Weight Loss Tips: Eliminate These Four Empty Calorie Ingredients Today!

April 27, 2011 By: office 1 Comment
Misleading food packaging

Sometimes, food packaging can be misleading claiming to have health benefits when it actually does not.

These days it’s hard to tell what’s healthy and what’s not when you enter a grocery store, especially when you are trying to lose weight and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Many food companies are now trying to market their packages to look healthy, to appeal to a consumer.  They have even come up with some smart wording such as “all-natural,” “fat-free,” “vegan,” and “no trans fats.”  Unfortunately, as a consumer you may think you are doing “good” by buying these foods, but in reality, they can often still be very unhealthy.

Close your eyes.  Think of a food that is the symbol for health.  An apple or a broccoli stalk may have popped into your head.  Consider how they NEVER need any marketing schemes or “healthy” labels on them.  The healthiest diet is that of a whole-foods based diet.  Buy foods that underwent the least amount of processing possible, many of which don’t even qualify for food labels.  These are the foods that should be incorporated into your healthy lifestyle.

Now when you DO buy foods that contain a label, it is important to pay no attention to the front of the package. Your eyes should immediately find their way to the ingredients list.  Yes.  The ingredients list is even MORE important than the nutrition facts.  Why?  The ingredients list cannot be marketed to look healthy.  It is the most straight forward part of the package.

Organic Peanut Butter

Stick to an organic peanut butter with simple ingredients for added health benefits.

Take peanut butter, for example.  If we look at natural peanut butter, flip it over to the ingredients label-which may read: peanuts and salt.- that’s it.  If we take a more processed brand of peanut butter, it may read, peanuts, dextrose, hydrogenated oils (AKA trans fats) and salt.  It is your job to AVOID ingredients that you do not recognize, or ones that you KNOW are not healthy!  Beyond artificial ingredients, HFCS, and trans fats, learn to eliminate these four empty calorie ingredients out of your diet.

1.      Trans fats (hydrogenated oils)- Studies have shown increased trans fat intake leads to high LDL cholesterol and Triglyceride levels.  They also impair arterial dilation, which can cause high blood pressure.

2.      Omega 6 fatty acid rich oils (corn oil, soybean oil, vegetable oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil)- Not only do these increase LDL cholesterol and decrease HDL cholesterol, but too much can lead to an increased inflammatory response in your body.

3.      Refined sugars (maltose, dextrose, sucrose, corn syrup, cane sugar)-Refined sugars send an intense insulin response to the body, therefore raising blood sugar quickly, which then tends to drop quickly shortly after.  This blood sugar rollercoaster can make you lethargic and even hungrier in the long run!

4.      Refined flours (“enriched”)-Many flours are made by stripping the natural plant seed and ridding it of any phytochemicals, antioxidants, or fiber it may have once contained.  This processing also makes the body quickly absorb and metabolize flour like it does sugar.

In addition to eliminating these ingredients from your diet, remember to balance your meals.  Utilize the plate method at every meal.  One quarter protein, one quarter starch, and the other half fruit or vegetables.  And remember these rules go for beverages as well!  Eliminate any added sugars you get from sodas or juices.  Make water your beverage of choice and drink it throughout the day!

Shane Diet Resorts, a fitness retreat for adults ages 18 and up, is a firm believer in whole-foods and portion control.  We serve our guests three portion controlled meals daily, as well as two healthy snacks.  Visit us online for more information about our weight loss program for adults and great healthy recipe ideas.

Weight Loss and Eating Disorders: Not Just for the Younger Generation

April 22, 2011 By: office 210 Comments

When hearing the terms Anorexia, Bulimia, or other eating disorders, one typically pictures an adolescent or young adult struggling with self esteem issues, or battling a fear of obesity as they desperately try to lose weight. More than 10 million people suffer from these eating disorders, and while it’s a common misconception that only teenagers and young women fall victim to eating disorders, experts say more and more women are showing up at their clinics in midlife or even older. Older women are feeling the pressures of society to achieve an ideal thinness and perfection, or in some cases they are dealing with the aftermath of child bearing years or divorce. Middle-aged women may also be more susceptible to the increasing trend toward youth and fitness found in today’s media.

Weight Loss and Eating Disorders

Many people suffer with eating disorders, whether it's due to low self-esteem or fear of obesity.

Women of all ages are engaging in the same destructive behaviors; restricted eating, laxative abuse, excessive exercise and binge eating.  The frightening part is older women may not even realize they are developing an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder because they may not recognize the symptoms of an eating disorder. Women will also conceal the problem by attributing these behaviors to aging or menopause.

It’s important to distinguish between normal behavior patterns of healthy living and healthy diet, and some extreme behaviors that might lead to eating disorders. Recognizing the warning signs of an eating disorder can be difficult in the beginning as many begin with a simple attempt to diet.  Some signs to look for are:

  • Fear of gaining weight or becoming fat no matter how thin they are.
  • Denial of extreme weight loss due to a distorted body image.
  • Disturbance in menstrual cycle or loss of menstrual periods altogether.
  • Overeating large amounts of food and then feeling guilty for eating too much.
  • Using inappropriate ways after a binge to eliminate food from the body by self-induced vomiting or using laxatives or diuretics.
  • Compulsive or obsessive exercise to burn off calories.
  • Obsessive concern with weight and body shape.

The dangers of having an eating disorder are sometimes not evident to the average person.  Anemia, osteoporosis, and bone density loss are some things that can go undetected, and are causes of malnourishment.

Not all eating issues are true disorders of course; most people have ongoing difficulties managing their weight and eating habits.  At Shane Diet Resorts adult weight loss camp, we work with adults of all ages to address issues relating to weight and fitness and help our guests learn better eating habits and lifestyle changes through nutritional counseling, exercise plans, and most importantly building long term friendships and support systems.

Running for Weight Loss: Six Injury Prevention Tips for Your Joints

April 20, 2011 By: afeldman 150 Comments

Find a Decent Pair of Running shoes

Running Shoes

Invest in a quality pair of running shoes for the best workout possible for weight loss.

Asics, New Balance and Saucony are the popular running shoe brands. Many marathon runners recommend Asics as the brand of choice.  If you are flat footed or have high arches, keep in mind that you will need special shoes or inserts.  Some factors to consider when choosing shoes include shoe comfort, proper fitting for your foot’s length and width, good protection from the sole, breathability and shoe weight (you don’t want shoes that are really heavy).  Remember, you get what you pay for.  If you drop $20 on a pair of running shoes, they will not last very long and you will find your joints aching frequently.  Shoes that you will be running and jumping around in are one thing to invest in.  Go to a store that specializes in athletic shoes, get fitted and plan on spending $60 to $100.


Stretching is the last thing that people want to do during their workout but hard running and exercise will tighten up your joints and muscles leaving you prone to injury.  One way to remedy this is by stretching to avoid tightness.  One of the more important areas to stretch is the IT band, which is an extension of the muscles in the upper outer hip that extends down through the knee.  Much of knee pain in running can be caused by injury to the IT band and can be prevented by stretching and foam rolling.  The lower back and hamstrings (back of the upper leg) also need to be stretched after workouts since these areas are compressed by supporting your body during high impact exercise.  Incorporate a total body stretching routine after workouts and on off days.

Strengthen Muscles Equally

Muscular Imbalance is another leading cause of running injuries.  A muscular imbalance is defined as one muscle being disproportionately stronger or weaker than its counterpart muscle.  Think of the abdominal muscles in your stomach.  If you work them out quite frequently, but avoid doing lower back exercises, then you have a muscular imbalance.  Muscular imbalances exist in muscles that are on opposite sides such as the quadriceps and hamstring located at the front and back of the leg.  When you have a muscle in the front that is weaker than a muscle in the back, the joints in the middle suffer.  Usually a joint is supported by the muscles, but if it is being pulled tighter in one direction, it is under a lot of stress.  A left leg that is stronger than the right leg is also a muscular imbalance leaving one side of the body to overcompensate.  A way to avoid these imbalances is by strength training all body parts equally.

Build up gradually

The big cause of running injuries that is often overlooked is doing too much too soon.  An individual that goes from running five miles in one week to attempting 20 miles in the next is greatly increasing the risk for an overuse injury.  It is recommended that you increase your running distance or time no more than 20% each week.  That means that if a total of 5 miles were completed in week 1, then 6 miles is a good number for week 2.  It is much better to take your time getting to a 20 mile week, rather than rushing to get there and suffering an injury that takes you out of exercise for six to 12 weeks as a result.

Rest and recover

Running for Weight Loss

Be sure to allow yourself to rest and recover when running for weight loss.

After a hard workout, your body needs rest.  When your body is at rest, the recovery process begins, which involves the strengthening of bones, joints and muscles, as well as the refilling of your energy tank.  Giving your body the fuel that it needs through proper nutrition is also a vital part of the recovery process.  When timed correctly, rest and recovery will increase your exercise performance and healthy lifestyle in general.  However, if joints still feel achy after a rest day, skip running by cross training.  Go for a bike ride or a swim giving your knees and ankles longer time to heal from the high joint impact of running.  Low impact exercises like the elliptical are a good way to stimulate your cardiovascular system without putting additional stress on recovering joints.

Warm up first, especially in colder weather

Some people like to roll right out of bed and immediately go outside to run.  The problem with this is that after a night of sleeping, your body slows itself down.  Cold weather will amplify the slowing of your body’s functions.  To work around this, gradually get your body ready for exercise with a 5-15 minute warm up.  Harder running requires a large range of motion from the muscles.  To reach this level of performance, your muscles need to be warm and loose.  Warm up by doing basic movements like leg swings, arm circles and breathing exercises.  The goal is to gradually increase the heart rate and the heat in the body.  I like to do this by starting with a moderate walking pace, gradually increase my speed into a jog and finally move into my running pace.  Remember, your warm-up should be of low intensity in relation to your exercise levels.  If your workout pace is a jog or speed walk, then gradually work up to that.  A warm up should be included with your workout regardless of the time of day, so always give yourself at least a couple of minutes.

If you’re looking for a great way to lose weight while having fun, consider joining an adult weight loss camp like Shane Diet Resorts.  SDR offers a summer weight loss program for adults with proven success for a healthy lifestyle.

Weight Loss and Reality Shows: Is it Realistic?

April 15, 2011 By: afeldman 6 Comments

With the rising popularity of weight loss and growing knowledge of the public about the inherent risks of obesity, I feel that it is important to be aware of stereotypes presented by television shows.  It started with The Biggest Loser seven years ago and now there are a number of weight loss shows on TV.  While I think that there are many positives that come from these shows, there are also some aspects that are not completely true, from my perspective as a trainer.  In this article, I would like to mention the important things to remember when you try to compare your progress to that of the individual working out on your television screen.

1. Participants are engaged 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Biggest Loser

The contestants on The Biggest Loser experience incredible weight loss, but it isn't the most realistic way to accomplish a healthy lifestyle.

It is like being in preschool again.  Everything they do against the diet or exercise program is immediately called to their attention by a trainer, nutritionist or another cast mate.  Unfortunately, most of us are not in a situation where someone is watching our eating and activities at all hours of the day.  We also have jobs, school, families and other obligations.  When participants jump into The Biggest Loser or Heavy, they are in a situation where their personal lives are left behind, giving fitness and nutrition top billing.  When a person has that much energy and time to put into exercise, then the rapid weight loss you see on TV occurs.  Whether that is healthy or not is another story.

2. Through the art of camera work and editing these shows are portraying an emotion.

At the beginning of a weight loss show, the producers use a convincing song selection, camera angles and editing to depict the emotional hardships of the contestants.  At the end, you will hear more uplifting music and different camera angles are used to emphasize progress and positive feelings.  My point is that anything that goes against the general vibe that show producers are trying to depict is edited out in the production process.  After a show is filmed, there are weeks to months spent in editing where all of this is done.  Imagine watching all 168 hours of the workout week without music and camera changes.  You would see the reality of the show, but it would also be pretty boring.  The next time you are watching Heavy, when they cut from one scene to the next or from one week to the next, think about what they didn’t show you.  This could be contestants complaining of aches and pains, complaining about the trainers, cheating on their programs closer to the end and even questioning the validity of the show itself.  You never know the extent to what is being edited out.

3. These shows get funding from sponsors to market exercise clothing, equipment and sometimes even supplements.

Just like any other show, companies pay a lot of money to be featured.  You may see specific brands being worn on the contestants or the trainers promoting a specific piece of equipment in their fitness tip segment.  When a television show recommends that you go out and buy a supplement, it may not be a good idea to jump right in and start taking something.  I also would not recommend changing everything that you do at the gym just because you saw one person doing it on a segment of the show.

4. The trainers are pushed to make their clients lose weight in the quickest amount of time possible.

Boot Camp

You don't need to put yourself through extreme boot camp to become fitter and experience healthy weight loss.

How exciting would The Biggest Loser be if everyone stayed in a 1-5 pound a week weight loss range?  It probably wouldn’t have the same ratings.  You may have even read about many of the participants gaining weight back after being on the show.  While the trainers are definitely doing something right, it is good to remember that everything is bigger in television; this includes the exercise programs thrown at participants, even if they do not promote long term weight loss as well as a steadier program.

5. Everybody is different.

The Biggest Loser is built around a competition.  Everyone is competing to lose the most weight in the shortest time.  Outside of the TV world, there is a problem with that.  Factors from our genetics, upbringings and previous experience influence how our bodies respond to different exercises, different foods and even the addition of a new habit.  Everyone is different.  Otherwise, bikers in the Tour de France would all finish at the same exact time.  The bottom line is that you need to compare yourself to your own exercise and weight loss measurements, not to someone else’s that are out of reach.  Most individuals who unrealistically compare themselves to TV contestants are also nowhere near as heavy.  Proportionally speaking, that means there is not as much weight to lose.  That alone should lower weekly weight loss expectations.

6. There are good and bad trainers everywhere.

Even though a lot of the trainers I have seen in these shows seem pretty knowledgeable, there are a few that have worried me as fitness professional.  An example that I have seen includes giving a 400 pound client with severe hypertension a plyometric training program.  Plyometrics are exercises involving repetitive quick movements that usually involve high impact forces on the body.  They are mostly utilized by athletes and are pointed out as being high risk by any accredited health and wellness organization when it comes to working with heavier clients.  My point here is that you should keep an open mind with what is said and shown.  Nothing is the magic pill for weight loss and this includes television programs.

The Final Message: What you can take away from these shows.

I know it seems as though I’ve been giving weight loss reality shows, like The Biggest Loser and I Used to Be Fat, a bad reputation, but there are many positives to take away from these shows.  The people losing weight are people just like you and me who are going through a journey of adapting a healthy lifestyle.  They may not be doing it in the same way, but they are definitely a source of inspiration.  Although some trainers on these shows may not be the gold standard of fitness, they have some good ideas in their arsenal.  As long as you keep an open mind when watching these shows and avoid unrealistic thinking, you can benefit greatly by scheduling your weekly Biggest Loser night.

Even better, think about joining us at Shane Diet Resorts, where you can learn about how to lose weight and get fit safely and for the long term.

Weight Loss, Fitness, and Binge Eating Q&A Session

April 13, 2011 By: afeldman 33 Comments

These come from a collection of fitness and weight loss-related questions that have been submitted to me through email.  Submit your questions to us through email or leave them as a comment and you may find them in the next article!

Q: I recently joined a gym as part of my New Year’s resolution.  How long until I can see results?

A: There is a three part process when it comes to the overall improvement that a fitness program brings.  The first thing that takes place is that during and outside of workouts, you will start to feel better or fit.  This means making it through your workout more easily (leading to you increasing the resistance of various exercises) and not getting out of breath as easily.  You will start to notice this after the first week of a continuous program.

As you progress through your routine from week to week, others will start to notice a change in your appearance.  It can be your face becoming slimmer or your friend noticing that your arms and neck look leaner.  This can take place between 3-6 weeks after the start of a regular exercise program with healthy eating.  Lastly, you will start to notice a difference in your physical appearance.  This is the one that takes the longest.  In weight loss programs, after 5-7 weeks, you’ll notice your clothes fitting loosely.  For general fitness training, you may start to see some new lines that signify muscle development.  One day, you will look in the mirror and it will hit you that you look and feel amazing.  For most, this will take 6-12 weeks.

Q: What is the best stomach workout for weight loss?

Ab Workout

There are a great variety of exercises to tighten those abdominal muscles and lose weight.

A: An abdominal workout does not necessarily equate to weight loss.  You can do 1,000 sit-ups a day and never lose a pound.  The best routine for weight loss in general, however, is to combine resistance training with a healthy diet and cardio training.  Abdominal work should be included, as well as the lower back and oblique areas since the core area is responsible for maintaining a healthy spine and helps keep you free of injuries.  To strengthen the abs, equipment is not needed; you can do ground exercises like crunches, leg raises, and sit-ups.  For more advanced exercisers, take advantage of the plank, bicycle crunches and hanging leg raises.  A goal of abdominal training should be to start with basic exercises like crunches and gradually incorporate more advanced exercises like a plank and v-ups.  All of these exercises can be made harder by adding resistance.

Q: Will one day of binge eating hurt me?

A: I call them cheat days.  One cheat day will not hurt, but there is a difference between having a cheat day and binge eating.  In a cheat day, you will pick one or two meals and indulge a little bit or have a few drinks.  If you jump right back into the routine the next day, this should not be a problem.  However, when people start binge eating, they just throw anything into their mouth and that becomes an issue as the calories will continuously add up.  If one day becomes two days and then three days, then we are running into some problems as you can add 2-3 pounds onto the scale if you’re consuming enough calories.  After enough days of binge eating or getting away from the exercise, your progress will quickly become undone.

Q: I’m a woman and don’t want to get bulky from working out. How can I incorporate weights into my routine?

Woman Working Out

A woman won't have to worry about becoming "bulky" with proper exercise technique.

A: Your fear of getting “bulky” just happens to be the number one concern of female gym goers across the country.  Fortunately though, it is also a misconception.  The muscular appearance that comes from training is impacted by three variables: 1.High volume resistance training; 2.The proper calorie intake; and 3.The right genetic make-up.  When these three variables are put together, you have the perfect formula for muscle building.

Addressing the high volume resistance training, this is a training program that specifically focuses on getting bigger and stronger, for lack of better terms.  When it comes to proper calorie intake, a calorie surplus is needed every week in addition to high volume training to continuously build muscle.  If you are eating a normal healthy diet that keeps you in your recommended calorie range for weight loss or general fitness, then this will not be a concern.

Lastly, and the most important, is genetic make-up.  Men and women do not have the same levels of hormones; there is a big difference when it comes to testosterone, estrogen and growth hormone levels.  In exercise, this means that the woman’s body will not respond to an exercise program in the same way that a male body does.  So, even if you decide to do an abundance of weight training and eat an abundance of calories, your body will still have a hard time getting “bulky.”

7 Fitness Tips to Make your Gym Time Count

April 8, 2011 By: afeldman 5 Comments

Half the battle of an exercise program is walking into the gym, but what happens once we are there?  How do we ensure that our 45 minutes of gym time is spent wisely?  These following simple fitness tips will keep your exercise program effective and your healthy lifestyle on track.

Fitness Tips

Try out these fitness tips during your next workout to get the most out of it.

1. Try The Talk Test – The talk test is a good way to gauge if you are working hard enough.  It can be used for cardio-vascular exercise or weight training.  The talk test refers to how well you can speak during a workout.  If you are able to hold a full conversation with someone during the exercise, then you should be working harder.  However, if you’re huffing and puffing so much that you’re not able to answer simple yes/no questions, then you may be pushing it too much.  At the same time, you should not have enough energy in the tank to sing your ABCs while you are exercising.  The trick is finding that healthy medium and you may have to adjust your routine slightly a few times before finding the perfect pace.

2. Keep Conversations to a Minimum – The gym is a great place to make and run into friends, but try to save the catch-up conversations until after the workout.  Most of your workout should be spent in your target heart rate zone, so be sure to focus on your exercise and not on the chitchatting.  This is why I wear headphones in the gym, it keeps me focused on my workout so I am getting the most out of it, but do whatever works for you.

3. Superset Exercises- Do you ever find yourself getting lost in thoughts during a break between exercises?  This leads to losing track of time and before you know it, you have rested too long.  A good way to stop the daydreaming between exercises is to superset.  This means that perform two of your exercises back to back.  Pick two routines that work different muscles like an abdominal crunch and the chest press machine.  Perform a set of chest presses and immediately drop to the floor to do your set of crunches.  Continue to go back and forth between exercises until you have finished your sets.

4. Find a Friend – It’s hard enough to walk into the gym every week, let alone push a workout to higher intensities.  To kill those two birds with one stone, find a workout buddy.  This could be someone from work, an old acquaintance or even a family member.  Make sure that it is someone that you can push and will do the same for you in return.  This person will give you the motivation to leave the house and get to the gym.  Going through exercises together will help that hour move a lot faster.

5. Write it down – Do you find yourself forgetting what weights you should use on certain exercises?  Start recording your numbers.  I carry a little notebook with me from one exercise to the next.  By doing this, you can make sure that your body is continuously challenged and making progress.  If you wrote that you chest pressed a certain weight ten times in the last workout, try doing 11 this time and 12 next.  It comes in handy for cardio as well.  If you jot down the distances that you reach each cardio session, then you can aim for improvement for the next time.  For example, if your journal says that you did 3 miles in 30 minutes for your last cardio session, make it your goal to reach 3 miles in 29 and a half minutes.  If you continue to set goals and constantly improve yourself, reaching your fitness goals will not plateau easily.

6. Leave the phone in the locker – Cell phones are very technologically advanced in giving you the ability to purchase tickets to shows, check the weather, get directions and write emails, but they are a huge distraction at the gym.  Unless you are expecting an important call, leave it in the locker.  Too many people spend their time in the gym texting friends and playing games on their phone which is obviously not very conducive to getting an effective workout.  You’ll have a much better workout without the phone.  If you need it for music purposes, turn off the other features and stay disciplined.

7. Visualize – Athletes at the elite level have mastered the art of visualization.  Before a competition or a practice, they go through mental exercises to prep themselves up for their event.  I’m not saying you need to do this on the same level as a star quarterback, but it can really help you reach better levels of fitness if you visualize before and during exercise.  You can do this by focusing the negative energy from a bad day at work into your exercises or you can find motivation by creating a mental picture of where you see yourself in 6 months.  Personally, before each exercise I picture everything that makes me angry and use that to drive myself through an intense workout.  I know others who meditate before each workout for 5-10 minutes and other people make motivating playlists to stay energized on the treadmill.  Once again, find and do what works for you.

Start incorporating some of these into your gym time and your progress and dedication will reach new levels.


Fitness Tips: Purchasing Exercise Equipment

April 6, 2011 By: afeldman 14 Comments

When it comes to buying products in the fitness marketplace, there are many choices.  It can be overwhelming!  There are new fitness gadgets on the shelves every month.  A lot of these items can be seen on infomercials or you’ll hear about these latest “fitness trends” when you’re at the gym.  The question is: How can you tell if a product is reliable or if it is just a fad?  I’ve come up with a little acronym that I would like to share; “N.O.F.I.T.”  Each letter asks a question related to the product to see if it’s a good fit for your fitness routine.  Next time you see something in the stores or in commercials, ask yourself these questions to decide its value.

N: Is it a Necessity?

The first question to ask is: Do you actually need this product?  When you get into shopping mode almost any purchase can be rationalized, but think about your fitness.  Will everything improve at a faster rate if you use this product?  Will all of your progress stop if you do not make this purchase?  You may believe that you need this new workout DVD series until you truly stop to think about whether it really will fix all of your problems.  The ultimate question is this: Will the product move you any closer to your fitness goals compared with what you’re able to do without it?

O: Is it a One Hit Wonder?

Thigh Master

Some pieces of equipment can be considered a "one hit wonder" and will not always stay on the fitness market.

So, you don’t necessarily need the product, but you still want it because it’s the new craze.  A new question asks: Will this product still be around tomorrow?  Think about some of the fitness trends from the 90’s such as the electronic ab belt, the thigh master or the sauna apparatus that supposedly melts fat.  If you happen to know of these products, then you are aware of their short lived popularity followed by their disappearance from the marketplace.  If you’re wondering how you missed these products, there is a reason; they were here one day and gone the next.  These items did not return the results they promised.  Before you purchase your product, think about if it could be just another one hit wonder.

F: Is it used by Friends?

I’m not talking about the cast of the popular show.  I’m referring to people in your social circles.  Whether they are school mates, neighbors, coworkers or acquaintances, they could be your best sources of information.  Ask any friends who may have used the product whether it worked for them and if it was worth the purchase.

I: Is it Infomercial Magnified?

Ab Belt

It's important to carefully evaluate whether a piece of equipment can be an essential part of your fitness routine.

To understand infomercial magnification, think of the most repetitive infomercials you see on late night TV.  They promise you the moon and all the stars to go along with it.  If you order in the next 10 minutes, they throw in little extras.  These commercials show happy actors portrayed as customers using the product to convince you of its value.  When you add up all these commercial tactics, you get an aggressive sales pitch.  Look for hints of this sales pitch when you are shopping for fitness merchandise.  Read the box or descriptions on the website and look for some of those same commercial tactics.  When a product is “guaranteed to give you the hips you have always wanted,” it should be an instant turn off because at this point, the advertiser is only trying to tell you what you want to hear.

T: Is it Too Good to be True?

This is the last question and it can also be tied into the others.  Are your expectations of this product too good to be true?  If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.  Whether your expectations came from listening to others or from the website itself, a product will not completely cure all of your problems.  Even a good piece of fitness equipment is not a magic fix; it is a tool that will help you achieve your goals.  Remind yourself to be realistic when you are looking for something new to get over that fitness plateau.  A fitness DVD will not magically whip you into shape; it is your drive and commitment to a healthy lifestyle that does the trick.  If you shop wisely, a new product might show you some new tricks to help.

Weight Loss Drug Rejected

April 1, 2011 By: office 2 Comments

Not that we’re really shocked, but yet another diet drug has been rejected by the Food and Drug Administration.  This time, the drug was Contrave and U.S. health officials have requested a clinical trial to resolve heart safety concerns, according to a recent article from Reuters. This pill looked like it was going to be the first new diet pill in a decade.

Weight Loss Pill

Another weight loss pill has been rejected by the Food and Drug Administration.

Orexigen’s Contrave was one of three obesity drugs under review after an FDA advisory panel had voted to recommend Contrave’s approval back in December.  However, there is a potential heart risk when used long-term by overweight and obese subjects, which concerned the FDA.

The drug manufacturer, Orexigen, has been told that they must conduct a study “of sufficient size and duration” to address the cardiovascular risks.

In company studies, at least 35 percent of patients lost 5 percent or more of their body weight.  The research also showed a slight rise in blood pressure and pulse rates with Contrave versus a placebo.  This is what led to the FDA’s decision to reject the pill for the time being and require a more long-term study of the weight loss drug’s side effects.

This is the third weight loss drug to be rejected by the FDA over the past six months, which should be a strong indication of their risky side effects.  There are obviously safer ways to lose weight.  The best and most simple way to lose weight remains consistent: healthy diet in combination with regular exercise.  It doesn’t need to be complicated!  Pills for weight loss are a very drastic way to combat obesity and side effects are always a possibility, when compared with making simple changes to your lifestyle.

Camp Shane weight loss camp for children and teens and Shane Diet Resorts weight loss program for adults follows the simple formula of healthy diet and exercise for the best weight loss results.  By losing weight gradually, good habits are formed that will continue for life.

What are your thoughts on this newest diet pill rejection?  Do you feel that a weight loss drug is a healthy option to lose weight?

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