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James Crutchfield’s Biggest Loser Elimination Interview

james crutchfield afterIt can’t be easy making it all the way to the Biggest Loser ranch and then seven days later becoming the game’s first casualty, but James Crutchfield has embraced it. As the first eliminated contestant of the new Biggest Loser season nine, James weighed in as the second-heaviest player at an astonishing 485 pounds. It’s a weight he says shocked him, but he wasn’t surprised by it.

Voluntarily separating from his twin brother, John Crutchfield, due to the limitations of a knee injury, James went home and has done remarkably well for only having been at the ranch a few days. Down more than 75 pounds (since the September elimination), he’s proving that it’s entirely possible to lose this kind of weight on your own at home. “All I really needed was a jump start,” he says, continuing that “You don’t have to have surgery or take drastic measures” to lose the weight.

We spoke with James and asked about the concerns he had for himself and other contestants at the ranch do to their sizes, and he explained more about the swimming workouts that have allowed him to regain strength and mobility.


Stroke Risk Cut with Exercise

senior runnerModerate-to-high intensity exercise like jogging, swimming, or tennis may help reduce stroke risk in older men. But sorry ladies, for some reason the results don’t translate for women.

A study included almost 3,300 men and women in Manhattan, with an average age of 69. The men who did moderate-to-high intensity exercise were 63 percent less likely to have a stroke than people who didn’t exercise. Over a five year period, the baseline risk of ischemic stroke (the leading type of stroke) for all participants was 4.3 percent; 2.7 percent for those who did moderate-to-high intensity exercise and 4.6 percent for those who didn’t exercise. (more…)

Nurturing Exercise: Hard Work Doesn’t Have to Hurt

bernie salazar and rebecca scritchfieldThis guest blog comes from Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, ACSM HFS, a Washington, D.C. based dietitian and weight management expert. Together with Bernie Salazar, at-home winner of The Biggest Loser, she co-created “The Nurture Principles” – Five mantras to help people change their lives and find wellness within.

I have a new client – a very lovely 40-year-old female who regularly appears on national TV. She has so many great qualities she can’t see because right now she is overpowered by her excessive weight, food choices, and lack of exercise. She was convinced I was going to give her a gym workout to follow and she dreaded the thought. Imagine her surprise when I asked her to tell me exercises she thought would be fun. She responded with “I never thought about fun.” Right there is the reason she is not active. Why would you move your body if it is not fun? How likely will you be to repeat it if you don’t get the feel-good benefit? Not likely. Is physical activity you despise nurturing? No way. (more…)

Fun and Exercise at the Beach

dad at beachWhen you go to the beach, odds are pretty good that you go to relax. Lay on a towel, get some sun, maybe have a snack or two – make sure it’s a healthy one! But while you are relaxing by the water, there’s nothing wrong with trying to get a little exercise in while still enjoying the sand, fresh air, and surf. I went to the beach with my kids this past week, and while we all know that there’s NOTHING relaxing about that in general, I tried to spend half of the time active. I was mostly successful, thanks to the following tricks: (more…)

Getting and Keeping Kids Healthy in the Summer

kids-playingKendra is a guest blogger for the DietsInReview.com special series on Healthy Summer Kids. Kendra is Headless Mom and writes about her life with her husband and three kids at The Adventures of The Headless Family. She is glad her head is attached because otherwise she might lose it!

We’ve all read the statistics on childhood obesity- according to the CDC over 16% of children age 6-19 years old are overweight, that number having tripled since 1980. Summer is the perfect time to change our children’s eating and exercise habits for the better. We have 3 months to do it. (more…)

Top 5 Activities To Reduce Stress

women running in a fieldStress is very common in today’s world and can be caused by just about anything. It has been proven that stress damages your health and can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, weight or skin problems, heart problems, and can also weaken your immune system. Exercise is not only good for your physical health, but can help you manage the stress in your life by relaxing tense muscles, improving sleep, and by releasing chemicals in your body (endorphins) that give you a sense of well-being.

Top 5 Activities To Reduce Stress

  1. Running/Walking
  2. Bike Riding
  3. Weight Training
  4. Swimming Workouts
  5. Competitive Sports (more…)

Swim for an Effective Total Body Workout

woman swimmingSwimming is one of the best total body workouts for your body. Swimming, unlike running (for most people), is easy on the joints and can be fun depending on the type of swimming you are doing. Swimming with friends is a great way to enjoy yourself as well as enhance your physical and mental strength and endurance. This is also a great way to change up your workouts from time-to-time.

Research has shown that swimming workouts burn approximately three calories a mile per pound of body weight. One mile is 1,609 meters. So for a 150 pound person, at a 30-minute/mile pace, they would burn around 900 calories. Nine hundred calories in a half hour; it takes an hour on the treadmill at a fast pace to burn 900 calories! Below are a few different swimming workouts that you may want to give a shot! (more…)

Top 5 Fat Burning Exercises

Tired of your old, boring workout routine and searching for a new and enjoyable one? Today, I am going to discuss the top five exercises that burn calories like it is going out of style.

1. Swimming Workouts are a fun and enjoyable activity for almost anyone and burns up to 700 calories per hour.

2. Running stairs adds a new twist to your cardio routine and burns up to 700 per hour calories as well.

3. Boxing is a great total body exercise and burns around 900 calories per hour.

4. Snow skiing or snowboarding burn 600 to 700 calories per hour, depending on your weight, but is expensive and the mountains are not always right next door. It is still a great workout and helps reduce a great deal of stress.

5. Running, the best of both worlds. Although rough on the joints, it is by far the best fat burning exercise for the body. Running burns up to 1,000 calories per hour, depending on how fast and far you are running.

Swimming 101: The Fitness Benefits

Swimming is an excellent total body exercise and offers no joint impact or any such stress on the body like many other types of activities. Swimming workouts are perfect for any kind of rehab, muscle endurance, burning unwanted calories, controlling breathing, and a good way to switch up the workouts in general.


There are six types of strokes, all of which work almost every muscle in the body:

The Free-style stroke (with flutter kick) mainly works the deltoids, hips, quads, and hamstrings.

The Butterfly Stroke (with Dolphin kick) focuses on the complete lower body, deltoids, and chest muscles.

The Side Stroke (with scissor kick) mainly works the triceps, hips, quads, and hamstrings.

The Back Crawl (with flutter kick) emphasizes the deltoids, back, hips, quads, and hamstrings.

The Breast stroke (with “frog kick”) mainly targets the chest, triceps, and complete lower body.

The Elementary Back Stroke focuses on the deltoids and complete lower body. I have put together a list of exercises to help with your swimming and recommend doing three sets of twenty repetitions of each movement. Congratulations to Michael Phelps for his great accomplishment.

8 Exercises To Target Each Major Muscle Group

External Cable Rotation (Deltoid)

Internal Cable Rotation (Deltoid)

Cable Chest Press (Chest)

Leg Raise (Hips)

Leg Curl (Hamstrings)

Leg Extension (Quads)

Hip Adduction (Inner Thigh)

Hip Abduction (Outer Thigh)

Michael Phelps’ Olympic-Sized Appetite

Michael PhelpsIt seems like the biggest news to come out of Beijing today is how much swimmer Michael Phelps must eat. The darling of the 2008 Olympics must pack in 12,000 calories a day in order to keep up the energy to fuel his grueling 5-hour-a-day, 6-days-a-week training schedule.

I’m jealous and I have no shame in admitting that.  And I have a feeling that anyone who has been on a diet or looked in the mirror and wasn’t truly happy with what they saw, has a twinge of jealousy, too. Twelve thousand calories! That is over 9,000 calories more than the recommended daily caloric intake of most males in this country. It takes effort to eat that much. But Phelps is no stranger to effort.

At least he knows how lucky he is. Phelps doesn’t take his bottomless appetite for granted. He knows that he’s one of the very, very lucky ones who never has to think about what he can’t eat. He can eat anything he wants. And he knows that once he stops his swimming workouts, his days of feasting might come to a close. But to eat like that and to look that way…. that boy must have done something wonderful in a former life to be living a life of such beauty and gluttony.

What it would be like to wake up in the morning and know that you could not just eat anything you wanted, but that you HAD to eat it? Do you think that the sweet indulgence of food would lose its flavor? Would gooey brownies taste as decadent? Would this gastronomic freedom make you love just as much as you do now on your 1,500-calorie a day eating regimen or would eating become more of a chore, and perhaps, god forbid, an annoyance?

It’s quite realistic to believe that the lure of food would lose some of its attraction, but you can’t argue with the sumptuous taste of a cheesy piece of pizza or a fresh-out-of-the-oven, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookie. I don’t think that kind of “beauty” loses its luster too quickly.

But back to reality. If you’re wondering what Michael, “The Stomach,” Phelps eats, here is a look at a typical day’s worth of food.

Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise, two cups of coffee, a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar and three chocolate-chip pancakes.

Lunch: One pound of enriched pasta and two large ham and cheese sandwiches slathered with mayonaise on white bread and 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.

Dinner: One pound of pasta and an entire pizza and another 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.

How does he manage to swim after that?

It should also be noted that Phelps is unable to break the 200 pound mark.