Thursday, January 12, 2012

My opinion on "Weight Watchers" and "Jenny Craig"

As a nutritionist I have never been very fond of the Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig programs. In fact I find them very confusing and as a dieter I would get frustrated with counting points all the time.  I think the food and the snacks provided by these programs can easily be made at home by yourself. Why waste your money on something you can try yourself?

I recently watched an episode about how Jennifer Hudson lost tons amount of weight on Weight Watchers diet and I think its great. I mean it worked for her and she looks amazing! But as a nutritionist I feel that we can just train ourselves to eat a balanced diet and we would be fine I think many people probably cannot afford the high "prices" that comes with the weight watchers and Jenny Craig diets. My number one rule is cut out the WHITE PROCESSED foods that is the number 1 way to go. That is the basis of the Mad Diet and it has worked for me. I feel more empowered and proud of myself because I did this on my own. I did not count points or calories. I basically cut out the biggest culprit in the American diet today-WHITE PROCESSED foods.

So as this new year begins switch to a healthier you by:
  • Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Incorporate those whole grains and whole wheat items into your diet
  • Cut out the soda!!!!
  • Decrease fried foods and concentrate more on the grilled ones
  • Try to have fish about twice a week
  • Treat yourself once in a while so you do not fall off the "wagon"
  • Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!
  • Build those muscles!!! Building muscle helps to increase metabolism and burn fat!
  • Incorporate a protein and a carbohydrate at each meal it will sustain your hunger!
  • Make sure you snack every 2-3 hours on something healthy. This will hold you help you feel satisfied until your next meal. Never let your blood sugar drop too low because this will just lead to binge eating and over consumption of calories at your next meal.
So before you think about joining Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig try to change your diet yourself and see the results. Your waist will be thinner, but your wallet will not!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Year's Resolutions: "To lose weight"

 First off I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!!!!

On this post I want to discuss the famous new year's resoloution people have which is "To lose weight." It is a very good resolution and a very challenging one. I would prefer something like "To get healthy."  A couple steps you can follow as the new year begins to a healthier you:
  • Revamp your pantry: remove all sugary snacks, white processed foods, chips, any junk you can find!
  • Add some moderate exercise to your daily routine/30 minutes a day is a great start!
  • Stock your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season
  • Switch to 100% whole wheat breads or pastas
  • Add some brown rice, quinoa, or couscous to your diet in place of white rice
  • Get more fiber in your diet!
  • Take a multivitamin!
These are a couple of recommendations on how to get started on your new year's resolution to a much healthier you. I have one tip which is very important when starting a diet/exercise routine: DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED. Losing weight is a process and the slower the weight comes off the better in the long run.  Secondly, try not to fall for quick weight loss strategies, such as; detox diets, carb-free diets, and juice cleanses.  All these fad diets will help you lose weight fast, but will not help you keep that weight off. Once you get back to your normal routine of eating you will put the weight back on. Not only that, but these diets deprive your body of essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to function.   

Please feel free to comment on this post if you would like any advice on how to commit yourself to a healthy diet and exercise routine!!!!