Green Mountain Grill Jim Bowie Grill – Non-WIFI

by on September 2nd, 2016

Green Mountain Grills - Jim Bowie Non Wifi Grill

The Green Mountain Grill Jim Bowie Model comes with a meat probe, a peaked lid for stand-up chicken/ large fowl/ rib racks, a convenience tray with utensil hooks, hard rubber tires and a venturi-style firebox for cyclone combustion.

Available options include a stainless steel no-warp lid, form-fitted grill cover, and a dome thermometer.


  • Control your grill’s temperature from 150°-500°F (66°-260°C) in 5° increments.
  • The firebox has vertical grooves cut evenly on its sides so that the air “whirlwinds” around the fire.
  • Your grill will come equipped with an internal thermal sensor that regulates the temperature.
  • Green Mountain Grills have a great, long-lasting paint job.


  • 2-Year Limited Warranty against Materials & Workmanship

Memphis Elite Wood Fire Grill

by on August 25th, 2016

Memphis Wood Fire Grills - Elite Grill

Big, bold, and made in the USA, the Memphis Elite Built-In Wood Pellet Grill is the ultimate addition to any outdoor kitchen. With a whopping 1252 sq. inches of cooking surface, a large 24 lb. pellet hopper, dual metal convection fans, and precise temperature control capable of anything from 180° to 700°, the Memphis Elite is truly a revolutionary cooking appliance.


  • 180-700° F Temperature Range
  • 304 Stainless Steel.
  • Dual Fan Convection System.
  • 24 lb. high-capacity wood pellet hopper.
  • EZ Access Flavorizer
  • Direct Flame Insert provides maximum searing versatility
  • Dimensions: 28x46x32
  • Cooking Surface: 844/1,252* sq. in. (*optional grates)


  • 5-Year Limited Warranty against Materials & Workmanship
  • 2-Year Replacement Warranty on Electric and Electronic Components

The Good vs. The Bad: Substituting Healthy Food Alternatives to Maintain a Better Lifestyle

by on June 27th, 2016

Healthy Food Alternatives

We all eat food in regards to how it taste. In the midst of enjoying the food, we disregard the importance of eating a quality meal. A healthy food diet consists of consuming a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your well-being, increase your mood, and liveliness.

Unhealthy or Junk food pertains to foods that have little to no nutritional value also known as “empty calories”. You do not have to totally avoid junk food, but eating too much of it makes meeting your daily nutrient requirements harder and can result in experiencing weight gain and adverse health effects.

Making better food choices can enhance your mental and physical health. Balanced diets are associated with lower prevalence in mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. They are also linked to achieving high-quality sleep.

Foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients contain a variety of protective substances that can lower disease risks and boost the body’s immunity. If you consume fruits and vegetables regularly in your diet, you can lower your health risk problems including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Healthy diets are also associated with lower overall mortality rates.

Here at Leisure Fitness we strive to provide our customers with all the tools they need to reach their fitness goals. Whether you are striving to lose, gain, or maintain weight a proper diet is essential to do just that. Below are a few healthy substitutes you can use to lighten up your favorite dishes without feeling deprived of your favorite foods!

White Rice: Trying substituting with whole grains like brown rice, quinoa or even grated steamed cauliflower
White Bread/Whole Grain Bread: Substitute with 100% whole wheat options
Pasta: Try substituting with whole wheat pasta or zucchini noodles/spaghetti squash
Flour Tortilla: Substitute with a corn tortilla or whole wheat tortillas
Mashed Potatoes: Substitute with grated steamed cauliflower
Burger & Sandwich Bun/Wrap: Try substituting with a lettuce wrap or whole-wheat option
Breadcrumbs: Substitute with rolled oats, crushed flax, or fiber cereal
Couscous: Instead substitute for quinoa

Cream Cheese: Substitute with a low-fat cream cheese or non-fat plain Greek yogurt
Sour Cream: Substitute with non-fat Greek yogurt or reduced-fat sour cream
Ranch: Substitute ranch by combining non-fat Greek yogurt with a dry ranch mix packet
Whole / 2% Milk: Skim / almond milk
Mayo: Plain low-fat Greek yogurt, avocado mash or low-fat cottage cheese

Bacon: Substitute with turkey bacon or prosciutto
Dark Meat: Instead try substituting with white meat that holds fewer fat and calories
Canned Beans: Substitute with dry beans
Ground Beef: Ground turkey
Eggs: Try substituting whole eggs for egg whites or egg substitutes such as egg beaters to reduce cholesterol and saturated fat. For every whole egg substitute two egg whites.

Potato Chips & Pretzels: Substitute for fresh veggies, nuts, popcorn or kale chips
Ice Cream: Substitute for frozen banana ice cream or frozen yogurt topped with fresh fruit
French Fries: Substitute with baked sweet potato fries
Pita Bread for Dipping: Substitute with fresh veggies (peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, etc.)

Soda: Cut out completely or substitute with seltzer water & a citrus slice (orange, lemon, lime, etc.)
White Wine : Red wine
Cream/Sugar in Coffee: Substitute with honey and cinnamon
Juice Mixers: Substitute with soda water or tonic water

Sugar: Substitute with Stevia
Butter/Oil: Unsweetened applesauce or mashed bananas
Butter/Oil to Prevent Sticking: Instead use light cooking spray or light olive oil
Milk Chocolate: Dark chocolate or cacao nibs

These are just a few easy swaps you can make to your every day dishes and snacks that will propel you towards reaching your fitness goals, we hope you enjoy them!

Sports Drink Supplements – Bulletin, Topic of the Month – June 2015

by on June 3rd, 2015

Doctor Paul Kennedy
It is almost impossible to avoid the ubiquitous nature of sports drinks and their connection to fitness and exercise. I have watched for years while individuals “burn” 300 or more calories in a twenty or thirty minute exercise bout and then “re-hydrate” with a 300 calorie bottle of a “sports drink”. Most of these drinks are primarily sugar, water and coloring. But in recent years, even more ingredients have been added by the sports drink industry in an effort to provide a more complete replenishment of nutrients. Some sports drinks are worth the cost but, in my view, most are not.

Indeed, water is generally the best way to go with respect to “supplementation” on the run or during moderate to intense exercise.

But there are some ingredients that have no place in a sports drink or supplemental fluid. For example, a recent case report in the Annals of Internal Medicine (published online on May 12, 2015) suggested that an ingredient in a sports “drink” called “Jacked Power” contained an ingredient called beta-methylphenylamine (or BMPEA) that may have been responsible and/or related to hemorrhagic stroke. BMPEA is chemically similar to amphetamine. A previously healthy 53 year old woman, for example, suffered a “sudden onset of numbness” about 45 minutes into her workout. A subsequent diagnosis indicated that she was suffering from a stroke. She was hospitalized for five days and, thankfully, appeared to recover.

Many sport supplement drinks have additives, of course. But the fact is that many ingredients and additives like BMPEA are not always listed on the label. A similar sports drink additive called dimethylbutalymine (or DMBA) has been found in some sports drinks despite the fact that it (DMBA) has already been banned by the FDA. It appears that the manufacturer removed “Jacked Power” from the market recently. But the takeaway message here is to hydrate with water as much as possible (especially as summer approaches) and be wary of energy “supplements” that may or may not necessarily enhance performance, but could potentially cause adverse and/or allergic reactions.

A balanced and calorically adequate diet should provide all the electrolytes necessary for an active lifestyle and proper hydration should do the rest.

I’m Dr. Paul Kennedy and that’s the “Be Fit, Stay Fit” Topic of the Month for June 2015. Good luck with your program. I KNOW you can do it!

Remember to check with your doctor before beginning any fitness program especially if you have been inactive for an extended period of time.

Topic of the Month – March 2015: Gaining Fat Weight As We Age- Is It Lack of Exercise or Calories?

by on March 8th, 2015

Doctor Paul Kennedy
The answer to the “Topic of the Month” title above would seem to be obvious. Both lack of exercise and over-indulgent eating habits are involved in our struggle to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce body fat. With approximately two-thirds of our population considered to be overweight or obese, the question in this article title is a reasonable one. Clearly, our overconsumption of food, especially “fatty” foods and foods laced with sugar (sodas and many prepared foods), are part of the formula for an overweight and/or obese population. But what is the contribution of daily activity and exercise with respect to relentless weight gain in every age group of our population? Well, although most would blame our relentless consumption of the calorie “dense” foods referenced above, it appears that our levels of movement (daily planned and unplanned activity or movement) has been identified as the major factor in our national struggle against unhealthy weight gain and obesity. In every age group, we are experiencing health issues directly related to our increasing body weight that appears to begin as early as the pre-teen years as a result of a simple lack of movement throughout the day.

An interesting study published in the American Journal of Medicine last August (Vol.127, Issue 8), tracked the increases in abdominal obesity of subjects over a 20 year period. In essence, it was found that although individual daily calorie consumption surprisingly did NOT significantly increase over the study time frame (1988 to 2010), levels of physical activity over the same time period dropped significantly! For example, the percentage of women that reported NO physical activity increased from 19.1% (about one out of five) in 1994 to 51.7% (over half) in 2010. In addition, the most significant rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) was found among younger women from 18 to 39 years of age. As for the men in the study, the number of non-exercisers increased from 11.4 % to 43.5% over the same time period. This means that in the last twenty years or so the number of people that participate in NO physical activity or leisure time activity was nearly HALF of the working population!

When the data was studied with respect to ethnicity and age, it was found that women, and especially black and Mexican-American women, showed the most significant drop in physical activity as they aged. This can have an influence not only on weight increases but this decrease in physical activity may directly affect an increased tendency for heart and circulatory health issues including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Therefore, although proper nutrition, reductions in dietary fat and sugar and moderate calorie intake are certainly important and effective for controlling our weight as we age, a sedentary lifestyle actually appears to have a much greater impact on our long-term health and disease prevention than any other factor.

Sustainable physical activity on a regular basis has been shown again and again as the most effective way to reduce fat weight and, of course, improve the heart and circulatory system and reduce the incidence of acquired diseases–particularly Type II diabetes. Just 20 to 30 minutes a day of brisk walking, for example, or other regular physical activity can assist in weight loss and, more importantly, help to prevent additional weight gain. Regularly scheduled strength training will also assist in enhancing muscle tissue that is critical to maintaining and/or improving one’s metabolism—another critical factor in preventing fat weight gain. Of course, if you have been sedentary for an extended period of time, make sure that you check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. So don’t just depend on dietary calorie reductions for weight loss—although they are generally helpful when accomplished in moderation. Regular exercise appears to be the vital key to more permanent and healthful weight loss. And, as you might expect, the associated systemic and long-term benefits of regular exercise, especially with respect to heart and circulatory issues, go far beyond weight control.

I’m Dr. Paul Kennedy for Leisure Fitness and that’s the “Be Fit, Stay Fit” Topic of the Month for March 2015. Good luck with YOUR program! I KNOW you can do it!

Topic of the Month July 2014: Pass (On) The Sugar

by on July 23rd, 2014

Doctor Paul Kennedy

Topic of the Month July 2014: Pass (On) The Sugar
It’s been nearly two years since I commented on sugar consumption in the USA. New research evidence has surfaced that indicates a continued overconsumption of sugar and “sweeteners” by many even though the sugar content of many processed and prepared foods has slowly (finally?) been reduced. It should be no surprise that the age groups most associated with sugar overconsumption are comparatively younger Americans. This does not mean that dietary levels of sugar in older populations have decreased significantly but it does indicate that younger people are still drinking highly sweetened beverages at an unhealthy pace. Parental control in this matter is, many times, non-existent and, therefore, young children and teenagers continue to consume sugar sweetened beverages at an unhealthy rate.

Although it is difficult to determine how much is too much when it comes to sweetened beverages and these sweeteners include high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which has become ubiquitous in our total food supply and can be found in almost every “prepared” food. What are the health issues related to sugar and HFCS consumption? Well, aside from the high caloric intake which causes overweight and obesity, the nutritional value is nearly zero. As a result of high levels of dietary sugar and HFCS, circulatory issues tend to arise along with fat weight gain and obesity.

In fact, there have been over a dozen studies (involving over 400,000 subjects) showing a correlation between sugar and/or HFCS intake to hypertension (high blood pressure)—even in teenagers. This condition seems to occur slowly and innocuously over time but research has shown that hypertension becomes a real possibility after about 18 months of regular consumption of sweetened beverages and foods.

How does this hypertension happen?

It has to do with how our arterial function and how dietary sugar and HFCS make our arteries struggle to maintain proper blood flow.

Our arteries are amazing in that they carry oxygen and glucose (energy from the food we eat) to the cells to help us produce energy for our daily lives and activities. When we exercise, the inner membrane cell walls of our arteries give off a chemical called nitric oxide which allows our arteries to open even wider (known as vasodilation) to allow greater blood flow when we need it. This nitric oxide is essential for arterial health and performance and allows our heart to work more efficiently. Sadly, sugar-sweetened beverages can–and will–lower nitric oxide levels in the blood. This means that the arteries become narrower and more constricted which, in turn, causes blood pressure to rise. Similarly, another essential nutrient that helps normalize and/or control blood pressure that is negatively affected by sugar intake is magnesium. The more sugar in the system, the more tense the smooth muscles of the blood vessels become and the higher the blood pressure due to lower levels of magnesium. This is why high blood pressure in teens as well as adults appears to be strongly related to the consumption of sweeteners like sugar and HFCS.

How much is too much?

Research seems to indicate that more than one serving PER DAY may be associated with a higher risk hypertension and high blood pressure. And don’t forget that higher sugar intake is also related to the risk for Type II diabetes—particularly in the absence of regular and vigorous exercise. Kidney stones have also been linked to sugar/sweetener consumption. As usual, moderation of sugar and sugar-sweetened beverage intake is major key to better health.  Remember that every 12 ounce can of sweetened “soda” and many iced teas contain the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar!! And don’t forget to look for and avoid the hidden sugar in many prepared foods when you shop. In other words, read and compare labels when you shop. The closer that one gets to fresh or frozen food without the added sugar or sweeteners, the lower the risk of many of the conditions and diseases discussed above. It all adds up!

I’m Dr. Paul Kennedy and that’s the “Be Fit, Stay Fit” Topic of the Month for July, 2014. Good luck with YOUR program! I KNOW you can do it!

‘Be Fit, Stay Fit America’ Radio Show with Dr. Paul Kennedy

by on October 11th, 2012

Dr. Paul Kennedy with Be Fit Stay Fit America Radio Show

Introducing “Be Fit, Stay Fit America”  with Dr. Paul Kennedy, the Leisure Fitness Director of Wellness Outreach!

105.7 The Fan | Saturday’s at 7AM to 8AM | Starting October 13th, 2012!!

As an advocate for creating and maintaining wellness, Dr. Paul will take calls from listeners to discuss how to integrate fitness into you and your family’s daily routine. The new show will feature relevant fitness and wellness topics.

Listeners can call in to chat with Dr. Paul with questions, concerns, and general commentary.

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Restaurant Food and Fast Weight Gain

by on September 29th, 2011

Doctor Paul Kennedy

It’s hard to believe but it turns out that the average American “eats out” about 20 times per month. Previous studies have shown even higher rates of food consumption away from the home. Another recent survey indicated that 20% of the population proudly consider themselves “fast food junkies.” As part of my seminar series on fitness and wellness, I include a section on weight loss and food consumption. Primarily, I ask the participants, if they have a personal issue with excess body weight (fat), to find just two hundred calories in their eating plan that can be easily eliminated. Keep in mind that two hundred calories is about the number of calories in a can of non-artificially sweetened soda and a small cookie. Clearly, this should be easy to do but, for some, even this is considered a “sacrifice”. What a pity because just this simple adjustment in their eating plan will result, if all other factors remain the same, in an annual loss of about twenty pounds of fat! To bring it into even sharper focus for the “fast food junkies”, I explain to them that it is possible to significantly reduce their caloric intake at a fast food restaurant with the following example.
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Heart Disease, Diabetes, Body Weight and Genetics

by on June 30th, 2011

Doctor Paul KennedyWe have known for years (decades really) that individuals that are overweight or obese are far more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes than those that are leaner or “skinny”. Clearly, there is much truth to that statement but some new genetic research has identified a gene known as IRS1 that is linked not only to having less body fat but, in addition, is linked to higher risk of heart

disease and greater chances of acquiring diabetes (Type 2). Many people always wonder what role genetics can play in a variety of diseases and conditions but the identification of this newly discovered genetic relationship is important.

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Wholly Guacamole

by on June 21st, 2011

Doctor Paul Kennedy
Summer makes me think of two of my favorite thing: Skinny Girl margaritas and guacamole! I usually make my own guacamole, but I noticed All Natural Wholly Guacamole in the produce section of the grocery store and thought I would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised to see only a handful

of casino online ingredients: Hass avocados, Jalapeno puree, onion, salt and and NO additives, preservatives or trans fats. In addition, each serving contains heart healthy monounsaturated fat as well as folic acid, potassium and fiber. Now the important

part…the casino taste! Wholly guacamole has a very smooth and creamy consistency with a few chunks of avocado and just the right amount of spice and garlic. Serve with baked whole wheat pita chips for a healthy snack, or use on sandwiches, salads or grilled chicken for generic cialis a quick and easy dinner. My personal favorite is Wholly guacamole with scrambled egg whites and fresh tomatoes…delicious! Bottom line: a quick and easy alternative to homemade guacamole that tastes fresh and is loaded with heart healthy nutrients.


Stuffed Turkey Burgers

by on June 20th, 2011

Doctor Paul Kennedy

Serving: 4


  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup shredded part- skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns


Separate turkey into 4 equal sized rounds. Make 2 online casino equal sized patties out of each round, so you have 8 patties total. Sprinkle 4 of the patties with 2 tablespoons

red peppers and 2 tablespoons cheese, and top with remaining patties, working the turkey around the edges to seal burgers closed. Season burgers with salt and ground pepper. Grill until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Serve on hamburger bun and bouncy castles for sale in canada


Nutritional Information (Per serving)

346 Calories; 3 g Fat; 28 g Protein; 28 g Carbohydrates; 3 g Fiber.

Understanding your Metabolism

by on November 18th, 2010

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People who are overweight or prone to gaining weight easily sometimes blame a slow metabolism for their bodies not expending calories quickly. But before pointing the finger at your metabolism, you should understand exactly what it is, what affects it and how you can raise it.

When most people talk about metabolism, they are referring to the rate at which their bodies burns energy, which is provided in the form of calories by food they eat. The two main types of metabolism are basal metabolic rate and resting metabolic rate.

Basal metabolic rate (BMR): Your body needs energy simply to exist. Every time your heart beats or you take a breath, you burn calories. BMR is the minimum level of energy required to sustain your body’s vital functions, such as breathing and brain activity, while awake, and does not account for physical activity.

The number of calories required for basal metabolism varies with sex, age, body size, lean body mass (muscle) and hormones. Because of the increased activity of cells undergoing division, younger folks have a higher (faster) metabolic rate than older people. In addition, as a result of a greater percentage of muscle tissue in the male body, men generally have a 10-15 percent faster BMR than women.

Resting metabolic rate (RMR): This is similar to BMR but refers to the rate at which you burn energy or calories at rest. Resting metabolism makes up about 50 to 75 percent of your caloric expenditure each day and is proportional to your body size and surface area, so taller, heavier individuals have a higher RMR than shorter, lighter people. In addition, people with more muscle have higher RMRs because muscle processes more calories than fat.

The Influence of Physical Activity

Physical activity, such as exercise, also has a great effect on your overall metabolic rate, boosting it both during the workout and afterward. Research proves that during vigorous exercise, metabolic rates can increase as much as 10 times the resting value. Physical activity can account for between 15 percent and 30 percent of your daily caloric burn, depending on the intensity and duration of the activity.

Other Considerations

Even your digestive process burns calories and increases metabolism. So just eating and processing food accounts for about 10 percent of your overall caloric expenditure.

Climate also can play a role in determining your metabolism, as studies show that the RMR of people in tropical climates or very cold environments is generally five percent to 20 percent higher than those in more temperate locations. With these temperature extremes, the body has to work harder simply to maintain its core temperature.

Increasing Your Metabolism

The reality is that RMR accounts for the majority of your caloric expenditure, and several things out of your control, such as genetics, sex, hormones and age, determine it.

The good news, however, is that you can increase your metabolism through exercise. The combination of regular cardiovascular activity and strength training will result in a body with more muscle and less fat, which produces a higher metabolism because even at rest, your muscles actively use more calories than fat tissue does. As a result, your metabolism speeds up to provide your muscles with energy. The more muscle you have the higher your metabolism will be. Therefore, the best thing to do to raise your metabolism is to get and stay active.

An Ounce Of Prevention

by on October 5th, 2010

Dr. Paul KennedyWe all know that health insurance doesn’t insure health but, rather, it insures sickness. And we all know that those individuals who exercise on a regular basis are less prone to a growing list of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer to name just a few. So why aren’t the insurance companies in the health business rather than the chronic disease business? Why would an insurance company not support (i.e. pay for) a weight loss/fitness program rather than gastric by-pass surgery. Well, aside from being tied to a profit motive (an unfair and counterproductive relationship when it comes to health), the tide may be starting to turn.
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Before and After Your Workout—What to Eat or Drink

by on August 1st, 2010

Periodically there is a reanalysis of what has become known as “sports nutrition” (which in most cases is essentially “exercise nutrition”) with respect to ratios or percentages of carbohydrate and protein consumption. As is usually the case in “exercise prescription” there are literally dozens of mitigating factors that may need to be considered in order to come up with the optimal amounts of these essential “nutrients” that will, hopefully, allow us to perform AND recover from exercise and/or competition more quickly and safely. Some of these factors include workout intensity, body type, gender, ambient temperature (temperature plus humidity), length of exercise bout or competition, current fitness level, type of exercise (endurance versus strength or power), the “timing” of the nutrient intake and even fitness goals (for example, weight management versus training for a specific activity or sport competition). It’s no wonder then that many people feel confused by all the commercial hype surrounding “supplements” or products associated with improving performance or even body composition. Let’s take a look at some fundamental ideas that will help to improve YOUR performance and maybe even save you a little cash.

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Sugar, Sugar — Another Look

by on June 1st, 2010

Everyone enjoys something sweet every now and then—myself included. But we as a culture eat more refined sugar in one day than our caveman ancestors did in a lifetime. It is estimated that the average person in the United States consumes about 40 POUNDS of sugar annually and another 160 POUNDS of “other sweeteners” such as viagr a pfizer high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)—the preferred sweetener used by manufacturers of carbonated soda and fruit juice “cocktail” (fruit juice sweetened with additional refined sugar or HFCS in order to make it cheaper). To put that amount of sugar per serving into perspective, assume that a person with whom you are having lunch orders a medium sized glass of carbonated water and calmly adds 10 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR before drinking it! You would probably be a bit shocked by that. BUT, that’s the same sugar “hit” as one 12-ounce can of soda. How much sugar in a “Big Gulp”???? Over 400! Get the picture? And there is even more “hidden” sugar in dozens of the processed foods that we love to eat. But just focusing on the overload of unneeded calories is only one part of the issue as described in my previous article on the subject (see “Sugar, Sugar”). The essentially non-nutritive value of refined sugar and HFC has many other unwanted effects that can be just as damaging as the creeping overweight due to caloric excess.

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Where The Calories Go To Play

by on March 1st, 2010

In last month’s TOTM (“ I Just Want to Lose Weight!”), I stated that the “culprit” in unwanted fat weight gain was too many calories compared to the amount of calories used to support the body’s activities. In other words, too little activity and too much food! But there is a corollary to the formula that many fail to implement in their daily lives. It’s easy to reduce caloric intake a bit (say, 200 calories per day) and to engage in a bit more daily exercise (a short daily walk, for example). But there are other factors that can help in a big way and that can have permanent positive effects on weight control. Here’s how?

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I Just Want To Lose Weight!

by on February 1st, 2010

The main driving factor in starting or maintaining most “fitness” programs is related to unwanted pounds. Although the other related health benefits of regular exercise’stronger muscles, healthier heart and circulatory system and lower incidence of chronic diseases— are, of course, thought to be important, weight loss is the primary goal for most individuals contemplating a fitness “program”. But it should be understood that “weight loss” should not be confused with the REAL goal of FAT loss. Anyone can begin to lose weight by drastically curbing his or her caloric intake. In fact, a drastic reduction in caloric intake will cause the body to lose weight almost immediately. Some of the weight loss will, indeed, be fat BUT some of the loss will be lean body tissue, which will possibly lead to a permanently reduced metabolic rate (the rate at which an individual burns calories). This reduced metabolic rate due to “binge dieting” or “crash dieting” can cause more problems down the road since the body’s ability to “burn” calories naturally will be negatively affected by less LEAN tissue.

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Diet and Immunity

by on December 1st, 2009

With a swine flu epidemic in full swing, it seems that there is no better time than the present to review the relationship between the strength of our immune system and our diet (i.e.-what we eat on a regular basis). The idea is to increase the quantity of foods that provide a “boost” to the immune system’an idea that was, for some time, thought to lack a sufficient data-base of proof. Well, no more! And the kicker is that many of those same foods that we always knew were good for us are, in many cases, not just foods that will keep us fit and trim but can also assist us in defending our bodies against “invasion” from viruses like the ones that cause colds and flu. Additionally, many of these same foods will help to increase our resistance to infections due to an increase in our white blood cell count—a critical part of our immune system.

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Fiber – Another Look

by on October 1st, 2009

It has been a while since an article about dietary fiber has graced these pages. It does seem that Americans are now getting the message about fiber based on information from the International Food Information Council Foundation that indicates that consumer awareness of the value of fiber has grown while focus on carbohydrates, while still important, has leveled off. What this information DOESN”T mean is that Americans are getting the fiber that they need. The USDA has estimated that only 20% of the population (about one in five Americans) gets the dietary fiber that they need. How much is enough? Well, for men and women fifty and under the amount is 38 and 25 grams respectively and for older Americans (those over fifty) it is, respectively, 30 and 21 grams. Dietary fiber, of course, allows the body to remain “regular” and stimulates the function of the bowels.
As a result, they help reduce the incidence many digestive disorders from irritable bowel syndrome to diverticulitis (small inflamed “pouches” that can develop in the colon) to hemorrhoids.

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Glycemic Index — Revisited

by on April 1st, 2009

It’s been nearly six years since I wrote about the glycemic index, or GI, as a factor in blood glucose control and weight control. The evidence at that time was still a bit speculative but in general showed that people that ate foods that were lower on the glycemic index (an index that measures how rapidly blood sugar can rise in relation to the consumption of a specific food), the greater the weight loss. But part of the issue back then also involved trying to measure how foods were mixed in the form of a meal. It appears now that the issue has been described in a little bit better detail with the development of a term now known as “glycemic load” or GL.

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