Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Every new diet book explains why it's better than all the previous ones. This new plan, claims the author, holds the key to losing weight and keeping it off.  It will succeed where the others have failed.  So we decrease our fat intake. Or increase it. We eat more protein. Or less. We eat more carbs or cut them out. 

And the question remains: Which is the best diet to lose weight? 

Well, we now have the answer.  A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine put 811 overweight adults through four different diets, each one a different proportion of fat, carbs, and protein.

The result?  On average, participants lost twelve pounds after six months and kept nine pounds off after two years.  No matter which diet they followed.   In terms of losing weight, no diet was better than any other.  Because all diets work through a single mechanism--they restrict your calorie intake. 

People lose weight when they eat less.

If that's true, then the best diet is the simplest one.  So ask yourself: 
What's the one thing you can change that will make the biggest difference in your calorie consumption?  Everyone has one thing.
And each person's one thing could be different. For some, it might be sugar.  For others, fried foods.  For others, sodas.  What's important is to keep it simple. Pick your one thing that can have the biggest impact and then focus 100% of your effort on that one thing.   

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gonna miss you Joan.  
Hoping you are making them laugh in Heaven.
And for those who are not laughing, they can go to Hell.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Don't Make Exercise So Hard

Research published recently in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine showed that the harder people exercise, the less pleasure they feel during the exercise and the less likely they'll be to exercise routinely.  According to one of the authors of the study, "Evidence shows that feeling worse during exercise translates to doing less exercise in the future."
Obvious, right?  We tend to do things we find pleasurable and avoid things we find painful.  If you want to stay committed to a long term exercise program, don't make it so hard.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Strengthen And Balance Your Core

Total body exercises rely on your abs, hips, and back muscles, but when you're unstable you use less weight, which means your muscles don't work as much.
Balance means strength.  There's an extensive network of small stabilizing muscles in your hips, knees, ankles, and core.  Develop these and you develop a stronger foundation for larger muscles, which can generate more strength.
According to a report published in Medicine & Science in Sports Exercise, volunteers who did Pilates twice a week for nine months increased their lean abdominal muscle by 21%.
For a stronger midsection and more power, incorporate classic Pilates moves into your workout twice a week. 


Thursday, July 31, 2014

                "One day,
              you are going
                to wake up
                        and notice
                 that you
                have tried."    


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