• Monday, March 30, 2009

    More to love . . .

    Fox is teaming with "The Bachelor" producer Mike Fleiss for a new dating-competition series that casts "average-looking" people.

    The series, titled “More to Love,” is billed as the first “dating show for the rest of us,” throwing open its doors to overweight contestants.

    “For six years it’s been skinny-minis and good-looking bachelors, and that’s not what the dating world looks like,” Fox president of alternative Mike Darnell said. “Why don’t real women -- the women who watch these shows, for the most part -- have a chance to find love too?”

    Click here to read the rest of the article.

    Most of us in the "real world" are not a size 0. Hopefully they will produce this series in a way that is not mocking . . . it seems like "plus sized" people are not portrayed as normal, real people, even though they make up a big majority of our society.

    My hope is that this series will represent the normalcy of being who you are and loving who you are no matter what size you are. Our young people are growing up feeling inferior if they are not what society deems as perfection.

    We need to show them that self-acceptance, self-love and self-confidence comes at any size . . .

    How many people walk this earth feeling inferior because of the constant pounding of the media and society mocking those who are not perfect?

    Friday, March 13, 2009

    Lifestyle changes to drop a dress size fast

    One of the best weight control/diet/lifestyle change blogs I have found . . . Eat2BSlim

    The following post is from that blog . . . lifestyle changes are more important to maintaining good health than a "diet" and losing weight temporarily.

    Here are ten tiny changes you can make to your daily routine to drop a dress size fast.

    1. DON’T starve yourself. Fasting is not the most effective way to lose weight. To drop a dress size fast you should eat five small meals a day to help speed up your metabolism.

    2. Start each day with a healthy breakfast. Try oatmeal with banana and cinnamon, low-fat yogurt with fresh berries and chopped walnuts, whole-wheat toast with almond butter, or a fresh fruit smoothie.

    3. Swap your coffee for herbal tea. You’ll save around 148 calories per cup (a latte with low fat milk has about 150 calories, a cup of herbal tea has about 2 calories). If you really need your morning coffee, allow yourself one cup of black coffee a day (just 5 calories).

    4. Increase your water intake to 2.5 liters a day and add a slice of lemon to each glass. It will help suppress your appetite and flush out toxins as you lose weight.

    5. Increase your fiber intake to help to keep you feeling full for longer and maintain even blood sugar levels. If you really want to drop a dress size fast, make sure you fill up on whole grains (bread, cereals, pasta and brown rice), nuts, seeds, legumes (dried peas, beans, lentils), fruits and vegetables.

    6. If you are hankering for a snack, fill up on negative calorie foods – foods with so few calories that you burn more than you consume by eating them. Negative calorie foods include cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers and celery.

    7. Cut out all soda and other sugary drinks. Instead, drink water and herbal teas. This will help you reach your goal to drop a dress size in no time.

    8. When you feel an energy slump coming on, avoid sugar and caffeine. Instead have some healthy snacks handy to keep your blood sugar levels even. Try oat cakes and hummus, sliced apple and almond butter, a handful of raw unsalted nuts, edamame or chopped up vegetables.

    9. Cut down your portion sizes. Put less on your plate and eat slowly, savoring your food. If you’re still hungry at the end of a meal, wait 20 minutes before getting a second helping. That will give your brain enough time to work out whether you really are still hungry.

    10. Exercise. Sadly watching what you eat won’t be enough on its own. If you want to drop a dress size fast you will need to burn some calories. Try going for a hard 30 minute walk each day before dinner.

    For more information and dieting strategies to help you lose weight . . . Click Here to Visit StripThatFat.com. Thank you Ester Jane!

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