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Friday, February 26, 2010

Eating grapefruit burns fat.

Dozens of diets based on eating large quantities of grapefruit claim that grapefruit, grapefruit juices, or concentrates in the form of a pill contain enzymes that help digest fats and then burn them away. There are no known enzymes in grapefruit that are known to increase the speed or the quantity at which the body burns fat. In fact, there is no food that can cause fat to be burned away.

Adding grapefruit to a weight-control diet can be good, since grapefruit has very few calories while, at the same time, cause the sensation of being filled. But there is nothing in grapefruit that will suppress appetite or cause calories to be removed faster. In addition, crash diets that sometimes prescribe eating grapefruit and eggs or grapefruit and bacon and eggs or some of the other high-fat, high-protein foods could have a serious side effect. These will cause an increase in blood levels of cholesterol, which predisposes one to a high risk of heart disease.

Potatoes are very fattening

Potatoes have no fat and no cholesterol. Also, they are high in fiber, vitamin C and some forms of vitamin B (niacin). They are a good source of complex carbohydrates. A 5-ounce potato baked in its skin provides about 130 calories, no more calories than a serving of cottage cheese of the same weight and 20% fewer calories than a serving of brown rice. Potatoes can, however, become a problem food when fried in oil or covered with butter, sour cream or melted cheese. Like other high carbohydrate foods, such as pasta and bread, it is not the potato that is fattening, it is whatever one puts on it.

More truth or myths tomorrow.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

VEMAN1 2/26/2010 12:16PM

    Yep love me some potatoes. One of the best ways to eat them is to mircowave, add salsa, no butter and no sour cream.

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NURSECLARA 2/26/2010 8:19AM

    It's really true. Potatoes are vehicles for butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon... you know, the potato bar. I LOVE baked potatoes and choose a nice spicy salsa for a topping. Maybe a sprinkle of low fat cheese, too. Potatoes can have a place in a well balanced diet. Isn't that what SP is all about?

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VICTORY-LEE 2/26/2010 8:17AM

    Hi Judy!

Very helpful info - Thanks!

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TBONE13 2/26/2010 8:08AM

  Grapefruit -- Myth !! Potatoes-- Truth!!!

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PATINOH 2/26/2010 8:05AM

  Lots of good info,thanks. Also, I'd mention that grapefruit & GF juice isn't allowed if you're on high blood pressure meds.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Q. How much exercise do I need?
A. The current recommendation is that adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each day. You donít have to do it all at one time though. You can break it into shorter periods (at least 10 minutes each) throughout the day.

Q. How can I stick to an exercise plan?
A. Exercise should be fun, not a chore. Choose a variety of activities you enjoy and alternate them to avoid boredom. Write down your goals, track your progress and reward yourself for your successes. Joining a class or exercising with a friend can also help keep you motivated.


Q. Can multivitamins support heart health?
A. At times your lifestyle prevents you from eating a balanced diet, so a daily multivitamin can help you get the nutrients your body needs. Some multivitamins contain higher levels of nutrients such as vitamins B, C, E and folic acid to help support heart health.

Q. What foods should I avoid for heart health?
A. Avoid foods that are high in salt, added sugar, and saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Limits fats and oils to 2 to 3 servings a day, and sweets to 5 or fewer servings a week. Use egg whites or egg substitute in place of whole eggs, and eliminate salt when cooking. By making these changes to your diet, you can reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.

Heart Helpers

Q. How can omega-3 fatty acids help protect the heart?
A. Supportive (but not conclusive) research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Omega-3ís can be obtained by eating fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, or by taking fish oil or flax oil supplements. A 3-ounce serving of cooked farm-raised Atlantic salmon provides 1.83 grams of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids.

Q. How does aspirin help protect the heart?
A. Taking aspirin regularly can lower the risk of recurrent heart attack by 30% by helping prevent blood clots from forming in the arteries of the heart. Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.


Q. Can my emtions impact my heart health?
A. Yes. In fact, research indicates that emotionally upsetting events, especially those that cause anger, are the most commonly reported triggers of a heart attack. On the other hand, positive emotions, such as happiness, can ease stress.

Q. How does stress affect the heart?
A. Stress is the bodyís way of responding to sudden demands or situations-physical, mental or emotional. Stress can cause chest pains or irregular heartbeats and has been thought to contribute to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk for heart attack and stroke.

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SVELTINGTON 2/25/2010 3:28PM

    Great info! Thank you.

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DAISES2 2/24/2010 9:27AM

    all very good suggestions,i try to do as many of them as i can.you do have to be careful with supplements if you are on some medications emoticon

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FJCINZION 2/24/2010 9:07AM

    Great Job! Thanks for sharing! Faith

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LLLAWSON 2/24/2010 8:42AM

    All various ways to keep our heart healthy. And all so doable if we just try.
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WALIDGAZALA 2/24/2010 7:10AM

    Very interesting
Well done
Worth reading

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

With the way things have been going for me lately, especially on the job front, my husband & I were quite concerned about having our taxes done yesterday. Thankfully, we came out just fine!! emoticon

I have been doing very well on the dieting front for the past several days. It took some self-talk along with all the great helpful comments from my SparkPeople friends to get myself back on track...but I think I'm there now! emoticon

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VEMAN1 2/23/2010 1:38PM

    I am starting today. Yikes I hope we are okay. Having to pay would really suck right now.

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PJSTIME 2/23/2010 10:05AM

    Glad you taxes came out ok. DH hasn't figured ours yet that is always a nervous time for both of us especially this year with the changes.

Good to see you are back on track with the diet too. Sometimes it is easy to get sidetracked. Have a great day. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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LLLAWSON 2/23/2010 8:36AM

    Glad your taxes turned out. Mine are still sitting here and my husband does taxes as a side job. Mine are always last:(
Glad your back on track with your diet. Sometimes a few days off does wonders to get your back on track.
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DAISES2 2/23/2010 8:26AM

    so glad your taxes worhed out ok,i can imagine it was a worring time.
well done for getting back on track so you can keep maintaining,i think that has to be harder than losing in the first place emoticon

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SRFRGRL7163 2/23/2010 8:12AM

    I always dread tax time too. I did mine last month and was surprised to see that in the last 3 years my refunds have grown smaller -- not that anything's changed on my end -- Good luck!

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JOY1918 2/23/2010 8:06AM

    emoticon on having your taxes done and turning out favorably and being on track Spark-wise. emoticon

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Be Accountable

Monday, February 22, 2010

It's far too easy to blame other people for your weight problem. Maybe your spouse is critical and it drives you to eat. Perhaps obesity runs in your genes. We can all come up with a million reasons as to why we're overweight. However, playing the blame game won't accomplish anything. Be accountable for your situation and take responsibility. Nobody is force feeding you that! second slice of pizza. Start taking the measures that are going to ensure that you lose weight and stop pointing fingers. The only person who can determine the fate of your weight-loss efforts is you.

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DAISES2 2/22/2010 12:56PM

    you are right.people love to blame something or somebody else.they know the thruth,just don't want to face it

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PJSTIME 2/22/2010 11:09AM

    It so easy to blame everyone and everything else, but truly it is all up to us to change. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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LLLAWSON 2/22/2010 9:16AM

    All so true. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy.

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    You are so right. When we have most of family oweight we think we are "naturally" overweight. But reality is we are going to have to work hard to stay thin or to get thin. Maybe even harder than our spouse, neighbor ...whoever. We can still reach a thin for our shape and height. I do not expect to look like I did at 25. But I can get to normal healthy weight. It is a challenge just like it was a challenge to get into exercising when I had to drag a wheelchair, or cane with me. I didn't just jump out of car and run into pool. No I had to limp into club have help with the door. Some days it was all I could do to get back to my car again.
But it finally paid off when I stopped using the wheelchair, then most of the time I do not use cane. It is hard to achieve something we let get out of control. But we can do this.

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Have a Ball

Sunday, February 21, 2010

'Tis the season for outdoor activity(soon, I hope!)! Get fired up with these swing-into-spring stats:

$17-31 - Price of a ticket to a Yankees spring-training game.

11,000 - Number of hot dogs the average baseball vendor sells per season

56 - Minutes you'd have to play baseball to burn off the 297 calories in one dog.

13,500 - Number of women expected to run Disney's Princess Half-Marathon this month.

$81 - Millions of dollars in online sales of fitness-related products in March of last year in the U.S.

3/27 - Date David Beckham's team, the L.A. Galaxy, will bend it to kick off the 2010 season.

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KKKAREN 2/21/2010 7:20AM

    Those are some good numbers!

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