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How to keep the weight off -Shari Fitness

How to keep the weight off -Shari Fitness

Feb 16, 2012

Weight loss can be a perpetual, frustrating, roller coaster.  One week you discover you lost 5 pounds and two week later, you discover you gained back the 5 pounds you lost only to gain another 2 pounds the week after that. Or perhaps you had successfully lost 10-20 lbs or more only to find yourself gaining back the weight you lost and then some. Then there are those who have successfully lost weight, transformed their body, and have kept it off.  I happen to be one of those people. I can tell you first hand that building a body that is fit and healthy takes commitment and doesn’t happen overnight.  Many people are in a constant battle of the bulge and too often they will start and stop a program and not achieve results. Fitness is NOT an event, it’s a lifestyle If you are like most people, your best weight loss success happens when you are motivated to lose weight and look your best for an event, whether that event is a vacation, a high school reunion, a wedding, etc., and as soon as the “event’ is over you go back to your old habits that were not contributing to your weight loss goals.  My question is, why go back to your old habits that were not contributing to your weight loss goals once the event is over?  Why not continue to do what you were doing? Being healthy and fit is a lifestyle, and I stress the word LIFESTYLE, where you are consistent with eating healthy meals and you are consistent with your exercise program. I don’t have to think about eating nutritious foods and exercise.  Eating nutritious foods and exercising should be as natural as any other daily habit such as showering and brushing your teeth. This mindset is what separates those who keep the weight off and those who struggle to keep it off. Nutrition Nutritional Sustainability  Everyone knows that the basic rule of thumb of weight loss is calories in vs. calories out.  It’s not about the latest fad diet or a quick fix. If your nutrition plan isn’t sustainable, you’re not going to be able to stick to it....

Fat-2-Fit Week 18

Fat-2-Fit Week 18

Mar 14, 2011

Here is week 18’s installment of Fat-2-Fit.  Shari Fitness, one of our consultants has this week’s feature on a very hot topic about ‘hCG’ because of its monumental popularity.   Last week’s Expo, “THE ARNOLD” has kept all of our experts and contributors busy, though it has also produced some amazing news on product, foods, and supplements.   Next Week your lazy, hard-headed, beer drinking, cake eating guinea pig will measure his results and post the expert answers to this week’s feature and questions. The hCG Diet is making a lot of headlines in the news. Some people are calling it a weight loss miracle, while others are calling it a scam. Where do you stand on the hCG Diet? Are there any other products, good or bad that may have claims you want to endorse or discredit? Lately, I’ve been seeing and hearing more and more coverage about the hCG diet.  Some people are claiming it’s a weight loss miracle and others have been claiming it’s one of the biggest scams happening in the weight loss industry. I recently had the opportunity to talk with one of the leading scientists in the fitness industry, Will Brink, about the hCG Diet.  Will and I both agree that this is without a doubt, one of the biggest scams ever. First of all, hCG is a hormone given to women to improve fertility, NOT for weight loss.  The hormone is administered via injection by a doctor and cost around $1,500.00 per shot. Here’s where the “diet” part comes in.  Essentially, you are consuming 500 calories per day which is unsustainable and very harmful to your health.  With a daily caloric intake of 500 calories per day, your body is not only missing essential nutrients, but the weight you will lose is primarily muscle, tissue and water…. NOT bodyfat which is what you want to lose. If you’re looking to lose Body Fat safely and effectively, I highly recommend you check out Will Brink’s e-book, Fat Loss Revealed   On 500 calories per day (which is insane and I still can’t believe that any so called “health practitioner” would put someone on a 500 calorie a day diet),...

4 “Healthy” Foods You Should Avoid

4 “Healthy” Foods You Should Avoid

Feb 2, 2011

Shari Fitness We all know there are many foods that are  supposedly “healthy” foods that really aren’t.  This creates a lot of confusion for many people  and even I have been fooled.  I was recently asked by my followers to help clear up some of the conflicting information on foods such as soy, egg yolks, grains and “diet” foods. Fortunately, I’ve got a great resource to turn to, one of the top holistic nutritionists, Yuri Elkaim, who I learn so much from and so will you. I’m often amazed (and disgusted) at what the food industry is allowed to get away with. Today, I want to blow the whistle on 4 supposedly healthy foods that I would recommend you avoid. Let’s get right into it. 1. Unfermented Soy Soy is one of the highest plant sources of protein but that’s about all it’s got going for it, especially unfermented soy. The problem with soy boils down to the fact that it is a very powerful source of phytoestrogens, which elevate the estrogen levels in your body. This is a big problem nowadays as we are seeing more and more people develop “estrogen dominance” related problems like endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and general weight gain – just to name a few. Since estrogen promotes cell division/growth it is also a stimulating factor in the development of many types of cancer. Not great if you ask me. The other issue with soy is that it suppresses your thyroid. These “goitrogenic” properties reduce your thyroid function and thus your overall metabolism. Since the thyroid is the master gland of metabolism, any disruption to it will inevitably cause you to pack on the pounds. This is a common issue in those with hypothyroidism (which I have). On the flip side, fermented soy products like tempeh and miso are OK to eat and are actually really good for you. But it’s the processed, unfermented versions of soy (tofu, soy milk, etc…) that are the big problem. 2. “Low-Fat”, “Low-Sugar”, “Diet” In general, I recommend that you steer clear of packaged foods.  Mainly because they are made by companies that have no interest in your health. Case in point – any...

Yogurt Nutriton Labels: Going Beyond the Packaging

Yogurt Nutriton Labels: Going Beyond the Packaging

Jan 20, 2011

The issue of obesity and health issues surrounding it, have recently been thrust into the spotlight and rightfully so. The food industry is aware of this, and knows that people are taking more of an interest in diet, health and weight loss.   The packaging and advertising of many of the food products you see in the grocery claim to be good choices to make as part of a healthy diet or weight loss plan. Too often, many consumers aren’t looking beyond the advertisements and product packaging to take  a close look at the nutrition labels of many of these foods. I’m going to share with you something about me.  A few years ago, despite my efforts in the gym and what I though were good nutritional choices, I was a perpetual “before” picture.  I didn’t have a sweet tooth, wasn’t eating fast foods, or drinking soda.  What I was eating was lots of yogurt and “healthy” frozen entrees that according to the packaging, would help promote weight loss as part of a healthy diet and took it at face value never once bothering to take an interest in the nutrition or ingredient label. Let’s take a look behind the labels of one of my favorite foods, yogurt, and compare: Foodeducate.com took a look at Yoplait yogurt. If you visit Yoplait’s website, they provide the nutritional information.  Foodeducate.com took a look at the nutritional highlights and ingredients of a 6 oz. Yoplait Original Yogurt . As Foodeducate.com points out, the yogurt contains awhopping 27 grams of sugar!!!!  With that amount of sugar, you may as well be eating a candy bar!  It also has33 grams of carbohydrate which according to their label, is 11% of the recommended Daily Value.  As for protein, you’re looking at only 5 grams and no fiber. What are the ingredients that make up Yoplait Yogurt? Here are the ingredients provided by Fooducate.com in which they highlighted the added sugars: Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Low Fat Milk, Sugar, Strawberries, Modified Corn Starch, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Nonfat Milk, Kosher Gelatin, Citric Acid, Tricalcium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Pectin, Colored with Carmine, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3. This hardly makes for a weight...

The Economics of Your Health and Fitness

The Economics of Your Health and Fitness

Dec 9, 2010

“Procrastination gives Way to Consequences” – Winston Churchill. These words apply to so many aspects of life, however, when you apply these words to your overall health and fitness, they have a lot of meaning and truth to them. It’s very rare when you come across someone who doesn’t want to look better, or just feel better. How many people do you know are always sick and run down? What about you? When you think about your overall Health, Fitness and Wellness, are there any changes you like to make? Chances are you answered yes to these questions, but then ask yourself, how many people do you know are actually being proactive about it? When I say proactive, how many people do you know are exercising, eating healthy, well balanced meals on a daily basis, drinking more water than soft drinks and taking a good quality multi-vitamin? Obesity in this country is at an all time high and the numbers keep growing not only amongst adults, but amongst children as well. Diabetes and high blood pressure are common diseases. Health care costs are out of control. How many people do you know, or perhaps yourself suffer from headaches, lack of energy, dizziness, are depressed or are mildly depressed? Some of these symptoms stem from nutritional issues and from leading a sedentary lifestyle. The human body was meant to be in motion, not sitting on the sofa glued to the TV with a bag of chips or ingesting all kinds of chemicals that make up the processed foods you eat. You go to the doctor because you want to feel better. The doctor says you are just getting older and it’s a sign of aging so he prescribes you a pill? Does the doctor ask about your eating habits or your exercise habits? Probably not. Complaints of physical ailments are really diet/nutritional issues as well as being sedentary, and being overweight is the obvious symptom. Being overweight or obese is not just too many calories, it is a nutritional imbalance. Symptoms associated with being obese or overweight are treated with over the counter remedies or prescription drugs. Look, I’m not a doctor, but as a...

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