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Dec 1, 2010 / 11 notes

Would you join Madonna’s gym for $160 a month?

Madonna has opened up the first of her global gym chain Hard Candy in Mexico City and you too can Vogue while you sweat at steep price of $160 a month plus an $863 joining fee which includes your first 2 months.  

Apparently Madonna helped choose everything from the colors to the machines.  She even weighed in on all the choreography of the group exercise classes and gave them a twist to reflect her style.  Ummmm, when did Madonna get certified?  Just asking.  

My favorite quote is from Madonna herself, who told the BBC, “We spend what it takes to make a globally first-class gym.”

Just curious, but I feel like people who can afford a first class gym spend on trainers or have their trainers come to them.  It’s not the classes but personalized attention.  A great class is amazing and all, but when the choreographer isn’t even certified, what are you really paying for?  This place better have unlimited massages, facials, top of line shampoo, free water bottles, protein shakes and fruit to justify this cost.   

Madonna is crazy for thinking her fitness is worth this money.  

She said the new system takes into consideration how the body has to work harder to convert protein and fiber than it would for fats and carbohydrates. It also considered how some foods feel more filling than others. While creating a deficit of calories is what causes the weight loss, nutrients also make a difference, Kovach said. Fruits and vegetables will carry zero Points, to encourage people to eat more of them.

“Fruits and vegetables are good and healthy from the weight loss perspective, but at the same time, most Americans fall quite short of intake of these foods,” said Stephanie Rost, corporate program development director of Weight Watchers.

“We’re finding with our members reaching for a snack, no longer do a 100-calorie granola bar and a banana look equal,” she said. “The banana is a better option.” This gives people incentives to change their behavior.

Weight Watchers overhauls Point system - CNN.com Blogs

This makes me very happy.  Great job Weight Watchers!  I am a big fan of the points system, but I always hated the concept that they considered an apple equivalent to a 100-calories pack of oreo crisps.  This is great they are finally helping people learn how to feel full eating vitamin/mineral rich foods.  

Nov 29, 2010 / 42 notes
Nov 23, 2010 / 24 notes

Your Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Did you know that this Thanksgiving, you’re likely to consume over 4500 calories?!  

Don’t freak just yet.  Let’s break it down. 

A 6 oz. serving of Roasted Turkey (Dark + White Meat, Untrimmed) has as many as 450 calories.  A 1/2 cup of gravy will add flavor but also almost 178 calories.  

TIP #1:  Don’t eat the Turkey skin, and stick to white meat.  

TIP #2: Use store bought gravy instead of the homemade kind, it generally has less fat and calories.

A half cup of cranberry sauce has 209 calories.  Mashed potatoes made with whole milk and butter will add 238 calories per cup and homemade stuffing can total as many as 355 calories per cup. 

TIP #3:  Moderation, ladies and gents.  Use a smaller dinner plate and refuse to go up for seconds.  Chances are you’re had enough appetizers to feel full.  

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TIP #4: Instead of heaping on piles of mashed and stuffing, put a single spoon full of each and keep moving.  For cranberry sauce, limit to about a 1-1.5 inch thick slice.

Now add the candided sweet potatoes for an extra 355 calories for 3/4 of a cup.  Green Bean Casserole for 3/4 cup contains 165 calories, 3/4 cup of glazed carrots for 217 calories, one dinner roll With 1/2 pat of butter scores an additional 125 calories.

The current total is now 1920 Calories and we haven’t even mentioned dessert of alcoholic beverages.   This may sound a little overwhelming so to help you understand I have brought you a visual.  This video shows you what these typical servings look like.

Now add 2 glasses of wine, 240 calories.  A slice of Pecan Pie sadly has 456 calories.  Lastly if you like eggnog, you’ll have to add 400 calories to cap it all off! Your new grand total is 3401 Calories!   

Did we mention we have not even touched appetizers, what you ate for breakfast or night time nibbles?

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Can you guess who this “loser” is?  And by loser I mean, he lost a lot of weight.  
Nov 17, 2010 / 10 notes

CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs

Can you guess who this “loser” is?  And by loser I mean, he lost a lot of weight.  

Nov 17, 2010 / 15 notes

Moderation: Four Loko Is Not The Problem

This is a health blog and Four Loko is causing quite a stir in health news departments.  I have not tried the beverage but am eager to after all this media hype and attention, aren’t you?  Granted it would be for a “trial” and I would only have one but still, I’m curious what all the fuss is about.  However, I have had red bull and vodka.  Isn’t it basically the same thing?  Are they going to ban bars now from mixing the two?

I think it’s some what socially irresponsible to market a drink like this to college/underage kids.  Come on, blue and purple cans that look like normal energy drinks?  However, rather than ban something all together, don’t you think there is something wrong with our country if we can’t learn a little MODERATION.  Look at our waistlines, look at our restaurant serving sizes.  Moderation is not something American’s do well at with anything, unless it actually requires effort like exercise.  Even then, marathon participants are at an all time high even when most get injured.  

If we were to ban all products that people could not control their consumption of, we would have to ban most products produced by Kellogg, Kraft, Coca Cola, etc.  Obviously that is not going to happen since many legislators have stakes in these companies and it would hurt their wallets.  However, our wasitlines are proof that American’s are failures at moderation.  As the Four Loko story has shown, the government doesn’t think we are responsible enough to learn how to drink the beverage wisely.  I’m nervous to ask but are we responsible enough to eat a single serving of chips, cereal or ice cream?  

The caffeine is being taken out or it would surely face extinction.  As seen with the Twinkie Diet, we just need to consume less.  It’s not just alcohol, it’s food as well and rather than banning something we should focus on education.

I know I’m not talking about Four Loko, but alcohol or food, we all need to learn a little moderation.  (I am not off my soap box. Thanks for listening.)

Update: Four Loko apparently has the equivalent of 2-3 cups of coffee and the alcohol of 4-6 beers by various estimates.  Maybe they should market the stuff in a flask and promote it as liquor?  I didn’t realize the drastic amounts when writing my piece.    

Kim Kardashian proves that you don’t have to be a stick to look sexy and beautiful.  
The 7th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund AwardsRead more: http://jezebel.com/5691237/celebrities-make-peta-cry/gallery/#ixzz15SfpNFsg
Nov 16, 2010 / 11 notes

Kim Kardashian proves that you don’t have to be a stick to look sexy and beautiful.  

The 7th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

Read more: http://jezebel.com/5691237/celebrities-make-peta-cry/gallery/#ixzz15SfpNFsg