Got a lot of positive feedback from the nutrition seminar re-cap. Thought I would pass on some more informative nuggets. This section concentrates on Baby Boomers, but we can all learn something from these tidbits. Here are the highlights.

-"People who are fat simply eat more than people who are lean." Dr. David Kessler, author of The End of Overeating

-Obesity is being linked more and more to cancer

-It is much easier to try to eat for health rather than for weight loss

-Muscle doesn't jiggle

-The World Health Organization (WHO) found that 75% are overweight and obese (based on Body Mass Index-BMI)

-Of those, there are a greater percentage of obese than overweight for the first time in history

-Why do Boomers gain weight? The main reasons are: Testosterone decline (men), Inactivity, stress, "Empty Nest Syndrome", the "Baby Boomer Boomerang", Early retirement, eating out, alcohol abuse

-Women reach peak body mass in their late 50's early 60's

-WHO says obesity is the number 1 health issue in the world

-Behaviors are the main reason we are overweight

-Some rules to follow:

Don't buy food where you buy gas

Eat at the dinner table as much as possible

No drive thrus

Before you go back for seconds set a 20 minute timer. If you are still hungry after 20 minutes you can have seconds.

-Men tend to reach peak body mass in their late 50's

-Men get into a  vicious cycle of testosterone. Weight gain causes testosterone levels to drop, lowered testosterone cause more weight gain

-58% of obese men have low testosterone levels

-High intensity exercise is effective at increasing testosterone levels

-The "Old school" approach to fat loss for baby boomers consisted of: long duration, mild intensity cardio work; mild to moderate strength training; caloric restriction and consumption of "diet" food

-21st Century approach: high intensity, shorter duration strength and cardio sessions; changing eating behaviors; portion control

-Exercisers don't gain weight on steroids (not THOSE steroids) like sedentary people do

-Eating is a health issue, not a morality issue

-You are not "bad" when you eat unhealthy and you're not Mother Theresa because you had blueberries for breakfast

-Enjoy your food, just eat less of it

-People do not enjoy food like they used to

-Know what a serving size is, you are probably exceeding it (A single serving of wine is 4 ounces. I've seen the wine glasses that are out there, many of them are closer to 20 ounces)

-Pour 4 ounces of water into your wine glass and mark where a single serving is (Cry at how little that really is)


-People who live to be in their 100's have two things in common. Moderation and optimism

-Why do we overeat? We are hardwired to eat as much as we can; we seek out sugar, fat, and salt; sugar and salt were traditionally hard to come by; now they are EVERYWHERE

-70% of overweight and obese people are "emotional eaters"

-Find an alternative to each emotion that causes you to overeat

-Call a friend just to talk, get a pedicure, get out of the house, just do something that breaks the cycle of your emotional eating.

-There is no guarantee you will start losing weight right away

-My sister (the lecturer's sister) took exactly 1 year of strict, healthy eating before she lost a SINGLE pound

-She has now dropped 30 pounds total

-You HAVE to keep eating healthy. The only alternative is to give up. If nothing else you will be much, much healthier

- Some healthy eating habits:

Pay more, eat less

Cook your food

Eat meals not snacks all day

Eat at a table

Don't eat alone (you tend to eat more)

Eat slowly

-Some tips for healthy eating at home:

Cook enough for 1 portion each person

If you are cooking enough for the week, get the food you are eating that night out and immediately pack the rest up

Don't sample while cooking dinner

If you have trouble with sampling, put in a toothpick or chew gum; serve from the stove, not the table

Don't clean your kids plates for them, throw it out

-There is something called Recession Induced Obesity

-The fast food $.99 options increase during bad economic times

-Tufts University found that if a person eats out ONE time during the week they will have trouble maintaining their weight

-The average American eats out NINE times a week

-In 2009 Americans spent more money on meals outside the home, than inside the home

-20% of all food is consumed in the car

-People who eat out consume on average: 300 more calories; 19 more grams of fat; 400 mg of sodium than they would at home