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A Consumer Reports Survey shows that most people who use weight loss supplements aren’t aware of how potentially unsafe or ineffective they are. Of those that tried supplements to lose weight, very few met their goal. This echos our experience as dieticians and personal trainers in St. Louis.

Of 3,000 Americans, researchers report that most consumers are confused about how supplements make it to the market, what agency regulates them, and aren’t fully aware of how save or effective they are.

If You Want To Lose Weight, Get Enough Sleep

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If you want to lose weight, be sure to add getting enough sleep to your weight loss program in St. Louis, according to several experts nationwide.

Significant scientific evidence reveals that a critical component to weight control is avoiding sleep deprivation. “There is no doubt that insufficient sleep promotes hunger and appetite, which can cause excessive food intake resulting in weight gain,” according to Eve Van Cauter, director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center at the University of Chicago. After studying the topic for over 15 years, she notes our bodies aren’t wired for sleep deprivation – we’re the only mammals that do this!

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People who lift weights accumulate less belly fat over the years than those who spend the same amount of time doing aerobic exercise like running, jogging, spin classes, etc. according to a new Harvard study published in the Journal of Obesity. The 12 year study followed the habits of 10,500 men and followed their physical activity, waist circumference and weight. Excess belly fat is of particular concern because of its link to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other conditions.

10 Reasons Why 88% of New Year’s Resolutions Fail

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The New Year… a new chapter. We set ambitious goals and attempt to confront those areas of our lives that need to be “cleaned up.” Lose weight, get in shape, be more responsible financially, save more, quit smoking… The sad truth though is that only 12% of you will succeed with your resolution!

Losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution so you’re not alone. But the tips below can be applied to just about any resolution so listen up and get it right this year!

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Everyone knows the lasting benefits that exercise delivers; from fighting diseases like cancer to helping you stay independent in your twilight years. But did you know exercise – in fact as little as 20 minutes of exercise – can boost your long-term memory by as much as 10%. This finding is especially important given that one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or a form of dementia.

New Research Suggests Sitting – and not dieting – Is the Major Reason for Putting on Unwanted Pounds

"By 2030, the World Health Organization estimates that 70% of Americans will be obese. This is an especially troubling figure given that today’s obesity rates are already causing significant strain on the health care system and affecting the US economy."

The buzz is catching on. Corporate Fitness and workplace wellness programs are becoming more widespread throughout the country with a variety of options. The bottom line: employees are the most valuable assets to any company and healthy employees are happier and more productive. That insight is what’s spearheading the implementation of corporate fitness and wellness programs throughout the country. The best part is no program is alike. A Fitness Professional can help tailor the right program that fits the company’s budget and addresses health components, be they nutrition, exercise, or stress management. This benefits your employees, and your company’s bottom line. It’s a win-win solution.

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