Losing Weight


Losing weight isn’t easy—and doing it in a healthy, sustainable way can make the task feel even harder.

What should you eat, or not eat, to get to or remain at a healthy weight? Here are some clear, easy to understand resources.

How Important is Organic?

How Important is Organic?

According to some people, everything needs to be organic. Others, who may have budget challenges, should choose which foods are most important to buy organic. For examples, bananas may not matter as much as apples. Why? Because you eat the apple skin and that is where the pesticides are found. Banana peels are thrown away.  Here are a few fruits and vegetables which should be bought organic if possible:

  • celery
  • bell peppers
  • stone fruits (peaches, nectarines)
  • berries
  • salad greens

Here are some that are less susceptible to pesticides:

  • cantaloupe
  • carrots
  • avocado
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • bananas

For more information read HERE  (organic) and HERE (non-organic).

Weight loss strategies

Losing weight isn’t easy—and doing it in a healthy, sustainable way can make the task feel even harder.

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Fast Facts

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2010

  • More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
  • About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese.


Using Body Mass Index (BMI) to Estimate Overweight and Obesity

The BMI is the tool most commonly used to estimate overweight and obesity in children and adults.

BMI of Adults Age 20 and Older
BMI Classifcation
18.5 to 24.9 Normal weight
25 to 29.9 Overweight
30 + Obesity
40 + Extreme obesity

For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are measured by using weight and height to compute the person’s BMI. The BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with the amount of fat in their bodies. An online tool for gauging the BMIs of adults can be found at:http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_BMI/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.htmlExternal Link Disclaimer



My Fitness Pal offers 67 weight loss strategies. For strategies to help manage those extra pounds, click here.   After losing weight, people from The Biggest Loser have difficulty keeping the weight off. Read more here.

What Not to Eat

Free Stock Photo of Meat Raw Beef 6 Foods That One Food Poisoning Expert Will Never Eat

William Marler is considered a national expert in food safety with over 20 years of experience. He has been at the forefront of foodborne illness litigation and has filed suits against companies that include KFC, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Wendy’s. Over the years he has compiled a list of certain foods that he won’t eat. He discussed, in an article in the Food Poison Journal, the top  6 foods he always avoids:

  1. Rare or medium rare meat
  2. Precut or prewashed fruits and vegetables
  3. Raw or undercooked eggs

See more at: http://www.foodbeast.com/news/6-foods-that-one-food-poisoning-expert-will-never-eat/#sthash.R8ZzLJxZ.dpuf

Meet the Real Villain of High Blood Pressure—Sugar

Courtesy of  http://janeshealthykitchen.com/hidden-dangers-fructose/

Meet the Real Villain of High Blood Pressure—Sugar

April 6, 2015
Daily Health News
James J. DiNicolantonio, PharmD

When it comes to high blood pressure, Public Enemy #1 has always been salt. For years, our doctors, governments, dietary guidelines, health institutes (such as the American Heart Association) and the media have bombarded us with warnings to reduce our sodium intake or face a higher risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease and death. We listened…and most of us did what we thought was right and cut back on salt. But some researchers are suggesting that this has all been one more big, long-standing jag of health misinformation. They provide evidence that salt isn’t all that bad and has a minimal effect on blood pressure and that another ubiquitous food flavoring—sugar—is the real culprit behind the explosive rate of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in America.  READ MORE HERE.


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