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Staying Motivated

Mar 25 2012

Weight loss can be a never-ending challenge for many people.  We can get motivated by the approach of summer or a big event, shed a few pounds and feel great, then quickly lose momentum.  Life gets busy, and we lose our focus.  Diet and exercise sometimes become monotonous, causing us to lose motivation.

This is often the result of our perspective, not a reflection of laziness.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle (I emphasise “lifestyle,” NOT diet – remember:  diets are temporary!).

Always keep in mind that exercise and good nutrition go hand in hand.  Weight loss will not occur without both of these… more

Calcium - Are You Getting Enough?

Feb 25 2012

Calcium is integral for bone health throughout your lifetime.  The recommended daily allowance for calcium, according to the National Academy of Sciences, is 1,000 mg for both men and women (more if you are under the age of 18, over the age of 51, pregnant, or lactating).  Calcium builds and maintains strong bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.  Recent studies suggest that calcium, along with vitamin D, may have additional benefits, such as protection against certain cancers, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Peak bone mass develops around the age of 30, and after that, our bodies gradually start to lose bone.  As this accelerates… more

The Scoop on EFAs

Feb 02 2012

We all know that for optimal health, we have to cut the fat.  This means eat less saturated and hydrogenated fats that come from processed and unhealthy, high calorie foods.  Very simple.

Yet, certain fats are actually essential for good health.  In particular, essential fatty acids such as omega 3, 6 and 9 (EFA).

Although EFA are labeled as “fats,” keep in mind that they are “essential,” beca your body requires them in order to function.  However, your body cannot manu EFA on its own.  They need to be acquired through diet and/or supplement.

Deficiencies in EFA can contribute to conditions such as:

skin disorders more

Whey Protein is the Way to Go!

Aug 25 2011

The protein content of a meal influences appetite, satiety (fullness) and caloric expenditure, which is why protein is such a critical component in a weight-loss diet.
Swiss Scientists found that the type of protein in a meal influenced metabolic control. Whey protein triggered greater post-meal thermogenesis (caloric expenditure) and fat use than soy or casein protein. Another great benefit of Whey protein is it showed to reduce the increase in blood sugar following a high carbohydrate meal, greater than soy or casein protein( American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 93:525-534,2011).
Lastly, pay attention ladies!!! One more plus for Whey protein is a diet high in whey showed… more

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