Should overweight soldiers be allowed to serve their country? According to David Frum, Columnist for CNN, more soldiers are being discharged because of their weight than those that fall under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. It’s true that kids spend more time now in front of the TV and less time playing outside (parents are to blame for that without a doubt.) If childhood obesity continues to grow, what will the US Armed services looking like for our next generation?
Gwyneth Paltrow Asked To Put On Some Weight
Uh-oh…Gwyneth Paltrow was odered to put on twenty pounds for a new role in Country Song. Was her strict, kick-ass trainer Tracy Anderson okay with the request? Anderson told People it was hard to stomach. >> Read More
Helen Mirren Selling Her Fit Body
Okay, Helen Mirren not exactly selling her body – but the 65-year-old actress was paid $1 million dollars to advertise a keep fit video game.
What did Mirren have to do for $1M worth of work? Two days of shooting commercials for the Wii Fit Plus title which encourages owners of Nintendo’s motion controlled console to shed the pounds from the comfort of their own home. >> Read More
Editors Note: This content is now over. We will be going through each comment and will be announcing the winner in a few days. A very big thanks to everyone that participated.
Hi Everyone! This Month we are giving away a Shake Weight for one of our lucky Male and Female readers! I’m sure by now you’ve seen the commercials but in case you haven’t, you can check out our review on the Shake Weight for more details.
Congratulations to Anita B from Laurel, MD for winning the P90x Comment Contest. Anita, I hope you enjoy the set and look forward to you posting your review on our P90x Review page.
Again, I would like to thank everyone who participated. The question asked was “Why Do You Want to Lose Weight”. Here is a summary of the results from the comments provided:
Funniest Answer: Joe
Editor’s Note: I would like to thank everyone for participating and leaving such heartfelt comments. Comments are now closed and the winner will be selected over the weekend. I will announce the winner on Monday!
We are starting our new monthly giveaway series with a BANG. P90x is one of the most hardcore workouts available and has a very passionate fan base. This month we are giving away a copy of the p90x 12 disc set.
I spend a few hours each week visiting diet and health blogs to see what the word is on the street. Occasionally I’ll leave comments but mostly I enjoy reading and being entertained by others. I was reading Ryan Sullivan’s blog No More Bacon, and found his views on triggers and what causes people to take action refreshing. His story is living proof that triggers work
Here is my non-weight loss related story about triggers, that could trigger something in you.
(Bob & Jillian – The Ying to my Yang)
So by now I’m sure most of you have watched Losing it With Jillian Michaels on NBC. For those who haven’t, the show revolves around Jillian living with overweight families for 1 week to figure out where they went wrong with their bodies, health, weight, habits, etc. Now, I really wanted to hate this show (mainly because of that signature hip pose she does in every picture she takes), but with each episode I grew a little fonder of what NBC and Jillian are trying to do. But not everyone seems to be able to tolerate the single dose of Jillian.
Doctors have recently created a non-invasive approach to weight loss surgery. In a time where gastric re-routing surgeries and stomach shrinking measures are the weight loss rage, doctors have created an alternate approach that is equally effective and less invasive. The product was unveiled at digestive disease week held in New Orleans which brings together the world’s top physicians in areas of digestion and intestinal surgery. The product is called the Spatz adjustable balloon and it is inserted into the stomach as a method of decreasing the amount of food that can be eaten. The insertion process is done while the patient is conscious under sedation then the balloon is filled with water to decrease stomach mass. The amount of water in the balloon can be adjusted with a routine endoscopy procedure to meet the patient’s satisfaction and comfort levels.
Think twice when you choose what to put on your plate. A new study by Renata Micha of the Harvard School of Public Health has found that eating processed meats can raise your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Meats like sausage, bacon, hot dogs, and most deli lunch meats fall into this category. Eating unprocessed beef, pork and lamb may be a healthier option to consider.
A new study has found that women who live in homes where safe, nutritious food is hard to come by have poorer pregnancy outcomes than women who have easy access to nutritious food throughout their pregnancy. It’s no surprise that past studies have shown that women who live in homes where there is a lack of money to buy nutritional food are at greater risk for malnutrition. It may come as more of a surprise to discover that these same women report more obesity and obesity related problems than women who don’t fear having access to good food. A woman who is overweight or obese before becoming pregnant is at risk for a number of poor pregnancy outcomes, larger birth weight babies and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition where food and/or liquid in the stomach leaks backwards into the esophagus which causes the often unavoidable demon burn that can ruin sleep and social lives. Treatments include avoidance of foods known to exacerbate these symptoms, such as alcohol, caffeine, and dairy, but if these do not work, there are over-the-counter antacids and prescription drugs available. It is thought to be caused by a weakening in the sphincter muscles located in the esophagus that prevent stomach contents from seeping back. People who suffer from GERD are also at increased risk for hiatal hernia and scleroderma. Symptoms include heartburn, nausea, chest pains, and sometimes vomiting. A recent study done at Mayo Clinic reveals that even a small amount of weight gain dramatically worsens the debilitating symptoms that plague people who suffer from GERD.
Julie Lumeng, M.D., a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor recently published a study in the journal Pediatrics finding obese children are more likely to be bullied than those that aren’t obese.
The study followed 800 children who were born in 1991 and who lived in 10 different cities across the US. The children, teachers and parents were surveyed by researchers during third, fifth and sixth grades. An interesting detail of the survey is the children’s social skills were addressed in addition to whether they were being bullied. Weight status was measured simply by obtaining body mass index.
Remember when you were a kid your mother would always tell you to eat your dinner slowly and carefully chew your food? And, you would just laugh and think it was another one of her crazy rules.
It seems our moms did know best. Several studies have shown that people consume more calories when they eat fast. It is one of the main reasons why eating slowly is often advised when a person is trying to maintain or lose weight.
Eating Speed Affects Obesity Hormone Levels
Salt is a common staple in many household foods. In fact, many of the foods have excessive amounts of salt in them, and we might not even realize it.Lately an effort is being made to put pressure on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help reduce the amount of salt found in many processed foods. They are proposing that the salt in processed foods be reduced in steps, so as not to affect the flavor too much at one time.
Most people have experienced a moment that induces laughter so robust that it bring tears, causes stomach muscle contractions and effects breathing. But could you really benefit from incorporating laughter into your diet plan? Dr. Michael Miller, the director at the Center of Preventative Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, discovered that laughing for 15 minutes causes blood vessels to dilate in the same way as engaging in aerobic activity. People are beginning to believe that laughter could be an alternative to physical exercise in maintaining overall health.
A well-balanced immune system is essential to good health. It helps our bodies fight infections and protects us from germs and other invaders. However, if you are carrying excess body fat, particularly in your abdominal area, your own immune system could be turning against you. The scientific community has known for a while now that excess abdominal fat can trigger the production of “pro-inflammatory” immune cells. These cells, like their name suggests, promote inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can lead to numerous health problems, including coronary artery disease and cancer.
The obesity problem in America costs consumers billions of dollars every year in weight related illnesses, effects children’s performances in school and in social settings and is crippling the US military.
Michelle Obama is leading a campaign to fight childhood obesity. The program includes training and help for parents to encourage proper eating habits and lifestyles in children. Youngsters not only learn to make proper food choices, but must have adequate amounts of physical activity to remain healthy. Typically, a child requires 60 minutes of exercise or active play daily. Many of today’s youth spend the majority of recreational time in front of a TV or video game. It is estimated that children spend up to 7 hours a day engaged in sedentary activities.
Technology has turned a corner with some very interesting new fitness equipment. There is a recent trend being used to generate awareness of alternative energy sources and energy conservation. Organizations are teaching people about the need to make wise decisions in energy usage and to look for new sources of energy to power a world increasingly dependent on electricity.
Hello everyone! I’m pleased to announce the launch of our new video series. In this first video we will be discussing a very common weight loss enemy that is responsible for ruining countless diets. After watching the video, make sure to swing back by and leave your thoughts and comments. Enjoy!
Jillian Michaels is the famous trainer on the hit show “The Biggest Loser.” She is known for her tough, no-nonsense attitude and difficult, but effective, exercise programs. Michaels often stresses the importance of healthy diet and exercise as the best way to lose weight. She also endorses several weight loss products that are available at major retailers.
Michaels is being sued over a product called “Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control.” The packaging of these diet pills states, “Two Capsules Before Main Meals and You Lose Weight … That’s It!” However, a woman named Christie Christensen of Lake Elsinore, Calif., begs to differ. She purchased these pills, but claims she didn’t lose any weight or have a decreased appetite after taking the diet pills for one month.
Sugary snacks will woo you, then lead to poundage on the scale. Dig into these three snack alternatives to achieve an energy boost or quiet a sweet craving without the crash and burn of a sugary snack fail.
Update 2/1/2010: Although we weren’t able to raise a tremendous amount of money, I would like to thank everyone who participated in our program. We will be dividing and donating $153.00.
With the devastation that struck Haiti on January 12th, we are doing everything we can to help. From now until Jan. 31 (or longer if needed), we will be donating 100% of the commissions made from some of the reviews on our website.
We will make our donations to the following organizations:
- Cheat Your Way Thin
- Eat Stop Eat
- The Diet Solution Program
- Fit Yummy Mummy
- Certified Acai
- 7 Minute Muscle
If there is a program out there that you think is worth us taking a look at, leave your comments below.
Happy Holidays everyone!
We are buying and giving away 10 copies of the ebook The Every Other Day Diet. The EODD diet comes with the e-book which is valued at $39.95 and dozens of other bonus material. The premise of the diet is calorie shifting and is designed to optimize the metabolism so the body burns calories more efficiently. Want to know how you can participate? keep reading!
- First, follow us on twitter between now and Dec. 31st. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Jan. 1. If you are already following us on twitter, simply re-tweet this post to be eligible.
We would like to take a moment to congratulate our very own Laurie Beebe on her TV debut. As most of you know, Laurie is our nutritional expert here at YOAD and has written countless posts that have helped our readers make healthier choices. Laurie was featured on Great Day St. Louis on Oct. 15. Check her out in the video below or visit the Great Day St. Louis Website