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Coach by Cigna App Adds The Anti-Diet, Loving Yourself and Top to Bottom …

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Sept. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Global health service company Cigna has added three new programs to the free Coach by Cigna health and fitness app, featuring coaching tips from The Fit Bottomed Girls for The Anti-Diet, Loving Yourself and Top to Bottom fitness.

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7448831-coach-by-cigna-fitness-app/

The Coach by Cigna app puts health and fitness programs in the palm of your hand, with instructional videos and support from health coaches to help you focus on improving in five integrated areas: nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress and weight management. 

The new programs are provided by Coach Jennipher Walters co-founder of FitBottomedGirls.com, and co-author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book. Coach Jenn's Anti-Diet program helps you learn about healthy and effective weight loss -- without the yo-yo dieting.  Loving Yourself is all about building healthy self-confidence. Top to Bottom is a two-week program to strengthen your glutes and your confidence.

"These programs focus on 10-minute fixes --- fixes that get you into the habit of adding more healthy choices into your day," said Cigna Coach and FitBottomedGirls.com co-founder, Jennipher Walters. "We are not talking about a complete lifestyle overhaul, but rather how easy and fun it can be to add healthy behaviors to your everyday life."

Coach by Cigna is available at no charge on Google Play™  for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and for Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge mobile devices that have the Lollipop operating system.

Also, see what #CoachbyCignaSweepstakes winners said on Twitter and Instagram about what they would do if they had a coach to improve their health and wellbeing by clicking here.

The Coach by Cigna app is for educational purposes only and intended to promote consumer health. It does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for proper medical care provided by a physician. Always consult with your doctor or other health care professional for appropriate medical treatment and health care recommendations.

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Letter: Kasold ‘diet’

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A look at three fad diets: paleo, gluten-free and Weight Watchers

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Exercise paired with healthy eating is essential for overall well-being.

A rigorous workout routine is essential to keeping that bathing suit body — but nutrition is just as important.

The amount of time spent in the gym depends on how committed a person is to being physically fit — but it can only influence your overall well-being with healthy eating choices.

Kaitlin Simmler, who works as a Beachbody coach, goes to the gym five days a week for an intense, 30-minute workout — but says her diet remains key.

“It all depends on what you eat,” she says. “If you’re not eating right, then the workout doesn’t help.”

Simmler, like other health enthusiasts, promotes eating clean — foods like fresh fruits and vegetables and unprocessed meats.

However, with all the new diet trends and fitness fads it’s harder than ever to determine what is the best course of action.

Here is a look at three:

Paleo diet

This is one of the more popular choices, consisting of excluding processed food as well as grain and dairy products. Basically, if a caveman couldn’t eat it, you can’t either.

The benefits of this diet include a higher likelihood of losing weight because of limited food options. When on this diet, you won’t be consuming any additives or preservitives.

However, there are also downsides. The lack of dairy can be problematic for bone health, and lack of grain products can be detrimental to energy levels.

Gluten-free

People who have gluten sensitivities cannot eat gluten, because it can cause inflammation to the small intestine and lead to other health issues.

Other benefits of this diet include improving digestion, energy levels, and even depression.

But the cons include a lack of fiber and carbohydrate intake if one is not educated on alternative options, and more time on meal preparation.

Weight Watchers

There are several other paid programs geared to help you lose weight, such as the popular Weight Watchers.

The program teaches all things in moderation, and promotes portion control to make meal times more manageable. The cons are that the program can be pricey, and weekly weigh-ins are required.

Experts say that the main thing to do when dieting is to consider your goals.

Most people lead busy lives between work, family, and other obligations — leaving little time to prepare healthy meals.

Getting on a healthy schedule and commiting to it are the best ingredients for success.

Finding time to buy and prepare healthy foods for eating and including a fitness routine are the best proven ways to lose weight.

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Kardashian Diet Secrets — How To Get Their Hot, Toned Bodies

The Kardashian/Jenner clan dished to Star mag about all of their diet and fitness hacks and we cannot wait to try them out ourselves!

Is it just us, or do the Kardashian/Jenner sisters look the best they have ever looked? All five sisters, Kourtney, 36, Kim, 34, Khloe, 31, Kendall, 19, and Kylie, 18, have drop-dead bodies and we need to know their secrets. Read on to see how you can lose weight for autumn and get a toned tummy just like the members of the world’s most famous family!


Kendall’s body is unreal, obviously, she is a supermodel! You can look like her too, though, with these helpful tips. A source close to Star magazine said, “Kendall sticks to a relatively healthy diet of lean proteins: chicken breast, turkey and white fish.” One of her “biggest indulgences” is sushi, (ours too!). “Her dish of choice is yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno from Nobu,” the source said.

Before modeling gigs, Kendall gets down to business. “Kendall downs detox tea, and she snacks on apples, string cheese, and Greek yogurt,” said the source. “She starts the day with a veggie-stuffed egg-white omelette, skips a hearty lunch in favor of small snacks (raw nuts, plain yogurt or fruit) and treats herself to whatever she wants for dinner.”

We need to know Khloe’s tricks because we have never seen her look so hot and curvy! Khloe’s celeb fitness trainer, Gunnar Peterson, told the mag that Khloe is one of his top clients. “She’s all about getting it done. She’s not one of the ones in here gawking at everything or questioning things.” Sources close to the mag said, “she limits sweets, relies on lean meats for energy, and enjoys only the occasional splurge.”

Kourtney looks the best she has ever looked, and she has three kids — now that takes hard work and dedication. Kourtney got her revenge body, by hiring Fergie‘s personal trainer, Don Brooks. Also, according to a source close to the mag, “She tries to make most of her food herself, incorporating fresh organic produce and nonprocessed foods. She snacks on homemade trail mixes with coconut oil, pumpkin seeds and nuts, and she packs her main meals with lean protein, lentils, and legumes.”

Wow, now that we know their fitness plans, we can’t wait to try them out ourselves — can you?

— Olivia Elgart

Carbs are not the enemy: how to include them in a healthy diet

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When it comes to carbs, it’s all about quality and portions.

The truth about carbs may be hard to swallow, but some nutrition experts say they’re an important part of a healthy diet.

“Carbs are very important,” nutrition consultant Karen Ansel told the Daily News. “They provide the fuel that your brain and muscles run on.”

Another dietitian and founder of Nutritious Life, Keri Glassman, said people’s perception of carbohydrates is often misguided.

“They forget they’re found in other kinds of places other than bread and pasta,” she said.

So, when it comes to the proper carb intake, here are a few handy tips to follow.

Eat carbs, really

“Half of your total calories for the day should come from carbs,” said Lisa Moskovitz, dietitian and CEO of NY Nutrition Group.

While eating too many carbohydrates can increase the body’s insulin production — boosting appetite and fat storage, which lead to weight gain — cutting carbs out of your diet entirely is counterproductive.

“I think that most people go overboard with trying to restrict carbs thinking that it’s going to help them lose weight faster,” Moskovitz said. “While it might be effective short term, it’s not a sustainable approach and often ends up in failure.”

Also, carbs are everywhere.

“They’re in fruit, starchy vegetables, potatoes, corn, peas and beans,” Moskovitz said. “The majority of the fiber in our diet comes from carbs.”

Adding that fiber regulates appetite and can even fight diseases like colon cancer.

Slow is good

There two types of carbs: simple and complex.

The former are digested quickly and spike blood sugar, giving you a temporary energy boost.

“You feel great for about half an hour and then you feel worse,” Ansel said.

They also tend to travel with a lot of empty calories — like the ones in candy bars, ice cream and juice — that leave people feeling hungry later on, she added.

Complex carbs, on the other hand, take more time and energy to digest. Ansel’s favorites are sprouted grain bread and black bean pasta.

“Beans are a terrific source of complex carbohydrates and fiber,” Ansel said. “The perfect way to get healthy carbs.” They’re also rich in potassium, which Ansel said is sorely lacking in most people’s diets.

Control your portions

Portions are just as important as the type of carbs you’re eating, according to Moskovitz. She said the average adult doesn’t need more than one cup of cooked rice or pasta daily, especially if you have a desk job or don’t exercise often. Get the rest of your carbs from fruits, greens, starchy vegetables, milk products, grains and legumes.

Eat, don’t drink, your fruits and vegetables

If you’re getting your carbs from fruit, opt for whole fruit instead of juice and smoothies. “Whole fruit has fiber and the fiber slows the digestion and counteracts the effects of sugar,” Ansel said. The same goes for veggies.

Check labels

Moskivtz said the problem with most wheat pasta out there is it isn’t 100 percent whole wheat.

The same goes for whole grain bread and cereal. All you need to do is check the label.

Make sure that the first ingredient listed is 100% whole wheat or grain. The more processed and refined the fewer minerals, vitamins and protein, she said. And be wary of gluten-free products.

“Just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthier,” Ansel said.

Gluten is a protein that makes food chewy. It’s what makes bread fluffy and light.

“When food manufacturers take that out they have to put things in,” she said. “Because gluten makes things taste better they have to add more salt, sugar and fat.”

If you have to eat gluten-free, it’s best to stick to unprocessed food like sweet potatoes, brown rice and quinoa. She said baked potatoes topped with Greek yogurt are nutritious and delicious.

Glassman said it’s best to stay away from processed food all together, sticking to quinoa instead of quinoa pasta, whole grains instead of whole grain breads.

Don’t beat yourself up

“Indulge in a conscious manner,” Glassman said. “If you want that bowl of pasta, make sure you’re having protein and veggies as well.”

Don’t go overboard, but if you spring for a cupcake now and then there’s no need to spiral into depression. “If you make 80 percent of your carbs complex carbs that’s perfect,” Moskovitz said.

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