On the heels of a guilty verdict against the controversial Kimkins Diet founder Heidi Diaz, it’s come to our attention that being investigated for fraud apparently doesn’t get in the way of one’s entrepreneurial spirit.
It appears that the website www.mealperfect.com has been registered by a “Heidi Diaz” and that the site is being hosted on the kimkins.com server. It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes or Bob Woodward to surmise that, hey, Ms. Diaz is not shying away from what got her in trouble.
What exactly is mealperfect.com? According to Who.is, the website was created in December, 2009. So, in “Internet years,” it’s still a baby- and it shows. Content is fairly thin, particularly in the Success Stories department, where there are a grand total of zero examples of success. This is of particular interest to those of us who have watched the Kimkins drama unfold, since that website was found guilty of falsifying diet success stories. (more…)
After several years of battling in court, a judge has rendered a decision in the class action lawsuit against the controversial Kimkins Diet. On Friday, Judge Rick Brown of the Riverside County Superior Court entered a verdict for the plaintiffs in the certified national class action lawsuit. She was found guilty of fraud and false advertising.
The court awarded the class members restitution in the sum of $1,824,210.39. The court also awarded an additional $500,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees, and issued a temporary restraining order to freeze all of Ms. Diaz’s assets. (more…)
It’s become an ending just as predictable as the latest Hollywood romantic comedy: weight gain after a successful run on a diet. While the most common explanation for this unhappy ending is dieting methods that will never turn into lifestyle changes, you may have hormones to blame as well.
According to a new study, the levels of appetite hormones in the body before dieting may be a predictor of weight regain after dieting.
“Treating obesity with drugs or dietary programs can be very effective in the short-term, but the long-term success of maintaining the weight lost is usually poor,” said lead study author Ana Crujeiras, PhD, of Compejo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago in Spain.
“Our study sheds light on how the appetite hormones leptin and ghrelin affect weight regain after weight loss. This knowledge could be used as a tool to personalize weight-loss programs that could guarantee success in keeping off the weight.” (more…)
Eat Pray Love is in theaters today, so we all want the scoop on how Julia Roberts felt about eating all that Italian food. In the movie, she appears to have lived on a diet of gelato and Neapolitan pizza.
Although Roberts confesses to having a sweet tooth, she eventually got tired of eating pizza all day. The actress didn’t use a “spit bucket,” that age-old Hollywood trick to stay trim on set.
“That grosses me out,” Roberts told Entertainment Weekly. “If you look at any of the scenes of eating, by the end of the scene, I’m done eating. Like in the scene with the pizza, by the time the scene is over, I’ve eaten the entire piece. When we were in Naples, we started shooting at 8 in the morning, and I think by 8:45 I’d eaten 8 or 10 pieces of pizza. Pizza was what I ate all day that day.” (more…)
This guest post has been submitted by The Fresh Diet, a Florida-based meal delivery company whose food is based on the 40% carbohydrates, 30% proteins and 30% fats diet concept.
We all know that diet and exercise go together. However the path to diet and exercise is sometimes the road less traveled. Why? Many people believe that maintaining a healthy body is the result of something called “willpower.”
But what is willpower? According to the dictionary, willpower is defined as, “control of one’s impulses and actions; self-control.”
Okay, makes sense right? So how do you access willpower? You can’t see it, and there’s no on/off switch. How come some people just have it and some don’t? (more…)
With his charming good looks, Zac Efron is one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars. And he has the body to prove it. According to People magazine, being physically active is just a natural part of this High School Musical star’s daily routine.
“I definitely love to stay active. If it gets me outside and gets me moving, then I love doing it,” says Efron.
The 23-year-old actor works out regularly with his personal trainer. His dedication to ab workouts is very visibly reflected in his chiseled six-pack abs, which he often shows while hanging out on the beaches of Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens.
When he goes to the gym, Zac hits the strength and resistance training workouts hard. He engages in heavy weight-lifting while also getting enough of the proper rest in between workouts for lean muscle growth and recovery.
We’ve all committed at least one. Or maybe two (or five). When it comes to dieting, there are as many “rules” as there are diet books, diet pills and diet gadgets.
But there are a few, seven to be exact, deadly sins of dieting. The list is not meant for you to twist another thorn in your crown or take a swat at your self-esteem, but rather to help us all take a thoughtful look at the unproven things we tell ourselves and do all in the name of health and thinness.
Before you read the seven deadly sins of dieting, resolve to chuckle at yourself when you come across something you ascribe to. And most importantly, commit to living a healthy life today, one that is free of thoughts and behaviors that keep you shackled to the crazy world of diets.
Tory McBroom runs a low calorie diet blog that focuses on creating healthy habits for permanent weight loss.
Let’s face it, dieting can suck. Even the word “diet” makes people cringe. Images of hunger pains and starving come to people’s minds. But, with the right plan you can overcome the pain and even be successful with your diet in the long run.
Let’s take a look at a few tips to get your diet started off on the right foot.
Before you even begin your diet make sure to set your weight loss goals. Whether it’s to lose 15 pounds or to drop a pant size, make sure you start off with a goal in mind. Just as important as setting goals is figuring out how you’re going to reach these goals. Flying blind isn’t the best way to lose weight so have a clear plan of action in mind before even starting. For example, if you wanted to lose 15 pounds in two months, then you would have to create a calorie deficit of roughly 1000 calories per day, which should be done by reducing caloric intake and burning extra calories through exercise. (more…)
Often the topic of gossip, Gwyneth Paltrow and her extreme diet and exercise habits are once again in the spotlight.
Since 1999, Paltrow has been following a macrobiotic diet of mostly vegetables, grains, fish and soup. During her two pregnancies, she took a break from her diet, but returned to it after childbirth. Though she follows a less intense version of the diet now, she still does not consume much dairy. She has used even more severe diet plans, including fasts, detoxes and the famous Master Cleanse. She exercises 90 minutes a day, six days a week with trainer Tracy Anderson.
Smartphones offer a convenient way to stay on track with your diet and fitness goals anywhere you go. It’s important to find the app that will best meet your needs and with which you are the most likely to interact on a regular basis. If used wisely, these apps can be an important tool in meeting your goals:
- Database with calorie and nutritional information, including restaurant foods
- Activity Diary and calories burned
- Exercise suggestions with instructions and animations
- Information can be displayed graphically
- Track body measurements, blood pressure, body fat, pulse and weight.