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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


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 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

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 now to see the below video where Perez reveals all the details!






Slow and steady wins battle of bulge

- November 14th, 2011

(Note: The following post is courtesy Bruce Krahn of


Bruce Krahn on Cityline.

Hi, Bruce here from

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 for a meal plan that provides the exact amount of calories for your body and goal.

Be strong,






Play your way to better health

- September 1st, 2011

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