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Chris Christie trying to lose weight

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is making an effort to slim down, he told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview that aired Tuesday.

Morgan introduced the topic, commenting, “I couldn’t help but notice, you’re slightly trimmer, Governor.”

“I’m working on it,” Christie said, confirming that he has lost “a little bit.”

Asked if he’s “on a mission” now to lose weight, the governor replied, “You know, I’m intermittently on a mission on this stuff.  So that’s why I’m very reluctant to say anything more than just that I’m trying to be healthier. I’m eating better — I’ve been working with a trainer on a regular basis and worked before we met today.”

Christie added that he’s especially motivated by a big birthday that’s coming up soon. “And I’m trying because, you know, I’m getting ready to be 50. I’ll be 50 this fall. … And I got to be around for my kids and hopefully for grandchildren. And so, you start to think about it in that way that you don’t really think about it as a younger man.”


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The Common Cent$ Diet e-book Addresses Needs of 86 Million Do-it-Yourself …

Diet Plan Saves Consumers 98%, Say Weight Loss Consultants

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) February 22, 2012

Two leading weight loss experts, Susan Burke March, Registered Dietitian/Author/Consultant, and John LaRosa, a leading 23-year analyst of the weight loss market, have co-authored a new 115-page e-book entitled: The Common Cent$ Diet For The Busy Girl: Simple Do-it-Yourself Weight Loss.

Healthy weight-seekers can choose from hundreds of weight loss programs and products – each claiming to have “the secret” to easy and quick weight loss. Consumers have seen it all—from the most ridiculous fad diets to mail order pills and potions, to infomercials, to multi-level distributors–you name it. It’s time for common sense.

The authors questioned why many of these weight loss programs are so complicated, cumbersome and expensive, and are not sustainable over the long term.

Here’s what the typical 12-16 week diet plan will cost consumers today, based on Marketdata Enterprises industry research:

  •     Commercial weight loss centers (Weight Watchers, Jenny, others)… $300-1,200
  •     Medical weight loss clinics, very low calorie plans….$1,800-3,500
  •     MD plan, bariatricians, using prescription obesity drugs….$600-1,200
  •     Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist….$650-800
  •     Retail meal replacements (bars, shakes – Slim-Fast, others)….$250-500
  •     Diet food home delivery services (NutriSystem, Medifast, others)….$875-3,000+
  •     Weight loss surgery (gastric bypass)…. $25,000
  •     Hospital-based program….$250-500
  •     Multi-level company plan (Herbalife, Shaklee – meal replacements)….$250-300
  •     Infomercial plan, diet pills purchased by mail order or phone….$175.

“Dieting doesn’t need to be expensive to work. The Common Cent$ Diet e-book, complete with website support, costs only $1.99 via Amazon.com. This simple diet with 14-day menu plans and using regular food, eliminates 98% of the cost, travel to diet centers, expensive company supplements, drugs, weigh-ins and other hassles. We say this plan is almost zero cost because consumers can just substitute frozen healthy entrees for food they would have purchased anyway. The only cost is the book”, according to co-author and Marketdata President, John LaRosa.

Frozen entrees have come a long way since the TV dinners of the 1960s, but not all are created equal in terms of nutrition and taste. The authors based this plan on “healthy” brands that are lower in sodium and calories, yet taste great. All can be prepared by microwave in 6 minutes or less, making this program perfect for working women.

The authors show you how to choose from popular healthy diet food brands: Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Kashi, Amy’s, and more. This flexible plan includes lunch, dinner and snacks each day. You get your own exercise program as well. The regular menu contains no more than 2000 mg of sodium/day and the lower-sodium plan limits it to 1500 mg/day – much lower than the government-recommended maximum of 2200 mg/day.

Recent Marketdata research shows that 80% of dieters want to lose weight on their own. With no fees required of any kind – ever – this home-based, convenient and affordable plan provides safe, nutritionally balanced weight loss. The plan can be used indefinitely, losing 1-2 pounds per week.

“Common sense, and common cents! Besides convenience, and portion control, a frozen entrée menu plan means easily budgeting your diet and having some left over for treats such as a new pair of running shoes or a spa visit.”, according to co-author Susan Burke March, RD.

Marketdata’s research points to the following dieting trends and facts:

  • Marketdata estimates that the number of American dieters in 2012 has risen to 108 million. But, not ALL of these dieters will turn to a structured weight loss program. Fully 80% of dieters want to diet by themselves—translating to 86 million people in the U.S. alone.
  • 2009-2011 were the years of the “value diet”. Many dieters shifted to free and low-cost do-it-yourself weight loss programs (Sparkpeople.com, Weightwatchers.com and other diet websites), due to the recession.
  • More do-it-yourself dieters and men now want to sign up for an anonymous weight loss model (i.e. websites, mail order) where no in-person meetings are required.
  • 90% of online dieters are female.
  • 61% of dieters prefer to use regular grocery store food, while 5% want meal replacements (shakes, bars), and only 6% prefer to use diet company food.

The Common Cent$ Diet Eliminates…

  • Counting daily points or calories    
  • Purchasing expensive “diet foods” or supplements
  • Traveling to a weight loss center for meetings    
  • Registration fees or contracts    
  • Ongoing weekly or monthly fees
  • Injections, prescription drugs, or diet pills.

Bonus With e-book Purchase: Access to a supporting diet website at no charge: TheCommonCentsDiet.com, which includes: helpful articles and videos, tips for online dieting,

weight loss tools and calculators, the latest weight loss market and company news, weight loss blog by John LaRosa and Susan Burke March.

About The e-Book

The Common Cent$ Diet For The Busy Girl: Simple Do-it-Yourself Weight Loss, published in October 2011, is an e-book that costs only $1.99 and is available for purchase in the Kindle format at Amazon.com. See attachments for a Table of Contents and Sample Chapter.

About The Authors

John LaRosa, BS, MBA, is the founder and President of Marketdata Enterprises, a Tampa, FL market research publisher and consulting firm with a specialty tracking the weight loss market since 1989. Mr. LaRosa has performed consulting projects and custom research for Fortune 500 weight loss companies, entrepreneurs, industry analysts, medical and commercial weight loss chains, MDs and entrepreneurs. Mr. LaRosa is the creator of several weight loss information/review websites: BestDietForMe.com and DietBusinessWatch.com.

Susan Burke March, is a Registered Dietitian, author, consultant and Certified Diabetes Educator. She is a committed professional counselor dedicated to helping people learn strategies to improve their health and accomplish their weight goals. She had a multi-year tenure as VP of Nutrition Services at eDiets.com. Susan is a registered dietitian (RD) and a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state of Florida.

About Marketdata Enterprises

Marketdata Enterprises, Inc., is an independent market research firm and 23-year analyst of the U.S. weight loss industry since 1989. Marketdata publishes many weight loss market studies, sells dieter leads, and performs consulting. It also operates two leading, free diet review and news websites: BestDietForMe.com, and DietBusinessWatch.com. Mr. LaRosa is available for interviews and consulting.

Contact Information

John LaRosa, Marketdata Enterprises, Inc., Tampa, FL – Phone: 813-907-9090

http://www.marketdataenterprises.com

email: john(at)marketdataenterprises(dot)com

Susan Burke March, Flagler beach, FL – Phone: 954-478-1152

email: susan(at)susanburkemarch(dot)com

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Creative Bioscience Named Top-Selling Natural Diet Formula Company by SPINS …

/PRNewswire/ — Creative Bioscience announced today it has been named the #1 top-selling maker of all-natural diet formulas in the 2011 SPINS Topline report, skyrocketing to a 31 percent market share in the company’s first-ever appearance on the report. In addition to ranking Number One in sales overall, Creative Bioscience’s hCG 1234™ is the top selling product in the category for 2011, surpassing well-known brands like Irwin Naturals and Nature’s Way to take the top spot.

As the only comprehensive source of scanner-based sales data for the natural products supermarket channel, the SPINS Topline report tracks product sales and growth rates by brand in a variety of categories in the natural products industry, including diet supplements.

“It’s been our goal from the beginning to become the world’s leading supplier of natural, effective diet and weight loss supplements, and we are thrilled to see that it looks like we’re well on our way,” said Ike Blackmon, Executive Director at Creative Bioscience. “The fact that we’ve outsold brands with a 15 year history in the business is quite a testament to the immediate and remarkable results our customers have seen.”

Creative Bioscience’s newly reformulated hCG1234™ offers dieters a powerful, effective, amino-based blend clinically supported to enhance diet results. This proprietary combination of amino acids and herbal extracts works to block fat, boost fat metabolism and provide essential nutrition when used in conjunction with Dr. Simeons’ Protocol of allowed foods in proper portions—an effective weight loss program backed by a 50-year history of helping people lose weight and improve their overall health. Designed for dynamic, rapid weight loss, Creative Bioscience’s premium American-made hCG1234™ has helped many dieters lose an average of 1-2 pounds per day, without the need for vigorous exercise and with more calorie and food choices than other products provide.

Blackmon says the results of the SPINS report not only prove that Creative Bioscience’s advanced formulations help customers achieve their weight loss goals with safe, natural products, but also that the company itself is changing the way the diet industry works by bringing a refreshing new level of transparency and personalized customer attention into the equation.

“We have long believed that the diet industry as a whole needed a wake-up call. For too long, most companies have gotten away with hiding behind ambiguous claims and giving customers virtually no way to contact the company with questions, or if they need assistance with their diet program,” Blackmon said. “Smart dieters today demand better service and more accountability. We’re one of the only supplement makers to offer that personal touch by providing free, 24/7 access to our trained diet support specialists who can help you overcome plateaus, provide encouragement or offer sound, realistic advice.”

In addition to the popular hCG 1234™, Creative Bioscience offers a wide range of products, including many that feature the Dr. Oz recommended Raspberry Ketones. The diet giant’s supplement portfolio includes tailored solutions to meet different weight loss styles: hCG Zero Liquid™, Diet Revive™, hCG Energy™, hCG Cleanse™, eAC 1234™ for energy and appetite control and rCC 1234™ for rapid colon cleanse each fill a specific dieting need. Its line of African Mango products— which Dr. Oz called a “miracle in your medicine cabinet that can help you lose 10 pounds”—include African Mango Lean™, African Mango 1200™ and African Mango Cleanse™ to enhance weight loss by naturally increasing metabolism and suppressing appetite. All Creative Bioscience products are manufactured in FDA-inspected and GMP-approved labs in the United States.

For more information about Creative Bioscience’s complete line of natural, herbal diet supplements and to find other store locations, visit www.creativebioscience.com

Product statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

About Creative Bioscience:Creative Bioscience is a dynamic weight loss supplement company dedicated to innovation, research, and professional support. The company uses key botanicals and natural ingredients in its line of herbal supplements for diet support, and its products are manufactured in FDA inspected and GMP approved facilities using precise, technologically advanced equipment. It produces several proprietary, all-natural diet support supplements, including Raspberry Ketones and the plant Irvingia gabonensis, commonly known as African Mango. Creative Bioscience’s complete line of diet aids offers tailored weight-loss solutions designed to meet the needs of anyone who is ready to lose weight, including those looking to cleanse their system of toxins.

Creative Bioscience offers 24/7 personalized diet support by trained specialists for customers, offering guidance on safe weight loss and tips on healthy living. For more information, visit www.creativebioscience.com.

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Eat cake or cookies with breakfast to lose weight, study suggests

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(CBS) Good news, dessert lovers: A new study suggests adding ice cream, cake, chocolate or cookies to your breakfast might actually help people lose weight.

PICTURES: Sugary cereals: Which are the 10 “worst?”

For the study – published in the Mar. 10 issue of Steroids – Israeli researchers took 193 obese people between ages 20 and 65 and assigned them to one of two diets that were almost identical except for breakfast. One diet included a low-carbohydrate breakfast, while the other contained a high-carb, protein-enriched breakfast with a choice of one of the desserts.

The patients were also given blood tests throughout the study, to check for levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite.

After 16 weeks of dieting, both groups lost similar weights: about 33 pounds in the group that ate low-carb breakfast, compared with nearly 30 pounds in the group that ate a high-protein breakfast with dessert. But after 32 weeks, the low-carb group gained more than 25 of those pounds back, while the group that ate desserts in their breakfast regained about 15 pounds.

How do the researchers explain this effect? They say most obese dieters fail to keep off the weight once they lose it, because they’re more likely to get hunger cravings because of decreased ghrelin suppression. Their study found that people in the dessert group reduced that hormone’s levels by 45 percent while those in the low-carb group only reduced levels by 29.5 percent. That suggests people in the dessert group were fuller and less hungry.

“Most people simply regain weight, no matter what diet they are on,” study author Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, a diabetes researcher at Tel Aviv University in Israel, told the New York Times. “But if you eat what you like, you decrease cravings. The cake – a small piece – is important.”

Kristen Smith, a clinical nutritionist in bariatric surgery at Montefiore Hospital in New York City, told HealthPop that “one of the positive things the study did show you can incorporate your favorite foods when you’re losing weight.”

But she said people shouldn’t draw conclusions from this study that they should eat dessert in the morning to shed pounds. “This study was relatively short-term, so I’m not sure how these participants would have responded if they were followed for a longer period of time,” Smith said. She said other studies have showed high-sugar foods, like cake or cookies, could increase sugar cravings throughout the day. She said it’s likely the high protein made the patients feel fuller, not the cake.

Jonathan Murray, director of patient food and nutrition at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, agrees.

“Typically carbohydrate is 100 percent converted to sugar within an hour in the body, causing your blood glucose to spike and then crash quickly, leading to increased hunger,” Murray told HealthPop in an email. “The addition of protein-enriched foods slows this process down, reduces the feeling of hunger, which in turn can help individuals from snacking in response to sugar crashes.”

Should we think of including a sugary treat in our breakfast routine?

Smith says, “I definitely wouldn’t recommend to my patients to start eating desert to breakfast.”

Murray says we already get enough sweets in our breakfast. Pancakes, waffles, and pastries are high in carbohydrates and sugar but not much else, he said.

“We’re the only nation on this earth who eats sweets like this,” Murray told HealthPop.

He says it’s better to focus on increasing protein and fiber in your breakfast to make you feel full enough to get through lunch and curb snacking. He suggests trying savory dishes like an egg frittata with veggies. Smith recommends a well-balanced breakfast with fruit, such as a hard-boiled egg with a piece of fruit and wheat toast

The Mayo Clinic has more on healthy breakfasts.




Report: Gluten-free diets not always a good idea

Gluten-free diets are popular these days, but commentary from the Annals of Internal Medicine says going gluten-free if you don’t have to may be a bad idea, Time.com reported.

Some individuals – like TV host Elisabeth Hasselback — suffer from celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease that triggers inflammation in the small intestine. People with celiac disease are allergic to gluten, a product found in wheat, barley and rye.

However, more people are adopting a gluten-free lifestyle, hoping to lose weight, boost energy or fix medical conditions like headaches and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. About 18 million Americans suffer from ‘nonceliac gluten sensitivity,’ according to Time.

However, Dr. Antonio Di Sabatino and Dr. Gino Roberto Corazza of Italy’s University of Pavia, said there’s no official data on nonceliac gluten sensitivity – and doctors are not sure how to diagnose it. (Celiac disease can be diagnosed by a simple blood test or bowel biopsy).

And Drs. Di Sabatino and Corazza said the alleged benefits of eating a gluten-free diet run rampant, but there’s just no scientific evidence to back it up.

“This clamor has increased and moved from the Internet to the popular press, where gluten has become ‘the new diet villain,’” they wrote in the journal.

It’s possible that you can have a reaction to ingredients in foods that also contain gluten – or you may discover symptoms simply because you think you are sensitive to these products.

The authors of the report discourage individuals from cutting gluten from their diet entirely, which could cause a fiber deficiency.

If you truly think you are sensitive to gluten, talk to your doctor, who may be able to run further tests.

Click here to read more on this story from time.com.
 

The Common Cent$ Diet e-book Addresses Needs of 86 Million Do-it-Yourself …

Diet Plan Saves Consumers 98%, Say Weight Loss Consultants

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) February 22, 2012

Two leading weight loss experts, Susan Burke March, Registered Dietitian/Author/Consultant, and John LaRosa, a leading 23-year analyst of the weight loss market, have co-authored a new 115-page e-book entitled: The Common Cent$ Diet For The Busy Girl: Simple Do-it-Yourself Weight Loss.

Healthy weight-seekers can choose from hundreds of weight loss programs and products – each claiming to have “the secret” to easy and quick weight loss. Consumers have seen it all-from the most ridiculous fad diets to mail order pills and potions, to infomercials, to multi-level distributors–you name it. It’s time for common sense.

The authors questioned why many of these weight loss programs are so complicated, cumbersome and expensive, and are not sustainable over the long term.

Here’s what the typical 12-16 week diet plan will cost consumers today, based on Marketdata Enterprises industry research:

  •     Commercial weight loss centers (Weight Watchers, Jenny, others)… $300-1,200
  •     Medical weight loss clinics, very low calorie plans….$1,800-3,500
  •     MD plan, bariatricians, using prescription obesity drugs….$600-1,200
  •     Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist….$650-800
  •     Retail meal replacements (bars, shakes – Slim-Fast, others)….$250-500
  •     Diet food home delivery services (NutriSystem, Medifast, others)….$875-3,000+
  •     Weight loss surgery (gastric bypass)…. $25,000
  •     Hospital-based program….$250-500
  •     Multi-level company plan (Herbalife, Shaklee – meal replacements)….$250-300
  •     Infomercial plan, diet pills purchased by mail order or phone….$175.

“Dieting doesn’t need to be expensive to work. The Common Cent$ Diet e-book, complete with website support, costs only $1.99 via Amazon.com. This simple diet with 14-day menu plans and using regular food, eliminates 98% of the cost, travel to diet centers, expensive company supplements, drugs, weigh-ins and other hassles. We say this plan is almost zero cost because consumers can just substitute frozen healthy entrees for food they would have purchased anyway. The only cost is the book”, according to co-author and Marketdata President, John LaRosa.

Frozen entrees have come a long way since the TV dinners of the 1960s, but not all are created equal in terms of nutrition and taste. The authors based this plan on “healthy” brands that are lower in sodium and calories, yet taste great. All can be prepared by microwave in 6 minutes or less, making this program perfect for working women.

The authors show you how to choose from popular healthy diet food brands: Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Kashi, Amy’s, and more. This flexible plan includes lunch, dinner and snacks each day. You get your own exercise program as well. The regular menu contains no more than 2000 mg of sodium/day and the lower-sodium plan limits it to 1500 mg/day – much lower than the government-recommended maximum of 2200 mg/day.

Recent Marketdata research shows that 80% of dieters want to lose weight on their own. With no fees required of any kind – ever – this home-based, convenient and affordable plan provides safe, nutritionally balanced weight loss. The plan can be used indefinitely, losing 1-2 pounds per week.

“Common sense, and common cents! Besides convenience, and portion control, a frozen entrée menu plan means easily budgeting your diet and having some left over for treats such as a new pair of running shoes or a spa visit.”, according to co-author Susan Burke March, RD.

Marketdata’s research points to the following dieting trends and facts:

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