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‘Ever heard of the Malory Band?’

- September 10th, 2014
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The Malory Band

My wife recently asked me if I had ever heard of the Malory Band.

I did have a vague recollection of the product because I’d remembered receiving a few emails earlier this year from a company spokesperson touting it.

On closer inspection this week, methinks it’s an interesting concept. Albeit a simple one. It involves a little psychology. And as anyone who knows me knows: I’m a sucker for psychology.

The Malory Band is a “narrow, adjustable cord that is worn around the waist,” as described on www.maloryband.com.

“It feels tighter as you eat, keeping you conscious of the quantity of food that you consume. It acts as a psychological alarm bell to your conscious mind, warning you not to over-eat.”

Apparently this Pavlovian-like idea is inspired by a “centuries-old technique.”

I subscribe to a similar technique: if my jeans start to feel too tight, then I know I had better get my butt in gear at the gym and also ease up in the kitchen.

But I suppose the Malory Band is a more precise gauge of an expanding waistline.

And, at the very least, it is refreshing that the Malory Band doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is: a psychological tool for weight loss.

“The band will not MAKE you slim,” reads the website. “As we all know, a healthy diet and regular exercise are the only ways to achieve lasting weight loss. However, when you have made the psychological decision to lose weight, the Malory Band will act as a great support, reminding you to cut back on what and how much you are eating.”

It’s certainly not for everyone. But if it helps people take control of their eating — and ultimately their lives — then more power to them.

Here’s one woman’s success story (emailed to me several months ago) …

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Tina Oliver before (at 260 pounds) and after (at 150 pounds).

Tina Oliver, 45 from Harrogate, works as a hairdresser in a busy salon. Tina’s interests were centred on her customers, her many sugary cups of tea throughout the day and her reward for a productive day: an enormous takeaway in the evening, in front of the television. Tina weighed 260 lbs, took a UK dress size 26 and had a morbidly obese BMI of 43.

In September 2012, Tina visited the dentist for work to correct her rotting teeth and was told by her doctor that she was borderline diabetic. The same week, she saw a picture taken by a friend, of herself in front of a pile of cakes. Frightened by her recent news, Tina took a life-changing decision. She would join the gym, follow a slimming plan and try out a prototype weight loss product, recommended by a close friend.

The product was a narrow cord, called a Malory Band, that Tina wore around her waist, on a 24/7 basis. It provided her with a constant awareness of her body and her food intake, as the cord would feel tighter as she ate. Such a simple concept, but one that Tina realised worked very quickly.

The weight began to drop off and Tina’s gym sessions became more productive. With a supportive family, close network of friends and the knowledge that she was saving her own life, Tina ate sensibly, worked with her trainer at the gym and continued to listen to her body, via the Malory Band. The fully adjustable band offered an immediate gauge of her size, so that as she lost weight and moved the button to make a smaller band, Tina was instantly aware if she over-indulged. Never wanting to regain the weight she had worked so hard to lose, Tina started to train for a local half-marathon, something she wouldn’t have been able to contemplate even a few months earlier.

“When I joined the gym and had my induction, I almost passed out. I could barely walk, never mind run. My trainer was great and worked with me to establish a fat-burning programme that didn’t put too much pressure on my already stressed joints and that was fun. I began to enjoy myself and started to understand how people become addicted to exercise.”

In August 2013, Tina had hit her target weight of 150lbs, a full 100 lbs lighter than she had been.

“Losing the weight was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but now wish that I’d done it 10 years ago. I look younger, my skin is fresh and bright and I feel like a different person. I know that I have extended my life expectancy and it’s that realisation that will never let me go back to how I was. My eating and exercise regimes are fully in place, as is my Malory Band. I’ll never take that band off, for as long as I shall live. It keeps me aware and that’s what I never had before.”

Wearing a Malory Band, there’s no calorie counting, omission of food groups or faddy diets. It can be worn 24/7 as its fabric is washable, durable and can even be worn in the shower. The band has a unique button-hole system, allowing it to be made smaller as you lose the inches. You can stop the inches creeping back on by continuing to wear the band — so your weight loss product turns into your weight maintenance program.

Don’t be deterred by New Year’s resolution saboteurs

- January 2nd, 2014

(Note: This post is courtesy TOPS. For more information on the TOPS chapters in your area, visit www.tops.org.)

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Time to take a stand against New Year’s resolution saboteurs.

Don’t be deterred by New Year’s resolution saboteurs

MILWAUKEE, WI – It’s that time of year again. Gyms are packed, diet commercials dominate television, and many people are fired up and ready to make a change. It’s no secret that New Year’s resolutions are often health-focused. Maybe 2014 is your year to lose weight, quit smoking, or be ready for that 5K race by spring.

You might start off with a bang this month … and then a little “saboteur” comes knocking. According to TOPS Club, Inc.® (Take Off Pounds Sensibly®), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, that saboteur is different for everyone but often looks a lot like one of these:

The “I-don’t-have-time” saboteur. The combination of work, family, and social commitments makes this one of the most popular saboteurs. People are busy – period. But, ultimately, you make time for what you value most, and your health should be at the top of this list.

The “all-or-nothing” saboteur. Having an all-or-nothing mentality can actually do more harm than good. Don’t get down on yourself for skipping a workout or eating a brownie. Instead, look back at your choices and decide what you can do differently next time around. Perfection is not possible or necessary.

The “poor-pitiful-me” saboteur. Do you have a friend or spouse that can eat whatever he or she wants and not gain an ounce? Do you eat salmon and salads all week and still gain five pounds when you simply look at a piece of cheesecake? If you’ve ever had a thought like this, you may have listened to your inner “poor-pitiful-me” saboteur. A little self-pity from time to time is only human. However, frequent feelings of self-pity and resentment can and will sabotage even the best resolve. It’s time to move from thoughts of “missing out” to thoughts of freedom – freedom from the foods and behaviors that ultimately only make us unhappier in the end.

The “I’ll-do-it-tomorrow” saboteur. New Year’s resolutions and procrastination don’t mix. If something is truly important to you, why wouldn’t you want to get started right away?

With New Year’s resolutions and life in general, slip-ups will happen and saboteurs may try to stand in the way of your goals. Just remember, a saboteur can only derail your efforts permanently if you allow it to.

TOPS Club Inc.® (Take Off Pounds Sensibly®) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 65 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a “Real People. Real Weight Loss.®” philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information. TOPS has about 150,000 members – male and female, age seven and older – in thousands of chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at just $28 per year in the U.S. and $32 per year in Canada, plus nominal chapter fees. To find a local chapter, view www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677.

Orillia welcomes weight-loss support group

- August 30th, 2013

As a follow-up to my recent column on Wendy Vaux — a TOPS member who dropped 222 pounds — a reader in Orillia, Ont., wants Keeping Fit readers to know that there is now a TOPS club in that city.

The chapter started on April 5.

No doubt there will be some inspiring success stories coming from Orillia in the future.

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Perez Hilton partners with fitness website

- March 18th, 2012
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There's a lot less of Perez Hilton to love these days.

After a more than three-year-long battle of the bulge, Perez Hilton is claiming victory.

And the queen of all media now wants to share his secret to weight-loss success …

Perez has partnered with FitOrbit, the first-of-its-kind online training platform that makes trainers and nutritionists both affordable and accessible to everyone. You get everything you need for the body you want, including personalized workouts, a customized meal plan and so much more. Check out FitPerez.com now to see the below video where Perez reveals all the details!

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Slow and steady wins battle of bulge

- November 14th, 2011

(Note: The following post is courtesy Bruce Krahn of www.ebodi.com.)

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Bruce Krahn on Cityline.

Hi, Bruce here from www.ebodi.com.

These days there are many shows on television featuring people losing weight in the fastest time possible.

It seems that we have become conditioned to think that the program that produces the fastest weight loss is always the best.

But when you look closer it turns out that this may not be true.

A recent study out of Norway compared two groups of exercisers — one that reduced their caloric intake enough to lose 2 pounds per week and another that cut their calories a bit less in order to only lose only one pound per week.

Here is the interesting part — the group that took the gradual route took 3 weeks longer to drop 9 pounds however; they also added 2 pounds of muscle.

The fast “losers” added no muscle whatsoever.

This is one of the reasons why you should be patient when it comes to your fat loss program and not be too aggressive with how far you reduce calories.

A good approach is to find out how many calories are right for your body and then subtract 20%.

For example, for weight maintenance, an average person can calculate their daily calorie requirements using the following multiplier: bodyweight X 10.

If this same person where interested in losing fat you would then reduce this number by 20 percent (bodyweight X 8).

For a 200-pound person, this would calculate as follows:

Weight maintenance

200 x 10= 2,000 calories per day

Weight loss

200 x 8= 1,600 calories per day

Research has shown that reducing your calories by more than 500/day can result in muscle loss — not the kind of weight loss you want.

Taking your calories too low can have some detrimental effects including muscle loss, low energy, and an increase in fat storing enzymes and decreased thyroid output.

The best approach is to eat sufficient calories — ie your bodyweight x 8 — and use exercise to increase the calorie deficit.

Remember to check out www.ebodi.com for a meal plan that provides the exact amount of calories for your body and goal.

Be strong,

Bruce

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