Realistic Goals the Key to Weight Loss


As anyone who has successfully lost weight can tell you, dieting is tough. You have to watch what you eat and make sure you get adequate exercise. And, for all of your diligence in these things, your weight loss often proceeds at a snail’s pace, making it seem like the end of world will arrive before your beach body does.

In short, dieting is often a recipe for frustration. Yet as frustrating as the actual process of dieting can be, certain psychological factors come into play to compound the difficulty. “A new study suggests that anyone who has been trying unsuccessfully for years to lose weight must have set unrealistic goals, become frustrated and eventually regained weight,” reports a September 23, 2011 International Business Times article.

Study researchers dispute the conventional wisdom of dieting, which holds that a pound’s worth the weight loss comes either through reducing your caloric intake by 3,500 calories, or by burning that amount in exercise.

Proposed instead is a new weight-loss model, which happens in two phases: The dieter first makes immediate sweeping changes in habits and then focuses on the long-term cultivation of less dramatic yet nonetheless beneficial routines.

Study researchers overturn “the old assumption that cutting 3,500 calories will produce a one-pound weight loss indefinitely,” which to them “is inaccurate,” the IBT article continues. “A more realistic expectation … is that cutting out 250 calories a day – the amount in a small bar of chocolate – would lead to a weight loss of about 25 pounds over three years, with half that loss occurring the first year.”

If believe yourself to have set for yourself realistic diet goals and still find it difficult to lose weight, you ought to consider purchasing a diet meal delivery service or beginning a do-it-yourself diet regimen. Either option can set you on a controlled and effective course toward your ideal weight. Though they’ll take time, the results will be nothing short of dramatic when they finally appear!

Weight Watchers Produces Dramatic Results, Study Finds

Sometimes a weight-loss program comes along that works so well that it comes to be recommended over even physicians’ recommendations.

Such is case with the immensely popular program Weight Watchers. “When it comes to weight loss,” a September 7, 2011 article reports, “people may be better off following the commercial diet program Weight Watchers, rather than relying on guidance from their primary care doctors.”

A recently published in the Lancet finds that overweight and obese adults following the Weight Watchers regimen shed twice as many pounds as similarly afflicted adults following their primary care doctors’ weight-loss advice.

The article gives the particulars of how the research was conducted:

For the study, researchers randomly assigned 772 overweight or obese participants from Germany, Australia and Britain to either a Weight Watchers program or a plan guided by a primary care doctor. The Weight Watchers group got a free 12-month membership and access to weekly meetings; the primary care group was asked to attend monthly weight-loss sessions with their doctor at the office.

Women dominated the study, comprising 87 percent of the participants, whose average age was 47 and whose average body mass index (BMI) was 31, well beyond the obesity threshold of both obesity and of being overweight.

The results participants achieved were nothing short of remarkable. “By the end of the year, the Weight Watchers group had lost an average 11.1 lbs., more than twice the 5 lbs. lost on average by those in the primary care group,” the article reports. “The Weight Watchers members also managed to lower their fasting insulin and their cholesterol levels more than the doctor-guided dieters.”

Such weight-loss success, however, comes at considerable cost. Weight Watchers members shell out as much as $500 a year to participate in the program, a price that many obese and overweight adults may find prohibitive.

This cost does little to diminish the truly impressive outcome of the study. If you have found it difficult to lose weight, you should do whatever it takes to earn the funds necessary to join Weight Watchers. If the latter isn’t your cup of tea, you can always join Jenny Craig, another proven weight loss program. Whichever you choose, do so soon, because a slimmer, trimmer — and healthier — you awaits!

Hollywood’s Latest Catwoman Gets Her Claws into Kale

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Anne Hathaway, the latest Hollywood star to fill the form-fitting costume of the Catwoman, claims to rely on a diet of “kale and dust” to keeping in proper feline shape.

in a recent interview Hathaway revealed that kale is the secret to superhero power. A leafy green and nutrient dense cousin to the cabbage, kale enjoys the added virtue of being extremely low in calories.

In addition to subsisting on kale, Hathaway practiced Bikram yoga to prepare for her role in the latest “Batman” film. As she told her interviewer, this regimen helped her to cultivate a love of exercise, which she had formerly regarded as a chore.

If you can’t get past regarding exercise as a chore, you should consider purchasing a meal plan delivery service or beginning a do-it-yourself diet plan. Either course can excuse you from a lot of reps at the gym or miles on the treadmill.

And if like Hathaway you wish to experience the slimming wonders of kale, try this recipe for sautéed kale, which comes courtesy of the Food Network’s own approximation of a superhero, Bobby Flay.

Sautéed Kale


  • 1 1/2 pounds young kale, stems and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock or water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft, but not colored. Raise heat to high, add the stock and kale and toss to combine. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring until all the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add vinegar.

Approaching Hurricane Presents Perfect Opportunity to Change Eating Habits

hurricaneGrabbing headlines this week has been Hurricane Irene, which has recently battered the Bahamas and now approaches the eastern seaboard of the United States.

Hurricane preparedness is thus much on the minds of Americans who live in areas situated directly in Irene’s projected path.

High on any hurricane-preparedness checklist is a store of proper provisions. Authorities recommend that everyone affected by the storm should have enough food and water to last them three days, the rule of thumb for water being a gallon per person per day.

Hurricane-preparedness provisions are therefore pretty basic, no-frills sorts of foodstuffs. Though it might seem grim hunkering down with parboiled rice and water, you can also consider it a unique opportunity for radically reevaluating your relationship to food. In disaster situations you confront the indisputable primary fact of the stuff you eat: it exists in order to allow you to exist.

Under favorable conditions food is so abundance that seldom do you pause to consider that just enough is plenty. Under hurricane and other disaster conditions, however, you discover that a little indeed goes a long way.

This isn’t to say that you ought to wait for such upheavals as the arrival of a hurricane to jolt you out of your established ways of eating. A diet meal delivery service or do-it-yourself diet regimen offers you the fundamentals necessary for a completely reinvented relationship to food. Consider the two working in tandem as a perfect storm of eating-habits reform!

Small Changes in Eating Habits Can Produce Big Weight Loss Results, Study Finds

For a long time the rule of thumb when it comes to dieting is to watch what you eat. Calorie counting is king. Burn more calories than you take in, and you’re on your way to a slim silhouette.

Or so the logic goes. Problem is, that which is simple in theory can prove devilishly hard in practice. Most unsuccessful dieters seldom have trouble conceptually with portion control. Emotionally and psychologically, however, they may face tremendous challenges. To muster and sustain willpower is tough even in the best of circumstances. With many Americans dealing with the problems stemming from a lethargic economy, adding diet discipline to their list of austerities may simply be asking too much.

Yet what if you could remove willpower from the calorie tallying equation? This is a question several psychologists asked. And you may just be surprised to hear what they concluded. “Eating less may be easier than you think,” reports an August 5, 2011 article. “By making simple changes to your environment, you might be able to eat less without really thinking about it.”

Chief among the changes necessary for cutting consumption is eliminating “eating traps” from your immediate surroundings. These eating traps can be large plates and capacious containers, or they could be places where you typically eat and store your food.

Psychologists weighing in on this question recommend the following simple strategies for altering your environment in a manner conducive to cutting calories:

  • Use salad plates in lieu of dinner plates when dining;
  • Reserve eye-level fridge and cupboard shelves for the healthiest foods;
  • Always eat at the dining-room or kitchen table, never in front of the television.

These 3 tips have been shown to be extremely effective by one scientific study in which participants “lost up to 2 pounds a month,” the story reports.

The success enjoyed by these participants offers hope to those desperate to shed their extra pounds. If after making these modifications you find you’re still having trouble losing weight, however, you should consider purchasing a diet meal delivery service or beginning a do-it-yourself diet regimen. These modifications have enjoyed years of proven results, transforming the most hopeless dieting cases into unqualified triumphs.

“How I Shed My Man-Boobs” (One Reader’s Story)

(The following comes to us from a loyal Blog reader. He has granted us permission to publish his story on the condition that we withhold his name. — Ed.)

Every day they’d be there: two lumps of yielding flesh where toned pecs should be. “Man-boobs” I heard them called. Sometimes “moobs” for short.

Other terms I read or heard used are simply too vulgar to repeat, so I won’t. Suffice it to say even the most innocent of these terms filled me with shame.

Even the clinical term for my condition afforded me little comfort. “Gynecomastia” itself sounded vulgar, albeit in plangent, almost soothing way.

But terms for such a hateful condition shouldn’t fall sweetly on the ears; the days, months — years! – of bitterness my moobs brought me led me to despair. From my breast issued no milk of human kindness, only gall and wormwood.

Living with man-boobs became incredibly crippling from a psychological point of view. After all, how can you approach a woman if your own contours are those of a woman? As you can probably guess, my romantic life was a shambles. The long periods of painful solitude I endured were punctuated only by clumsy, abortive encounters with the fairer sex. Where I ought to have found bliss (in a woman’s caress) I found only humiliation (in a woman’s ridicule).

Impotence, I soon discovered, was the least of my problems. Professional difficulties arose as well. I can’t prove it, but I suspect that the promotions that were denied me, and that went to co-workers with less seniority or education than me, I lost as a consequence of my bust. An ample bosom on a woman leads to success surely, but on a man leads to failure just as surely.

Wishing to be a failure no longer, I took up a fitness routine specifically designed to reduce my moobs. A combination of cardio and power-lifting, this routine brought disappointing results. I toned up, certainly. And areas of stubborn fat shrank, thanks to the cardio. But my man-boobs remained, try as I might.

It wasn’t until I purchased a diet meal delivery service and began a do-it-yourself diet regimen that my thoracic fortunes reversed. My man-boobs deflated as if by magic and, though it took a long, long time, eventually disappeared altogether.

Now I have a chest fit for the fit man I am. I no longer slouch to de-emphasize my bosom, nor do I swim with a tee shirt on, as I used to. The many bathroom-mirror photos that I take of myself to post to my Facebook page tell a tale of masculinity triumphant. The trials I faced as a consequence of having man-boobs taught me one important lesson: nothing places anguish in a man’s breast like man-breasts.

5 Sure-Fire Tips for Sustainable Weight Loss

It doesn’t take much to keep off the pounds once you lose them. The Dayton Daily News reports that dieters should be wary of diet fads and should refrain from such practices as skipping breakfast or shirking exercise.

The hardest part of losing weight isn’t taking off the pounds — it’s keeping them off.

With this challenge in mind, the Dayton Daily News article offers five tips for sustainable weight loss success:

  • Successful dieters understand calories in and calories out. They eat fewer calories and exercise more.
  • Successful dieters establish a routine, and engage in regular physical activity nearly every day for at least 30 minutes.
  • Successful dieters keep a daily food and exercise journal to monitor their progress.
  • Successful dieters set realistic goals and once they are met develop new ones.
  • Successful dieters remain proactive and aggressive. They don’t make excuses for falling off the wagon, nor do they dwell on setbacks.

Dieting is hard work, and keeping the weight off is even harder. If you find yourself having trouble sticking to your diet, or keeping weight off, then consider joining a group such as Weight Watchers or NutriSystem. A support group can do wonders to bolster your self-esteem and ensure your success in adopting a new, healthy lifestyle.

Consumer Reports Crowns Jenny Craig Queen of Diet Programs

The Washington Post reports that Jenny Craig has been named the top diet in the United States.

“Consumer Reports raised a stir earlier this month by naming Jenny Craig the queen of all diet programs,” the article informs us.

What gave Jenny Craig an advantage over its competitors in the diet industry? Dieters showed a remarkable level of discipline and adherence to the program — as well as an average 8 percent weight loss for their trouble!

These findings came as a surprise to the diet’s evaluators, as the diet plan relies on Jenny-Craig brand meals and snacks to effect weight loss. This makes the diet seem to run counter to current nutrition advice, which tells us to eat more fresh fruits and whole grains.

Nevertheless, Jenny Craig comes out on top. Though Consumer Reports states that Jenny Craig might not be the optimal diet for everyone, evidence suggests the diet works exceedingly well for a lot of people.

Thousands of dieters are achieving lasting weight loss with the help of Jenny Craig.

But dieters have a number of healthy and effective diets to choose from if they want to lose weight. Any diet that emphasizes smaller, healthier meals will lead to weight loss.

Though Jenny Craig is one of the most effective diets on the market, if it doesn’t agree with your tastes or lifestyle, continue looking for a diet that does. The South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, and Medifast, among others, all have proven track records.

Don’t delay. Get started on your weight loss journey. It will be one of the best investments you make!

Texas School to Use Cameras to Count Students’ Calories

texas flagTexas has developed a novel way to monitor how many calories school children eat at lunch. reports that after receiving a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture schools in San Antonio will install a sophisticated network of cameras in cafeterias as a way to monitor how many calories students consume.

The pilot program will be implemented in five schools in which there occur high rates of childhood obesity among students.

Officials will use the data gleaned from the cameras to track the nutrient and calorie counts of the food children have consumed.

The program is quite advanced; it can break down the data into total monosaturated fatty acids, soluble dietary fiber, and more than 100 other specific measures.

Only children who have the permission of their parents will be allowed to participate in the program.

But the plan leaves one question unanswered: Why not serve healthy food in the first place? When students have no choice but to eat healthy foods, it’s easy to calculated nutrients in the food.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a sure fire way to head off obesity. And since American students don’t consume nearly enough fruits and vegetables, adding such foods to the school lunch menu would make a world of difference to a child’s nutrition.

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