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  1. Ways to lose weight

    The three secrets to exercising for weight loss

    Sometimes, the "best" ways to lose weight  lead to the worst results -- like when you join a gym.

    You pay the fee, meet with the trainer, show up two or three times a week and then a month later you get on the scale... and let out a scream.

    No, it's not a scream of delight. It's a scream of horror -- because you haven't lost a pound, and you may have even gained a little weight.

    Well, don't be too disappointed. You're not alone.

    More than a quarter of all people who start exercising actually gain weight, according to a new survey of ways to lose weight. In addition, nearly half don't lose any weight at all.

    All told, just 27 percent of exercisers report losing weight while on their workout program, according to the poll of more than 1,000 British exercisers.

    It's discouraging. Frustrating. Even downright infuriating.

    But don't let it bring you down -- and don't let it put a stop to your workout plan, whether it's in a gym or at your home.

    There are three main reasons people fail to lose weight when they start to exercise -- and if you've "been there, done that," you may have battled one, two or all three yourself.

    Today, I'm going to give you the power to fight back -- a guide to the top three obstacles to weight loss during exercise, and how to overcome them:

    1. Snack Attack: The new study finds that 40 percent of exercisers burn less than 300 calories during a workout. That alone isn't bad, especially if you're just starting out, but a sports drink and a small snack could quickly put all those calories back into your body -- and maybe more.

    Don't undo all your hard work.

    Make better choices instead. Pass on the sports drinks and choose filtered water, coconut water or a fresh vegetable juice. And instead of junk food, stick to something healthy such as a piece of fruit or sliced vegetables.

    If you get your exercise outside of your home, bring a drink and snack with you so you're not tempted to buy something unhealthy afterward.

     2. Diet Disaster: A workout program is part of a weight-loss program -- but it's only part. If you don't eat better, all the exercise in the world won't make much of a difference.

    So along with regular exercise at a gym or in your home -- or wherever else you choose -- make some adjustments to your diet. Skipping the processed foods, and eating fresh foods instead is one of the easiest ways to lose weight.

    I recommend a Mediterranean diet rich in healthy fats and lean proteins.

    3. Body Balance: Sometimes, you can eat right and get your exercise and still find the numbers on the scale just won't budge.

    Don't give up. Since the muscle you're building weighs more than the fat you're burning, it's natural to hit a plateau and at times maybe even gain a little weight back.

    But if you find you've hit a plateau that lasts for months, there could be something else going on -- such as a hormonal imbalance that can cause fat to accumulate around your waistline, especially if you're middle-aged or older.

    A holistic medical doctor can check your hormone levels and replenish them naturally if you're falling short.

  2. Feds finally own up to statin risks

    Not long ago, those of us who pointed out that cholesterol meds can actually cause diabetes and other serious health problems were dismissed as alarmists.

    Statins, we were told, are so safe they should be given to practically everyone – with some "experts" even pushing to give them out with every Big Mac. (That might sound like something I made up for an easy laugh – but believe it or not, it's actually true.)

    Well, maybe now the push to give everyone statins will start to slow a bit: The FDA has finally admitted that all those side effects the drug industry and its paid--for experts once brushed off are actually very real.

    And now, they want the labels of these meds changed to reflect the increased risk of diabetes, confusion, memory loss, and serious muscle pain.

    The feds say those side effects can hit anyone at anytime. They can strike after a single day on these meds...or they can come on after years of taking them without incident.

    And they can happen to everyone across all age groups.

    So who's the alarmist now?

    Of course, I can't help but find it a little suspicious that this warning comes only after every Big Pharma statin except for one – Crestor – lost its patent protection, with Lipitor going generic just a few months ago.

    It's almost as if the feds were giving their drug company friends a chance to maximize profits before issuing the same warning those of us in natural health delivered years ago.

    But even worse than the risks and the delayed warning is the fact that no one ever needed these meds in the first place.

    In many cases, people taking statins don't even have a cholesterol problem since mainstream LDL targets are set unrealistically low. And even when cholesterol does shoot up to high levels, taking a drug to "cure" it is akin to Homer Simpson putting a piece of tape over the "check engine" light on his car.

    Super high cholesterol is a warning that something's wrong – and lowering it without fixing the underlying issue won't make you healthier any more than that piece of tape will fix Homer's engine.

    If your own levels start climbing too high for comfort, work on lifestyle changes first. Cutting out sugars and sticking to fresh foods will almost always bring cholesterol to where it needs to be.

    If they're still high, don't visit a statin-slinging mainstream doc. Visit a naturopathic physician who can find and fix the real cause without meds.

    And for one easy way to lower your cholesterol naturally, keep reading.

  3. Salt isn't the problem after all

    Salt has been called every name in the book and labeled Public Health Enemy Number One for its supposed role in heart disease and an early death.

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