Wednesday, January 30, 2013

10 Ways to Sabatoge Weight Loss

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I've always said that it's easier to "Stay on a roll" than to "Get on a roll." It's Momentum. If you're new to eating well and exercising to change your body, the first few days can be difficult. Actually, they WILL be difficult. Expect that. Plan for it, and flex that willpower muscle to avoid going down temptation alley. (Don't leave your favorite food within reach).

It will be more challenging if you've been eating lots of sugar and processed foods. You are breaking bad habits, and with that, comes discomfort. There is good news! It will only last for a short while, and once you've broken the cycle of eating junk, you will start to feel great and have more energy than ever.

 It's the momentum that will come after you've been eating well and exercising for a couple of weeks that is fabulous. You're on a roll and your new lifestyle is coming together nicely. But comes a birthday, Valentines Day, Easter, summer cookouts, family get-togethers....and LIFE.

This is where you get to flex your willpower muscle and decide whether or not your healthy living can stand the test of life getting in the way. We've put together 10 things that can sabatoge your momentum and weight loss efforts. Learning how to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into every day living is critical to long term success.

Here is the top 10 countdown of Sabatoging your weight loss:

10. Overeating away from home. Eating out poses a special challenge when calorie counting because restaurant portions are overgenerous; your best bet is to ask for a to-go box and put half your order away before you start eating.

9. Not reading labels. The most important number you need to pay attention to is the serving size. It’s easy to eat too much if you aren’t aware of how many servings are in a bottle or box and you consume the whole package, thinking it’s a single serving.

8. Eating too fast. If you eat quickly, your brain won’t get the message that you are full in time, says Kathy Hubbert, MS, RD, of EatRight Weight Management Services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Put the fork down between each bite,” she advises.

7. Denying yourself your favorite foods. Be it chocolate or bacon, totally banning a favorite “unhealthy” food from your diet sets you up for temptation. Instead, use your calorie-counting skills to build in a small indulgence now and again.

6. Guilt over mistakes. If you are out with friends and get talked into dessert, don’t beat yourself up. “Guilt can set in and, for some people, that gets them moving in a backwards direction,” says Hubbert. Even if you did enjoy your indulgence, put it in perspective — it’s just one mistake compared to all your good diet choices yesterday, today, and the ones you'll make tomorrow.

5. Putting too much “weight” on the scale. Hanging all your feelings of success on the numbers on the scale can be a diet disaster. You should only weigh yourself once a week, says Gail Curtis, assistant professor at the Wake Forest University Health Sciences department of physician assistant studies in Winston-Salem, N.C. Curtis recommends tracking other short-term health goals, such as eating more veggies, walking daily, or drinking water instead of soda, that will give you a sense of accomplishment.

4. Not exercising enough. Even if you could achieve your diet goals by calorie counting alone, you would be more successful (and healthier) if you were physically active. “The number one barrier to exercise that I hear is time,” says Hubbert. National recommendations are at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. You can break this up into three 10-minute segments per day, says Hubbert.

3. Emotional eating. Eating in response to sadness, boredom, or stress wrecks your calorie counting for at least one day. “We learn to associate food with feeling better,” says Hubbert, a self-confessed boredom eater. When you become aware of your urge to eat in response to emotions instead of hunger pains, find something else to do that will distract you for 10 or 15 minutes, such as taking a walk, says Hubbert.

2. Thinking of your diet as a diet. “There is diet fatigue if you go on a diet,” says Curtis. “Most people can stay on a diet about three months and then they are done with it because they can’t stand it.” Instead, focus on making healthy lifestyle and diet choices that you can live with for a long time.

And the biggest mistake of all:

1. Letting one mistake start you on a downward spiral. “I’ve seen people completely go back to square one,” says Hubbert. “They make one mistake and it starts a whole cycle.” The remedy? If you make a mistake, admit it, forgive yourself, and get back on track right away.

Hopefully this list will help you avoid sabatoge of your weight loss efforts!
Melody Chandler, CPT
Texas Fit Chicks Boot Camp

We Train chicks in Dallas, McKinney, Anna, Celina, Prosper, Allen, Frisco, Plano, Richardson,  Houston, Spring, Keller, Carrollton, Lancaster, Rockwall, Van Alstyne, Mesquite, Murphy, Wylie 
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9 Tips for Fat Burning

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Now don’t get all excited. We don’t have any magic wand solutions that will take the place of exercise and eating right. But we do have a few foods that could help you on your journey to rid yourself of excess flab.

To put it simply, protein takes a lot of effort for the body to break down and digest. A lot more than, say, fat. So while your body is working hard to process that protein, you’re burning calories. Stop by the seafood counter next time you're at Kroger! Chances are you’re not getting enough of it. Not only is fish a fabulous source of lean protein, BUT many types are full of those Omega-3 fatty acids you’re always hearing about. Beans are also a wonderful source of protein. And it’s no secret how we feel about our friend the soybean. (Let’s have a cheer for veggie patties and soy-meats!)

Belly fat is not particularly cute on anyone (except maybe babies), so it’s exciting news that whole grains can do a number on that stubborn flab around your midsection. One of the easiest ways to get whole grains into your diet? Oatmeal in the morning. Quaker’s Simple Harvest Multigrain Hot Cereal is really good and just full of grains. Also, Kashi GoLean’s Hot Cereal packs in 7 whole grains and a big 5 - 7g fiber! Mmmmm…

Ever since you were a kid popping Flintstones Chewables, you’ve known that Vitamin C is good for you — and that certainly hasn’t changed. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant AND has been shown in studies to help burn fat. So, if you’re looking for a snack, how’s about a nice, juicy grapefruit? The theory is that grapefruit helps to lower insulin levels, which keeps you from being hungry all the time! We know it smacks of classic diet food, but those Ruby Reds are MIGHTY delicious! If it’s too sour for you straight, sprinkle it with some no-calorie sweetener like Splenda or stevia.

Green tea is EVERYWHERE. It’s been classified as a “superfood” as it’s been linked to reduced rates of heart disease and cancer. And now it helps us lose weight too? Green tea has been shown to raise our metabolism, which is key in our battle with the bad stuff. Researchers also suspect that substances called polyphenols combined with caffeine are responsible for its fat-burning properties.

SPICY FOODSYou know how when you eat spicy foods, you sometimes start to sweat a little (ew)? That’s because it’s given a little kick to your heart rate. These little kicks will result in a temporary increase in your metabolism, which will help you burn fat a little easier for a bit. A quick hit with cayenne, red pepper flakes, or whatever hot sauce you fancy should do the trick and get your blood pumping. And these spices are practically calorie-free. Yes!

Hey, dairy queens! Good news! It turns out that people who eat low-fat or fat-free dairy lose MORE weight than people who don’t. Sure we mentioned protein before, but it bears bringing up again since the magical combo of calcium and protein seems to work wonders. We’re WAY into yogurt, so we suggest picking up some Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt and mixing in your favorite fruits, sugar-free preserves… or whatever! Also, light string cheese is a GREAT little snack, with only around 50-60 calories and 2.5g fat a pop. Not bad for hard cheese, people.

Experts say it’s important to drink lots of water if you’re trying to burn fat Your body can’t work effectively if it’s dehydrated — not only will you FEEL like you don’t have any energy, but also your body really won’t have what it needs to function and burn off fat. Keep that machine humming — drink at least 8 glasses of water a day!

Sure this stuff tastes good — that’s why it’s found in SO many things. But those chefs might not know that their sprinkling of cinnamon is helping the body process sugar more effectively and lower blood sugar levels. High blood sugar can lead to the body storing more fat, so maybe put together a little shaker of cinnamon and Splenda to sprinkle on your favorite foods! Then whip up some fat-burning cinnamon toast by using your new concoction on whole-wheat bread!

An apple a day isn’t going to keep the gym away, but it’ll probably make your diet plan more effective. Word on the street is that the pectin contained in apples limits how much fat your cells can absorb. (SWEET!) Plus it’s a naturally soluble fiber, which is always good. So next time you feel all snacky, grab whichever apple looks best to you (we love Honeycrisps!).

Texas Fit Chicks Boot Camp is most effective for our chicks when they follow a good nutrition plan! Eating clean is critical to changing your physique. Hope these 9 tips help you on your weight loss journey.

We Train chicks in Dallas, McKinney, Anna, Celina, Prosper, Allen, Frisco, Plano, Richardson,  Houston, Spring, Keller, Carrollton, Lancaster, Rockwall, Van Alstyne, Mesquite, Murphy, Wylie 
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Friday, January 25, 2013

Texas Fit Chicks Trainer Sandy shares her story

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Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a certified Personal Trainer and Boot Camp Instructor with Texas Fit Chicks.

I was going through photos the other day looking for a specific picture for my daughter and I came across the picture you see below. I starred at that picture for about 10 min with all these thoughts going through my head. I decided that since I ask my chicks to share their story, that I would share mine.

I have always been a fit person. I played soccer all through school and even played after I graduated. I kept up a gym membership and worked out regularly. Even after having twins, my body bounced right back to where it was previously.

It wasn't until we got pregnant with our son and I gained more weight then I did with the twins. I really didn’t care because I was just so happy - a new baby was on the way. At 36 weeks pregnant, the world came crashing down. I delivered a beautiful 6lb, 14oz 21” long baby boy by emergency C-section. He was perfect in every way a baby could be, but because of the circumstances, he had no brain activity and 1 week later we were planning a funeral. We came home from the hospital with all of the wonderful baby gifts that were still in the living room from the shower. I was told that this happens to 1 out of a million women with a previous vertical C-section…..REALLY, I’m the “1”???? The next two years were a blur, living that day over and over. I didn’t want to look at my body because I blamed it for this tragedy. I never could eat when I was stressed, but for some reason this was different. I didn’t care what I ate or how I looked anymore. I lost some of the weight, but not much. I finally got down on my knees and told God I couldn’t bare this pain anymore and for him to take it away….he did, every day got a little more bearable.

Two years later to the date of finding out we were pregnant with our now angel, we were pregnant again - believe me….we were not trying at all. At the exact same time….REALLY???? We saw a high risk specialist and I was under a microscope. I had gained the usual pregnancy weight, but not much more because I was on a very strict diet, but still had the previous weight on me. Thirty (30) wks later, the same thing happened except for this time, I was already in the hospital. We had a beautiful baby girl that was 3lbs 5oz, 12” long and could fit into her Daddy’s hand (that‘s one hand). Let me just say that today, she is a beautiful (inside & out) healthy, wonderful, kind, smart young woman with the biggest heart and I’m proud to be her Mom.

The picture below of me was when she was about 2 years old. Nope, I wasn’t pregnant at the time although it sure looks like it. My body had gone through so much trauma over that past 4+ years of 2 emergency C-sections (almost dying from both), mentally exhausted from pain and worry that I thought this was the new me. So I thought!!!

I got my gusto back when I took a hard look at pictures and didn‘t recognize the person in them. My daughter fought for her life in NICU for 7 weeks and I need to start fighting for mine. I didn’t want her to think this is healthy or to look at previous pictures of me and wonder why I was so overweight now. So I started exercising regularly, pushing the inner athlete like I knew I could (everyone has one) and from that point forward, never looked back. By no means am I saying it was easy, because it wasn’t, but it is possible. You will have to fight for it and you are worth fighting for. I am now a Certified Personal Trainer and absolutely LOVE what I do.

So as your trainer, instructor and friend….when I say “I understand”, it may not be the same situation, but I do know what it’s like to be in an awful place that you think you’ll never get out of. “I do understand” how tough this journey is going to be, but also how wonderful and worthy it will be when you reach your goals. “I do understand” because I’ve been there. When I tell you to “fight for it”, it’s because I know what it’s like to fight. When I tell you “don’t stop”, it’s because you can’t or you might not start again. When I tell you “you need to be here every boot camp”, it has nothing to do with money. When I tell you “don’t listen to that voice that tells you what you can’t do”, it’s because I had that voice in my head. It’s freeing to look in the mirror and not hate what I see anymore. Although there was tragedy, there was also blessings and God has guided me every step of the way and brought me through the tragedy so I can be the best example to my daughter and stand before you and guide you to a new life.

Thank you for taking the time to read “My Story”

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Best Protein Bar out available at

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OMGOSH. I just cracked open my box of Quest Protein bars ~ their new flavor Cinnamon Roll is... TO DIE FOR. Microwaved for 13 seconds, get me a fork. It's my new favorite 3pm afternoon snack - that gets me through the afternoon! I don't know about you - but I don't want to ruin my hard work on a protein bar that isn't good for me! 
Check out these facts about Quest bars versus other bars out there....

I'm so excited to announce that Texas Fit Chicks is now able to offer them on our website. You can order online and have them delivered right to your front door. 

Purchase through this link below and get your Quest bars on their way!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Texas Fit Chick Christy wins Kidd Kraddicks' I've got a dream contest!!

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We are thrilled for one of our Frisco Texas Fit Chicks, Christy Riley! She has been working hard with TFC trainer Aimee, and has gone from a size 16 to a size 6! She had a dream of becoming certified and starting her own Texas Fit Chicks camp...and she won!! We are so excited for her and look forward to having her help other women lose weight and get FIT. She's truly an inspiration. If you missed it - you can listen HERE

To get on the list for first notification of when Christys' TFC camp starts, email us and we will let you know!

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Texas Fit Chicks Couch Potato Workout

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Next time you turn on your favorite show - make it live (no dvr to fast fwd) and do this workout during the commercials! Most hour long shows have around 18-20 minutes of ads, so I've created a workout for you to burn some calories at home. Feel free to forward this email and share with some of your favorite couch potato friends! No equipment needed. Ready...set...GO!
20 Pushups - Try to do at least 2 on your toes, then drop to your knees if you need to.
20 Bicycle Crunches - Fingertips behind ears, Bicycle with legs and bring right elbow to left knee, then alternate. Go slow - and avoid momentum
20 Prisoner Squats - Finger tips behind ears, chest lifted slowly squat down then up - making sure that knees don't overshoot your toes. Good way to make sure you've got good form is to lift your toes in your shoes, keeping weight in your heels.
Squat and hold for 60 seconds
20 Jumping Jacks
1 Minute of Mountain climbers - in plank position, bring right knee in towards chest, then left, alternating quickly
Booty Kicks - Run in place trying to kick booty with heels - 30 seconds
High Knees - In place, alternate legs 30 seconds
Forward/Reverse Lunges - Plant left leg and step out with right leg into forward lunge position, bring right leg back to center, then drop right leg behind you for a reverse lunge. 1 minute on each leg.
Thigh Blasters - Lying on one side, lift and lower top leg workout outer thigh. 30 reps. Then cross that leg in front of the other, and lift and lower bottom leg working inner thigh 30 reps 
Repeat thigh blasters on other side 
Horizontal Scissors- fingertips behind ears, chin lifted off chest - raise legs up a few inches
off mat - then scissor in and out, with one leg going over the other then alternating. 30 seconds
Alternating Heel Touch - Knees bent heels on mat - lifting head off mat arms down to sides -reach with right arm down to touch heel - working obliques then do other side. 20 reps each side
Lying Leg Raise- legs straight out and down on mat. Lift both legs up in the air at same time,then release back down keeping control and lower back on the mat
bring legs down as far as you can w/out that occuring. 15 reps
Bicycle Crunch- 30 reps
Oblique Crunches - dropping both legs down to the right - lift and lower - repeat other side. 15
each side
Squeeze Planks - Grab a stop watch - in plank position (on forearms) shoulders over elbows. Lift up into plank position keeping a straight line from head to heels (booty down)  and squeeze everything (including glutes) for 15 seconds, then drop down for 5 seconds. Repeat 7 times. Be sure to breathc while you squeeze!

Be sure to stretch for 5-7 minutes at the end of your workout. WAY TO GO!

~ Melody

Sunday, January 20, 2013

6 Steps to Lose weight

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Finishing off a whole pack of chips while engrossed in an interesting show is the perfect example of mindless eating. Distracted by watching TV or a movie, we mindlessly fill our mouths, short-circuiting our fullness signals. We keep on eating unaware of the huge amounts we're putting away. In my opinion this is an oft-overlooked cause of obesity.

(It also illustrates the danger of modern-day snacks- they taste soooo delicious and slip down so effortlessly with their perfect bite-sized morsels and tempting flavours. But that's another story.)

The modern food supply encourages a grazing mentality via fast food drive-ins, vending machines full of snacky-junk food and confectionery counters at every retail outlet. What's more it actually encourages us to eat while doing other tasks.

"Multi-tasking" has long been a business buzz word but is often just a euphemism for eating while doing other things. Whether it's popcorn at the cinema, desktop dining while you work, dashboard dining as you drive or dinner in front of the TV, it all leads us to eat more than we need.

Dr Brian Wansink, author of the book "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think" (Bantam Books 2006), says most of us overeat because we are distracted or are surrounded by junk food served in large portion sizes. We eat as if it's our mission to finish everything!

In one famous experiment, Wansink and his researchers offered a free bucket of popcorn to moviegoers in return for answering a few (dummy) questions about the movie once it was over. Half the moviegoers got a medium-size bucket weighing 120g or 4.2 oz, while the other half were given the large-size, bigger-than-your-head, bucket weighing 235g or 8.4oz.

Weighing the leftovers in the buckets after the movie, the researchers reported that the big-bucket group ate 53 per cent more popcorn (an average of 725 more kilojoules or 175 calories) while mindlessly munching. That's roughly the equivalent of 21 more dips into the bucket.

Wansink repeated the experiment with stale, 14 day-old, popcorn and got similar results. After the movie, the researchers asked the moviegoers to describe the popcorn and they weighed how much popcorn was left in the containers.

Even though they described the popcorn as "stale" and "terrible", moviegoers with the larger containers still ate 34 per cent more than those given the medium-sized containers.

Eating with awareness

To help yourself learn to eat with awareness, try these simple first steps to practice eating mindfully and prevent mindless consumption. Your goal is to be conscious of how you're eating and what your stomach registers. When you're in touch with what is going on inside, you'll know the exact moment you are physically satisfied rather than over full or stuffed. It's the best technique for weight control and works regardless of what sort of diet you're on. I follow these steps every day and highly recommend this way of eating!

1. Sit down to eat, even if it's only for a snack. Turn the TV or laptop off and don't read. Let the food be the sole centre of your attention.

2. Drink a full glass of water before each meal

3. Chew each mouthful thoughtfully paying attention to the flavours and textures - some health food advocates have suggested at least 30 times per mouthful *. Put your knife and fork down between bites.

4. If you know you're a fast eater, make a conscious effort to slow down and be the last one finished. 

5. Switch to a salad plate for your meals. This is an easy way to control portions

6. Eat slowly and make the meal last at least 20 minutes.

Making these changes can lead to weight loss ~ We hope they are helpful!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Not losing weight? 6 Sneaky places sugar hides

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Is Sugar Sabotaging your Fitness Goals?
Sugar is hiding everywhere. It's not just about cutting out cake, cookies and candy...though that's a great place to start. Do you know how much you are consuming? If you are a typical American, you may be eating 156 pounds per year! That’s how much the USDA says Americans consume each year on a per capita basis. Sure, some of that comes from standard junk food but much of it comes from more “hidden” sources.

Sugar for many is something they may have been battling with for a long time, but the past is the past. Time for sugar to be seen for what it really is, and for us to take back full control of our lives. Here’s a simple three-step process to help you start to win back the battle for your health.

First Step – Awareness of what Sugar Really Does to Your Body

I think most people I talk to will say they “know” that they shouldn’t have sugar, but they really can’t help it. To me that is a lack of true awareness of what sugar does to oneself. I don’t think many people will say that they want to hurt their body on purpose, but unless they know it’s really happening they will continue down that road. Sugar is slower to impact our health (as we don’t die from an overdose right away), and it’s that slow destructive process that is the most dangerous. Unfortunately most people don’t know the damage until it has already been done (diabetes for example).

Let’s look at what is really going on with sugar from inside our body’s point of view.

•Sugar increases fat storing. Possibly the most important hormone in the body when it comes to weight loss and health is insulin. Insulin is the main hormone that we have full control over daily through our diet and lifestyle. When we eat sugar and it enters into our bloodstream too quickly, we have a spike in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). Now in times of high activity we are able to burn it off, but if we are sitting around this is not a good thing. So in response to that high level of blood sugar (known as glucose), the body will release more insulin into the bloodstream. Insulin will then take the excess glucose and try to find a place to store it. If your muscles are all full (or have insulin resistance) then the best place to put the excess glucose is fat cells. When insulin is high, the fat cells are told to start storing (shutting down any process of releasing stored fat into the blood for burning). With chronic high insulin spikes comes a resistance to it (insulin resistance) by your cells, leading to more insulin production, leading to more fat storing, and more resistance, eventually going down a road of diabetes and ill health for the whole body. It’s interesting to note that in cultures known for their longevity, many had different diets and lifestyles but the one thing they all had in common was low fasting insulin levels.

•Sugar disrupts normal brain function. I think most people can relate to mood swings and energy highs/lows that come after a high sugar meal. Sugar can also be the source of many people’s increased anxiety and depression. Let us not also forget the kids with ever-increasing attention “disorders” and behavioral issues. Sugar is not helping with that, either. In fact, there have been many studies that show when taking sugar out of a kid’s diet and increasing fat intake, their attention/learning ability increases, their behavior changes for the better, and in some extreme cases have been able to manage (if not eliminate) seizures. The brain is made mostly of fat and although runs on glucose it gets “shorted out” with too much sugar.

•Sugar decreases your overall health and makes you age quicker. Too much sugar will lower your overall immune system, increase destructive inflammation, lead to essential mineral deficiencies in the body, feed bad bacteria growth in your gut (all health starts in the gut) and other wonderful stuff. Aging is just a fancy word for the body breaking down quicker than it can repair itself, as that is what happens when we get older. Aging also is accelerated by the increasing risks of all degenerative diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease and cancers. We are all going to get older, but it doesn’t mean that we have to “age” quicker.

Not a good overall list on what sugar does to our body right? Well on the reverse side by taking sugar out of our diets as much as we can (and controlling insulin), we can effectively help to do the following:

•Increase fat burning ability of the body.

•Increase the immune system and state of health.

•Slow down the destructive aging process.

•Decrease risks for most degenerative diseases.

•Have steady energy all day long (no crashes or swings).

•Have increased mental clarity, focus and concentration.

•Increase positive behaviors in children (as well as adults).

So first step is that we need to be aware of what sugar is really doing in our bodies. Once we see what is happening, I think we can start to change our view on whether it is our good friend or possibly public enemy #1 in our daily lives.

To have better health and reach your fitness goals, it's mandatory that you read labels and know where your sugar intake truly comes from. Here are 6 sneaky places that sugar hides ~ you might be eating more than you think!!
  • YOGURT - Generally, this is a food that people consider “healthy”. However, unless you choose the Plain flavor, you’ll be getting a lot of sugar. Check the label and you’ll find on average about 20 to 25 grams of sugar in a measly 6 ounces. Choose greek plain yogurt, sweeten with a little Truvia or Stevia and mix in 1/2C frozen blueberries. Problem solved!
  • SALAD DRESSINGS - Salads have always been a great choice when trying to lose weight. But, not only can they be laden with fats, but even the healthiest, veggie-packed salads can pack a sugar punch from the dressings that accompany them. Choose an oil-based dressing and ask for it on the side, so your lettuce isn't taking a bath on your plate!
  • SOFT DRINKS - Here’s where a huge portion of consumer sugar intake is found. Studies show that soft drinks account for as much as 33% of all added sugars consumed. And if you think switching to sugar-free diet drinks is the answer, think again. The risk of obesity appears to be higher among diet cola drinkers. Recent studies show that those who drink diet soda eat more junk, since they end up craving sweets more often. Choose to sip on green tea or Crystal Light Pure - both great options!
  • CEREAL - Checkout the serving size on the back of the box. A serving is often only ¾ cup which means most people tend to have at least two servings at breakfast. Plus, cereal is often eaten as a snack as well, and a few handfuls can quickly add up. Many cereals that tout themselves as being healthy have more sugar in them then a candy bar. Kashi offers a great selection of cereals that are all low in sugar. Another option would be to choose steel cut oatmeal for breakfast to fill you up for the day.
  • PROTEIN BARS -  Many times they are glorified candy bars! Several on the market disguise themselves as being packed with protein and all natural ingredients, however, the huge sugar content diminishes their nutritional value. In some cases, you might actually be better off grabbing a chocolate candy bar. Choose Supreme Protein bars, or look for one that has less than 12g sugar.
  • LOW FAT FOODS - Fat makes many foods taste good! When fat is eliminated,often the flavorful taste disappears too. To prevent a low fat food from being too bland, manufacturers regularly add extra sugar to ensure a good taste. So while the fat grams may be low, there are plenty of calories because of the extra sugar. Choose foods that are not processed, and eat "clean" 90% of the time to avoid the extra sugar that's often packed into 'lowfat' foods.
Why do you need to watch your sugar intake? Most experts agree that sugar in its pure form is not inherently “bad” for you. The problem with sugar is that it packs a lot of calories per serving. Plus, since foods with sugar in them taste good to most people then we eat larger portions of those foods. Therefore, we consume more calories when we eat high sugar foods.

In 2003, the World Health Organization released guidelines indicating sugar should account for only about 10% of our daily calories, which is roughly only eight teaspoons. Most labels refer to sugar in grams -- eight teaspoons is about 37 grams. What does that mean to you? Well, one six ounce yogurt and one cup of many brands of cereal will quickly put you over that recommended limit.

Whenever you read the ingrediants, the first 3 labeled are the most prevalent in the food. If sugar is the first ingredient listed on a food, you probably should consider putting it back on the shelf. And remember, there other terms for sugar that food companies use. It also is referred to as high fructose corn syrup, glucose, sucrose and other names. Pay extra attention to the foods mentioned in the hidden sugars list above. And, if eating high sugar foods, limit your portion.

Make 2013 your healthiest yet.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

This one thing can help you lose weight, and keep it off!

A recent study from the Kaiser Permanente Ctr for Health Research, found that logging what you eat regularly can help you shed nearly two times more weight than if you don't keep a journal. If you are trying to lose weight and keep it off, something as mundane as recording what goes into your body can be a powerful tool to help!

There are a couple of reasons that food journaling works. First off, you might re-think what you are about to mindlessly eat. Do you REALLY want to write that you scarfed down a bag of M&M's for your 4pm snack? Another reason it works is because it can teach you how many calories are really in that starbucks latte with whip cream and chocolate drizzled over the top! Ignorance is not bliss when you are trying to keep track of calories you consume in a day.

Another reason it works is you can find out if you are not eating enough. I have had clients in the past that, after journaling their food, we find out that they are only taking in 800 calories a day....and 200 were from alcohol! The goal is to keep the metabolism running efficiently and burning those calories all day...not slowing to a crawl because it thinks you are in starvation mode. Here are a few ways to make food journaling work for you!
  • Track your normal eating for 2 weeks. This gives you a baseline. Also include the amount of water you are drinking.
  • I have several clients that track their food on their phone...there's an app for it! How easy and don't even have to dig through the kitchen drawer for a pen!
  • Write (or type) down everything you eat, right away. You can look up the caloric content later, but get it down asap. OR if you don't have time to type it in - take a picture of your meal with your phone...and figure it out later!
  • Be 100% Honest. This is a no-brainer. It's not going to work if you skip this little detail
  • Learn Portion Control. Even though something is good for you - too much of anything is never good. Measure it if you aren't sure!
  • If you create a 500 calorie deficit each day, you will lose 1 lb per week! It's always been about calories in vs calories out...and always will be.
This year, make a resolution to track your food for the next 2 weeks. That's an attainable goal, and will help you stay on track!!

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