We all know that money is a powerful motivator. Even if you’re not driven to buy designer clothes and ridiculously expensive cars, you probably do like to splurge on the little things in life, like electricity and food, even if they end up bankrupting you. But as it turns out, money can also be a powerful motivator for weight loss. A study from the highly credible Mayo Clinic examined participants in four weight loss programs for one year. Two of these programs offered financial incentives. All of the participants had the goal of losing four lbs. per month, which is quite reasonable when you consider that most dietitians agree that a weight loss of no more than two lbs. per week is advisable. A slow and steady weight loss using Dr. Gullo’s food substitution methods is much healthier than crash dieting. Plus, if they met their weight loss goals, the participants in two of the programs received $20 per month. Those who failed to meet their goals paid $20 per month into a bonus pool.
Monthly Archives: March 2013
Did you know that people of ancient times considered asparagus a delicacy? Like many other tender vegetables, asparagus is best served in season. Generally, that means from April through May, so you should start to see these tender green shoots at your local farmer’s market soon. Get some healthy recipe ideas for asparagus with this list below. Raw asparagus has just 26 calories per cup. It also has plenty of fiber to keep your stomach full between meals, along with vitamin A to help your skin heal after exposure to dry winter air. If you’re on an anti-inflammatory diet, asparagus is a great side dish to include in your meal plan. Plus, it also helps support a healthy digestion. Check out our healthy recipe ideas to get this super veggie in your meal plan.
When you start planning a meal plan to lose weight, you might feel a little disheartened with all those bland diet foods at the supermarket. But if you use Dr. Gullo’s weight loss strategies, you’ll see that with just a few smart food substitutions, you can jazz up any recipe and still lose weight. A great example is pesto. Although its base, olive oil, can make it a little calorie-dense, this Italian sauce is so flavorful and fragrant that you only need to use a little of it in your recipes. Plus, its other primary ingredient, basil, can help guard your cells against damage. It’s also rich in vitamin K, iron, calcium, and fiber. Check out these homemade pesto recipes. Just remember to use food substitutions whenever possible, such as using light olive oil instead of regular and reducing the amount of olive oil or Parmesan that the recipe calls for.
Spring is a great time of year to think about reorganizing your house, doing a little spring cleaning, and finally getting rid of those stacks of paper hanging around your office to make it a little more green. But while you’re upgrading and reorganizing, take a little time to reflect on your weight loss plan. Is it going the way you’d hoped? If not, consider how you could make small tweaks to your weekly meal plan to increase your intake of veggies and decrease your intake of calorie-dense foods. Salads are an obvious choice for weight loss, but they don’t have to be boring. If your salad routine consists of throwing some lettuce in a bowl and topping it with a few tomatoes here and there, you’re in desperate need of a salad intervention. Check out these great salad recipes below to kick-start your weight loss for the spring.
Previous studies have shown that friends have a significant impact on your efforts to lose weight. Not only will you tend to gain more weight if you hang out with a friend who is heavier than you, but on the flip side, having the support of a weight loss buddy can help both of you lose weight more effectively. And now, a recent study highlights the potential for effective workplace weight loss programs. It makes sense. Many weight loss gurus stress the importance of healthy eating at home (which is definitely important), but most people are at work or elsewhere for most of the day. If you use Dr. Gullo’s weight loss strategies, however, you’ll learn how to choose better foods wherever you are. This new study also supports another key component of the methods that Dr. Gullo’s patients use to lose weight, which is behavioral counseling. Food can be an addiction for some; we use it to cope with stress and deal with difficult situations. All of your efforts to lose weight will be stymied until you deal with your underlying issues.
So the 2012 Mayan apocalypse might have been a bust, but New Yorkers were more recently facing another event that was blown up to apocalyptic proportions in the media: the notorious Bloomberg soda ban, which sought obesity solutions. Whether or not soda is good for us was never really in question (care to take a wild guess?), but rather most people seemed upset about being micromanaged. After all, most of us would describe a boss from hell as the one who micromanages constantly, so why would we want that in a mayor? But regardless of which side of the fence you’re on regarding these obesity solutions, you can rest assured that ridiculously large drinks are still legal in the city for now. The ban was set to take effect on March 11, but a state Superior Court Judge overturned the measure, decreeing that Bloomberg “exceeded his authority by sidestepping the City Council.” It’s rather telling that the Judge didn’t take exception to the ban itself, but rather the way in which it was implemented. Bloomberg has vowed to appeal.
If you have kids, it can be difficult to avoid the Easter candy. And it might seem like eating a few pieces here and there won’t sabotage your weight loss. But if you tend to binge on Easter candy, try to trick your family with lower-calorie desserts instead. They won’t feel deprived of their favorites, and neither will you. Some of my recommended recipes are a little higher in calories than I’d like, so where appropriate, I’ve recommended some healthier ingredient swaps. In case I’ve missed anything, evaluate the recipes before you make them and substitute stevia instead of sugar, faux butter instead of regular, whole wheat flour instead of white, etc. You could also consider experimenting with carob instead of chocolate, as the cheesecake recipe in this list does.
Ham has a bit of a mixed reputation. On the one hand, lean, thinly sliced deli ham can occasionally be okay in a weight loss diet plan. But the sugar-glazed, baked hams traditionally served for Easter dinner are a whole other story. They’re loaded with sodium, which will make you bloat up the next day (not to mention it’s not good for your heart). And the sugary glazes will make your blood sugar levels go haywire, as well as pad your waistline with all the extra calories. If you have a tendency to binge on ham, seek healthier alternatives for your diet plan this Easter. You can still have a perfectly elegant dinner with roasted fish or chicken, along with plenty of assorted vegetables. And even if you’re not too into cooking elaborate meals, you could always dress up in a snazzy rented tux or ball gown and pretend like you slaved in the kitchen all day (when you really bought everything already prepared at that organic, whole foods market down the street).
There seems to be a commemorative month, week, or day for pretty much everything now. With the prevalence of social media in our lives, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone announced a National Online Dating Day, considering that the activity is now a billion dollar industry, and growing daily because of the support of mobile technology. And even the humble celery stalk has its own commemorative month. Do your part to celebrate it this March by including celery in your weight loss diet. The average stalk of celery has a mere 10 calories, along with 1 g of dietary fiber. It’s also a great source of vitamin K (so don’t eat it if you’re on Coumadin), as well as potassium to help your muscles recover after a workout. Many people like to smother their celery stalks in fattening peanut butter or cream cheese. But by using Dr. Gullo’s food substitution recommendations, you can rescue your celery snacks and restore them to their rightful place as a low-calorie diet food.
These days, it’s not exactly earth-shattering news to hear about a wealthy celebrity blaming somebody else for their problems. Just look at Lindsay Lohan’s never-ending slew of legal problems and tax obligations. Although Rob Kardashian isn’t known for struggling with tax problems, he is known for struggling with his diet. Despite successfully losing weight a while back with “Dancing with the Stars,” it appears that this member of the Kardashian clan has recently packed on 40 pounds. But this battle of the bulge claims two more casualties, not one. According to Rob, it’s his ex-girlfriend’s fault. In yet another riveting episode of “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,” the 25-year-old blames singer Rita Ora, his former flame, for his portly figure. Sister Khloe speculated that the break-up left Rob rather depressed, and when Rob gets depressed, he tends to eat entirely too much. It’s worth noting that Rob shared this gem over a dinner of pizza and pasta. (For tips on how to eat healthier pizza on a diet, try this cauliflower crust recipe, as per Dr. Gullo’s food substitution recommendations.)