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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 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 (, 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:, 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 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: and

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 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:, and Mr. LaRosa is available for interviews and consulting.

Contact Information

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

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


(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, 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.

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Watch even diet drinks as you watch waist

Put that soda down. Now! That includes diet soda.

The Journal of General Internal Medicine reports that drinking a can of diet soda a day is linked to your chances of heart attack or stroke. However, the journal hints that soda in itself does not cause heart attacks or strokes.

So what gives?

Before we answer that, let’s look at the numbers. The journal looked at the soda consumption of 2,500 people over a 10-year period and found that people who drank soda daily were 43 percent more likely to experience vascular disease than those who did not. However, if you averaged less than a can of soda a day, you had the same chance of heart attack than those who do not drink at all.

Another study found that diet soda drinkers had a 70 percent larger waistline than those who do not drink diet soda. So now we can answer the question of what gives?

Diet soda drinkers normally have worse eating habits. How many times have you seen someone order the super galaxy burger with the jumbo fries and order a diet soda? They think they are saving calories with the diet soda so they can order the galaxy-sized meals.

I do it. On days I am following good eating habits, I drink a half gallon of water. On my relax days I tend to drink soda, although I am still drinking water, as well. It is a habit.

Diet soda drinkers have a greater chance of getting diabetes, although diet soda contains artificial, not real, sugar. But if you complement that diet soda with cookies and pies while sitting and watching television, you see why people get diabetes.

Diet soda is a trick and a crutch.

The bottom line is water acts as a lifesaver. If you put down soda for a month and replace it with half a gallon of water a day, you should lose weight even if you don’t change the rest of your eating habits.

Of course, if you drink that half a gallon of water daily, you might not eat as much.

You definitely want to avoid regular soda and many of the teas and flavored drinks, as well.

Men’s Health came up with its 20 worst drinks and compared their sugar equivalent to unhealthy foods. For example, drinking a Rockstar Energy Drink is like eating six Krispy Kreme doughnuts, sugar-wise; a 20 oz. Sunkist orange soda has as much sugar as six Breyer Oreo ice cream sandwiches; a 20 oz. Starbucks white hot chocolate with whipped cream has is much sugar as nine strawberry rice crispy treats; a 24 oz. margarita is sugar-equivalent to seven Almond Joy candy bars; a 32 oz. McDonald’s triple thick shake has as much sugar as 13 McDonalds baked apple pies; and a 24 oz. Stone Cold PBC shake — Men’s Health’s No. 1 worst beverage in America — has as much sugar as 30 chewy Chips Ahoy cookies.

In many cases, we are not eating ourselves to death. We are drinking ourselves to death.

And I’m not even talking alcohol.

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How to avoid giving birth to a fussy eater: Vary your diet during pregnancy

Fiona Macrae

Last updated at 3:54 AM on 22nd February 2012

Women who have a varied diet in pregnancy may be less likely to have a child who is a fussy eater.

A decade of research has linked the smells and tastes that a baby is exposed to in its first few weeks and months of life with the foods and scents it grows to like.

In some cases, babies appear to get a taste for the foods their mothers eat in the womb.

Mix it up: Maintaining a varied diet during pregnancy may help avoid having children who are fussy eaters

Mix it up: Maintaining a varied diet during pregnancy may help avoid having children who are fussy eaters

Researcher Benoist Schaal said: ‘During pregnancy the womb is relatively permeable and what the mother takes in goes in a certain dose to the foetus during a time when the brain is being formed, probably with long-term consequences.’

Dr Schaal, of Bourgogne University in Dijon, has looked at the effect of odour in and out of the womb.

In one experiment, he gave some women aniseed-flavoured sweets and biscuits to eat in the last few days of pregnancy, while others ate their usual foods.

Once their babies were born, the scent of aniseed was wafted past their faces.

who had tasted or smelt aniseed in the womb turned towards it and
seemed to smile, the American Association for the Advancement of
Science’s annual conference heard.

experiment did not go on to check whether the children liked the taste
of aniseed, as well as the smell. But as scent is a major contributor to
our sense of taste, this is likely, said the researcher.

experiments show babies to react positively to smells, from carrots to
garlic, if they have first sniffed them before birth.

But the effect may not always be
beneficial to health, with a taste for cigarettes and alcohol perhaps
also being set early in life.

An Argentinian study showed babies whose mothers drank during pregnancy licked their lips at the scent of alcohol.

The period during which a baby is weaned on to solid foods may also influence the child’s tastes in later life.

More mess, less fuss: In some cases, babies appear to get a taste for the foods their mothers eat in the womb

More mess, less fuss: In some cases, babies appear to get a taste for the foods their mothers eat in the womb

Dr Schaal fed six-month-old babies boring or mixed diets and then looked at how they reacted to being given a new food.

For example, one group of babies was
given little but pureed carrots to eat for ten days. Another was given
carrots for a day, then a day of artichoke and a day of green beans,
before starting back on the carrots again.

They were then tested on new tastes such as pureed fish, ham or peas.

Those weaned on a varied diet gulped down the new foods, unlike those who were only used to carrots.

Other research has shown that the tastes we develop as babies can stay with us for decades.

The experiment focused on vanilla, which was used to flavour formula milk in Germany until 1992.

People aged between 12 and 59 were given two types of ketchup to taste and asked which they had preferred.

The one that had been laced with vanilla tended to be preferred by those who had been fed by bottle, rather than by breast, as babies.

Dr Schaal said it is possible that eating a varied diet in pregnancy could cut the odds of the baby being a picky eater and added that health policies on improving diet should focus on the start of life.

Clare Byam-Cook, a former midwife who has taught celebrities such as Kate Winslet and Natasha Kaplinsky how to feed their babies, backed the Frenchman’s theory, up to a point.

She said: ‘It seems to be the case that a mother who eats a lot of curries in her pregnancy can also eat lots when she is breastfeeding, because the baby has got used to it.

‘Mothers who don’t eat lots of curries are normally told that spicy foods might upset the baby when they are breastfeeding.’

But she said the way the child is brought up is also important and persevering with the introduction of new foods, even when a child claims not to like them, will cut the odds of the youngster becoming a fussy eater.


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People have been saying this for years. But I love fish and seafood, and neither of my children would ever touch them, still won’t. Plus I gave birth to a boy who would eat everything except fish and mushrooms (another of my favourites), and a girl who was fussy from the start, ate nothing but milk, yoghurt and bananas until she was 2 (all of which I hate) and who blames me for putting her off orange juice by giving it to her daily as a child. So are we just odd?

Meh. My diet during pregnancy consisted of red creaming soda, antacids and the odd apple, and both my kids are brilliant eaters. And neither of them like creaming soda.

The most frustrating thing about fussy eaters is they won’t even try the food!!

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