5 Facts About Weight Loss and What Really Works

There are a million different plans out there for weight loss. Learn the scientific facts about weight loss and what really works when trying to drop those pounds.These rules go for pretty much any diet plan, and are cut and dry… For a moment…just put down your diet pills, your Julian Michaels DVD, AND the doughnut…and read for a minute.

1. The number one goal with weight loss is to burn more calories than what you consume. Always remember this! It does not matter what diet plan you are on, or how you rearrange your food pyramid…the basic facts of consuming less than you burn will put you into weight loss mode.


2. Weight loss is 90% what you eat. Yep, you heard me. Just because you are going to the gym for an hour doesn’t necessarily mean you can justify your entire burger. Working out is a great tool to help with weight loss, but changes need to be made to your diet if you really want to see results.


3. Fiber and protein are your friends. These guys help keep you full and help you stay on track. This is why everyone keeps bringing up the whole grain this and whole wheat that! Switching to whole wheat is such a          great weight loss tool because it helps to keep you full! Your fruits and veggies are full of fiber as well!


4. Weight loss doesn’t have to be about will power. If you are serious about losing weight, you have to learn your road blocks and remove them. For example… If I’m hungry on the go…I will stop for fast food. I make sure to always pack healthy snacks in my car for this reason. This can be as simple as throwing a box of fiber one bars in your trunk. Another common road block is late night snacking. If this is your down fall, have something yummy ready for that snack time, and make room for it in your diet.

5. Portion size is HUGE! But it shouldn’t be literally. If you like to eat a lot…load up on the veggies. Adjust your portion size according to what you are eating. If it is not such a healthy meal…make it small and enjoy every bite. No need to deprive yourself…just eat less of it.


Work Smarter, Not harder.


Tapeworms for Weight Loss

Did you know in the 1950s some people would ingest tapeworms for weight loss? What is a tapeworm anyways?

A tapeworm is a parasite that lives in your small intestine and absorbs many of the foods nutrients you digest. The idea was you could eat whatever you wanted, and the tapeworm would absorb most of it, so you could enjoy foods without the weight.  It sounds great on the surface, but don’t get any ideas! These parasites can be scary!

Tapeworms can reproduce asexually (by themselves) or with another tapeworm. They actually are a chain of reproductive units called proglotids. Each little link has  what it takes to reproduce and make another link. The oldest units fall off the tail end of the tapeworm, while the new immature units form by the head. The more nutrients it receives from its host, the faster it will grow. A person can have multiple tapeworms from this process. It boils down to a matter of supply and demand with food. That is where the joke comes from where people who constantly eat being accused of having a tapeworm, because tapeworms take up so much of peoples nutrients, they feel hungry more often. Anyone else starting to see a problem with this? If that doesn’t freak you out,  tapeworms can cause a number of gastrointestinal problems, and many patients have complained of digestional discomfort from actually feeling the tapeworms move around inside them! GROSS!

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The good news here is tapeworms aren’t much of an issue in places where meat is inspected by the USDA. So the United States is in the clear currently. However in other areas, tapeworms are usually ingested in their larval stage by animals such as cows and pigs. When humans consume these animals and do not cook them thouroughally, this is where the risk of tapeworms becomes a problem.

Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game







More good news is  these parasites can be seen by the naked eye in your meat, if you look for them. So as long as you aren’t going around in foreign countries eating well under cooked meat, you will likely be fine, and have to find some other way to lose weight like the rest of us.

Enjoy your next steak and cook it well,


Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (Lite)

Every year when the leaves start falling and the temperature begins to drop, starbucks rolls out their specialty fall flavors. One of my favorites is the pumpkin spice latte. You can get this yummie drink through the winter even, but sadly, in the spring and summer, you have to do without. Pumpkin is one of those flavors I enjoy year around, just perhaps more in the fall. Here is a great way to make this yummie drink at home without any fancy gadgets or talents. You can toss your plans to kidnap your local barista, and save yourself some money and time by creating homemade pumpkin spice latte yourself!

What You’ll Need:

2 cups skim milk
1 cup strong coffee or 1 shot of espresso
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Splenda
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 heaping spoonfuls of pumpkin
Fat Free Whipped Cream

Brew your coffee nice and strong and have it ready. Pour the milk into a pot and cook on medium heat, careful not to scald it. Whisk the milk constantly, and add the other ingredients slowly. When the mixture gets warm and frothy turn off the head and add the coffee.  Pour into your favorite mug and top with fresh whipped cream & cinnamon. Enjoy!