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Maria Menounos: ‘I Eat Like I’m Going to Play in a Football Game’

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After covering countless award shows, E! host Maria Menounos knows what goes into prepping for a red carpet.

From packing on the protein to avoiding a game-day food fest, the author of The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness, reveals her award show rituals to PEOPLE  — and, what they have to do with football.

PEOPLE: What is your diet like leading up to an awards show?

Maria Menounos: I don’t change that much because I have a pretty good handle on my diet and fitness routine. I have learned that having a lot of beers and chips before a red carpet is not the best idea. At the Golden Globes I was watching the arrivals in my hotel room before I had to go backstage — I had watched the Patriots game the night before and had many beers and chips – and I said to my friend, “I look six months pregnant!” So no beer. I’m not doing beer the night before ever again.  So [before the Oscars] I’ll be having Greek yogurt and some almonds.

So excited to be on #ERedCarpet tonight live 8pm pacific 11 eastern…here with my awesome crew getting the party started!! #goldenglobes

A photo posted by maria menounos (@mariamenounos) on Jan 11, 2015 at 5:58pm PST

PEOPLE: Is that your go-to meal before a long red carpet?

MM: I’ll eat a good breakfast or lunch before I leave. Like eggs or oatmeal — it depends what I’m craving but I keep almonds in my purse, my car — it’s the best snack because they don’t go bad and can’t melt! And if you’re prepared you won’t make bad choices like going through the drive through. I’ll eat a handful of almonds to get me through the hour I’m in traffic before I can eat a meal. [Below, Menounos snacks on California almonds before the Golden Globes].

Maria Menounos Almonds
California Almonds

PEOPLE: So, no crazy pre-show cleanses for you?

MM: No, I think people put so much emphasis on an award show and it’s one day. We’re never going to be perfect and I hate depriving myself. If I do; I don’t’ feel good and I want to feel good that day. I don’t want to be like, “Oh my god, I’m not going to eat for a week so I’ll look good in my dress.” I’ll look good in my dress either way. I’m a normal person. I wake up and eat like I’m going to play in a football game. I want my protein that’s going to carry me through the day, I want to feel like I ate something filling because I have a lot of work ahead of me.

PEOPLE: But just not beer or chips?

MM: No beer [before the carpet] now! I live by the 75/25 rule: 75% clean and from the ground, and have a 25% play area so it’s never a guilty pleasure or a splurge day. If Wednesday night I want nachos, I’m going to have it. And on Friday if I want a potato skin then I may have it.

PEOPLE: What’s your exercise philosophy when it comes to the red carpet?

MM: If I have a dress with high slit, I’ll work more on my legs, but I’m always active so I don’t [do anything differently]. I have been working out with a trainer for the last few weeks because I really want to build my upper body. The amount of weights I’m doing I can’t do by myself. For me anything over 10 lbs. is a lot for me! I’ve gotten up to 25 lbs.

–Michelle Ward

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Most Diet Books Don’t Work — Here’s Why

In the past year I was sent 104 books on fitness, diet, and nutrition.

I’ll admit, I didn’t read all of them. This is what happens when you spend most of your life writing, editing, and helping publish health books. And after authoring seven books and ghost writing another three, I have gained a great appreciation for good writing, and an even greater understanding of health information that actually helps you achieve your goals.

In the interest of your time, I don’t want you to read 104 books to find out what works for you. Because for most people, that tends to be what happens.

Try one plan. Test it for a month. Get bored or frustrated, and then move on to the next one.

This happens repeatedly because there’s a fundamental flaw in most diet books. The vast majority try so incredibly hard to deliver what you want to hear; a promise that once you change this one thing then suddenly everything will become better.

This creates a universe of intense diet cliques that are the byproduct of the book’s magic bullet. Atkins vs. Zone, Paleo vs. Mediterranean, BulletProof vs. IIFYM. The wars wage on and the frustration grows as you simply wonder, “Who is right?”

I firmly sit in the camp that there’s not one way to do it correctly (though there are certainly better ways than others), with the understanding that all of our bodies, genetics, and personalities are different.

This is the byproduct of living in real life and what happens after you read so many books, coach so many people, and come to understand that the real health secret is accepting there’s no magic bullet.

Here’s what diet books won’t say but what needs to be heard: many diet approaches can work.

What to Look For in a Diet Book
I’ll be the first to admit that many diet books are not without merit, even if they take a slightly dogmatic approach to what works. I can’t deny the positive results for some people.

But the reality is, if we had a “one-change-that-will-fix-everything” book, everyone would be on that plan and the struggle with overweight and obesity would be significantly reduced.

The real struggle is finding what works for you, or more importantly, understanding why past diets have failed. Do that, and suddenly it’s no longer about a quick fix but rather finding the path to making one of these options stick.

That’s one of the reasons why I think anyone who’s trying to lose weight, get in shape, or re-think their health this year should take a look at what Ted Spiker has to say in his book, Down Size: 12 Truths for Turning Pants-Splitting Frustration into Pants-Fitting Success.

In full disclosure, Spiker is my mentor and someone I consider a close friend. But this is the first time I’ve ever recommended one of his books. Despite playing a key role in many of the biggest health titles (just one example, he co-authored The Abs Diet), he had never written his own book because he wanted to do it the right way and produce a guide that cast aside quick fixes in favor of honesty and effectiveness.

Not to mention, one of the bigger factors that held him back from writing a book earlier was his own weight struggles. Despite being one of the most prolific health journalists, Spiker has battled his weight his entire life. Which is probably why this book does a better job than most I’ve read about actually helping plot a road for successful weight loss. It’s real. It’s raw. And it’s not filled with false hype.

In his book, Spiker does what many “diet” plans and books don’t do: he mixes soul with the science. It’s entertaining, educating, personal, and relatable.

Most importantly, it doesn’t set the same traps of other diet plans, much in the same way as other great diet books such as,The Diet Fix , The Lean Muscle Diet, and Lose It Right.

In addition to citing experts and studies, Spiker tells his own (often funny and embarrassing) stories about his body fails and the success stories of others. Together, they become exactly what today’s dieter needs — not just information and programs and plans, but context and nuance and nuggets of inspiration that help people find and explore what will work for them.

This is not a diet book per se, and that’s exactly why I like it.

Instead of taking a cookie-cutter approach, you take the more effective approach of trying to find what will work for you. Whether you read a diet book or not, this is some of the best nutrition advice you can receive.

When you do that and add it to a plan that is not built around restriction or any other unrealistic approach that always ends in failure, then you have the ideal formula for sustainable weight loss. And that’s exactly the foundation of Down Size. It’s designed for consistent fat loss rather than continual frustration.

In the book, Spiker outlines 12 universal truths and principles that people can apply to their own lives. But in my mind, the heart of what Spiker tries to do — in terms of practical advice that will get you going — lies in these four essential ingredients to having success on a weight-loss journey.

Track More Than Numbers
One successful tactic for many dieters is some form of self-monitoring (some use calories, some use pounds, some use steps walked). While Spiker makes the case that recording numbers you can control (like steps walked) can be more helpful psychologically than numbers that fluctuate (like pounds), he also points out that subjective data should be valued as much as objective data.

Spiker uses the work and insights from performance expert Doug Newburg, Ph.D., to describe the concept of feel (different than feelings) and how dieters can something that’s abstract to help guide them: if it feels good when you have a good workout, if it feels good after you eat a healthy meal, if you feel strong after a set of pushups, we should value and use that data as much as other forms.

It might sound a little out there, but the approach works surprisingly well. To understand how and why, you can learn more about what “feel” is about in this blog post for RunnersWorld.com.

Manufacture Your Own Motivation
I know, I know. Depending on motivation is like expecting your airline to stop running behind schedule; great in theory, but probably not going to happen. But that’s exactly why this book pinpoints a new approach.

While we often think that motivation is passive — that we have to wait for us to wash over us like some sort of “let’s do it” wave of energy — the fact is that we can kickstart it ourselves.

Spiker details the many struggles he’s had with motivation (and outright walls — like getting a D in sixth-grade gym class and being tailed by a race ambulance in a half-marathon).

Talking to motivation experts about the characteristics of lasting motivation, he details the elements that we can all use to construct our own motivational model to get us going in the right direction.

One of those elements — connectedness to others — is a theme he refers to throughout the book. And frankly, it’s probably the most important for dieters. So many people who embark on a weight-loss journey want to do so in private, but the very thing that will help them is being in public — even if “public” is only some kind of online form or with just one other person.

Customize, Don’t Conform
The one thing we don’t need are more books professing that one “type” of food — sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy, carbs — is the reason for weight gain. So much has been said — and will continue to be said — about nutrition and food.

Your job is not just learning the nutritional aspect of weight loss (full disclosure: Spiker also interviewed me about the subject), but what makes us eat and why. This is a refreshing look that can help you self-identify where your own issues exist, rather than blindly throwing another delicious food under the bus — when you still could potentially enjoy it as part of your diet.

Instead, you should focus on eating well most of the time and giving yourself some flexibility to enjoy your favorites in small amounts. [As well as how to actually make this happen.]

While highlighting the good nutrients and the eating styles that are likely to blame for weight gain, this is more about encouraging you to do what is so hard to do in the diet industry — customize an eating approach that uses sound principles but works for you.

It’s not a sexy way to “sell” an eating approach, but it’s the reality of how eating should work. Rather than try to fit into something that fits others, but not you, find a method (whether it’s intermittent fasting or calorie-counting or Paleo or something else) that enables you to eat healthy — and sustain that approach.

Push Push Push
No matter what kind of exercise you do, it’s not going to help if your eating isn’t cleaned up. That said, there are all kinds of workout methods that are surprisingly helpful (from competitive endeavors to things you do just for fun, like dancing) and have a great impact than you might think. For instance, most don’t associate walking with weight loss, but it can work.

The point is if you have to start by finding what you enjoy in order to make exercise part of your life. After that, if you have to choose what will have the most effect on your body, it’s all about raising the intensity of your workouts and doing strength exercises to increase muscle (to increase metabolism, change body shape).

Maybe most important, though, is the fact that venturing into these areas of pushing yourself to places you haven’t been — with weights or high-intensity work — is also about creating a new kind of energy. An energy in which you feel strong, feel excited, feel better — and when all those things are in place, the rest of the journey does, too.

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The Best Time Of Day To Work Out To Lose Weight

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You’ve committed to squeezing in a workout between your commute and your desk job, but before you embark on this new regimen, you want to know: When’s the best time to exercise to ensure you’re getting the most out of it?

New research, recently covered by Gretchen Reynolds in The New York Times, suggests that working out early in the morning — before you’ve eaten breakfast — helps speed weight loss and boost energy levels by priming the body for an all-day fat burn.

The No-Snooze Payoff

One of the reasons why working out first thing in the morning helps us lose weight — or at least protects us from gaining it — is that it pushes the body to tap into its fat reserves for fuel, as opposed to simply “burning off” our most recent snack or meal.

In one recent study, 28 young, healthy men spent six weeks eating a hefty diet of 30% more calories and 50% more fat than they’d been eating before. But while some of them spent the six weeks stuffing themselves and barely exercising, the others started working out every day. Of those who worked out, half did so first thing in the morning; the other half hit the gym (and did the same workout) after a high-carb breakfast. The fasting exercisers ate the same breakfast; they just did so after working out.

At the end of the volunteers’ month-and-a-half eating fest, the ones who hadn’t worked out at all had, unsurprisingly, packed on the pounds — about six pounds each. The ones who’d been exercising after breakfast gained weight, too, but only about half as much.

In comparison, the people who’d worked out daily — so long as they hit the gym before breakfast — hadn’t gained any weight at all. They’d been able to eat a lot of extra food — just as much as their fellow volunteers — without paying the price in additional pounds.

The study was small, short-term, used a specific eating plan, and involved men about the age of 21 only, so it’s hard to extrapolate much from the results. And the fasting exercisers didn’t lose weight: They just didn’t gain weight. Still, the experiment provided some of the first evidence that “early morning exercise in the fasted state is more potent than an identical amount of exercise in the fed state,” the authors write.

Another smaller study helps point out why timing could be so important. In it, two groups of men ran on treadmills until they burned 400 calories (about the equivalent of a small meal, or three to four slices of toast). While one group ran on an empty stomach, the other ate a 400-calorie oatmeal breakfast about an hour before their workout.

All of the runners burned fat during their workouts, and remained in a heightened fat-burning state after they’d gotten off their treadmills. But both results were more intense for the runners who’d skipped the oatmeal. In other words, exercising after a long period of not eating could be setting us up for a longer, more intense fat burn.

Set Your Clocks

There’s another component of the early-morning workout regimen that can help with weight loss too: daylight.

Aligning our internal clocks, or circadian rhythms, with the natural world helps give our metabolisms a boost. One recent study showed that people who basked in bright sunlight within two hours after waking tended to be thinner and better able to manage their weight than people who didn’t get any natural light, regardless of what they ate throughout the day.

So next time you think about hitting snooze, remember this: An early-morning workout won’t just help you meet your fitness goals, but could even give you more energy than those few extra minutes of shut-eye.

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Modern thoughts on the Paleo diet

Dear Dr. Roach • After a few months of stress eating, I have gained a lot of weight. People swear that the Paleo diet would help me lose weight and feel better. Do you recommend it? — H.C.

AnswerMost diets have good points and bad points, and work better or worse for different people. The Paleo diet is no exception. The theory behind Paleo is that humans are best adapted to the diet that Paleolithic man ate 10,000 or more years ago, which was high in meat, with relatively large amounts of fruits and vegetables, and no grains or dairy. I disagree with the theory on several points, especially that I think it is a fundamental misunderstanding of adaptation, in that there’s no guarantee that evolution produces a “best” adaptation, merely one that’s good enough. Paleolithic man ate what he had to survive, not necessarily what was optimal for his health.

The part about the Paleo diet that I do like is its recommendation against highly refined grains and other processed foods. I don’t agree with the usual recommendation to eat so much meat. It’s important to remember that the meat Paleolithic man ate, until just before being eaten, was busily running away from him and did not have remotely the fat content of today’s supermarket meat.

The nuts and vegetables available to modern man are vastly different from those available to Paleolithic man, according to a great talk from Christina Warriner. Finally, there is abundant evidence that preagricultural man, from many different societies, had atherosclerosis in the unlikely event he lived into his 40s.

Dear Dr. Roach • After having a body rash for five months, I finally was diagnosed as having subacute lupus. After searching on the Internet, I got very little understandable information. I am an 83-year-old very healthy woman. — J.B.

Answer • Lupus (literally “wolf,” as the classic rash of systemic lupus erythematosis was thought to resemble a wolf bite) is a complicated group of related diseases, including SLE (the “full-blown” syndrome, which can affect many organ systems, although itself highly variable), discoid lupus erythematosis (a skin condition that can exist by itself or as part of SLE) and subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosis, which I think you are referring to.

SCLE is a skin condition that starts as small, red, scaly raised bumps, which coalesce or form ring-like patterns on the trunk, shoulders, forearms and neck, but usually not the face. About a third of the time, SCLE is related to a medication. Many medications are associated with development of SCLE, including blood pressure medications, some statins, omeprazole and other anti-ulcer and GERD medications. About half the time, SCLE occurs in combination with systemic lupus.

Treatment of SCLE involves careful avoidance of direct sunlight, including the use of sunscreen and sun-protective clothing. Any drug commonly associated with SCLE should be stopped, if possible. Stopping smoking may improve the disease. Low vitamin D level is often associated with SCLE (possibly because people are avoiding sunlight), so supplementation may be necessary.

If medications are needed, topical steroids are probably the most effective treatment. Topical calcineurin inhibiters such as tacrolimus (Protopic) are (very) expensive alternatives.

So many people ask me to comment on dietary treatment that I will mention that although there is no data to prove it, I have anecdotally found that the “anti-inflammatory diet” of high fruits and vegetables, low saturated fat, low processed and high whole-grain products, and high omega-3 fatty acids such as fatty fish and walnuts, may improve symptoms of lupus, and is a generally healthy diet for most people.

I found two especially good websites for more information: lupus.org and mollysfund.org.

Dr. Keith Roach is a physician at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital.Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@med.cornell.edu or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, Fla. 32853-6475

Diet Doc Announces No Carb Diet Plans that Teach Patients How to Lose 20 … – Virtual

Diet Doc’s no carb diet plans are teaching patients throughout the country how to lose 20 pounds or more per month without the typical side effects associated with eliminating carbohydrates from the diet

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