jessica biel’s diet secrets

January 23, 2007

biel971280×800.jpgThe 3-Hour Diet

To get into fighting shape for ‘Blade: Trinity,’ Jessica Biel followed a strict diet that banned sugar, dairy, flour and salt. To keep her metabolism revved up and to get her through an intense workout schedule, Jessica has said she would eat several small meals every few hours, similar to the 3-Hour Diet.

jessica alba diet tips

January 21, 2007

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Jessica Alba has paid careful attention to her diet since age 12. The star reportedly doesn’t adhere to any formal diet, but eats and shops smart in a strategy similar to the Supermarket Diet. Alba also doesn’t eat dessert or red meat, avoids bread, and fills up on poultry, fish, vegetables, salads and fruit.

jennifer aniston diet secrets

January 21, 2007

aniston1281024×768.jpgWhen she starred on ‘Friends,’ Jennifer Aniston reportedly turned to the Zone Diet. On this diet, Jennifer would aim to have her diet consist of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fat. The Zone’s founder claims this ratio will rev your metabolism.

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January 3, 2007

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Madonna’s workout tips and other celebrities

January 3, 2007

Celebrity Workouts – How Stars Get In Shape!

Do you drool over Usher’s abs? Wanna know how Madonna keeps that bod lookin’ great? Unfortunately, talent isn’t the only thing that makes you go far in the biz – lookin’ good is a huge deal. Many stars adopt a hardcore fitness routine to ready themselves for a movie role. Get the scoop on how some of your fave celebs keep in shape!

Celebrity Workouts – Usher
This boy is a walking visual for the expression “washboard abs!” Usher is so defined that he looks like he’s never even tasted a Big Mac. How does Usher do it? His way, of course. Usher’s been workin’ on his abs since he was 16, but claims that it’s all because of good genes (not jeans… although he does look great in them), hard work and being disciplined – oh yeah, and 1,000 crunches a day. Usher also has a daily routine he calls “forty minutes of funk” which includes stretchin’, skippin’ and jumping jacks. Then he moves onto push-ups, leg raises and tricep dips. Holy… can you say fitness freak! Usher watches what he eats too by munchin’ on foods like chicken, fish, a moderate amount of carbohydrates (rice, pasta, potatoes etc.) and lots of fruits and leafy veggies.

Celebrity Workouts – Jessica Simpson
Singer Jessica Simpson started a new exercise routine to get in shape for her role as Daisy Duke in the upcoming Dukes of Hazard movie. Her workout includes two hours a day of squats and lunges and has motivated her to create a new workout
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video. “I have a white-girl bootie, so I’m doing all my squats to lift it a little bit and get some junk in my trunk,” says Jessica. While Jessica may have a bit more junk in her trunk, she’s still dealing with a lot of fluff between her ears.

Celebrity Workouts – Gwyneth Paltrow
How does Gwyneth Paltrow keep her lean look? Gwyneth practices yoga for 90 minutes a day. She’s also adopted a special macrobiotic diet, which is made up of whole grains, soup, veggies, beans and sea vegetables.

Celebrity Workouts – Madonna
Madonna has always been in good shape but over the past few years she’s become a total fitness guru! Madonna has adopted a strict routine of Ashtanga Yoga, which keeps her in shape from head to toe. She also follows a strict healthy diet and barely touches junk food.

Celebrity Workouts – Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie had to do a ton of physical preparation for the role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Angelina was on a strict, heavy protein diet of meat and fish like sardines (yuck)! Angelina learned kickboxing and practiced it regularly. She also learned bungee ballet, scuba diving and weapons training, months before the flick started filming. This was required in order to play the video game superhero but it also helped buff her up.

Lots of stars use a personal trainer to keep in shape. Most of us regular peeps don’t have trainers but we can do other stuff to stay healthy. Tell us what you do to keep in shape!
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The skinny on low carb diets

December 19, 2006

The article discusses dietary studies on the relationship between carbohydrate versus fat-based diets and their effects on heart disease and weight. The studies have inspired much controversy. A Harvard School of Public Health study says that low-carbohydrate diets do not increase the risk of heart disease. But other scientists dispute the finding. Neither diet was particularly healthful, with the women on the low-fat diets eating too much sugar and other refined carbohydrates, while the women on the low-carbohydrate diet ate too much animal fat.

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November 1, 2006

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Newport coast fitness , personal training in Newport Beach

November 1, 2006

0001-0406-0214-1113_sm.jpgNewport Coast Fitness is dedicated to bringing you the finest in personal training. We have been helping our clients achieve their fitness goals for over ten years!

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the skinny on soft drinks

October 10, 2006

Soft drinks! Could they harm you?
Do you have an irresistible desire for a soft drink? Do you need to drink at least one soft drink a day? Then you need to be warned they are no harmless sugared drinks.
A soft drink is something that one reaches out for during a tiring journey or an exhaustive shopping ordeal. Children’s parties these days cannot begin without them. Soft drinks have taken a definitive place in our lives. Over the past two decades there has been a great increase in the consumption of these beverages .The market has been flooded with a number of brands targeted at various age groups. In addition to this soft drinks are easily available at most stores and at highly affordable rates. In many places these soft drinks have taken the place of water, to quench thirst. The sizes of the bottles have also grown thus again increasing their intake.

Soft drinks have been there for a long time but no studies were carried out on their effects on the human body. Now there is a growing concern in the medical and scientific communities about the harmful effects associated with carbonated soft drinks. Each 12-ounce serving of a carbonated, sweetened soda has 150 calories and the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This could contribute a lot to the increasing problem of obesity observed in children. Obesity, which is one of the main health problems facing today’s youth, is just one issue associated with sugared drinks. These soft drinks also cut down on the milk consumed by children thus reducing intake of one of the principal sources of calcium.

Scientific studies have shown how as few as one or two soft drinks a day can increase one’s risk for numerous health problems. Some of these health problems are obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, osteoporosis, nutritional deficiencies, heart disease, and many neurological disorders. Soft drinks mostly consist of filtered water and refined sugars.

They have literally no nutritional benefits hence called as empty calories. Excessive consumption however could lead to a host of problems like: –

Liver cirrhosis: It usually occurs in alcoholics. The only cure to this disease is liver transplantation.

Increased acidity: Another common problem found is increased acid levels throughout the body. Soft drinks have a high acidic pH. When large quantities are consumed they disturb the delicate acid alkaline balance of the stomach. Prolonged increased acid levels will cause erosion of the gastric lining, which is very painful and disrupts proper digestion

Effect Of Phosphorus: The phosphorous that is found in the fizz and bubbles emitted from soft drinks fights with hydrochloric acid in the stomach and causes the stomach to be ineffective. When the stomach can’t digest food, the person will have indigestion, gassiness, or bloating

Soft drinks deplete the amount of oxygen in the human body thus increasing the risk for cancer.

The increased risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis: The large amounts of sugar, bubbles caused by carbon dioxide, and phosphoric acid that are found in soft drinks remove nutritious minerals from bones allowing the bones to become weak and increasing the risk for them to break.

Caffeine related disorders: Caffeine is present in soft drinks which when consumed in large amounts can cause diseases and disorders such as insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, irritability, and deviations from the normal heart rate Caramel coloring may be a carcinogen

Dental cavities: Often associated with carbonated beverage. This association is important because the amount of sugars that are consumed is important in forming caries, which is when a cavity effects only the enamel, the outer protective layer of a tooth.

Though carbonated drinks are very popular it is necessary that as consumers we be aware of the ill effects of indiscriminate use of such deleterious beverages .We also need to be careful as the caffeine in these drinks are addictive and can hook us for life. Many children and also a number of adults experience a strong craving for a drink but are unaware that they are being addicted to a dangerous habit. Smoking and alcohol are the most popular addictive and potentially harmful habits but this silent poison called soft drinks catches many of us unaware. Excessive consumption of these highly popular carbonated beverages should be avoided because they are not as harmless as we blindly perceive them to be. Next time you reach out for your choicest drink think twice.
By Bindu Menon

weight loss ads are they real or not

October 10, 2006

Deceptive advertising for weight-loss products and programs is increasing dramatically, costing consumers billions of dollars and causing untold frustration, government regulators say.

Many of the ads are “grossly exaggerated or clearly unsubstantiated,” as marketers attempt to cash in on consumers’ search for an easy way to shed their excess pounds, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.

Despite promises of easy solutions for people seeking to lose weight, “the only thing lighter is the consumer’s wallet,” Timothy Muris, the FTC chairman, said.

The cost is “billions, many billions” of dollars annually, Muris said. “Consumers are being ripped off.”

Consumers spend more than $30 billion a year on weight-loss products and services, ranging from books and videos to drugs and diet shakes, but many of “these quick-fixes do nothing to address the nation’s or the individual’s weight problem,” the FTC said.

That’s no surprise to consumers like Helen Browne of Fort Lee, who says most of the claims are “a lot of bull.”

“I’ve tried all of them,” Browne said. “I’m always looking for something to take if off quicker.”

Television infomercials claim that losing weight is easy, or can be done by taking a pill, but it takes diet and exercise, and that means hard work and frustration, said Julie Barudin of Ridgewood.

“When I watch the infomercials, I dream how nice it would be if they were true,” Barudin said. “But there is no easy cure.”

But easy cures are what much of the ads show, and the problem is getting progressively worse at a time when obesity is growing in this country, the FTC said.

More than 60 percent of American adults are overweight, and that leads to an estimated 300,000 deaths and $100 billion a year in direct and indirect costs, the surgeon general reports.

At the same time, more than two-thirds of all Americans are trying to lose weight, and “the marketplace has responded with a proliferating array of products and services, many promising miraculous, quick-fix remedies,” the FTC said in its report.

“Once the province of supermarket tabloids and the back sections of certain magazines, over-the-top weight loss advertisements promising quick, easy weight loss are now pervasive in almost all media forms,” the FTC said.

Many of the claims “are so contrary to existing scientific evidence, or so clearly unsupported by the available evidence, that there is little doubt that they are false or deceptive,” the FTC said. Among the too-good-to-be-true claims were:

*-A user can lose a pound a day or more over long periods of time.

*-Substantial weight loss without surgery can be achieved without diet or exercise.

*-Users can lose weight regardless of how much they eat.

*-A diet pill can cause weight loss in some body parts or block absorption of all fat in the diet.

“There are no fast and easy fixes,” Surgeon General Richard Carmona wrote in a preface to the study. “The public must adopt a healthy skepticism about advertising that promises miracles and scientific breakthroughs.”

Some of the advertising is potentially dangerous. The value of many supplements is unproven, and others have been linked to serious health risks, said Dr. George Blackburn, a professor of nutrition at the Harvard Medical School.

“By promoting unrealistic expectations and false hopes, they doom current weight-loss efforts to failure and make future attempts less likely to succeed,” Blackburn said.

Obese consumers would be better off if they cut back their intake 500 to 1,000 calories a day, which would result in a loss of about 1 pound a week and an overall weight loss of 5 percent to 15 percent, Blackburn wrote in the report.

The problem is the public often perceives such losses “as small and insufficient even though they suffice to prevent and improve many of the medical problems associated with weight gain, overeating, and a sedentary lifestyle,” Blackburn said.

Publishers must do a better job screening “these unscrupulous advertisements,” Blackburn said. One of the most disturbing parts of the study is that the problem is growing, with twice as many deceptive ads appearing in popular magazines than 10 years earlier, and the ads have more deceptive claims, Muris said.

The FTC study, conducted with the Partnership for Healthy Weight Management, a coalition that includes scientists, government agencies, and weight-loss companies, comes at a time obesity has reached epidemic levels in the United States.

The study reviewed 300 ads last year in a range of media, including broadcast and cable television, infomercials, radio, magazines, newspapers, supermarket tabloids, direct mail, commercial e-mail (or spam), and Internet Web sites.

Of those, 40 percent “made at least one representation that almost certainly is false,” and 55 percent had a claim that is “very likely to be false or, at the very least, lacks adequate substantiation,” the FTC said.

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Losing proposition? Or Deceptive ads?

*-Consumer testimonials, before/after photos. They rarely portray realistic weight loss.

*-Rapid weight-loss claims. Slow and steady is the preferred way for long-term success.

*-No diet or exercise required. Claims go against well-accepted prescriptions for successful weight management.