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Bump...moving this thread up!

Post your favorite links and articles here.

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." --Confucius

"Be not afraid of going slow, be afraid only of standing still."...Chinese Proverb

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Wii Fit Routine Generator!

Wii Fit Weight Watchers:

www.wiifitroutine.com/groups/viewgroup/44-
Wii+Fit+Weight+Watchers


"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." --Confucius

"Be not afraid of going slow, be afraid only of standing still."...Chinese Proverb

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Embraceable You
Comparing Yourself To Others

You are unique. There is no one else like you in the entire universe. In honor of your unique self, it is good to acknowledge and embrace the special qualities that make you the person that you are. One way to do this is to not compare yourself with other people.

It is human nature to want to see how we measure up in comparison to others – especially if we think that they are better than us or have more of something that we want. Yet the truth is that it is not a good use of time to compare ourselves with others because there is no one like us and this makes us incomparable. It is sometimes almost easier to look outside of ourselves and feel like we are deficient in comparison to other people rather than taking responsibility for our own progress in relation to the fulfillment of our life purpose. It actually takes more courage to be self-referential and look at ourselves to see whether we are measuring up to our standards or meeting our full potential. Each of us has very special gifts, and we are here for very specific reasons. We each have a life purpose to fulfill and with this come the lessons that we must learn and the circumstances that we must go through in order to evolve as spiritual beings. To compare our lives to other pe! ople’s lives when we have no idea of what they are here to learn or fulfill doesn’t benefit anyone – especially you.

Instead, if we can accept ourselves, appreciate the special talents and qualities that we alone possess, and realize that each of us is going through certain kinds of experiences for a reason, we are less likely focus so much on what other people have or are doing. Realizing and valuing our uniqueness enables us to bring out the best in ourselves so we can get on with living rather than preoccupying ourselves with meaningless comparisons. Try to not compare yourself to others, and you will see how much you have and how special you are.

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." --Confucius

"Be not afraid of going slow, be afraid only of standing still."...Chinese Proverb

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Thanks Jeanne, I really liked them too.
How have you been doing? I hope well.

I heard this am that there is another dog food recall just started. I know you are leader of the Dog Lover Team and was wondering if you heard anything new other than peanut butter recall for the dogs?

Have a great day Jeanne!

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Both of those articles are great. Thanks!
Jeanne

A dog wags his tail with his heart.

May I always be the kind of person that my dog thinks I am.

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The Love Letters from Unhealthy Foods for Women
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Hello Sweetheart..... How are you feeling today? I've been hearing talk all over town that you have been thinking about leaving me. Haven't I been there for you?......... Haven't I been home every single night waiting patiently for you to come in? .....I'm on every corner in some shape or form just waiting for you to drive by and think about me............... Haven't I given You all the Fat and Calories that any female has even wanted?............ Didn't I raise your Cholestorol level to an all time high?............. Didn't I make your Heart beat faster than anything else?....... Who fixed it so that you could lay around and do nothing all day? "I did".......... You told me that I was the Sweetest thing in your life..... "Don't leave me Baby".

I thought you loved the way I make the fat hang over your jeans whenever you sit down, or the way I make your thighs wrinkle whenever you cross your legs. Have you forgotten how my Sugar gets you so High? I know that eventually it brings you down again, and I apologize for that," But I can't help it sweetie.... that's just the way I am"

I admit that I love when you think that people don't want you around anymore because I have made you so Fat and Uncomfortable that you refuse to participate anymore............."That's my girl, I can have you all to myself now"

Hey darling, What is this I hear about you flirting with Lettuce and Tomato at the grocery store? ....What's going on with that?...... Was water there?...... Did you happen to run into Whole grain bread too? They all run together you know............. I'm not sure if this is true, but I hear they only deal with women who have self-esteem and self-worth! and I recognized from the beginning of our relationship that you didn't have either one of those qualities Sweetheart....... Baby I know that you Don't care enough about yourself to walk 2-3 days a week............. Do a little yoga with a friend.... Or a few crunches here and there........... I understand the fact that some Women really don't want to get to know themselves....... Because if they do, They just might have to deal with some issue that they would rather keep buried inside...... That's o.k. with me Cupcake....... Just keep it all inside........ "Because I'm here for you"

Listen up girl, If you have been thinking about having breakfast with Cantaloupe and Oatmeal.........."Forget About It"......They can't do a darn thing for you except bring you down, Way Down! ......You don't need to be healthy and feel pretty.... You don't need to get down to your idea weight, or eat foods that were created especially for you! What would you look like munching on fresh Bell Peppers and Sweet Onions that was cooked in Olive Oil, with some Whole-Grain Rice and a piece of Baked Fish seasoned to your liking? .................................Everyone knows that you are not on that level my Dear.

Speaking of water, He thinks he is all of that........... Believe me baby, he is nothing compared to me..... I hear that he is Cheap, easy to get to, and has no Color or Flavor!!!!........ Unlike me, I come in all Flavors, Shapes, Sizes and Colors, and I am more Expensive too! ...... "I think its about time that I shared something with you my dove................ "I lost my last Women to Water you know"....... She started hanging out with Healthy and his buddies, and the next thing I knew...."She was too darn Healthy to deal with me anymore"...Sure, I run into her every now and then.........."But all I ever here from her is...You sure do smell good today" or "Your sure looking good Unhealthy" and she just keep on going.........But that is o.k....."Because I have you now"...........All I'm trying to say is "I Love You" and I am here to fill that empty heart of yours...... in case you get Lonely, Stressed out, or B. I'll be here to satisfy your every craving. I've been here for you when you felt like you had nobody at all..... I'll never leave you baby!
Listen girl, if you stick with me I promise you "There will be Bigger and Better things to come" ........On the other hand, if you do decide to start dealing with Healthy Foods........... "I can only Guarantee You one thing My love............. "YOU WILL BE LOSING ME"

Signed Unhealthy Foods
P.S. don't go changing


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Great article on why you might not be losing when you think you are doing all the right things.
Check it out, I thought it was really good!
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Dr. Pamela Peeke's 10 Toxic Weight-Prevention Tips
By Karen Berney

In her best seller Fight Fat After Forty, Pamela Peeke, M.D.,
contends that 21st-century living seems programmed to
make us fat. We squeeze every minute out of each day to
reach our goals and commitments and constantly worry
about falling short. That kind of behavior and anxiety can
(and does) produce stress, which is "toxic" to our bodies,
says Dr. Peeke.

How Stress Becomes Tummy Fat
When stress hits, different brain chemicals are released to
help our bodies handle the physical response. One of those
chemicals, cortisol, or stress hormone, is a powerful appetite
"trigger." And what do we crave when we feel stressed?
Candy, ice cream, cookies, potato chips, etc. These foods
provide the carbohydrates and fat to replenish the calories
used when we respond to stress. But when the same thing
happens day after day, it becomes toxic and we gain weight.

Dr. Peeke has found that the extra calories consumed by the
cortisol appetite trigger are converted to fat deposits that
gravitate to one area of the body — the waistline. Fat deposits
around the abdomen are associated with illnesses such as heart
disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer.
That expanding waistline isn't just a vanity issue; it's a threat
to your life!

To avoid gaining toxic pounds, Dr. Peeke advises that we keep
cortisol below the appetite-stimulating threshold in our bodies.
Ten simple strategies for meal planning and timing can put the
breaks on toxic weight gain. Here what Dr. Peeke recommends:

~Ten Weight-Prevention Tips Every Woman Should Know~

1. Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast no later than 9 a.m.,
even if it means placing a bowl of oatmeal on your dressing table
to eat while you put on your makeup. Some options: nonfat
milk/yogurt smoothie with fruit; toasted English muffin with
fruit spread; whole-grain cereal or oatmeal with raisins and
skim milk, egg-white omelet and whole-wheat toast.

2. Eat a small midmorning snack approximately three hours
after breakfast. It will tide you over until lunch. Suggestions: a
piece of fruit, a small fat-free yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, or
one or two pieces of low-fat string cheese.

3. Try to eat lunch no later than 1:30 p.m. Lunch should
include a healthy balance of high-quality, low-stress protein,
fat and carbohydrates.

4. Three hours after lunch is usually the beginning of the
"CortiZone," when stress hormones plummet along with
energy and mental concentration. It's also the most popular
time for stress-induced eating, when you gobble a candy bar
for a quick energy boost. Instead, eat something that provides
high-quality, low-stress energy. Combinations of protein and
carbohydrates are ideal, such as low-fat or fat-free yogurt or
cottage cheese, along with a piece of fruit.

5. Dinner should be started anywhere from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
It should include soup or salad, vegetables and a source of
protein, such as poultry, lean red meat, fish, legumes or veggie
burger. Mixed fruit could be served as a dessert item.

6. Try to have dinner completed by 8 p.m. at least four to
five days a week. Dr. Peeke's favorite saying is that
if "you eat after eight, you gain a lot of weight!"
If you must eat dinner after eight, eat lighter and eat
before you go to dinner.
(Remember, the CortiZone and your vulnerability to
eat mindlessly extends through midnight.)

7. Women over the age of 40 do not require dense
complex carbohydrates (pasta, bread, potatoes or rice) after 5 p.m.
These foods are rich fuel sources and should be consumed in
moderation, primarily during the day. At dinnertime these
starches should be considered as occasional treats
(once or twice a week, in small portions).
The goal is to strip your dinner of the dense calories
from complex carbohydrates. These foods, which were once
considered a staple, should now be an infrequent dinner treat.

8. Dispose of all fat-free desserts and snack items in your kitchen.
They are riddled with low-quality, high-stress refined, processed sugars.

9. Typical restaurant portions are man-sized.
At lunchtime, remember to eat only half of any
restaurant portion of starch, and try to eliminate it
at dinner. At lunch, one piece of bread is appropriate.
Remember: The later you eat complex carbohydrates,
the more weight you gain.

10. Water should be consumed throughout the day.
Often when we think we're hungry, we're actually thirsty.
Eight 8-ounce glasses should be drunk during the
course of the day.



"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." --Confucius

"Be not afraid of going slow, be afraid only of standing still."...Chinese Proverb

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Anyone drink Green Tea?

Von
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Savoring Ceremony

Tea Rituals

Coffee may be the power beverage that gets us revved up in the morning and fuels us when we’re burning the midnight oil, but tea is the drink we turn to when we want to relax and be refreshed at the same time. Black, green, white, herbal, hot, or ice cold, tea is more than a soothing beverage. It can be a ritual, a cultural experience, and even a spiritual practice.

The reverence for tea has inspired ceremony in many cultures. From the spirituality of Chanoyu, the Japanese way of preparing and serving tea, to the sharing of Maté in Latin America, tea rituals are for celebration, ceremony, and relationship bonding. In China, tea rituals are part of many wedding ceremonies with the bride and groom serving their elder relatives in a show of respect and gratitude. The Chinese art of drinking and serving tea has been a source of inspiration for poetry and song. The Russian custom of chaepitie has inspired a unique style of teapots, caddies, teacups, and cozies. The samovar, a special brewing device, has become the symbol of the Russian tea ceremony and an object of art in its own right. Iced tea, popular in the U.S., as well as other parts of the world, is a modern ritual bringing cool relief on a sweltering summer day.

You can turn your own tea time with a friend into a simple ceremony by preparing your tea with the intention of offering nourishment and good wishes to the other person. When you are seated together, rather than drinking your tea right away, look at one another and express your gratitude and appreciation for your friendship. When you pour the tea, again intend it as an offering. Drink your tea slowly, savoring its flavor and aroma. Let its warmth or its coolness soothe your body. When you are finished drinking your tea, thank your friend for taking part in this nourishing ritual with you. Whether savored in the presence of another or tasted alone, the custom of drinking tea provides a soothing pause in our hectic world. Drinking tea can be a daily ritual that brings inner calm and clarity to the body, mind, and soul.


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"Be not afraid of going slow, be afraid only of standing still."...Chinese Proverb

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Hi everyone!
Post Your Favorite Links & Articles here and check back to see what other team members have written.

Links and articles pertaining to health, weight loss and maintence are greatly appreciated.

Links are especially helpful-especially if you find an interesting site!

Thanks in advance!
Von



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The Three Exercises You Must Do for a Tighter You
By Karen Berney

It's often said that the best fitness program is one you'll stick with. True enough. If you don't like what you are doing, you'll look for a reason to quit. But if you're going to invest time and energy into getting fit, you also want the biggest bang for the buck. So here are three of the best exercises any woman can do.

***Exercise No. 1: Bicycle the Abs
A study of 30 healthy women and men, ages 20-45, sponsored by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and led by Peter Francis, Ph.D., at the Biomechanics Lab at San Diego State University, compared 13 of the most common abdominal exercises and ranked them from most to least effective. Overall, the best exercise for strengthening the rectus abdominus, which includes the long flat muscles extending along the front and sides of the abdomen, is the bicycle maneuver. Here's the ranking of the 13 abdominal exercises from most to least effective.

"The bicycle kick is the overall best abdominal exercise," agrees Michael Stefano, a 20-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department and author of The Firefighter's Workout. Having strong abdominals helps you maintain balance and provides a foundation for many other activities.

How to Do It
Lie on your back on a mat or padded carpet with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Press your lower back into the floor, engaging your abdominal muscles, as you put both hands behind your head (don't pull on your head). Bring your right elbow over to your left knee, and then bring your left elbow over to your right knee in a twisting, bicycle pedal motion. Continue to breathe naturally. Alternate opposite elbow to opposite knee with hands interlaced behind your head in a slow and controlled manner and with full extension of each leg on every repetition.

Breathe naturally, extend your legs fully to increase intensity and perform the motion very slowly. Keep your knees bent throughout the movement, while you tap your feet to the floor (instead of extending your leg straight out), to decrease intensity. Repeat to muscle fatigue.

Goal: Two sets of 20-30 repetitions

***Exercise No. 2: Squat the Gluteus
Most trainers agree with Stefano that squats, done with or without dumbbells, are the quickest route to more shapely, tighter glutes. The compound exercise also gets high marks for toning quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.

How to Do It. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding arms at your sides. The head is straight with a natural arch maintained in your back. Inhale, swing your arms slightly forward for balance, bending at the knees and hips to a sitting position, thighs parallel to the floor or as low as you can comfortably squat without experiencing pain in your back, hips, or knees. Your buttock remains above the level of your knees, and your knees do not extend beyond your toes. Exhale, slowly rising to a standing position with knees and hips straight. Allow your hands to drop back to your sides. You can also squat against a wall using a resistance ball. Repeat to muscle fatigue. See it now.

Goal: Two sets of 10-20 repetitions

Variation on a Theme: Walking Lunges
Gregory Florez, chief executive officer of FitAdvisor.com, and a spokesperson for ACE, also recommends walking lunges for tighter glutes. Start by stepping forward with one leg and planting your foot firmly on the floor. Then, drop the rear knee down so that your rear thigh and front shin are perpendicular to the floor. Using the heel of the front foot, push upward to return to standing position, then step forward so that feet are together again.

Goal: 1-2 sets of 12 repetitions

***Exercise No. 3: Push-Up for Sculpted Arms
"Push-ups have a dramatic effect on the arms," says Stefano, particularly biceps, triceps and shoulders. They also help condition the chest and abdominals.

How to Do It. Lie face down on the floor or mat, with your hands on the floor, palms down, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, and toes curled under on the floor. Your back and legs are straight. Exhale as you slowly push your body away from the floor. Inhale, lowering yourself back down to the point where your chest barely touches or comes within a few inches of the floor. Repeat to muscle fatigue.

To lessen intensity, says Stefano, do the modified push-up, in which everything remains the same, except the knees are bent and remain on the floor during the movement. To increase intensity, perform both the up and down phases of the push-up very slowly by counting to four when pushing away from the floor and to eight while lowering to the floor. Indeed, holding the position during any exercise for at least a count of two will increase intensity.

Goal: Two sets of 10-20 repetitions.

Another modification suggested by Florez is the wall push-up, in which you stand facing a wall and lean on it with hands. Arms are shoulder-width apart. Do 1-2 sets of push-ups, 10-12 repetitions.

To Ensure Results
Most people who begin a resistance program tend to overtrain, says Stefano, who recommends that each muscle group be adequately worked at least twice each week (2-3 sets of 10-20 repetitions). "The key to results isn't only how many sets or reps you do, but more importantly what level of muscle fatigue is hit on each set."

-from Discovery Health

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." --Confucius

"Be not afraid of going slow, be afraid only of standing still."...Chinese Proverb

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''10 surprising places where germs lurk''

Vacuum cleaners, grocery carts and even lemon slices can harbor bacteria
By Heather Loeb

Is there a more potent symbol of purity than the fluffy white snowflake, wafting from heaven and landing — ping! — on the tip of your tongue?

Well, along comes the journal Science to spoil the fun, noting that bacteria called Pseudomonas syringae are lurking at the dark heart of many an earthbound crystal of frozen water. And if Frosty the Snowman is a target, what chance do the rest of us have?

A pretty good one, actually — if you make note of the places where the bugs lie and swat them before they can do harm. Here's an updated to-disinfect list for all the surprising places (and people) contagion clings to:

Your vacuum cleaner
The threat: Researchers at the University of Arizona recently found that 50 percent of the vacuum brushes they tested contained fecal bacteria, including 13 percent with E. coli, and all were packing mold. Vacuuming can transfer the germs from contaminated surfaces to uncontaminated ones (think kitchen to living room).

The solution: Spray the brush with a disinfectant after every use — traces of bacteria can survive as long as 5 days inside the vacuum after you empty the dirt. And disposable-bag vacuums promote more bacterial growth, according to the study, so buy the bagless variety.

Your weight-lifting gloves
The threat: A 2004 Japanese study found that staph bacteria bind strongly to polyester, which is used in many gloves. And yes, that includes MRSA bacteria, which lurk wherever jocks gather. You grab the bar, grunt a weight, wipe your eyes, nose, or mouth, and the bacteria are in.

The solution: Ditch the gloves, and not just to ditch the germs: Hitting the weights with bare hands will strengthen your grip and forearms, says the Men's Health Muscle Guy, Mike Mejia. If your gym doesn't keep disinfectant wipes and alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy, insist that it start doing so.

The grocery cart
The threat: The handles of almost two-thirds of shopping carts tested in a 2007 University of Arizona study were contaminated with fecal bacteria. The carts had even more of these bacteria than the average public bathroom has.

The solution: Swab the handle with a disinfectant wipe before grabbing hold — stores are starting to provide them, so look around. And skip the free food samples, which are nothing but communal hand-to-germ-to-mouth zones. Finally, bag unpackaged items, like fruits and vegetables, before placing them in your fecal-matter carrier. Your cart, that is.

Gym equipment
The threat: A 2006 study in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine found rhinoviruses (instigators of the common cold) on 63 percent of the gym equipment at the fitness centers they tested. Researchers also discovered that weight equipment was contaminated significantly more often than aerobic equipment (73 percent versus 51 percent). Even worse, the study found that disinfecting the equipment twice a day didn't do anything to lower the virus count.

The solution: Avoid touching your face between sets, since most colds are transmitted through hand-to-nose contact. And make sure to pack an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your gym bag.


The restaurant menu
The threat: Ever see anybody wash a menu? We didn't think so. A recent study in the Journal of Medical Virology reports that cold and flu viruses can survive for 18 hours on hard surfaces. If it's a popular joint, hundreds of people could be passing their germs on to you.

The solution: Never let the menu touch your plate or silverware as you ponder the wine list, and wash your hands after you order. But how do you escape the bathroom without touching the door handle? Palm a spare paper towel after you wash up, and then use it to grab the handle. Execute this trick properly and nobody needs to know how much you fear germs.


The flight attendant
The threat: Flight attendants are exposed to dozens of sniffling and coughing passengers and the surfaces they touch. When attendants need a pee break, they head into the same latrine you use. Now consider that when Charles Gerba, Ph.D., co-author of "The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu," tested commercial-jet bathrooms, he found that surfaces from faucets to doorknobs were contaminated with E. coli.

Given all that germ exposure, it's no surprise that the Journal of Environmental Health Research recently revealed that you're 100 times as likely to catch a cold while flying than on the ground.

The solution: Pack a green-tea pill. In a 2007 University of Florida study, people who took a 450-milligram green-tea supplement twice a day for 3 months had a third fewer days of cold symptoms. Try Immune Guard ($30 for 60 pills, immune-guard.us), the brand used in the study.

Your bed
The threat: More than 84 percent of beds in U.S. homes host dust mites. These microscopic critters live in your sheets and feed on your dead skin, and their fecal matter and corpses contribute to asthma and allergies.

The solution: Don't make your bed. A study from London's Kingston University found that dust mites need humidity levels above 50 percent to survive. And while they can't live in the arid conditions of an unmade bed, a made bed traps the moisture they need to thrive. Mount an air attack, too. Try bundling a dehumidifier with an oscillating fan for a two-pronged moisture eliminator.

The lemon wedge in your drink
The threat: In a 2007 study from the Journal of Environmental Health, nearly 70 percent of the lemon wedges smashed onto restaurant glasses contained disease-causing microbes. Researchers ordered drinks at 21 different restaurants, securing 76 lemons. Testing revealed 25 different microorganisms lingering on the lemons, including E. coli and other fecal bacteria.

The solution: Tell the waiter you prefer your drink sans fruit. Why risk it?

Your contact-lens case
The threat: In a 2007 Chinese study, 34 percent of contact-lens cases tested were found to be crawling with germs like Serratia and Staphylococcus aureus. These microorganisms can cause keratitis, an inflammatory eye disease that can damage the cornea and lead to blindness.

The solution: Dump the used solution and thoroughly rinse your case in hot water every day, and replace your lens case at least every 3 months. And buy a new bottle of solution every other month, even if you haven't used it all: A separate Chinese study discovered that multipurpose solutions lose most of their germ-fighting power after 2 months.


Your shower curtain
The threat: The soap scum hanging out on your curtain is more than just unsightly. A study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology found that vinyl shower curtains are microbe meccas, breeding potential pathogens, such as infection-causing Sphingomonas and Methylobacterium. Plus, the force of the shower spray will make germs take flight, says the study author, Norman Pace, Ph.D., a professor of molecular biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The solution: Hang a fabric shower curtain from the rod. It will still harbor bacteria, but it's much easier to clean than scrubbing down a vinyl curtain. Just toss it in the washer, and use the hottest water the fabric can handle. Pace washes his shower curtain once a month but advises anyone with a weakened immune system (that's you if you're highly stressed or battling a disease) to do so more frequently,



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I thought it was good too Pam. I printed it out to refer back to.

Glad you liked it.

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Great article Von. I learned a lot from reading it. Some of the things I am right on top of, and on some of the others, I could use a makeover. Good to know all of this, though.

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News from Johns Hopkins

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY (TRY THE KEY WORD) AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY .

Cancer Update from John Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it

CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder.
By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's amino or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soya milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels
within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Gree n tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water- best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Floressence,Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements lik e vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

PLEASE READ ON

1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well.
Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.
Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Cornin g Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food.
You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.
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Marianne posted:

Thanks Von.... this group does seem lovely. And I NEED you guys now more than EVER. I have never maintained my weight in my entire life. I am going to be 54 next month and all my life I have either been gaining or losing. Now I am where I want to be after losing over 100 pounds and the work has just begun. I've always known how to lose... so now I need help learning how to maintain!! I'm determined as HECK!

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Our member Featherspaws, shared this post with us today:

In case you may have missed this one today... worth reading!

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A Story of Priorities and a Jar
Tips for Squeezing More into Your Life
-- By Julie Isphording, former Olympian

The following story is one that’s been circulating for awhile. I believe it holds a very important message regarding appropriately setting priorities in our lives.

A professor of philosophy stood before his class with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about two inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was full.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly and watched as the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The professor then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They chuckled and agreed that it was indeed full this time.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled the remaining open areas of the jar. “Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar signifies your life. The rocks are the truly important things, such as family, health and relationships. If all else was lost and only the rocks remained, your life would still be meaningful. The pebbles are the other things that matter in your life, such as work or school. The sand signifies the remaining “small stuff” and material possessions.

If you put sand into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks or the pebbles. The same can be applied to your lives. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are truly important.

Pay attention to the things in life that are critical to your happiness and well-being. Take time to get medical check-ups, play with your children, go for a run, write your grandmother a letter. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, or fix the disposal. Take care of the rocks first – things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just pebbles and sand.

Finding time in the day for fitness or participating in other athletic endeavors should be considered a “rock” for us all. Physiologically, working out releases endorphins in the body. These endorphins are natural pain-relievers produced by the body. This is what gives us the natural high experienced after a workout. This natural high has the potential to positively influence our daily interactions by making us feel better about ourselves. Make fitness a rock solid priority in your life and reap the benefits.


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Dr. Pamela Peeke's 10 Toxic Weight-Prevention Tips
By Karen Berney


In her best seller Fight Fat After Forty, Pamela Peeke, M.D., contends that 21st-century living seems programmed to make us fat. We squeeze every minute out of each day to reach our goals and commitments and constantly worry about falling short. That kind of behavior and anxiety can (and does) produce stress, which is "toxic" to our bodies, says Dr. Peeke.
How Stress Becomes Tummy Fat
When stress hits, different brain chemicals are released to help our bodies handle the physical response. One of those chemicals, cortisol, or stress hormone, is a powerful appetite "trigger." And what do we crave when we feel stressed? Candy, ice cream, cookies, potato chips, etc. These foods provide the carbohydrates and fat to replenish the calories used when we respond to stress. But when the same thing happens day after day, it becomes toxic and we gain weight.

Dr. Peeke has found that the extra calories consumed by the cortisol appetite trigger are converted to fat deposits that gravitate to one area of the body — the waistline. Fat deposits around the abdomen are associated with illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer. That expanding waistline isn't just a vanity issue; it's a threat to your life!

To avoid gaining toxic pounds, Dr. Peeke advises that we keep cortisol below the appetite-stimulating threshold in our bodies. Ten simple strategies for meal planning and timing can put the breaks on toxic weight gain. Here what Dr. Peeke recommends:

Ten Weight-Prevention Tips Every Woman Should Know

1. Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast no later than 9 a.m., even if it means placing a bowl of oatmeal on your dressing table to eat while you put on your makeup. Some options: nonfat milk/yogurt smoothie with fruit; toasted English muffin with fruit spread; whole-grain cereal or oatmeal with raisins and skim milk, egg-white omelet and whole-wheat toast.

2. Eat a small midmorning snack approximately three hours after breakfast. It will tide you over until lunch. Suggestions: a piece of fruit, a small fat-free yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, or one or two pieces of low-fat string cheese.

3. Try to eat lunch no later than 1:30 p.m. Lunch should include a healthy balance of high-quality, low-stress protein, fat and carbohydrates (see pp. 172-174 of Fight Fat After Forty for details).

4. Three hours after lunch is usually the beginning of the "CortiZone," when stress hormones plummet along with energy and mental concentration. It's also the most popular time for stress-induced eating, when you gobble a candy bar for a quick energy boost. Instead, eat something that provides high-quality, low-stress energy. Combinations of protein and carbohydrates are ideal, such as low-fat or fat-free yogurt or cottage cheese, along with a piece of fruit.

5. Dinner should be started anywhere from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It should include soup or salad, vegetables and a source of protein, such as poultry, lean red meat, fish, legumes or veggie burger. Mixed fruit could be served as a dessert item.

6. Try to have dinner completed by 8 p.m. at least four to five days a week. Dr. Peeke's favorite saying is that if "you eat after eight, you gain a lot of weight!" If you must eat dinner after eight, eat lighter and eat before you go to dinner. (Remember, the CortiZone and your vulnerability to eat mindlessly extends through midnight.)

7. Women over the age of 40 do not require dense complex carbohydrates (pasta, bread, potatoes or rice) after 5 p.m. These foods are rich fuel sources and should be consumed in moderation, primarily during the day. At dinnertime these starches should be considered as occasional treats (once or twice a week, in small portions). The goal is to strip your dinner of the dense calories from complex carbohydrates. These foods, which were once considered a staple, should now be an infrequent dinner treat.

8. Dispose of all fat-free desserts and snack items in your kitchen. They are riddled with low-quality, high-stress refined, processed sugars.

9. Typical restaurant portions are man-sized. At lunchtime, remember to eat only half of any restaurant portion of starch, and try to eliminate it at dinner. At lunch, one piece of bread is appropriate. Remember: The later you eat complex carbohydrates, the more weight you gain.

10. Water should be consumed throughout the day. Often when we think we're hungry, we're actually thirsty. Eight 8-ounce glasses should be drunk during the course of the day.

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If you're looking for information on cutting calories and fat in your
diet, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, or your favorite
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Which Girl Scout Cookie Packs Most Fat?
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One Cookie Can Have 80 Calories

Girl Scout cookies are perhaps the perfect indulgence. They're delicious, they come in great
varieties and you can justify the extra pounds they pack on you by saying you were supporting
a good cause.

Nothing beats a tasty snack with justification built right in.

Now it's time to rain on your cookie parade with the nutrition facts behind the cookies. Where
there are two very similar cookies, such as Peanut Butter Sandwich and Do-Si-Dos, or Samoas
and Caramel deLites, we picked the more high-impact of the two. In no case was there a gigantic
difference between similar-tasting cookies.

There are two main bakeries behind your Girl Scout cookie fix, ABC Bakers and Little Brownie
Bakers. They each bake their own versions of the most popular cookies, along with a couple of
unique varieties.

Since Girl Scout cookie choices are a matter of near-religious fervor, I won't rate these. I will give
you the nutrition info, from highest per-cookie calories to lowest, and a brief comment about
each. Any change of preference, familial schism or loss of faith in mankind is not my fault.

All nutrition information is for a single cookie, based on simple division of the nutrition
information provided by the bakers.

--Lemon Chalet Creams: 80 calories, 3 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 12 grams
carbs.

This one's a snappy, slightly gingery pair of wafers around a delightfully tangy lemon layer. Not
my personal preference, but if it's great if you're a lemon lover.

--Lemonades: 75 calories, 3.5 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 11 grams carbs.

Similar to the Chalet Creams, but this is a single cookie with a lemony icing. Not my cup of tea,
but quite tasty.

--Peanut Butter Patties: 75 calories, 4 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 8.5 grams
carbs.

Peanut butter filling, chocolate shell and a cookie crunch -- who needs anything else?

--Thanks-A-Lot: 75 calories, 3 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 11 grams carbs.

--Great Girl Scout shortbread -- a personal favorite -- sandwiching a rich chocolate layer: This is
the cookie recipe I would invent, if they ever left the cookie lab door unlocked.

--Samoas: 75 calories, 4 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 25 mg sodium, 9.5 grams carbs.

This is probably the most complex of the Girl Scout cookies, a crunchy vanilla cookie swathed
in caramel, then coconut and chocolate. I don't particularly care for coconut, but this is one of
my favorites.

--Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips: 53 calories, 3 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 46 mg sodium, 7 grams
carbs.

Trust the Girl Scouts to do sugar-free right. These are really good, and almost indistinguishable
from the real thing.

--Thin Mints: 40 calories, 2 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 5.5 grams carbs.

This is the big bad daddy of the sales figures, year after year. I don't get it, but then I'm not a fan
of mint in most forms. I do know that if I were to accidentally dispose of the box secreted in the
kitchen freezer by my better half, I'd have to live in the garage. Permanently.

--Shortbread: 30 calories, 1 gram fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 26 grams sodium, 5 grams carbs.

I dare you to eat less than a half-box of these at one sitting. They approach buttery perfection
and are quite addictive.

Our final entry is the Girl Scouts' answer to the 100-calorie packs so popular in the snacking
world of late. Nutritional info given is for a baggie of 15 small cookies.

--Cinna-Spins: 100 calories, 2 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, 19 mg carbs.

These have a really zippy crunch with a great cinnamon-sugar flavor. If you're looking for a
new favorite, you could do worse.

So there you have it. And you will now most likely completely ignore the numbers and go buy
your favorite anyway!

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The Laws of Lasting Weight Loss Provided by:

The Editors of Women's Health

Not long ago, the secret to losing weight seemed straightforward: Just give up bread. Not long before that, it was all about avoiding fat. And when those theories sprung leaks, a long list of diet fads was there to fill the holes -- cabbage soup, grapefruit, eating for your blood type ... the list goes on and on.

To help you stop diet-hopping, we've peeled away the layers of hype to reveal the core concepts and surprising science behind what really works for weight loss. Follow these nine laws for hitting that perfect number on the scale and stay lean for life.

-Law #1 Carbs don't matter. Calories do.
Atkins, South Beach, and other low-carb plans have allowed many of us to feel the thrill of slipping back into our skinny jeans. But those diets worked for one simple reason: We ate less. A 2004 review of low-carb diets in the medical journal The Lancet found that how long you stay on a diet and how much you restrict your calorie intake are the only factors that determine weight loss not how much you cut back on carbs. "Every diet involves fewer calories than your body needs [to maintain your current weight]," says Betty Kovacs, R.D., codirector of the New York Obesity Research Center Weight Loss Program. When you swear off carbs, you abandon bread, rice, pastas, and desserts high-calorie staples for most of us.

Make it Work for You
Set a daily calorie limit. First, ballpark how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. Multiply your weight in pounds by 10; add a few hundred if you exercise regularly, says Tara Gidus, R.D., a dietitian in private practice in Orlando and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. For example, a sedentary 140-pound woman needs about 1,400 calories a day; an active one might need 1,700.

Then decide how fast you want to lose the weight. A pound of body weight equals 3,500 calories, so shave 500 a day from your count and you'll drop a pound a week. Have oatmeal with skim milk for breakfast today instead of a bran muffin and you're already more than halfway there.
What should your calories consist of? The optimal balance, according to a review of studies on diet composition in the May 2005 Journal of the American Dietetic Association: 35 to 50 percent carbs, 25 to 35 percent fat, and about 25 to 30 percent protein.

-Law #2 Don't crash diet.
And not just because you'll get so hungry that late-night refrigerator raids become inevitable. Your body thinks you're starving when you lose too much too fast. So instead of burning calories, it conserves them in the form of fat, Kovacs says. In fact, as many as half of the pounds you drop during crash dieting come from muscle rather than fat. And because muscle stokes your metabolism the speed at which your body turns food into energy, losing muscle means you'll burn fewer calories.

Make it Work for You
Aim high, go slow. A new study from the University of Minnesota found that people who hoped to lose a lot of weight were more apt to get thin than those who didn't think as big. To keep muscle, don't try to lose more than a pound a week. But in the meantime, go ahead and buy that dress in a size 6. It may hang in your closet for 5 months- a healthy and realistic amount of time to lose 20 pounds, but it will be a powerful incentive.

-Law #3 Focus on food over exercise.
Working out is essential to fitness and feeling good, but it's not the highway to fat loss the makers of Tae Bo would have you believe. A study of military personnel who upped their exercise over a 3-year period found they actually gained weight. How? They simply ate more than they burned off. "People don't understand that for every 20 minutes of aerobic exercise you do, you burn 100 calories. That doesn't give you the liberty to eat anything you want," says John Jakicic, Ph.D., chairman of the department of health and physical activity at the University of Pittsburgh. You can wipe out one exercise session with a granola bar.

Make it Work for You
Do a little every day. Yes, eating less is easier than trying to jog off extra calories. That said, don't cancel your gym membership. A 2005 paper in the Journal of Applied Physiology shows that physical activity along with diet can ensure that most of your weight loss comes from fat as much as 98 percent, according to the National Institutes of Health, rather than metabolism-fueling muscle. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise walking, swimming, or stair-climbing most days of the week.

-Law #4 Pump up the volume.
It may not be glamorous, but fiber is a dieter's best friend. Foods rich in water and fiber are bulkier, but less caloric. A cup of strawberries, for example, has about the same calorie count as a small cookie but is far more satisfying. In one study at Pennsylvania State University, women ate the same weight of food over a 2-day period. When the women ate higher-fiber foods on the second day, they took in 30 percent fewer calories but didn't feel any hungrier or less full. In another Penn State study, obese women who ate foods with higher water and fiber content lost 40 percent more weight than women who simply limited portion size and cut back on fat.

Make it Work for You
Stock up on soup and grains. Feel more satisfied on fewer calories by starting your meals with a big bowl of broth-based soup or a large green salad (heavy on vegetables, light on fatty toppings). Eat lots of fiber-rich, whole-grain foods like roasted bell peppers stuffed with brown rice or vegetable stew with barley.

-Law #5 Consistency rules.
Roughly 10 percent of the calories you eat are used to fuel digestion. Because of that, eating more often seems like a brilliant way to keep your metabolism going strong which is why many nutrition experts have drilled into our heads to eat six small meals during the day instead of three big ones. But medical research supporting frequent mini-meals is scant. If you eat six times a day while trying to keep to, say, 1,100 calories, pint-sized meals won't necessarily satisfy. And it doesn't work for everyone. The hungrier you are, the more opportunity you find for unscheduled feedings.

Make it Work for You
Standardize your eating habits. However many times you eat, do it the same way every day. A British study found that women who ate the same number of meals each day ate fewer calories than those who didn't. Plus, when the women ate inconsistently, that handy metabolism-fueling trick didn't kick in as strongly. Foods that keep you feeling full longer make it easier to stay consistent. You already know about fiber, see Law #4, but slow-burning protein works, too. A study from the University of Washington School of Medicine found that people who ate a high-protein diet staved off hunger pangs and ate fewer calories throughout the day. Beat the constant need to eat with foods like low-fat yogurt and fresh fruit, a hard-boiled egg with whole-grain toast, or peanut butter on celery sticks.

-Law #6 Just eat.
The multitasking insanity of our lives creates a culture of convenience. Just look at the array of foods including snack chips and even soup packaged in containers that fit neatly into car cup holders. This may make the next piece of advice a little hard to take, but: Whenever you eat, that should be all you do. We simply eat too much when we don't focus on our food. In a 2001 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women ate about 50 calories more at lunch when they listened to a book on tape than when they ate alone with no distraction. A Finnish study found that only 20 percent of subjects ate because they were hungry; some noshed to have something to do while reading or watching TV.

Make it Work for You
Be done with it. It's hard enough to know when to stop eating it takes 15 minutes after you've eaten for your brain to register fullness. But it's even harder when you're stuck in traffic with a bag of potato chips. Instead of cleaning out the bag, rate your hunger. At 0 you're ravenous; at 10 you've hit the post-Thanksgiving balloon phase. Eat slowly and give your body enough time to digest before deciding you're only at 3. You're "done" when you hit 5 or 6.

-Law #7 A serving is smaller than you think.
Accept that the amount of food you typically get at a restaurant is crazy-big. "If you eat just 75 percent of what's in front of you, you still might get too much," Gidus says. Worse, the more there is, the more we eat even when the food's not appealing. In a recent study from the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, researchers gave moviegoers either a medium or large container of popcorn. Some got fresh popcorn; the others got funky, 2-week-old popcorn. Not surprisingly, those with the fresh popcorn ate 45 percent more when they had large tubs. But even those with the nasty popcorn ate about a third more. Why? Because it was there.

Make it Work for You
Play mind games. Get used to thinking of your Chinese takeout as two meals, not one, and refrigerate half the moo shoo pork before you even start eating. And when you play chef, serve up your masterpiece on small plates; less food will look like more, and you'll have the satisfaction of scraping your plate.

-Law #8 Practice strategic replacement.
Here's a rare case when being overweight and lazy can actually serve you well. A 2003 study in the International Journal of Obesity showed that people who regularly use meal replacements like Slim-Fast and Healthy Choice lose nearly twice as much weight as those on a low-calorie diet and stick to their diet twice as long. With their preset portions and controlled number of calories, these shakes, bars, and frozen dinners "are one of the most underutilized tools for long-term weight loss or maintenance," Kovacs says.

Make it Work for You
Substitute wisely. The idea isn't to eat Lean Cuisine 7 days a week. Consider it a stopgap: for breakfast, when you're rushing to an 8 A.M. meeting and you have a history with the Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru. Or before that Super Bowl party, where the nachos trump the football and you're always tempted to overindulge.

-Law #9 Diet for life.
"Diet" comes from the Greek word diaita, which literally means "a manner of living." By that definition, your work isn't finished when you reach your dream weight. The stats tell the same story. Eighty percent of people who lose weight slowly gain it back once the diet is "over." Exercise is the key to keeping the pounds at bay. When you weigh less, your body doesn't have to work as hard to move around. So, and it pains us to say this -- you burn fewer calories as a size 10 than a size 12. Which means you need to eat less to stay that smaller size. The good news: If you add exercise, which increases the number of calories you burn, you can eat more food.

Make it Work for You
Spin first, lift second. Hit the elliptical machine, pedal your bike, or skip rope -- anything that ups your heart rate, says Dr. Jakicic. But women lose about 5 pounds of metabolism-boosting muscle each decade, says Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts. So you need leg presses and triceps curls for weight maintenance too. New research shows that the order in which you work out affects how calories are burned. If you're heading to the gym for spin class and free weights, spin first to burn more, according to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.



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