January 17, 2012 at 11:45 am , by jbrown
* It’s hard enough to remember the zillion or so things you need to do each day—don’t make it worse by loading up on these 5 brain-aging foods. (Yeah, you knew added sugar would be one of them.) (HuffPo)
* A great piece about why it doesn’t pay to overdo your workouts, no matter how anxious you are to lose weight. Don’t be one of those people who thinks a good workout = “I am in a pile of sweat and puking.” (NYTimes)
* Which is better for weight loss: eating 6 mini meals or 3 squares a day? EatingWell breaks down the research. (EatingWell)
* Yet another reason to take stretch-and-stroll breaks at the office: A new study shows too much sitting may be bad for your mental health. (Yahoo)
January 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm , by jbrown
* Eating healthy doesn’t have to be dull. Perk up your diet with almond butter, black garlic (I had no idea such a thing existed), popcorn (seriously) and 9 other nutritious, un-boring picks. (HuffPo)
* Tempted to try weight-loss supplements? Fitbie explains why these quick fixes aren’t worth it. (Fitbie)
* Your sluggish metabolism makes you chunky, plus 9 other health myths that just won’t go away. (Lifehacker)
* Does caffeine help you drop pounds? Umm, kind of. (LA Times)
* Smart weight-loss tips tailored to your personality. (Wall Street Journal)
January 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm , by jbrown
* “I’ll get over my carbophobia.” You need carbs, we swear. Add these 6 healthy ones to your diet—they can help you feel full and melt body fat. (Eating Well)
* “I’ll stop using lack of time as an excuse for not exercising.” You don’t have to spend hours at a gym or run marathons to get fit. Here’s 10 (realistic!) ways to work exercise into your schedule. (SparkPeople)
* “I’ll make the most of the time I do have to workout.” Leisurely cardio sessions and too-wimpy strength-training routines are just two ways you may be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. (FitSugar)
* “I won’t get fooled by misleading food labels.” How natural is “natural”? Does “no trans fat” really mean there isn’t even a drop in there? Learn the truth behind these and 8 other tricky food labels. (HuffPo)
November 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm , by jbrown
* If you’re like me and you spent the week of Thanksgiving eating pumpkin whoopie pies (oops), you’ll need this list of 25 shockingly low-calorie foods just as much as I do. (Fitbie)
* D’oh! Americans weigh about 20 pounds more today than we did 20 years ago. (Medical News Today)
* Working up a sweat may help you sleep a whole lot better, according to a new study. People who exercised at a moderate to vigorous level for at least 150 minutes a week had a 65 percent better sleep quality than people who exercised less. (HuffPo)
* Why mid-morning snacking could be sabotaging your weight-loss goals. (MSNBC)
* Which fitness gadgets are a waste of money? Check out SparkPeople’s 10 ways to spot a scam. (SparkPeople)
November 23, 2011 at 11:11 am , by Ladies' Lounge
It was Thanksgiving on the ranch! The blue team kicked off the week with a lot of momentum—at the last weigh-in, neither of my team members fell below the yellow line and Sunny was the biggest loser of the week!
Before we got to work, the contestants were faced with a temptation that most people can relate to—Thanksgiving dinner. The average American eats 4500 calories on Thanksgiving. It’s important to learn moderation, so I was glad that Sunny only ate one dish and Ramon limited himself to two. It showed me that they’re really embracing their new healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, neither of them won a challenge prize. Both of them would have a three-pound disadvantage at the next weigh-in, so our work was really cut out for us. At this point, both Sunny and Ramon knew how to work hard and eat right, so it was important for me to help them push even more in the gym. We worked out at the tennis court and it was incredible to see how much they have improved. They could actually rally with each other!
Bob, Dolvett and I decided to surprise the contestants by making healthy versions of their favorite holiday dishes for a Thanksgiving dinner. Going around the table and sharing what we were all thankful for was really special. It was nice to forget about the competition for a little bit and just enjoy each other’s company.
Judging by the contestants’ comments during the challenge, it was the hardest thing they’d faced on the ranch so far. Seeing the looks of sheer determination on Sunny and Ramon’s faces made me proud. They both gave everything they had and finished the challenge in second and third place. I was happy that Sunny won the six-month biggest loser meal plan and that Ramon also won $2,500, which I thought he truly deserved for pushing himself so hard in the challenge.
For the last chance workout, I had Sunny and Ramon do all of the exercises they were used to, but added resistance bands for a new challenge. Adding resistance to certain exercises is a great way to shake up a routine workout and take it up a notch!
At the weigh-in, it was great to see how happy Becky was when she lost five pounds. She was a completely different person than the woman I walked with on the first day in the desert. I was nervous about who John would pick for the one-pound disadvantage, and he chose Sunny, which was really devastating because she pushed herself all week. Unfortunately, because of the disadvantage, Sunny fell below the yellow line with Ramon. Ramon got eliminated, but he can go home with his head held high because he accomplished so much at the ranch and I know he will go far on his own. I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes at the marathon!
November 9, 2011 at 11:22 am , by Ladies' Lounge
Going into this week, my team was split. We won last week’s weigh-in, but Joe and Sunny voted to send Ramone’s girlfriend, Jessica, home. I was worried they wouldn’t be focused, so we needed to forget about the past and focus on the present task—getting back to work and being a strong team.
On the way to the first workout, Alison stopped Bob, Dolvett and I to tell us the twist for the week. For the first time ever, the trainers would get to choose one player whose weight would count for the entire team at the weigh-in. The decision was ours to make, and the three of us definitely felt the pressure.
During the first workout Sunny wasn’t feeling well, but I wanted to make sure she still pushed through to the end. After such a great weigh-in last week, I knew this week wouldn’t be easy. I tried to reinforce to her that everyone is allowed to have bad days, but it’s what you do with those days that matter most. I kept a close eye on her that day and tried to give her a lot of positive reinforcement.
I got to participate in a fun cooking challenge with my team this week. We had to make a healthy and tasty dish that would be judged by Olivia Ward, the winner of season 11, and Devin Alexander, author of The Biggest Loser Quick and Easy Cookbook. Having Olivia at the challenge really motivated my team because she’s proof that the weight loss can be maintained after you leave the ranch. I really wanted us to win so my team could get the one-pound advantage, and as an added bonus, our recipe would be published! The hardest part of the challenge was making the dish before time ran out, and even though we didn’t win, this challenge definitely brought the blue team closer. Read more
November 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm , by jbrown
* How will you get back into your healthy-eating routine after the Thanksgiving food fest? Follow EatingWell’s “1,500-Calorie Day-After-Thanksgiving Detox Plan.” (EatingWell)
* Many diets can help you drop pounds but they’re not necessarily great for your health. Find out which popular plans earn the highest marks for weight loss and health gains. (NY Daily News)
* Firm up in just 5 minutes with this workout from celeb trainer Rich Barretta. (Vital Juice)
* If you’re having a tough time losing weight, consider putting money on it. Check out how this guy made $700 by shedding 50 pounds! (MSNBC)
* Certain types of exercise build long, lean muscles, and four more strength training myths that just won’t die. (Spark People)