Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Five Cool Sites To Track Your Weight Loss for FREE!

I found some really cool sites to track your Weight Loss, and the best thing is, it's FREE to join!
There are so many sites out there that offer these services, but the ones listed below are colorful, and have tons of Weight Loss and Fitness tools to help you track your progress, and articles with advice to guide you along. My favorite so far is 'Spark People', Love it! Check it out and you'll see why, you'll never get bored with it.

My Top 5 Track your weight loss sites are;
  1. http://www.sparkpeople.com/
  2. http://www.startyourdiet.com/ 
  3. http://www.fitday.com/
  4. http://www.livestrong.com/
  5. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/  


They are my favorite health and beauty guides. I like them because they're specific to women's needs, with great articles and tools that are fun to read and use. They have simple eating strategies, modules that you can download, printable guide's, and videos; some you can customize to your needs. They all have great life lessons, success stories, nutritional data, and delicious recipes. Overall, they have practical, concrete information.
They are a daily must read. You just have to subscribe to all !

1. Women's & Men's Health

2. Prevention

3. Self

Women's Health magazine, May 2009 issue

Women's Health magazine, May 2009 issue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


What's all the Hoopla about Raspberry Ketone or Raspberry Ketones?

Well, all the bustling excitement of Raspberry Ketones or Raspberry Ketone has a Doctor's backing, and that's what is making this product sell like hotcakes. It's been selling online for a couple of months but is now just hitting most drug stores and grocery shelves. It was made popular by Dr. Oz on his daytime show back in February 2012 when he called it the "number 1 Miracle Fat Burner in a bottle". A lot of people had not heard about it before he re-introduced it.

So what is Raspberry Ketone? Can one really lose weight with Raspberry Ketones? Raspberry Ketone is a natural Phenolic compound or mixture found in red raspberries, that helps your body burn fat easily by breaking down fats in your cells. It is a natural thermogenic that increases the body's basal metabolic rate, and also a fat burner that helps get rid of fats in the body e.g. belly fat, and it also helps with appetite control.

Recommended dose is 100mg per day but I have seen bottles of 125mg capsules that say take one, twice a day with meals. Pairing it up with a healthy diet and exercise, many have had great results with fast weight loss. Raspberry Ketone comes in different dosages from various Pharmaceuticals. Note: Read the labels because some companies have mixed in other ingredients like caffeine, green tea and grapefruit. One well known product with Raspberry Ketone is QuickTrim endorsed by Kim Kardashian.

Earlier in my article I said the product was re-introduced because Raspberry Ketones are not new to the market. In 1965 the FDA approved it as safe for humans. There is research on this product that dates as far back as 1970. Raspberry ketone was researched in 2004, 2005 for it's anti-obesity abilites in Japan. According to this reference from an abstract- Morimoto C, Satoh Y, Hara M, Inoue S, Tsujita T, Okuda H (2005). "Anti-obese action of raspberry ketone". Life Sci. Raspberry Ketones were given to mice in very high doses of up to 2% of their body weight, and it seemed to prevent high-fat-diet-induced elevations in body-weight. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0024320505001281

Raspberry Ketone has not been tested on humans, the same results as those in the mice in study above cannot be concluded, however many people are now taking the pills and getting great results!

Watch this clip from the Dr. Oz Show

Also checkout this This belly-blasting breakfast recipe. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/egg-and-cheese-muffin



Weight Loss Surgery, also known as Bariatric Surgery is Big business these days! It is normally recommended for obese people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 35 and above, but you will find people of all sizes seeking weight loss surgery, which can be very dangerous. In the U.S. Gastric Bypass is the most commonly performed weight loss operation. There are some Countries, especially in Asia where it is offered cheap and people travel far to get these cheaper services. Bariatric Surgery is very popular in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Czech Republic, Argentina, Costa Rica, India, Spain, Poland, Belgium, Malaysia, Thailand, and South Africa. It is now very common for both women and men to get a 'Nip and Tuck' here and there it is no longer just about the Women.


Gastric Bypass is the most popular of all weight loss surgery procedures. It is a process where the stomach is sectioned into 2 parts, a small stomach pocket and a much larger one. A portion of the small intestine is then linked to the smaller stomach pocket, forcing food to bypass part of the small intestine. This controls food intake, you feel full and eat less. This is the most popular of all Weight loss surgeries. Celebrities or well known people who have had successful Gastric Bypass surgery include: Sharon Osbourne, Star Jones, Al Roker, Roseanne Barr, Randy Jackson, Carnie Wilson, the late DJ AM, and Diego Maradona.


Vertical Banded Gastroplasty also known as the Mason Procedure is simply a Stomach Stapling method where a section of the stomach is permanently stapled to create a small pocket.


Adjustable Gastric Band is more commonly referred to as Lap Band Surgery, e.g. REALIZE Band, is a procedure that forces a small amount of food to be eaten. The silicon band binds the top part of the stomach, dividing the stomach into a small top pocket, and a larger bottom part of stomach. The smaller pocket can only keep a very very small amount of food so you feel full quickly and longer. Caroline Manzo of Real Housewives of New Jersey had this done.


Sleeve Gastrectomy is a procedure where a narrow vertical sleeve of the stomach is formed by stapling. The remaining part of the stomach is surgically removed so the amount of food you can eat at a time is drastically reduced.


Intragastric Balloon (Gastric Balloon) is a procedure where a deflated balloon is put into the stomach, and then filled up. The balloon should only stay in the stomach for 6 months. This method is not very popular and can be dangerous.


Implantable Gastric Stimulation is a less popular procedure where a small gadget is attached to the outermost layer of the stomach. This device emits electrical currents that confuse the brain into thinking that you are full.


Colon cleansing or Colonics removes the body's waste matter and nonspecific toxins from the colon and intestinal tract. This is done by injecting water or other liquids into the colon via the rectum or by taking laxatives.





• APPLES- they have fiber called Pectin that is filling
• BANANAS- great source of Potassium
• GRAPEFRUIT- Lowers Insulin, high in fiber, Vitamin C, great fat burner
• POMEGRANATE- heart healthy, high in Vitamin C
• BLUE BERRIES- high in fiber, antioxidants and Vitamin C, & tannins. Help memory and improve eye sight.
• STRAWBERRIES- high in fiber, antioxidants and Vitamin C, & tannins. Help memory and improve eye sight.
• RASPBERRIES- very high in fiber, antioxidants and Vitamin C, & tannins. Help memory and improve eye sight.
• AVOCADO- high in Potassium, Folate, fiber, good fats, Vitamins B, E & K
• ORANGES- high in fiber, Vitamin C, Folic acid, Potassium, Calcium
• GUAVA- high in fiber, Vitamin C, Folic acid, and lycopene-antioxidant


• SPINACH- helps build muscle, and helps fight heart disease. High in Iron, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, fiber, Vitamin A, C and K.
• KALE- high in Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Folate, fiber, Vitamins A, C and K
• SWEET POTATOES- Low glycemic food, high in Vitamin A and fiber
• BROCCOLI- high in Vitamin A and C
• TOMAOTES- high in lycopene-antioxidant, Vitamin A, Potassium and fiber
• WHOLE GRAINS- heart healthy, high in Fiber, protein, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, Calcium, Riboflavin, Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc.
• BROWN RICE- heart healthy, high in fiber
• RED PEPPERS- high in Vitamin C and fiber
• EGGS- help fight obesity & build muscle. High in Choline, antioxidants, Protein, Vitamins A, and B12.
• FISH e.g. SALMON(best choice)- high in Omega 3 fats and Vitamin D
• CHICKEN & TURKEY- skinless/breast is best, helps the immune system, fights heart disease & helps build muscle. High in Protein, Vitamin E, Folate, Iron, Potassium, & Zinc.
• CRANBERRIES- high in antioxidants
• BEETS- high Folate and fiber
• CELERY- high in fiber
• BEANS- help burn fat, build muscle, & regulate digestion. High in Protein, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and fiber.
• EDAMAME- high in fiber, Protein and Folate
• OATS- heart healthy, high in fiber and Magnesium
• YOGURT- low fat or Skim Greek yogurt best choice. High in Protein, Calcium, Magnesium & Potassium
• CHEESE- high in protein and calcium
• PEANUT BUTTER- burns fat, lowers cholesterol & builds muscle. High in protein, Niacin, Vitamin E, Magnesium, and fiber
• NUTS- ALMONDS(best choice) high in Protein, Vitamin E, Potassium, Calcium, Folate, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron and fiber
• DARK CHOCOLATE-contains Flavonoid antioxidants that help control Cholesterol
CAYENNE PEPPER- great fat burner, spikes metabolism
• FLAXSEEDS- high in protein, Omega 3 fats and fiber
• GARLIC- an antibiotic herb that's heart healthy, high in Sulphur, antioxidants and allicin-lowers blood pressure
• GINGER- a heart healthy herb used as a blood thinner
• TOFU- high in protein, fiber, and disease fighting chemicals
OLIVE OIL- heart healthy Monounsaturated fats-lower cholesterol.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Antibiotic Resistant Bladder Infections to Chicken

The National Chicken Council organization says all Chicken is safe to eat.
Scientists are questioning the ABC News Report this morning linking chicken to bladder-infections.
According to the report that aired this morning “Good Morning America,” '"several in the scientific, veterinary and food safety fields are affirming the safety of chicken and questioning the claims made by the report and the research that formed its basis.'"

For more info go to: http://www.nationalchickencouncil.org/

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DIETS THAT WORK! The Biggest Loser- Bob Harper & Dolvett Quince

The Biggest Loser is a TV show that started in the United States in 2004, but is now a phenomenon in many countries around the world. The Biggest Loser Diet is currently rated #2 'Best Weight Loss Diet Plan for Weight Loss' by the U.S. News & World Report, 2012. Sharing the #2 title with Jenny Craig and Raw Food DietWhen a celebrity stands behind a weight loss program, it takes it to the next level getting more followers but somehow The Biggest Loser has managed to stay on top as one the best diet plans for weight loss without celebrity endorsements. U.S. Season 13 titled 'No Excuses', had an average of 6.44 million viewers through out the season.

The Biggest Loser challenges overweight people to get off their couches and get fit. The United States Season 13 Winner, 22 year old Jeremy Britt, (see him below) lost 199 pounds, amazing! He won the grand prize of $250,000. There was also an at home Biggest Loser winner from the contestants sent home. 38 year old Mike Messina who got kicked off the 2nd week won that $100,000 prize. The show which returns soon is televised on NBC, TV network on Tuesdays here in the U.S. There are currently no celebrities endorsing the program. The Biggest Loser diet plan is geared towards ordinary people, motivating those at the ranch in Calabasas, CA, as well as those watching at home. Contestants at the ranch are divided into teams based on how many trainers there are. This 'No Excuses' Season, had two trainers, and 10 pairs of Contestants. 

Contestants workout several hours every day, and also have to follow a set nutrition meal plan which they cook or prepare for themselves. They have 3 main meals and at least 2 snacks, and have to eat every 4 hours, about 1200 calories for women and 1800 calories for men daily. They do get one cheat day a week, where women can eat up to 2000 calories and men up to 3000 calories total.
There are weekly weigh-In's after which contestants get to send someone from the losing team home. The Biggest Loser program has resorts in Malibu, California  Ivins, Utah; and Niagara, Java Center, NY, where one can pay to stay, and be put to shape. The program also offers online support, workout DVDs, packaged meals and shakes that are sold in major groceries.

Jeremy Britt -199pound weight loss

Jeremy Britt before and after weight loss


HostsThe current host of the U.S. version of the show is Alison Sweeney (see below). Former host Caroline Rhea left to pursue her acting career.

Current Trainers: Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels, & Dolvett Quince (see above). 

Past Trainers
• Anna Kournikova
• Cara Castronuova
• Brett Hoebel
• Kim Lyons

Bob Harper Diet Plan

Bob Harper is America's Inspirational Trainer from the TV show, 'The Biggest Loser.' He is a favorite with many of the contestants picking him as their first choice trainer. He has also had great success in his clients losing tons of weight.
He has launched diet pills that can help any one's weight loss endeavors. In his own words, Bob advices as follows; "My goal is to help people achieve results with products they can trust....My Smart Weight Loss Starter Kit is formulated to my highest personal standards. It is possible to take charge of your life and reach your weight-loss goal. I'm confident you can do it with the help of this powerful weight-loss starter kit."

Bob Harper's Products include:

• 7 Day Starter Kit
• 72 Veggie-Cap Smart Weight Loss pack.

They are suitable for both Men and Women over 18yrs of age. They are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan and Vegetarian friendly with Natural Pomegranate and Goji. The 7 Day Starter Kit includes; 28 day time Veggie-Caps and 14 night time Veggie-Caps. It also includes a Bonus DVD of Bob's Smart Weight Loss Guide. The regular Smart Weight Loss pack includes 72 Veggie-Caps. Bob promises that, with his "Smart Weight Loss Starter Kit, and regular pack, along with a healthy diet and exercise plan, you can reach your goals!" For best results use for 8-12 weeks in conjunction with a calorie-reduced diet and regular exercise program.

For more details on his weight loss products, checkout the Bob Harper diet go to

Jillian Michaels Diet Plan

She too was a favorite trainer on the show but her training methods were feared by many contestants. She has had great success in his clients losing tons of weight and now has her own TV show, 'Losing It With Jillian'.
 She has launched diet pills that can help any one's weight loss endeavors.
These products are marketed by personal trainer, Jillian Michaels formerly of 'The Biggest Loser' TV Program.

Jillian Michaels products include:

• Detox & Cleanse
• Fat Burner
• Cleanse & Burn
• Calorie Control
• QuickStart

For more details on her weight loss products, checkout the Jillian Michaels diet plan go to

My References: The Biggest Loser TV Show, website and purchased products.

Click to go to Biggest Loser website.

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