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Eat this not that and make a difference to your bottom line


Sometimes we need to take a step back and just be sensible and pragmatic about how we approach our weight loss efforts. Time and again we notice how small changes in our lifestyles can account for big and sustainable changes on the scales. We all know we need to follow a balanced diet, preferably cooked at home using only natural products. Great in theory…but in practice life happens.

In the real world many of us are running around like crazy all day, and very often simply do not have the time or the energy to prepare home-cooked meals. It is also just then when everything goes pear shaped. We choose from limited options, but make the right choices. Or so we think… The truth is that unless you’ve made it yourself, you simply do not know what ingredients have been used in restaurant food, take out foods, or even supermarket products. No wonder so many people, claiming to eat well, just keep on gaining weight.

It is for this reason I absolutely love the series of books “Eat This Not That” written by David Zinchenko, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine, and Matt Goulding, the food and nutrition editor of Men’s Health. These books contain a wealth of information that comes in extremely handy when faced with everyday choices. They cover just about any situation, from food choices at restaurants and fast food outlets to supermarket foods. They are also specifically tailored to different audiences, including families and kids, so you can choose that which is most applicable to your lifestyle.
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Wii Fit: Can it Replace the Gym?


By Pat Barone

If the invention of TV remote controls and video games ushered in the couch potato lifestyle, could a similar device rescue us? Nintendo’s Wii Fit, which debuted in late 2006, has grown in popularity, but is it a brilliant rescue device for the overfed, a novelty that will soon fade in popularity, or a clever motivator that appeals to the addictive and/or competitive personality?

Betting on the fact that Americans love their TVs (the average American spends 19-25 hours per week in front of the screen!), Nintendo fashioned Wii Fit with a little competitive edge to keep your interest with the addictive qualities of a video game.

Depending on the activity you choose (Wii has tennis, baseball, boxing, bowling & golf, and the upgrade Wii Fit features weight lifting, aerobics, yoga, jogging, hula hoop, ski jumping, rhythm boxing and step aerobics), you might be holding a wand-like device about the size of a remote control or wearing wrist bands while standing on a surfboard-like balance board in front of your TV. You simulate the movements and force of whatever activity you are playing and the game console translates it onto an animated picture on your TV screen.

So, does it work?
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