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How long will it take to lose weight?

by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND

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Every time I have a new client scheduled to see me for weight loss, I have a pretty good idea of how our first conversation will go.  The first thing they usually want to know is how much I think they should weigh.  The answer is usually less than straightforward (see my post of October 7) and that question is inevitably followed up by a similar, and equally vexing query:  “how long will it take?”.  I’ve had this same conversation countless times over the years, and my answer is always the same – “it depends”.

Not a satisfying response, I realize, but the rate at which a person will lose weight depends on a lot of things.  It’s like a road trip.  You can look at the map, determine how many miles you have to travel, figure your average speed and then estimate how long it will take you to get there.  That works sometimes.  But maybe you come across a traffic jam, or a detour.  Maybe you drive through a town you’ve never been to and decide to stop a while.

It’s much the same with weight loss, even though the math is also fairly simple.  I can estimate how many calories you burn at rest (called your resting metabolic rate), and then tack on some extra calories for your current level of activity.  If you want to lose a pound in a week’s time, you’ve got to come up about 500 calories short of that number every day – either by eating 500 fewer calories, or burning off an extra 500 through exercise or, more likely, some combination of the two .

The problem is that there are just too many things that affect the final outcome.  For one thing, estimates of how many calories you burn every day are just that – estimates. Keeping track of how many calories you eat is just estimate, too – and most studies say that people underestimate the calories they eat by at least 20%.

And what about those calories you think you’re burning?  An exercise chart might tell you that swimming burns 500 calories an hour – but are you swimming nonstop for 60 minutes?  Are you even swimming at all?  I once spotted a client at the local pool… having a lengthy conversation with a girlfriend while sitting on the steps in the shallow end.  She never saw me, and I had to bite my tongue at her next visit when she told me that she’d been “swimming for an hour three times a week” – and couldn’t figure out why she wasn’t losing weight.

So just like that road trip, you can make a rough guess as to how long it will take you to reach your goal.  But you need to accept that it’s only that – a guess.  If you consistently cut 500 calories from what you need – then yes, you should drop about a pound per week.  But just like when you drive your car, you may not go at a consistently steady speed or burn through your fuel at a perfectly consistent rate.  And just like traffic jams and detours, things get in the way to slow us down or get us off track.  But eventually we get back on the road, and keep going.

So if you’re wondering ‘how long will it take?’ I encourage you to focus instead on all positive changes that are made along the way.  Because in the long run, if you improve your diet and get more active, the weight will take care of itself – in its own time.  And just like a road trip, sometimes it’s best to focus more on the trip, and less on the destination.

 Written by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD. Susan is a paid consultant for Herbalife.

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What is Herbalife Healthy Breakfast?

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What is Herbalife Healthy Breakfast?

Delicious and refreshing, the Herbalife Healthy Breakfast is a nutritious way to start your day. Customise it to suit your taste and lifestyle, and discover the benefits of a healthy, balanced breakfast everyday.

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What do YOU normally have for breakfast? 

Breakfast Facts: Did you know?

61% of Europeans miss breakfast more than once a week1. The main reasons are: lacking time, not feeling like eating in the morning and reducing the calorie intake.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has numerous proven benefits on our nutrition, health and mood.

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Who is it for?

Whatever your goal or lifestyle, a nutritious breakfast is important to kick start the day ahead. Anyone can benefit from it, in particular:

  • Struggling dieters searching for a creamy and delicious breakfast without the high calories.
  • Busy mums who spend their mornings multitasking and may benefit from a nutritious breakfast that is quick to prepare.
  • Older adults looking for a way to get all the nutrients they need at breakfast without too much effort.
  • Young and active professionals who may want a healthier breakfast alternative to their “grab-and-go” coffee and muffin during busy mornings.
  • Sportspeople, as they require a high-protein breakfast to help them perform at their best.

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1. CEEREAL European breakfast survey (2007). http://www.ceereal.eu – facts and figures, March 2007

2: Smith, A. (2011). In Diet, Brain, Behaviour: PractIcal ImplIcatIons. Eds: R.B.Kanarek & H.R Lieberman. Taylor & FrancIs.

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Why the Glycemic Index can help you choose a healthy diet by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND

Why the Glycemic Index can help you choose a healthy diet | Herbalife nutrition adviceThe term ‘glycemic index’ is one that’s heard more and more these days.  So much so, that it suggests that most people actually know what it means.

In reality, the Glycemic Index concept is not all that easy to grasp, but it’s is one worth understanding, since it relates to the overall quality of the diet and also has implications for weight management.

The Glycemic Index looks at the effects of carbohydrate-containing foods on sugar levels in your bloodstream.  Whenever you eat and digest carbohydrate-rich foods – foods like fruits, vegetables, grains and sweets – the end result is a rise in your blood sugar (your blood glucose).  This sugar in your blood is important – it’s the primary fuel for your brain and muscles and is, in large part, what keeps you going mentally and physically throughout your day.

But not all carbohydrate-containing foods cause your blood sugar to rise to the same degree – and this is where the Glycemic Index (or GI) comes in.  The GI ranks foods according to how much – and how rapidly – they cause the blood sugar to rise after they’re eaten.

How was the Glycemic Index established?

The first paper on Glycemic Index was published over 30 years ago,1 in which a small group of healthy people were used to establish the index.  The volunteers were fed each of the 62 foods in whatever amount was necessary to supply 50 grams of carbohydrate (which varies a lot from food to food – it takes about 60 baby carrots but a mere handful of cooked white rice), and their blood sugar measurements were then taken several times over a 2-hour period.  The effect of each food on blood sugar was compared to the effect of 50 grams of pure glucose (the form of sugar in your bloodstream), which was given a value of 100.  So, foods that caused the blood sugar to rise quickly and steeply had a number closer to 100, while foods that caused a less dramatic rise in sugar had a lower GI.

Which foods have the highest Glycemic Index?

The highest GI foods are those that are low in fiber, but starchy or sugary – foods like white bread, sweet breakfast cereals, noodles, fruit juices and white rice.  Since they are digested and absorbed relatively quickly, these high Glycemic Index foods tend to cause fairly large and rapid rises in blood sugar.

Now, this burst of sugary energy might sound like a good thing – after all, we need sugar in the blood to fuel our activities, but not in such large surges.   That’s because a quick spike in your blood sugar is often followed steep drop – and suddenly you’re craving something sugary to boost your blood sugar levels back up.  And then, the cycle starts all over again.  If you wind up snacking on sugary foods all day long, there’s a good chance you’ll take in more calories than you need –  which will be put into storage on your belly and thighs.

Which foods have a low Glycemic Index?

On the other hand, the lowest GI foods are those carbohydrate-rich foods that are whole and unprocessed. So, vegetables, whole fruits, beans, and most 100% whole grain foods – like brown rice, rolled oats, barley, quinoa and 100% whole grain bread – have relatively low Glycemic Index rankings.  That’s because they’re high in fiber – which means they take longer to digest – and so your blood sugar rises more gently after you eat them.

Rather than a big spike in blood sugar, these wholesome foods lead to a slower release into your bloodstream, which provides you with more sustained energy.  And, thanks to their high-fiber content, they’re more filling, too – so a diet that emphasizes low GI foods can be a good strategy for weight control.

What really matters:  the total carbohydrate load of your diet

If you use the GI as a guide to choosing what to eat, it can steer you towards foods that are less “carb heavy” – like whole grains and veggies – with fewer calories per bite. But you should know that this isn’t always the case.  Some foods (like ice cream) have a low Glycemic Index because their high fat content slows digestion – which means they don’t cause a big spike in blood sugar after they’re eaten.  On the basis of GI alone, you might conclude that ice cream was a good thing to include in your “low GI” diet.

On the other hand, some healthy foods have a high Glycemic Index value which can be a bit misleading if you don’t consider portion size.  Take watermelon for example.  You’d need to eat 5 servings of watermelon to get the 50 grams of carbohydrate needed to determine the GI.  But a typical serving doesn’t contain nearly that much – and doesn’t contribute much to the overall carbohydrate load of your diet.  If you were to focus on GI values alone, you might end up omitting some healthy fruits unnecessarily.

That’s why it’s better to look at the Glycemic Index of your diet as a whole, rather than getting hung up on individual foods.

Adjusting the Glycemic Index of your diet

To cut back on your high GI foods and reduce the carbohydrate load of your diet overall, here are some switches you can easily make.

Instead of white rice and potatoes, switch to brown rice or other whole grains like cracked wheat, barley, millet or quinoa – or substitute beans, lentils or sweet potatoes.  Rather than drinking a lot of calories from high Glycemic Index fruit juices, eat whole fresh fruits instead – have berries on cereal, or a whole piece of fruit for a snack or dessert. Switch from refined white breads, crackers and snack foods to products that are made with 100% whole grain – or try nuts instead of chips for snacks.

Whole and lightly processed low GI foods are more bulky and filling than their refined cousins, which means they retain their natural vitamins, minerals and healthy antioxidant phytonutrients, too.  And that means that you get more nutrition for your calories.   By swapping out the high Glycemic Index foods and replacing with more low GI items, you can greatly reduce the overall carbohydrate load of your diet – which can help you with calorie control while providing a healthy nutrient boost, too.

1Jenkins D et al. Am J Clin Nutr 34:362; 1981

Written by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD. Susan is a paid consultant for Herbalife.

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Family Fitness: Raise Healthy, Active Kids by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

Get active with your kids.

Whether you want to raise superstar athletes or just emphasize the importance of physical fitness in order to raise healthy, active kids, it’s never too late to get started on a family fitness journey.

There’s never been a better time to get active with your family! If you’re looking to change your children’s current lifestyle and make healthier choices, then I have six great tips that may help you get or stay on a path to raising healthy, active kids. An active lifestyle is a great family goal that can be achieved with a few creative changes.

Related Article: Design Your Own Healthy, Active Lifestyle Plan

1) Talk to your child’s physician

I always advise that you talk to your child’s doctor about what kind of fitness is right for them —especially if it’s a drastic lifestyle change. The words ‘active’ and ‘kids’ used to go hand in hand, but in today’s modern world, many kids hardly ever run around or play sports. Going from complete inactivity to a sudden active lifestyle can be a shock to the system. All changes in physical activity should be gradual. Checking your kids’ health before making any lifestyle changes should be the first step to achieving your family’s fitness goals.

2) Create a routine

The best way to get going on your family fitness journey is to write out a schedule and pick two activity days per week. Consider planning outdoor activities such as hikes, bike rides or sports to make it feel less like a duty and more like playtime. The more you can involve your kids in the planning process, the more enthusiastic they will be about the change.

3) Embrace modern technology

If you have children that are reliant on modern technology such as computers, video games, and tablets, you might face a full-blown rebellion if you try to swap gadgets for family fitness time. Instead, you can embrace modern technology and ease into an active lifestyle with fitness games and challenges. There are many dance, fitness and activity games available that combine technology with simple tasks to help entertain kids into getting active. This tip shouldn’t take away from traditional outdoor activities, but it’s a step in the right direction.

4) Go back to basics and keep it simple

Remember how much fun it was to play a simple game of catch with your friends when you were younger? As you move towards more traditional fitness-based activities, focus on fun coordination and body awareness moves. Kids have developing nervous systems and would benefit greatly from engaging both small and large motor skills. These activities include kicking, catching and hopping, and they could feel more like a game rather than fitness.

5) Be smart about fitness

Children get so many ideas of what think they can do. Your child may see photos in the media of other kids lifting heavy weights. In reality, it’s not a good idea for children to be doing heavy lifting. There are differing opinions on the correct age that children should start lifting weights, and it’s a decision that should be discussed with your child’s physician. I believe doing exercises that use your body weight are a perfect way to build strength for kids and adults. I started my weights program at the age of 15. My husband started using weights at the age of 17, and we’ve both been successful in the fitness world. My children will be well into their teens before they touch a weight. Until then, they’re going to have fun with squats, pushups and playing on the monkey bars!

6) Lead by example

The greatest gift you can give your children is to lead by example by practicing healthy habits. Try popping in a fitness DVD or follow a fitness routine on the computer to set an active example. If your young children want to join in, you should let them! Just make sure they stay away from the equipment, especially weight machines and treadmills. A fall on a moving treadmill can cause permanent scarring and burns (I know this from personal experience – you don’t need to make the same mistake!).

We can all make healthier choices to lead our children down a healthy, active path. If you keep it fun for them, you can set them up for a lifetime of being active.

Written by Samantha Clayton, A.F.A.A., I.S.S.A. Samantha is Sr. Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.

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Survey says: Most summer bodies stayed under wraps this year by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND

Survey says: Most summer bodies stayed under wraps this year | Susan Bowerman | Discover Good NutritionIt’s late spring, and you’re standing in line at the supermarket, staring at the magazines.  The covers are graced with people who are tanned, toned and fit and the headlines scream, “get your bikini body now!” or “there’s still time to shape up for summer!”  And many of us do toss around the idea of getting rid of a little excess flab that’s been hiding under bulky sweaters and long coats all winter.  But how many people actually attempt to get in shape for summer?  And, when they slip into their swimsuits, how do they feel “letting it all hang out”?  In order to find out, Herbalife sponsored a nationwide survey* – and the results were really surprising. 

The survey asked 1000 men and women whether they tried to diet and exercise their way to a better body for the summer, and how they felt about being seen in swimwear.  And a large majority – 69% of the women and 76% of the men – said that they put forth absolutelyno effort to get in shape for the summer.

And while we didn’t gather height and weight data in the survey, it’s probably safe to say that most of those surveyed are carrying around more weight than they’d like.  When asked how they felt about their bodies being out in plain view, only 3.5% thought, “I’ve got it, so I flaunt it”.  And despite summer’s searing heat wave, more than half said they keep their bodies “under wraps”, 36% said they’re “embarrassed to be seen in a bathing suit”, and another 16% avoid swimming situations altogether – because they simply don’t want to be seen.

Interestingly, the majority – 61 percent – admitted that while their bodies aren’t perfect, they were comfortable with what they’ve got.  And on the surface, that body acceptance would appear to be a good thing.  But when nationwide statistics are also showing that, as a nation, we’re just getting heavier and heavier, it could also suggest that our view of what a normal and healthy body looks like is shifting – in the wrong direction.  And, that may mean that many are simply giving up the fight to get fit – they’re working out less and loving it more.

With so many people keeping themselves covered up and avoiding the water altogether, a day of activity at the beach or pool is a missed opportunity for those who could really use it.  Swimming is a great cardio workout, and the natural resistance of the water helps to build muscle.  And a walk or jog in the sand at the beach really works the legs.

So now imagine that it’s next spring, and you’re standing at the checkout line, looking at the magazine covers.  Okay – maybe you can’t get a bikini body in time for summer – but you sure aren’t going to get one if you spend the summer on the couch.  Instead of avoiding the beach and the pool (or the mirror) next year, get into those swimming togs, get outside and get moving.  While it’s great to be comfortable with the body you’ve got, if you take care if it with proper diet and exercise, it’ll also be the best body it can be.

*Survey of US adult population, conducted by Synovate eNation, June 27, 2011 through June 29, 2011, margin of error +/- 3 percentage points.

Written by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD. Susan is a paid consultant for Herbalife.

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