While the year is almost over, we at Shape Up
America!, have been working hard to bring you more
useful and pratical information to implement the new
We believe that you will be pleased with the release of
our updated Shape Up & Drop 10 plan, just in time for a
|"Shape Up & Drop 10"
January 1 is almost here and we invite you to make this
resolution your own. Start the new year right by
becoming a member of Shape Up America! and
participating in our Shape Up & Drop 10 program
available only to our members. Over the coming year,
the professionals at Shape Up America! will be sharing
more than 75 years of combined weight management
experience with you.
Shape Up & Drop 10 is a weight management program
you can live with. It provides practical strategies, tips
and solid guidance to overhaul your lifestyle and help
you take unwanted pounds off and keep them off.
The program is designed for adults who are tired of
playing "get thin quick" games. We offer real help and
guidance for real people. We are here to support our
members via email. We can answer your questions as
you tackle each step toward healthier eating and a
more active lifestyle.
Shape Up & Drop 10 is not for children or teens
younger than 18, but if you happen to be a parent,
your entire family will benefit from your participation in
Shape Up & Drop 10. So don't delay, become a member
and get started now on Shape Up & Drop 10. Here is a
preview of the topics we cover in the first few steps of
Shape Up & Drop 10.
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|Active Living Every Day
Active Living Every Day is the only book that offers a
20-week, self-paced plan to help you become more
physically active-without requiring vigorous exercise to
see results. The concepts presented in this book can
be used anytime, anywhere. You choose what form of
activity you enjoy the most; from dancing to walking to
yard work, it's up to you-whatever keeps you moving
and off the couch. This is not a quick fix, but rather a
behavioral change approach used by the world-
renowned research team at The Cooper Institute and
researchers at Brown University. The principles and
program methods are based on extensive research and
clinical tests and have been proven effective for adults
of all ages.
Unlike other books on the market, Active Living Every
Day not only helps you examine your lifestyle and the
benefits of exercise, but also offers specific advice for
building skills that will help you increase your activity
and improve your fitness levels.
With lots of easy-to-follow advice, charts, forms and
checklists--Active Living Every Day shows how to
overcome the barriers to being physically active so you
can enjoy a lifetime of good health, a fit body, and
effective weight control.
To order this book go here! »
|Managing the "Hungry Monster" at Work
Are you using food to keep yourself in your seat and
your nose to the grindstone? You may feel that
working hard entitles you to eat anything you want,
whenever you want - so long as you get your work out
the door. But if you are packing on the pounds as you
bring home the bacon, maybe you should think again.
Sitting at a desk all day long is how most of us earn a
living. With long hours and little time for exercise, few
of us can afford to eat whatever we want whenever
we want. Work pressures are pretty intense so you
want to avoid starving yourself and adding even more
stress to your life. Let's start by giving lunch a
makeover and then go on from there. Here are some
ways to craft a compromise with your cravings and
boost your intake of fruits and vegetables at the same
Salad is your friend; salad dressing is not.
For most of us, salad is hands down the best choice for
lunch. The more greens and veggies the better, so feel
free to grab a bunch of greens to start with. Fill your
plate with as many greens you want - and make them
as dark as possible to maximize nutrients. Then you can
add other interesting veggies and let color be your
guide. Aim to make your salad as colorful as possible.
Feel free to choose beets and beans and any other
vegetables that look fresh and appealing. But watch
out for salad dressing !!! Some of the veggies in your
salad bar may already have salad dressing on them.
The calories in your salad come mainly from the
dressing so your goal is to use as little dressing as
possible. To eliminate the calories in salad dressing you
can purchase fat free dressings or you can make your
own dressing without the oil. You can use salt, pepper,
spices, garlic, lemon juice or flavorful vinegars
containing almost no calories at all.
Here are some useful salad making tips:
· Rinse, dry and refrigerate enough greens and
veggies to cover your needs for three days at a time.
The secret is to make sure your greens are clean and
thoroughly dried before you store them in a sealed
container in the refrigerator.
· Make enough dressing to last a week or two.
Many salad dressings can be safely stored at room
temperature for that long or in a refrigerator for even
· Buy yourself a big salad spinner to make
cleaning and drying your greens much easier.
· Transport your veggies and greens to work in
a container that you can use to eat out of. Transport
your salad dressing in a separate container. Add the
dressing and toss your salad just before eating it.
· Use a storage container with an air tight seal
to keep greens fresher. Discard greens after three
days or sooner if they become wilted or discolored.
Does late afternoon snacking defeat you? Why not
keep a bowl of fresh fruit or a bag of carrots or celery
at the office? This strategy will help you manage the
hungry monster at work and serve your weight
management goals at the same time.
|Walking the Walk
· The October, 2002 issue of Consumer Reports
magazine has an entire article on walking shoes and
sneakers. You may be surprised to learn about models
costing as little as $20 that out-perform shoes that are
four times more expensive. Some sneakers have
removable insoles that can be replaced. Since insoles
typically cost under $20, this is a low cost way of
restoring the cushioned comfort of a shoe that has lost
· If you think walking is for wimps, think again.
You can significantly increase your "burn rate" - the
rate at which you burn calories as you walk - in several
o By picking up the pace. Walking at 4.5 miles
per hour burns calories nearly twice as fast as walking
at 2.0 miles per hour.
o Add hills. Walking uphill (while maintaining
your pace) will significantly increase the burn rate. The
greater the incline, the greater the increase.
o Add hand weights. A cushioned pair of hand
weights that can be gripped firmly as you walk will add
to your burn rate. The faster and higher you pump
your hands as you walk, the higher the burn rate. As
you become more fit, using heavier hand weights will
increase the burn even more.
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