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FDA Tells Food Establishments to Post Calories


Pretty soon there won’t be a place to eat or get food from where the calories won’t be readily accessible. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new regulations that will require chain restaurants, movie theaters, pizza parlors and many other food establishments nationwide post calorie contents of their foods in the clear vision of the consumer.

Venues such as convenience stores and supermarkets are also included in these new rules. The FDA has issued a November 2015 deadline for the necessary adjustments to be made by the companies. Establishments that fall under these rules are nationwide companies that have 20 or more locations. This could potentially be a ground breaking policy that can be a real contributor to the country’s battle with obesity.

The FDA is proposing these new rules in hopes that if the consumer has a more in depth analysis of food available to them, they will do a better job at selecting healthier foods and healthier alternatives. There are few eating entities that aren’t included. Even vending machines and amusement parks will have calories of their food clearly visible to the consumer.

However, I ask that we keep some things in mind. Let’s not limit our knowledge of these items to just calories. Foods high in fat and sugar can still seem to have an acceptable calorie amount. Under these new regulations, additional nutritional information will be available upon request, don’t hesitate to ask.

As Americans, one-third of what we consume (either eat or drink), is consumed away from home, lessening our chances to really know how much we are eating. This is an opportunity to better track your calories, and creates better conditions for people trying to lose weight to adhere to their diet.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, New York Times

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Take it Off, Keep it Off


Once we have lost our desired weight we sometimes find that keeping it off maybe equally as difficult as losing it. We’re often told that a gradual weight loss process would be more conducive to keeping the pounds off as compared to more rapid weight loss. However there’s a recent study that combats that thought process.

Recent study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology concluded that the rate you lose weight at has little to no bearing on regaining the weight. When it comes to regaining weight you lost it maybe more of a matter of bad habits developed during losing weight as opposed to how long it took you to lose it.

You may alter your diet strictly to lose weight instead of leading a healthy lifestyle, meaning your diet may not acclimate well when you reach your target weight. It’s possible that you slip right back into those food pitfalls that you were once in, causing a regain of weight.

It could also be the “I made it” factor, where you reach your goal and think the job is done. Once you reached your goal of a target weight, you’re next goal should be doing what it takes to keep it off. Remember, journeys like this don’t necessarily end, but you don’t want to have to keep going back to the starting point either.

I say all this to say that although studies like this aren’t on a person-by-person basis, the results do make sense. Hopefully while we’re losing weight we are developing good habits along the way that will be beneficial for keeping the weight off.

 Links: The Lancet, Diabetes in Control, Medical Xpress

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Halloween TIPS-for-Treats



The ghouls and goblins are sure to be out tomorrow as Halloween is upon us. Gives us, and the kids, an opportunity to act and look goofy, scary, or really however we want to look.

The question is: how do you emerge from this holiday indulging in the abundance of Halloween candy? Whether you are accompanying your little one(s) on the door to door quest or awaiting the arrival of the trick-or-treaters coming to your front porch, here’s some ways to scare away the pounds.

Trick-or-Treat Workout: We’re starting to see more and more parents driving their child(ren) around to trick-or-trick. However, that’s squandering a golden opportunity to get in some exercise. When chaperoning on Halloween stroll around the neighborhood.

Save them for the kids: You bought the candy for the trick-or-treaters, not for yourself. Don’t indulge in the candy while waiting for the next knock on your door. If you feel the temptation will be too strong buy candies you aren’t fond of, or even make some healthier treats for yourself such as popcorn or a fruit bowl.

Out of sight, out of mind: The candy is for Halloween, not for the days and weeks after. Don’t buy so much candy that you can’t give out most to all of it in one night. And when you are in the grocery store and you’re walking by the blowout candy sale the days after Halloween, continue to walk pass it.

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