"65% Of Dieters Lose Weight When They Eat This For Breakfast" Review

I nearly spit out my coffee when I saw the image for this article this morning. Are they inferring that this breakfast will lead to weight loss? Read to learn their reasons why they think so (from the article " 65% Of Dieters Lose Weight When They Eat This For Breakfast ").

What's missing?

When you're wanting to lose weight, breakfast always feels like the best place to start reexamining your diet. After all, if you adequately fill up in the morning, you're way less likely to feel peckish at your desk by 11 a.m. and start reaching for whatever's within arm's reach.

The single food countless nutritionists recommend eating? Eggs. With six grams of protein a pop, eggs will fill you up - and keep you satisfied, which is key - without weighing you down. One study published in the International Journey of Obesity shows that men and women who ate two eggs for breakfast (as part of a reduced-calorie plan) lost a whopping 65 percent more weight than those who ate a bagel breakfast of equal calories. What's more, the egg eaters also felt more energetic.

Personal Trainer Wisdom: Alright readers…what are the questions that you need to ask before accepting eggs as the weight loss miracle? Here you go:

Where was the study conducted? Were the participants people or animals? How many participants? How do you define this population (i.e. age, gender, region, medical history, etc.)? Were they reflective of the general population? How were the participants’ general diets controlled? Could other changes in the participants’ diets skew these results? Does this study indicate that the participants had a protein deficiency? Did participants lack energy before this study because of this nutritional deficiency? Will the consumption of eggs lead to an increase in energy? Would the participants experience the same results with a plant-based alternative (with the same number of protein grams)? How were the eggs prepared? Participants ate the eggs as part of a reduced calorie plan. No matter the change in foods, would the same participants lose weight because of this calorie reduction?

The Yolk

And if you're one of those people who still thinks it's necessary to order an egg white omelette to stay on track, nutritionists are urging you to eat the yolks: They can, in fact, contribute to weight loss and help increase good HDL cholesterol levels, while being a solid source of nutrients like vitamin B12 and choline (essential for your cells to function properly). So skip the bowl of multigrain cereal and get yolked.

Personal Trainer Wisdom: If you eat animal, you should definitely choose the most nutrient dense options. Outside of fish, I would recommend eggs...with yolks. If you're worried about cholesterol, maybe it's time to cut out the shrimp, steaks, and dairy you're eating during your other meals. I'd like to know why the article's nutritionists claim that egg yolks will help you lose weight, though. Based on our questions above, what do you think? The author mentioned the nutritionists to add credibility to this claim but failed to provide a clear, scientific reason. Continue your research before accepting these results.

Photo Credit:
Delish.com - Will adding eggs to this breakfast plate be the weight loss answer? This photo seems to infer that a simple substitute of eggs for your normal simple carb choice will lead to weight loss. Is this still possible with pancakes, bacon, toast, and a creamy coffee? My educated guess is that any change will be minimal, if at all. Careful with what is being sold here.

Article Credit:

Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " 65% Of Dieters Lose Weight When They Eat This For Breakfast " on MSN.com.
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"What the 'marshmallow test' can teach you about your kids" Review

It doesn't matter if this article is talking about kids...it applies to your impulsive habits as an adult too (especially concerning weight loss .... from the article "What the 'marshmallow test' can teach you about your kids).

Kids, Marshmallows and the Psychology of Self-Control

The premise is simple: You can eat one marshmallow now or, if you can wait, you get to eat two marshmallows later.

It's an experiment in self-control for preschoolers dreamed up by psychologist Dr. Walter Mischel. While the rules of his experiment are easy, the results are far more complex than he ever could have imagined. In fact, what they tell you about your child at age 4 could have repercussions for the rest of their lives.

Mischel first administered this experiment, dubbed the "marshmallow test," to preschoolers in the early 1960s. They were brought into a barren room, empty of any distractions except a table upon which sat a very tempting treat: the marshmallows. The children were given the choice of eating one marshmallow whenever they wanted or, if they could hold out until the adult instructing them returned to the room, they were rewarded with the two marshmallows.

"We were interested in creating an intense conflict for the child," said Mischel. The children were left alone in the room for 15 minutes -- an eternity to wrestle with the choice between instant marshmallow gratification and delayed marshmallow reward. "That conflict was crucial because, without it, you don't have a situation for testing self-control."

Personal Trainer Wisdom: Regarding weight loss, your level of impulsiveness may determine your success. While you're not 4 years old, what level of self-control do you possess when confronted with food? Can you wait until your next meal to eat? Do you always feel the need to eat it now? Real change begins with awareness and you should understand you're eating habits.

The Man Behind the Marshmallow Test

Mischel devised the marshmallow test through a combination of his own expertise in psychology and consulting with an important advisory board: his three young daughters. "I was watching this miracle that occurs when our kids ... really begin spontaneously to show dramatic changes in their ability to control their impulses," said Mischel, adding, "I realized that I didn't have a clue about what was going on in my children's heads that allowed these changes to occur and that's what I wanted to understand."

During the experiment, Mischel noticed that the children who were able to wait for two marshmallows displayed creative ways to distract themselves from temptation. "I'm going to push this stuff as far away from myself as I can. I'm going to distance myself. I'm going to turn around in my chair and look the other way so that I don't see the stuff. I'm going to distract myself strategically. I'm going to sing little songs," explained Mischel.

Personal Trainer Wisdom: How can you distract yourself away from impulsive eating? What strategies have and have not worked for you?

Where is Self-Control in the Brain?

He learned that the techniques that children showed to delay gratification would have a profound effect on them for decades. Mischel has continued to study his original test subjects for the past 50 years and what he discovered is shocking. On the whole, the preschoolers who were able to wait for two marshmallows, over the course of their lives, have a lower BMI, lower rates of addiction, a lower divorce rate and higher SAT scores. He writes about his findings in the newly published, "The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control."

Children who displayed self-control were already wired to conquer stress in pursuit of goals and "more able to sustain effort and deal with frustration," said Mischel. That has played out in myriad ways over the last 50 years.

Does that mean children who can't wait for two marshmallows are destined to live less fulfilling lives? Not necessarily. "I have no doubt that self-control skills ... are imminently teachable," said Mischel. It all comes down to training your mind to cool its emotional need for something it's trying to avoid.

In the case of young children, Mischel said the preschoolers who waited for the marshmallows showed strategies that any parent could teach their child. Beyond that, he said, techniques for self-control can be learned at any age.

"(For adults) you can turn something that's very appealing into something that's very aversive," said Mischel. He used the example of how to quit smoking because as a young man, his insatiable appetite for nicotine led to a three-pack-a-day habit augmented with a pipe and even an occasional cigar.

"If you're a smoker and as you approach the cigarette you're thinking lung cancer ... and imagining it very vividly, your picture of your lung with a black spot and your physician telling you 'I'm so sorry to have to tell you etc.' that visualization can be very powerful," said Mischel.

While his techniques for measuring and mastering self-control may be relatively new, Mischel is quick to point out that a focus on self-control is not. "I'm not the first person to think willpower is very important. It's been with us from the story of Adam and Eve and the loss of paradise." If only the Garden of Eden had the marshmallow test, the world might be a very different place.

Personal Trainer Wisdom: In what areas of your life are you most impulsive? How do you think it has influenced your behaviors and goals?

Picture Credit:
PBS.com - Who is stronger: The marshmallow or your brain?

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Article Credit:

Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " What the 'marshmallow test' can teach you about your kids " on CNN.com.
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