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Do you have someone in your life that absolutely glows with vibrant health and boundless energy? She has the perfect body, smile, skin and hair to match.


I like to call her “Ms. Glow It All” because she eats a very specific diet and swears by its benefits. She convinces you and anybody else who will listen to try it, but after a few weeks, you’re anything but glowing. In fact, you feel lethargic, cranky, have more cravings than ever and have even gained a few pounds.


You just chalk it up to the fact that your friend has a faster metabolism and that you simply lack the willpower. But nothing could be further from the truth, because what works for your friend could have no affect on another friend and make you worse. This is what’s known as your metabolic type.


For example, I am a protein type which means my body does well on high amounts of protein and someone else might be a carb type and another a mixed type.


And that’s the problem with most diets; they fail to address the unique, nutritional needs of the individual. For example, a former Weight Watchers CFO explained the reason the business was successful was because the majority of customers regained the weight they lost.

Commercial diets fail to meet the unique nutritional requirements your body needs. Knowing what those needs are, determines whether or not you will be successful at losing weight and keeping it off, or not.


Your body knows what to eat; it’s the brain that gets caught up in all the dietary dogma, silencing the internal voice you were born with.

Are you willing to listen to your body’s desperate cries for help or are you going to reach for the next quick fix solution?



If you’d like a FREE copy of my new book, Stop Dieting, Start Getting Healthy, go to my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/maryschoepe180 and private message me.

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Have you seen the new Weight Watchers commercial featuring the new stockholder and spokesperson Oprah Winfrey?

Apparently, this commercial is bringing people to tears because so many women who have struggled with body image (including myself) can identify with Oprah’s struggles.

At one point Oprah says "Inside every overweight woman is the woman she knows she can be". Some women found that to be insulting and so that brings up the question;

Should you let your dress size determine your self worth?

As a nation, we have watched Oprah struggle with her weight since 1988 when she dropped 67 pounds to 1990 she tipped the scales at 237 pounds!


Even with all the ups and downs in her weight, she still has achieved more success in her lifetime than most of us can ever dream of.


Let's face it, Oprah will be successful at whatever she puts her mind to and that success has nothing to do with what size she wears.


Don’t get me wrong; I am not condoning being overweight because it leads to all sorts of health problems some of which are not reversible.



But know this; your body has set point- a certain weight at which it likes to stay. It seems that no matter what I do to take off a few pounds, my body likes hanging around 143-145 lbs. And your body is no different.


I believe as long as you are eating whole, natural foods, being active at least twice a week and practicing other healthy habits, does it really matter what size you are?

I think Weight Watcher commercials should take the emphasis off numbers and put more emphasis on how to live a happy, healthy productive life.

Oprah is a remarkable woman and my opinion of her will not change even if her body weight does.

 Will losing weight make her more successful; probably not.

Who you are, what you have achieved in your life, what you are planning to do with the rest of your life, has nothing to do with the size of your jeans.

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Most people believe they’re powerless when it comes to weight loss and their health. That’s exactly how the diet industry wants you to feel. For instance, the former Finance Director of Weight Watchers explained that it’s the ‘perfect business model,’ because people are doomed to fail. He said “starting a diet is like buying a lottery ticket. You might get lucky, and it might work, but it’s pretty damn unlikely.” In fact 99% of the foods you think will help you burn fat are a complete waste of money and that includes some of the “whole” foods you buy.


I thought I was doing the right thing by purchasing whole foods and even I got scammed by the giant food companies. Here’s a short list of the healthy whole foods that actually store fat, not burn fat.


  • New scrutiny for Omega 3 eggs. If you find yourself tempted to buy those expensive Omega 3 eggs, you might want to think again. Research shows that omega-3s found only in fish and some plants are "good" fatty acids, and help prevent heart disease. But the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says consumers are being hoodwinked when it comes to omega-3 eggs

    "These egg producers, egged on by their trade association, is brazenly putting omega-3 claims in big print on the front of the labels, knowing that that is a buzzword that will attract people," says Michael Jacobson of the CSPI. If you want to get Omega 3’s into your diet, try a quality supplement like the one I use made by Shaklee. It’s worth the price and you won’t be getting ripped off.


  • Is Organic milk worth the extra money?- I used to think so, but then when you consider that organic milk goes through the same pasteurization process as non organic, it’s not worth it. While most non-organic milk undergoes this pasteurization process, the majority of the organic milk in the U.S. is ultra high temperature (UHT) pasteurized. This means it’s heated to a temperature of at least 280 degrees for 1-2 seconds. This type of pasteurization kills virtually all of the enzymes and bacteria to the point that the milk can’t even be cultured to make yogurt or kefir. It is commonly referred to as "dead milk". The shelf life of UHT milk is 6 to 9 months and it doesn't even need to be refrigerated. UHT pasteurization allows organic milk to be shipped long distanced and sit on warehouse and grocery shelves for months before it needs to be sold. UHT organic milk also typically costs about twice as much as regular milk.


  • Getting wild nutrition from modern food. Lower in fat and lower in calories, grass fed beef is far superior to feedlot beef. So forget about everything you’ve heard about red meat making you fat or raising your cholesterol. To begin with, meat from grass-fed cattle, sheep, and bison is lower in total fat. If the meat is very lean, it can have one third as much fat as a similar cut from a grain-fed animal. Research shows that lean beef actually lowers your "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. Not to mention the fact that grass fed beef is packed with the natural fat burner CLA. Watch out for “grain finished” beef . It contains inflammatory Omega-6’s which completely destroy the all natural CLA’s.


  • Is Stevia a danger to your health?- In case you don’t know stevia is a plant that has very sweet leaves and used as a sugar substitute. Stevia in the Raw is a HUGE scam containing 95% dextrose which is nothing more than SUGAR. We all know what happens when you eat sugar, it raises your insulin levels and high levels of insulin cause huge cravings. I really don’t need to say any more than that, do I?


  • Are you buying fake honey? Over 75% of honey sold in U.S. grocery stores is not raw honey. It’s been filtered and/or heated so that it no longer contains much pollen, which is the component that makes honey really honey. Some honey industry experts claim that honey is filtered to hide the fact that it was imported illegally or came from China. Others say it’s to prevent the honey from crystallizing, since Americans prefer their honey to remain liquid. Honey found at farmer’s markets, co-ops and natural markets like Whole Foods is the most likely to be local and untreated.Any of these words on your honey container’s label are a good sign that you’re buying good honey:
  • Raw
  • Unfiltered or untreated
  • Locally produced


There are many more fat storing ingredients that can be found hiding in the “healthy” foods you probably eat every day. Can you really afford not to learn the real truth about the foods you’re eating? Remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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There are 3 primary mistakes I see most people make when it comes to fat-loss -- mistakes that totally beat up their metabolism; slow fat-loss and can even accelerate fat-gain.

What's sad is these 3 mistakes are things that people think are actually helping their metabolism... when in fact all they’re doing is slowing it down to a crawl, aging you faster, draining your energy and driving up your hunger


Losing weight can be a very slow process unless you know these three things which I’ll talk about.


  • How eating “slippery” carbs makes you feel and look bloated
  • The real reason you have belly fat
  • Doing the wrong kind of exercise for flat abs



Slippery carbs are a product of the giant food companies that claim they’re made from healthy, whole grains and fiber. Food companies are really sneaky; they remove the normal fat out of their ingredients and replace it with synthetic sugar like high fructose corn syrup.


For example Fiber One bars- have six different sugars in them including corn syrup, sugar, high maltose corn syrup, maltodextrin, sugar cane and fructose. When you eat those healthy bars, it’s just like dumping 5 packets of sugar in your coffee. Is that healthy?


Check this out; Kellogg’s Smart Start Strong Heart cereal has 17 grams of sugar in a small cup of it. If you fill up your bowl, double that to around 30 grams of sugar. That’s the equivalent of 3 Krispy Kreme donuts!


Weight Watchers Blueberry Muffins and heart healthy granola aren’t much better each containing 20 grams of sugar!


When you eat sugar, it activates insulin, the belly fat hormone and tells your body to pile on more and more fat. High levels of insulin give you a false sense of starvation which causes you to eat more.


Which brings us to the next topic; the real reason you have belly fat.


In order to win the battle of the bulge, you need to understand how it grew in the first place. For the sake of time I’m just going to talk about the effects cortisol has on your waistline.



Stress causes elevated cortisol which leads to weight gain, particularly around the mid-section, sometimes known as the “muffin top”.


Unfortunately, the abdominal tissue responds by storing fat. What makes this even worse is that women with excess abdominal weight secrete more cortisol when stressed out.


Elevated cortisol also triggers food cravings. You’ve probably noticed that when you are stressed you grab the cookies, chips or candy, Right?


So here’s the prescription for flat abs- (P + V) x (SI + IE) = Flat abs.


Protein (P) and vegetables (V) add a high-powered hunger-suppressing punch to your meals.This means less calories and better hormone balance.


Sleep (Sl) magnifies this effect by lowering cortisol and increasing human growth hormone (HGH) -- a fat burning and muscle toning hormone.


Throw in intense exercise (IE) with weights and interval training and you start seeing the fat melt off.


Now you know

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