Burning Fat!

Want to know some quick facts to burn fat?.. Here are a few.

  • Green tea isn’t only known for its cancer fighting benefits, it may also help boost your metabolism! A study published in the December 1999 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that those who drink green tea three times a day saw their metabolic rate increase about 4%. This could also mean that an extra 60 calories are burned a day equaling about 6 pounds a year lost!
  • Weight training is also a great way to burn fat. A pound of muscle burns up to 9 times the calories of a pound of fat! Weight training also increases your resting metabolic rate.
  • Eating iron is also important. If you don’t get enough of this mineral, your body can’t get enough oxygen to your cells, which results in a slower metabolism. Some foods that are rich in iron are lean meats, chicken, fortified cereals and nuts!
  • Drink more water! A new German study has shown that when you drink 17 ounces of water within a certain amount of time, your metabolic rate shoots up by about 30%. By drinking 1.5 liters of water a day, you can burn an extra 17,400 calories a year which is about a 5 pound weight loss, just by drinking more water!
  • Avoid alcohol as much as possible! Alcohol slows down your metabolism by depressing the central nervous system.
  • Add high intensity moves to your workout! Studies show that high intensity interval training burns more fat than regular aerobic exercise.
  • Say bye to stress! Learn to deal with stress and relax! When you are stressed, the hormone cortisol stimulates your appetite, slows down your metabolism and encourages fat storage! Find an activity that lowers your stress level such as yoga, listening to soothing music, take deep breaths, exercise! — and do it everyday!
  • Do not skip breakfast! Almost 80%  of people who successfully keep weight off have breakfast! Your metabolism slows as your sleeping and starts back up again once you eat again.
  • Aim for 5 small meals a day rather than 3 large ones. Try not to go more than 4 hours without eating. Having snacks throughout the day will trick your body into thinking it is constantly eating so your metabolism won’t slow down.

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The Latest On Obesity Rates In The United States

It has been 3 decades of obesity rates steadily climbing, however now they actually seem to be stabilizing nationwide. This new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is believed to be from the positive steps we have taken to make nutrition information important. Little changes such as placing nutrition data on food packages and making sure school lunch menus are appropriate for children to be eating are all ways that were able to address the obesity problem in the United States where 2/3 of adults and 1/3 of children and teenagers are overweight or obese. It is still questionable as to why obesity rates have soared through the end of the century.

New studies from 2009 and 2010 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey examined 6,000 adults and 4,111 children measuring their BMI (which is considered the gold standard when dealing with a large population). From these statistics, 35% of US adults are obese, having a BMI of 30 or greater. These statistics are all similar to the 2005-2006 data. Although obesity rates seem to be slowing down, an increasing rate can still be found in racial and ethnic groups. Rates have risen to 58.5% among non-Hispanic black women and to nearly 45% among Mexican American women since 2004. And among children and teens, about 21% of Hispanics and 24% of blacks are obese compared with 14% of non-Hispanic whites.
Also interestingly, more adult men are now overweight or obese as compared with women — 73.9% to 63.7%. However, severe obesity remains more common in women.

The Let’s Move! program founded by First Lady Michelle Obama has raised national awareness through actions such as persuading Wal-Mart to stock more healthful foods and working with professional sports organizations to create public service announcements encouraging children to exercise. Many other places, such as schools are working to reduce access to sugary drinks and high calorie, unhealthy snacks in school.
Even though it is great news that the general population in the United States rates of obesity levels are stabilizing, it still is going to take a big change to get these numbers and statistics to DECREASE! Take a look at what you, your friends, your family, and everyone around you are putting into their bodies. Start making small changes to get these numbers under control. And remember to exercise, exercise, exercise!! Small changes make a BIG difference! Eat healthy and get moving!

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‘The Biggest Loser’

Does watching the show “The Biggest Loser‘ have more negative or positive views on overweight individuals? A study has shown that there is a negative consequences of viewers watching this show against overweight individuals.. interesting!

Published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, participants included 59 people, mostly white women who were around the age of 20. Half of the participants were assigned to watch an episode of “The Biggest Loser’ while the others remaining watched a show that could have no influence on the viewer’s feelings about weight. The participants were given surveys one week before viewing the shows and right after viewing the shows, where questions were geared toward obesity.

It was found that after viewing “The Biggest Loser,’ viewers had more anti-fat attitudes including that weight is controllable and there was more of a dislike of overweight people than there was in the control group.  It is interesting to read about this because during this show, we view overweight individuals who have been struggling with their weight, to work hard and achieve a healthy weight goal. You would think that viewers would feel happy and motivated for them, however that wasn’t the case during this study. Authors believe that the mentality of those watching this show are if these people can lose weight, so can everyone else who is overweight or obese if they work toward it.

What do you think about this? Questions? Comments?



Found from Eat.Play.Live…Better,

TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” will take place January 21st, 2012, in New York City. The one-day event will highlight several aspects of the sustainable food movement and the work being done to shift our food system from industrially-based agriculture to one in which healthy, nutritious food is accessible to all.

There will be webcast TEDxManhattan live from New York City to provide access to viewers worldwide. To watch the webcast, visit http://www.livestream.com/tedx

Definitely something to look for!



Super Tracker– Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less

A great way to kick off the New Years !

A new web tool has been designed to help Americans make healthy food and physical activity choices. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, released USDA’s new nutrition SuperTracker. This is available at http://www.choosemyplate.gov to help individuals make healthy lifestyle changes as well as reduce their chances of developing chronic diseases. Individuals can access this tool at anytime and can use a variety of features to help achieve their goals. Here are some facts of what the SuperTracker helps you with.

  • Personalize recommendations for what and how much to eat and amount of physical activity.
  • Track foods and physical activity from an expanded database of foods and physical activities.
  • Customize features such as goal setting, virtual coaching, weight tracking, and journaling.
  • Measure progress with comprehensive reports ranging from a simple meal summary to in-depth analysis of food groups and nutrient intake over time.
  • Operationalize the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines.
  • Support family and friends by adding their individual profiles.

Click here to access the SuperTracker. It’s an easy and effective way to keep yourself on track and in shape!

Check out the entire Press Release here: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/newsroom/ST/SuperTrackerPressRelease.pdf

Coca Cola Co. Enviornmentally Friendly?

The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy Coca-Cola beverages at a rate of 1.7 billion servings a day.

The Coca-Cola Co. has announced multi-million dollar partnership agreements with three biotechnology companies-Virent, Gevo, and Avantium. These three companies are industry leaders in developing plant-based alternatives to materials traditionally made from fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources. This plant bottle is the first generation PlantBottle package, which was the first ever recyclable PET beverage bottle made partially from plants. Since introduced in 2009, the company has already distributed more than 10 billion PlantBottle packages in 20 countries worldwide. PlantBottle™ packaging is made up of two components: MEG (mono-ethylene glycol), which makes up 30% of the PET, and is already made from plant materials, and PTA (purified terephthalic acid), which makes up the other 70%.

It is estimated the use of PlantBottle packaging in the first two years alone has helped save the equivalent annual emissions of more than 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Coca-Cola will continue to make investments in PlantBottle technology and aims to use PlantBottle packaging for the company’s entire PET supply by 2020.

Should all beverage companies become environmental friendly? Is this a new beginning to help save our earth?

Jump Start Breakfast – Cheesy Egg White Pita & Shake

Cheesy Egg White Pita

In a bowl:

  •  Scramble 1/3 cup liquid egg whites
  •  2 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat cheddar
  •  1 teaspoon chopped jalapeño pepper (optional)
  • freshly ground black pepper

In a medium skillet:

  • Cook egg mixture in 2 tsp olive oil over medium heat for 2 minutes

Serve mixture in: a warmed whole-wheat pita

Strawberry Shake:

  • 1 cup vanilla soymilk blended
  •  1 1/4 cups whole, unsweetened frozen strawberries

Nutrition Facts: 396 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated), 45 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 24 g protein