Surrey Delta Valley Womens Network Newsletterby Tanya Sahota (from the January 2014 Newsletter)

For many it is the elusive “Weight loss”. “Diet” does not need to be an ugly four letter word! In fact the Definition of DIET: food and drink regularly provided or consumed; habitual nourishment. CBS did a research of the cost of diet plans and they (CBS) estimated that a third of Americans made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, and that can mean big business for mass-market diet programs.

Here is a brief recap of the costs of the four biggest — Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Atkins and South Beach Diet. Many people find that, in order to diet, they need some support or want to join a diet group, these dieting programs cost money, with mass-market programs running as much as $5,000 to $10,000 a year between the food, counseling, fitness gear, DVDs and calorie counters. Unfortunately, research shows that 95 percent of those who lose weight, gain it back within three years. Beyond the three years, the fail rate is even worse. So that means if you spend $10,000 to lose weight this year and you lose 50 pounds only to gain it back, you’re not only out $10,000, but at an average cost of $85 a pound, you’re out an additional $4,250. (CBS)

WEIGHT WATCHERS – the industry leader will Claim: Lose Up to 8 lbs/month, Typical Cost/month: $716, Working out to a Cost per Pound of $90

NUTRISYSTEM – Claim: Lose Up to 8 lbs/month, Typical Cost/month: $529, Working out to a Cost per Pound of $66

ATKINS – Claims: Up to 21 pounds first month; Up to 12 pounds/mo after that, Typical Cost/month $948 Working
out to Costs per Pound of Cost per pound: $45/first month and $79/month thereafter.

SOUTH BEACH DIET – Claims: Up to 17 pounds first month; Up to 8 pounds/month after that, Typical Cost/month $818, Working out to Costs per Pound: $48/first month; $102/month after

Not very hopeful if you feel you are in a closed loop cycle. Year in Year out. Why not eat less and move more you ask? Indeed. Actually it is truly more about what you are eating. Modify your daily diet. All Sugars and bad carbs are the main culprits. Sugar is so toxic, many feel it should be controlled like alcohol, and it is more addictive than cocaine. Too much sugar is behind many of the world’s major killers – heart disease, cancer and diabetes. There is more than enough carbs in real fruit and vegetables. All carbs convert to a form of sugar in our bodies, so easy to track where the sugar is coming from. Is it metabolized fast or slow? Healthy fats actually signal your body to release fat stores, as this lets your body know you are not into a starvation mode. Eat good protein sources from plants and or fish, meats, etc. Drink 6 to 8 – 8 oz. glasses of pure water per day.

Here are links to Heart Healthy articles:
Paleo Living Magazine – Interview with Dr. Dwight Lundell: -Heart-surgeon-speaks-out-on-what-really-causes-heart-disease

Here are many links to why sugar is so harmful to our bodies.
Sugar – The Bitter Truth by Dr. Lustig:

Sugar should be controlled like alcohol: report

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Submitted By Tanya Sahota