December 13, 2012

Woman Loses 80 Pounds With an All Starbucks Diet

A Virginia woman says she’s lost over 80 pounds by dining exclusively at Starbucks. Now that’s a “latte fat!”

In order to shed the pounds, Christine Hall, a 66-year-old librarian, consumed mostly black coffee, hot oatmeal, and bistro boxes through the popular coffeehouse for more than 24 months. Starbucks made her fat reduction convenient and straightforward, she told NBC News, simply because they list calorie counts on labels, enabling her to track her intake online.

Registered dietitian Lauren O’Connor applauds Hall’s accomplishment, but says you can chalk it down to simple mathematics instead of some magical ingredient in the French roast. “You reduce if you build a caloric deficit regardless of foods you ultimately choose,” O’Connor highlights. O’Connor says Hall’s record keeping was obviously a big reasons why she succeeded in losing a whole lot weight. It held her accountable with an average intake of just under 900 calories every day. And possibly, it made her ponder on reaching for that 730-calorie walnut honey bun when she could easily get identical sugar rush through the 160-calorie cinnamon walnut rugulach.

Theoretically any junk food perform as almost reverse Supersize Me diet in case you watch the calories. “Jarod the Subway Guy” dropped 245 pounds each year by eating only for the popular sandwich chain. Many other major take out franchises now post the calorie counts to help consumers stay the lighter side on the menu.

If the 2010 national health-care law goes into effect, calorie postings would have been a legal desire for all restaurants with 20 or even more locations. O’Connor comes with health concerns about eating an all-takeout diet. Take Hall’s beloved bistro boxes. “They may calorically fit well in an eating plan, nevertheless they include a large amount of processed ingredients like cheese and rolls,” she notes. “They contain some fruit, but where include the veggies? Even though they’re included, there’s little with respect to variety–and sodium counts are sometimes tremendous.”

How about cost? When you're getting started it appears that Hall’s wallet probably lost a bunch of weight too. But assuming she stuck towards plan and bought no additional food, she might possibly not have done too badly. A fast and dirty estimate based on her calorie intake and food choices suggests Hall probably spent somewhere inside the neighborhood approximately $22 every day–$154 dollars every week–to sustain her Starbucks exclusive diet. (Prices vary by item and geographic location.) Compare this to what the common American spends on food weekly using the latest Gallup poll: $151.

Still, O’Connor says you’re happier preparing most of meals in your house. “I do believe in the pinch, you will discover decent items at the takeaway food destination for a fill to get a reasonable lunch or snack, however it’s most from a nutritional stand point to stay in control of your own meals to make certain you obtain the check of vegetables, protein, whole grain, fruit and healthy fats.”

December 9, 2012

10 Best Weight Loss Tips

10  Best Weight Loss Tips

1. Dietary Control and Exercise
It’s true what they say – all you need to do is watch what you eat, and expend more energy than you consume. It’s really that simple.

2.Join an online support group 

You have to know that others are out there for moral support – they know things that you couldn’t possibly know, and they’ve probably been “in your shoes” at some point in the past (or present). Share stories, laughter, tears, successes, and failures – share them. There are thousands of communities out there, so keep looking until you find the one that fits you.

3.Tell your family

If you’ve got a family at home, talk to them about it. Let them know what you’re going to do, and that you want (and need) their support. If you don’t let them know, you’re running the risk of them inadvertently sabotaging your efforts. You want them to help you get to your goal(s). You want them to share in your happiness when you’ve made it past a certain mark.

4.Go public 

I didn’t want to admit that I had screwed up, but admitting the problem in public was the first step on the path to eventual success. I was now accountable for my actions, and all my friends knew what I was doing. There was no turning back, otherwise I’d be risk damaging my integrity. I didn’t want to disappoint the people who read me on a regular (or semi-regular) basis. Plus, it’s an easy way to find out which of your friends have gone through the process before – and glean tips from their own experiences. Then, other friends might become inspired to do the same thing you’re doing once they see that you’ve taken the first step.

5.Identify your exercise

No exercise was created equal. You might like running, so run. You might like jogging, so jog. You might like stationary bikes, so bike stationarily. Find the one that works best for you – that isn’t too much of a chore for you to do regularly throughout the week. Don’t pick a routine that you don’t like – or you won’t want to do it, and you certainly won’t stick with it for long.

6.Zone out 

There’s a reason why people exercise to their favorite music – listening to external stimulus takes your mind off of the physical activity. That’s the secret to making “exercise time” fly. If you’re concentrating on what your body is doing, the session is going to drag on for what will seem like days. Buy a portable music player, or situate yourself in front of a television.

7.Set realistic goals

You can lose 50 pounds in a week if you work out 12 hours a day and eat nothing but celery – but not if you’re human. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t bite off more than you can chew – literally. Make small goals on your way to the bigger goal(s).

8.Don’t compare yourself to others 

Everybody is different. It stands to reason that everybody will lose weight differently. Even if you do the exact same things that I do, you won’t lose weight at the same rate. The key is in finding your triggers. Keep your goal in sight, and do whatever you have to do to meet that goal. When you start looking at someone else’s habits, you’re only going to become discouraged and quit without even realizing that it’s physically impossible to be anybody but yourself.

9.Women aren’t men 

It’s been proven that men can lose weight more rapidly than women can, which is likely due to our physiological makeup (women are supposed to have more fat than men, because they’re the birthing gender). This isn’t a sexist statement to make – it’s pretty much the truth. As such, females should expect to set separate goals than males – especially if you’re working on losing weight together, side by side.

10.Vitamins are good for you

If you’re going to take any pills, let them be natural supplements (like Essential Fatty Acids or multivitamins). Be careful about overdoing it, though – especially with herbal remedies. Too much of anything is a bad thing. You can consult a nutritionist, but always buy on your own – and keep these supplements to a minimum. Remember, too, that specific vitamins are no good without specific minerals.

December 4, 2012

What are the Kinds of Foods to Eat to Lose Weight?

What are the Kinds of  Foods to Eat to Lose Weight?


Research shows that when people eat mushroom-based entrees, they feel just as satisfied as when they’d eaten those same dishes made with beef—though they’d taken in a fraction of the calories and fat.


Scientists have found, that dieters who ate eggs for breakfast felt full for longer and lost more than twice as much weight as those who got the same amount of calories from a bagel for breakfast. Think beyond breakfast, too: eggs boost a salad’s staying power and make for a satisfying snack.

With about 95 calories, a medium apple contains 4 grams of fiber. And recent research, published in the Journal of Nutrition, suggests that boosting your fiber intake may help you to prevent weight gain—or even encourage weight loss.

Low Calorie Desserts

Alright, this isn’t exactly a “health food,” but we welcome the news that it may be easier to stick to your diet if it includes a little sweet treat. According to a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, banning sugary foods could lead to overeating. One reason may be that removing access to sweet foods stimulates the release of a molecule in your brain called corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), produced when you’re afraid, anxious or stressed, says Pietro Cottone, Ph.D., lead study author. And increased stress levels may lower your motivation to eat more nutritious foods, making it more likely that you’ll binge on junk food.


One study published in the journal Appetite has shown that people who start a meal with vegetable soup eat 20 percent fewer calories over the course of their meal.


Eating a breakfast made with “slow-release” carbohydrates, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, three hours before you exercise may help you burn more fat, suggests a recent study in the Journal of Nutrition. Here’s why: in the study, eating “slow-release” carbohydrates didn’t spike blood sugar as high as eating refined carbohydrates, such as white toast. In turn, insulin levels didn’t spike as high and because insulin plays a role in signaling your body to store fat, having lower levels may help you burn fat. Want options beyond oatmeal?


Hot Chili Peppers



In a research study conducted, it was found out that consuming a little hot pepper (in tomato juice or in capsules) 30 minutes before a meal helped study participants feel less hungry and eat about 10 percent less. 


Chew more to curb hunger. That’s what researchers concluded in a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in which they asked participants to chew a 2-ounce serving of almonds 10, 25 or 40 times. Participants got maximum satisfaction—they felt fuller longer—from the nuts when they chewed 40 times. Chewing more may cause a greater release of fat from the almonds, which triggers hormones that curb hunger, speculates Rick Mattes, Ph.D., R.D., professor of foods and nutrition at Purdue University, study author and an EatingWell advisor.