Benefits of Pink Salt

Pink salt is a type of salt that is naturally pink in color. Pink salt is much healthier than regular table salt. The traces of other minerals in pink salt are responsible for the mineral’s pink tint.

Pro Weight Loss Pink Salt is a blend of premium, unrefined, solar-dried sea salts which delivers critical trace minerals.  We do not use flowing or “anti-clumping” agents as commonly added to regular table salt such as aluminum hydroxide, refined sugar, stearic acid, sodium ferrocyanide, calcium phosphate and other undesirable additives.
Our sea salt comes from the cool, blue, unpolluted water of the Mediterranean Sea using the oldest method of obtaining salt: solar evaporation.  Seawater is transferred through a series of evaporation ponds, while the hot, dry climate and gentle breezes hasten the evaporation process leaving behind only sparkling white salts crystals, containing valuable trace elements (not found in regular, refined table salt).

    • Our salt contains a vast array of essential minerals, and it is of incredible value for your health.  Today modern refineries have chemically altered most salt making it hazardous for human consumption.

      • Contains 84 essential minerals required by the human body.
      • A good source of magnesium, in which 80 % of all individuals are deficient.
      • Promotes a healthy pH balance of the cells.
      • Helps regulate blood sugar levels.
      • Helps regulate the body’s natural sleep cycle.
      • Absorption of food particles.
      • Promotes bone strength.
      • Energy production
      • Supports vascular & respiratory health.
      • Prevention muscle cramps.
      • Enhances immune function.

Use Pro Weight Loss Multi-Minerals (Pink Salt) daily in place of regular table salt to add robust flavor to foods and drinks for the whole family!

Winterize Your Workouts

Snow is beautiful, especially the first snow or the snow on Christmas Eve. After that, it starts getting really old, really fast, until you’ve had enough and welcome spring with open arms. Everything is a bit more difficult in the winter, even workouts. That’s why it’s important to make sure you winterize them, as you would the drains and pipes of RVs, campers, boats and pools. No, it doesn’t mean you add antifreeze or wrap yourself in heat tape but make a few strategic changes.

If you’re a runner, remember to layer.

“Baby it’s cold outside” and that can make you bundle up in heavy coats. It’s good if you’re going to the store or doing something less active, but not good for running a mile or two. You need to adjust your clothing based on the temperature, but always wear gloves and at least a lightweight baseball cap or headband. If the weather is 25 to 40 degrees, wear thermal/windproof pants, a long sleeve shirt and windbreaker and thermal vest. Thermal socks can keep your toes warmer. Start with extra layers you can remove and tie around your waist as you warm up.

Don’t fight the snow, make it your gym.

Most people find trudging in the snow a real chore. Not only are you dressed in more layers, but it’s also simply harder to walk in the snow. A study shows that you burn 34% more calories if you walk in the snow or walk into the wind. That extra effort can provide a benefit for weight loss and help you get fit faster. If you can’t tolerate the cold for very long, just walk for five to ten minutes at a time. Keep your mouth covered with a scarf or winter face mask if you have respiratory issues. It helps warm and humidify the air and makes breathing easier.

If you’re not a cold weather person, take your workout indoors.

You may already be exercising indoors, in which case, don’t forget to hydrate. In cold weather, it’s easy to skip sipping on water, but still quite necessary. If you’ve walked or done other exercise outside, join a gym, take up an indoor sport like racquetball or skip going anywhere and try a video or online workout program. You can have a less formal workout program by turning up the music and dancing for a half hour.

  • Even if you aren’t an outdoors person, if the sun is shining and the wind isn’t blowing hard, walking on a crisp, cold day can be invigorating. You’ll burn more calories and feel better than when you started to walk.
  • For those snowy evenings when the roads are closed, have fun with active games with the kids. You can even do exercises, like jumping jacks, together, dance or for the young, play active games.
  • If you want an inexpensive way to set up an at home gym, get jump rope, resistance bands and a yoga mat. You can do bodyweight exercises or add dumbbells, kettlebells or use makeshift weights like cans.
  • Learn to love the cold weather. While trudging through cold temperatures may not be ideal, it can improve circulation and help relieve aches and pains.

For more information, contact us today at ProWeightLoss

10 Foods You Should Avoid Eating

Below is a list of 10 foods you should avoid eating. These foods will derail your fitness and weight loss efforts every single time.  We will suggest a healthy substitute for each of these off-limit foods:
Do not eat #1: Anything fried. Try this:  Oven baking or pan-sautéing.
Do not eat #2: White bread.  Try this: Sprouted wheat bread such as Angelic Bakehouse 7-Grain, Ezekiel 4:9 Flax Sprouted, and Alvarado Street Sprouted Breads.
Do not eat #3: Creamy salad dressing.  Try this: Vinegar dressing with fresh herbs such as basil or cilantro.
Do not eat #4: White rice.  Try this: brown rice, wild rice, or quinoa.
Do not eat #5: White sugar.  Try this: Fruit, unsweetened applesauce, dates, or stevia (moderation).
Do not eat #6: Candy.  Try this: Frozen grapes.
Do not eat #7: Mayonnaise.  Try this: Plain regular yogurt, Greek yogurt, avocado, hummus, or pesto.
Do not eat #8: Potatoes chips.  Try this: Organic popcorn or kale chips.
Do not eat #9: Soda.  Try this: Add cucumber, lemon, mint, or fruit to seltzer.
Do not eat #10: Deli meats.  Try this:  BPA free canned tuna in water, peanut butter, roasted chicken, veggies, or hard-boiled egg salad using plain Greek yogurt.
Eating right, along with exercises, is the formula to maintain your healthy weight!

Ready To Transform Yourself?

You don’t have to be tired all the time, overweight or out of shape, you can transform yourself. Transforming yourself doesn’t mean you have to hate how you look or feel now, but just want something better and healthier. It all starts by deciding what you want from life and setting a goal, then creating a plan to reach it.

You have to be specific.

You can’t just say, “I want to lose weight.” Your goal has to be specific, whether it’s running a mile, shedding ten pounds or controlling your blood sugar levels. How many pounds do you want to lose or how quickly do you want to run the mile? How are you going to accomplish that goal or what’s your plan of action? How long is it going to take? It’s particularly important to set a time frame to accomplish your goal or you’ll always begin your plan tomorrow.

What do you need to do to accomplish your health goal?

In most cases, it’s eating healthier, exercising, getting more sleep and/or hydrating more. Eating healthier can solve many health issues, whether it’s being overweight or some other condition. You can increase your activity or add a formal program of exercise, focus on getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep and drinking about a glass of water every two waking hours. We can help you with a healthy eating program designed especially to meet your goals. It takes the work and guesswork out of correcting your diet.

Find a way to measure your progress that fits your goal.

If your goal was to lower your blood pressure, taking your measurements or timing a run isn’t going to work. Taking blood pressure readings will. Weighing yourself measures weight loss and taking body measurements can tell if you’re on the road to changing a clothing size. Record your progress and make changes in your plan if you’re not seeing progress. We help you along the way when you use one of our nutrition plans with phone coaching, online help and a mobile app.

  • You won’t see or feel changes overnight. Physical changes take longer. After all, it took a while to develop the problem. Give your plan time to work but also make sure your goals are attainable.
  • While the food you eat is important, so is what you drink. Don’t forget that sugary drinks not only are high in calories, they’re very unhealthy. Opt for water, unsweetened teas and coffee instead.
  • Make sure you have support that holds you accountable. Accountability is important. It’s easy to skip a healthy meal and down a few orders of fries, but not necessarily healthy eating. We hold you accountable with phone coaching.
  • No matter what type of transformation you want to make, it starts by taking the first step. Once you have a plan, set that plan into action. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll see the changes you want.

For more information, contact us today at ProWeightLoss

Want your New Year’s resolutions to last?

Try habit linking. What is it? Keeping up a new year’s resolution is not easy, especially as many of us jump straight into the deep-end of transformation, planning to totally rewrite our alcohol habits or reach peak fitness, then feel demoralized when none of these changes happen overnight. “It is good for people to make two or three resolutions, which they hold lightly, not tightly,” says Brendan Kelly, a psychiatry professor, and the author of The Science of Happiness: The Six Principles of a Happy Life and the Seven Strategies for Achieving It. Kelly believes it’s important that people don’t aim too high, but “resolve to make two or three modest changes in your life”. Realistically at least one will fizzle out quickly, he explains, so have a few ready so at least one or two will last.
Be wary of going too hard at the start of the month, too. “Aim to improve, not to transform your life,” says Kelly. “If you watch TV for two hours every evening, do not resolve to spend those two hours in the gym. You won’t do it.” Instead, aim to watch TV for an hour and spend that extra hour walking the dog, or something else you enjoy doing. “Replacing a pleasant activity with an unpleasant one does not work,” he stresses.

“Do a weekly check-up,” advises Chris Bailey, author of How to Calm Your Mind, Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project. Reflecting on the habits you’ve kept up or want to implement is a great way to enhance motivation. Similarly, he recommends charting long-term goals over time. So, if you’re trying to write a novel draft for example, break that insurmountable word count down into weekly chunks. “This helps me make sure I stick with my goals in the long run and lets me visually see how much progress I’m making over time,” It’s a strategy suited for goals that rely on steady work over a long period of time, like saving money or losing weight.

Another trick to consider is forming a new habit, rather than trying to break an old one, like adding that extra dog walk into your life rather than mentally deciding to cut your TV time. “It is easier to make new habits than to break old ones because when you are trying to break a habit you are fighting against strong mental associations you have formed between a situation and an action,” Lally explains. “Over 80% of what we do is habit,” Kelly adds, so “linking a new activity to an old habit helps the new activity to become a habit.”

Beginners Guide To Carb Counting

There are a lot of different types of diets from which to choose for people in Massachusetts. Some diets are for people with special dietary needs and others are for those trying to lose weight. It can be pretty confusing for beginners and those who have never seriously tried to eat healthier. One of the more popular weight loss diets that people are turning to is a low carb diet, such as the Keto diet. That type of diet requires carb counting. This guide can help determine if it’s right for you.

It’s all about balancing macronutrients.

Instead of thinking calories, think protein, fat and carbohydrates. Those are the three macronutrient groups. Traditional diets get approximately 45 to 65% of the calories from carbohydrates, where the keto and low carb diets can be as low as only 10% from carbohydrates—carbs. It uses carbohydrate restriction to train the body to burn fat. There are two types of carbohydrates, simple and complex. Simple carbs include things like sugar, which digests quickly and enters the bloodstream rapidly. Complex carbs take longer to digest. Most don’t contain added sugar and are higher in fiber, which also slows how quickly the sugar enters the bloodstream, so it doesn’t spike, leaving you feeling fuller.

You need some carbs in your diet.

It still requires cutting calories if you want to lose weight, but it’s all about how you cut those calories. To lose weight, a person who normally eats 2,000 calories a day would cut that calorie count to 1500. To make up that 1500 calories, a low carb diet would get 25% from carbs or 375 calories based on a 1500 calorie diet, with 40% from fat and 35% from protein. The conversion is approximately 50 carbs to every 200 calories of carbohydrate food, so if you consume approximately 88 grams of carbs a day, you’ll be cutting down to 375 calories in carbs.

It’s all about avoiding simple sugars.

Fruits and vegetables are carbs, but low calorie carbohydrates. It takes almost 12 cups of broccoli, 26 cups of celery or almost 54 cups of fresh spinach to make up the 88 gram count. Now consider sugary treats like Starbucks specialty drinks, which are high in carbs. There are 63 grams of carbs in a peppermint mocha, almost 40 grams of carbs in a can of Coca-Cola and an ounce of jellybeans, which is basically flavored sugar, contains about 28 grams of carbs. Even some vegetables can be higher in carbs, like peas, which contain 21 grams of carbs per cup.

  • After looking at the carb content of most foods, you can tell that eating healthy foods can keep that count lower, although quinoa, beets, sweet potatoes, bananas and butternut squash are examples of high carb healthy foods.
  • Read labels carefully if you’re consuming packaged foods. They tell how many grams of carbs per serving. Pay close attention to the number of servings in each package. It’s often smaller than you think.
  • If you’re trying to create a low carb diet, realize that each person will have a different daily intake amount based on their activity level, gender, age, weight and goals.
  • At Pro Weight Loss, we can provide a custom, science-based diet to take the guesswork out of weight loss. We can help you start on the road to a new, healthier you. It starts by making a phone call.

For more information, contact us today at ProWeightLoss

Can Certain Spices Lower Blood Sugar?

High blood glucose levels are responsible for many things, one of those is diabetes. The body can’t keep up with the demand for insulin, or the cells aren’t properly responding to the insulin it provides. Insulin is the regulating hormone for blood sugar. There are many ways to help the body, weight loss, exercise and diet are three. The type of spices you use for seasoning can also lower blood sugar. Keeping level blood sugar not only is important when you have diabetes, it’s also important for preventing the problem in the first place.

Cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity and reduces fasting blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon has antioxidant properties that boost insulin sensitivity. People give 500 mg of cinnamon in a capsule three times a day for 12 weeks showed it slowed the progress of type 2 diabetes and lowered high fasting glucose levels. It helped both people whose pancreas didn’t create enough insulin and those whose cells did not respond to it. Be aware there are two types of cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is used in all experiments, as Cassia cinnamon contains coumarin, which may cause liver damage taken in large amounts.

Garlic is good for lowering blood pressure and can also help lower blood sugar levels.

Some studies have found garlic beneficial for not only reducing blood sugar levels, but also the risk of atherosclerosis, by lowering the risk of inflammation. Several scientific reviews agreed with that study. Garlic has a track record of improving blood lipid profiles, combating tumors, preventing cancer, decreasing blood pressure, plus is antibacterial and anti-fungal. It has B-6 and vitamin C. Vitamin C may be one reason it helps lower blood sugar levels.

Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant benefits.

That golden glow that turmeric gives its food almost broadcasts that it’s healthy. It’s the curcumin in turmeric that is the agent that helps bring all the benefits, such as protecting the heart, weight loss, prevention of Alzheimer’s and cancer and even diabetes prevention. It’s been used in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years and many of the foods for that same length of time. Some research shows that it not only could treat diabetes but could be used to prevent it.

  • If you’re adding garlic to your diet to help boost good health, crush it or chop it then let it sit between five and ten minutes to ensure the highest concentration of allicin. This can enhance the benefits of garlic.
  • Research indicates that consuming cloves for more than 30 days can lower serum glucose levels down to 150 mg/dl from 225 mg/dl. An easy way to reap the benefits is to boil 8 to 10 cloves in water and make tea. It may take three months to see the benefits.
  • A few studies have shown that eating fenugreek seeds in bread or drinking fenugreek tea can help control type 2 diabetes. Fenugreek can mimic estrogen, so it shouldn’t be used by women with hormone related cancers.
  • If you have prediabetes or diabetes, always check with your health care professional first before embarking on using herbs and spices. In most cases it’s perfectly safe, but it’s better to be certain than sorry.

For more information, contact us today at ProWeightLoss

Give yourself the gift of health and start the New Year feeling great!

Do you know that you can achieve this in about 5-6 weeks?

Unlike most ‘quick weight loss’ methods, our program does not involve extreme dieting, crazy workout program, dangerous diet pills, hormone, or any other risk factors. In fact, most people who closely follow the Pro Weight Loss protocol feel great while they are shedding the pounds!  That is because this method works with your body’s natural biology, instead of against it.

No exercise needed, no cravings, no hunger, no drugs or hormones and no artificial food.

Can Certain Citrus Fruits Aid Weight Loss?

Most fruits and vegetables are known to help weight loss, but some are more beneficial, like citrus fruits. While citrus has always been available, in many households in Massachusetts during the early 1900s, it was often considered a special treat to receive an orange as a Christmas gift or have citrus fruit available to eat. Today, citrus fruit is quite common, but still valued by many for its health benefits, including that of aiding weight loss. Is there one better than another for losing weight?

There are a variety of citrus fruits available today.

You’ll find all types of citruses at your local grocery, but oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes and grapefruit are often the most popular. These popular options, like all types of citruses, are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, but it also may aid weight loss. Some studies indicate that people who are deficient in vitamin C may have a harder time losing weight. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll automatically shed those extra pounds by eating more, but citrus fruit is relatively low in calories, so it could help you avoid eating higher calorie options and it all boils down to calories consumed.

You probably already heard that drinking lemon or lime water can help boost your metabolism.

Lemon and limes are associated with weight loss, mostly by adding the juice to water. It’s supposed to boost your metabolism, but it won’t help at all if you’re eating tons of calories. What it can do is fill you up, keep you hydrated and when consumed before a meal, help you to eat less. It’s a way of cutting calories in your diet, while adding extra nutrients. However, the limonoids, specifically nomoline, in lemons and limes have been shown to help slow weight gain in rats fed a high fat diet.

Blood oranges have a distinctive red blood color from anthocyanins.

Another lab animal study in 2013 found that consuming these red oranges helped slow weight gain, while boosting insulin sensitivity when the animals were fed a high fat diet. Eating regular oranges also helped with weight loss, but only if you ate the fruit, not just consumed the juice. The reason is the high sugar content, which is slowed in entering your blood stream by the fiber in the orange. A 2013 study showed that those who drank orange juice increased their risk for type 2 diabetes, while people who consumed the actual fruit reduced their risk of type 2 diabetes.

  • Grapefruit has a low glycemic index, so they won’t elevate blood sugar levels as much. Research shows that consuming grapefruit may help with weight loss, but you have to be careful, especially if you’re taking medications or have a health issue.
  • Have a tangerine to help prevent fat from accumulating. Tangerines contain nobiletin that is also found in oranges, lemons and grapefruit. The most nobiletin is present in bitter orange, also known as bigarade orange, bergamot orange, marmalade orange and Seville orange.
  • Kumquats aren’t often part of the average person’s diet, but they should be. It can aid in weight loss. This orange cherry tomato sized fruit is eaten whole, since the peel is sweet, but the juice is sour. Animal studies show eating the fruit may slow weight gain in animals fed high fat diets.
  • Citrus fruits have many other benefits besides weight loss and should be part of your daily diet. They improve your immune system, heart health, reduce the risk of cancer and even help protect brain cells.

For more information, contact us today at ProWeightLoss

Create Healthy Habits

Making healthy choices can help us feel better and live longer. Everything you do impacts your health and quality of life, now and in the future. There are proven strategies you can use to set yourself up for success to reduce your risk for many health issues such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.  Here are a few:

Know Your Habits
Our daily task and repetitive behaviors become our habits. They affect the thought process of our brain and become automatic, creating habits that are hard to change. Once we create an awareness around what we regularly do, and look for patterns in our behavior that trigger unhealthy habits, we can then begin to change them positive ones (i.e., reduce sugar, drink more water, reduce TV time, move more, eat more veggies, measure food, limit processed food, and sleep well).
Make a Plan
Make a plan that includes small and simple goals.  Then take reasonable and specific actions to move towards them. Incorporate what you think you will need to be successful.  Change things around you or in your environment to support your goals (i.e., stock up on healthy snacks vs filling your cabinet with poor food choices, reduce sodium and add instead more herbs and spices).
Stay on Track
Although putting a positive plan in place for yourself is exciting and motivating, there are times when we feel challenged about reaching our goals.  By identifying negative thoughts and becoming aware, we can turn them into positive and productive ones.  Keeping a journal to log your meals and workouts can also help stay on track.  Tracking your behavior assists with learning what your challenges are so you can overcome obstacles.

We all have the power and the ability to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle. Things may not always go as planned and that’s ok.  Positive change is a process and what’s most important is to keep moving forward with making these healthy choices. Explore different strategies until you find something that works for you!