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Empty Calories Comic: Resolution Incentive

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Fresh Diet Partners with HINT Water and Jessica Smith for a New Year’s Deal

Just in time to help you stick to those goals you’ve been considering all week, three names are coming together to offer a New Year’s Weight-Loss Resolution Kit, full of all the food, fitness and even some freebies you need to stat 2012 on the right foot.

Announced today, Fresh Diet, a leading meal delivery diet program, and HINT Water, a flavorful unsweetened and no calorie beverage, are joining forces with beloved fitness expert Jessica Smith, creator of the 10 Pounds Down DVD workouts. Together you’ve got a package of quality products that can lay the foundation for the success you’ll enjoy all year long.

When you order The Fresh Diet’s 31-Day Premium Plan, you’ll receive more from HINT Water and Jessica Smith to round out the kit. In addition to the standard meal plan, Fresh Diet will throw in an additional three complimentary meal deliveries, a six day supply of HINT Water, a DVD from the 10 Pounds Down. It’s just one order that will deliver all you need to get started. With the premium plan, you receive 3 meals and two snacks for each of 31 days. You get to select what you want to receive, and get to call out dislikes that can be taken off of your menu. “With our state of the art website you can choose all of your meals a month in advance by simply logging into your The Fresh Diet Account,” says the product description. (more…)

Measure Waist Size Not Weight for Better Health

The beginning of January is often considered the season of weight loss due to the many individuals who choose to embark on this type of mission as soon as the new year begins. In fact, fighting the battle of the bulge is one of the most common new year’s resolutions set year after year. And although it sounds like a good idea at the time, very few people actually follow through with this sort of resolution. In fact, a third of individuals will give up on their lofty weight loss dreams by the end of the first month.

This year, instead of focusing on becoming thin, why not focus on improving your health and shrinking your waist instead. Although it may seem weird to focus on the size of your waist this year, it’s often considered a better indicator of health and it’s quite common for individuals to achieve an appropriate waist size before they notice numbers changing on the scale.

The fat that collects around your middle can often lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes if too much is present. Although you can’t specifically target this area of your body and only lose weight here, individuals often see their abdominal fat stores shrink by 10-30% when they lose as little as 5-10% of their overall body weight. This means that your waist measurements may fall into a healthy range even before you hit your desired weight. (more…)

Inspirational New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution Successes Do Happen

It’s probably the most often made New Year’s Resolution: lose weight and get into shape. The gyms are packed, the sports stores sell out of equipment, and the streets are cluttered with new joggers. People make this promise year after year, and typically, by the end of January, most of them have given up.

However, some don’t. Sometimes, that New Year’s resolution becomes attainable and do-able. Sometimes, people really do succeed when they vow, on January 1, to lose weight and get into shape. I did it, and I asked several other successful dieters to share their successes with us.

Kelly Guy, of the blog, No Thanks to Cake, says, “If I were to look back at my New Year’s resolutions for the past 10 years, weight loss was always on the list. Sometimes I actually resolved to lose the extra weight, and even when I didn’t it was in the front of my mind.” She’s lost 74 pounds so far and is close to reaching her goal, although she shares, “I didn’t hit my goal in 2011. I still have 17 lbs remaining before I hit my weight loss goal; however, I don’t believe weight loss will be on my to-do list this year. Healthy living has become a way of life; it’s no longer something that I’m desperately trying to achieve and that I will maintain. ”


Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Celebrity Appetizer Recipes

If you’re party plans were up in the air until only moments ago, or you’ve only just caught the bug to cook, there’s still plenty of time to prep some finger-food snacks that everyone will enjoy. If you’ve resolved to lose a little weight at the strike of 12, then these healthy recipes are sure to kick-start your efforts. Most of these use ingredients you probably have on hand, minimizing your need for a trip to the grocery store.

What’s a party without Buffalo chicken? These Boneless Buffalo Chicken Strips, by Chef Devin Alexander, give all of the flavor you expect and less of the fat and calories you won’t miss. The 293 calories per serving even includes a classic blue cheese dip.

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 chicken tenderloins (about 1 pound), trimmed of tendons
  • Olive oil spray
  • 2 tablespoons light butter (stick, not tub)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce (a thick one like Frank’s), plus more to taste

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Kirstie Alley’s 100 Days of Dance Kicks Off at Midnight

Kirstie Alley is starting a national grassroots campaign to promote an active lifestyle for everyone called 100 Days of Dance. You can sign up online and pledge to dance for 30 minutes each day for 100 consecutive days starting on January 1, 2012.

Kirstie managed to lose some weight when she appeared on Dancing With The Stars, and her new 100 Days of Dance movement is her way of getting others to participate in the activity that helped her lose weight, in addition to what she’s lost with her brand Organic Liaison.

The 100 Days of Dance program, was created and sponsored by Organic Liaision, and features Kirstie Alley and dance director Sergey Onik. Both Sergey and Kirstie will be dancing each day and uploading videos on the 100 Days of Dance blog to keep participants motivated. Dancing is a great way to workout, stay active and lose weight all while having fun. (more…)

Focus on Better Habits Instead of Short-Term Weight Loss in the New Year

We’ve all heard there is no quick fix for weight loss. From diet pills to diet books, making drastic dietary changes typically only results in short-term weight loss success. Much can be said about the habits you pick up in the midst of following a new eating plan, diet or not, and although changing the way you eat often results in weight loss, only focusing on this outcome can often also result in disappointment, discouragement, and even failure. Instead, focusing on developing healthy habits as opposed to losing weight can help you feel great about your accomplishments and result in long-lasting health benefits.

For example, following a weight loss plan for four to six months as part of your New Years resolution often results in improved cholesterol levels, decreased inflammatory tone, and decreased heart disease risk even if you don’t keep off the weight. Although initial weight loss may play a role, the healthy habits you learn while making those dietary changes may be just as important, if not more so, in achieving long-term health success.

Focus on these positive changes instead of the numbers on the scale to ensure successfully fulfilling your New Years resolution.


Empty Calories Comic: Resolve it Baby, One More Time

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The Only Resolution You Need for 2012

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

2012 is almost here and many of my friends are discussing their resolutions for the upcoming year. Surprisingly enough, not all the resolutions are about food and fitness. Some are just about changing the things in their lives that are no longer serving them.  One of my friends confidently announced that in 2012, the now empty-nester would take all her energy to reinvent herself. “There are so many things I’ve always wanted to be, and now I’m going to give them all a go. Succeed or fail, it doesn’t matter, I’m throwing it out there and see what sticks!”

It’s that attitude that I encourage all of us to embrace, regardless of what your resolution might be. One of the problems that sideline so many of us is that we become consumed with the “results.” Although the results are important, they are not the sum of it all.

Like my friend that is joyfully embarking on this journey, she understands that she is going to give it her all, regardless of the results. When it comes to weight and fitness, giving it your all is about putting yourself first. Slowing down to make the right choices that will fuel and firm your body while also enjoying stronger bones, improved mood and countless other benefits you are not associating with a bikini body! By removing the pressure of meeting a certain goal by a certain time, you can really enjoy the journey and arrive at the most natural and long lasting results. (more…)

Revive Your Resolutions on The Today Show

Today Show Sunrise LogoWe start the year with the best intentions: to eat better, to exercise more, to cut down on dessert, to lose weight. But six months later, those New Years resolutions all too often seem like a thing of the distant past.

Tune into The Today Show tomorrow, July 1st for great advice on how to revive your resolutions. Dr. Keri Peterson from Women’s Health magazine will show viewers why right now is a great time to start getting fit. It’s not to late to reach your fitness goals for 2011! This tips are sure to get you motivated. Women’s Health is a great resource for all thing fitness-related, from diets to workouts. Dr. Keri Peterson answers reader’s trickiest health questions in the monthly column, “The Doctor Is In.”