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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.
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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.
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Health Buzz: The Veggie Recall, Halloween’s Friendly Side, Biking for Military Kids

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Potatoes are a Smart Food for Weight Loss

When healthfully prepared, a potato should be part of your balanced diet. With more potassium than a banana and half a day’s worth of vitamin C, there’s no reason to fear this vegetable.

Scarrots New Junk Food of Choice for Halloween

Trick the neighborhood into a healthy treat this Halloween with these delightfully holiday-themed packaged baby carrots.
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Nutrisystem Prepares You to Eat Right on Your Own

For 16 weeks, Lori Jackson, a mom of three and grandmother to two, will be checking in with to share her personal experience with Nutrisystem. The good, the bad, and everything in between, see first-hand how the Nutrisystem program works.

Nutrisystem Week 13

I am on my last few weeks with my trial Nutrisystem and so far it has been easy and enjoyable. I really can’t believe how simple this change has been. And I do hope that when this last month’s food box is empty I can maintain the simplicity of eating.

It has been a challenge starting to come into the fall season though. Work has already started bringing lots of food into the warehouse. It seems the end of the brutal heat is the signal to start with the parties break room full of food. So far I have controlled myself from eating more than I should. So that is my newest challenge., but what I have learned from Nutrisystem is to not put too much emphasis on mealtime and to remember portion sizes; we really don’t need as much to eat as we all thought we did.
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My Trainer Bob versus Jillian Michaels Online

Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper are two of the biggest names when it comes to weight loss. As co-hosts of the hit reality series, the Biggest Loser, Jillian and Bob have each created their own mini diet and fitness empires with books, DVDs, cookbooks and now online programs.

Jillian Michaels Online and My Trainer Bob were both designed to make their sage and result-friendly expertise accessible to anyone interested in losing weight and getting healthier – no blue or black T-shirts needed.

Here is a look at how these two programs stack up against each other.
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