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Just when you think you know how to lose weight.


Whoever finds a single fool proof way to lose weight is guaranteed to become the richest person on earth. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, a one-size-fits-all super diet will probably never be discovered. If it is not enough that our bodies are so different, there are many, many other factors at play including cultural differences, lifestyle differences, socio-economic differences and taste preferences. The list of factors that can impact on weight loss success just goes on and on.

It’s really no wonder then that we are bombarded with conflicting and confusing scientific reports. It is very difficult to conduct an experiment that considers all of these variables. As a result, we are left with many reputable and conflicting scientific reports, each claiming that yet another dietary approach is the be-all and end-all for losing weight. Whether it is the Atkins or the Mediterranean Diet, the Low Fat or Low GI diet, or even Weight Watchers; the list is never-ending. It is just too easy to become a bit cynical after a while. How refreshing then, to come across a scientific study that found that most well balanced popular diets work well, irrespective of whether it is high in protein, low in fat, low in carbohydrates or any combination of these!

This study, called the “Comparison of Weight-Loss Diets with Different Compositions of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrates” was published on February 26, 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Its aim was to try and put an end to the age-old debate around the question “Which type of diet is most effective for weight loss”. The research team was of the opinion that many of the conflicting scientific reports on the weight loss topic published previously were based on populations too small to be representative, and that many studies did not track the progress of participants for a long enough period to provide sufficient information for assessment.
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The Structure House Weight Loss Plan.

It isn’t food that makes us fat, but our relationship with food. We develop and hone this relationship throughout our lives, starting from when we are babies. Not only does food satisfy our nutritional needs, but it also plays a vital part in satisfying a whole range of emotional needs. Food is such an integral part of our daily existence that it is difficult to even envisage some events without food; celebrating something or needing consolation, meeting up with family and friends or even going on holiday. The list just goes on and on. According to the Structure House philosophy everyone develops a set of expectations, habits, associations, and states of mind related to food. The sum total of these, influenced by our family dynamics, our cultural backgrounds, our individual attitudes and our tastes, is regarded by Structure House as our “relationship” with food.

Gerard J. Musante, Ph.D, one of the America’s leading experts on obesity and weight loss, is a clinical psychologist and a Clinical Fellow in the Behavior Therapy and Research Society. He served on the faculty of Duke University Medical Center, where he pioneered the behavior change approach to weight loss, and currently maintains his association with Duke University in the capacity of Consulting Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Structure House, one of the few resident weight loss programs in the United States, was founded by Dr Musante in 1977. Dr Musante drew on his experience of over thirty years in helping thousands achieve lasting weight loss to write his book, “The Structure House Weight Loss Plan.” This book aims to provide readers with all the information and insights they would have gained had they attended the resident program at Structure House.

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How Can Counselling Help You Shed The Pounds?

Author : Victoria Cochrane

Counselling – look it up in the dictionary and the definition is related to offering professional help or advice. It might conjure up images of Woody Allen lying on a psychiatrist’s couch for the best part of 30 years, but in reality it can be far more accessible and quick to work.

Good counselling is available in many forms and can help you to deal with the problems that life can throw at you – used alongside a good weight-loss plan, it can be the key to overcoming yo-yo dieting. As such, it can help you to address the eating and lifestyle habits that consistently lead to weight gain; therefore enabling you to keep off the excess pounds in the long term.

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Alli can help you lose 50% more weight!


A single search on the internet or even a stroll down to your local drugstore can easily overwhelm you with the sheer range of diet pills available; all promising to help you lose weight. Some of them may actually work, others really do nothing at all, and then there are those that are simply dangerous to use. In such a minefield it is very welcome and comforting to come across a weight loss pill that is FDA approved. Alli, on sale in the U.S. since June 2007, is the only over–the-counter FDA approved weight loss pill.

To dieters Alli offers more than just a weight loss pill – it is supported by a well developed online weight loss program, the “Alli 1-2-3 Start Plan” that offers education, advice and support. After you purchase Alli, the diet is tailored to your individual needs as soon as you register online and create your personal profile. You’ll be provided with feedback, customized guidance, next steps, as well as access to a variety of weight loss resources and meal plans.

The Alli nutritional plan also focuses on aspects such as your general mindset, your relationship with food and exercise and your reaction to setbacks. According to the Alli program your approach to weight loss and your new lifestyle is critical to reaching your goal weight and then maintaining it. Continue reading ‘Alli can help you lose 50% more weight!’

The 3 Habits That Will Transform Your Health and Life

Author: harriyjohn

The first is Persistence:

Whatever you do in life, if you do not take any action or series of actions regarding any specific goal or task, then you cannot achieve your objective. There are situations that come up during anyone’s life that sometimes require immediate action or a sustained series of actions for a prolonged period of time. For example, let’s say you are at home or at work and a fire breaks out in the room you are in, and the fire is blocking the exit door. You know that in that room, there are two windows that could lead you to safety. So what actions do you take? Of course, you want to rescue yourself. Within seconds, the smoke fills the room and visibility is nil. So you find your way to the first window; it’s completely shut, and you cannot open it. So what do you do? Continue reading ‘The 3 Habits That Will Transform Your Health and Life’

Flat Belly…and eating chocolates?


This sounds just too good to be true. A cure for belly fat! Weight loss of up to 15 pounds in 32 days, without performing a single crunch! Hard to believe? But then, it is always important to keep an open mind…you never know. This is what all the fuss around the Flat Belly Diet is about….

The Flat Belly Diet has been one of the top selling diet books this year. It was written by Liz Vaccariello, editor in chief of Prevention, along with Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, nutrition director at Prevention. The main focus area of this book is well chosen. Who doesn’t want a flat stomach?

The Flat Belly diet is in essence nothing other than a calorie controlled Mediterranean style diet, which has long been known to provide health benefits. So what made it so successful?
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NutriSystem – an effortless way to lose weight….


NutriSystem, Inc. regards itself as a leading provider of weight management products and services and developed its solid reputation in the weight management industry over the last 35 years. It offers clients a wide range of prepackaged and home-delivered meals, making it the ideal weight loss program for busy career women or home executives with too much to do and too little time. And then, of course, it offers a great alternative to fattening take-out foods for those that simply don’t enjoy spending time in the kitchen.

This proven program uses the “good carb”, or low GI (low Glycemic Index) concept in conjunction with heart healthy ingredients and natural fiber to provide customers with nutritious, healthy and balanced meals. Portion control is a key feature of the program, and is easily enforced through the ready made meals. Customers simply decide on a meal plan, order their meals on-line or via telephone, and have their food delivered to their doorsteps. Vitamins and dietary supplements can also be ordered in the same manner. Currently NutriSystem meal deliveries are only available for customers residing in the United States and Canada.
The weight loss journeys of customers are well-supported by offering services such as free on-line and telephone counseling. These well-trained and knowledgeable counselors are available to clients 24 hours of a day and 7 days a week. In 2004, NutriSystem Inc. acquired Slim and Tone, a global franchisor of women’s express fitness centers, allowing NutriSystem to offer an integrated solution (diet and exercise) for successful weight loss. A professional and innovative website ensures that customers do not lack for resources or inspiration. NutriSystem’s already integrated approach has been further expanded to also take care of the mindset changes required to help customers reach their goal weight and then ensure that the necessary lifestyle changes are made to keep the weight off.
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How to choose the best diet

You’ve reached the point where you decided that you have had enough of not being able to enjoy your life as much as you should because of the “excess baggage” you are carrying around. The question then, with so many diets out there, is “How do I go about choosing the right diet for me?”  The eventual answer to that question will be worth millions, and truth be told, there will probably be as many answers as there are people, because we are all so different. Some of the considerations for choosing a diet are your lifestyle, your personality, your genetic make-up and your community. What follows is a list of some of the more important aspects to consider.

1. Does your diet suit your lifestyle? If you are working full day at an office, you simply do not have the time to go and search for exotic ingredients some of the celebrity diets require. Or you may not have much time available to spend in the kitchen weighing off portions or preparing food. Some of the diets may not fit your budget, while others can be easily accommodated. Do you have the time and the opportunity to attend required weigh in sessions? Make sure that whichever diet you choose, it is practical and easy to execute taking into account your lifestyle.

2. Avoid strict diets. Instead of going on a very strict diet, choose a diet that considers a healthy lifestyle and teaches you how to enjoy healthy, nutritious and appetizing food. One of the most important success factors for your diet is your mindset, so it is essential that your diet trigger positive associations in your mind. In short, you have to enjoy it. Often, when the diet is very strict, and you have made a mistake, it is very easy to feel like a complete failure and abandon the diet in its entirety. Choose a diet that allows you sufficient freedom of choice with regards to food types and regularity of meals to still enjoy your life, and that helps you to get back on track should you have made a mistake.
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Welcome to Optimal Bodyweight

Welcome to OptimalBodyweight.com!

Our vision is that of a world without the form of obesity caused by destructive nutritional and living habits. To help achieve this vision, we want to provide the best one stop weight management resource on the internet.

We will explore the global market so we can provide each one of you with as much relevant information as possible to achieve your goals of losing weight, and keeping it off. We believe that the more you learn, the easier it is to accomplish any goal you set your mind to..

We will provide you with information on (and links to) a wide variety of programs, products and tools in your quest for your perfect weight. The wealth of information on the internet has it’s downside too, in the sense that it is becomes increasingly difficult to identify effective products and tools.
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