Weight Loss and Losing Weight

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There are so many diets what works and motivates?  There are so many gimmicks about this berry or that that claim to be the answer.  It is pathetic.  The weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.  At IMS Supplements, Inc.  we receive telephone calls about this pill or that and people want the truth.  The truth is there is no magic bullet or pill when it comes to weight loss.  The only thing lighter after watching some program or advertisement is your pocket book.

The truth is that we are hungry due to all the empty calories that we are consuming in processed foods.  I never was one to recommend multi-vitamins but it appears despite alleged vitamin fortification in this and that in the grocery store we may be getting short changed when we are shopping in the produce section.  The vitamins and minerals in produce come from the soil.  When the soil is over farmed and simply replanted after every crop without rest the amount of nutrients become reduced.  More and more people are gravitating towards USDA organic products and non-GMO and this is obviously the best place to start.

After the first step you need motivation.  Well what motivates you?  For many of us it is as simple as looking in the mirror.  Next it is about education.  There are multiple ways to educate yourself.  The easiest is to search out video programming on the internet.  Even Netflix® has some great documentaries.  Well you may ask – what are they?

In no particular order of importance these are our recommendations: koverk  hungrykillratlrg farmagedfatsickKoverKextvegicatedengine2frankbeef

In addition the following video is excellent by Michael Moseley, MD

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And your video education would not be complete without: The-world-according-to-monsant

It is important to note that we have no affiliation nor do we receive compensation for or from any of the video or books mentioned in this article.

These informational video documentaries should be enough to convince anybody that we are in a nutritional crisis in North America. Obesity and Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease are endangering the lives of a majority of Americans and Canadians.

Here are several more to motivate you to do something to change the inevitable sickness and ensuing death.

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So what are the solutions?  Well personally I have purchased and read the following books.  This is step two of the education and motivation.  I am not sure what will work for you individually but the point is begin.  Find the way that works for you.  And this is why I went out and purchased the following:

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Through reading and education one must truly find a way that allows and encourages them to make changes that are healthy and that they can live with.  Part of this journey involves finding recipes and foods that you enjoy.  A few of my favorites are:

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I’m on a journey and I hope you are too.  A healthy and happier one.  Oh I almost forgot. My best friend is an app (yes application) on my smart phone and tablet that allows me to track what I’m eating nutritionally and calorically.  It’s called “My Fitness Pal”  Check it out at: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

A Health Coach is another viable option for those seeking help.  A special program         ” The Secret to Losing Weight Once and For All ” Healthy Habits.

Check out: http://yourinfinitewellness.com/healthy-habits/ and sign up today!

Before you begin any weight loss or fitness program you should consult your health care provider to ensure that it is safe for you.


Exercise, Fat Burning, and Aging


One of the best things you can do for yourself is exercise. We have all heard this over and over however it is even more important to understand how age and exercise work together.

Often people begin an exercise program and approach it from the more is better direction. They begin by heading off to a gym and attempting to lift the heaviest weights possible and or begin a cardio jogging program where they associate a faster pace with being better.  Unfortunately this can lead to injury and failure as we age.

Most important is that before you begin any exercise program you should consult with your physician or health care provider.  Everyone’s health is different and is dependent on health related factors that may place some individuals at increased risk.

For many of us that are age 50 and over the amount of exercise needed to improve health might not be as drastic as you think.  Exercise level to reduce fat or induce weight loss is linked to increasing heart rate. The great news is that to control weight or induce fat loss an individual’s goal is to increase heart rate to 60 to 70 percent of maximum heart rate for your age.  If you increase the heart rate beyond 70 percent you may be improving your endurance however your body is no longer getting rid of excess weight or fat burning as efficiently as it would at the correct target heart rate.  In addition exceeding the correct heart rate for your age can make you burn up lean muscle and not fat. This is why this is so important.

Typically most people that are over 50 are surprised to learn that merely walking at a faster pace can easily put them in the correct target heart rate zone of 60% to 70%.  Most of us do not know that if we actually jog or run we actually exceed this heart rate zone and put ourselves at increased risk for injury.  Exercise level should always take into consideration both age and an individual’s current health status. Hence this is why this should be discussed with your medical doctor.

I attended a lecture given by Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC. She is board-certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and holistic medicine, and is the founder and medical director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.  She is also the author of a great book that I have had the pleasure of reading:  The Heart Speaks.  Dr. Guarneri mentioned that the best way to get your exercise is to walk. Yes walk, not run.  The goal is to walk 10,000 actual steps per day as measured by a simple pedometer.  Where do you get a pedometer? Well most of us already have a simple device, a smart phone that can download a simple app (application) to measure the number of steps you take each day. Start slow and work yourself up to 10,000 steps per day.  Pedometers do not have to be expensive a simple one should cost no more than $5.95.

Now it’s time to figure out the correct heart rate related to age.  As a rule of thumb, the predicted maximum heart rate, 100%, for a man it is 220 minus his age, and 225 minus her age for a woman. The number you get is 100% and you will recall from above we are looking for 60% to 70% of that to burn fat. So find a calculator and figure out what 60 to 70% would be.  This information can also be found online by doing a simple search.

Once you have the correct heart rate you need to know how to take your pulse.  Many diagrams are available on the internet but two of the easiest ways are to place your finger on the big artery (carotid) on the side of your neck.  The other way is on the inside of your wrist.  Typically I find that it is easier to find a pulse using the carotid artery on the neck.  In addition to the old fashioned way there is always one of the new electronic devices sold on the internet as a heart rate monitor.

The golden rule to remember is that you should always consult your health care professional before beginning any exercise regimen or program.

Jerry D. Cady -B.S. Biomedical Sciences, A.S. Business Management