Archive | September, 2010

You Can Stop Inflation — Single-handedly!

28 Sep

By Phillip Tomlinson

Bold statement, yes.  Nevertheless, true.

No jive.

Yes, you can!

And, no, I’m not talking politics.

That’s why the operative word here is “you.”

No, siree, this really has nothing to do with any assorted array of politicians who have lined up in support or opposition on either side of the phrase “yes, we can.”

Sure, they can.  Afterall, opposition is their thing.  But that’s for another time and forum.

On the other hand, you could say stimulus is what I’m after because, for the most part, we could all use a little of that.

Confused?

Well, you could say we all are, to some extent, when it comes to the kind of inflation I’m talking about. 

But hear me out on this one and I promise you the cobwebs will disappear and you may even be stimulated when you realize how easily you could make a difference.

In fact, I get a little deflated when I hear some of the lines — or let’s say excuses — associated with inflation:

“You’re lucky to have been blessed with that figure,” one conversation went the other day while I waited for a train.  “I’ll never look like you.  I’ve always been a big girl.”

Now, that kind of talk becomes a fulfilling prophesy and, yes, before long we start becoming round on the edges and — well — inflated.

And, if you are confused about how to put on the brakes on this inflation or how to start letting the air out, it’s simpler than you think.  But, first, before giving you the skinny on perhaps the easiest way to do this, I’ll turn on the lights by letting you know that the fastest way to inflate your gut is by drinking the wrong beverages, specifically those sugar bombs.

 Therefore, it follows that the easiest way to shave off the pounds is by…  

Yep, you got that right:  paying some pretty good attention to liquid calories.  

For some perspective, one 2007 study in Obesity found that Americans were consuming 21 percent of their calories through drinks.  That amounts to a whopping 460 calories per day and nearly a pound of body fat every week.  Because one pound of fat equals 3,500 calories, the result is rather telling:  nearly 50 pounds in weight-gain over a one-year period.

Yikes!

But there is good news.  Really good news. 

As fitness experts David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding point out in one article,  “a recent study at Johns Hopkins University found that people who cut liquid calories from their diets lost more weight — and kept it off longer — than people who cut food calories.”

So, for a starting point on slashing or preventing inflation — yours — you may want to keep this in mind:  Cutting your drink calories in half could amount to a whole, new, skinnier, some-23-pounds-lighter-you.   And, of course, this approach is sure to go a little easier on you wallet too.

All-in-all though, nothing beats that clear stuff.  Nothing beats water when it  comes to the real thing.  Not even that other sugary, brown stuff that bottlers have, for decades, proclaimed “the real thing,” or simply “it.” 

For a great starting pointing on sipping your way thin, click on the links in the Bodinsync Prescription below:

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http://www.menshealth.com/men/nutrition/food-for-fitness/the-dietary-danger-of-soft-drinks/article/b3b0754dd54aa110vgnvcm10000013281eac

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/liquid-sugar-intake

NOTE:  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to  nattydregs@aol.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $30

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By All Means, Sit But Don’t Forget To Stand Up

12 Sep

By Phillip Tomlinson

Sometimes, at some point or other, the simple things escape us. 

All of us.

Then comes that inevitable, little moment of disbelief as the chuckle generator goes off inside of us and we slap ourself on the head, asking: “Why didn’t I think of this.” 

I know.  I’ve been there.  Lots of times.

Simply put,  it’s those things that have all along been tugging at our heels, screaming for our attention — and, of course, we only realize this later — that really get our goat.

Then comes that little temperature rise again, and that damn annoying voice raising the stakes:  “If only I had thought of this, I coulda been a gazillionaire.”

I know you’re getting some kinda picture, but follow me on this one and you’ll see an even bigger picture.

Your health depends on it.

As for your health, your mother really knew what she was talking about when she said be careful with that knife and your finger.  You know, all the times when — chop, chop, chop — you’d channel Chef Boyardee while slicing those vegetables?

Well, the guy whose fingertip turned up in someone’s salad at a New York City restaurant may be kicking himself now for not coming up with one of the latest brilliant inventions:  the stainless-steel finger guard.

You know the deal, we are always kicking ourselves over something.

Well, here’s something for which you could definitely avoid kicking yourself.

But first, here’s a question:  Have you ever stood up from a chair, after sitting for a long time, only to find your back wooden to the point of immobility?

Of course you have.

And, needless to say, when your back is stiff, your legs aren’t likely to be comfortably taking you anywhere.

Funny thing is this normally happens only because we sit down and forget to stand up, or simply never realize we need to.

Yeh, yeh, sure, you stood up. 

But, guess what? 

Too late.

If you’ve never really thought about it until now, the experts would have you know that it’s a good habit to stand up before your body has lapsed into discomfort.

If you are like most, you’ll be surprised to know that pressure on the vertebral discs are higher when sitting than when standing or even lying down.  In fact, some experts believe that pressure, when you’re seated, is some 11 times greater than when lying down.

Definitely not a statistic to be taken lightly.

Of course, this may be hard to grasp because standing is normally associated with lower back pain.  But the truth is the pain you sometimes feel from standing is a result of fatigued lower back muscles and not from disc pressure.

The real danger from habitually sitting for long periods without standing is that the pain is not often immediate but will likely be a problem in the long-term when deformative changes have occurred in the discs.

So, in a nutshell, here are the mechanics:  When we are standing, our weight is distributed over a wide area, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and so on, but when we sit, our abdominal area relaxes and much of that weight is now largely loading our discs.

Ouch!  A big reason to give those discs a break as often as we can.  And one less reason not to kick yourself.

NOTE:  One recent study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine has link sitting for too long with other health issues, finding that “after four hours of sitting, the body starts to send harmful signals…,” causing genes regulating the amount of glucose and fat in the body to begin shutting down.

For more on this, click on link in the BodinSync Prescription

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http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/study_sitting_for_too_long_can_be_bavwRB7AGXehxSsjIdYfQP

NOTE:  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to  nattydregs@aol.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $30.

A Waste Product That Can Have You Hitting Bullseye

4 Sep

By Phillip Tomlinson

It would be at the top of your list if you were going into war.  No doubt about it.  Assuming, of course, that your number one priority would be to obliterate the enemy.

Yes, to hit bullseye you’d want a damn good weapon.

Then you would need to know your weapon inside-out.  Know what it can do.  The kind of familiarity that spells peace-of-mind because you know with your trusty sidekick your worry begins to come down some.

That’s when you’ve got things covered — always confident that you’ll have the other guy in your sights.

Well, we’re not really talking guns and ammo here but, nevertheless, still a kind of warfare.  But, while you may not be throwing on the fatigues in the truest sense, I know you have an enemy or two to dispatch. 

Why?

Because we all do.

You see, that’s the deal when it comes to maintaining and improving our health.

And I know you will agree that in the back-and-forth battle of wills in the quest to look and feel our best we need some pretty effective weapons.

But whether you are a weekend warrior, simply health-minded or you fall into that group that’s physically unconscious, you could always use another weapon.

So, if the one I’m about to tell you about isn’t yet in your arsenal you’ll need to give it every consideration.

Simply put,  if you are serious about doing battle with those wayward calories, toning up and boosting your immune system then whey is the way.

Yes, whey protein.

 One of nature’s premium muscle-builders, whey is a waste-product of cheese-making.

But that’s where the negative connotation stops, because this derivative of milk protein is the highest yield of protein currently available. 

The buzzword of the bodybuilding and strength-training world, whey is not only the single most important nutrient for high-performance athletes but a must for anyone who values the role of an effective diet in helping to maintain and improve health.

But before you start thinking “whey protein powder,” you need to think “cheese,” especially if you are looking to add an effective weapon to your arsenal.

That’s because that waste product of cheese-making is what food processors use to make ricotta cheese which beats out the hard cheeses for fat content and overall health benefits and even has some big advantages over cottage cheese — the usual dieters choice.

Beyond its spectacular whey protein properties, this cheese is definitely no slouch.  Containing some 130 milligrams of calcium per quarter cup, it’s a standout when it comes to bone nutrition. 

There’s more.

It is not only an excellent source of zinc which helps to improve immune function, but also of selenium which, according to researchers, could be our most potent ally against cancer.

Lucky for us this waste product never made it to the garbage dump, since it’s one we should definitely not do without.

For valuable information on the benefits of a whey protein and ricotta cheese, check out the links in the BodinSync Prescription below.

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 http://www.wheyoflife.org/benefits.cfm#performance

 http://healthmad.com/nutrition/the-health-benefits-of-ricotta-cheese/

NOTE:  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to  nattydregs@aol.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $30.