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The Big Fat Cure Offers Practical Solutions in a Broken Weight Loss System

dietrebelUPDATE: The Big Fat Cure is the same great plan but now goes by Diet Rebel Optimal Physique System, as of May 2014.

Melanie Thomassian, RD may appear to be your average dietitian, but dig a little deeper and you’ll quickly discover she’s not. Since graduating from University of Ulster in Northern Ireland in 2005 she’s worked in dietetic clinics and even launched a successful website, Dietriffic.com in 2007 where she publishes articles on obtaining and maintaining optimal health. 

But her latest project has her traveling in a slightly different direction. It’s called The Big Fat Cure – an online diet, fitness and lifestyle overhaul program that goes against much of the advice she formerly dished out as a by-the-books dietitian.

Getting to that place wasn’t a quick or easy journey and it’s certainly not the path she expected to go down. But when her husband approached her several years ago with a weight problem of his own, things took a drastic turn. Not only was Melanie baffled at how her own husband had grown overweight, but she was conflicted when he asked her to design a weight loss program that would help him lose the weight quick – not the 1-2 pounds per week typically promised in a traditional diet program.

Despite her hesitations, Melanie devised a plan for her husband that fitted his requests. As a result he lost nearly 16 pounds and 6.5 inches from his waist in just five weeks. Shocked at his quick success, she went on to conduct more research, even looking back on interactions she’d had with former clients who had struggled to lose weight for good. (more…)

JCore’s 480 Minute Workout Improved a Busy Mom’s Fitness

What do you do when you live in an apartment, don’t belong to a gym and have a hectic schedule? How do you find time to workout? As a working mom with two young boys, it’s often a struggle to find the time to fit fitness into my day between work, school drop-off and pick-up, client meetings and other responsibilities.

Over the summer, I was introduced to the JCORE Accelerated Body Transformation System – a 40-day program that claims to work around these constraints and transform your body. It was created by Jay Cardiello, a celebrity fitness trainer and wellness expert. I mean, he trains 50 Cent so his plan must work, right?

I will admit that I was highly skeptical before starting this program. Generally I try to workout for an hour, 4-5 days a week, mixing cardio with strength training. For JCORE, all you need is a 4×4 space, no weights, and 20 minutes a day/4 days a week. Was 20 minutes going to be enough?

I opened the calendar and found 40 days of workouts, rest days, and fit tests. Literally, I did not have to think about a thing. There are five different workouts, each fast-paced and comprised of 20 minutes of 30-second intervals of body-weight exercises. While 30 seconds might not seem like a long time, believe me, it can be intense. I was breathing hard and a sweaty mess by the end of the workouts. The exercises largely focus on your core, which helps build overall strength and stability. Think lunges, squats, planks, and fire hydrants. I modified many of these moves to make it easier on my knee. JCORE also starts with a Fit Test that allows you to gauge your progress week-to-week. (more…)

Bistro MD Taste Test: Meals Mostly Live up to Taste and Nutrition Promises

Bistro MD is a home-delivery meal program designed for diet consumers who do not want to spend time counting calories or preparing food. The program was specially developed by a doctor, chef, and dietitian to ensure that each meal is nutritionally balanced and satisfying. Bistro MD believes in long-term results, so weight loss is likely to be within or just slightly over the recommended rates of 1-2 pounds lost per week.

One downside to this program is the price tag, with a daily price of at least $25 depending on which plan is chosen. Customers are paying for convenience with Bistro MD, as fresh meals purchased and prepared themselves would be far below the $25/day cost.

Bistro MD promises its foods are scientifically formulated as well as tasty for safe and effective weight loss. We had to know, does it live up to this claim? With our samples, dietitian insight, and our taste buds plenty hungry, we headed to the microwave to see how Bistro MD really stacks up.

Click through to see our in-depth Bistro MD Taste Test

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The Re-Feed Diet: I’ll Have a Stack of Pancakes with Extra Syrup Please

In today’s world there are thousands of different diets available, each having its own purpose. Everywhere you look you’ll see magazines and books boasting the new “it diet” and how to get a six pack in six weeks. So how do you know which diet’s right for you? Find one that identifies with your needs and goals. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past five weeks.

Several weeks ago I started hearing about this new diet bodybuilders are using to prepare for their next competition. It’s called the Re-Feed Diet. Its goal: to build muscle while maintaining and improving leanness at the same time. Sounds like an oxymoron right? Keep reading and things might start making sense.

The concept is similar to that of a “cheat day” only the re-feed has more construction. When you’re on a low-calorie diet your metabolism will eventually begin to drop. When this happens there are multiple negative consequences. Weight loss slows, your body feels weak and fatigued and you begin feeling lethargic. No wonder so many people give up after reaching this stage in a diet. In order to avoid these disasters, you might consider incorporating a re-feed into your diet. To be straight to the point, you get to eat A LOT of food one day a week.


South Beach Diet vs. South Beach Diet Supercharged

Together, The South Beach Diet and South Beach Diet Supercharged boast of helping millions lose weight and live happier, healthier lives. The South Beach Diet swept the nation in 2003 when the book of the same name was first published by the diet’s creator, Dr. Arthur Agatston. In 2008, the South Beach Diet Supercharged came on the scene. The titles do not work independently; rather, Supercharged is the revised version of the original.

They both have as their core a high-protein, low-carb diet that also restricts saturated fats. The diet works in phases, with each phase geared toward a different goal.

  • Phase 1 is fairly restrictive, but its aim is to eliminate cravings and promote rapid weight loss. Sugars and starches (like bread, pasta, and fruit) are eliminated.
  • Phase 2 reintroduces certain foods while still aiming for patients to lose weight.
  • Phase 3 is the maintenance phase, in which patients are encouraged to keep practicing healthy eating principles for life but may eat most foods in moderation. (more…)

The Digest Diet vs Flat Belly Diet

If you’re looking for a new book to help you in your weight loss journey, we may have a new suggestion for you – or two.

Much buzz is surrounding the recent release of the diet book “The Digest Diet,” which is written by Reader’s Digest Editor-in-Chief, Liz Vaccariello. You may recognize Vaccariello’s name from two of her other successful projects,the “Flat Belly Diet” and “400 Calorie Fix” – two books she co-authored while working for Prevention Magazine.

Because “The Digest Diet” (2012) and “Flat Belly Diet” (2008) can seem similar at first glance, we’ve done a side-by-side comparison of the two to set the likenesses and differences straight.

While both books claim to help dieters lose weight, they utilize different approaches and keep different principles in mind. We’ve broken the comparisons up into categories starting with their respective claims. (more…)

Liposonix: The Latest Craze in Fat Removal Procedures

We all have that pair of skinny jeans that we almost squeeze into. Well, there may be a new tool on the market that will make them fit once and for all.

Liposonix – a procedure that was cleared by the FDA in 2011 – uses high-intensity ultrasonic energy to remove fat from the under-layer of the skin without damaging the skin or organs.

Exactly how does it work? A special machine uses ultrasonic energy to target the fat located in the layer under the skin known as the subcutaneous layer. The zapped fat is then eliminated by the body’s immune system and removed by the liver. The treatment lasts approximately one hour, and the results are usually maximized at eight to 12 weeks.

On average, patients lose 2.8 centimeters, or about an inch. Keep in mind, this is the average fat loss so some people will lose more and some will lose less. I think that’s a pretty big gamble for the amount of money the procedure will cost. For some people that could be the difference between a size six and a size four, which could be priceless to them. (more…)

Using Your DNA, Newtopia Provides Effective Weight Loss Results

Losing weight is difficult, but with the right tools, the journey can be a bit easier. One program that takes weight loss beyond just diet and exercise is Newtopia. This program involves using your DNA to determine if you have certain genetic variations that may affect how you lose weight. The three different genes that are examined are the body fat gene (FTO), appetite gene (MC4R) and the eating behavior gene (DRD2). You submit your DNA through a simple saliva test that is examined by Newtopia. Once your results are determined, you will have a blueprint for losing weight.

President and CEO of Newtopia, Jeff Ruby, spoke with me about the importance of an individualized program. “We’ve learned through extensive research that one size does not fit all when it comes to health and weight loss. We are pioneering an age of personalized health coaching based on your genes so you can lose weight and live healthier – for life,” he said. “We designed our simple, painless genetic profile to determine whether clients possess one of three possible genetic vulnerabilities to weight gain.” Once your genetic vulnerabilities are known, you can have a nutrition and exercise program designed around that which will help you effectively lose weight. (more…)

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem Make Changes for 2011

The diet industry is constantly evolving. That means even the big three in weight loss – Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and Nutrisystem – are all making various changes to their plans. Here is what you can expect in 2011:

Weight Watchers

One of Weight Watchers’ most famous and popular attributes is going by “PointsPlus.” Based on new nutritional science the nutritional values accounted for have been updated and encourage people to eat less processed foods with added sugars and fats and more natural foods that satisfy more and take more energy to digest.

Under PointsPlus, dieters get an allotment of points each day. Karen Miller-Kovach, the scientist who created Weight Watchers PointsPlus, compares the overhaul to what goes on in the car industry.

“The same car will get a tweak or two every model year. Then, once a decade, it gets a total re-design,” says Miller-Kovach. See the Weight Watchers PointsPlus 2012 Update. (more…)

Health Buzz: Vigorous Booty Workouts, Best Packaged Foods and Russell Simmons’ Yoga Practice

Food Allergies at Highest Levels in History and Will Continue to Rise

New research shows that food allergies are at an all-time high and those numbers won’t get any better anytime soon.

Russell Simmons Says Yoga Speeds Up Our Evolution

Our interview with mogel and star of “Running Rush” reveals how yoga helps him balance his hectic personal and professional lives.

6 New Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

The Biggest Loser Resort’s RD introduces six surprising ways you can use pumpkin puree for healthier meals and snacks.

Healthier Food Stamp Use Urged by Officials

In an effort to help curb the growing obesity epidemic, the government is supporting limitations on items that can be purchased with food stamps, encouraging healthier purchases. (more…)