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How to Identify Fraudulent Weight Loss Claims

The FTC has released an 18-page report to help the media identify products that use fraudulent weight loss claims in their sales pitch. The report, Red Flag Bogus Weight Loss Claims, is available here: Although it is geared toward the media, consumers may also learn from the brochure.

FICTION: Products that claim you can eat whatever you want and however much you want with no limits.

A pill that will allow you to eat whatever you want and still lose weight? Science may be good, but it's not going to change the laws of physics. FACT: What goes into your body must go somewhere, whether it is expended into energy, turned into fat, or turned into waste; your body must do the work to expend the calories.

FICTION: Products that claim your weight loss will be permanent even after you stop using the product. A pill that will curb your appetite is only going to work while you use the pill. FACT: Anything permanent is going to require a permanent lifestyle change.

FICTION: Products that claim they will block absorption of calories or fat and lead to substantial weight loss. FACT: Even fat blockers must be used in conjunction with a lower calorie diet.

FICTION: Products that claim you can safely lose more than three pounds a week for more than four weeks at a time. You should consult your health care professional for what your goal weight loss should be every week, especially if you are diagnosed with obesity. FACT: Intense weight loss of more than three pounds per week over several consecutive weeks can be damaging to your organs and cause health problems.

FICTION: Products that claim all users will lose substantial weight. FACT: No product can work for everyone.

FICTION: Products that are worn on the body or rubbed on the skin will cause substantial weight loss. Patches, creams, lotions, body wraps, clothing, shoes, earrings, rings, belts, buzzers, etc. etc. - leading to weight loss?

FACT: Weight loss can only occur through changes in diet and exercise.

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Can You Attain Weight Loss While Fasting?


Fasting, when done properly, can be a basic part of a solid weight loss plan. If done correctly it can be a great start to your new way of living. When I first started my weight loss program I began with a fast. I have fasted for 2-7 days on a few different occasions. The reason that fasting can be such a great way to start a weight loss program is because you can see results immediately. It will also make it very easy to stick to your diet for the first week. After not eating for a few days, your food will taste better. This is a great time to go a few days eating only fruits and vegetables. This can easily turn your two day fast into a 7 day, full body cleanse.


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Although I do not think fasting is to be used specifically for weight loss, I think you can do it to get your body ready for a healthier way of living.

Fasting can make you look much thinner in only a couple days. You may not lose a significant amount of weight, but it will look like you have. It can make your waist noticeably thinner and clear up blemishes or skin problems. Use it as a way to cleanse your body out and get rid of all the toxins clogging your system. I suggest drinking fruit and vegetable juices while fasting. I have read that you should do a water fast, but it can be a miserable experience if you have never fasted before. So stick to natural juices.

One of the better results I saw from my fasting experience was that I have more self control over my eating habits. I have always been a binge type of eater. After my fast, I felt like I could restrain myself easier. It is probably a mental attribute. I mean if I can go without eating for 7 days then I can sure keep myself from eating something I shouldn't. So although I don't think you can use fasting as a diet or weight loss program, I do feel that it can be a great start to a proper weight loss diet and exercise program. I think it is definitely something that everybody should do at least once a year.

If you have any health problems you should consult a physician before starting any weight loss program. And, if you absolutely cannot go without food then simply try going a few days eating vegetables and fruits only. This will give you most of the same results as the fasting will. However, I recommend the fast over the fruits and vegetables because of the confidence and control you will begin to enjoy as a result.


This article was written by Jason Barger. Jason has been helping people lose weight with his breakthrough book, Primal Weight Loss. To learn more about his philosophy and programs you can visit .


Simple Weight Loss

Did you know that weight loss (and weight gain) is simple mathematics?

For example, if you were to eat an extra 100 calories per day you would gain 10 lbs in one year. The good news is that the opposite holds true too - burn 100 calories more per day than what you take in and by the end of the year you can lose 10 lb. But why is it so much harder to lose weight than to gain it? Because it takes a matter of minutes (sometimes seconds) to eat 100 calories, but longer to burn it off.

Looking at the big picture of losing say 30 or 40 pounds can feel daunting, so give yourself a break.

That is, break your goal down into small doable pieces. Accumulate a 100 calorie deficit per day - burn 100 calories more than you consume - and you will lose 10 pounds by the end of the year. Double that and you've lost 20! It's easier than you might think.

First, do you ever eat something just because it's there?

You can eat a couple hundred calories and not even realize it. The mayo or dressing on a deli sandwich, the butter served with the bread basket or a cookie from the office lunch room… before you know it you've eaten 100 calories. Pay attention to condiments and cheese that are added to most sandwiches. If you can take it or leave it, leave it. Watch out for snack plates at the office or home. It's easy to eat 100 calories or more when you're not even hungry. Look at your eating habits to see where you can carve unwanted items. My motto is, eat when you're hungry and make it worth the calories!

Next, look at the calories you put out. Use an accelerometer (a pager-like device that accurately measures calories burned during activity) to measure your current level of calorie burn and then burn more over time. To burn an extra 50-100 calories park farther away, take the stairs, walk the dog an extra block and do a few jumping jacks. The key is to measure the calories so that you can see your success daily and know that what you are doing is working.

Start measuring calories out and paying attention to "hidden" calories coming in. You will quickly see how to achieve a 100 or more calorie deficit per day and easily have a more fit and trim body next year!


Heather Moreno is a CPA escapee who followed her passion for fitness. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. Heather is president of PeopleFit USA… getting you fit in 20 minutes a week over the phone. If working out isn't working out for you or you've tried your last diet, visit Is your group or company looking for a fitness motivational speaker or corporate fitness program? Ask Heather!


Avoid these five common weight loss mistakes

Mistake 1: Not changing your calorie plan as you lose weight. The fallacy of the "1200 calorie diet" plans and the like.

Most people set their calorie intake at a given number and expect to keep losing weight at the same constant rate over a period of weeks. Therefore dieters look for 1000 calorie or 1800 calorie diet plans on web. Simply put, fixed calorie diet plans don't work. If you burn 3000 calories a day at the start of your diet, after losing weight for a week or two, you are no longer burning 3000 calories. Now you might be burning just 2800 calories. If you maintain a constant calorie intake in the face of a decreasing calorie expenditure, your weight loss will continuously slow down as you lose weight.


If you really want to lose weight at a constant rate, you repeatedly have to:

- lower your calorie intake to accommodate the calorie expenditure drop
- exercise more to increase your calorie output
- do both


It's also important to understand that you have to set realistic and slow weight loss goals. If you opt for fast weight loss, you won't be able to sustain it for a long period unless you go to an extreme in your calorie reduction and exercise plans. For people who want to lose 20 pounds or more, the goal should be a loss of no more than 2 pounds per week. Those who need to lose just a small amount of weight should try for weight loss of 1 pound per week.


Why does our calorie expenditure drop as we lose weight? The most important factors are:

- You weigh less! A smaller, lighter body burns fewer calories both while active and at rest

- You may involuntarily burn fewer calories than you did before. Many dieters lack energy and move around less

- Calorie restriction lowers the metabolic rate

- You have less body fat, which may further suppress your metabolic rate


These important factors contribute to an ever-decreasing calorie expenditure as we lose weight. The more we cut calories, the larger our calorie expenditure drop. Also, the leaner the dieter, the greater the calorie expenditure drop. Now you need to understand that if you want to succeed in losing weight, you first have to make changes in your nutrition plan. I recommend burning more calories because it facilitates smaller calorie restriction and a milder calorie expenditure drop. It's extremely difficult to estimate the rate of the metabolic drop, but as a general rule, the bigger you are, the smaller the rate of the metabolic drop. The more weight you lose, the more you must cut your calorie intake or increase your level of exercise. If you're overweight, you might need to cut 10 more calories for every pound that you lose. If you're lean on the other hand, you might need to cut 60 calories for every pound you lose. (I chose these numbers just as an example.)


Mistake 2: Overreporting the "extra" calorie expenditure of exercise

Most people prefer to count the calories they burn while exercising as "extra" calories, but there is a difference between calories burned while exercising and "extra" calories burned while exercising! Consider this example: you burn 300 calories by walking on the treadmill instead of your usual activity (watching TV). In reality, you need to subtract the calories you would have spent watching TV from these 300 calories in order to calculate how many additional calories you have burned. Let's say that if you watched TV you burned 80 calories. In this specific case, you have expended 300 calories while exercising, along with 220 "extra" calories. Calorie counters often add the calories burned exercising as "extra", and in some cases this practice can significantly influence the calorie calculations. Thus, calorie software usually counts the part of your usual activities that overlaps with the extra activities twice.


How do you estimate the "extra" calories burned while exercising?

In order to increase the accuracy of the calculations, I must first introduce the concept of MET values. MET values are a convenient way to calculate the calorie expenditure of activities. MET values are multiples of one's resting energy expenditure per time period. In plain English, MET = 3 means burning 3 times more calories than resting. MET = 1 denotes the number of calories you burn at rest (your Resting Metabolic Rate or Basal Metabolic Rate).


No matter what you do, you burn calories at a rate of at least MET = 1, except for sleeping which has MET = 0.9. During the day, most activities include sitting and walking which have MET values between 1.2 and 3. Your total daily energy expenditure is calculated simply by multiplying your Resting Metabolic Rate by the average MET of all your activities. Is your head spinning yet?


Let's look at a real world example: Consider a female person with a Resting Metabolic Rate of 1200 calories per day. One day consists of 1440 minutes. Our example lady is burning 1200/1440 = 0.84 calories per minute at rest, which signifies a MET = 1.

Let's say our example lady just returned from an aerobics class, where she exercised for 30 minutes. General aerobic class training has a MET = 6. Our example lady has just burned 30 (minutes) x 6 (MET) * 0.84 (calories per minute) = 151 calories while exercising.

Now suppose this woman would have chatted on the internet instead of exercising (MET = 1.5). In this example, the woman substituted chatting on the internet with aerobic exercising. Keep in mind that every time you do something you substitute one activity for another, so in order to get the extra calories, we have to subtract 1.5 (chatting) from 6 (exercising). Now let's calculate the extra calories: 30 (minutes) * (6 - 1.5) (MET value) * 0.84 = 113 calories. Let's discuss what a standard calorie counter would have done in this example: First, it will assume an average calorie burn rate of 1 calorie per minute. Then the counter will find that exercising for 30 minutes will yield 30 (minutes) * 6 (MET) * 1 (calories per minute) = 180 calories. The calorie counter will add these 180 calories to your daily calorie expenditure without considering that a part of these 180 calories is already accounted for by your regular activities.


Now do you see the difference between 113 calories and 180 calories? If that same lady spends 5 hours per week in the aerobics class, the standard calorie counters will over-report her calorie expenditure by: (180-113) * 10 = 670 calories a week. She will thus be fooled into thinking that her metabolic rate has dropped while she just overestimated her calorie expenditure. Enter a typical weight loss plateau, wasted time, and effort. Do you have time to spend on trial and error calorie estimations?


Remember these two rules:

- Report only your extra activities to your calorie counter. If you walk to the office each day, don't log "walking to office for 30 minutes" as an extra activity. You must consider only unusual activities that actually contribute to expending extra calories!


- Always subtract the calories that you would have burned instead of exercising. As a general rule, you should subtract from 1.2 to 1.5 from the MET values. In some cases, you'll need to subtract a higher MET. If you substitute 30 minutes of bodybuilding (MET = 6) for 30 minutes of slow rope jumping (MET = 8) then the additional MET would be 8 - 6 = 2.


How do we determine the MET values of activities based on standard tables?

In order to perform the above calculations, you have to know the MET values of your activities. Standard tables provide name of activity, duration and calories. These tables assume an average calorie expenditure of one calorie per minute. To get the MET you simply divide the calories by the duration.


Example: "Bicycling, stationary, general", "20 minutes", "140 calories" MET of "Bicycling, stationary, general" = 140 / 20 = 7

I know these calculations are a bit tedious, and in many cases the standard calorie calculations are close to correct. But in some cases they can significantly over or under-calculate the calorie expenditure of activities and compromise your weight loss plan with daily miscalculations.


Mistake 3: Training with light weights and performing lots of repetitions

I have seen numerous women come to the gym, grab the lightest dumbbells possible, crank out hundreds of reps, and go home. These women usually do not achieve the results they want. The problem with this type of weight training is that it doesn't burn many "extra" calories unless you spend a lot of time in the gym. Lifting Ken and Barbie size weights has a MET value of 3, which means that it burns just 3 times more calories than resting in bed. By contrast, virtually anything you do during the day has a MET value of at least 1.2 to 2. Even browsing the web on your computer has a MET value of 1.5!


You have to realize that almost anything you do during the day (average MET = 1.5) has about 50% overlap in calorie expenditure with training with very light weights (MET = 3). If you work out using super light dumbbells, only about half of the calories burned are "extra".

Of course, it is possible to burn a considerable amount of extra calories training with light weights, but you'll have to extend the duration of this type of training by a wide margin. Curling 5 pound dumbbells for 4 sets of 20 reps and talking for 20 minutes in the gym isn't going to burn many extra calories. Remember this rule: The less intensive the activity, the greater the calorie expenditure overlap with normal activities. The less intensive the activity, the more time you have to devote to it in order to expend a lot of extra calories. Always subtract a MET of 1 to 1.5 to arrive at the additional expended calories.


Mistake 4: Using "average person" calorie estimations

There are all kinds of calorie tables on the Internet showing the calorie expenditure of different physical activities. But these tables don't show your calorie expenditure! They really give you the calorie expenditure for an "average person". These tables assume that you're an average person who burns one calorie per minute while at rest. Yes, we covered this in the first part of the article but it deserves repeating: Most men burn more than one calorie per minute and most smaller women burn less than one calorie per minute while at rest. In reality, these standard calorie tables overestimate the calories burned by smaller people and underestimate the calories expended by bigger than average people. Combine this error with the common mistake of counting all burned calories as "extra calories" and you have a wide range of possible miscalculations.


Mistake 5: Going on a very low calorie diet (VLCD)

Research has found little or no difference in the weight loss rate of 1200 calorie diets and 800 calorie diets. The 1200 calorie threshold is the point where further calorie restriction simply doesn't yield faster results. Diets in the range of 800 to 1200 calories per day suppress the resting metabolic rate starting on the very first day. And after several weeks on these diets, the metabolic rate drops by up to 20%. This reduction in the metabolic rate is just a consequence of the calorie restriction factor. Other factors, including the level of leanness may further lower the rate of calorie expenditure. A large percentage of the quick initial weight loss on a VLCD consists of nothing but water. VLCDs create an illusion of rapid fat loss, but in reality most of the weight loss is due to water loss.


It's very hard to continue a very low calorie diet for a long time because the severe calorie restriction makes you feel hungrier than ever. People on VLCDs usually lack energy and move around very little. Worse still, when you stop the diet, you're prone to instant overeating. Eating a very low calorie diet is the ticket to yo-yo dieting. Instead of going on very low calorie diets, I recommend diets with just a small calorie reduction and an emphasis on exercise. People who are overweight and know and what they are doing can stay on VLCDs for a limited time. It is essential to get enough vitamins and minerals from supplements, because such low calorie diets are woefully inadequate in nutrients. Your water intake level should be high. Athletes, bodybuilders, and powerlifters, must stay away from very low calorie diets because the huge calorie restriction causes a greater proportion of the weight loss to be a result of muscle loss.


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The Tales We Tell Ourselves and How to Overcome them to achieve permanent weight loss

The tales we tell ourselves A big part of an unhealthy lifestyle is unhealthy thinking. There are these little tales we like to tell ourselves that keep us blindly dependant on food.

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FICTION: Products that claim you can lose two or more pounds per week without dieting and exercise. A claim is false if it is telling you that you can quickly lose weight, drop dress sizes, lose inches, or lose body fat without changing your lifestyle. FACT: Losing weight will require you to change your eating and exercise habits.

Tale #1: "I'll eat the last few cookies in this package today so I won't be tempted to eat them tomorrow when I start my diet." Do you ever find yourself ready to start a diet "tomorrow" but instead of throwing out all your junk food, you decide to eat some of that night so you won't be tempted to eat it while you are "on the diet?"

Calories are calories and it doesn't matter whether you eat them today or tomorrow…you are still eating them! By throwing out the secret stash of cookies behind the food processor you are carrying out a much better and more empowering act. Throwing out food signals to your brain that you are getting serious about your health and well being.

Don't just limit your home to this cleansing process, remove access to all foods. What's in your glove compartment? What about the desk drawers of your office? Replace these secret stashes with non-perishable healthy snacks such as protein bars.

Tale #2 "But if I pay for it, I have to eat it…" This tale is best told in restaurants where we are served three to four times the recommended serving size. Too many times we partake in the soup, salad, bread and appetizer and we are full before our dinner arrives; but we make a valiant attempt to eat as much of our dinner as we can hold. Why? Because we've paid for it!!

Do you feel as though you don't get your money's worth from a restaurant unless you've cleaned your plate? How many leftovers have you diligently packed up and brought home from a restaurant only to throw them out two weeks later? It is seemingly unacceptable to leave food on the table for the wait staff to throw out, but it IS acceptable to use a non-biodegradable Styrofoam container and store this food in our refrigerator until the "It's Okay to Throw it Out" stamp can be placed on the food. Perhaps we feel that if the food rots in our own refrigerator, we don't have to feel guilty because we've at least given ourselves the opportunity to eat the food and we've surrounded the food with loved ones during its final days.

If you apply this, "I have to eat it because I've paid for it," logic to restaurants, you must also apply it to the many science experiments gone awry in your crisper. How many fruits and vegetables have you purchased with the best intentions only to throw them out weeks later after they've begun to take on a life of their own? You paid for those vegetables, but we have no problem letting them rot in our refrigerators. The logic doesn't make much sense now, does it?

Tale #3: "Five minutes of exercise won't do me any good, so why should I bother?" I've spent years reading books and magazine articles on fitness and nutrition. I'm fascinated by the various fads and trends that come and go. Every year there is a new diet or exercise trend; some hold value and some are simply ridiculous, but occasionally I hear something that perturbs me. There seem to be two different exercise camps, those who believe that 6-8 minutes a day can bridge the gap to health and those who tell you not to bother working out if you are only going to work out for five minutes.

I believe that five minutes can make all the difference in your exercise routine and I'm living proof. I can recall countless exercise sessions where I bartered with myself, "Just exercise for five minutes and then you can quit." Time and time again I found that once I got off the couch, put on my workout clothes and climbed on the treadmill, I did not stop after five minutes, but continued for the full workout. Sometimes all the motivation we need to exercise can be found in simply beginning to exercise. There were also days that I quit after only five minutes, but I did so with no regret.

Our heart is the most important muscle in our entire body and it needs exercise just like the rest of us. Instead of complaining about how much you don't want to exercise, try being grateful that your body will still move in the ways you need it to! When I weighed over 300 pounds I could not walk around the block…(and it was a small block!) I could only muster five minutes of energy at one time before I was completely out of breath and sweating. I did what I could and I built upon my successes. Five minutes can make all the difference in a workout!

Tale #4: "I should eat this because there are starving children…somewhere" By average, we are the most wasteful country in the free world. According to recent studies, the United States is the most wasteful country on the planet creating 210 million tons of municipal waste every year. I doubt a half eaten hamburger and two bites of cheesecake are going to change this.

If you feel truly feel guilt over the starving children, adopt one. There are many, reputable organizations where you can send a few dollars a month and help someone less fortunate. Closer to home you can volunteer at a local food bank or donate canned goods to a local shelter. Turn this tale into a helping hand for someone whose problems are much larger than yours.

Tale #5: "Fried okra counts as a vegetable." Okay…technically, okra is a vegetable. But according to All About Okra, if you heat okra, especially if you deep fried it, okra loses most of its nutrients and self-digesting enzymes. They recommend cooking okra as little as possible e.g. with low heat or lightly steamed. Too often we fool ourselves into believing that we are eating healthy, especially here in the South. We eat collard greens and green beans, but they are slow cooked with ham hocks. We eat corn on the cob slathered in salt and butter. We smile and tell ourselves, "I'm eating my vegetables."

You can debunk the old adage, "How do you spell flavor?

F-A-T." by purchasing a steamer and experimenting with some of your old favorites. We've forgotten how wonderful foods taste when they are fresh and lightly cooked to let the natural flavors shine through. If foods were meant to be fried, they wouldn't grow that way?

Tale #6: "You don't have to be hungry to eat ice cream." Theoretically, this is also true, but not just with ice cream. According to medical research, our stomach is about 12 inches long and 6 inches wide at its widest point. The stomach of an average adult has the capacity to hold approximately one quart. One quart equals four cups or 32 ounces of food and drink. Compare that to the fact to the fact that a "biggie" coke by itself at Wendy's is 32 ounces.

So, when you get that full feeling, that "unbutton-your-pants-Thanksgiving-dinner-full feeling," think about the sheer volume of food that is packed in your stomach. You've stuffed over a quart of food into yourself. Do you feel as gross as I do?

Our stomachs hold, on average four cups of food; but we do not need to fill our stomachs to capacity in order to feel full. There is a difference between being full and being satisfied. In addition to the hundreds of health benefits of water, the simple fact that it fills up part of the capacity of your stomach is reason alone to drink it. Eating only when we are hungry, stopping when we are satisfied as opposed to waiting until we feel full and removing the emotional aspects associated with eating will help us move toward a healthier lifestyle.

Tale #7: "I'll eliminate "x" from my diet and I'll lose weight" The Susan Powter, "Fat-makes-you-fat, so-if-it's-fat-free, eat-all-you-want" logic went out the window years ago, but many of us still hold on to that hope. We want to eliminate one part of our diet for a short period of time and watch the miracles happen!

Diets that restrict your intake of a particular food will work in the short-term, but hold no weight (no pun intended) in the long run. Restricting carbs, or sugar, or protein, or fat…all of these restrictions will enable you to lose weight, but when you reintroduce these elements into your diet, whether you go on maintenance or quit the diet, you will gain weight. You must permanently change the way you eat and your lifestyle in order to have permanent success with weight loss. Concentrate on why you turn to food for comfort, or the reasons you overeat -- once you tackle the emotional battle, with a little bit of education on fitness and nutrition, you can make long lasting, positive and easy to live with changes that don't exclude ANY foods.

Tale #8: "If it's all natural, it's good for me." Even though products are labeled as "organic" that doesn't mean they are low in fat or calories. Become a label reader. Know what you are eating. When I purchase fruits and vegetables, I use a fruit and vegetable wash on them when I return home to remove any pesticides used in growing and harvesting these items. And with regard to supplements, remember that the FDA does not regulate these items and there is no guarantee that the label will keep its promises or the ingredients are tested and safe for you.

Myth #9: "Eating cures all." Eating is designed to give our bodies the fuel it needs to carry us throughout the day. We've buried this logic under layers and layers of chocolate cake and cookie dough ice cream. Food has become our cure all for emotional problems; and occasionally physical ones as well. After a bicycle accident as a child, my mother eased my tears with chocolate chip cookies. After my tonsils removed, it was ice cream that soothed my aching throat.

And now?

after a long hard day, most of us would rather sit in a nice restaurant and be served rather than fight traffic to make it home only to slave over the stove, or even put a frozen dinner in the microwave. The only problem food cures is hunger. Period. Food can temporarily relieve symptoms of other problems, but it's not a cure. Stop treating the symptoms and treat the problems. Uncover the unhealthy associations you've made with food and tackle those issues. If you fix your life, you won't mind fixing healthy food.

Tale #10: "I have to lose weight before I can love my body." This may be the single saddest tale we tell ourselves. It is only when you begin to love your body that you give it the attention it deserves. Give the only body you'll ever have the most precious gift of all, self-care. Our cars come with owners manuals that tell us when to change the oil, have the engine services and even when to rotate the tires. Develop an owner's manual for your body. Prescribe how often it should be moved and stretched and what kind of food provides maximum performance.

Take a moment now that you've read all these tales and email me your thoughts. Are their tales you tell yourself that you'd like to share?

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Linda Lindsey is a compelling speaker and author of an e-book entitled, "Face the F.A.T." Linda focuses her time and energy on helping to make a difference in people's lives through public speaking and writing articles with a focus on nutrition, exercise and Food Association Theories©, an innovative weight loss approach that involves finding an individual's root cause of obesity and reversing its power in their lives. To contact Linda, send her an email at


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Weight Loss Information - Well, here it is, late night TV and I'm flipping through the channels trying to find something good to watch. As I'm surfing the tube, I notice a huge amount of weight loss infomercials. And you know what, most of them literally make me sick to my stomach. Not because I despise TV, but because I can't stand it when companies blatantly lie to unsuspecting consumers and make MILLIONS in the process doing it.

Weight Loss Issue - You may be surprised what the federal government has to say about weight loss. The National Institutes of Health has some interesting ideas about what it takes to trim the fat. You may find that a number of these ideas conflict with what you've been hearing in the popular press.

Weight Loss Issues - A recent study shows that people who drink diet soda on a daily basis are more likely to gain weight, over a ten year period, than those who drink no soda at all. Clearly, the concept of 'diet' soda - soda with little or no sugar, fat or calories - is backfiring.

Weight Loss Lesson - I was watching a spiritual program recently and the person asked a question and then his answer really caught me off guard. I'm going to ask you the question he asked and then give you his answer. It will definitely make you think.

Weight Loss Lesson - If you were going to travel to the other side of the world, you'd need to plan it. I mean, you're not going to just book a seat on a plane, take off and just take it all as it comes. You need to plan your finances, organize time off from work, get a visa, book accommodation, the list goes on.

Weight Loss Maintenance - A quote from Nelson Mandela illustrates this in showing you that you are an AWESOME child of God. I look at this quote each and every day when I do my energy circles. I encourage you to print this and tape it somewhere so that you see it everyday.

Weight Loss Operation - "There goes Godzilla" and I was stunned to see the neighbourhood children point and run as I glared at them. I knew that I was plump, but Godzilla, I rushed in dumped all the groceries at the door and checked my self out in the mirror. I mean...after a long time, really checked myself in the mirror.

Weight Loss Quick - A metabolism drug like ephedrine, has shown many people how to burn fat fast. These drugs however, are associated with a certain degree of risk. What about their effectiveness compared to these risks? And what should you do to minimize the probability of side effects.

Anti Inflammatory Drugs - Psoriatic arthritis is a particular type of inflammatory arthritis that affects roughly twenty percent of those suffering from the chronic skin condition called Psoriasis.

Beat Rheumatoid Arthritis - Psoriatic arthritis is a particular type of inflammatory arthritis that affects roughly twenty percent of those suffering from the chronic skin condition called Psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis occurs much more frequently among those that have a particular tissue type.
Teeth Whitening Treatments - Tooth whitening, also called bleaching, is a process of lightening and removing stains from a tooth. This process bleaches the enamel and dentin, the principal mass of a tooth, and brightens the discolored teeth.


Total Global Amnesia - Everyone already knows that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle even if certain people choose not to exercise at all.


Colon Cancer - Your fibre intake is a critical factor in weight loss and general well-being. Health professionals advise that adults should eat at least 25-35 grams of fibre each day. The current average in western countries such as Australia and the US is well below the recommended levels.


Cancer Awareness Pins - Everyone has seen them. The small ribbons and pins that people are wearing on their shirts, purses, hats, and jackets. Whether they are pink or red, white, and blue, it is easy to spot cancer awareness pins.


Allergy Relief Air - We see stories in the news, magazines, and on TV everyday telling us about some of the horrific allergies that result from eating certain types of food. One such food targeted by these stories is wheat. However, while there is indeed such a thing as wheat allergy, this is not a license for you to skip wheat all together when you find yourself showing even the remotest signs of an allergy.


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Skin Care Moisturizer - Have you ever considered the many chemical ingredients that make up your skin care products? You should get to know your skin and understand what it wants and needs. Once you do, you should begin to use the products and practice the skin care regimens that are best for you.


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