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Tennessee Man Searching for Best Diet Plans Finds All Juice Diet

Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

It may be the season for turkey dinners, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie — but for one man in Tennessee, this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will be made up strictly of juice. Josh Adams, of Fountain City, Tennessee (near Knoxville), is 37 years old. After a recent medical exam, Josh decided it was time to find a way to improve his health. As a result, he has committed to consuming only fruit and vegetable juices for two months. “I was at risk for diabetes, heart disease and colon cancer. I am fighting for my life, my health and my longevity” explained Adams in an article published yesterday in the Knoxville News. After searching the Internet for the best diet plans, Adams ran across the the movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, which he watched online. In the film Joe Cross, a man weighing more than 300 pounds, loses all of his unhealthy weight through “juicing.”  Adams commented that “by the end of the film Joe is running around like Rocky Balboa. I was sold”.  The film follows the progress of two individuals who both lose weight and improve their health on  juice diets — and, yes, the progress of each dieter is strictly monitored by a physician, which you see during the film. Josh says he has struggled with his weight for over twenty years and has never before recognized the rapid weight loss and new-found energy he is experiencing on the juice diet.

The Important Impact of Sleep on the Human Body

Posted on Thursday, September 16th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Most people know that they should get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night, but many people simply aren’t willing to put in the effort to ensure they get enough sleep. However, when you consider the many positive benefits of sleep, you may be thinking differently. For one thing, sleep allows your brain to process the things you’ve learned throughout the day. Without enough sleep, your memory function can decrease. You’ll also be more sluggish following a day of poor sleep, which can make it more difficult to finish your exercise routine. The bottom line is that sleep should be an integral part of any healthy lifestyle.

Medifast Holds its Own Next to Other Weight Loss Plans

Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at 9:47 pm

A scientific and medical approach to weight loss is how Medifast is structured.  Developed nearly 30 years ago by physicians, and for many years only available by prescription, Medifast is a low calorie formulation that is high in protein, which is important for keeping blood sugar levels stable and protecting lean muscle mass.  This carbohydrate restricted meal delivery system enables a person to efficiently enter into ketosis, which is a fat-burning state the body enters into when there is a shortage of carbohydrates.  Think about what fat really is — it is stored excess carbohydrates that can be used for fuel should you ever experience a famine.  Trouble is, we don’t live in an era where famine is something most of us think about.  The excess body fat impacts us negatively on many levels — cardiovascularly, hormonally, skeletally . . . it just doesn’t make sense to punish our bodies with excess fat.  The beauty of Medifast is that once your body enters into ketosis, your hunger levels drop dramatically and you feel quite energetic as you drop pounds.

Don’t Treat Thirst with Food

Posted on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

According to the famous physician Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, “you are not just what you eat, you are what you drink.”  Water is crucial to our health, and most of us live in a chronic state of mild dehydration that is contributing to the diseases we suffer from.  According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, water prevents and helps cure heartburn; it helps prevent and cures rheumatoid arthritis.  Water shortage is implicated in back pain, angina, migraines, colitis, asthma, high blood pressure, obesity and adult-onset diabetes, and high cholesterol.  Sometimes we interpret our bodies thirst signals as being hungry, when in actuality what we really need is to be properly hydrated.  Water isn’t the magic bullet — we still need to make healthy food choices and get the right amount of vigorous exercise.  But failing to be properly hydrated can end up being a very costly proposition that could have been easily avoided with 64 ounces a day.

How Diet Plans Can Help Transition to a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Successful diet plans not only help get the excess weight off, but they also provide the structure necessary to develop new habits that will keep the weight off over the long run.  A diet plan helps individuals get used to eating in regular intervals so that blood sugar fluctuations won’t send them scrambling for high calorie treats.  It also teaches the dieter what types of foods are healthy and nutritious for them.  Many times it introduces the individual to new foods that they otherwise would not have tried.  It can teach them how to plan ahead, shop, and prepare foods.  It provides ideas for on-the-run meals such as meal replacements so that fast food can be avoided.  It encourages adding fitness into your day, and it recognizes that there is an emotional component to eating which can be met through support and encouragement.

Developing the mental attitude necessary for success is crucial for winning the weight loss game.  For more information on developing a diet mindset, check out www.thedietmindset.com.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Weight Managers

Posted on Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

There are many terrific weight loss plans available that will help you lose the pounds. While that is a critical component of the battle, adopting the habits of thin people and maintaining weight loss over the long haul is just as important. Some behaviors have been identified that will help you achieve that very goal.

  1. Put exercise on your calendar and keep your appointment. No excuses! It’s crucial to make sure that exercise has a dedicated time in your day where you put you first. Having a positive mindset toward exercise – that it’s a great stress reliever and mood booster – is helpful as well.
  2. Learn about nutrition and make great food choices. Choose whole over processed foods.
  3. Pay attention to how much you’re eating – limit portion sizes to an appropriate amount. Steer clear of buffets or mindless distractions while eating.
  4. Limit fast food to once or twice a month.
  5. Vary food intake – if you have a big meal one day, eat lightly the next day. Don’t make overindulgence a daily habit. Make balance an important component to your lifestyle.
  6. Pay attention to when you are full. Don’t overfeed. By the way, vigorous exercise will affect your appetite hormones positively, making you less hungry than if you hadn’t worked out.
  7. View weight loss and maintenance as a long-term endeavor. No quick fixes.

A Fresh Look at the Atkins Diet

Posted on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

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When you hear the name Atkins Diet you are brought back to a time when our view of carbohydrates within our diets was revolutionized.  This is probably one of the most important messages of this diet plan.  While ultimately it is the number of calories consumed that causes us to gain or lose weight, the right balance of carbohydrate consumption is critical in terms of hunger management and weight loss.  Prior to the Atkins revolution, the messages we were getting were eat high carbohydrate and low fat.  During the few decades that people were loading up on refined carbohydrate processed goodies all in the name of healthy eating, America continued to get fatter and fatter.  The bottom line on carbs is 1) we all need them, and 2) we need the right amount of them in order to achieve a healthy weight.

The beauty of the Atkins diet is that during the initial phase of the diet, carbohydrates are restricted so that the body enters into ketosis, a fat-burning phase.  Over time carbs are added slowly back in until you begin to see how many carbs are right for you.  One-size-all is not congruent with Atkins — and you get to determine what is optimal for you!  For more information on this diet or other top diet plans, see our web site at www.thedietmindset.com.

Mediterranean Diet Plan — Celebrate Life

Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Celebrate Life on the Mediterranean Diet

If the idea of enjoying a glass of wine everyday on the Mediterranean diet plan is attractive to you, medical science backs up the health benefits with a few precautions. Moderate use of alcohol, especially red wine, has been linked with a reduced risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s in some studies. Red wine reduces the blood’s clotting components, which is important for issues such as stroke and heart attack. It also contains antioxidants, and when used appropriately can help induce relaxation. For those who enjoy a glass of wine, the Mediterranean diet allows red wine in moderation. According to the Mayo Clinic, a 5 ounce glass of wine daily for women, and no more than 10 ounces for men under age 65 (over age 65 should limit to 5 ounces per day) is acceptable. Daily intake of more than this dramatically increases health risks, including cancer. For those individuals who find it difficult to limit alcohol intake to the recommended amounts, or if you already have heart or liver disease, refrain from drinking wine or other alcoholic beverages.

Diet plans are as individual as people themselves. It’s important to assess all plans in order to make the best choice possible.

Make New Year’s Resolutions a Reality

Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 9:41 pm

New Year’s resolutions tend to be forgotten within a few days of us declaring them to ourselves. And yet there’s something about that calendar change that makes us want to try and do better in the next year. That’s noble, and I think with some changes in our approach, we can actually capitalize on our resolutions and make them realities. For one, don’t think you will overhaul your eating habits in one day. Resolve to take baby steps before taking the plunge. For instance, vow to take fruit to work every day. Or work on increasing your water intake until it’s at the recommended 8 cups per day (more if you exercise). Try adding two vegetable side dishes at dinner each night. To avoid mindless noshing, don’t keep chips, pretzels or whatever tempts you in the house. If you get a craving, brush your teeth or drink a cup of tea. And one of the biggest ways you can stack the odds in your favor is to carefully choose a diet plan that removes the guesswork and seems do-able to you. Our commitment to you is to point you in the direction of diet plans and strategies that work so that a new, slimmer you in 2010 can become a reality!