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Is the Flat Belly Diet Just Another Fad?

Posted on January 2nd, 2008 in diet, lifestyle changes, weight loss diet, whole foods | 21 Comments »

flatbelly_book.gifThere's lots of talk about the Flat Belly Diet, being the New Year and all. But is this just another fad diet that will leave you disappointed with more fat than when you started? Read the rest of this entry »

Would You Get In Shape To Save Money?

Posted on November 7th, 2007 in business health insurance, deductibles, diet, economic incentive, exercise, fitness, get in shape, health insurance, health insurance plan, lifestyle changes, lose weight, obesity, overweight, video, weight loss | No Comments »

Watch out, you may be asked to pay more for your company's health insurance plan if you're out of shape.

More and more companies are taking a controversial approach by 'encouraging' employees to get fit by lowering their deductibles if they pass a yearly physical fitness test. If they don't, they pay a much larger deductible.

Would you get in better shape to save thousands every your on your health insurance?

I think this is a brilliant plan since it rewards those that are healthier and file fewer claims. Until now, everyone pays the same regardless of their physical health.

It's simple economics... and it works. For example, in the video below, you'll see how an Arkansas county saved over $1.5 million dollars in a year and half after implementing the new plan. When they started, they were in the red half a million dollars. It shows how an economic incentive can help make lifestyle changes and benefit everyone.

In times when health care costs are skyrocketing, this type of incentive is badly needed... and it's a win-win situation. Overweight employees lose weight, feel better, have more energy and are more productive. They also add years to their life and most likely live better quality lives at home.

Initially many employees find this an intrusion and violation of their rights. After going through the program for some time, they seem to appreciate the benefits for themselves and their employer.

To your best health!

Mark

Get tips on how to save money on your health insurance at YourHealthInsurance.com

Sad Fast Food Facts

Posted on January 16th, 2005 in adult onset diabetes, children, colon cancers, coronary heart disease, death in america, diet, fast food, food, lifestyle changes, mcdonalds, morgan spurlock, obesity, studies, supersize me, world health organization | No Comments »

Eating out, and fast food in particular are more common now than in any time in the history of mankind. Unfortunately, here are some sad facts about the fast food industry and McDonald's in particular:

  • Each day, 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurant
  • In 1972, we spent 3 billion a year on fast food - today we spend more than 110 billion
  • McDonald's feeds more than 46 million people a day - more than the entire population of Spain
  • French fries are the most eaten vegetable in America
  • You would have to walk for seven hours straight to burn off a Super Sized Coke, fry and Big Mac
  • In the U.S., we eat more than 1,000,000 animals an hour
  • 60 % of all Americans are either overweight or obese
  • One in every three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime
  • Left unabated, obesity will surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in America
  • Obesity has been linked to: Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Adult Onset Diabetes, Stroke, Gall Bladder Disease, Osteoarthritis, Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Problems, Endometrial, Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancers, Dyslipidemia, steatohepatitis, insulin resistance, breathlessness, Asthma, Hyperuricaemia, reproductive hormone abnormalities, polycystic ovarian syndrome, impaired fertility and lower back pain
  • The average child sees 10,000 TV advertisements per year
  • Only seven items on McDonald's entire menu contain no sugar
  • Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald - he was fired for being too fat
  • McDonald's distributes more toys per year than Toys-R-Us
  • Diabetes will cut 17-27 years off your life
  • McDonald's: "Any processing our foods undergo make them more dangerous than unprocessed foods"
  • The World Health Organization has declared obesity a global epidemic
  • Eating fast food may be dangerous to your health
  • McDonald's calls people who eat a lot of their food "Heavy Users"
  • McDonald's operates more than 30,000 restaurants in more then 100 countries on 6 continents
  • Before most children can speak they can recognize McDonald's
  • Surgeon General David Satcher: "Fast food is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic"
  • Most nutritionists recommend not eating fast food more than once a month
  • 40% of American meals are eaten outside the home
  • McDonald's represents 43% of total U.S. fast food market

Source: SuperSize Me DVD: A documentary by Morgan Spurlock chronicaling what happens when you eat at McDonald's for 30 days straight. You'll be surprised to find out what happens!