Mar
21
2013

Foods That Help You Lose Weight

Nowadays, a big part of dieting seems to focus on the long and ever-growing list of foods we are supposed to avoid in our weight management journey – but what if I told you there are foods that when eaten in moderation can help us burn a few extra calories?

For example, jalapeno, habanero, and cayenne peppers contain capsaicin, which not only makes your mouth hot, but increase the heat in your body, causing you to burn more calories within roughly three hours of consumption.

Lean meats, such as chicken, lean beef, and turkey are high in protein, which the body must work harder to break down, compared to carbohydrates or fats. The harder your body has to work to break down your food, the faster your metabolism will work, resulting in more calories being burned.   

While these foods, when eaten in moderation, can help you to burn a few extra calories, it’s important to note that the extra calories burned cannot replace the positive effects of a balanced diet and exercise plan. And remember, no matter how healthy the food, too much of it will cause you to gain weight or at worse not help you in losing it.

Do you have any other suggestions for foods that can help us lose weight? If you do, leave them in the comment box below and help someone else eat the right foods to help lose weight.

 

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Feb
19
2013

You Weigh In... On the Scale

Every morning, after endlessly hitting the snooze button, I finally pull myself out of bed and begin my morning routine before heading to the office. But one of the first things I do, every single day, is step on the scale. And the number that is shining back at me can sometimes make or break my day, helping me to determine how “good” I was the previous day or if today I need to do be better to make up for the result.

So when I came in this morning, dwelling on a number that seems to have fluctuated in the wrong direction, I took a look at some of the materials we provide to our weight management providers and realized there’s more to being fit then what then the number that’s on the scale. While your weight is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, it isn’t the only part. A healthy diet helps increase your energy level, skin quality, and endurance. These things can’t always be measured by a number on the scale.

I also looked at some other factors that may result in a fluctuation on the scale. Undigested food, lack of sleep, stress, and other factors can cause weight fluctuation. If I want to see the results I want, I’m going to have to make sure that I’m doing the right things outside of exercising and eating right.

But if you do get off track, that’s ok! No one is perfect and the process is easier said than done. It’s all part of your weight loss journey and tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity to set yourself up for the win and a step closer to your goal.  Eventually, you will take enough steps to reach your goal!

And, as always, if you find that you need assistance, contact you weight management counselor. He or she is always available to help you understand the numbers on the scale and how to move forward to reach your goals.

Jan
23
2013

23 Days In - Are You Sticking to Your Weight Related Resolutions?

40% of resolutions include a weight related goal

50% of resolutions are deserted by the end of January

Sounds like a good time to evaluate your weight related resolutions so you can succeed.

Ask yourself?

  1. Do you have a plan? There’s nothing better than when a plan comes together. Having a plan to achieve your weight loss goal will add structure to what you’re trying to do.
  2. Is it realistic? Many times when we set unrealistic goals, don’t reach them, and end up stopping our efforts altogether. Make sure your goal is reasonable, then, once you’ve accomplished your goal you can work on setting a new one!
  3. Have you removed temptations? Temptations always seem be around us leading us to indulgence. Do your best to remove your temptations - rid your house of chips, cookies, pies, and cakes and replace them with fruits and vegetables, lean protein items and healthy snacks.
  4. Do you have a support system? Since 40% of New Year Resolutions involve weight loss, chances are you have a friend or someone you know that is in the same boat as you.  Keep your friends involved in your process, or, better yet, have them join you! Hold each other accountable and encourage each other to keep pushing towards the ultimate goal.

And, don’t forget, this should be a FUN experience for you! This is the opportunity for you to accomplish something that you want to do, so why not enjoy it? Enjoy the New Year and share any weight loss tips you have in the comment section below.

 

Links:

http://healthworkscollective.com/psalber/74586/tips-keeping-new-year-s-resolutions-don-t-let-supermodels-derail-train

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/diet.fitness/12/31/lose.weight.new.resolution/index.html

http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/3394-easy-resolutions-to-keep.html

Dec
19
2012

Exercise and Live Longer, Studies Say

Exercising is beneficial to us for many reasons. Most know that exercise helps fight against diseases and other health conditions and has also been founded to put is in a better mood, boost energy, and give us a better quality of life. But did you know that exercise can also increase your life expectancy?

Research by the National Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and other organizations analyzed six different prospective cohort studies of more than 632,000 people ages 40 and older. The study showed that regular, moderate intensity exercise was associated with an increased life expectancy, even when the person exercising had an unhealthy Body Mass Index (BMI).

You don’t exercise moderately? The World Health Organization’s (WHO) studies show that leisure exercise should be 150 minutes a week, or just about 22 minutes each day, to yield a 3.4 to 4.5 year increase on life expectancy.

Due to factors such as self-reporting participants, the study is not full-proof. However, this research reinforces a common theory: an active life is a healthy life. Even finding the slightest time in your week to exercise will be beneficial for you.

But wait. Before you run out (literally) and start or change your current weight management or exercise program, consult with a specialist or your healthcare provider to make sure you are adding activity to your routine in a safe and healthy way. If you have any ideas on how to safely increase activity levels, share them in the comment box below.

 

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Nov
16
2012

CONTROL YOUR IMPULSES

Holiday season has officially arrived! That normally means more of your time will be spent shopping in stores, especially with Thanksgiving coming up next week. However, whether it’s the half gallon of ice cream that’s on sale, or the piece of candy you grab while waiting in the checkout line, there’s just something about that item that makes you want to buy it. Impulse buying is so effective primarily because of the strategy behind it. Fees are paid to retail markets for these items to purposefully be placed in certain areas, such as the end of aisles or the checkout lane. Even the healthiest of dieters could fall victim to impulse buying.

Nine out of ten shoppers make impulse purchases. It can have an unwanted affect on our wallets, and an unhealthy affect on our diets. Women eat more than 14,000 calories a year from impulse purchases, that’s more than 4 pounds worth of calories. Even though males make fewer impulse buys, they double the women’s calorie intake with more than 28,000 a year.

Here’s some ways to avoid impulse buying so you don’t walk out the store with less money and more calories:

Use Cash Checking Out- Using a debit/credit card leaves you more likely to buy impulsively because you may feel the misconception of not spending anything. However, using cash has a more immediate effect. Shoppers that pay with cash spend between 12 and 18 percent less than someone using their card. 

Less Aisles, The Better- Impulse spending goes up 10 percent when the shopper goes through all the aisles. The more items you see, the more likely you are to make an impulse purchase. Make a shopping list before you go into the store and while you’re in the store, only go in the aisles that have the items you’re there for.

Buy What You Need- When you pick up that item ask yourself: Do I REALLY need this? When it comes to an item you’re about to impulsively buy, the answer will most of the time be no. It’s ok to indulge from time to time, but do it wisely. You may also consider whether you can afford buying the item, during these economic times you don’t want to be spending money on things you can’t afford, or need.

 

Do you have any other ways to avoid impulse buying? Leave a comment in the box below and  help someone save money and calories!

Sources:

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1209443

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/checkout-line-impulse-buys-contribute-obesity/story?id=17446327#.UKO7XOS5PIc

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/how-to-say-no-to-impulse-buying

Nov
9
2012

Who Is Your Hero?

Through times of trial and tragedy, when the going gets tough, heroes emerge. For those of us on the Eastern Seaboard, these heroes have come in the face of the first responders, firemen and policemen, community leaders, and everyday people who are lending a hand, donating items, and helping to rebuild our hurricane ravaged towns.

Many of these heroes, when thanked, will tell you that they are just doing their job, but we know it goes beyond that. These men and women have risen above the call of duty and are acting because they care, and for that, we cannot thank them enough.

Outside of national disasters and events that line the front page of our newspapers, there are heroes among us each and every day. These individuals take the face of our parents, family members, friends, or even medical providers who go above and beyond to make sure we are doing better than just ok, they often go unsung and we sometimes forget that they too deserve our utmost gratitude for their impact.

And so, in honor of November being National Diabetes Month, for those of you who are diabetic, DiabetesCare.net is giving you the unique opportunity to show these heroes how much they really mean. By entering their Hero of the Month contest, you have the opportunity to tell your story and recognize a healthcare provider or caretaker that has been important in helping manage your disease on a daily basis. Throughout the month, registered members of DiabetesCare.net will vote to crown November’s Hero.

And… as an even bigger way to say thank you, the winning healthcare provider/caretaker will receive a $500 gift card, while the person that submitted the story will receive a $250 gift card.

For all the rules and additional information about the competition, visit the Hero of the Month page on DiabetesCare.net, and be sure to visit DiabetesCare.net this month and every month as your go-to source for anything diabetes.  

Oct
31
2012

Tricks and Treats For Your Halloween Diet

Quick Note: We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. As a New Jersey based organization, we understand and sympathize with the toll this has taken on our employees, friends, and family members along the Eastern Seaboard. Please stay safe, warm, and dry and know that we are thinking of you all.

Happy Halloween! Today is a day where you can turn into whatever you want and bags are filled with candy. However, if you’re on a diet, days like Halloween (and the weeks following) make it tough to stay on course.  Everywhere you turn you are likely find candy and sweets.

Here are some tricks to avoid overindulging on treats:

  • Bring it to work.  Keep a few pieces (of types you don’t personally like) in your house for the children to enjoy, but bring the rest to work and leave in a common area. Without easy access to it, you'll have removed the temptation.
  • Halloween may only be a day, but the days preceding and proceeding are just as important to your diet. Treats are consumed throughout the entire time, whether it’s candy you dipped into a day or two early, or the costume party that’s happening a day or two after Halloween.  Monitoring what you eat and adhering to your meal plan is important on Halloween and during the days surrounding the treat-filled day.
  • Substitute sweets. Try to manage cravings by consuming low calorie beverages when hunger pangs arise. For example, if you’re craving chocolate, try a low-calorie hot chocolate like our Creamy Hot Cocoa instead.
  • Put a time limit on candy. Decide to keep Halloween candy in the house for only a few days and then throw out the rest or donate it. It’s a great practice in self-control and will get you back on track quicker.

Let’s face it, Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. Stay focused, stay on track and continue to reach for your goals! We are all here rooting for you!

Have any other ways to have a healthy Halloween? Leave a comment in the box below.

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