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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Weight Loss Challenge

"A group of 5 male co-workers from First Coast News decided to start their own challenge as a way to motivate each other to drop a few unwanted pounds. Each of the group members put $50 into a pot. Every week the person who losses the biggest percentage of weight wins $10. Then at the end of 15 weeks the winner of the challenge takes home $100." There's money involved so there is a big incentive for guys who are typically not motivated to loss weight," says Kevin Ronningen, weight loss challenge participant. - Full Story

This sounds like a brilliant idea. However, it may not be easy to tell your friends or family members that they are too fat and they should lose some weight.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Lose Weight & Stay Fit

Two reseachers conducted a 12-years study that followed people who had lost weight and were successful in keeping it off. They found that the followings are the key to staying fit and healthy:
  • Eat a low calorie diet
  • Eat a low fat diet and eat less saturated fat
  • Eat a moderate amount of carbohydrates
  • Go easy on fast food
  • Exercise regularly

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Diet Pills Safe For You?

Some drug makers pay key leaders in a field of medicine, such as chairs of departments in medical schools, tens of thousands of dollars if they are saying the right things about their product. They manipulate medical education sessions, lectures, articles in medical journals, research studies, even personal conversations between physicians to get their product message across. -- Full Article

If you think diet pills are safe to take because your doctor or TV ads have said so, you may want to think again. Sounds like drug companies are simply testing their products on human guinea pigs.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Snack Your Way to Weight Loss

I have seen over and over again the positive physical and mental results clients achieve when they take the time to snack. When we start snacking more often, we usually eat less at each meal, and we lose some of the cravings for all those goodies. -- from "Let's Snack our Way to Weight Loss and Health!"

My favorite snack is nuts. I mixed one cup of unsalted roasted peanuts, 1/3 cup of unsalted roasted sunflower seeds and 1/3 cup of unsalted roasted soynuts. It is healthy, low-sodium and keep me going for a long time without feeling hungry.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Be Happy, Be Slim

Happiness leads to weight loss.

Unhappy people tend to sit in front of the television and overeat and do nothing but complain," he said. "Even if they are feeling frustrated, sad, or angry, they tend to bottle their energy and do little to nothing with it. As a result, they get fat.


Amen!

Monday, August 07, 2006

You Got the Power

From all the numbers that Julia Havey used to argue her lawsuit against Coke, it seems like she had given the company too much power. According to Julia Havey, a marketing gimmick by Coke will drive people to drink 151 cans of soda everyday for 300 days. It will get us to buy 45,000 cans of Coke products. It will force us to spend $6,500 on Coke products within less than a year. It will make us consume 9,770,000 calories and gain the weight of a pickup truck to get the top prize. It will make us drink to death.

It boils down to who has the power to control your lives, Coke or you? You got the power!

Giving Coke so much power doesn’t sound like a sound approach to promote personal responsibilities. If Julia Havey’s arguments had any validity, someone can sue Domino’s Pizza for their buy-one-get-one-free promotion. Here is why. There are far more people with diabetes than those with hyponatremia and a Domino’s Pizza costs much less than 45,000 cans of soda. If the first pizza doesn’t do enough harm to a diabetic person, the second one will do the trick. Therefore, you can sue Domino’s Pizza for attempted murder by targeting diabetic patients.

All the numbers that she used came from good math but bad logic. She mentioned that 2 leading nutritionists often treated people who can’t stop drinking water even though their bodies have enough (hyponatremia). My question is: did the 2 leading nutritionists know what percentage of the population have this condition? Her argument made it sounded like Coke was targeting these people with this rare condition, without mentioning the fact that the promotion was aimed at the general public. 99.99% of the general public have well-functioning brains that will prevent them from drinking to death.

If Julia Havey’s arguments had any validity, someone can Domino’s Pizza for their buy-one-get-one-free promotion. Here is why. There are far more people with diabetes than those with hyponatremia and a Domino’s Pizza costs much less than 45,000 cans of soda. If the first pizza doesn’t do enough harm to a diabetic person, the second one will do the trick. Therefore, you can sue Domino’s Pizza for attempted murder by targeting diabetic patients.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

You Gain It, You Lose It

I blogged about Julia Havey's lawsuit against Coke's "My Coke Rewards" on July 15 and again on August 2 after learning that she dropped her case. Today, I received an interesting comment from Julia Havey herself.

I am well-informed, don't need the publicity this has brought as I have already had a "best-selling book" and write for 14 million people each week as the Master Motivator at eDiets.com, so their attempt as smearing my image simply has no logic or truth to it.

If I were a Master Motivator, which I wish I could become someday, I would promote the idea of taking personal responsibility in the weight loss battle. When I was 50 lbs overweight, I never thought I would sue Colonel Sanders for his fatty but tasty fried chickens that I ate by the bucket. I never thought I would sue Coke or Pepsi for their sugar-loaded drinks which I drank by the galleon. I never thought I would sue Burger King for their greasy whoppers which I chowed down 4 at a time. When I looked at myself in the mirror, boy I wish I said to myself, "How about suing those jerks who gave me this big piece of ass?". But nobody was to blame but myself, although the truth might be harder to swallow than a slice of Domino's pizza.

Haven't we grown to blame someone else for everything that doesn't go our way? It's always someone else's faults. If we are not happy, we blame our parents, our jobs, our government or now the high gas prices. If we are addicted to the cigarette, we blame the tobacco industry. Now our waistlines are getting bigger, we start blaming Coke, Pepsi, McDonald's .... Regardless who we blame, our overweight problem is the result of bad personal choices. To fix the problem, the key is to make better personal choices like staying active and eating healthy. The bottom line is: you gain it, you lose it!

Coke encouraged you to buy more products, but did its rule say that you had to drink it all in one day to win? Instead of drinking 150 cans a day, why not drink 3 cans day for 50 days? Or give some away.

The argument of drinking yourself to death with water came either as a scare tactic or out of the lack of knowledge on how the brain works. Before you are remotely close to having too much water, your brain will stop you from drinking.

Our body has very sophisticated mechanisms to protect ourselves from doing silly things. For example, have you ever heard anyone choked him/herself to death? I bet not because it is impossible. If you put hands around your neck and start choking, you will reduce the amount of oxgen to your brain. You will become dizzy and weak to the point that you lose strength in your hands. Then, you will release your hands and start breathing again.

I thought people filed lawsuits with the belief that they could win. What is the point of filing and dropping in such a short period? Oh well, that may be the point!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Rude But ...

The doctor may be rude to his obese patient, but he wasn't out of line.

The state Board of Medicine voted to dismiss its disciplinary case against a doctor accused of telling a patient she was so obese she might only be attractive to black men. Detail here

Weight Loss as Top Goal

For folks over 50, the top goal appears to be weight loss according to a survey of 5,000 people over age 50 from all 50 states. The top three goals are: weight loss, writing a book and a trip to Hawaii. Lossing weight is similar to saving for retirement - it is never too late to start.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Weight-Loss Instructor Drops Suit

Julia Havey, a St. Louis weight-loss instructor, filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola over its "My Coke Rewards" product promotion. Now she has dropped her lawsuit.

It sounds like a frivolous case about nothing. Based on her reasonings of the original suit, she could starting suing Domino's Pizza for their Tuesday's buy-one-get-one-free promotion.