Archive for April, 2011

Kate Middleton and Royal Wedding Diet Tips

We got some great feedback on our post the other day about Crazy Nutrition Tips — from eating toothpaste to curb cravings to ONLY drinking coffee for 2 straight days to shrink your stomach. 

**Scroll to the bottom to find the winner of our free 21 Day Fat Loss Jumpstart**

While the world was glued to their TV’s this AM, watching the Royal Wedding … Kate Middleton’s dress wasn’t the only talk on Facebook, TV, and online — but of course how she looked in her dress trumped it all.

And as most women do before their wedding, Kate Middleton also wanted to shed some pounds and did so by following (and surely popularizing) the Dukan Diet.  We reviewed that diet several weeks ago … so check out that post if you missed our review of Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding diet secret, the Dukan Diet.

But the real question isn’t what Royalty does to slim down, but rather how do you spot a fad?

There’s a ton out there.  A simple google search for the word ‘fat loss’ brings up over 41 million choices.  Type in the word ‘diet’ and it’s over 390 million.

If that doesn’t muddy the waters and confuse the diet and fat loss issue, what does?  And with beach season right around the corner, losing fat fast is certainly a popular topic.

Use these 6 tips can help you make sure you’re not duped by the latest hype …

As a general rule, stay away from diets or programs that promise any of the following:

  1. Draw simple conclusions from complex medical research. Without seeing the entire study or understanding how to comb through the research, it is impossible to understand the conclusions. It is very easy to extrapolate individual components of a study to make it applicable to what is being promoted.  
  2. Promise permanent weight loss without exercise. While it is possible to lose weight without exercise, there will be large loss of lean body mass (muscle) weight in addition to fat. It is ideal to preserve as much lean body mass as possible during weight loss, even though it is inevitable to lose some. Research has also shown it is very difficult to maintain the weight loss without exercise.
  3. Requires the purchase of pills, potions, or other dietary supplements. Weight loss is very achievable with a slight decrease in calories and increase in physical activity (intensity or duration). Instead of decreasing the size of your stomach, most pills, potions, and other dietary supplements will cause a decrease in the size of your wallet.
  4. Eliminate an entire macronutrient or drastically limit any food group (e.g., low carbohydrate or very low fat diets).  A balanced diet is the best and safest way to successfully lose weight and ultimately keep it off. Moderation and portion control is the key!\
  5. Rapid weight loss that is said to be ‘effortless.’  Let’s face it, nothing worthwhile is effortless.  And the same goes for losing fat — if it were effortless, 2/3 of Americans wouldn’t be overweight or obese.
  6. If a celebrity endorses it, it’s likely a fad.  Hate to jump to conclusions, but it’s often true — just because someone who is famous says they followed this or that program doesn’t mean it’s the smartest plan out there. 

The next time you’re searching for fat loss advice, don’t turn to Kate Middleton or J Lo who both are apparently devout followers of the Dukan Diet.  And certainly steer clear of Lady Gaga’s ‘Drunk Diet’.  Outside of celebrities, the simple advice your mom always told you, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is" couldn’t be more correct. 

And the winner of a FREE 21 Day Fat Loss Jumpstart for contributing to our post the other day of Crazy Nutrition Tips is Alexandera Foster who has heard "Eating toothpaste to stop cravings" is a good idea. 

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Crazy Nutrition Tips

The longer we’re in this field and the more people we talk with, the crazier the questions, tips, and suggestions we continue to hear.

But yesterday may have been the icing on the cake.

We’re at the doctor’s office yesterday.

And the nurse asked Kara how she is feeling.  Kara said "still nauseous." 

The nurse says — "you’re never going to believe this, but the ONLY thing that works for nausea is eating CHEETOS!  I don’t know what it is in the Cheetos, but even the women in the office upstairs at Maternal and Fetal Medicine say the same thing.  And the BEST part — you don’t have to be pregnant, Cheetos work any time you’re nauseous."

So, out of all of that, you first probably picked up that ‘Team Mohr’ is expanding … and Ella is going to be a big sister later this year.

But getting away from that — Cheetos?  Really?

We looked at each other, bit our tongues, and just smiled and nodded.

Then we wondered — was it the MSG, dangerous trans fat, loads of salt, or maybe the Yellow #6 that had these "magical" anti nausea properties.

We both agreed the Cheetos themselves would make us sick — certainly wouldn’t ‘cure’ a thing!

Why is it that people cling to these old wives tails?  Is it that they want something to be true, like eating Cheetos may actually be good for you, or what?

Leave a comment on the blog — what’s the craziest bit of nutrition "advice" you’ve ever heard?  We’ll go through all the comments and will pick a winner for what we think is the "best" — the winner will get a FREE Copy of the 21 Day Fat Loss Jumpstart ($67 value) (JUST in time for Memorial Day, around the corner)


BIGGEST Dieting Mistake (and how to fix it!)

When people are looking for fat loss, the first question is usually "what CAN’T I eat?"

But the fact of the matter is it’s not just food that matters.

And actually it’s not exercise either. 

The BIGGEST mistake people make when trying to lose fat is not keeping a log of what they eat and drink. 

best weight loss toolThat’s it.  Pretty simple, right?  And while there are loads of websites, Apps, and other fancy gadgets to keep track of this … a simple $1.99 notebook from Target works perfectly well!

Why is this SO important?

Think of it like keeping tabs on your checking account.  Hopefully you keep record of the "ins and outs" so you know what and how much you have available.  If you don’t, you’re likely to overdraw your account.

Same goes for nutrition and keeping tabs on the "ins and outs" with what you put in your body and how much you expend, with exercise.  If you aren’t aware of what you’re eating, what you’re drinking, you’ll "overdraw your account" which means overdoing the calories going into your body.

And what does that mean?

You gain weight.  Week after week.  Month after month.  Year after year.  Until one day, you realize that you’re unhealthy, have a difficult time doing otherwise normal activities, and are "unsure" how you got there.  If you kept track of things, you’d quickly realize what happened because you’d have the "directions" right in front of you.

But imagine if that can all be prevented.

When you jot down the foods and drinks that go into your body, you have the directions of how you get from point A to point B.  Otherwise it’s a guessing game. 

It’s easy to forget about the handful of snacks you ate that your kid didn’t eat.  The few sips of juice from their cup.  The spoonfuls of dinner as you were putting it away.  The food and snacks you ate with friends while having a few drinks.

If you think those don’t add up.  You’re wrong.

And if you’re struggling to get on track, stay on track, or get back on track, writing down what you put in your body is the answer. 

Permanently losing fat can truly be that simple.  If you bite it, you must write it. 

Just because something is effective doesn’t mean it has to be complicated.
We did this for you in the 21 Day Fat Loss Jumpstart – we kept a 21 day food and exercise journal and give you full access to both. 

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Study Links ADHD in Kids to Pesticides

You may have seen the recent report or media attention regarding the decision the FDA was making regarding several specific food dyes in foods.  After sorting through the research they came to the conclusion that the food dyes weren’t linked to various behavioral issues and didn’t need to be banned (NOTE: they are in several other countries around the world).

So if it’s not food dyes, is it pesticides that should be banned?  Are pesticides an issue?  Check out this study from the Journal, Pediatrics.pesticides and ADHD

In a nutshell the study measured pesticide content in the urine of over 1,000 8-15 year olds.  Over10% of the participants had symptoms of ADHD … and, those with the highest concentration of the pesticide were more likely to have ADHD.

First, and as always, correlation doesn’t mean causation — in other words this was a correlation study, not one where we can directly see a cause and effect response.  However they did do a great job controlling for many other factors.

The first media report I saw about this focused on frozen fruit and vegetables — it said "you should not eat these anymore."  

And then some others started trickling out and they loosened up their recommendations a bit.

So what’s our take on it?

First, this was just one study — looking at just one snapshot of time in the adolescents.  However, keep in mind that others have shown other effects on the brain from this particular common pesticide.  And the doses of this pesticide were at "normal" consumption levels in adolescents, so not some abnormal amount given to determine the effect.

So more studies are clearly needed.

But with an almost 2 year old daughter ourselves, hearing "more studies are needed" when we’re talking about the health of children isn’t a great answer, even though we still do want to see them.

This study is clearly not definitive and is not the "final answer" on this situation.

There is likely a lot we don’t know about food additives, dyes, chemicals, and pesticides.  And that hammers home the point of focusing on foods that have less ingredients when feeding yourself and your family.

It also brings up the point again about buying organic foods.


From what we know about this point in time, there are a few things we suggest you can do:

  • If you garden yourself, avoid using pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals.  
  • Also avoid using fertilizers and pesticides on your lawns, if you have kids who play in them, or have gardens where these can leach into the soil.
  • When you do buy "soft" fruits that you eat the skin, like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and peaches, for example, buy organic.  Yes, these might cost more, but it appears to be worthwhile down the road.
  • Try to eat local foods when they are in season

In our opinion, the unknown is not worth it for our health and safety.  Yes, the pesticide companies and some governing bodies say these are all safe — but the less of anything "foreign" we can put in our bodies, the better. 




Restaurant SHOCKERS!

The other day I was talking to someone and she asked what was ONE thing she could do to break through her current weight loss plateau.

Just one.

My immediate answer.  Start eating at home more often.

You see, this woman is a social butterfly.  She’s out more often than she’s home.  Single.  In her late 30′s, enjoys cooking, but not quite as much as she loves going out to eat or getting take out.

Here’s the problem with that.

Restaurant food is LOADED with calories, fat, and salt.  All of those will hold you back from weight loss.

When I say loaded — I mean LOADED with hidden calories and fat you’d never expect.

Here are some RESTAURANT SHOCKERS that can help you navigate the menus when you do in fact go out.  BUT, the easiest way to control the foods and ingredients in your body is eat out less often.  Otherwise you’ll permanently struggle to lose or maintain your weight loss.


eating out at restaurants makes you fatOlive Garden’s Lasagna Fritta

Calories: 1030
Fat: 63 g (21 saturated)
Sodium: 1590 mg

Chili’s Skillet Queso with Chips
Calories: 1500
Fat: 88 g (36 g saturated)
Sodium: 3340 mg

PF Chang’s Crab Wontons with Plum Sauce
Calories: 363
Fat: 10
Sodium: 1763 mg

DINNERSrestaurants make you fat

Olive Garden’s Grilled Chicken Caesar
Calories: 850
Fat: 64 g (13 saturated)
Sodium: 1880 mg

Chili’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
Calories: 1580
Fat: 80g (15 g saturated)
Sodium: 4020 mg

Panera’s Steak and Blue Cheese Salad
Calories: 850
Fat: 64 g (21g saturated)
Sodium: 1590 mg

Red Lobster’s Steak, Lobster & Shrimp Oscar
Calories: 1170
Fat: 77g (33 g saturated)
Sodium: 2770 mg

WOW — those appetizers alone have more sodium than you should eat in an entire DAY.  And then the fat and saturated fat are equal to several days worth.  And appetizers are just the starter, too.

Mohr Results Bottom Line:  Eat out less often.  Make it a once in awhile thing rather than a several times/week thing.  The only way to control what’s in your body is putting what you know to be good in there! 

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