Archives for December 2012

Do GM Foods Make You Fat?

New research shows the genetically modified (GM) foods may help make you fat. So, today’s weight loss tips are 1. Go organic and 2. Cut out high-GM fast food and sodas.

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Weight Loss Tips from Rip

Rip Esselstyn is the guy who got me to finally go all the way and eat healthy.

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Which 5 TED Videos Should You Watch for Weight Loss Tips?

If you don’t know about TED videos, you are in for a treat. There are already over 1,000 of them, all free. Some TED talks are 20 minutes long, others just 180 seconds. I’ve picked the 5 best TED talks for helping you lose weight and their weight loss tips.

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Is There Something Called “Fork Cancer?”

There isn’t an actual disease called “fork cancer,” but the food on your fork can give you cancer. It turns out to be a good reason to lose weight quickly.

That’s true even though many doctors –even many oncologists (cancer doctors)– don’t know it. Dr. Ruth Heidrich’s oncologists told her flat out that there was no link between her breast cancer and her diet. When she stopped eating meat and her cancer went away, they couldn’t explain it.


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10 Cancer Fighting Foods

Losing weight is one way to reduce your risk of getting cancer, and that means eating less of certain things.

Did you know that you can also fight cancer by eating more of certain foods? Here’s a list of the top-10 cancer fighting foods, thanks to Dr. Bob over at All of them will also help you lose weight.

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3 Reasons Exercise Won’t Make You Lose Weight


The world is insane, but what really bothers me is that it is also unjust. What else besides fundamental injustice could explain that exercise alone seldom makes us slim?

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If You Eat too Much, Watch Out for Cancer

I know, I know. It’s not as if you needed another one. But, they keep piling up. So, here it is, another reason to lose weight.

It’s this:


“Being overweight is one of the key contributors to cancer.”


States with more heavy people have more cancer deaths, as you can see in the chart below, from

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What Can You Do Today

If you can lose weight – you can cut your risk of getting cancer, and of dying from cancer. As many as 20% of cancer deaths are due to excess body weight, according to the American Cancer Society.

Losing weight is easier said than done. I highly recommend the following four books for anyone who wants inspiration and advice on how to do so. Get one from your library today. (Or click on the affiliate links below to buy them from Amazon.)


How Far Do I Have to Run to Burn Off a Donut?


The next time you order a Venti Frappuccino from Starbucks, think about this weight loss tip:

It will take you 30 minutes of step aerobics to burn off the calories inside that tall white cup with the green logo on it.

The Frappuccino is just one item in the typical diet that comes so loaded with calories that not even a full-time bike messenger could burn them all off.

Have you ever slurped down a 12-oz. bottle of Gatorade after your work out? The 310 calories in that drink probably add up to more than you burned with all your sweaty exercise.

In case you think Gatorade is a healthy drink for during or after a workout, this fact should put that idea to rest. The less of it you drink the better, if you’re trying to get slim. (If you only pick up one weight loss tip from this post, let this be it.)

This is affected by metabolism, of course, but put metabolism aside for a moment and look at food vs. exercise on a strictly calorie-for-calorie basis.

I put together the following chart to show you why changing the way you eat will help your weight loss more than increasing the amount you exercise.


The Calories in These Foods

Require 30 Min. of These Exercises to Burn Off

Starbucks Venti Frappuccino (323 calories)

Step Aerobics (beginner)

Large cake muffin (280 calories)

Basketball (leisurely)

Regular-sized 2 oz (or 57 g) Snickers bar (271 calories)

Bicycling, 15kph

20oz. bottle of coke (240 calories)

Golfing (walk w/o cart)

Large plain bagel (360 calories)

Hiking, no load

13 oz. serving of cheese omelette (460 calories)

Jogging, 8kph or 5 mph

Medium 6 oz. cooked rib eye steak (450 calories)

Stair climbing machine

One jelly-filled donut from Dunkin Donuts (290 calories)

Slow weight training


Losing Weight vs. Losing Fat

How many calories do you think they have burned? Photo: Mike Barid, Flickr.

When I talk about losing weight, I am really referring to losing fat. Exercise builds muscles, which are heavier than the same amount of fat.

It is possible to lose some of your fat while still not losing weight, if you are adding muscle weight at the same time. You would be healthier, and your body would have a more attractive, fitter shape.

But it might not weight much less.

So, don’t get caught up by the number on the scale, especially if you are exercising and building muscle.


What You Can Do Today

Here’s that weight loss tip again: If you drink energy drinks, stop it. Just stop it. Starting right now.

Instead, take a bottle of water with you and squeeze some lemon into it, if that appeals to you.

Better yet, keep a jug of chilled green or hibiscus tea on hand, and fill your bottle with it when you work out. Both have a nice taste, are exceptionally high in cancer-fighting antioxidants and will not make you fat.

Body mass index (BMI) – How do I calculate it?

Your body mass index is important because it allows you to determine your risk level for major dangers like cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. All of these conditions are more likely to strike and kill you if you are obese.

To calculate your body mass index, or BMI, doctors compare your height to your weight. I say doctors do this, but –really– anyone can do it. You can do it for yourself.

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