How I Unexpectedly Gained Weight During a Weight Loss Challenge

It seems like it has been a while since The Wellness & Lifestyle Challenge. Yet, it has really only been a few months. We are hoping that the information you received from the Elite staff was helpful and continued on through these spring months.

For myself, your Dietitian of 30 years, I have done some learning of my own. I don’t often talk about things I personally experience as a consumer of wellness planning myself. But today I feel it’s important I share this experience with you. Continue reading How I Unexpectedly Gained Weight During a Weight Loss Challenge

Is it Hunger, Hanger, or Something Else Entirely?

Hunger is supposed to be the signal that we get from our bodies that we should eat. It’s a biological imperative, and it’s there to keep you alive. But many of us respond to a number of different “hunger variations.” We eat a full tub of popcorn at the movie theater, even though we have had dinner. We soothe a broken heart with a tub of Rocky Road. We ease a bad day with an extra cookie or 3, nosh on extra chips to comfort boredom, and binge on chocolate when we are upset. Many things beyond the physical need for food can present as an urge to eat. Exploring some of the reasons for hunger can help us to separate out the real hunger from the myriad of other reasons we may be reaching for food when we don’t actually need it. Continue reading Is it Hunger, Hanger, or Something Else Entirely?

To Snack or Not to Snack, That is the Question

Are you pro-snack or against snacking all together? The discussion of snacking has gone through many changes over the years. In some years, snacking has been considered a good idea to keep the calorie intake stable.

Other years, it was a point of hesitation because most people got enough good calories and nutrients at meals and experts did not feel that a between meal food was really necessary. Part of this concern was because there was the fear that too much food would be consumed with the snack or “grazing” period, so it was just best to keep it out of any plan. Research around the 1980’s found that people who ate three good meals had a good blood sugar range all day.

So, is it better to eat continuously or to have enough food at one meal that you don’t really need more until the next meal? Continue reading To Snack or Not to Snack, That is the Question

6 Food Rules to Keep Your Weight Loss Resolution Going

By Jason Liegl, Certified Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-Mequon

It seems that a majority of people cannot agree on anything; tastes great or less filling, original Star Wars or digitally enhanced, David Lee Roth or Sammy Hager, etc. But the one thing they can agree on is a great majority of New Years resolutions deal with weight loss. Turn on the TV and you will be bombarded by what seems to be hundreds of infomercials and Dr. Oz episodes about weight loss. They will range from slightly different approach to weight loss (eat 3x daily or 6x daily) to widely different approach (cabbage soup or grapefruit diets come to mind). It all makes things incredibly confusing, when the fact is we should be simplifying the process for people. Continue reading 6 Food Rules to Keep Your Weight Loss Resolution Going

Healthier Eating at Every Meal, at Home & Away

By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

One of the most difficult parts of starting a healthy eating lifestyle (that’s right, not just a diet, but a lifestyle) is managing social eating. Whether it be at a restaurant for brunch, or at a friend’s home for a dinner party; making healthy choices can be difficult in scenarios where you aren’t in total control. So, now that you are committed, here’s a few tips to get you through the days and months ahead. Continue reading Healthier Eating at Every Meal, at Home & Away