People often like to take the easy way out, right?

Why work hard if you can win the lottery? Why eat right and exercise when you can get gastric bypass? While some peoples’ circumstances are worse than others, there are many who use gastric bypass, or the less intrusive version, Lap Band surgery, to lose a drastic amount of weight.

The mere thought of dieting an exercising to lose an extreme amount of weight is exhausting in itself. However, the quick fix comes with its share of risks: “Gastric bypass surgery has the potential for numerous side effects, including blood clots, dumping syndrome, gastric leaking and even death. Dumping syndrome causes food to move too quickly through the digestive track. Gastric leaking is the leaking of gastric fluid at the incision site,” according to

In gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is reduced to the size of a walnut. As a result, one can only hold about an ounce of food at a time. For Lap Band surgery, which is actually reversible,

In addition, The American Heart Association (via Dr. Oz’s website) states that “bariatric surgery should be reserved for patients who have severe obesity” and only when medical therapy has failed and surgery is a safe option.

As a final note given by, “dieting without gastric bypass should truly be exhausted before attempting a risky surgery. People looking for a quick fix will soon be shocked to discover that gastric bypass surgery requires lifelong dieting. In choosing a diet, avoid quick-fix diets that involve extreme fasting, eating only one food or exclusion of entire food groups. Diets like those almost always fail in the long run. Instead, the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests that choosing a diet that can be followed long term and permanently changes your eating habits will result in greater weight loss. Any amount of weight lost by fasting can easily be regained with the return of old eating habits.”

All in all, surgery can be a great temporary fix, but if you are not prepared to change your lifestyle, nothing will change. Old habits will return and your body will adapt to the way it used to be.

* Disclaimer: Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition.

6 Medium fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

1 Medium onion, chopped
3 Celery ribs, diced
1 can (8 Ounces) fat free tomato sauce
1 Cup of water
2 Teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 Teaspoon pepper, divided
4 Medium green peppers
1 Pound lean ground beef (93/7%)
1 Cup of instant brown rice, cooked
1 Teaspoon dried basil

In a large saucepan, combine the tomatoes, onion, celery, tomato sauce, water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a biol. Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, cut tops off of green peppers and remove seeds; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, rice, basil and remaining salt and pepper. Fill peppers with beef mixture. Carefully place peppers in tomato sauce. Spoon some sauce over tops of peppers.

Cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until beef is cooked and peppers are tender.

When looking to lose weight, our common sense tells us to eat less, move more. Some people, however, take that bit of information and take it to the extreme. Prime example: Starvation.

We all want to be able to have a baby and lose all of the weight (and then some) in a week, like the celebrities do. But that just isn’t realistic, is it?

According to Christy Bowles, a writer for, “when your diet restricts the amount of calories you consume you body will automatically adjust to conserve energy. If you stop consuming food and starve yourself in order to lose weight, your body’s metabolism will slow down.” That right there will jeopardize your weight loss. The key to healthy weight loss and maintaining that weight loss is to speed up your metabolism, not slow it down. The best way to speed up your metabolism is to eat less, MORE often.

While rapid weight loss sounds by starvation may sound appealing, it will do more harm than good. Consult with a doctor or dietitian regarding healthy weight loss goals and your personal caloric intake for a successful weight loss program. A balanced diet with controlled levels of calories, fat and sugar is the best option for long-term weight loss success.”

Symptoms of starvation include: gallstones, brittle nails, thinning hair, skin problems, mood changes, heart rhythm changes and, in extreme cases, death.

All in all, the key here is to make healthy eating and exercise a lifestyle. Anything to the extreme is never permanent. Any decisions you make, think to yourself, “Can I do this for the long term?”

References: Mayo Clinic: Fast Weight Loss; What’s Wrong With it?; Donald Hensrud ; June 11, 2011

* Disclaimer: Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition.


Not only can exercise improve your health, but an increasing body of research is finding that exercise benefits your memory. The advantages may be as diverse as reducing the risk of cancer, spurring the growth of new brain cells, and preventing Alzheimer’s.

In a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2007, researchers found an improvement in participants’ blood flow to a memory-related brain area as well as increased scores on memory tests after a three-month-long workout program.

Another study, conducted at Cambridge University in 2010, showed that running stimulates the brain to grow new cells in the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with memory. Mice were given rewards of sugar if they nudged a square to their left, and nothing if they nudged a square on their right. One group then had access to running wheels, and after their exercise they outperformed sedentary mice’s ability to pick the right square by nearly fifty percent. Tissue samples also showed that they had hundreds of thousands of new brain cells.

Many similar studies cited the same effect of exercise on promoting brain cell growth. One of them, published in 2011 by Dr. Kirk I. Erickson, showed that exercise actually grew adult participants’ hippocampus by two percent, effectively reversing brain cell loss by one to two years.

An exercise program does not have to be drastic in order to achieve memory benefits. In a study led by Beckman Institute researcher Arthur Kramer, people with sedentary lifestyles were assigned a six month walking regimen. It started out gradually and eventually increased to 45 minutes of brisk daily walking. Memory tests after the six months showed an eleven percent improvement while the control group’s test scores were slightly worse than before. The study also found positive changes in two brain regions associated with spatial attention.

Now researchers are focusing on how exercise can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, which currently affects 5.4 million Americans and is expected to increase significantly as the population ages. Four studies presented at the 2012 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference addressed the positive correlation between targeted exercise, like resistance strength training, and how it can possibly prevent or slow the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Scientists are still unsure of why some people benefit more from exercise than others and what is the best type of exercise for improving memory. The effects of exercising are complex, perhaps more so than previously thought, but they do show a general enhancement in the ability to remember. All the more reason to get moving!

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* Disclaimer: Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition.

This is a versatile meal that can be eaten on the go or at home. for breakfast, a snack lunch dinner, or before bed! You can add any veggies you wish to these same goes for spices.


  • 10 egg whites (1 cup egg whites)
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped red and green peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onions
  • pinch of mrs.dash seasoning


preheat oven to 350 degrees
spray muffin tray with EVO spray or any non stick cooking spray
place vegetables evenly into muffin tray
pour whites over vegetables

cook for 10-15 minutes

let cool for about 10 mins before eating




1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Two 5-oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8″ X 8″ baking pan with nonstick spray.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir mushrooms and onion until softened and lightly browned, about 6 minutes.

Transfer cooked veggies to a medium bowl, and blot away excess moisture. Add onion powder, garlic powder and stir until the veggies are coated.

Season chicken cutlets with salt and pepper. Evenly divide veggie mixture between the centers of the cutlets.

Roll up each cutlet over the mixture. If needed, secure with toothpicks. Place in the baking pan.

Cover pan with foil, and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove foil and bake until chicken is cooked through (about 15 minutes)