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Calorie Bargain: You Bar

Posted by DietDetective Feb 23, 2008


The Why: This is a really great idea. You get to build your own energy bar, pick the base, all the ingredients, and you get your very own personalized bar. The company is innovative and smart. We ordered a bar with almond butter, a few nuts, raisins, and cherries. The bar was only 170 calories, which you can control also - and it was delicious. We can't say enough about this fabulous company.



The Health Bonus: All natural ingredients that you choose!!


What We Liked Best: The possibilities are endless, and they guarantee the taste.


What We Liked Least: There are almost too many choices, and it's a bit pricey.


What It Replaces: Power Bar, Cliff Bars, etc.. Basically, all those energy bars with loads of ingredients that you don't need or want.


The Price: 12 regular bars for $40 ($3.33/bar) +$7.99 for shipping and handling


Other Offerings: If you have trouble choosing you can go to their "Popular Bars:" Honey Cashew, Great Date with Chocolate, Breakfast Bar.


Where to Buy:



Nutritional Information: Varies


Ingredients: You pick them from this list.


1. Dates (Fat-free) or Soynut Butter or Peanut Butter or Almond Butter Cashew Butter or Cashew Macademia Butter or Sesame Butter (tahini)


2. Choose up to 3 different proteins: No Protein or Whey (Milk) Protein or Soy Protein or Egg White Protein or Special Requests (½ Whey & ½ Soy; No Protein).


3. Nuts & seeds: No Nuts or Sesame Seeds or Pecans or Roasted Soynuts (Edamame) or Walnuts or Cashews or Ghirardelli Semisweet Chocolate Chips or Almonds or Peanuts


4. Dried fruits and berries: No Fruits or Berries or Raisins or Sweetened Dried or Cranberries or Dried Pineapple or Prunes or Dried Apple or Dried Banana or Dried Apricots or Dried Cherries or Shredded Coconut


5. Sweeteners: No sweetener or Clover Honey or Organic Molasses or Organic Brown Rice Syrup


6. Seasoning: No Seasoning or Natural Cocoa Powder or Ground Cinnamon or Carob Powder or Peppermint Oil or Coffee Crystals or Splenda


7. Grains/Cereals: No Grains/Cereals or Organic Oat Bran or Granola or Nutty Rice Cereal.


8. Infusions: Vita-Min Infusion or Protein Infusion or Fiber Infusion or No Infusion.



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Since receiving her medical degree from Yale in 1994, Christine Lydon, MD has made it her life's work to educate people about sound nutrition, effective training techniques, and healthy approaches to permanent weight loss. A fitness personality and physique model with a long list of television and print credits, Dr. Lydon has served as a nutrition consultant to large corporations, as well as a personal fitness consultant to a diverse clientele ranging from housewives and firefighters to celebrities like supermodel Carre Otis, Quentin Tarantino, and the late Richard Pryor. Dr. Lydon currently devotes herself to writing and speaking about weight management, disease prevention, and nonpharmaceutical alternatives for increased longevity. People place their confidence in Dr. Lydon's commentaries because, as her photos clearly illustrate, she practices what she preaches.


Name: Christine Lydon



Birthday: July 19, 1966



Location: Rochester, NY






Diet Detective: Hello Christine, I can't believe all you've accomplished-you really are an example of a renaissance woman. But I'm sure you've heard that before. What motivated you to work in the area of nutrition and fitness? Was there a specific event or situation that inspired you?



Christine: Thank you! And believe me-- given my politically-incorrect approach-- I've run into enough roadblocks to appreciate that compliment very much. My continued involvement in this industry is out of sheer stubbornness-- and ego! When I see multinational corporations getting rich by selling lies that make people sick, all I want to do is fly in like a superhero and save the day!



Diet Detective: You went to medical school, and I've heard so often that medical doctors learn so little about nutrition, fitness and health prevention - is that a myth?



Christine: That's no myth. The first two years of medical school provided an invaluable foundation-- that's when you learn the basics. Without a fairly comprehensive understanding of biochemistry, physiology, and anatomy-- not to mention the scientific process itself-- it would be impossible to correctly interpret emerging research in the areas of metabolism and exercise physiology. It's the final two years of medical school-- when you're actually working on the wards learning how to treat patients-- that's when the mammoth influence of the pharmaceutical industry takes over and the whole idea of "prevention" gets wiped from the collective consciousness. We were never taught about prevention-- and I believe that was a deliberate omission. Everything I ever learned about nutrition, fitness, and preventive medicine I learned after graduating from medical school.



Diet Detective: You offer quick results in you book-- why the rush?



Christine: There's no rush-- that's just how the program happens to work. Ten Years Thinner has the dual advantage of providing fast, dramatic results-- but in a healthy, sustainable manner.



Ten Years Thinner is not just about weight loss; it's about fat loss. This is not a fad or a magic bullet that will cause your weight to plummet by ten pounds in the first two or three weeks just so you can regain it all in the months to follow. Unlike other popular diet programs that contradict human physiology, Ten Years Thinner harnesses natural processes that transform your body into the healthy, energized, fat-burning furnace it was born to be.



The cornerstones of Ten Years Thinner lie in stabilizing your physiological equilibrium and building a symmetrically-balanced muscle base. These two processes work synergistically to stoke your internal furnace so that it becomes a full-time fat incinerator.



Think of your body as the most brilliantly designed machine in the universe. It wants to run clean. It wants to burn fat around the clock. It feels good when things are working properly. This program simply provides the tools and fuels that your body needs to function according to the manufacturer's specifications.



Diet Detective: You also promise: "Slimmer hips, firmer thighs, flatter abs, more defined arms, and clearer, younger-looking skin in just six weeks?" Do you really think that is medically possible without completely changing your entire life? It seems like so many empty promises that publishers write on book covers to sell books.



Christine: I don't just think it's possible-- I KNOW it's possible! I've seen it over, and over, and over again with my test subjects. But don't take my word for it-- check out the testimonials page of the Ten Years Thinner web site. Look at the before and after photos. Read the testimonials. In fact, I'd be happy to provide you with a list of names and contact information of former test subjects. These are people who lost weight two, three, and four years ago and have kept it off. The most compelling promotional tools at my disposal are the actual people who have tried the program!



Diet Detective: Can you explain the rationale behind the dietary guidelines?



Christine: The organization of the dietary component of TEN YEARS THINNER is based on anthropological data and cutting edge research in the areas of immunology, physiology, and metabolism.



During the first three weeks (phase 1), the reader adopts a meal plan that includes anti-inflammatory foods including antioxidant-rich fruits, leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes, seeds, fish, poultry, eggs, game, and organically raised livestock. The second three-week phase adds limited amounts of dairy, soy, potatoes, dried fruit and fruit juice, grain-based carbohydrates, high glycemic and processed foods, feedlot meat, and dark chocolate. During the third and final ‘maintenance phase,' alcohol is reintroduced along with a weekly cheat meal during which he/she can eat and drink whatever her heart desires. Throughout each phase, readers are advised to follow a supplementation regimen that includes the omega-3 essential fatty acids lacking in contemporary diets.



This multi-tiered organization serves a dual purpose. First, it helps to reestablish physiological equilibrium by combating insulin resistance-- the number one inflammatory process contributing to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. And second, it permits an objective self-evaluation, providing individuals the opportunity to identify particular foods to which they may be sensitive so they can reduce or avoid their consumption in the future.



Diet Detective: You claim that your 25-minute workout delivers equal or better results than one that takes three times as long. How is this possible? Can anybody do it?



Christine: Exercise physiologists are now proving experimentally what I've known empirically for years-- namely that the most efficient way to induce progressive (and permanent!) fat loss is to elevate metabolic rate around the clock-- an endeavor best accomplished through a combination of resistance training and intense, short-duration exercise. Resistance training builds muscle, and a little muscle goes a long way toward increasing metabolic rate, caloric expenditure, and fat burning. Likewise, brief intervals of intense exercise induce a hormonal response that raises resting metabolic rate and increases overall fat burning for up to two days.



And yes-- the Ten Years Thinner exercise routines can be performed by almost anyone. As long as you can climb a flight of stairs without pain, and lift your arms over your head, you should have little difficulty doing the routines. The 20-minute beginner workout routine permits even previously sedentary individuals to train for fast, visible results. The more strenuous second phase routine has a built-in mechanism to allow for a lifetime of gradual, progressive improvements in conditioning and fitness. The optional third phase routine can be used as a stepping stone to more physically demanding activities like sports or as a training adjunct for competitive athletics. No matter what the phase, two pairs of light dumbbells are the only exercise equipment you will ever need.



Diet Detective: What do you think is the one most important thing that makes or breaks a diet/fitness program?



Christine: Long-term sustainability.



Diet Detective: Do you think that women need to exercise and train differently then men? If so, how?



Christine: Nope.



Diet Detective: In your book you talk about how no gym is needed. I'm wondering, does that mean that you don't think weight / strength training is critical? Can you explain?



Christine: That's not what I mean at all.... What I mean is, you don't need to join a gym, spend a fortune on exercise equipment, or devote your life to the human hamster wheel to see rapid, dramatic improvements in your physique. The Ten Years Thinner routines are built around light resistance training that can be done just about anywhere, anytime, and by anyone. In less time than it would take to watch your favorite sitcom, you can get a safe, balanced, full-body workout that harnesses several physiological principals to accelerate fat loss, build strength and stamina, and endow you with a youthful posture and a toned physique.



Diet Detective: How do you get someone motivated to stick to a fitness program?



Christine: That's tough to do. I'm convinced that motivation must come from within. But when people see and feel results, they are automatically motivated to stick to a fitness program.



I believe the reason that most people find it hard to stick to an exercise program is because the vast majority of exercise routines that are compact enough to fit into their busy schedules are inefficient for promoting appreciable changes in body composition or improvements in health. Not only that, most exercise programs are tedious and boring. And who in their right mind would bother investing their limited time and energy into doing something they may not particularly enjoy, especially when the promised rewards are so completely exaggerated?



In contrast, the exercise program described in Ten Years Thinner embodies sustainability because it actually DOES deliver the promised rewards with a minimal time commitment. In addition, Ten Years Thinner improves your fitness level as it teaches you how to exercise efficiently. Hence, if you have the time and inclination to take up a sport, join an exercise class, or begin a weight-lifting regimen, you will have at your disposal both the necessary conditioning to undertake more physically-demanding activities, as well as the requisite knowledge to structure your training so that it best supports your health and physique goals.



Diet Detective: In all your years of training what do you consider the best non-weight related exercise (e.g. lunge). Can you also explain how to do the exercise?



Christine: Interval training, consisting of all-out sprints (95-100% MHR) for as long as you can sustain the pace (45-60 seconds in a well-trained individual) followed by two to three minutes of moderate-intensity activity (or until HR has recovered to 60-70% MHR) and repeat. Twenty to thirty minutes of running, swimming, cycling, skating (etc.) intervals will provide a vastly superior workout to doing any of these activities at a moderate, sustained pace (60-80% MHR-- i.e. the "aerobic zone" or "target HR") for 90 minutes.



Diet Detective: If you could only do only one strength training exercise (using weights) what would it be?



Christine: A compound, multijoint movement that utilized free weights to challenge the full motion range of as many muscle groups as possible-- a wide squat (holding two dumbbells) combined with a bicep curl followed by an Arnold Press.



Diet Detective: What is the worst strength training exercise for women? Or one that is the most frequently done incorrectly?



Christine: Ab exercises using a Swiss ball.



Diet Detective: What's your favorite "junk food" - I realize that you don't believe there are any "junk" foods - but indulge us?



Christine: I never said there weren't any "junk foods;" I just said there weren't any bad food groups. We evolved eating plenty of healthy animal protein, healthy fats, and healthy carbohydrates. Unfortunately, the healthy, whole foods that comprised our genetically-perfect diet have been largely eliminated from our contemporary food supply in favor of grains, processed foods, dairy, and feedlot meat. There are lots of crappy foods that humans were never physiologically-designed to eat and would do best to avoid as much as possible. My personal favorite is tiramisu.



Diet Detective: What's your favorite healthy breakfast?



Christine: Dinner leftovers. Or a frozen fruit, yogurt (plain), and whey protein smoothie.



Diet Detective: What do you consider the world's most perfect food?



Christine: Any meal that combines lean protein, healthy fat, and fruits and/or vegetables is a nutritionally "perfect" meal. An example-- chicken kabobs with peppers, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms, generously basted in olive oil and herbs de provence.



Diet Detective: Who do you respect most, or who motivates you?



Christine: Brilliant, passionate, funny people-- truth seekers-- people who don't bury their heads in the sand in the face of adversity. My heroes are Oprah, John Irving, John Stewart, and Stephen Colbert.



Diet Detective: If you had to choose a specific song or band to get you excited for your workout, what would it be? What other songs are on your iPod ?



Christine: I have fairly eclectic (and not terribly sophisticated) tastes in music-- I think I like one song from every band that ever existed. Stuff that currently spins through my iPod includes a lot of Queen, Blink 182, and Jimmy Eat World.



Diet Detective: What do you do to reduce stress/relax/center your mind? Do you participate in an organized relaxation activity such as yoga, meditation or tai chi?



Christine: I read novels. And I write novels-- though I have yet to sell one!



Diet Detective: What's the most bodacious chance you've ever taken?



Christine: Graduating from Yale Med School with six figures in student loans and then quitting my orthopedic surgery residency.



Diet Detective: What was your worst summer job?



Christine: Being an orthopedic surgery resident.



Diet Detective: Define failure.



Christine: Accepting defeat.



Diet Detective: What's the best book about health that you've read? (aside from your own)



Christine: The Anti-Inflammation Zone by Barry Sears, Ph.D. and The Paleolithic Diet by Loren Cordain, Ph.D.



*Thank you!!!! *



Christine: Thank you, Charles, for providing me this wonderful opportunity to spread the word!



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The Why: It's a very stylish watch that has all kinds of interesting features including a built-in pedometer to help keep you on track for walking 10,000 active steps per day without a transmitter belt. Using the latest in activity technology, an altimeter helps measure active steps and active time to provide an effective calorie count. The Activity Watch is great for hiking, running, or simply walking around and doing your regular activities. If you find yourself too busy for exercise, just strap on the Activity Watch and leave the calculating to the watch.


The Health Bonus: According to a recent walking study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan Health System and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, when you use a pedometer or a device that tells you how long you've walked or run, you are more active.


What We Liked Best: Polar finally came out with a great looking watch that has some cool features besides a heart rate monitor with a strap.


What We Liked Least: While the watch has no familiar chest strap (that you typically find with almost every Polar watch), it also doesn't have a heart rate monitor. Polar, what were you thinking? Can't you please come up with this style watch along with a strapless heart rate monitor like the Mio ( )?


What It Replaces: Timex Ironman


The Price: $199.95


Other Offerings: This particular watch comes in only one style, but Polar offers many heart rate monitor / watches. See their offerings at


Where to,, or you can go to the store finder at


Nutritional Information: Walking at 3.0 mph will burn about 231 calories per hour for a 155 pound person.


Ingredients: The Activity Watch's accelerometer specifically measures forward motion and allows for the precise measurement of everyday physical activities such as choosing the stairs versus the escalator or walking the dog. It then combines personalized information including height, weight and age to provide accurate and useful output throughout each active period. The Activity Watch also features a built-in altimeter and barometer to measure both altitude and weather conditions for a more informed experience.

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(Source: JAMA and Archives Journals ) Individuals who are physically active during their leisure time appear to be biologically younger than those with sedentary lifestyles, according to a report in the January 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Regular exercisers have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity and osteoporosis, according to background information in the article. "A sedentary lifestyle increases the propensity to aging-related disease and premature death," the authors write. "Inactivity may diminish life expectancy not only by predisposing to aging-related diseases but also because it may influence the aging process itself."



Lynn F. Cherkas, Ph.D., of King's College London, and colleagues studied 2,401 white twins, administering questionnaires on physical activity level, smoking habits and socioeconomic status. The participants also provided a blood sample from which DNA was extracted. The researchers examined the length of telomeres-repeated sequences at the end of chromosomes-in the twins' white blood cells (leukocytes). Leukocyte telomeres progressively shorten over time and may serve as a marker of biological age.



Telomere length decreased with age, with an average loss of 21 nucleotides (structural units) per year. Men and women who were less physically active in their leisure time had shorter leukocyte telomeres than those who were more active. "Such a relationship between leukocyte telomere length and physical activity level remained significant after adjustment for body mass index, smoking, socioeconomic status and physical activity at work," the authors write. "The mean difference in leukocyte telomere length between the most active performed an average of 199 minutes of physical activity per week and least active minutes of physical activity per week subjects was 200 nucleotides, which means that the most active subjects had telomeres the same length as sedentary individuals up to 10 years younger, on average." A sub-analysis comparing pairs in which twins had different levels of physical activity showed similar results.



Oxidative stress-damage caused to cells by exposure to oxygen-and inflammation are likely mechanisms by which sedentary lifestyles shorten telomeres, the authors suggest. In addition, perceived stress levels have been linked to telomere length. Physical activity may reduce psychological stress, thus mitigating its effect on telomeres and the aging process.



"The U.S. guidelines recommend that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week can have significant health benefits," the authors write. "Our results underscore the vital importance of these guidelines. They show that adults who partake in regular physical activity are biologically younger than sedentary individuals. This conclusion provides a powerful message that could be used by clinicians to promote the potential anti-aging effect of regular exercise."



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