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Eating Healthy Through the Holidays!

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Nov 222012
 

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Do the anticipation of the holidays making you cringe because you are “watching” your weight and you know how much food will be available to you and think that there will be a ton of pressure to eat it all – you know how the family is…

Well, here are a few tips that will help you keep your sanity during the holidays.

Don’t skip meals. Eat healthy through your day and before you go to the next party, have a small healthy snack which will help you feel less hungry and curb the temptations to dive into all the food.

Keep your goals in mind. Write down where you want to be and keep this in mind throughout the holidays.

Be realistic. Keep a food journal to help you keep track of what you really eat. It’s so easy to mindlessly eat during the holidays.

Make the healthiest choice possible. Quickly survey the buffet table and make the healthiest choice; pick the items you like and skip the ones you don’t. Try to keep you plate balanced by choosing vegetables and fruits.

Make time for exercise by planning it in your schedule. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A daily moderate does of exercise can help offset the increase of holiday eating. Try a 10-15 minute walk two times a day

When it comes to food, giving into temptation is a sure-fire way to leave you whimpering on the scale or feeling deprived come New Year’s Day. Rather than the all-or-nothing approach to the holidays, approach this season well-armed with a specific plan.

Be aware of your emotional state with your holiday eating. The holidays can bring on a wealth of emotions – good and bad. Some people turn to food to sooth their feelings. Family reunions can be a mix of conflict, joy and even expectations for the holidays can lead to loneliness and disappointments. And, the stress of preparing for the holidays can evoke memories – sad and happy. Learn to talk through, rather than eat through, those feelings. Often relieving pressure and reduce unwanted eating can be as easy as talking with a friend

Keep your perspective! The greatest gift of the holidays is not the buffet table, the fudge, or the champagne. Some of the greatest gifts of the holidays are the conversations, the camaraderie and the laughter enjoyed with family and friends. Plan activities that nourish your sou and build memories such as caroling, tree trimming and get together with others like skating, sledding and strolling through the neighborhood to see the decorations.

Preserve the holidays and drop the binge. Giving into temptation is a sure-fire way to leave you whimpering on the scale and feeling a little deprived after New Year’s. Approach this season well-armed with a specific plan.

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Schwinn Recumbent Exercise Bike 240

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Apr 272012
 

Schwinn 240 Recumbent Exercise Bike

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Save money on monthly gym fees and get in shape at the same time with the comfortable Schwinn 240 recumbent exercise bike. It offers a compact design and the feel of a more traditional outdoor bike while relying on core, stabilizing muscles to balance your body weight. Features include a 20-pound flywheel, 16 resistance levels, 17 programs, adjustable seat, and both telemetry and contact heart rate monitoring. It also includes the following exclusive Schwinn features: BioFit Comfort: Seating system with padded ergonomic seat and dual-position lumbar support Adjustable console and seat The Schwinn 240 upright exercise bike for the home. BioDyne Performance: Perimeter weighted flywheel for a true road feel, and smooth, consistent workouts Oversized stabilizers and levelers that are built-in for a solid workout platform BioConnect Feedback: 17 workout programs, including 8 course profiles, target heart rate, 2 user profiles with custom workouts Backlit, multi-color console for easy viewing Schwinn Advantage workout tracking, an easy way to set fitness goals and measure your progress right on the console Telemetry-enabled, integrated grip heart rate system for easy fitness monitoring Features & Specifications: 16 resistance levels 20-pound flywheel Eddy Current Brake (ECB) resistance system Adjustable handlebars and console Walk-through frame Water bottle holder Reading rack Magazine storage rack under the seat Transport wheels Switchable from miles to kilometers (KM) Maximum user weight: 275 pounds The Schwinn 240's exercise console (see larger image). The 240 features a walk-through frame, allowing for easy access. Manufacturer's Warranty 5 years on the frame, 1 year on parts and electronics, 3 months on wear parts, 3 months on labor Compare these Recumbent Bikes Model Schwinn A20 (2011) Schwinn 220 (2012) Schwinn 240 (2010) Schwinn 250 (2011) Nautilus R514 (2010) Nautilus R514c (2013) Schwinn 520 (2013) MSRP $299.00 $499.00 $599.00 $599.00 $699.00 $699.00 $999.00 Number of Programs 7 10 17 20 15 20 3 Performance Tracking No No Schwinn Advantage Schwinn Advantage Nautilus Advantage Nautilus Advantage No Seat Standard Contoured seat bottom, side bolsters and lumbar support Contoured seat bottom, side bolsters and lumbar support Contoured seat bottom, side bolsters and lumbar support Contoured seat bottom, side bolsters, lumbar support and adjustable back Contoured seat bottom, side bolsters, lumbar support and adjustable back Extra padded with ventilated seat back Heart Rate Contact Contact Contact Contact and Telemetric enabled Contact and Telemetric chest strap Contact and Telemetric enabled Contact Display Type LCD LCD Extra Large Blue Backlit LCD Extra Large Black Backlit LCD with Multi-color Brickyard Extra Large Blue Backlit LCD Extra Large Black Backlit LCD with Multi-color Brickyard Enhanced Resolution LCD Resistance Levels 8 16 16 16 16 16 Infinite Eddy Current Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Power Battery (not included) AC adaptor (included) AC adaptor (included) AC adaptor (included) AC adaptor (included) AC adaptor (included) AC adaptor (included) Other Features Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack Speakers, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Retractable Reading Rack Transport wheels, Reading rack, Supply basket Speakers, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack Transport Wheels, Reading Rack, Water Bottle Holder Speakers, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack Single stage high torque belt drive, oversized footplates for multiple positions, non-intrusive console placement Dimensions (L x W x H) 61" x 17" x 41" 55" x 25" x 52" 63" x 25" x 46" 63" x 25" x 46" 68" x 26" x 52" 63" x 25" x 46" 62" x 28" x 40" Product Weight 60 lbs 111 lbs 117 lbs 117 lbs 120 lbs 120 lbs 120 lbs Warranty Frame: 2 years Mech/Elec: 6 months Wear Parts: 30 days Labor: N/A Frame: 5 years Mech/Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 90 days Labor: 90 days Frame: 5 years Mech/Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 90 days Labor: 90 days Frame: 5 years Mech/Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 90 days Labor: 90 days Frame: 10 years Mech: 2 years Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 6 months Labor: 6 months Frame: 10 years Mech: 2 years Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 6 months Labor: 6 months Frame: 5 years Mech/Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 90 days Labor: 90 days Maxium User Weight 275 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs About Exercise Bikes Despite the competition from trendy new fitness inventions, exercise bikes continue to be popular options for home exercise. They offer the same aerobic benefits of riding a bicycle at any time, in any weather, without leaving the comfort and safety of home. Exercise bikes don't take up much space, require little or no balance or coordination, and can provide an effective workout for all levels of users, from beginners to serious competitors. While the same could be said for a number of other types of home fitness equipment, the exercise bike is one of the few that allows you to watch television or read a magazine while you work out. For many people, having convenient access to quality exercise equipment is critical to sticking with a long-term exercise program.

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  • Recumbent exercise bike for the home with 16 resistance levels and 20-Pound flywheel
  • 17 Workout programs, including 8 course profiles, target heart rate, 2 user profiles with custom workouts
  • Telemetry-enabled, integrated grip heart rate system for easy fitness monitoring
  • Seating system with padded ergonomic seat and dual-position lumbar support
  • 275-Pound maximum user weight, 5-year warranty on frame, 1 year on parts and electronics

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Magnet Steel Bike Bicycle Indoor Exercise Trainer Stand

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Apr 192012
 

Magnet Steel Bike Bicycle Indoor Exercise Trainer Stand by FDW

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There is no reason why you can not exercise with your bike when the outside weather is bad, this magnetic resistance bike trainer converts your bike into an indoor cycling trainer. It offer effective indoor training in a stiff, well supported steel frame. This Trainer is easy to set up with almost any bike--including road and mountain bikes with a 26", 27" or 700c wheel. Fine-tune to your wheel and tire size with the micro-adjust knob. As you pedal the internal magnet creates resistance, with 5 levels of resistance. And you can change them right from your handle bars.

Details

  • Five internal resistance settings.
  • Quiet design, very low noise.
  • Easy fold for travel and storage. Heavy duty steel frame.
  • State of the art magnet system which provides progressive magnetic resistance, the resistance increases as the speed increases.
  • Assembled Dimensions: 21.4*19.4*15.5

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GSI Super Quality All-In-One Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor Watch and Transmitter Chest Belt – For Exercise, Sports, Running, Jogging and All Outdoor Activities – Data, Stopwatch, Chronograph and Alarm Functions

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Apr 032012
 

GSI Super Quality All-In-One Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor Watch and Transmitter Chest Belt - For Exercise, Sports, Running, Jogging and All Outdoor Activities - Data, Stopwatch, Chronograph and Alarm Functions

GSI Super Quality All-In-One Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor Watch and Transmitter Chest Belt - For Exercise, Sports, Running, Jogging and All Outdoor Activities - Data, Stopwatch, Chronograph and Alarm Functions Rating:
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Multi Function New Heart Rate Monitor Watch from GSI - For All Forms Of Indoor-Outdoor Activities. Heart-Rate Monitoring Has Become an Integral Part Of Training and Sports Exercising, and the GK957C was designed with all functions and features necessary. Easy, User-Friendly and Affordable, it is a great alternative to other pricier Models Out There!

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  • New Training and Exercise Tool - Multi Function Heart Rate Monitor Watch/Stopwatch/Timer - Waterproof Up To 30 Ft.
  • Measures and Displays Burned Calories and Fat - Body Mass Index (BMI) - EL Backlight
  • Stores Up to 40 Records Of Data - 3 Target Zone Alarms - Alerts When Reached Target Heart Rate
  • Watch Your Current, Maximum, Minimum and Average Heart Rate - Daily Alarm Function
  • Comfortable Wireless ECG-Accurate Transmitter Belt - Transmits Heart Data to Watch

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Omron Hj-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer with Safety Leash for Pedometer (1) Unit. Helps Save Pedometers From Loss While Running or Walking or Doing Exercise

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Mar 302012
 

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WCI All In One Exercise Data Watch With Heart Rate Monitor – Measures Pulse, Distance, Speed, Steps, BMI, Calories and Fat – For Running, Jogging, Marathon Training and Walking – Chronograph, Alarm, Stopwatch Functions

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Mar 282012
 

WCI All In One Exercise Data Watch With Heart Rate Monitor - Measures Pulse, Distance, Speed, Steps, BMI, Calories and Fat - For Running, Jogging, Marathon Training and Walking - Chronograph, Alarm, Stopwatch Functions

WCI All In One Exercise Data Watch With Heart Rate Monitor - Measures Pulse, Distance, Speed, Steps, BMI, Calories and Fat - For Running, Jogging, Marathon Training and Walking - Chronograph, Alarm, Stopwatch Functions Rating:
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Multi Function New Heart Rate Monitor Watch from WCI- For All Forms Of Indoor-Outdoor Activities. Heart-Rate Monitoring Has Become an Integral Part Of Training and Sports Exercising, and the GPDD52ECGT was designed with all functions and features necessary. Easy, User-Friendly and Affordable, it is a great alternative to other pricier Models Out There!

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  • Multi Function Training and Exercise Tool - Calorimeter, Pedometer, Speedometer and Odometer with Heart Rate Monitor!
  • Pedometer With Personalized Calibration For Walking Or Running - Time, Date, 3 Target Alarms, 99 Lap Memory
  • Reads Heart Rate Simply By Finger Touch; Current, Highest, Lowest And Average Pulse
  • Speed Function: Maximum, Average and Current Speeds - Target Training In Steps Time, Distance And Speed
  • Memory Holds Daily Records Of The Past 14 Days As Well As The Total 2-Week Records

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GSI Super Quality Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor Watch With Transmitter Chest Belt – For Exercise, Sports, Running, Jogging and All Outdoor Activities – Measures Calories Burned , Stopwatch, and Alarm Functions-Yellow

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Mar 282012
 

GSI Super Quality Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor Watch With Transmitter Chest Belt - For Exercise, Sports, Running, Jogging and All Outdoor Activities - Measures Calories Burned , Stopwatch, and Alarm Functions-Yellow

GSI Super Quality Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor Watch With Transmitter Chest Belt - For Exercise, Sports, Running, Jogging and All Outdoor Activities - Measures Calories Burned , Stopwatch, and Alarm Functions-Yellow Rating:
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Multi Function New Heart Rate Monitor Watch from GSI - For All Forms Of Indoor-Outdoor Activities. Heart-Rate Monitoring Has Become an Integral Part Of Training and Sports Exercising, and the GK922 was designed with all functions and features necessary. Easy, User-Friendly and Affordable, it is a great alternative to other pricier Models Out There!

Details

  • New Training and Exercise Tool - Multi Function Heart Rate Monitor Watch
  • Vital For All Workouts And Cardiovascular Activities; Built In Calorie Meter
  • Target Zone Alarm - Alerts When Reached Target Heart Rate - Daily Alarm
  • Watch Your Current And Average Heart Rate - One Button Operation - Waterproof Up To 30 Ft.
  • Comfortable Wireless ECG-Accurate Transmitter Belt - Transmits Heart Data to Watch

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Schwinn A20 Recumbent Exercise Bike

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Mar 282012
 

Schwinn A20 Recumbent Exercise Bike (2011)

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Get fit on your own schedule and in your own home with the A20 recumbent exercise bike from Schwinn Fitness. Boasting a computer-controlled, eddy current resistance system and a durable belt drive motor, the A20 runs smoothly and quietly, with eight resistance levels to keep you on your toes. The battery-powered bike also supports several different workout programs, so you can customize your workout and keep things fresh. And thanks to the informative LCD console, you can easily monitor your workout progress, with readouts for time, RPM, distance, pulse, speed, calories, resistance level, course profile. Other details include a grip heart rate monitor; an extra-wide, extra-padded seat that adjusts to accommodate riders of all body sizes and types; integrated leveling feet for better stability; regular platform pedals; and a step-through recumbent frame for easy entry and exit. The A20, which also includes transport wheels for enhanced mobility, supports up to 275 pounds. The A20's LCD console tracks your workout progress. Features and Specifications: Ergonomic seat design with secure adjustments for a great fit Two-position lumbar support Unique console design with integrated fan and control buttons Comfort-designed grip heart rate sensors allow for natural hand positioning Perimeter weighted flywheel for a true road feel and smooth, consistent workouts Fast and reliable electromagnetic resistance system Oversized stabilizers and levelers for a solid workout platform Resistance Levels: 8 Workout Programs: 1 Manual/Quickstart, 6 profile Display Type: Multi-function LCD Display Readout: Time, RPM, distance, pulse, speed, calories, resistance level, course profile Reading rack Water bottle holder Transport wheels Switchable from miles to kilometers Product Dimensions: 61 inches long by 17 inches wide by 41 inches tall Product Weight: 60 pounds Maximum User Weight: 275 pounds Power Requirements: Battery operated, optional AC adapter accessory Manufacturer's Warranty Frame -- 2 years, Mechanical & Electrical Parts -- 6 months, Wear Parts -- 30 days Compare these Recumbent Bikes Model Schwinn A20 (2011) Schwinn 220 (2012) Schwinn 240 (2010) Schwinn 250 (2011) Nautilus R514 (2010) Nautilus R514c (2013) Schwinn 520 (2013) MSRP $299.00 $499.00 $599.00 $599.00 $699.00 $699.00 $999.00 Number of Programs 7 10 17 20 15 20 3 Performance Tracking No No Schwinn Advantage Schwinn Advantage Nautilus Advantage Nautilus Advantage No Seat Standard Contoured seat bottom, side bolsters and lumbar support Contoured seat bottom, side bolsters and lumbar support Contoured seat bottom, side bolsters and lumbar support Contoured seat bottom, side bolsters, lumbar support and adjustable back Contoured seat bottom, side bolsters, lumbar support and adjustable back Extra padded with ventilated seat back Heart Rate Contact Contact Contact Contact and Telemetric enabled Contact and Telemetric chest strap Contact and Telemetric enabled Contact Display Type LCD LCD Extra Large Blue Backlit LCD Extra Large Black Backlit LCD with Multi-color Brickyard Extra Large Blue Backlit LCD Extra Large Black Backlit LCD with Multi-color Brickyard Enhanced Resolution LCD Resistance Levels 8 16 16 16 16 16 Infinite Eddy Current Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Power Battery (not included) AC adaptor (included) AC adaptor (included) AC adaptor (included) AC adaptor (included) AC adaptor (included) AC adaptor (included) Other Features Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack Speakers, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Retractable Reading Rack Transport wheels, Reading rack, Supply basket Speakers, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack Transport Wheels, Reading Rack, Water Bottle Holder Speakers, Fan, Transport Wheels, Water Bottle Holder, Reading Rack Single stage high torque belt drive, oversized footplates for multiple positions, non-intrusive console placement Dimensions (L x W x H) 61" x 17" x 41" 55" x 25" x 52" 63" x 25" x 46" 63" x 25" x 46" 68" x 26" x 52" 63" x 25" x 46" 62" x 28" x 40" Product Weight 60 lbs 111 lbs 117 lbs 117 lbs 120 lbs 120 lbs 120 lbs Warranty Frame: 2 years Mech/Elec: 6 months Wear Parts: 30 days Labor: N/A Frame: 5 years Mech/Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 90 days Labor: 90 days Frame: 5 years Mech/Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 90 days Labor: 90 days Frame: 5 years Mech/Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 90 days Labor: 90 days Frame: 10 years Mech: 2 years Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 6 months Labor: 6 months Frame: 10 years Mech: 2 years Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 6 months Labor: 6 months Frame: 5 years Mech/Elec: 1 year Wear Parts: 90 days Labor: 90 days Maxium User Weight 275 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs

Details

  • Recumbent exercise bike with eddy current resistance system
  • Eight resistance levels, six preset workout programs, one quickstart/manual program
  • LCD console tracks your time, RPM, distance, pulse, speed, calories, resistance level, and course profile
  • Grip heart rate monitor; step-through recumbent frame
  • 275-pound capacity; measures 16.5 x 40.5 x 61 inches (W x H x L)
  • Also features a reading rack. water bottle holder, fan, and transport wheels
  • Frame warranty: 2 years, parts and electronic: 6 months, wear parts: 30 days

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Fast Food Weight Loss – Is Eating At McDonald’s The New Path To Weight Loss?

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Sep 212011
 

Is eating at McDonald’s the new path to weight loss? Can fast food burgers, fries and sodas fit into your diet and weight loss program? For years, the answer has been a resounding NO. But lately, Wendy’s, Burger King and many other fast food chains have made changes to help consumers stick to a healthy diet. Why have fast food companies finally started to pay attention to healthier food choices? Simply stated, because it’s good for business. Americans are trying everything from the newest weight loss pill to Weight Watchers to lose their extra fat, spending ‘…..more than $40 billion in 2004 on weight control pills, gym memberships, diet plans and related foods, estimates Marketdata Enterprises, which studies the weight loss industry’ (Source: cnn.com; 1-14-2005). Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that 80 percent of overweight individuals and almost 87 percent of obese individuals are trying to lose or maintain their weight. Any fast foods company that’s paying attention to public sentiment and trends has made changes to make their menu more palatable to the health and fitness enthusiast. McDonald’s, long an industry leader, has made tremendous strides in this area culminating in their recent announcement that all fast food packaging will soon include nutritional information. But have they gone far enough? -> Fast Food = Fat Food: No matter how many healthy new products are introduced onto the fast food menu boards, the problem is that their core products are high in fat and calories. Consider these typical meals from McDonald’s: * Big Mac, Large Fries, Large Coca-Cola, Hot Fudge Sundae = 1,730 calories, 99% of daily fat, 108% of daily saturated fat, 86% of daily carbohydrates * Chicken Selects Breast Strips (5 pc), Large Fries, Large Coke, McFlurry with M+M’s Candies (12 oz.) = 2,290 calories, 151% of daily fat, 131% of daily saturated fat, 100% of daily carbohydrates * Bacon Ranch Salad/Crispy Chicken, Newman’s Ranch Dressing, Large Coke, McFlurry Oreo (12 oz.) = 1,390 calories, 73% of daily fat, 81% of daily saturated fat, 69% of daily carbohydrates (Source: mcdonalds.com) Some consumers, in an attempt to reduce the number of calories and fat they’re eating, have opted for salads instead of traditional burgers and fries. Unfortunately, some fast food salads are almost as bad for us as a Big Mac. A California Cobb salad with Newman’s Own Cobb Dressing from McDonald’s, for example, boasts 490 calories and 42% of your daily fat. Compare that to a Big Mac, which has 560 calories and 47% of your recommended daily fat. Although chastised in the movie ‘SuperSize Me’, McDonald’s isn’t alone in offering high calories foods. The Original Whopper with Cheese from Burger King will cost you 800 calories and 49 grams of fat. Make that a Double Whopper with Cheese and you’ll consume an incredible 1,060 calories and 69 grams of fat. The Big Bacon Classic from Wendy’s is better with 580 calories and 29 grams of fat, while the Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger from Jack In The Box is the highest on the list with 1,094 calories and a tremendous 78 grams of fat. Clearly, high calorie fast food has become a problem. With approximately 65% of Americans classified as overweight, people are pointing fingers of blame. ‘In a lawsuit filed in 2002, two Bronx teenagers accused McDonald’s of making them fat by serving them highly processed food that affected their health. A judge tossed out the case a year later, but an appeals court reinstated part of the suit earlier this year, according to published reports.’ (Source: cnn.com; 10-20-2005). McDonald’s isn’t the only chain being accused of making people fat. ‘A New York City lawyer has filed suit against the four big fast-food corporations, saying their fatty foods are responsible for his client’s obesity and related health problems. Samuel Hirsch filed his lawsuit Wednesday at a New York state court in the Bronx, alleging that McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC Corporation are irresponsible and deceptive in the posting of their nutritional information, that they need to offer healthier options on their menus, and that they create a de facto addiction in their consumers’ (Source: foxnews.com; 7-24-2002). The fast food industry initially responded by arguing that customers have a choice of what to order when going to a restaurant. ‘It’s senseless, baseless and ridiculous,’ National Restaurant Association spokeswoman Katharine Kim said. ‘There are choices in restaurants and people can make these choices, and there’s a little personal responsibility as well.’ (Source: foxnews.com; 7-24-2002). Our elected officials seem to agree with that assessment. ‘The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would block lawsuits by people who blame fast-food chains for their obesity. The ‘cheeseburger bill,’ as it has been dubbed in Congress, stems from class-action litigation that accused McDonald’s of causing obesity in children’ (Source: cnn.com; 10-20-2005). This bill is not yet law, having passed the House but not yet the Senate. In the last Congress a similar bill passed the House, but the Senate never acted on it. About 20 states have laws similar to the ‘cheeseburger bill’. -> Fast Food Makes A Change: To their credit, McDonald’s and some others in the fast food industry have made changes to their menu making it easier for us to stick to our diet program or weight loss plan. McDonald’s allows consumers to substitute Apple Dippers with Caramel Dip for the french fries in their meal, cutting calories from 350 to 100 and reducing fat from 16 grams all the way down to 1 gram (comparison vs. medium fries). McDonald’s also allows a no-cost substitution of 1% milk instead of a Coke, further cutting caloric intake by 50 calories and boosting protein and calcium (comparison vs. small Coke Classic). Upon request, Burger King now provides Mott’s Strawberry Flavored Applesauce in place of french fries which will save you 270 calories and 18 grams of fat (comparison vs. medium fries). Wendy’s will honor customer requests to substitute mandarin oranges for french fries, sparing you a belt-busting 360 calories and 21 grams of fat (comparison vs. medium fries). Not only are the fast food giants allowing healthier substitutions, but they have also added a selection of fairly nutritious menu options. McDonald’s new Fruit & Walnut Salad has only 310 calories and 13 grams of fat, while their Fruit & Yogurt Parfait boasts 160 calories and 2 grams of fat. In some markets Burger King is offering a Veggie Burger that has only 340 calories and 8 grams of fat when you order it without the mayonnaise. Now McDonald’s has given consumers looking for fast weight loss another tool: easy to read and easy to find nutritional labels. In the past, customers wanting to find nutrition facts on their fast food choices either had to search in the restaurant for a hard-to-find poster or go online. Now, in what is being called a ‘bold move’, McDonald’s is planning to put these nutritional facts right where they’re easiest to find – on the product wrapper itself. ‘McDonald’s Corp. customers will soon know that the Big Mac they bought contains almost half their recommended daily fat intake just by looking at the wrapper. In its latest measure to fend off critics that blame the world’s largest restaurant company for contributing to rising incidents of obesity and other health problems, McDonald’s said it will start printing nutritional information on the packaging of its food’ (Source: cnn.com; 10-26-2005). McDonald’s is to be commended for their efforts to educate their customers. This new informative label goes a long way towards answering nutritional concerns. Expected to be in most stores by the end of 2006, the new labels will include the amount of the nutrient (calories, fat, protein, etc.) and the percentage of the daily recommended intake, based on a 2,000 calorie diet. -> Is It Enough? The fast food industry has heard the public asking for healthier options and more nutritional information, and they have responded. But it is enough? McDonald’s and others still sell high calorie and high fat products, and we shouldn’t expect those to disappear anytime soon. In our free market, as long as there is a demand there will be someone with a supply. ‘Data from USDA’s food intake surveys show that the food-away-from-home sector provided 32 percent of total food energy consumption in 1994-96, up from 18 percent in 1977-78. The data also suggest that, when eating out, people either eat more or eat higher calorie foods-or both-and that this tendency appears to be increasing’ (Source: usda.gov). Even with more information at their fingertips, there is some doubt that consumers will actually use that information to make healthier choices. Consider the limited impact from warning labels on cigarettes and alcohol packaging; despite such dire warnings, people still use these products. There is evidence that Americans will continue to eat what they want, no matter how much information they have available to them. ‘According to a 2000 Roper Reports survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,000 Americans 18 or older, the percentage of Americans who say they are eating ‘pretty much whatever they want’ was at an all-time high of 70 percent in 2000, up from 58 percent in 1997′ (Source: usda.gov). The question of ‘is it enough’ seems to be misdirected. Instead of asking the fast food industry to do more to educate the public and offer healthy options, perhaps what we as a country should do is ask ourselves if the information we have right now is enough. If we look for it, is there enough health, fitness and nutritional information out there to help us make the right dietary choices? As uncomfortable as it may be for some, the answer to this question is probably yes. -> The Overlooked Answer: All too often, when participating in a discussion of diet and weight control, we fail to mention the most obvious answer: exercise! Consistent exercise can balance out and make up for the occasional high calorie fast food meal, while at the same time providing countless other health benefits. Exercise is the only path to quick weight loss that virtually every doctor in the world agrees upon. Exercise is safe, effective, and brings many more benefits to our lives than nutrition labels ever will alone. Exercise is fun, invigorating, motivating and the single most powerful way to improve our life and well-being. Reaching your ideal weight via a healthy and active lifestyle has been found to lower health risks and medical problems in 90 percent of overweight patients. In addition to the exercise benefits listed above, fit people are eight times less likely to die from cancer than the unfit, and 53 percent less likely to die from other diseases. Fit people are also eight times less likely to die from heart disease. Yes, nutrition labels are important insofar as we actually use them. But without a doubt, regular exercise is the most important piece of the puzzle and the best way to achieve rapid weight loss. Exercise is the safest way to achieve permanent fat loss, and when combined with a sound diet and nutrition program the body is turned into a virtual fat-burning furnace! Consumers would be wise to use the new tools from the fast food industry. Order the healthier items off the menu, pay attention to the nutritional labels, and above all else remember to participate in regular exercise.

About Author: Tracie Johanson is the founder of Pick Up The Pace, a 30-minute exercise studio for women, focusing on fitness, health and nutrition for maximum weight loss. Please visit http://www.letspickupthepace.com/ for more information.

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Sports Nourishment and Exercise – Would you Desire to Stay a Longer Lifetime Whilst Remaining Strong for Many years?

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Just about every person, no matter whether a sports individual or even a non sports person, must have a balanced and healthful diet of which is made up of all of the necessary minerals, aminoacids, glucose and also fats, to be able to maintain life. This particular involves the proper quantity of water required to be able to stay away from lack of fluids. Even though a healthful and also healthful diet plan is actually needed by simply everyone the sports individual, because of strenuous exercise and also workout requires for you to become more conscious of that. Too much sweating can cause lack of fluids as well as of which should become witnessed very carefully as well as drinking water can be the particular most beneficial regarding hydration. Within some situations sports drinks are recommended however, regarding appropriate moisture water even now leads.

The particular typical athlete, regardless of whether professional as well as periodic, must have energy. Without having energy the particular athlete cannot complete appropriately or even effectively. Throughout order to be able to get those muscles working as well as to get the particular vitality for you to motivate those muscles, a healthful as well as healthful diet plan consisting of proteins, carbohydrates and also fat throughout correct amounts can be essential. A lot of professional athletes acquire their wellness and also nourishment guidance from doctors as well as health professionals that take proper care of a team’s sports athletes. Regarding the particular non specialist sportsman there is a graph in the form of a pyramid provided by simply the U.S. Government demonstrating the particular foods of which are most important and necessary throughout their particular correct proportions.

Workout is suggested for the expert and also the non expert sportsman. The exercise that each and every sportsman will is particularly aimed to be able to specific muscles in which are usually utilized almost all prominently during the particular game. With regard to example: in baseball, one of the particular bicycle ab exercise routines is the bench press that targets the particular chest (pectoral) muscles; with regard to climbers the pull ups or even chin ups, the particular aimed muscles are the particular side back, wings, upper as well as lower biceps. Each and every sports activity has a certain set of aimed muscles that must always be applied in order to that faithful workout is imperative.

Accurate nutrition consisting of almost all carbohydrates, protein, fat and also drinking water may maintain those muscles functioning properly and also healthfully with regard to the most beneficial overall performance a good sportsman can easily create. This applies for you to the non expert sports individual likewise, if that is a man, woman or child. Healthful and healthful eating keeps an individual alert. With addition to these, you may also desire to understand much more workout ideas by reading through about sports heart rate monitor.