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I’ve been a lifelong gym-rat, and won trophies from competing in two bodybuilding contests.
Now that I’m in my early 40s, I’d like to share my thoughts with you about getting & staying healthy & looking good.

Detox Diets

Are you considering going on a detox diet?

Then check out Before You Go on a Detox Diet by About.com’s alternative medicine Guide, Cathy Wong.
You’ll find out if detox diets are right for you and how to prepare for one should you decide to go ahead.

I’ll also have a review of one of these detox diets up here for you to check out.
I was on one a couple years ago, and will be repeating the process soon.

It’s not the most fun thing in the world to do, but with the state of food & health in general these days (especially in America), I believe it to be REALLY necessary for anyone to do once in a while.

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What do you think: A Tax on Obesity?

Here’s something interesting…

The German government is considering placing a tax on obesity. The German health system is funded by national health insurance funds. Politicians backing the tax are saying that the spending — billions of dollars — that the government shells out for obesity-related expenses is unfair and cannot be sustained much longer.

One article from Reuters quotes a member of German parliament as saying the purpose of the tax would make people “financially accountable” for their weight.

What do you think about this issue? Post your opinion in the comments section.

August 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm(3) Brandy Combs says:

I can see both sides of the issue. Being overweight can cause many health issues, which leads to a less productive society. Sometimes I wish the U.S. could be more progressive… but, opponents of such a decision would howl to the heavens, lead protests, and sue the government and everyone involved.

At the same time, I am not comfortable with my weight. I am getting there. I’ve completely changed the way I eat. I lost 12 pounds with a program by Miranda Jenkins (it was cheap and effective), and then lost a lot more by invorporating excercise and healthy eating into my life.

August 13, 2010 at 7:22 am(4) jean says:

I weighed 122 lbs, because I am on insulin for diabetes, I have gained up to 152 lbs.
This is no fault of mine, I watch what I eat. My Grandmother and my Mother had diabetes, and they were small women.
So, I think this would be unfair for people who have no control over the situation.

Leah says:

I recently heard that 1/3 of the US’s population is technically in the BMI range to be considered obese. Sure we could tax this, but wouldn’t it be better to treat the problem rather then punish it?

Read and Share: Portion Control Advice

Wednesday July 28, 2010

Throughout the site, you will find opportunities to read advice and share your own tips. For instance, our visitors have shared some great advice on portion control! For TracyJoy12, it’s all about planning:

“Each evening I get my food ready for the next day … otherwise I will eat way too much. That leaves dinner as my only ‘spur of the moment’ portioning. I’ve been doing this for a month, I’ve dropped four and a half pounds and I’ve found that I can’t eat much at dinnertime anyway — my stomach has clearly shrunk!”

Sounds like that simple step of pre-portioning servings of food has worked wonders for TracyJoy.

You can read other great portion control advice at Readers Respond: Portion Control. And if you’ve got your own portion-managing advice to share, please tell us your top tips!

Comments(1) Jessica says:

Yes, pre-planning is a good thing but it is also important to understand how various things adds on to your “fat zone”.

I was watching a video at getdietsolutionprogram.com which talks about various foods that DON’T help to burn you food and that list of foods include very important items like whole bread, processed butter etc which on contrary adds to fat rather than reduce them.

So, to it is best to make a list of such items which helps to burn fat.

August 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm(2) Patrick Kallie says:

Portion control is something that does take some time to master. If you are trying to loose weight it’s a must! What I have noticed is that you are never really hungry to the point where you have to overeat, if you eat more frequently.

If you take small steps eating this way everyday, you have a chance to be successful.

August 6, 2010 at 6:10 am(3) fatfitnessguy says:

Portion control is very important, but so is understanding how foods work together. Outside the considerations of various illnesses (hypertension & diabetes come to mind), your diet should be based on balance, variety and moderation (ie. portion control). Proper diet can help keep you lean, but don’t skip the exercise, it helps keep your heart, lungs, bones, joints & muscles (the list goes on) healthy – it’s a two-pronged approach!

“Saturday Smart Swap!”: Taco Bell

Taco Bell is one of my favorite fast food eateries, but it can be super-tough to keep your calorie count in check there. One way I have found to satisfy my cravings without blowing my day’s calorie count is to find foods on the menu that have similar flavors to my high-cal picks, but fewer calories.

… And of course, that’s what making a “Smart Swap!” is all about! If you can find easy ways to savor your favorite treats without blowing your calorie budget, you’ve made a huge step toward long-term weight loss success.

My current fave switch at the Bell? If I really want a Chicken Ranch Taco Salad, I rein my calorie spending by swapping the 900-calorie salad for a Fresco Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco. If I add it a side of Mexican rice, I’ll still only be taking in 300 calories, a savings of a whopping 600 calories!

What’s your favorite way to save calories at Taco Bell? Post your tips in the comment section!

Pick a Pie…any pie!

Nothing’s more American than apple pie. While pie may be a calorie-buster unless enjoyed in moderation … The good news is, pies can actually have some plus points: Vitamins, minerals and fiber can all be found in a homemade fruit pie.

Let’s see how the calories stack up if you make a swap among two popular pie varieties. (Slice of a 9 inch pie is about one-sixth.)

Pecan pie: 678 calories
Apple: 525 calories

For a savings of about 150 calories if you swap down-south fave pecan pie, for all-American fave, apple, you’ll be getting in phytonutrients that might help fight certain cancers. Apples also contain a flavanoid known as quercetin which may also help in cancer fighting and strengthen your immune system. Bye-bye pecans, hello apples!

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