Beginning your lunch or dinner with soup may help you eat less during the main course. Not only does soup help curb your appetite, but it also forces you to eat more slowly. Many soups are low in fat and calories.
Age may only be a number, but for many it remains a constant reminder of what one can and cannot do. Age isn’t an accurate measure of health or well-being, but its mere stigma can sometimes bring them down and make them accept a fate they don’t necessarily need to.
Matthew Purtlebaugh was once one of those people. For years, he accepted as truth the little voice in the back of his head telling him, “You’re in your forties, accept your body for what it is.”
Then Matthew was introduced to TLS Weight Loss Solution. All of a sudden, that little voice wasn’t as loud as it had been.
“My first thought was, ‘This isn’t going to be any different than other weight loss programs,” Matthew recalled. “However, I started to take interest in the fact that I needed a life change, and the promise by TLS to help me.”
The first week of his TLS program – the dreaded Detox Stage – proved a difficult task. Come to find out, Matthew said, the older you get, the harder you have to work to enhance your body.
“The transition was hard. I admit having doubts about what was happening to my body,” he said. “I felt weak and experienced headaches; however, these were just symptoms of my body expelling the terrible things I had been placing in it. [But] I vowed to continue. I felt better and better, physically and emotionally.”
Matthew loved the changes he saw, and continued to make big strides towards his goal. Incorporating TLS menu plans, approved exercise programs, and TLS supplements including CORE and ACTS, Matthew became “shocked” by the amount of weight he was losing.
“I didn’t think TLS would work, but now, I’m a believer. It has changed my life,” Matthew said. “I am a healthier me, and I am proud to be a TLS success story.”
You can be defined by many things, just make it something you’re proud of. Matthew’s journey to success offers proof that age doesn’t get the final say on your health. Remember: it’s not about being over the hill—it’s about getting over the hump!
Do your children watch TV in their rooms? If so, you could be putting your child at risk of becoming overweight, a new study finds.
According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, children who have a TV in their bedrooms gain more weight than those who don’t.
The study, which followed more than 6,000 children ages 10 to 14 over a four-year period, estimated that the “high prevalence of bedroom televisions” accounts for approximately 8.7 million kilograms – that’s more than 19 million pounds – of excess weight in US children and adolescents each year.
What can you do to help curb this potential problem? One of the obvious solutions is to get the TV out of your child’s bedroom, but here are some other options, as well, that can fill that time void AND get your kids mentally and physically stimulated:
Stop watching so much TV yourself. Limiting your own TV viewing will do wonders for your children’s habit of flipping the channels. Use that time together to do something fun as a family, like playing board games.
Find a good book. Get your child to read more, which can stimulate their imagination and increase their vocabulary. Even better: Get your child to read to you and spend some quality time together.
Go outside. Sometimes a little TV is okay, but when the sun is shining, there’s a whole world to explore. Take your kid outside and get them some exercise. A game of “tag,” jump rope, and hide-and-seek are easy, affordable and fun.
Last month, the Food and Drug Administration introduced proposed changes to the way you would read food labels.
The changes, which would be the first in more than 20 years, are necessary “to keep pace with the science of nutrition and to reduce confusion about what qualifies as healthful food."
According to First Lady Michelle Obama, who is helping spearhead the changes:
Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family. So this is a big deal, and it’s going to make a big difference for families all across this country.
Among the changes:
Include the amount of "added sugars" in a food product. Current food labels don’t differentiate between sugars that naturally occur in foods and those added by manufacturers, such as corn syrup. According to FDA Commission Margaret Hamburg, added sugars contribute to a substantial portion of American calories without providing any nutritive value.
Update serving size requirements to reflect the amounts people currently eat. Under the new rules, a 20-ounce soda (which is 2.5 servings, according to its current label) would be required to count the entire soda bottle as one serving.
Present "dual column" labels to indicate both "per serving" and "per package" calorie and nutrition information for larger packages that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings. Some manufacturers already do this voluntarily; the new rules would make it a requirement.
Require the declaration of potassium and vitamin D, nutrients that some in the U.S. population are not getting enough of. Vitamins A and C – which the FDA believes most Americans get adequate amounts of through their typical diets – would no longer be required on the label, though manufacturers could declare them voluntarily.
Revise the Daily Values for a variety of nutrients such as sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D. Daily Values are used to calculate the Percent Daily Value on the label, which helps consumers understand the nutrition information in the context of a total daily diet.
Remove "Calories from Fat"from food labels. Research has shown that the type of fat is more important than the amount. Food labels would still be required to include amounts for “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat.”
Place more emphasis on certain elements important in addressing current public health problems like obesity and heart disease. Such statistics include calories, serving sizes and Percent Daily Value.
“By revamping the Nutrition Facts label, FDA wants to make it easier than ever for consumers to make better informed food choices that will support a healthy diet,” said Michael R. Taylor, the FDA's deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine. “To help address obesity, one of the most important public health problems facing our country, the proposed label would drive attention to calories and serving sizes.”
What do you think of the proposed changes to food labels?
By Kristin Pulling, TLS Weight Loss Solution Product Manager
Growing up, devouring a massive pile of my dad’s amazing homemade pancakes was a Saturday morning tradition. My dad made the batter from scratch: a buttery, sugary, mouthwatering combination. I honestly don’t know everything in that batter, because the only thing I could focus on was eating as many pancakes as humanly possible, as quickly as possible.
The pancakes were always loaded up with butter and maple syrup. I would eat pancake after pancake, always leaving the table stuffed to the point I wanted to go back to bed. Not only was this weekly treat delicious, but the time I spent with my family over weekend breakfasts was precious.
Food has that emotional effect on us that, even as adults, we can’t seem to shake. Because last night, I developed a sudden craving for my dad’s famous pancakes. I don’t know what he even put in his pancake batter, but I knew that my healthy lifestyle would not agree with most of his recipe. I couldn’t stop thinking about his pancakes though, and I knew the craving wouldn’t go away until it was satisfied. My pantry was relatively bare but I had lots of fruits and veggies, eggs, almond milk, and of course TLS Whey Protein Shakes. Determined, I did a little Googling for protein pancake recipes that used the limited ingredients I had.
I ended up finding a couple awesome recipes, combined suggested ingredients and nixed ingredients I didn’t have on hand, to create my own healthier version of Dad’s famous flapjacks.
Would you agree that bathing, washing your hair, and brushing your teeth routinely are all a part of maintaining a healthy body? All of these things are important to keep your outside healthy (not to mention, looking good).
The same needs to be said for taking care of your body from the inside, yet very few people see it as a necessary practice. There are many people who don’t know what a ‘detox’ is, much less the importance of a detox – especially for losing weight. So let’s take a moment to consider the things that keep the body functioning from day to day that are often ignored.
Think about a detox in this way: You go to get the oil changed in your car, and you tell the mechanic not to worry about changing the oil filter or cleaning out the old oil; just to dump in a couple quarts of new oil and you will be all set. You would never do that because your car wouldn’t run the way it should. The same concept applies to weight loss.
Eating healthy and exercising is great, but not cleaning the toxins and junk from your body will hinder you from reaching optimal body composition. Detoxing provides your body with a number of benefits: it helps support a stronger immune system; it helps keep your digestive system on track and regular; it can increase energy levels; and so much more that, in general, helps you feel better both physically and mentally.
Plus, many people who undergo a detox can lose significant weight in just seven days.
Now, a detox isn’t easy – a weight loss detox means a lot of planning and a whole lot of discipline, since you’ll be going without some of those things you love the most for a couple of days: sugars, snacks, even modern food staples like carbohydrates are a no-no on a weight loss detox.
A great seven-day detox system incorporates a lot of raw fruits and vegetables to help “clean” your taste buds, liver, and GI tract. You can add some lean protein (about three ounces daily of tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey, or tofu is fine) to help fight the hunger. Also, drinking lots of water throughout the day is crucial in helping flush the toxins out of your body.
The main things to avoid during a detox are fat (butter, oil, and mayo, for example), coffee, sugar, alcohol, dairy, and caffeinated beverages. But there are some great ways to help get over your desire for these items. For example, you can replace coffee or caffeine by starting your day with a glass of warm lemon water, which is a natural detoxifier for your gallbladder and can also help satisfy cravings.
Here are a few more tips for making your way through a detox program:
· Mentally prepare yourself by saying that you can do anything for seven days. Try doing it with a friend, coworker, or spouse.
· Prepare by cleaning all the junk food out of your house.
· Eat a lot of food to keep you full. Always have cut-up vegetables on hand. This will help keep you from being tempted to eat unhealthy foods.
· Drink A LOT of water – more than eight (8) glasses of water a day.
· Get creative and experiment with different herbs & spices. Vinegar, mustard & low-sodium soy sauce are great ways to incorporate new flavors with common foods in a detox plan.
· Get plenty of sleep.
· Occupy your time to help take your mind off of food— clean the house, catch up on chores, read a book.
· Do not engage in strenuous workouts. Your body is undergoing a significant change, so you don’t want to overdo it. Try a light walk around the block: it gets your heart rate up without taxing your body.
· Practice positive thinking — you are worth it!
To provide you with more support, TLS Weight Loss Solution offers the TLS Detox Kit, providing you essential supplements to help ease you through the detoxification process, including:
· The NutriClean 7-Day Detoxification System includes selected supplements that can help:
o Cleanse accumulated toxins from your digestive system, colon & liver.
o Help restore good bacteria in to your digestive systems.
o Promote normal, healthy bowel movements.
· Isotonix Multivitamin. When we restrict our diet, we risk not getting all the vitamins and minerals our body needs. Taking our multivitamin can help avoid a nutritional deficiency.
· TLS CORE to help to manage cravings that could potentially interfere with your detox diet.
· Isotonix OPC-3 helps with the cleansing process by combating free radicals that often come from toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
Remember: a weight loss detox can be a difficult task to take on, but the results and benefits achieved make it all worthwhile.
*If you are pregnant, diabetic, or under care of a physician for an ongoing medical condition, you may not be able to participate in a 7 day detox. Before you start a detox diet, you should consult your physician.