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‘Baywatch’ Stars Reveal Weight-Loss Contract Clause During Anniversary Reunion

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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At least that’s how it seems if you were a female cast member on the classic beach-set action soap, “Baywatch,” which believe it or not is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year.

“Entertainment Tonight” spoke with cast members including David Hasselhoff, Nicole Eggert, Traci Bingham, David Chokachi, and the stars revealed some behind-the-scenes tidbits, such as the strange clauses in their contracts — including one for the actresses that stated they couldn’t gain or lose more than five pounds of weight:

“If you did anything to gain or lose weight, etc. you were in trouble,” reveals Traci Bingham, who was on the series from 1996-1998. Nicole Eggert explained further: “[There] was a five pound fluctuation you couldn’t go up or down.”

Since hanging up their lifeguard suits some of the “Baywatch” stars have fallen out of the spotlight, while others have stayed in the headlines for better (like Pamela Anderson recently announcing she would run in the New York Marathon for Sean Penn’s Haitian Relief Fund) or worse.

Tune into “Entertainment Tonight” starting October 7, as they go inside the lifeguard stand for all the juicy gossip from the legendary series … but whatever the tidbits are they can’t be any scarier than “Baywatch Nights.” From huffingtonpost.

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Lack of sleep negatively affects weight loss

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

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Lack of sleep can disrupt plans to lose weight by increasing your appetite and signaling your body to retain more fat.

Our bodies are designed to receive roughly six to eight hours of quality sleep per night, and skimping on those hours cannot only negatively affect your mood, energy level and alertness, it can also negatively affect your weight-loss results.

While you sleep, your body works to repair muscles that were damaged during your workouts. Exercise, especially weight lifting, puts stress on the muscles, which causes the muscle fibers to tear.

Just like when broken bones heal, muscles becomes stronger than before, which is why you see improved strength over time. (They also heal more tightly and compactly, which is why stretching is important).

Workouts are when you damage your muscles; sleep is when they heal and become stronger.

During sleep, the body releases hormones that regulate major functions. When you do not get enough sleep, the secretion of these hormones is changed.

Lack of sleep increases the production of cortisol, known as the stress hormone, which is responsible for your “fight or flight” reaction to all stressors: mental, physical and emotional.

Since it is a survival hormone, cortisol stimulates glucose production and triggers a hunger response in the brain, while at the same time signaling cells to store as much fat as possible — a double whammy for weight loss.

Lack of sleep also lowers leptin levels, which control appetite. The less leptin in your system, the more revved your appetite will become.

When the body lacks sleep, it also has a difficult time metabolizing carbohydrates. This results in high blood-sugar levels, which then increases insulin production. That increase in insulin is a signal to your body to store unused energy as fat.

This increase in appetite at the very least can test your willpower, but most often it causes you to consume excess calories. These calories, combined with your hormones telling your body to store as much fat as possible, are a recipe for weight gain.

People in a state of sleep deprivation over long periods of time not only have a higher risk of obesity, they also have increased chances of diabetes, hypertension and memory loss.

While sleep helps improve the effectiveness of your workouts, the quality of your sleep is improved by the quality of your workouts.

Working out is great for reducing stress, which can cause you to lie awake with racing thoughts. Exercise also releases dopamine, which helps relax the body. According to research, exercise can actually increase the amount of time that you spend in the deepest stages of sleep, which is when your body grows, repairs muscles and tissues, and boosts your immune system.

For best results, don’t work out within three hours of going to sleep. Exercise produces an immediate endorphin rush that can keep you awake, if too close to bedtime. From seattletimes.

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Diet or Exercise: Which Matters More for Weight Loss?

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Diet or Exercise: Which Matters More for Weight Loss?

You know you should exercise and eat healthfully to keep your weight in check. The thing is, research suggests that when people devote time to one healthy habit, they spend less time on the other. So which is more important if you’re worried about your waistline: your workout or your diet?

Turns out, people who think that diet is the most important factor in weight control tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who believe that exercise is the key, according to six new studies published in the journal Psychological Science.

In the studies, researchers asked a total of more than 1,200 people in the U.S., Canada, China, France, and South Korea about the main factor that makes people overweight. They also took participants’ height and weight measurements to calculate their BMIs. Interestingly, those who said it’s most important to stay active to prevent obesity had higher BMIs than the people who said eating right is the key to weight control.

As you might expect, people’s weight-control theories impacted their food choices. In two studies, when researchers offered participants unlimited chocolate, the people who said they think staying active is key to maintaining a healthy weight ate more.

“Our beliefs guide our actions,” says study co-author Brent McFerran, PhD, an assistant professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Think about it: If you think exercise is the key to weight control, you might move more and focus less on what you eat. While exercise can definitely support weight loss—and make you feel awesome, among other benefits—people tend to overestimate the amount of calories they burn while working out and compensate for the extra activity by eating more, says McFerran.

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On the flip side, if you believe that eating a healthy diet is the best way to maintain your weight, you might worry less about exercise—but closely watch what you eat. And that’s smart, especially because most people grossly underestimate the amount of calories they consume, says McFerran.

The problem: Many people think they can work off extra pounds—but there’s a ton of scientific evidence to support the fact that changing your diet is a more effective way to drop weight, says McFerran.

“If we eat a 3000-calorie lunch, nearly no one has enough free time in the rest of the day to exercise it off,” he says.

Luckily, McFerran’s best advice for weight control doesn’t take much time: Steer clear of foods that are high in calories, and trade large plates and bowls for smaller ones to ensure you fill them with more restrained portions.

That said, you should probably hold onto your gym membership, too. Although it’s tough to slim down with exercise alone, staying active does help with weight control—and it’s absolutely crucial for your health, says Keri Glassman, RD, a Women’s Health weight loss expert. Not only does exercise produce endorphins that increase your metabolic rate and motivate you to eat better—it also supports heart health, strengthens your bones, helps you sleep, decreases stress, and boosts mental health. All awesome reasons to hit the gym when you can! From abcnews.

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