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Food Pyramid Replaced by Food Plate

03 Jun

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Is sitting too much making you fat?

20 May

Ever wonder why two people can eat the same exact things but one loses weight or stays fit while the other gains weight?  Sure, metabolism could be a factor.  But there could be other factor’s too. Maybe one works 40+ hours in an office environment.  Even worse, maybe they work 40+ hours and only get up from their computer once or twice a day.  Check out this NY Time article on the lethal effects of sitting too much.

DR. LEVINE’S MAGIC UNDERWEAR resembled bicycle shorts, black and skintight, but with sensors mounted on the thighs and wires running to a fanny pack. The look was part Euro tourist, part cyborg. Twice a second, 24 hours a day, the magic underwear’s accelerometers and inclinometers would assess every movement I made, however small, and whether I was lying, walking, standing or sitting.

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How to Lose Weight on the Job

18 May

CareerBuilder conducted a survey “from February 21 through March 10, 2011 among more than 5,600 workers” to see how many people have been “trading doughnuts for carrot sticks” at work.  The results of the survey stated “18% of workers report they’ve lost weight in their current jobs…”  Sounds like a pretty so –so number considering that “forty- three percent of workers said they have gained weight in their current job…”

Sadly, neither of those statistics are shocking to me.  You hear of more and more people who are either unhappy with their job or just plain overworked, which can lead to some pretty poor eating habits.  In fact, nearly 55% of American’s are unhappy with their jobs, which I’m sure isn’t very surprising to hear.

So, how does one become part of that coveted 18%?  Below are a few easy tips you can use to shed pounds while at work. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reversing Obesity by Flipping a “Switch”

16 May

Obesity has been a growing issue around the world with 1 in 10 adults suffering from the disease.  Even more alarming are the statistics on childhood obesity.  Upwards of 33% of children and adolescents are obese. Obesity has been on the rise since the 80’s and does not seem to be going down any time soon.  Many assume obesity is caused by overeating and general laziness, which many times can be true, but a new study out of London sheds new insight on the issue.

A group of British researchers have recently reported a link between our genes and our weight, among other metabolic diseases like diabetes.  They found by making a few changes to the “master regulator gene,” it “can cause a cascade of other metabolic effects in other genes.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Conquer a Weight Loss Plateau

12 May

You’ve been keeping up with a workout routine for months and have been doing great.  Then, all of a sudden, you seem to hit a wall.  You either stop losing weight or your weight starts to fluxuate between losing and gaining.  It’s frustrating because you’re still eating right and working out.  What gives?

Hitting a weight loss plateau can be annoying and confusing.  This is generally the point where people lose motivation and sometimes give up.  If you find yourself in this situation, here are 4 things to consider:

  • Did you know that eating under your suggested caloric intake can actually cause a weight loss plateau?  Many people have the assumption that if you eat less you gain less.  While this may be true for a while, it actually hurts you in the end.  Eating less has an effect on your muscle tissue, which can result in a reduction of fat loss, therefore less weight loss.  Always try to stick to a healthy and balanced diet. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted in In the News featured in Consumer Reports!

03 Jul

Well maybe not in that way.  The March issue of Consumer Reports did a quick feature (Legal ephedra?) on the status of ephedra since the ban of ’04.  We say “quick” because it appears that they did minimal research and decided to go with a one-sided story describing current and past ephedra products.  We are still waiting on our phone call to counter the points delivered by the FDA and consumer reports.

For example, in response to Bill J. Gurley, Ph.D saying “Those ‘legal’ ephedras aren’t likely to pose dangers—or do much else” we would probably be inclined to mention the 26 positive reviews currently found on the Green Stinger product page.

The article also attempts to pass off opinion as fact while exaggerating harmful effects of ephedrine.  This is nothing new as even as far back as 2004 a Utah court ruled “that the FDA had failed to meet its burden of proof that a daily dose of 10 mg or less of ephedrine alkaloids presents an unreasonable risk of illness or injury.”

It is my opinion that ephedrine alkaloids were unfairly banned.  There were limited cases of harmful effects of ephedra and most of those related to abuse or misuse of the ephedra product.  We are now doing our best to present customers with the best possible ephedra product available.  We do that via Staff picks and by encouraging customers to leave reviews on ephedra products that they have tried.  Plus, on Ephedra Outlet, you will always find the good and bad reviews for every product.  We want you to get the straight scoop on every product!

We have always maintained that the unfortunate truth is that nothing compares to the pre-ban ephedra products.  Yet, everyday we are getting closer and closer to finding products that can both boost energy and assist in weight loss the way that pre-ban ephedra products did.  And you can help.  Comment on this blog and leave reviews on product pages for products that work (and didn’t work).  In the meantime, we thank consumer reports for the attention, but next time we hope for a more balanced story.

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Time magazine says exercise makes you fatter?

11 May

Who’s to blame when I eat the entire tub of ice cream?  Who’s to blame for me missing my workout today?  As much as I love to make excuses, deep down I know it’s my own fault.  I am the only that can be held accountable for my actions.

Fitness TimeAccountability is one of the main reasons people fail in their weight loss journeys.  It’s easy much easier for you to justify a snickers bar or a missed exercise to yourself than it would be to someone else.  Don’t believe me?  Time Magazine recently released an article titled “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin.” Have you ever heard something more ridiculous?

Says Time “The basic problem is that while it’s true that exercise burns calories and that you must burn calories to lose weight, exercise has another effect: it can stimulate hunger. That causes us to eat more, which in turn can negate the weight-loss benefits we just accrued. Exercise, in other words, isn’t necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder.”

Basically they are saying that because you worked hard for 45-60 minutes that you feel like you deserve a reward.  This leads to an endless cycle of exercising followed by eating too much and therefore never losing any weight.  However, if you find a way to hold yourself accountable for what you eat and not justify eating that doughnut after your workout, you will find weight loss success.

So how do you hold yourself accountable?  There are tons of options:

Join an online community: Thousands if not millions of people are trying to lose weight.  Share your experiences and goals with them.  They will help you stick to your plan.

Yell it from the mountain top: Tell everyone you know about your goals.  If you tell 50 people that you are going to lose 20 pounds over the next two months you will be less likely to eat that leftover cake before going to bed.

Keep a journal or logbook: Do it on paper or online.  Places like fitday and allow you to track exercise, calories and tons of other things.  Get super specific or keep it simple.  As long as your doing it every day it adds a level of accountability to your journey.

At the end of the Time article the author states: “I love how exercise makes me feel, but tomorrow I might skip the VersaClimber — and skip the blueberry bar that is my usual postexercise reward.”   Why not do the exercise, and then skip that blueberry bar.  Hold yourself accountable and watch the pounds melt away!