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Summer Weight Loss Tips

Posted by weigthloss-diets Wednesday, June 9, 2010 1 comments

Summer often means vacation, lighter clothing, outside activities – and a renewed focus on weight loss.
Dr. Cherry has discussed some of the best “diets” or ways of eating for better health in his recent radio programs, and these dietary habits also promote weight loss. Here are additional tips for supporting your weight management efforts:
Be active – Exercise is critical to increase your metabolic rate. Simply walking 45 minutes 4-5 times a week is very beneficial. Strength training also increases your lean muscles mass, which revs up your metabolism.
Set a realistic goal – Don’t set your goal too high; make attainable goals and celebrate your successes.

Plan what you’re going to eat, and don’t skip meals – This helps you avoid binging, and gives you control.

Monitor progress – Keeping an exercise and food log is very helpful, giving you a true picture of how many calories you consume daily. Be sure to include beverages; sugary drinks can add hundreds of empty calories a day.

Never skip breakfast – Not eating breakfast often leads to overeating later in the day. See Dr. Cherry’s best breakfast recommendations.

Know when you've had enough – Many people eat beyond fullness to discomfort, so learn to identify when you're satisfied. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to register when your stomach is full, so eat slowly and take frequent breaks to give your brain time to get the message.

Don't use food to feel better – When faced with a stressful situation, don't turn to food for solace. Instead, exercise or do some other activity that will take your mind off food.

Don't eat on autopilot – Only eat at the table, not in front of the television, in the car or over the sink. Pay attention to what you are eating, and enjoy the taste, aroma and texture of each bite.

Jump-start your weight loss program – There are many natural substances that can be used to help control appetite, utilize fat for energy, increase your metabolism, and provide soluble fiber to make you feel fuller, such as these ingredients found in ourWeight Management Program :

• Chromium, an essential trace mineral that helps regulate glucose.
• 5 HTP, found to enhance serotonin production and suppress appetite. The craving of carbohydrates and sugar is directly related to an imbalance of the chemical serotonin in the brain. As serotonin levels increase, appetite levels decrease. By taking 5-HTP in supplement form, you can actually control your food cravings and eat less.
• Green tea extract, black pepper fruit, cayenne pepper, and which have thermogenic properties, increasing your body's resting metabolism rate – meaning you’re burning more calories even at rest.
• Guarana, an herbal source of caffeine that enhances energy - without jitteriness
• Garcinia contains hydroxycitric acid, which blocks the conversion of carbohydrates into fat storage and suppresses appetite.
• Platycodon extract inhibits the absorption of fat, but without the side effects of the medications that act in a similar way.
• Fibers such as glucomannan and absorbalean that help regulate blood sugar and lipid levels give a feeling of fullness, which helps to control appetite
• Inulin , a fiber that enhances the growth of beneficial intestinal flora.

Start following these steps now and you’ll be on your pathway to weight loss that lasts well past the end of summer!

Companies Pay Employees For Weight Loss

Posted by weigthloss-diets Wednesday, June 2, 2010 0 comments

Many employers are looking for ways to help their employees with weight loss. They want their staff to lose weight and get healthier, and one way to accomplish this is by offering different financial opportunities. Companies have started offering financial incentives to help push staff in the direction of more healthy eating, living and hence, weight loss
At least 1/3 of United States companies are either currently offering financial incentives or plan to do so to encourage weight loss. However, the question was asked about the efficacy of this plan of offering money for losing weight. There is debate. Some say that "Dieting for Dollars" will not put a dent in America's large obesity epidemic. Kelly Brownell, director of Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity stated, "It's probably a waste of time." However, Dr. Kevin Volpp, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Incentives, stated, "There's been an explosion of interest in this."
There haven't been many studies as to whether or not paying employees money to lose weight is an effective tool for weight loss in their staff, as only 15 to 20 United States studies have been reported, but the results of these studies seem favorable to the idea. How much money it would take to be enough of an incentive for an employee to lose weight was never clear.
There are weight loss success stories though, where the incentive to lose the weight was money. Out of 9,000 employees at OhioHealth, a hospital chain, where most of the employees are overweight, half of staff joined a financial incentive program to lose weight by wearing a pedometer and getting paid to walk. They were afforded up to $500 a year. Over $377,000 was paid to the employees and many of the workers were successful in shedding pounds and needing smaller sized clothing.

A small observational study done at Cornell University looked seven employer programs which did not show promising for employees being encouraged by money to lose weight. The average weight was a little more than only one single pound. Studies like this are not encouraging, but there is still room for optimism for other studies have reported success in "Dieting for Dollars." It was noted that one of the issues with getting employees in companies to lose weight is that people at work are constantly taking lunch and even dinner breaks at restaurants. Meetings are being held at restaurants and it tends to be much harder to lose weight when eating out

Steven Kelder, an epidemiology professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health believes that food is more difficult an addiction to kick than is tobacco. He shared that while cigarettes can be addictive, people don't need to smoke to live, and advertising for cigarettes is not as widely advertised as food is. Snack machines containing sugary and unhealthy snacks are every where, but fruit and vegetable stands are not present in the workplace or in other buildings.

It seems that in order for these weight loss programs using monetary incentives to be successful, companies are going to have to become more active. Companies need to encourage employees to have regular health evaluations and to enroll in exercise classes. They should open small gyms within their buildings or give free or discounted memberships to outside gyms. They should put more healthy snacks in their office vending machines. Two of the most important changes that companies should make, despite their budget restrictions, if they want to be successful in helping their employees with their weight loss fights, are to lower health insurance premiums and to offer financial incentives that are large enough to make an employee interested in doing the hard work it takes to lose weight.

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