Monthly Archives: June 2012

The United States has approved the first major anti-obesity pill in over 10 years called Belviq.  It is a long term weight loss product that is bound to cause a great deal of controversy.

Belviq pill for fat lossIt has been years since previous tries at prescription type weight loss resulted in heart attacks and other serious medical complications for the users.

It was reported that Belviq only achieved modest weight loss results during clinical trials but that seldom stops powerful lobbyists from pushing drugs through the FDA process. It is often a case of a “let’s test it on the public” mentality and that is basically what happened with proclaimed solutions like Fen-Phen and Ephedra.

It’s only after these companies make billions of dollars that the real studies are completed and unfortunately they can come too late for many.

There is absolutely no doubt that the Belviq pill will make a small fortune in record time. However, there is genuine doubt as to its effectiveness and efficacy.

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If you saw the Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition show featuring Staci, then you saw them cooking up this roasted green bean recipe. Here are the details with some suggestions for alternatives as well. These recipes are for 4 servings at 60-100 calories per serving.

Ingredients:

2 pounds green beans, washed and cut in half, trim ends
2 Tablespoons Organic Pinenuts or slivered almonds
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I recently had a doctor friend tell me he was able to lose weight by taking a capsule of cinnamon every morning. I have heard of the thermogenic benefits of cinnamon before but I never heard it from a doctor’s mouth.

This guy lost about 40 pounds but I will say, I also know he started running as well. Still I was intrigued and started to look into it a bit more.

Studies Show Cinnamon Helps Control Blood Sugar

According to the Mayo Clinic, there have been some studies that show cinnamon has beneficial effects on regulating blood sugar. When you really think about how energy (or food) in your body turns into fat, understanding how glucose and insulin operate is really important when you are trying to lose weight. Continue reading

We had the opportunity to watch the latest Extreme Weight Loss Makeover edition and thought you might like to hear about the diet for Jacqui from West Palm Beach.

Jacqui started her journey at 355 and ended it at about 148. In her first three months, she lost over 90 pounds. Her second three months she lost over 50 pounds, and in her final phase, she lost enough to reach a total of 207 pounds lost.

Jacqui’s Diet

So how did Jacqui reach her goals? According to the show, Jacqui started on a 1500 calorie diet and exercised sometimes up to 4 hours each day. Her living room was equipped with a treadmill, free weights and a Recumbent Elliptical machine.

Fruits, vegetables, and unrefined, non-processed foods were the staples of her diet. She even had to quit her full-time job in order to focus on her weight loss.

With her husband’s support, Jacqui lost all of the weight and now she is working as a weight loss coach. You can see Jacqui’s success and where she is now in the video below. Congratulations Jacqui on a job well done!

Where is Jacqui from Extreme Weight Loss Makeover Now?

 

 

If you spend any time reading weight loss and fitness sites online, you have probably come across some discussions about Vitamix professional blenders and how important they can be in helping you to lose weight.

Unlike the old cheapo blenders of the past, Vitamix, and other models like Blendtec, are high quality machines that have become must have items in many kitchens across the world.  The sheer power of a Vitamix gives it the ability to do things that ordinary food processors struggle to accomplish.  Continue reading

Plus sized blogger Gabi Gregg probably never dreamed that she would be one of the hottest growing search trends when she called upon other plus-sized ladies to post pictures of themselves in their favorite bikinis as she had done. It has since become known as the “Fatkini.”

gabi gregg fatkini

Like many things on the web Gabi’s openness has created a little bit of a firestorm after many people claimed that she was advocating unhealthy living by asking others to post their pics. This is what she said on the topic… Continue reading