat day of course…..

  1. Serve yourself some bad foods


I don’t like this one.  Even though I literally just mentioned a cheat day in my previous paragraph, I feel like the way this was worded allows people to think it’s ok to eat something bad every meal.  I totally disagree with this strategy and think it will really hinder your weight loss goals.  I’m much more a fan of 90/10, meaning you eat healthy 90 percent of the time and unhealthy 10 percent of the time.  For you wise guys out there, that doesn’t mean you can have 9 healthy meals and then a 10,000 calorie meal (or does it? Read more about the Tim Ferris diet here).  If you are following 90/10, 90 percent of your calories should be healthy!

One last little hack that CNN mentioned was regarding focusing on your eating.  They say that the unfocused eater is more likely to overeat than the focused eater.  They mention eating with your opposite hand since it will take more concentration than normal thus reducing your chances of overeating. It’s an intriguing hypothesis.  Another way to focus more is to really challenge yourself on the meals you cook yourself.  If you try and taste the ingredients that you know are in there, you might become more focused.  Plus, if you are trying new challenging recipes, you can make them healthy from the get go!

All in all portion sizes probably plays a fairly minor role in obesity as the food choices you make are much more important.  Still, some of these tips put forth by CNN in this article are helpful and might make that little bit of extra difference you need to lose weight.  So go out there and try one of these today and be sure to report back here on how it worked!

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What is the best weight loss diet pill?

22 Jan

What is the best weight loss pill?  According to the Great Google Machine, that exact phrase is searched over 5000 times a month!  And if take the time to do that search you are presented with things like Alli (scary side effects) and articles from Forbes and the great (note: sarcasm) Dr. Oz.  Dr. Oz has a new greatest weight loss pill pretty much every week, yet somehow still manages to get excited about each and every one.  We, on the other hand, prefer tried and tested weight loss pills that have been reviewed by actual customers and have proven success.

When looking to find the best weight loss pill you might first look to the FDA, since they “oversee” the diet pill industry.  They don’t approve or disapprove every weight loss pill, but they have approved a couple recently, and when they deem a weight loss pill too dangerous they will disapprove it.  We won’t rehash this arbitrary system in this article, but you can read more about the banning of effective weight loss pills and the approval of not so effective ones here and here.


Unfortunately, if you go with one of the FDA approved weight loss pills you might not be happy with the outcome.  Alli has some embarrassing side effects (let’s just say don’t wear white pants) and Belviq/Qsymia have a lot of questions on their potential side effects as well as their actual effectiveness in aiding weight loss.

What are we looking for from the best weight loss pill?

In our opinion there are three main components that make a top tier weight loss pill.

Effectiveness in Weight Loss – This boils down to how much extra weight a diet pill helps you lose.  That’s the main reason most people take weight loss pills, to lose weight.  So our first criteria is a pill that increases our metabolism and potentially decreases our appetite which allows for the maximum possible weight loss.  We aren’t huge fans of Alli, because it’s more of a fat blocker than a fat burner.  So let’s cross it off the list.

Lack of Side Effects – Many of the best weight loss pills can also be associated with some severe health risks which rule them out of the discussion.  Phen-Phen comes to mind as one pill that was amazingly effective, but was highly questionable in terms of side effects.  Another is ephedra alkaloids, which many believe shouldn’t have been banned, but regardless both phen-phen and ephedra alkaloids are banned so they are off the list.  We need a weight loss pill with no severe side effects and that only cause minor issues in some people, because all effective pills may create issues (headache, nausea) with a small percentage of the population.

Actual Reviews from Customers

This is the toughest one.  Sifting through the mountains of misinformation on the web it’s easy to get sucked in by clever marketing copy.  I’m guilty of it and I’m guessing you are too.  Marketers know we can get entrapped by the latest greatest invention that promises us never seen before results.  But after trying the latest greatest, or taking the time to research it, we realize most of the time it’s a lot of fluff and no substance.  That is why we feature 100% actual reviews from our customers to help other customers determine what the best weight loss pill is.

So what is the best weight loss pill?

For our money, it’s Green Stinger or Lipodrene.  We don’t think you can go wrong with either.  They have been our #1 and #2 products for at least five years which means there is no need for fancy new marketing copy.  They sell themselves, and customers feedback helps sell them.   They meet all the criteria we mentioned above by providing effective weight loss with almost no side effects, and have been highly reviewed by past customers.   They are also rarely returned and often reordered.

To us it’s a no brainer, don’t rely on marketers whose only job is to sell to tell you what the best weight loss pill is.  Rely instead on the best customers ever, found at  They want the same awesome weight loss success that you do, and they have already nominated Green Stinger and Lipodrene as the two best weight loss pills.  At the end of the day, the best weight loss pill is the one that gives you the best chance to succeed at losing weight.  We think following in the footsteps of people that have lost weight using a weight loss pill helps make that decision easier.  There is no better testimony of a weight loss pill than someone that is living a new life thanks to losing weight, being healthier, and living longer!

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Clean house, lose weight?

19 Jan

Imagine coming home to a spotless home that has just been cleaned to the max.  No dishes to be washed, no clothes to be washed, and everything put in its proper place.  And not only is everything clean, but it is organized in a sensible fashion.  Sounds pretty awesome right?  Well, according to a recent book, it might even help you lose weight!


ABC News interviewed Peter Walsh, author of “Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down” and discussed a couple case studies as well as shared a preview of the book.  Apparently he didn’t think slimming down the title of his book was necessary, but we won’t hold that against him.  The core concept behind the book is that there is a link between three things:  a messy home, stress, and weight gain.  I don’t know about you, but this makes a lot of sense to me.  I’m probably the messiest person alive, so when I come home to a clean house it feels amazing!  I definitely feel less stress when coming home to a spotless house and I could see how that could lead to losing weight.  A. I wouldn’t be stressed and as likely to eat crap food to deal with that stress and B. I would have more time to work out or cook a healthy meal, and much more likely to as well.


The ABC News article details a case study that Waslh went through with a woman who had tried a bunch of diets, but was unsuccessful in losing weight.  They completely organized the refrigerator and pantry:


The refrigerator was divided into zones for storing different types of products. This makes it easier to cook at home, rather than order take-out, Walsh said.

“When you step in here I want you to feel like every single thing in here I love, it fits me and people compliment me on it,” Walsh told Rothschild.


The woman reported feeling significantly less stress after her house and kitchen was overhauled into a simple organized system.


The book isn’t just about losing clutter and organizing your house.  Walsh goes into detail about eating plans, workouts, and of course the overall decluttering plan.  He wants you to get away from living your life in a rote fashion, i.e. doing things like buying random junk or watching TV almost without thinking.

I’m going to be experimenting with this plan over the next six weeks and will report back with my successes and failures.  I already know that it will lead to lower stress levels, so let’s see if it also helps with weight loss!   Have you experienced less stress thanks to a clean house?  Or are you super stressed because your house is a disaster area and you have no organization in it at all?  Join the discussion and let’s help each other out!

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