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I Tried a Victoria’s Secret Model Diet and Exercise Plan for a Week

To get my full program, I went over to model-favorite gym Aerospace NYC to meet with the woman herself, Adriana, and her trainer, Michael Olajide Jr. We went over her preshow meal plan (egg-white omelets, oatmeal, protein shakes with fruit, fish, veggies, chia, nuts, Japanese yams and sweet potatoes, and fruit) and her daily workouts (boxing, jumping rope, and running for daily cardio, and a few days of lifting).

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Y brings internationally lauded diet option to Marco

When it comes right down to it, what you shovel into your mouth dictates your health.

Not a new thought, considering the plethora of “miracle” diets out there, but the king of them all might be the CHIP “philosophy,” which highlights a healthy diet leading to overall health, resilience, stress management and indeed weight loss.

The Complete Health Improvement Program has found its way to Marco, courtesy of the Marco Y’s Healthy Living Director and physiologist Deborah Passero, who this week kicked off a pilot program.

About a dozen members along with six Y staffers attended, and Passero opened the proceedings with a startling fact that in a single year after introducing CHIP to its staffers, Lee Memorial Health System (now Lee Health) saved $9 million in healthcare costs; Collier County’s NCH also reported major savings, Passero said.

The program has become internationally recognized, and is embraced by an increasing number of physicians, she added.

“Doctors can simply be prescription writers,” Passero said, “and a lot of them don’t want to do that anymore. They want better options.”

At the start of the session, the Y members and staffers outlined their reasons for showing interest in the 7-week program (which was offered free, but normally costs $599.)

“I’m a meat and potatoes kind of guy,” John Joyce, a Y staffer originally from Ireland, said. “If it’s food, I eat it.”

“My favorite foods all end in vowels,” Passero’s husband, Michael, said. “Fettucini, spaghetti, mozzarella, prosciutto.”

“I like Mexican rice and beans,” one of the Y’s younger staffers, Alex Elaty, said. “I’m here to establish some good habits early and avoid some of the stuff that comes later down the line.”

“Diabetes runs on both sides of my family,” Y CEO Cindy Love said. “I need to watch it and eat healthier. My weaknesses are chocolate and brownies.”

By his own admission, Lou Vlasic feels that changing his lifestyle is vital.

“It was good timing for me,” he said of the CHIP program. “I was hospitalized in 2015 with an autoimmune disease, and I was paralyzed from the waist down. After that, I went to the Y to build up my strength, and I went from wheelchair, to walker, to cane and then nothing. Now I want to do everything that I can do to get better. That’s my only job.”

In line with the program’s suggestions, Passero told the group to try a three-day cleansing program consisting of whole grain rice, quinoa and fruit, after which they could resort to an assortment of foods that excludes meat, dairy, eggs, processed food, alcohol and caffeine.

She then produced a sample salad that included roasted and skinned red peppers, arugula, toasted almonds, quinoa and lemon zest, and the favorable reaction was unanimous.

Daily routines suggested for the program include drinking two glasses of water when waking, a warm shower before breakfast, 3 meals a day (but making the evening meal the smallest), eight more glasses of water or herbal tea during the day and 30 minutes of exercise according to ability.

But then Passero put her foodie foot down.

“I want commitment for the next seven weeks,” she said. “If you don’t want to do this, come back next year and pay $599.”

The nods of agreement suggested this pilot program might be a roaring success.

For information on the program, as well as information about the Y’s assorted programs for youth and adults, call 394-3144 or visit greatermarcoy.org.

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Diet quality low but steadily improving among US kids

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — On the whole, the diet of U.S. children improved markedly between 1999 and 2012 but it remains poor, said the authors of a new study that examined diet quality data from more than 38,000 kids. Moreover, disparities remain among key subgroups.

The bottom-line measure in the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is the standard, 100-point Healthy Eating Index (HEI-2010) score. Over the study period the average HEI-2010 rose to 50.9 from 42.5 as children ate more healthy foods, such as whole fruit, and became increasingly likely to avoid “empty calories,” such as sugary drinks. The latter improvement explained about a third of the total improvement.

“I am encouraged by the gains,” said study lead author Xiao Gu, a master’s student in epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health. He collaborated with corresponding author Katherine Tucker of the University of Massachusetts Lowell on the study, which analyzed data gathered from 38,487 children aged 2 to 18 in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

“Although we showed several components still need to be improved … our paper provides evidence that we are on the correct track,” Gu added.

Indeed, many of the components that make up the overall HEI-2010 score improved significantly: empty calories; whole grains; dairy; whole fruit; total fruit; seafood and plant proteins, greens and beans, and fatty acids; total protein foods; and refined grains. Sodium consumption, however, got a bit worse and in many cases the component scores improved from poor levels, suggesting that nutrition among U.S. children needs to improve further.

“The average score for whole grains is only 2, which is far below its maximum of 10, even though we observed a significant increasing trend,” Gu said. “For whole fruit the optimal is 5 but the average we observed is 2.1. I think the increasing trend is encouraging but the current dietary quality level is disappointing.”

NHANES gathered the data by surveying thousands of different participating children (or their caregivers) every two years, asking each member of that nationally representative sample to recall what food they ate the prior day. Gu and Tucker used that nutrition intake data to calculate the HEI scores.

Demographic disparities

Every demographic subgroup of children shared in the gains, but the pace varied and disparities remain.

The score among non-Hispanic black children improved to 48.4 in 2012 from 39.6 in 1999, but over the same period the score for non-Hispanic whites rose to 50.2 from 42.1. While the gap narrowed somewhat, a clear disparity persists.

Gu and Tucker also looked at economic correlates of nutrition. They found that as household wealth increased, so did the degree of gains. HEI-2010 scores rose 23.8 percent among the wealthiest third of the sample, 19.2 percent among the middle third, and 18.2 percent among the least wealthy third.

The authors also analyzed diet quality among children in federal nutrition assistance programs. Over the course of the study period, the HEI-2010 scores of children in families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits began to lag those of children not receiving such benefits, while children benefitting from the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program pulled further ahead of children not receiving that assistance.

That difference might in part relate to how the two programs are structured, Gu said. In SNAP, because consumers can buy almost any food they might buy less healthy ones if they are less expensive. WIC, on the other hand, limits food choices to ones that adhere to dietary guidelines.

An overall policy success?

The broad-based quality gains evident in the average American child’s diet so far this century may stem from sound policymaking, Gu said. Over the same period researchers, policymakers and non-governmental organizations have worked well together, for example, to improve nutritional guidelines. Ballot initiatives may have helped further, Gu said, by passing soda taxes in several cities that could further discourage empty calorie consumption.

“We should continue improving our policies and programs along with doing more research because that has really made Americans healthier,” Gu said.


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Diet Doc Provides Pharmacy-Grade Weight Loss Solutions and …

SALT LAKE CITY, UT–(Marketwired – November 16, 2016) – With millions of Americans struggling with type 2 diabetes and dealing with obesity, serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer have become common. Inadequate exercise, unhealthy diets, and excessively sedentary lifestyles have worsened the problem. However, regulating certain types of food through dieting and reducing body mass index (BMI) could make a tremendous difference in helping individuals lose weight fast and minimize excessive weight gain.

The Ketogenic diet, or Keto Diet, is one of the most popular diets addressing obesity and weight gain related health issues and involves modifying the body’s utilization of energy from food. It involves high levels of fat; moderate amounts of protein; and low amounts of carbohydrates. It urges the liver to convert fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. It must be noted, however, that while ketone bodies can be an indication of weight loss, they can also be a warning sign of serious issues like diabetes, which is why diets should ideally be supervised by a medical professional.

During a typical doctor-supervised Ketogenic diet, patients are given 1-2 weeks to keto-adapt. Vitamin B12, as well as other supplements, are sometimes added to prevent negative symptoms like headaches and muscle cramping. As a result, the diet becomes more balanced and existing health needs are addressed to boost weight loss. Diet Doc, a nationally recognized weight loss center, offers custom-designed weight loss programs and diet consulting to all patients, even those following pre-structured diet plans like the Ketogenic Diet. With a safe, doctor-supervised diet plan and guidance for life, Diet Doc patients gain the following benefits within the very first month:

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How might fast-food lover Trump change the nation’s diet?

WASHINGTON — Will President-elect Donald Trump remake school lunches into his fast-food favorites of burgers and fried chicken?

Children grumbling about healthier school meal rules championed by first lady Michelle Obama may have reason to cheer Trump’s election as the billionaire businessman is a proud patron of Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald’s while promising to curb federal regulations.

The Obama administration has made healthier, safer and better labeled food a priority in the last eight years, significantly raising the profile of food policy and sometimes drawing the ire of Republicans, farmers and the food industry. The first lady made reducing childhood obesity one of her signature issues through her “Let’s Move” campaign.

In addition to the healthier school meal rules, the administration ushered a sweeping food safety law through Congress, pushed through several new food labeling regulations, started to phase out trans fats, added calorie labels to menus and suggested new limits on sodium in packaged foods. The White House has also fended off efforts in the Republican Congress to trim the nation’s food stamp program.

“Food advocates are already nostalgic for the Obama era and will be playing defense for the next four years,” says Sam Kass, a former White House senior adviser on nutrition and personal chef for the Obamas.

A look at some of the food regulations that could be scrapped – or tweaked – in the new administration:


Trump himself hasn’t weighed in on school meal regulations. But Republicans, school nutrition directors and some in the food industryhave balked at parts of the administration’s rules that set stricter fat, sugar and sodium limits on foods in the lunch line and beyond. 

While many students have now gotten used to the healthier foods, some schools still complain that they are costly and that it’s difficult to meet the standards.

“I would be very surprised if we don’t see some major changes on the school lunch program” and some other food issues, said Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama, the Republican chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees Agriculture Department spending.

Aderholt, who sits on Trump’s agriculture advisory committee, says the Obama administration’s approach was “activist driven” and people who voted for Trump are looking for a more common-sense approach.

One of many names that have been floated as a possible agriculture secretary is Sid Miller, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner who repealed a state ban on deep fryers and soda machines at schools. Miller recently got in trouble when he used a profanity on Twitter to describe Democrat Hillary Clinton; he blamed a staffer and the tweet was deleted.


In September, the Trump campaign pitched rolling back food safety regulations in a fact sheet, arguing they are burdensome to farmers and criticizing increased inspections of food manufacturing facilities as “overkill.” The sheet referred to the “food police” at the Food and Drug Administration. The campaign later deleted the proposal from its website.

Congress passed new food safety regulations in 2010, a year after a salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut company killed nine people. Michael Taylor, former FDA deputy commissioner for foods who oversaw the food safety rules, says it wouldn’t be popular with consumers to roll them back.

“Consumers are only getting more focused on safety, health and wellness,” Taylor says.

Trump himself is a self-professed germaphobe who prefers eating at fast-food restaurants because he believes they have higher food safety standards.


Congressional Republicans have been examining food stamps since the program’s cost grew to almost $80 billion annually after the recession. Participation and costs have dipped since its 2013 high, but conservatives have suggested tightening eligibility standards or increasing work requirements. House Speaker Paul Ryan has for years championed an overhaul to the program.

Democrats in the Senate have consistently objected to any changes to the program, and will still wield influence. But they won’t have the backing of a Democratic White House.


Many other laws are either already in place or close to it, including a revised “nutrition facts” panel on the back of food packages, with a new line breaking out added sugars, a labeling law for genetically modified foods and calorie labeling on restaurant and supermarket menus.

In many cases, the rules are a result of compromise with industry. Kass says that pulling back may just create more cost and uncertainty for businesses.

“Unwinding things is really hard, especially when most of them have been implemented and industry has moved on,” Kass says.

He predicts most of the regulations will stay, but that there will be little additional progress. Ongoing administration efforts to reduce sodium in food and antibiotics in meat could be casualties.

Margo Wootan, a lobbyist on nutrition issues for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says advocates will continue to be aggressive at the state and local levels, hoping change will bubble up.

“The public is more interested than ever in nutrition and will continue to press companies,” she says.

Doctors weigh in on diet shakes and replacement bars – WSAV

SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – Meal replacement bars and shakes have been in the spotlight lately. A company called Soylent recently issued a product recall on some of its meal replacement bars after some customers got sick.

Meal replacement bars and shakes can be a quick solution on a busy morning, but are they good for you? Manufacturers claim they offer nutritional value with convenience but doctors say they are not enough.

Dr. Sevilla, with the Family Practice Center of Salem, said the bars and shakes can be beneficial if they are replacing unhealthy snacks, but shouldn’t be used to replace all meals. He said they should just be one piece of the weight loss puzzle.

“Get good sleep. Try to limit your caffeine. A good diet and exercise program, and then add on one of these nutritional supplements as well,” Sevilla.

Sevilla says your body needs more than just three bars or shakes a day. He tells patients that the key to successful weight loss is a balanced diet.

Not all replacement bars and shakes are made alike, so reading products labels is a must before selecting a brand for formulation.

“A lot of these supplements have things like caffeine in them, and that can do things like raise your blood pressure, raise your heart rate,” Sevilla said. “If you have heart problems or lung problems – that can impact things like that, too.”

Sevilla says a lot of the bars can have a lot of sugar in them, which can also interfere with diabetes. He suggests talking with a doctor before starting any type of diet supplement.

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