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    Start the New Year Right…and Light

    Let’s face it…after all the holiday dinners for family, work, and friends over the past couple of weeks, one more big sit-down meal just doesn’t appeal. It’s time to Nosh! Mingle! Between my research and my perennial “test kitchen,” I’ve found more than a few ideas for tasty New Year’s Eve appetizers. I’ve made these […]

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    Holiday Weight Gain: The Gift You Can’t Return

    Eat, drink, and be merry. In moderation, hopefully. But if not, there’s a fix to shed those unwanted 7-10 pounds researchers say are typical. [1]

    There’s no need to deprive yourself during the holidays, which last well into the New Year for many. You can treat yourself. But remember, good things come in small packages. So hopefully you’ve watched your portions and kept track of all your bites and nibbles. Indulged, but not overly.

    Speaking of overindulgence: that second helping of stuffing, a fourth or fifth cookie, another slice of pie, and that bowl of chocolate kisses are calling. After the mammStart the New Year Rightoth meal at Thanksgiving, or on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day—you know, where you’ve filled your plate, maybe twice—it’s straight to the couch to sleep it off. And even if you didn’t overeat at your holiday sit-down dinner, temptation is everywhere: cookies and candies and pastries…oh, my.

    Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve—with Valentine’s Day fast approaching—are the most fattening holidays. [2] Mounds of loaded buttery mashed potatoes, slices of turkey, ham, or beef roast slathered in thick gravy, brown-sugared candied yams topped with marshmallows, baked gooey mac-n-cheese, and pecan pie at Thanksgiving. For Christmas, eggnog or hot buttered rum, honey-glazed ham, buttery rolls, cookies and more cookies. And then cheesy dips, crab cakes, calorie-laden cocktails and champagne (for some of us) at New Year’s.

    Just writing this I feel full—and guilty.

    Avoid Any More Holiday Weight Gain

    We’ve been slowly packing on the pounds since November! But it’s not too late to cut back a bit on the helpings. It’s not too late to go lighter. In fact, you can start right now: try a few ideas for satisfying noshes, appetizers and snacks perfect for New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl parties, even Valentine’s Day and Easter. Folks, you can eat the good stuff—the fun, delicious foods that you associate with holidays—but do it smartly.

    Instead of green bean casserole loaded with creamed soup and sodium, try green beans with citrus and pine nuts: beans blanched, then sautéed in olive oil and tossed with lemon or orange juice and a few toasted pine nuts—rich-tasting but low-calorie. Or mash sweet potatoes instead of white, adding a little olive oil and rosemary. There’s no shortage of recipes that substitute out bad fats and refined sugar with healthy fats and natural sugar substitutes without sacrificing tastiness. It’s a process you learn over time when you start to rethink the way you eat.

    Still, we’re in the middle of the holidays and lots of folks are shaking their heads saying, “The damage is done, it’s too late to turn back now, we’ll just make a resolution.” Let’s look at that.

    Not a New Year’s Resolution; a Reset

    A New Year’s resolution is all about starting fresh; in our case, to start eating fresh, whole, unprocessed foods and reset our bodies. So from now on we’re calling it a New Year’s Reset—not resolution. Because let’s be honest here: how many New Year’s resolutions do you think you’ve made over the years? And of those, how many have you stuck to?

    Not surprisingly, the number one New Year’s resolution people make is to lose weight. And even though nearly half of Americans make resolutions (with losing weight at the top of the list), most of us fail completely.

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says establishing unrealistic goals is a setup for failure. And there’s a study to prove it:

    “This study prospectively tracked the self-change attempts of 200 New Year’s resolvers over a two-year period in order to more fully understand the coping determinants of maintenance and the natural history of lapses and relapses. Seventy-seven percent maintained their pledges for one week but only 19 percent for 2 years.” [3] (emphasis added)

    The takeaway? The vast majority of us last one week. One week!

    So since we overdid it this holiday—and even if not—most of us are still hoping to get healthier, so let’s talk about how to lose weight, be more active and, ultimately, stick to it. Not just for the New Year, but for life.

    Losing Weight After the Holidays

    There’s little disagreement that the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) or Mediterranean diets help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, help lower the risk for heart disease, stroke, and even some cancers. DASH, in particular, is praised and recommended by American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and fits federal dietary and high blood pressure treatment guidelines.

    And the best part is, on the DASH diet—or at least adopting the basics—you’ll lose weight. It’s not a quick fix. And it shouldn’t be. I know this to be true because I did this very thing: re-thought how, what, and when I ate, incorporating the DASH diet suggestions, but also almost completely cut out processed foods or those made with refined sugars and flours. And I lost 18 pounds in three months.

    Then Thanksgiving happened. I will be going back on this way of eating (not a fan of the word “diet”) on January 1. And I will work hard to be one of the 19 percent who sticks to it.

    So what do you eat on DASH or Mediterranean? Vegetables. Lots of vegetables. Lots and lots of vegetables. Healthy portions of fruits, and judicious portions of whole grains. Limited dairy—and when you do dairy, keep it light (but watch out for added sugars!)—good-for-you fats like olive oil, and healthy portions of lean proteins: heart-healthy fish, poultry, beans, and nuts, with lean beCrazy Wrap Thing ef and pork cuts thrown in only occasionally.

    What don’t you eat? Foods high in saturated fat, like fatty meats, full-fat dairy, oils like coconut and palm kernel oils, and walk away completely from sugar. Just do it.

    How do you do it? Since an average woman needs about 2,000 calories a day to maintain her current weight, she’ll need at least 500 calories less per day to lose. And it’s easier to cut 500 calories from your food than to try to rack up 500 calories worth of exercise (though combining the two is easier than you might think). Figure it this way: a pound of fat is around 3500 calories. So to lose a pound a week, you have to cut around 500 calories from your current diet every day.

    When I was actively on my modified DASH diet, every plate included mostly fruits and vegetables (half the plate), and proteins and whole grains made up the other side. I ate avocados and black beans, quinoa and other whole-grain breads and pastas. I didn’t eat potatoes. I ate fish, beans, yogurt (watch the sugar!), eggs, nuts, seeds, and lots of lean proteins—though mostly boneless, skinless chicken breast. My dessert? Dark chocolate. Every day. A small portion, but still…chocolate.

    Will that work for you? Maybe. It did for me, and I’m going back. The NIH is convinced folks can lose weight on the DASH diet, too. [4]

    Getting—and Staying—Active After the Holidays

    I haven’t found the research, but I bet you a few bucks that diet gimmicks and gadgets sell well in the first few weeks of the New Year. For our purposes though, let’s kick this section off by urging you not to spend money on fancy gyms, or purchase “quick-fix” contraptions.

    Like the Crazy Wrap Thing  from It Works! It’s expensive, and I’m unconvinced it can help with anything, frankly, especially since its use must be continual—it works only if you don’t stop working it. So if you use one of these things—not reusable—every three days, to keep up so everything doesn’t fall south, it’ll cost you thousands in a year. And that’s just the wrap, not the gel It Works! says you need. So this is a huge no way, for me.

    Or how about the Tummy Tuck Belt? Don’t waste your money. Plain and simple. This is useless. If you want “instant slimming,” buy Spanx. If you want to tone your abdominals, you must exercise. Sorry, but that’s the simple truth. And as we get older, it’s harder and harder to lose that belly fat, so you have to stay vigilant.

    What you could do instead is spend a few dollars on resistance bands—there’s a great deal on Amazon at just over $10—a good pair of walking shoes, and a set of small hand weights. You’re all set. [5]

    I live in Florida, so it’s swimming and walking for me. But even if you live in the frozen tundra, you can still walk. In fact, walking in the cold is pretty darn good for you, it turns out. Just take it easy. [6] So walk. When spring comes, get on a bike. By summer, swim if you can. Come autumn, who doesn’t love a good stretch of the legs with the leaves crunching underfoot? That’s how you move.

    It’s a marathon, folks. Not a sprint. Just make sure to move your body every day. Take the stairs. Park away from the store entrance (during the day only). Put on the oldies and dance. Just move.

    How to Stick to Your Resolution (Reset)

    Speaking of marathons, that’s one problem resolvers tend to have. If all you’ve ever done is once around the track, a marathon next week is a goal too far. The first goal should be twice around that track. Then three times. Then four. And so on until it adds up to a marathon.

    If you want to stick to eating better and exercising regularly, to lose weight and live longer, here are some tips from me and the American Psychological Association (APA). Yes, because psyching yourself up should be step one! [7]

    Keep it Real(istic)

    This is the first trap: setting a goal that’s not achievable. When changing eating habits—as per my suggestion and the NIH’s—make it gradual. Don’t cut out every carb or sugar cold turkey. You’ll crave them and you’ll relapse. Instead, slowly swap in brown rice for white, whole grains for refined flour, pick up one more fresh fruit or vegetable and one less pack of cookies. Spend more time in the produce section of the store. And give yourself a day or two each week at first to cheat a little so you won’t feel deprived (another reason folks give up). Become a friend of single-serving sweets. And about exercising: start with two or three days a week and work up to daily.

    Give Yourself a Break

    It took a lifetime of eating poorly (or a six-week holiday season of pigging out) so if you fall, it’s okay. Get back up and start again. I am guilty of quitting because of just one misstep; it’s an easy out. Don’t beat yourself up, but don’t give in either. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.

    Buddy Up

    I’m reminded of an image from Winnie the Pooh:

    Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
    “Pooh!” he whispered.
    “Yes, Piglet?”
    “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” [8]

    We need to be sure of each other. We work best as a team, looking out for each other. So buddy up with a friend, your sister, or a co-worker. Join a class or support group, or perhaps create a Facebook group. The APA says, “Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.” [7]

    You’re Not Alone

    Nearly 30 percent of adult Americans are obese. It’s shocking, really. Or maybe it’s not. And ironically, the weight-loss industry in the U.S. is a $66 billion dollar behemoth. So you are far from alone. [9] [10]

    There are myriad online resources available for free. This is an important point, folks; virtually everything you need to know about losing weight and exercise is widely available online. So don’t pay a dime for anything but good, whole, fresh food. [11] [12]

    But also accept that you may need more help from professionals: nutritionists, dietitians, counselors, therapists, and/or support groups. When you’re doing life-changing work, you may need a little lifting up.

    And I’m always here with you, so there’s that.

    References

    1. Travis Saunders, “The Truth About Holiday Weight Gain,” Obesity Panacea, PLOS Blogs, posted 17 December 2014, accessed 26 December 2017, http://blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/2014/12/17/the-truth-about-holiday-weight-gain-2/.
    2. Eustacia Huen, “America’s 10 Most Fattening Holidays,” com, last updated 30 November 2016, accessed 26 December 2017, https://www.forbes.com/sites/eustaciahuen/2016/11/30/americas-10-most-calorific-holidays/#2715131378a4.
    3. C. Norcross and D. J. Vangarelli, “The Resolution Solution: Longitudinal Examination of New Year’s Change Attempts,” Journal of Substance Abuse, 1988-1989; 1(2): 127-134, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2980864.
    4. “PREMIER Study,” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, last updated March 2011, accessed 26 December 2017, https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/research/resources/obesity/completed/premier.htm.
    5. “Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands…” sales page, com, accessed 26 December 2017, https://www.amazon.com/Fit-Simplify-Resistance-Exercise-Instruction/dp/B01AVDVHTI/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1514319543&sr=1-3&keywords=resistance+bands.
    6. Sarah Robertson, “Cold Weather Ways to Burn Fat Fast!” com, last updated 3 November 2011, accessed 27 December 27, 2017, https://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/cold-weather-and-winter-walking.
    7. “Making Your New Year’s Resolution Stick,” American Psychological Association website, accessed 26 December 27, 2017, http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resolution.aspx.
    8. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner, (New York: Dutton Children’s Books, Penguin Putnam Inc., 1956).
    9. “Adult Obesity in the United States,” The State of Obesity website, last updated 31 August 2017, accessed 26 December 27, 2017, https://stateofobesity.org/adult-obesity/.
    10. “U. S. Weight Loss Market Worth $66 Billion,” Cision PR Newswire website, last updated 20 December 2017, accessed 27 December 27, 2017, https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-weight-loss-market-worth-66-billion-300573968.html.
    11. “Interested in Losing Weight?” gov, last updated 27 December 2017, accessed 26 December 27, 2017, https://www.nutrition.gov/weight-management/strategies-success/interested-losing-weight.
    12. “Facts & Statistics,” President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, gov, last updated 26 Jan 2017, accessed 26 December 27, 2017, https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/resource-center/facts-and-statistics/index.html.

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    Trim Down Club Review

    Trim Down Club is an online membership site that claims that it offers all of the resources to guide you in making a healthy lifestyle change. What does this online membership offer that I can't just access on the internet free of charge?

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    I’m not going to lie: my favorite thing about the Trim Down Club (besides that science backs up the plan) is that it’s inexpensive to join—a pair of movie tickets costs more. Plus, there’s a solid 60-day money-back guarantee. For me, that’s huge. It’s super-smart nutrition, plenty of tools, support and guidance, and it’s a steal. Bonus: If it doesn’t work for you, you don’t pay. [1]

    So am I in? Let’s see.

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    The Bottom Line: Is Trim Down Club Worth a Try?

    YES!

    I’m generally dubious and often skeptical about diets, but I can’t find fault with the concept of the nutritional meal planning in the Trim Down Club and I have given it a good going-over. It makes sense. You’re just eating much better food that also happens to burn fat and—bonus—the whole family can join in. Make it a family affair. Now get in the kitchen and start cooking. And if it doesn’t work, you get your money back. Visit Trim Down Club official page HERE.

    The 411 on Trim Down Club

    Shackelford explains that the Trim Down Club is health, fitness and nutrition pros teaching you how to swap fat-storing for fat-burning foods. Personal menu plans tell exactly what carbs, fats, proteins, fruits, etc. you need to eat and in what combos at what time during the day. They do the work; you just follow.

    First, choose your favorite foods and the online tool will instantly create a weekly menu to help you melt fat off your body, with simple recipes using your good food. The Trim Down Club has a library of several hundred recipes and everything is immediately accessible online, so no matter where you are you can log in.

    Even if you have never cooked, and even if you don’t always have the time to cook meals, this family-friendly diet plan includes lots of on-the-run meals and snacks that take no time to prep. Shackelford says the Trim Down Club will help to transform your body to its ideal weight or “…blueprint: When you feed it the right food in the right combinations, the fat burns away.” You’ll see a difference immediately in energy and the way clothing fits, she says. [2]

    The Trim Down Club website offers members full access to its fat-burning forum, an extremely supportive and active community. With its Quick Start Guide, you get going with a step-by-step plan that includes the best new science, articles on nutrition, tips, tricks and hacks to create fat-burning meals. The homemade ketchup, the baked chicken parm, the zucchini chips? They all look amazing. And easy to create.

    Shackleford says Trim Down Club doesn’t believe that losing weight and being healthy should cost you a fortune; it’s a bargain and it has a 60-day 100 percent money back guarantee. Shackelford says,

    You lose the weight or you don’t pay. We believe that if our program doesn’t work for you, you shouldn’t have to pay for it. The Trim Down Club guarantees you lose weight or you don’t pay.” [2]

    When you join you get some freebies (who doesn’t want free stuff?) including the Trim Down Club food shopping guide, the Trim Down Club Cookbook, the Perfect Soup Cookbook and—my favorite—“Express Meals for 14 Days,” plus an  easy-to-follow meal plans guide for people on the go. Me. You.

    We have found plenty positive customer reviews. People who are ready to make lifestyle changes and are committed to their goal seem to like how easy and spelled out the program is.

    What is the Trim Down Club?

    Strictly defined, a “diet” is simply what you eat—a meal plan. Colloquially, we use the term to describe a plan for weight loss, or as a health-related nutritional plan.

    But mostly, a diet is something you go on to fight the great belly battle. On, then off, then on again, then off. Weight lost, then gained back, then lost, and gained. You know the drill. And it’s a near certainty that you’re paying out the wazoo for supplements, replacement shakes, home-delivered pre-packaged meals or frozen diet TV dinners, tools like calculators and calorie counters…not to mention the money spent on the rest of the family’s meals. Whether it’s a well-known, time-tested commercial plan, or a new-kid-on-the-block diet, or maybe the latest juice fast, detox or cleanse, or some crazy fad like Twinkie or tapeworm diets, we’ve all done one at one time or another and mostly, without lasting success.

    Then there’s the Trim Down Club, which is technically a diet, but not that kind of diet; it makes sense, is easy, scientifically and nutritionally sound and the Trim Down Club plan itself is affordable compared to other diets. So, what’s not to love? Let’s find out.

    At its core, the Trim Down Club is all about preparing your own fat-burning meals—which are just right for the whole family, too—based on a personalized meal plan created by nutritionists and dietitians. In the club you get a library of recipes, and a huge online support and networking community. The Trim Down Club provides all the tools in an easy, user-friendly website; the whole thing is online. And it costs less than a couple of Grande Caffe Lattes each month. No supplements or prepackaged anything. No kits, no gadgets, no counting calories or fat grams or net carbs. Nothing like that at all. Currently, with 1 million members and a social media following of almost 200,000, something’s cooking with this Trim Down Club and it smells good. [2]

    Listening to Dr. Karen Shackelford tell the story of why and how the Trim Down Club was created, you learn a lot because she learned a lot. She lost 75 pounds twelve years ago and has kept it off. Her story—the science and the ultimate plan idea—is all pretty inspiring. And while I usually don’t rely on a company’s own site for objective reviews, the testimonials seem to be honest and candid. There’s nothing to lose but weight. Well, that and more, Shackelford says. With sixteen years of failed diets to finally figure it all out, she’s pretty passionate saying she found herself thinner, happier, and nicer without starving and without eating “diet” foods.

    There’s a lot of “deliberate misinformation” online about how to lose weight, Shackelford says, adding that the big food manufacturers want you to eat their products and make “huge fortunes” selling you food that include the five foods she believes are the worst you can eat (We’ll get to those). And then the diet companiesmake small fortunes selling you weight loss strategies they know don’t work.” [2] (quote is from the video)

    Her own yo-yo dieting experience for more than sixteen years reached the breaking point for her at 205 pounds. Shackelford went on a 30-day juice cleanse, desperate to lose weight. It made her and her family miserable, she says, and ultimately at a fast food place where she downed a king-sized meal plus a shake. Like she says now, “If you ever need to gain weight, just diet.” [2]

    The epiphany came after noticing, and then noting, what a slender colleague ate for breakfast and lunch; plates with real food, as opposed to the meal replacement shake Shackelford was having for lunch. Then, she re-created the same meal her colleague had eaten. And stuck with it. And within about a week, found she’d lost a little weight. [2]

    Shackelford says she then “broke the code” on how food really affected her body and developed a simple plan. First, to eliminate five foods she says “force us to become fat.” And then figured that it was about the right foods in the right combinations at the right time. Shackelford “lost 75 pounds in less time than it took to gain it,” had energy and felt better with fewer aches and pains. Before long, she was wearing a size 6. [2]

    She admits that people gain and lose differently depending on a lot of things from age and activity to genetics. And cutting some foods may not work for everyone, but she insists that there are food types that “practically force body to produce fat-storing and appetite hormones. Some of us produce less and some of us aren’t that lucky and produce more.” Shackelford says the Trim Down Club will still work not eating these foods even if you don’t eat just a few of them: “Everyone is different but I hear all the time about weight loss clear skin and you’re “feeding muscles instead of fat.[2]

    The five foods thing is tricky. So I’ll break it down the way Shackelford does and point out that understanding why these five foods are bad news helps explain the nutritional science behind her diet; eat the right amount of carbs with the right amount of protein and “fat will burn off naturally.” [2]

    Why? How? Biology, folks. Yes, good old science.

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    Foods Allowed On Trim Down Club

    There are five fat-storing foods that must be avoided—or ideally eliminated completely—in order for this diet to work. The dreaded five fat-storing foods, the villains if you will, exist in large measure because of food manufacturers’ processing to get stuff on grocery shelves. Most processed foods have sugar, but often with names like high-fructose corn syrup (it’s in everything and it’s super bad for us), dextran and dextrose.

    So here are the five culprits to avoid:

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    Concentrated Orange or Other Fruit Juices

    These contain more sugar than soda. During processing, fiber from the fruit is removed and you’re left with sugar water. Here’s the science: If you’re essentially drinking sugar, your blood sugar spikes and puts you body in fat-storing mode—where your brain says, hey, better store everything that comes in as fat just in case. So, Shackelford says, when your blood sugar (insulin) is up, your fat storing hormone is raised sugar and that equals weight gain.

    Margarine

    Margarine is corn (or soy) oil, hydrogenated to make it solid. Why’s it bad?

    Shackelford says the sugar industry compensated scientists to downplay the link between sugar and heart disease and instead, throw shade on fats and promote fats as the villains. Fat can be the bad guy—but only certain fats, like saturated and trans-fats (which are created during the hydrogenating process).

    Shackelford says biased scientific influence informed fifty years of nutritional advice and dietary recommendations. Fat is bad, sugar is good. So manufacturers remove fat artificially from foods—which, by the way, robs all the flavor—and replace it with sugar or a sugar-like product that’s even worse, like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Go check the labels in your pantry and fridge; I bet you find many contain the HFCS. So bottom line, fat-free “diet” foods are actually loaded with sugar. (We’ll see in a minute why that’s one of the ways we stay fat.)

    In the Trim Down Club, people learn to choose healthy fats and when thinking of reducing not-so-great fats, choose lower fat, for example, rather than fat-free, which has been processed seven ways to Sunday.

    “Whole Wheat” Bread

    Consider White Bread Alternative Called “Cloud Bread”. You can find recipe here.

    So-called “whole wheat” bread that is not 100 percent whole grains—which are great for us—is loaded with the brain’s favorite food: sugar. When your body digests carbohydrates, they break down into glucose in your blood. The amount of glucose produced can be measured as a specific food’s glycemic index. The more complex the nutrition, the lower the glycemic index. Think of it this way: the more processed a food is, the faster it breaks down; the more natural and complex a food is nutritionally, the slower.

    Consider White Bread Alternative Called “Cloud Bread“. You can find recipe here.

    So unless it’s a true 100 percent whole grain (usually a mixture of whole barley, whole grain oats, whole grain brown rice, rolled oats, barley, and amaranth, for example, all of which are packed with fiber, minerals and vitamins) skip the processed wheat breads that have high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, or similar artificial flavors.

    Processed Soy

    Soy is in so many foods. And soy on its own is great, but processing strips out the nutrients; minerals, vitamin and 90 percent of the disease-fighting phytonutrients found in natural soy. It’s an empty calorie product, and Shackelford says when you eat empty calories from processed foods the body produces ghrelin, a hormone that begs, “feed me.” It’s an irresistible appetite hormone, she says. The more empty calories you consume—from foods with processed soy, for example—the more ghrelin commands you to eat.

    Shackelford says it’s far better to eat nutrient-dense foods instead of processed soy foods, and kick-start your metabolism in the process; the engine that turns fat into fuel. On the Trim Down Club you learn that foods like cinnamon and blueberries are the fuel that engine needs.

    Processed Meats Like Hot Dogs, Sausages, Ham and Bacon

    The World Health Organization has found that processed meats can increase the risk of colorectal cancer. And they are not alone; myriad agencies working to combat cancer agree. The culprits, in part, are chemically manufactured nitrates, because processing causes the nitrosamines created to develop into carcinogens. [3] [4]

    Shackelford says you must read labels on processed meats and avoid high sodium and added chemicals and choose organic, uncured meats when possible. Or better yet, avoid entirely as the Trim Down Club recommends.

    You Can Eat Carbs, But …

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    Let’s take a moment to talk about carbs. Shackelford says on the Trim Down Club, you can enjoy carbs again, but the key is to make sure to balance your carbs with proteins to keep blood sugar level. Your body won’t store fat; instead it’ll burn those good carbohydrates when consumed in the right balance (mixture) of foods.

    A study from Finland that looked at what happened to blood sugar levels when people ate a big old pile of yummy mashed potatoes compared to another group eating those same potatoes but with proteins, good fats and vegetables at the same time. The people who ate the combination of foods had a 50 percent lower spike in sugar and insulin levels than that of the folks who ate only the potatoes.

    It’s all about the balance of foods, and that’s the trick with the Trim Down Club. But this experiment explains a lot about why we love “comfort” foods.

    Shackelford says that

    the hormone cortisol, which is released in stressful situations, makes you crave sweets and comfort foods. But the cortisol doesn’t know the difference between the stress you feel when you’re sitting at a long traffic light while running late to pick up the kids, and the stress because you’re running for your life from a rabid dog.

    When the body is stressed—and again, the hormone doesn’t know if it’s the long light or a mad dog, but just in case—it sends a signal with a flood of cortisol that you must eat and store that fat so you’ll outrun the dog. Stressed out? Ice cream. Stressed out? Fries. Stressed out? A big old plate piled high with buttery mashed. Those high levels of cortisol increase cravings and then, after we pig out to relieve the craving, the body stores it as fat. We just cannot win!

    Keep in mind too that when you “diet” and deprive yourself of food, your blood sugar levels drop and the body thinks it’s starving, so you go into fat storing mode. But by snacking throughout the day with good-for-you, non-processed whole foods including good fats, proteins, even carbs—the fiber-rich, complex kind—you keep your blood sugar levels balanced and keep your body in fat-burning mode.

    Finally, our weight loss goals are sabotaged, with help from companies who keep pitching us processed foods when we are overweight and keep packing on the pounds. And that affects the fat-burning protein hormone adiponectin;  in a cruel twist, the more body fat you have, the less adiponectin you have.

    It’s all a vicious cycle: when blood sugar goes too high or too low it causes imbalance and puts your body in fat-storing mode, but the more weight you gain the less fat-burning hormones are produced. Then add stress triggering a cortisol flood telling you to eat more sugar and then store it for the next emergency…ugh.

    The Trim Down Club provides tips on keeping adiponectin at the right levels, to keep you burning fat and achieving weight loss—like enjoying more green tea, which increases adiponectin. And it’s also an anti-inflammatory, so bonus!

    The 8-Week Plan

    The Trim Down Club’s 8-Week Plan, which offers step-by-step guidance to achieve your weight loss goals, seems like a great way to get started. It’s broken down into simple steps to give you every chance to reap the greatest benefits from the program.

    The first week consists of checking out Trim Down Club’s chief nutritionist Ossie Sharon’s concise and informative 5-minute video which helps motivate you and explains what’s to come. During the first week you weigh in with your Trim Down Club Progress Meter and receive your first easy-to-follow menu for the week based on foods you like. You also have access to the Trim Down Club “community;” people post frequently and there’s lots of interaction; a great way to buddy-up.

    At the end of the first week, you check back in on the website to move to Week 2 and so on. The site is updated for you every week, based on your personal program goals and where you are in the process of achieving those weight loss goals. The site is chock full of great tips, articles, comments and posts from fellow club members, exercise videos, and new recipe ideas. And in the community forums, expect to make friends!

    If the Trim Down Club sounds like a good fit, the 8-Week Plan might be the best way to start.

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