October 2018

The Breakfast That Helps You Lose Weight

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It’s 7 a.m., you scarf down a bowl of cereal and two much-needed cups of coffee only to find yourself starving by 10 a.m. Sound familiar? Wellness guru Frank Lipman, M.D., says it’s all too common. In fact, almost all of us are getting breakfast “wrong,” which is leading to weight gain and fatigue. The New York City-based physician says what our bodies really need to start the day is healthy fat and protein.

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A person’s diet, especially breakfast, should include “no gluten, no sugar and as little dairy as possible; breakfast is the meal people find the hardest,” Dr. Lipman said. “Part of the problem is that gluten is super addictive. You’re basically a drug addict, and [when you take gluten out of your diet] there’s going to be withdrawal.”

So gluten, meaning anything with wheat in it, leaves us feeling sluggish and dependent. But banishing bagels from the breakfast table is easier said than done, unless you have a decent substitute.

Dr. Lipman, who works with celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, suggests a breakfast of gluten-free bread with almond butter, an omlette, or kipper (a small salty fish) and eggs. If you dare, you could even eat last night’s dinner for breakfast.

Alternatively, you could try his brand of health and wellness products, Be Well, which includes protein shakes, like “Recharge” ($99, Bewellbydrfranklipman.com), which are packed with the right nutrients to start your day. With 21g of protein and a blend of mixed greens and organic berries, I was full until lunchtime.

Twenty-one grams of protein sounded like a good amount to me. But Dr. Lipman’s says numbers aren’t exactly his thing. “I’m not a calorie person,” he told me, adding that we don’t need a specific amount of protein first thing in the morning, just fewer carbs and more natural foods. That also means time isn’t the most important thing to consider when preparing breakfast. So none of that eat-20-minutes-after-you’re-awake stuff, just eat when you’re ready to start the day.

Admittedly, I’ve been hesitant to drink protein shakes in the past, since the taste can be really icky, but Recharge was pleasantly bearable. After I mixed it with a glass of almond milk, I got a creamy-textured, fruit and veg-flavored smoothie.

“My attitude toward food is that we need to eat real food, not food that’s been manipulated,” he said. “Try and eat as close to nature as possible.”

by Caroline Murray

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A Day on a Famed Nutritionist’s Diet

As a nutritionist, health writer and author of weight loss books people often ask me, “What do you eat?” I’m proud to say that I really do practice what I preach – I faithfully follow the eating plan from my latest book S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim, which means each of my meals is constructed as a puzzle with specific portions of 5 pieces: produce, a whole grain, lean protein, plant-based fat, and natural seasonings. I love this strategy because it’s simple and visual – there’s no need to count calories, grams or points; and the puzzle provides structure, but lots of flexibility. From meal to meal I can include foods, flavors or textures I’m in the mood for and enjoy what’s in season.

I split my time between New York City and Los Angeles but I’m in LA right now. Here’s an LA day in my diet:

BREAKFAST 8am:
It’s a chilly day in the marina so I feel like a warm breakfast. Since strawberries are in season one of my favorites right now is a mock strawberry crisp. For a delicious but healthy crumble topping I combine two tablespoons raw almond butter with a quarter cup rolled oats, working with my fingers until the texture is uniform. Then I slice some organic, local strawberries (yum!), add a squeeze of fresh Meyer lemon, warm in the microwave for 45 seconds, and lightly mash with a spoon to release some of the juice. Topped with the crumble it’s I-don’t-want-it-to-end delicious, and I still have one puzzle piece left – organic soy milk, my lean protein, which I thoroughly enjoy in an amazing latte from Intelligentsia, my favorite coffee spot on Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

LUNCH 12pm:
Salads are my lunch staple. I always start with a few cups of organic greens and in-season veggies, and follow the philosophy from book by adding the other puzzle pieces. Today my whole grain of choice is cooked, chilled red quinoa, and I combined my lean protein, plant-based fat and natural seasonings by whipping up a quick batch of hummus made with chick peas, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and roasted garlic. Each day I mix it up with different toppings, but this salad structure leaves me feeling nourished, energized and satisfied, and I don’t get hungry again for about another four hours.

SNACK 4pm:
I’m still blown away by how plentiful citrus fruits and avocados are in California. I have both on hand and it’s a beautiful warm day, so I decide to make the California Sunshine Salad from my book – sliced oranges tossed with sweet corn kernels (a member of the whole grain family), organic edamame and sliced avocado, seasoned with brown rice vinegar, thyme, cracked black pepper and organic lemon zest. It’s aromatic, refreshing and satisfying.

DINNER 8pm:
I’m in the mood for something spicy and this meal, also from my book, is one of my go-tos. I sauté a sweet red bell pepper in organic low sodium vegetable broth, then add a handful of spinach, crushed red pepper and a dash of white pepper. For lean protein and plant based fat I toss some broad beans with vegan basil pesto. I place the veggies on a bed of cooked barley (today I used purple) and top with the beans. I love to play food stylist when I’m preparing meals at home. I think it’s important because we eat with our eyes too – the aesthetic ups the satisfaction factor.

ESCAPE 10:00 pm:
I devoted an entire chapter in my book to dark chocolate, and a daily ‘escape’ as I call it is a mandatory part of the plan. Tonight I partake by enjoying one of my homemade truffles (the recipe is in the book) pressed with a fresh mint leaf. Not only are chocolate’s antioxidants and minerals good for my health, but this small indulgence really does satisfy my cravings, so I’m not tempted when my hubby munches on chips or cookies. It’s the perfect ending to a healthy day!

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Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, CSSD is a registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition and public health. Frequently seen on national TV she’s the sports nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, a contributing editor and blogger at Shape magazine, and she privately counsels clients across the country. Her latest New York Times best seller is S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches.

The Real Scoop On Body Contouring Lipomassage

This is year that I’m going to tighten up my tummy. I mean business. I’m just so fed up with having a mushy muffin-top, and I have no more excuses since I’m not planning on having any more kids. The problem is that after having weathered some pretty big phases of weight gain during my pregnancies, I fear that diet and exercise alone won’t give me the results I want. Actually, I know they won’t, because it’s been a solid year that I’ve been working out religiously and eating pretty cleanly, and though I’ve lost a lot of weight, my stomach still spills out of my jeans.

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Since I’ve given the good old-fashioned muscle method a thorough go (and always will), I’ve decided that it’s time to get some extra “help.” I contemplated a tummy tuck, but it seems too invasive, and I freaked out after watching Kate Gosselin’s consultation (which also made me feel a little bit better about my stomach situation). So I started researching less invasive procedures, and decided to try the new Lipomassage by Endermologie. “It is the only scientifically proven technique, targeting the fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. To date, all our clients who have experienced this technology have been extremely satisfied,” says Nicole Contos, CEO of NYC’s Smooth Synergy Spa, one of the few medispas that has the latest LPG Lipomassage machine, called the Integral.

Here’s how the treatment works: You strip down, then slip on a body stocking (think of a unitard made out of pantyhose), then the specialist massages your body with the machine’s new Ergodrive head, which is equipped with a bunch of motorized rollers that lift up and knead your skin in various different directions. This “mechano-stimluation” of the skin’s surface is proven to stimulate a deep biological response to eliminate fat cells, reduce cellulite, firm the skin, improve lymphatic drainage and overall reshape the contours of your body–all without any cutting, sucking, or other unpleasantries. Each treatment costs $150 and takes about 45 minutes, and upon my first consultation, I was told that I may see results after the first session, but should commit to at least six or eight sessions, getting two a week, to start reaping the benefits. A total of 20 sessions is suggested to see maximum results, after which you can go into maintenance mode with one monthly treatment. I was a little afraid of the cost and time commitment, but stayed the course because, as I said, I mean business.

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I have to say I felt a little slimmer after the first treatment, but it wasn’t until after my third treatment that I started to notice visible results. I could see that my stomach skin was more toned, less squishy and didn’t have that bloated look. I was really impressed. Maybe it was a slight body change that only I would notice, but it was enough to make me a believer, and I wound up doing a total of 10 sessions. Each week I saw a little more improvement, and by the end of five weeks, I can definitely say that I’ve gone down one pant size. I should point out that I kept up my workout regimen and good eating habits at the same time. In fact, I was told Lipomassage results are actually enhanced when you work out soon after a treatment because it’s easier for your body to flush out the toxins and fat.

The most challenging part of the whole process was finding the time to fit it into my day, but once I made it to the spa and lied down on the table, I was thrilled to get those 45 minutes of “me” time, and the procedure is actually very relaxing. It was just the treatment I needed to get back into all of my pre-pregnancy clothes, so while I did have to shell out a lot of money and etch out the time, I feel like I’ve gained a whole new wardrobe, as well as some much-needed body confidence. Like most spas, Smooth Synergy offers a discount if you buy a series of 10, 15 or 20 sessions, so if you are contemplating Lipomassage, be sure to ask about package deals.

Now, in all honestly, I won’t commit to getting into a bikini too fast–there are still some issues that maybe only plastic surgery could truly fix, but for now, I’m happy with my Lipomassage results.

Are you considering trying any type of body contouring treatments? Tell us!

By: Rachel Hayes

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Weight Loss & Maintenance Tips from Nutritionist & Yoga Expert

 

In the 1990’s we were a fat phobic society. Happily eating fat free muffins, fat free ice cream, fat free cheeses and not giving a second thought to the fact that these items were chock full of sugar, calories and preservatives. Then came along the Atkins generation and all of a sudden we were scared to death to put any carbs into our mouths. Instead, without an ounce of guilt we feasted on fatty meats and cheeses, glad to see a dip on the scale but not realizing what these foods were doing to our cholesterol and arteries, let alone fueling our brains inappropriately.

I see it everyday. People come to me for nutritional counseling, confused as to how they should lose weight, maintain their weight or how to eat a healthy diet. And you know what? I don’t blame them for being confused! There is a lot of information floating out there, and a lot of it is misinformation.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be so complicated. However, I will tell you this; to successfully lose weight and maintain, it’s not about going on one of these fad diets you read about, or doing a cleanse that everybody at work is talking about. Yes, the end result may be that you lose weight, but you will not maintain it. The only way to do so is by making a lifestyle change, one that is permanent with lasting benefits. Drinking spinach juice with a touch of wheatgrass is not a realistic meal plan for the rest of your life, nor would you want it to be! Where is the pleasure in that?

A basic principle of weight loss and maintenance is that the majority of your calories should come from lean protein. This includes all animal protein like chicken, fish, beef, eggs, meat and soy protein as well. Your carbohydrates should be coming mostly from vegetables and a small amount of fruit. It’s important not to cut out fats all together- healthy ones found in foods like olive oil, egg yolk, nuts, avocado and omega-3 are actually good for you and weight loss.

Foods that are the main source of weight gain are bread, pasta, cereals, corn products and rice. White bread/pasta or whole-wheat bread/pasta are pretty much nutritionally identical; the same goes for white and brown rice. The only difference is that whole wheat bread and brown rice are less processed, and won’t cause your blood sugar to spike and crash as dramatically. These are foods that are often referred to as “simple sugars” or “simple carbohydrates”.

Losing weight doesn’t have to be about starving yourself (and most certainly shouldn’t be), but rather, learning how to make better choices. It takes effort to make those lifestyle changes but you’re worth it!

Lana Levy is a nutritionist specializing in taking a holistic approach towards healthy eating, not only to help her clients achieve their goals, but also help them maintain a healthy lifestyle. Lana has also incorporated her passion for yoga into her services for her clients, as a way to stay fit, and create a balance between the body and the mind.Lana received her degree from Columbia University, where she completed her Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. In 2010, Ms. Levy became a Registered Yoga Teacher through an intensive training with YogaWorks here in New York City. In 2011 she completed a Prenatal Yoga Certification.With a background in nutrition and yoga, Lana works with her clients to create customized nutrition plans and yoga sequences that are specifically tailored to their needs. Whether the goal is weight loss, healthy weight gain, energy improvement, pre and post natal health, relief from various gastrointestinal ailments, Just For Today can provide you with tools to make a change for life!
 
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3 Ways to Eat Healthy On-The-Go


With January resolve starting to wane, many of us could use some help keeping our eating on-track. To keep energy high and our bodies slim as we fight off those winter blues it’s essential to eat nutritious foods throughout the day and stay well hydrated. However, we can run into trouble when our hectic and complex lives get in the way, making it difficult to eat those health boosting foods we know and love.

The solution lies in the preparation – you can choose a specially designed meal plan like Nutritious Life Meals, or prep, cook and pack yourself. Either way, the tips below will help keep your energy up and your metabolism revved while eating on-the-go. The reward will be a happier, slimmer and sexier you!

1. Nutritious Life Meals
Nutritious Life Meals is my newest tool to help you live a more Nutritious Life. The program will help you fit nutrition into your routine effortlessly and consistently, resulting in a healthier and slimmer you!

The plan works like this: each day, three freshly prepared gourmet meals and two snacks will be delivered right to your doorstep. I created each meal, so you know that you will be getting the right balance of nutrients in the proper portions to help you lose weight and gain energy. If you have allergies, dietary restrictions or simply don’t like certain foods (broccoli may never be your favorite, no matter how nutritious it is!), before each meal is delivered you can log into your online account, choose between four meal options, and even give some foods a “thumbs down.” This ensures that you’ll get nutritious meals that you will enjoy and be excited to eat!

2. “Brown Bag” 2012 Style
A portable cooler may not be the chicest carryall, but it’s an excellent tool to help you eat empowered. Portable coolers allow you to bring along more substantial snacks like endive and hummus, cheese and turkey slices or yogurt and nuts. These snacks are great because they combine protein and fat to help you stay satisfied. Okay, maybe a cooler is going a bit above and beyond for some of you, but a Built insulated lunch bag is something even the most uber-fashionistas can handle.

3. RX for Snacks: Have an emergency stash
Sometimes you need to run out the door and simply don’t have the time to prep a bag full of snacks (some days are just too unpredictable). For these times, a pre-packed snack bag is essential. Keep this bag loaded with nonperishable items such as mixed nuts, high fiber crackers, natural peanut butter packets and organic turkey jerky. Some of my favorite choices even include ‘unconventional’ items like tuna packets and oatmeal packets. I also recommend stashing some green tea and True Lemon packets in your snack bag to add to water so that you can always stay hydrated. Keep this emergency stash on hand at home to throw in your bag, glove compartment and inside your desk at work.

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Nationally recognized nutrition expert and published author Keri Glassman is the founder and president of Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City.  For years, Keri has been a leader in advancing a “whole person” approach to health and wellness.She has dedicated her career to creating services and promoting education through her Nutritious Life brand. She has authored two books; the most recent is The O2 Diet. The Cutting Edge, Antioxidant-Based Program That Will Make You Healthy, Thin and Beautiful. (Rodale, December 2009.) This book translates complex scientific research on antioxidants and the ORAC scale into useful and usable tools that everyone can benefit from. It empowers people to live a more Nutritious Life by combining a nutrient dense, high antioxidant diet with the other components of a Nutritious Life. The O2 Diet follows the Snack Factor Diet, (Crown, 2007.)Keri is a contributing editor and advisory board member for Women’s Health Magazine, and was the first registered dietitian to create a real food based snack bar, KeriBar.Additionally, Keri is the Nutrition and Health contributor for NBC’s New York Live, and is regularly featured on national television programs including NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live, The View, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, The Wendy Williams Show, MSNBC and The Fox News Channel.

Keri resides in New York City with her children, Rex and Maizy.

Tips to Make The Most of Your Cooler Cleanse Juice Cleanse

Juice cleansing is a great way to restart the body and mind so you can operate at full speed ahead! Replacing meals with specially formulated, fresh-pressed vegetable and fruit juice blends helps you build internal strength, shed weight and look brighter and younger. Cooler Cleanse is a great way to detox and they offer a variety of cleanses for any lifestyle. Eric Helms, the founder of Cooler Cleanse shares his tips to help you make the most of your detox!

The Before and After. Preparation for your cleanse is the most important. You get the maximum effects from your juice cleanse from eating well at least one to three days before and after your juice cleanse. You should follow a simple diet of whole foods which are easy to digest and rich in supportive nutrients. These pre- and post-juice cleanse days prepare your body, enhance the effects of the juice cleanse and make for a smooth transition back to your regular diet afterwards.

Cooler Cleanse offers a raw food detox called Raw Coolers, which is one of the simplest and most effective ways to eat well before your cleanse. Raw Coolers are prepared raw food meals made with top quality, organic ingredients that are delivered right to your door. You can also modify your diet on your own by cutting out anything heavy, creamy, fatty or rich. Eliminate all the starchy breads and anything packaged or enhanced. Many people prefer to eat vegetarian or vegan diets these days, but some organic animal and fish protein is fine. The rule of thumb is to eat and drink very cleanly. This means steer clear of foods and drinks that are hard to digest, disturb your balance and have a tendency to irritate the digestive system. This frees up energy inside so your body can focus on cleansing and healing.

New Year, New You: How-To Get Healthy & Maintain Your Resolution

The New Year is viewed as a time to reinvent yourself and leave bad habits in the past. Topping people’s resolution list each year is the desire to lose weight. While getting healthy is an admirable goal, people typically tend to go about it the wrong way. Many resort to cutting out food favorites like carbohydrates and fats, and in doing so create a diet plan that is unrealistic to maintain throughout the year. The key to successful dieting is to make small changes that will transform your life but not your lifestyle. Here’s how to make the most of your New Year’s resolution:

• Eat breakfast. Did you know that in order to gain weight, sumo wrestlers in Japan aren’t fed breakfast? It’s true and skipping breakfast slows down metabolism and encourages weight gain. Start your day with a breakfast that combines fiber and lean protein in order to rev up your metabolism and keep you feeling full ’til lunchtime.

• Add more fiber to your diet. Fiber is the secret to easy and successful weight loss. It is the zero-calorie non-digestible part of a carbohydrate. The more fiber a food has, the more satisfied you will feel after eating, leading you to consume less throughout the day. In addition, fiber has zero calories — so you get to fill up without filling out.

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  • All natural and low sodium
  • Specially formulated to comply with the F-Factor Diet principles, which recommends eating a variety of foods and getting the recommended daily intake of fiber

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Fiber-Rich Foods: Summer’s Quicker Tummy Tucker

Warm weather is finally here, so it’s time to say goodbye to bulky layers- and the extra pounds that have been hiding behind them. Dreading the thought of baring your beach body this summer? For a flat stomach, healthy glowing skin, and improved energy the solution is simple: up your fiber intake! The ADA recommends 25-35g of fiber per day for women and 38g per day for men. However, the average person is only getting 9-11g a day! The absence of fiber in Americans’ diets is a major risk factor for weight gain.

The simplest, most effective yet overlooked strategy for quick summer slimming is to eat more foods that are naturally high in fiber. High-fiber foods have a low caloric density, which means you can eat a lot while consuming relatively few calories. Dietary fiber also quiets between-meal hunger and sugar cravings. That’s because fiber-dense foods slow the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream after eating. A recent study found that people who doubled their fiber intake from 12 to 24 grams per day cut their calorie absorption by 90 calories daily. That’s a 9.4lb weight loss in a year!

Fiber acts like a sponge in your digestive tract, absorbing other molecules like carbohydrates, fats, and sugars—along with all their calories—and preventing them from settling on your hips. In addition, fiber contributes bulk to foods, which gives you the satisfaction of chewing, plus the feeling of a full stomach, without adding any calories. Since fiber-rich foods take longer to digest you feel fuller longer, and as a result tend to eat less throughout the day, which makes weight loss easy to achieve. Ready to try summer’s quicker tummy tucker? Look your best this bathing suit season by adding these delicious high fiber choices to your daily diet:

Reach for berries (instead of a banana): A cup of raspberries contains a whopping 8g of fiber compared to a banana’s 1g of fiber and carbohydrate punch equal to a whole white potato.

High-fiber cereal: Whole-grain cereals vary widely in terms of dietary fiber so compare brands. F-Factor Cereals pack the most fiber with 15-18g per-1/2 cup serving –up to 72% of your daily fiber needs.
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High-fiber bars: Most so-called health bars are basically glorified candy packed with calories and fat. A high fiber bar will help keep you full, without wreaking havoc on your waistline. F-Factor Bars pack 12g fiber, 50% of your needs in one bar!
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Pistachios: Pistachios are the highest fiber nut (3g per ounce). Plus you get more nuts per ounce, one serving of pistachios is 49 nuts versus only 23 almonds and 18 cashews.

Whole wheat bread: Choose 100% whole-grain bread that has at least 5 grams of fiber. Whole-wheat bread contains twice the fiber and almost half the calories of its all-white counterpart!

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