Friday, April 26, 2013

Diet Pills - Think Before you POP!

I was asked this question since October – how did you lose this weight without pills?
Today when we watch shows everyone is advertising to lose weight and keep it off, but there is always a catch – a magic pill. Now, do not get me wrong I love Dr. Oz, and because he recommended something I did actually look into some of the pills he suggested like Green Coffee Beans. Now before I changed my lifestyle, I did run to the store, rather online, and purchased a bottle of Green Coffee Beans. I took them almost every day, and did not see any major results, but then again I did not track my results. The pills did not make me sick or anything, but I just did not purchase anymore AFTER the bottle finished.
The problem most people have with pills is, you have to make sure you have enough in stock, and if you run out on the week you have low funds, chances are you will not purchase them again – so where does this leave you? Back on the same road you was on in the first place – living unhealthy. So before you decide to incorporate these “magic pills” make sure you are doing what is best for your overall health, not just to satisfy the number on your scale.
Pills are not the way to lose weight. There is no such thing as magic pills with no serious health conditions. In the past, I’ve taken pills such as Stacker 2, Green Coffee Beans, Green Tea, , Alli, Phentermine, and Slim Quick. The only one prescribed by a doctor was Phentermine, and I had another doctor who recommended Alli. But, regardless of what all of these pills came with serious side effects, and when I took them, I did not feel good about my decisions. For instance, when I took Stacker 2 I was literally sweating all day even when I was idle and my heart was racing rapidly all day. Taking Phentermine was an experience because it is an appetite suppressant. I was not as hungry as I thought, but I suffered emotionally. Even the doctor warned me about the possibility of me experiencing some emotional side effects; he did not want me to use this long term; therefore, it was not going to be a long term solution.
Developing a healthy lifestyle especially for those looking to lose weight means you have to find ways to change your outlook on life as it comes to food and exercising. You cannot want to depend on a pill to help you because chances are, once you go back to the regular rituals without the pills, you are going to revert back to your original state. The only pill one needs is pills that are going to work and make you feel better – like multivitamins. It is difficult to not want to buy these magic diet pills because we see the awesome before and after pictures of the models on the packages and the advertisements read you can lose 20 pounds in 20 days, but you have to think about the long term damage it will impact.
Researchers have looked at the diet pill industry, and have concluded these pills cause major damage on those who become dependent on diet pills. Prescription diet pills can assist in your weight loss, but it does come with a long list of dangerous side effects if taken long term (Dyer, 2009). So, if prescription pills come with side effects, then imagine the dangers associated with diet pills people purchase at the drug stores daily. In 2012, a young mother started to take the popular drug, Hydroxycut, and after only taking it for four days she had only slept one hour, and stabbed her daughter with scissors (Ritter, 2012). While it is not fully proven whether the drug had link to the mother’s rage, the fact she was “high” on this drug could lead one to understand why she was sleep-deprived. In 2009, the makers of Hydroxycut pulled the product from shelves because they received reports that an ingredient, hydroxycitric acid (HCA), used in their formula caused liver damage; presently the company reported they no longer include this ingredient (Smith, 2013).
As you seek to enter this long term healthy living journey you have to remember you did not gain the weight overnight, and you will not lose it overnight. It takes time to reprogram your mind and body because we do not want to force ourselves into a dangerous situation. Eating right and making better decisions will lead you into the direction of healthy. Listening to people and their success on these diet pills should not be the option you seek because just like they are not sure of the dangers the pills have on their body, you do not know how it is going to react to your body. Think before you do!

Dyer, A. (2009). Facts on Dangers of Diet Pill. Retrieved from
Ritter, K. (2012, March 14). Danielle Yvonne Slaughter Allegedly Used Scissors To Stab, Kill Daughter Citing 'Evil Presence' . Huff Post .
Smith, D. M. (2013, February). Hydroxycut. Retrieved from WebMD:

Friday, April 19, 2013

FIBER Information...

the health nut: fiber, it moves me: That’s the slogan we adopted for our student dietetic association t-shirts, no kidding. My brother though it was such a hilarious saying tha...

This is great information! Definitely had to share!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Benefits of Fruit

Not sure what fruits are good for you?

Here is a list of health benefits and the various fruits that aid in a life towards healthy living.

Remember there are many other fruits, and they too have benefits for improving your life and providing you an opportunity for a healthy lifestyle.

Type of Fruits
Protects your heart
Apples, Bananas, Cherries, Grapefruit, Grapes, Lemon, Lime, Oranges, Prunes, Strawberries
Lowers cholesterol
Cantaloupe, Avocados, Figs, Grapefruit, Prunes, Pears
Saves your eyesight
Apricots, Cantaloupe, Grapes
Prevents constipation
Blueberries, Peaches, Prunes
Supports immune systems
Cantaloupe, Oranges
Controls blood pressure
Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Cantaloupe, Figs, Lemons, Limes, Watermelon
Aids digestion
Mangoes, Peaches, Pineapple
Combats cancer
Apricots, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Oranges, Peaches, Strawberries, Raspberries

Grow to love fruit... They're delicious

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Morning GREEN Smoothie

Yes it is GREEN!
Double the green - broccoli, spinach, mango, banana, and strawberries! Let's talk about smoothies!

Green smoothies are not only delicious, but great for you. FIBER and VITAMINS - how could you lose? As part of my healthy kick, I make sure to have at least 1 green smoothie a day, especially when I am on the run. Total time to make it? Less than 5 minutes. Again food is not your enemy, but as you change your mindset, you will change you outlook on it.

Enjoy the morning!

TW aka Plus Size Health Nut

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Food is NOT your ENEMY

                Losing weight requires a lot of changes in your life. I hate to call it a diet because diets require the temporary change of food and exercise regimes. Wanting to adapt a healthy lifestyle requires the need to want to be HEALTHY. The goal should not be just to lose a certain amount of weight or to weigh a specific number, but the overall goal is to make adjustments to allow one to become healthier 100%. So, looking at food is one of the first things you have to adjust.
                In the beginning, people look at food as the enemy. When people seek to make changes, they become very mindful of what they eat, how many calories, and various other factors become the main aspect towards their healthy goal. But, the objective is to not swear off all bad foods because the reality is, we need a combination of good and bad foods – your new goal is to just now choose the good foods more often than before, and sporadically “treat” yourself to the bad foods. How can one do this?
                First, know what your weaknesses are. I hear many times, “I love bread…” “I cannot be without potato chips…” and the list goes on. Once you have identified your main weakness, the next step is learning how to make those adjustments into healthier selections. This is the hard part because some people truly find it difficult to eliminate their favorite foods. Although I went cold turkey and literally eliminated all my weakness foods – chips, cookies, break (I love biscuits), and juice, I would not recommend it for someone who has not fully adapted the mindset necessary for this lifestyle change at first. But, you have to gradually reduce your intake or control the amount of foods readily available to you.
                When I changed my mind and took full control of my life, I literally went through my cabinets, refrigerator, and freezer, and threw out ALL the garbage. Leaving your temptation foods readily available in your household or draw at work will make it too easy for you to cheat with the “enemy.” Once you reduce the amount of enemy prone foods, you will grasp an understanding of how to casually implement those treats into your new lifestyle. If you know you used to eat a big bag of potato chips every day, you may need to reduce it down to once a week, in the early afternoon, and prepare to work out afterwards. Although you will still take in those calories, if you plan and stick to the plan of working out afterwards, then it will lead towards successful results.
                You cannot be afraid of food. You are still allowed to go out and enjoy yourself. Too many people say they cannot go out and enjoy themselves because their friends aren’t eating healthy with them. While this is true, you have to keep your goal in mind. If there is a group of people going out and you truly have the desire to have buffalo fried wings, then see if anyone else wants them and share. We cannot torture ourselves and become afraid to eat – you will quickly relapse if you do not give into your desires. Understand that many people in your circle will definitely help you keep focus – do not doubt them. Having family and friends who eat freely in front of you, will still watch what you eat, and support you in your endeavors.
                The final step in loving the right foods is, reshaping your mind. You are going through a full transformation process. Your body and mind has to be on the same wavelength; however, it takes a while for the two to sync. One day you will wake up wanting egg whites, but by lunch time you desire a muffin – this is normal. It takes many trials before you fully become successful in making the best food choices. Think of it this way, you are reprogramming your mind to adjust to the new settings – healthy settings. Slowly get rid of the bad foods, and replace them with foods and snacks that you actually enjoy! Do not let food control you and your goal of being healthy. Food is not the enemy, but you have to start realizing you desire better fuel (fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and lean proteins) to survive. Once you eliminate the bad fuel – you will see just how better you feel inside and outside.