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How Many Calories Do You Think Is In Your Favorite Frappuccino

Do you trust the calories labelled next to your favorite fast foods? Casey Neistat from the NY Times enlists the help of two food scientists to test how many calories are actual in our favorite foods or foods simply labelled as healthy. We posted just a few that we found pretty surprising.

Food: Starbucks Frappuccino
Declared Calories: 370
Actual Calories:  392



Food: Subway 6″ Turkey Sub
Declared Calories: 360
Actual Calories: 350.8


Food: Chipotle Barbacoa Burrito
Declared Calories: 1175
Actual Calories: 1295


Take a look at the Op-Docs episode, Calorie Detective to see the rest of Casey Neistat’s findings.



By Casey Neistat Feb. 13, 2013 | 5:49

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Running In All Shapes

Every now and then, we like to feature individuals who have overcome physical obstacles to inspire motivate all women out there to continue reaching there weight loss goals.

In the latest issue of Women’s Running, plus sized model Erica Schenk is featured on the front cover with the tagline “Run Strong, Stay Cool!” Erica stays fit by running regularly despite her size showing others that running is an activity anyone can participate in. Check out more photos from her photoshoot below!


Read more about Erica Schenk’s interview with Women’s Running magazine here.

How Brittany Wolfe Lost 40 Pounds in Four Months

Brittany Wolfe recounts her story of how she lost 40 pounds in four months after a chance meeting with friends that inspired her to change her life around. Below are her before and after picture; going from 263 pounds to 222. Read an excerpt from her post below.

BRITTANY WOLFE

[Excerpt taken from womenshealthmag.com]

Before: 263
After: 222
The Lifestyle

“I’ve always been bigger. I had a really difficult home life growing up, and I was an emotional eater. When I was sad, I would eat. When I was scared, I would eat. Pretty much any emotion triggered me to turn to foods, like bags (yes, more than one) of popcorn, ice cream, or hot dogs as a snack. On top of that, I was a total homebody. I loved just hanging out on the couch and watching movies. As an adult, I rarely did any sort of physical activity—probably because I smoked a pack of cigarettes day. My lungs couldn’t even handle a brisk walk.”

What do you think about her transformation? Read more about her success in the latest on Women’s Health.

July 4th Menu: The healthiest things to eat while celebrating independence.



July fourth weekend is the best excuse to spend time with the family, watch the fireworks, and cheat on your diet. With all the backyard barbecues and potluck cookouts, balancing a healthy meal becomes increasingly difficult when you indulge in all enticing smells surrounding you. Luckily for you, we comprised some of the most delicious looking recipes that are simple to make and pleasing to any diet. This way, everyone can enjoy their July 4th weekend without gaining an extra pound!

Dips:

Surprise everyone with anyone of these healthier dips from the writers at PopSugar Fitness. These recipes for low fat dips are the right step towards cutting back on the unhealthy holiday eating to maintain your beach body.

Main Course:

Burgers are perfect assets for backyard barbecues. If you are the kind to count calories, maybe a leaner or more vegetarian alternative is perfect for you. Go with an eggplant or lentil burger if you want to alternate from a meat option.

                    

Salad:

Sweeten your salad with this fruity idea. This watermelon and caprese salad by Nicole Perry from PopSugar will do just the trick! Refresh your taste palettes and get ready for your next meal.

Cold Treats:

Cool down and replenish your body with these cold treats. Not only are they low in calories, but serve as a great guilty pleasure after all that backyard eating. Try a cone full of fruit instead of ice cream and if you still want a cold treat, make your own fruit popsicles.
                       

Send us your recipes to info@modelmydiet.com and you can be featured in our blog!

New Shocking Study Showing Obesity Hitting Record High In the U.S.


The Journal of American Medicine released a study this week presenting evidence that obesity has hit an all time high in the U.S. According to the study, there are more obese americans than there are overweight ones. 

The study, conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine, was based on data regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender, and a person’s BMI index. The study used data dating from 2007 to 2012 from a previous report conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The study examined 15,000 men and women over the age of 25. 


The results showed that an estimated 36 million men were overweight, while 29 million women were also found overweight. What’s even more shocking is that there are more obese women than there are men; 36 million versus 32!


Obesity is a growing problem in America that can only be stopped with a balanced diet and exercise routine. However, being ignorant of the dangers of obesity can put your health at risk in the longterm. Obesity can lead to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers like thyroid and pancreatic. 


To read more about this study, click the link here.

What does 200 calories really look like?

As the saying goes, “you are what you eat.” and the guys from wiseGEEK made it easier for people on a diet to see exactly what 200 calories look like on a plate. The amount of calories seen on these plates will make anyone want to start changing their diet. Here are some surprising picks that are 200 calories. 

Gummy Bears



Bailey’s Irish Cream



Jack in the Box Cheeseburger 

Salted Pretzels



Celery


Coca-Cola



Fruit Loops 


Mini Bell Peppers


Click here to see the rest of the food items that are 200 calories.

Dashing Into Results: The mistakes we make when starting a new diet.

We all have struggles waking up in the morning, looking into the mirror, searching for any sign of change. The first thing we question is if this new diet is working after weighing in. There are a lot of expectations we have of dieting and those expectations can be our downfall. Here are some of the mistakes we make when starting a new diet.

1. We expect to see changes in the first two weeks.


When we start a new healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise, we are very good about disciplining ourselves for those first two weeks, sometimes extending it beyond a month. However, once we see little to no change after the first month, depending how big you are, the results can be discouraging. 


It will just seem as if it will take forever to reach your goal weight, but like a race, you will always have a slow start and then a fast finish. So instead of having a goal of when you want to lose the weight by, create a realistic short-term goal of how much weight you could see yourself losing. 

2. We give up everything we love that’s “bad” for us.


Anyone knows this to be true that when you start a new diet, you give up all your favorite fried foods first, then all forms of sugar, and afterwards anything that makes you bloat; like bread, alcohol, soda, and sometimes gum. It is as if depravity is the soul of being fit.


 The problem with this way of thinking is that we set high expectations for ourselves and crash hard when we relapse, indulging even more than when we started the diet. There are some diets that allow you to eat your favourite foods from time to time (like Cheat Your Way Thin), so that you can gradually transition into a healthier lifestyle. However, take it one step at a time and remind yourself why you are giving up these foods to begin with.

3. We take on too much at the same time.

In addition to giving up foods deemed as bad for you, have you ever started a diet with a strict workout regiment? Most of us have been there where we try to dance with diet and exercise at the same time. The problem is one is doing the polka, while the other is doing the harlem shake and finding a balance between the two is exhausting on the body.


 The body is still trying to adjust to the new changes in your diet. The mind may understand right away what is bad for you, but the body still needs time to readjust. So when you create a diet and exercise routine for yourself, it should be according to how fast your body can adjust and adapt as opposed to your mind. The best thing you can do for yourself is consult your doctor to see which diet and exercise routine will work best for you. This is to prevent you from making the mistake of taking on a routine made for a different body type.

4. We praise our diet before seeing any real changes.


How many times have you heard people raving about their new vegan diet or joining the Paleo nation. We have a tendency to praise our new diet within the first month, because we “feel” the changes. However, how do we know that those “feelings” of change are genuine? When we say our diets out loud, especially to our friends and family, we set high expectations for ourselves to maintain that diet.


 Like giving advice, people only want to hear it when they ask for it, so only tell people about your new diet if they are generally interested. We have to treat our new diet like our goals, something personal that you share only when you reach the finish line or made a personal achievement.  People will be more inspired by the change it has made in your life, rather than the change you want to implement on others.

5. We forget to weigh in everyday. 


Being on a new diet is like starting a new project or growing a plant, you adjust your schedule and routine to accommodate that new change in your life. And like any project or plant, you check on it daily to make sure it is growing nicely, tending and nurturing it. What makes plants grow successfully is the amount of attention and dedication we give to them. Building the habit of weighing yourself daily allows you to monitor your weight’s progress. This helps in choosing what diet works best for you, because of the changes and progression you see over time. 


6. We don’t take on partners in the struggle.


A lot of times when we start a new diet, we do it alone. We want to achieve success on our own and fail alone, so that no one else is privy to our failures. However, success is a team effort; reaching the top is easier when you have a great support system. 

Whether it is your virtual partner giving you visual motivation or a diet community that is rooting for you in your darkest hour, not having a support system or partner makes the struggle for weight loss so much harder.  Finding someone or a group that understands you is not only motivating for your health, but your success in weight loss. Will power comes from great motivation, which you can find amongst your peers.



7. We neglect to do a proper background check of our diet.

The Huffington Post released a report about the best and worst diets of 2015. While we saw a lot of praise for diets like the Mayo Clinic diet or The DASH diet, diets that promoted a shift from pre-packaged foods to nomadic like Paleo and Atkins got a low grade. It is not that these diets were not healthy or effective in weight loss, but they were not practical enough or difficult for most people to adhere to. For example, as much attention and notoriety the Paleo diet has been getting in 2014, experts are finding that the diet only makes sense if you are a nomad, because of its strict diet of wild game or organic meat and produce. 


It is hard to apply that same type of diet using the resources we have today. It may have worked for our ancestors, but definitely works differently for the modern age of hunting and gathering. Finding out about a diet through word of mouth is not enough to justify trying that diet. The best way to research a diet is consulting your local physician. They not only know your file inside out, but can give you a referral to a dietician or the best resources of diets that could work for you. 

8. We don’t take into account the budget of our new diet.

We need to take into account how much our new diet is going to cost us. After all, most people who are on a new diet are not single and living alone, so we have to take a look at how this diet can work into our food budget. You do not want a good diet to end simply because you cannot afford it anymore. Take meal plans for example. They are great, because they control your portion sizes, incorporate all the essential food groups, and conveniently fit into your busy schedule. The problem with a meal plan is that they can be quite expensive, some going as high as $5,000 annually! 


Your meal plan should not cost more than your gym membership. The same goes for being on a lean meat diet. Meat like wild salmon and sirloin steak is good on special occasions, but eating it everyday can prove costly. Finding a diet that can balance your budget will not only make your wallet happy, but give you peace of mind knowing that you can continue without stopping. 

9. We tend to eat the same portions on the new diet. 



One of the problems of being on a new diet is that we bring our old habits to the new diet, one of them being our portion sizes. Anyone who exercises regularly or trains on a team knows how much calories one can take in a day. You can be so ferociously hungry after a workout. The same goes for anyone who has built the habit of eating large meals throughout the day.  No matter what the food is, whether you are living an active or sedentary lifestyle, the amount you eat has an affect on your weight gain or loss. It is like the saying goes, ” Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” You will eat according to how hungry you feel.


 It is good to break the routine eating by being aware of how much you eat of a a certain food group and drinking more water before a meal. The USDA  has created a website called Choose My Plate that calculates the portions of food groups necessary to help control your weight. Now you can eat properly knowing an exact measurement of how much you should eat according to your body type and lifestyle.

10. We are already looking at another diet.

How many times have we started a new diet only to be tired of it and ready to start the next one. There is always a new diet coming out and as tempting as it may be to switch to the latest one, if we do not create a routine for ourself, we will never be able to maintain a structure in our weight loss plan. It takes a diet over a month to take into effect with your body, so by switching to a new or different diet, you are not allowing your body the time it needs to adjust to that diet. 


Just like watching a developing storyline or character on a new T.V. show, you need to give your diet a chance to understand what you like and do not like about it. Eventually, you will grow used to the diet. Once you have grown accustomed to the diet, the weight will fall off easily, because you will have built a routine for yourself based on that diet. If after three months or more you are not satisfied with the diet, then you can look into a new diet that includes all the things you liked about your previous diet. This is a way to give the current diet a real chance, learning from your experience and not having to identify yourself as a serial dieter. 

Helping You Weigh In Daily: The new tool that is going to change your weight loss struggle.

If you have downloaded the latest version of the Model My Diet app, you might notice something different. Aside from being able to pinpoint your current weight by the decimal, you can now track how often you weigh in daily. It makes weighing in more fun and personal.



When one of our key staff members, Eric, developed the tool, he decided to test it out to help his own struggle with weight loss. Eric is discipling himself to get back into shape, only eating 1600 calories a day. He tries his best to stick to his diet, but any man with two daughters and a busy work schedule can find losing weight a challenge.

Like many, he has always struggled with being overweight and is anxious to see the progress of his efforts.  So he has challenged himself by using our new tool to weigh in daily. As soon he gets up, he sees the reminder on the app to weigh in and steps on his digital scale in anticipation for the results. 

At first it can be frustrating to see minimal changes on a day to day basis, but he sees it as a rewarding feeling to be given a star every time he weighs in. For everyday he gets a star, he is motivated to continue forward with his strict diet.

He has even gone as far as changing his food environment; cooking for himself, measuring each portion and calorie intake, and favoring healthy alternatives to his favorite meals.

His love of baking bread and making pizza has been abandoned and instead replaced with his talent for mixing healthy vegetable/fruit cocktails.  

There are many helpful ways to monitor your weight loss. Some dieters go as far as adding beads to a “pounds lost” jar. However, not everyone can carry around a jar of beads to show off their accomplishments. Seeing the amount of days weighed in through stars is a reminder to keep going. 

The biggest challenge is weighing in everyday, but every time you do is rewarding. For every time Eric pressed “save”, he was starting his day with an accomplishment. Eric is now enjoying a weigh-in streak of 47 days with no plans of stopping. 

He attributes his weight loss to checking his weight daily, integrating his fitness apps with the Model My Diet app, and having an incredible amount of energy and will power. As Eric says, “Will power requires a lot of energy”, but with easy-to-use tools, you will reach your goal model’s weight in no time. 


Alyssa, From Model My Diet 

Eric’s Weight Loss Journey

Between the countless hours of work and lack of sleep, our founder and key developer, Eric, from Model My Diet is partaking on a diet challenge of his own. It is very strict and requires a lot of “will power”. It is no specific diet, just calorie counting and focusing on changing his eating environment. 

Like most people who try a new diet, he has always struggled with being overweight. He has his favorite foods like anyone else and his passion for baking his own bread and pizza dough contributed to his weight gain. 



He understands his diet is not for everyone, which is why he embarks on this journey alone. That means cooking for himself and monitoring the steps he takes to improve his lifestyle, which can be difficult for a man of his profession. Sitting for long hours can pose a risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. A lot of people struggling through weight loss work in positions that force them to sit hours on end. Even as I write this entry, I feel my body fall into this sedentary state. 


So why do it? Why does he subject himself to such a strenuous challenge?


Eric has tried every diet and diet app from My Fitness Pal to Seconds Pro. In each app, he is either counting calories or counting kilometres. 

Although each app helped him monitor his health, it is his will power that allows him to power through. 

Having will power and determination forces him to measure each portion, count every step, and weigh in daily. And as he puts it, “Will power takes a lot of energy.” 

So how does he plan on maintaining his goal?


To maintain his daily weigh-ins, he has renewed his friendship with his digital scale, checking his progress daily. Seeing his progress has given him the courage to abandon his love of bread, potatoes, and pasta; eating more lean meats, fruits, and vegetables.


With a weigh-in streak of 47 days he is well into his goal and his model is starting to show the difference. 


He still gets “hangry” from time to time, but everyday he gets closer to reaching his goal and with 22 pounds left, he will reach it in know time. If not for him, for his daughters. 



Alyssa, From Model My Diet

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