Weight Loss

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!


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.”


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.


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!


Thanksgiving: The Best Time to Start Your Weight Loss

 

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start the Pro Weight Loss Program! Why not start your holiday season off doing something important for yourself; improving your health, getting your body back and overall feeling great from the inside out! Thanksgiving is the perfect day to fat load.

Fat loading is very important. Loading sufficiently the first day will leave you feeling extremely satisfied and ready to embrace our Phase II meal plan with our homeopathic formulas. This is exactly what you want – the mindset, motivation, and satiated feelings to keep you in fat-burning mode throughout the entire program. Loading correctly right from the beginning is the first step in achieving that fat-burning mode we are looking for. The goal is to eat as much as you can to build up and max your fat stores. The overload of calorie dense foods that are consumed on the first day signals to the hypothalamus to release and trigger the hormones that are needed to stimulate weight loss.

ENJOY THE HOLIDAY, EAT UP AND CELEBRATE THIS IMPORTANT GOAL!!


Get on Track to Wellness

Staying healthy and active is an important part of life. Our emotional and mental health are equally as important as our physical health. What we nourish our body with, physically and mentally, has a huge impact on our overall wellness. There are plenty of ways to bring fun and enjoyment to nurturing our physical and mental bodies.

Meditation – Breath work is a great way to relax the body and mind. Not only will it bring peace and tranquility to you, calming the internal storm, but it promotes positive thinking which in turn creates positive output.

Yoga – a great tool for centering and grounding your energy. With a series of stretches and poses, you’ll gain both physical and mental strength and flexibility.

Physical Activity – Find an activity that’s fun for you, whether it be a sport, a bike ride, or dancing, and make it a part of your daily routine. This will help to instill healthy habits into your everyday life.

Cooking for Wellness – Just as physical activity is important, so is a healthy diet. Buy whole fresh foods at your local market and cook in a clean way. Focus on lean proteins, such as fish and poultry, low starch veggies, mainly green leafy veggies, and low sugar fruits such as berries which are rich in antioxidants. Sprinkle in healthy fats like oils and nuts as well as healthy whole grains like quinoa and brown rice.

Feed your body and feed your soul. Try some of these fun and engaging activities and create your own wellness routine today!


Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help Weight Loss?

You may have heard of several hacks that are inexpensive, take little time and good for weight loss. One of those is the use of apple cider vinegar to help you lose weight. People from Massachusetts have asked if this was true. We know that apple cider vinegar—ACV—is excellent for many applications from aiding in lowering blood pressure to rinsing shampoo and product out of hair and making hair shinier. It’s always been thought to be a myth for weight loss, but it seems there may be some truth to it.

Lab experiments show there may be some validity.

A lot of studies are done on animals, specifically, lab rats. That’s what most of the ACV studies are. So, if you have a fat rat at home, giving him acetic acid may help boost their metabolism and prevent fat deposits. How does that defend ACV as a weight loss aid? ACV contains 5% acetic acid. If you want further proof that ACV helped slim fat lab rats, another study showed that taking acetic acid helped make rats more active, produced a higher oxygen intake, burned more calories and reduced the amount of body fat the rats gained.

There are some studies that are based on the effects of ACV on humans.

Over ten years ago, a study involving humans and the use of ACV was conducted. The study used a control group that didn’t use ACV and a group that took a tablespoon or two a day of ACV each day. The group that took the ACV not only lowered triglyceride levels compared to the control group, but they also lost between two and four pounds. There was one small problem. The ACV did make them feel fuller longer, but for many of the group, it also made them feel nauseous. A separate study found that the ACV slowed the amount of time it took to empty the stomach, which made them feel fuller longer.

A good hack doesn’t replace a healthy diet.

If you purchase ACV pills, thinking that’s all you need to do to shed those extra pounds, think again. While using ACV as part of your dressing on a salad may help you lose weight, taking a teaspoon in the morning, then eating burgers, fries and shakes for lunch simply won’t do. There’s no magic weapon that can help you shed weight without giving up fast food or food with added sugar and switching to healthier eating patterns. In fact, you probably wouldn’t be well served if there were. Eating healthy has more to offer than just weight loss. It provides all the nutrients necessary for a healthy body and lots of energy.

  • Make a dressing using ACV if you want to include it into your diet. Put fresh herbs in a container with ACV. Mash a bit, then seal for 24 hours or so, straining the ACV and storing the flavored delicacy to use in salad dressing.
  • People who already have gastroparesis, the slowing of emptying the stomach, don’t use ACV for weight loss without speaking with your health care professional. The same is true of anyone with digestive issues.
  • ACV comes from fermenting apples that are crushed. It’s often used to help people with heartburn, or acid reflux. It can be used as a natural tooth whitener. However, used too frequently it can also erode dental enamel.
  • ACV can help control blood glucose levels. It also helps lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol. By balancing blood sugar, it can improve insulin sensitivity, which can lead to making weight loss easier.

For more information, contact us today at Proweightloss


What is the difference between hunger and cravings?

Hunger is caused by a physical need for food. Cravings are usually caused by emotional needs and emotional cravings can often lead to binging. Listening to our body will allow us to better understand what our body truly needs.

The good news is there are ways to know the difference between cravings and hunger.  Here are the most important ones:

Cravings

Are often for comfort foods, i.e., fatty foods and sweets
Are usually caused by negative feelings such as sadness or anxiety
Usually leads to unhealthy eating that make us feel guilty later
Increase during pregnancy and a woman’s menstrual cycle
Can occur even if you just ate
Pass with time unlike hunger

Hunger

Occurs when you have not eaten for some time
Causes a rumbling stomach, headache, or weakness
Gets worse with time and does not pass
Can be satisfied with healthy food
Is not specific to a singular food

Once we know the difference, we will be able to answer, “Am I really hungry?”


Active Lifestyle Program

Are you currently exercising? If it is yes, we have a program perfect for you! It’s for individuals who have less significant weight-loss goals and lead a more active lifestyle. The primary focus is to continue building muscle while losing body fat. This Active Lifestyle Program is optimized to provide significant weight loss for individuals who are moderately active, whether they are engaged in a regular workout routine or they have a job that requires significant physical activity.

Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life, helping us to age well.  Exercising regularly helps people lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, and lower the risk of many diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

There are many benefits of regular exercise including:
Boosting your mood, making you feel happy

  • Helping with weight loss or weight management
  • Strengthening your muscles and bones
  • Increasing your energy level
  • Reducing your risk of disease
  • Enhancing your brain health and memory
  • Improving your sleep quality

Regular exercise will give you more energy to get through your day.  Get creative! By keeping it fun and an activity you enjoy, it will most likely be something you’ll build into your daily routine and lifestyle!  Ask for our Active Lifestyle Program today.


Are Toxins Blocking your Weight Loss Efforts?

Every weight-management program should include a detoxification component. In addition to being an emergency energy source, the body’s non-essential fat reserves serve as a depository for toxic substances. Heavy metals and other toxins are encapsulated in the fat cell. When doing our program our unique Weight Management Formula stimulates the brain to release FAT from the cells. As that fat is solubilized, the toxins that have been deposited in it will be released into the bloodstream. Unsupported, the body’s elimination systems will be unable to keep pace with the increased flow of toxins. Most importantly these TOXINS cause your metabolism to slow down, such that you gain weigh much more easily and lose it with a lot of difficulty. This is one of the reasons why some people experience more plateaus than others. This increase in toxicity will also inhibit the immune system, which is why we incorporate the Detox Formula into the program.

If the idea of detoxing appeals, you might try clean eating that focuses on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein; essentially whole foods without a lot of processing. It’s good for you and more likely to give you results that last, especially if you make exercise a habit. By limiting processed foods or foods that are high in fat or sugar, and implementing clean eating, you will lose weight and get your body into tip top shape. Some natural detoxing foods include green tea, lemon/lime, ginger, celery, cucumber, mint leaves, cinnamon, and cranberry.

Programs including a detox plan can help in weight loss, however, it is important to continue with a healthy maintenance plan to stay on your journey, and not return to unhealthy eating habits or lifestyle; otherwise, the pound will pile right back on.