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Gym membership? Don't do it!

I admit that I belong to the YMCA, but if you're considering a gym membership, don't do it! Why? Because most of the members I've seen have been sweating and straining for months and years, and they still look the same -- fat! They would be better off if they paid attention to what they put in their mouths. Research shows that working out doesn't promote weight loss and may actually cause weight gain by increasing one's appetite. Exercise has other benefits but not weight loss.

If your resolution is to lose weight and become healthier, you must realize that food is a drug. Control blood sugar and insulin levels with your knife and fork by consuming the right carbs and the right amount of lean protein. This allows your body to naturally burn excess body fat

While most of us believe we're living in the age of information, some would argue that it's the age of misinformation: Researchers altering data to enhance their outcomes, mainstream media posting deceiving health headlines, the USDA's recommendations to consume a high-carbohydrate diet, (now proven to increase obesity, diabetes and heart disease), and food manufacturers who promote their products as natural and healthy, e.g. soda, juice, cereal, etc. Get the picture? You must take control of your health. You survived the predicted cataclysmic events of December 21, 2012. Will you survive 2013 in good health?

You can change the course of your life by applying some basic dietary rules, but what's it going to take? The nasty side effects of medications, your increasing health-care

It's time to get serious about your health. Do you really want to lose weight and reduce the risk factors associated with chronic disease? Here's my challenge to you for the next 7 days.

  1. Eliminate foods that elevate your blood sugar: Bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, breakfast cereal, juice, cookies, chips, soda, and alcohol.
  2. Consume three meals (B/L/D) with lean protein (about the size of a deck of playing cards) and lots of colorful non-starchy vegetables. Add a mid-afternoon and late-night snack, such as low-fat string cheese and ½ apple. Visit www.zonediet.com.
  3. Hydrate: Consume at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid daily.
  4. Supplement with a high-quality omega 3, about 2.5g/d of EPA & DHA daily, which is 4 OmegaRx capsules.

Relax. It's only for one week. By then you should notice better mental focus, increased physical energy, no hunger and perhaps some fat loss. Now that you've proven the power of the Zone make a few adjustments so that this program becomes a lifestyle.

Give yourself and your family the best gift of all -- a healthy 2013!