Maria Menounos shares how she lost 40 pounds with low-carb diet and fitness plan

Think you can never be too thin? Wrong, says Maria Menounos, who revealed how she lost 40 pounds the healthy way with diet and exercise in an interview Tuesday.

Star of her own reality TV show as well as co-host of “Extra,” Maria has written a book about her journey from overweight and fatigue to slender and energized: “The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness: How I Lost 40 lbs and Kept It Off-And How You Can Too.” She emphasizes that she chose to focus on her health rather than obsess about a number on the scale.

“If you’re focusing on your health, it gives you a different perspective. I’ll think, ‘I’m going to choose to feel better about myself next week by making a better decision now,'” Maria revealed.

When it comes to diet, Maria kept a detailed food journal to determine her weakness. “I just wrote down everything I ate for a week and assessed my problem—it was carbs,” she admitted. So by cutting foods such as pizza down to an occasional treat, she created her own weight loss plan to take off the pounds and keep them off.

In addition, Maria turned to an inexpensive solution for fitness: Walking. In an exclusive interview on Wednesday, Maria, who also authored “The Every Girl’s Guide to Life,” told us why she feels that it’s the best way to burn fat for weight loss and health.

“There are so many ways to exercise without having to spend a lot of money,” Maria told me enthusiastically. And the recommendation to use a pedometer to take her steps came from a celebrity trainer.

“The pedometer was introduced to me by Harley Pasternak. Harley is a big believer in walking, and in striving to get in 10,000 steps a day and that’s what I shoot for,” she revealed in our interview.

Harley, author of “The Body Reset Diet: Power Your Metabolism, Blast Fat, and Shed Pounds in Just 15 Days,” also trained Jessica Simpson. She’s another “pedometer power” believer, who used walking to shed her own excess pounds.

Both Maria and Jessica have shown you don’t need a trainer or even a gym membership to win at weight loss. Maria told us that she makes a point of using her regular activities to exercise.

“I don’t strive to get those steps in on a track. My goal is to achieve them in my daily activity – walking to do errands and around the office, forgoing escalators for stairs, etc,” she advised us.

If you’re just starting out, begin with 5,000 steps a day. Maria recommends “the type of step counter you can wear on your wrist. It’s a convenient and constant reminder to stay in shape.”

Also included in her book are insightful interviews with celebrities and famous health experts. In addition to Harley, Maria praised the tips she received from Yogi Cameron, author of “The One Plan: A Week-by-Week Guide to Restoring Your Natural Health and Happiness.”

The yoga expert, who has worked with Ellen and Oprah, “turned me onto drinking hot water throughout the day as a healthy means to suppress appetite, calm you and aid digestion. He also gave me great yoga exercises,” said Maria.

For those who think that dieting means giving up your favorite foods, Maria has included a variety in her book. We asked her to reveal her favorite: “My healthy nachos are insane!” she announced.

Does computer Game Encourage Weight Gain?

Weight Gain Issue
Gain in weight is as a result of eating more calories and spending less. Genes and environmental factors play significant role in determining the number of calories you burn. Sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and poor food choices accounts for most cases of obesity and overweight. According to Center Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC), prevalence of obesity among school-aged children has tripled in the last three decades. Nearly 12.5 million children in the US aged between 2 and 19 are obese. CDC notes that media viewing including computer games play major role in the development of the condition. This has also been attributed to their craving for high-calorie foods such as soft drinks with high sugar content, candies, baked foods and fats. You can also gain weight due to overeating as a result of stress or to cope with psychological problems. In reference to CDC, 69% of adult obese Americans get inadequate sleep. People with chronic sleep restrictions are more susceptible to gain weight. In a laboratory controlled study, researchers found out that there is an increased caloric intake in sleep deprived individuals that were sampled.

Computer games and Weight Gain
In a study in Denmark and Quebec, researchers found out that when you are glued to computer games, you burn more calories than when resting. How then can it cause weight gain? According to the study, it was found that you are more likely to consume more calories if you play computer games than when resting. The researchers speculated that you develop some impairment in satiety signaling post play or due to the struggle of winning the game. Additionally, computer games are usually played in a sedentary state mostly involving hands only. This means that you are physically inactive and hence very little calories get burned compared to bodily exercises. Other studies found that snacking during computer games contributes significantly to weight gain. If you lose a game, putting something down your throat will compensate for the defeat from a psychological perspective. The sweetness of a snack overrides the bitterness of the challenge. This is because most computer games are programmed with varying levels of complexity such that you can’t outscore the PC to the topmost ones.

How to avoid weight gain when playing computer games?

Here are some 5 tips to help you avoid weight gain when playing computer games:

Limit computer games: you should start cutting down the number of hours spent in front of the computer screen. Make it to at most 2 hours each day. Try some exercises like going for a walk, swimming, or gardening, visiting a friend or cycling. Your goal should be to break the addiction with another hobby and still have fun.
Avoid snacking: stop snacking and if you must, eat snacks with fewer calories. Alternatively, eating healthy fruits can be the better choice. Avoid sugary beverages such as sodas, juice drinks, and sport drinks. Make sure the fridge is some place far to avoid the temptation of reaching for something for your jaws.
Take plenty of water: it will give the feeling of satisfaction and drown the craving for a bite. Water promotes metabolism and hence more calories are burned. It’s worth rushing to washrooms taking a break from a computer game than to remain seated all day. The steps you will make to the restroom will burn few calories.
Play while standing: it might sound uncomfortable sometimes but you will be burning more calories than when seated. According to Discovery News, interactive computer games that makes you gets up and moving can help in staying physically fit without weight gain, experts.
Avoid bedroom: Don’t play computer games on your bed or during the night. You might get deprived of sleep which leads to weight gain according to CDC. Perhaps you should have it in the gym where you can alternate computer games with physical activities.

It is absolutely clear that computer games can lead to weight gain but if it becomes a deskbound preoccupation. However, if alternated with physical exercises, there can be no notable difference. The sedentary state at which it’s done inhibits your body from burning calories. You can simply put off weight by avoiding snacking which is as a result of the challenge from failing to reach the desired level or following a defeat in the game. Amazingly, you can lose weight if while playing a computer game while you are exercising at the same time. Just like any other habit, too much of computer games can become not only an addiction, but also a time wasting occupation. This can take toll on your life and turn you away from engaging in what is beneficial to your life. To wrap it up, not only computer games but any occupation without physical activities can lead to weight gain.

How to Prevent Allergy Burning of Eyes

Allergies affect 40 to 50 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Allergy and Asthma Immunology (AAAAI). Each person reacts differently to allergies. Some people experience skin reactions such as hives and rashes, while others react with burning and itchy eyes. Prevention is the best way to treat any allergy. There are both natural and medical ways to prevent allergy burning of eyes.


Allergy-Free Eyes

  1. Avoid whatever causes your eyes to burn. If it is certain foods, avoid them, or if it’s dust, keep your house clean. Stay indoors where the air is filtered and recycled to avoid allergens found in outdoor air. Keep a close watch on what you eat, drink and expose yourself to.
  2. Take an oral antihistamine to prevent burning of the eyes. Take Benadryl if your allergy occurs in response to isolated events. Take an over-the-counter 24-hour antihistamine such as Claritin or Zyrtec if the allergy is ongoing and consistent. Use antihistamine eye drops before leaving the house to prevent outdoor allergies from affecting your eyes. Drink plenty of water while taking antihistamines, as they dry up mucus in the body.
  3. Use saline drops in each eye to prevent irritated, burning eyes. Place two drops in each eye, three to five times a day. to cleanse the eye and keep it moistened. Apply the drops in the morning, afternoon and evening for the best results.
  4. Use a saline rinse with an eye cup. Buy an eye cup and saline solution from the local pharmacy. Fill the eye cup half-full with the saline solution. Hold the cup over a sink and lower your head to fit your surrounding eye area over the eye cup. Cock your head all the way back so the liquid is on your eyelid. Open your eye and move your eyeball from side to side for 20 to 30 seconds. Tilt your head back down over the sink and remove the eye cup. Clean the eye cup thoroughly with soap and water and repeat on the other eye. Repeat this process two or three times daily.

Why Should People Floss?

Daily flossing is an essential element of proper dental hygiene. It removes plaque, which can turn into tartar and cause gingivitis and gum disease. Regular cleanings by a dentist or hygienist help reduce tartar build-up. Studies have also shown that flossing even prevents strokes and heart attacks. Treat your teeth to flossing each day to improve your health and smile.


People should floss their teeth at least once a day to remove food particles and plaque that a toothbrush doesn’t reach. Plaque is a sticky layer of material which contains bacteria, causes tooth decay, and can also cause inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), which can then lead to periodontal disease.

Plaque can start forming as soon as four hours after brushing. When plaque is not removed, it eventually hardens and turns into tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist.


More dangerous bacteria can start building up in the tartar and producing toxins. The toxins irritate a person’s gums, an inflammation called gingivitis. Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, where the toxins invade the bones supporting the teeth. This can lead to bone loss and loose teeth, and even to teeth falling out.


Studies have also indicated that flossing helps to prevent strokes and heart attacks. Periodontitis and even gingivitis are strong risk factors for cardiovascular disease, because of the stress of continuous inflammation in the body. In one study of stroke patients, severe periodontitis was shown to significantly increase the chances of a stroke occurring.

The American Academy of Periodontology states that people with periodontitis are almost twice as likely to have heart disease.


Flossing has cosmetic benefits as well. It stops ugly tartar build-up, and also prevents bad breath. It’s easy to prove how flossing stops bad breath by doing some flossing and smelling the debris that is removed.


Many styles of floss are available – waxed and unwaxed, wide and regular, and there are flavored kinds such as mint and cinnamon. They all work about the same. The one consideration might be to use a wide floss if you have wider spaces between your teeth, but the most important thing is to choose a product and use it daily.

Water-piks are not as effective as floss, because they do not remove plaque.


Floss should be gently rubbed up and down between teeth, and into the spaces between the gums and teeth. The American Dental Association recommends flossing for two or three minutes, and states that even people who floss daily typically do not spend enough time at it.

More measles cases across the U.S.

Bayonne, NJ, is the latest American community to experience a measles scare. is reporting today, March 13, that an elementary school teacher in the Bayonne school system is being tested for the highly contagious respiratory illness. He teaches at the Midtown Community Elementary School which has more than 1,000 students in grades K-8.

New York City has another three measles cases in its current outbreak, WPIX reported. The station also reports that two of the 19 cases in the outbreak were exposed while in a doctor’s waiting room. On March 11, WNBC 4 reported that measles cases had spread to Brooklyn from the original locales in upper Manhattan and the Bronx. The city’s Health Department had announced the outbreak on March 7, when there were 16 cases.

On March 11, the Connecticut Department of Public Health announced two cases of measles in Fairfield County. One case is in a never-immunized adult and the other in a seven month old infant, too young to be immunized. WFSB reported on that same day that the cases are unrelated. The station quoted health officials as expecting further measles cases among the contacts of the two original patients.

Measles has also spread in San Diego where a traveler to the Philippines returned with the illness last month. The San Diego Health and Human Services Agency reported March 12 that a fourth patient had been diagnosed with measles. The three locally acquired cases are all connected to exposure to the original case in the traveler. The latest patient is known to have visited many public locations between March 3 and March 9. Measles is contagious up to four days before any rash appears.

Through March 1, the Centers for Disease Control had received reports of 51 measles cases in the United States. The reporting of illnesses can lag as much as two weeks and the CDC always suggests that the reporting at the state and local level is the most current.

Measles is a preventable illness. The MMR vaccine, given in two doses before the age of five, is effective in preventing the illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Concerns about the safety of the vaccine are unfounded and without any scientific basis.

Differences Between Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes

The pancreas, an endocrine gland, produces one of the body’s most important hormones, insulin. Insulin lowers blood sugar levels by allowing cells to accept glucose (sugar) for use as energy. In individuals with diabetes, the pancreas cannot produce insulin. The lack of insulin in the body raises blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia), which can lead to kidney problems, liver problems, vascular disease coma or even death.

Type I Classification

The majority of individuals with Type I diabetes develop the disease as children. Diabetes develops because the lost beta cells in the Islets of Langerhans within the pancreas prohibit insulin production. Individuals with Type I diabetes must be on the lookout for skin disorders, nerve damage in the feet, eye care and maintain good dental health.

Type II Classification

Individuals with Type II diabetes develop the disease through a combination of genetics, poor diet and lack of exercise. The pancreas releases insulin to lower blood sugar levels. Excess fat around the muscles can block the absorption of glucose, making the body insulin-resistant. The glucose remains in the bloodstream, raising blood sugar levels and causing the pancreas to release more insulin. The cycle continues until the body becomes completely immune to the effects of insulin.

Type I Prevention/Solution

Since the beta cells no longer produce insulin, the body must get it from other sources to survive. Insulin cannot be taken orally, as it would be broken down during digestion. Without insulin, the body cannot use glucose for energy; therefore, insulin must be injected into the fat under the skin. Most insulin injections are made from synthetic sources, and a few are made from pigs. Extreme cases can be treated with insulin pumps. Pumps deliver insulin through a catheter placed under the skin.

Type II Prevention/Solution

Type II diabetes develops from insulin resistance. Insulin sensitivity can be restored with modest weight loss; as little as 10 to 15 lbs. can make a difference. Over 90 percent of individuals who lose weight and keep it off do it through a combination of diet and exercise. Until insulin sensitivity is restored, individuals with Type II diabetes may have to take insulin injections.


Diabetics are no more likely to get the common cold and flu than any other individual. Colds raise blood sugar levels and can be dangerous for diabetics; diabetes does not affect the immune system and is not contagious. Diabetes does not create athersclerosis (hardening of the arteries). However, an obese Type II diabetic is at a greater risk of atherosclerosis than the rest of the population.

National Eating Disorders Week hopes to raise awareness: How to get help

Designed to raise awareness of conditions such as anorexia and bulimia, National Eating Disorders Week occurs Feb. 23 to March 1. It’s also intended to help sufferers, parents and friends discover how to get help as well as what to do to prevent these diseases, reported Forbes on Feb. 22.

The three main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, but the causes and solutions are not so easily categorized, say experts.

“Eating disorders are complicated and vexing problems and we don’t exactly understand the pathophysiology of them,” noted Dr. Aaron Krasner, a practicing psychiatrist, and Director of the Adolescent Transitional Living Program at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut.

“Certainly there is both a genetic component and an environmental component,” he added. But “it is not a one size fits all remedy or a preventive strategy.”

An estimated 10 million women and one million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, according to the Eating Disorder Foundation.

And eating disorders do not discriminate: Addiction specialist Drew Pinksy’s daughter Paulina just revealed that she battled bulimia and anorexia for seven years, reported USA Today on Feb. 24.

“Purging eight times in one day to cope with the emotional stress of being home during spring break had finally scared me enough to take action,” she wrote in an essay on body shame.

One of the keys to recovery: Talking about it rather than trying to hide the disorder, says Paulina.

“For me, talking about it normalizes talking about it. Eating disorders shouldn’t be a secret because that’s what perpetuates them,” she explained.

Dr. Drew said he takes pride in his daughter’s decision to get help.

“When she recognized she needed help she sought treatment and actively engaged in the process. And now she is using her insights to help others,” he stated.

But for those with eating disorders, the path to recovery can be long and difficult, revealed Jenni Schaefer recently in the Huffington Post. She’s the author of “Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect)” and “Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too” (click for details).

Even after getting professional help, Jenni remained too thin. And she was obsessed with the “thigh gap” look symptomatic of women who are unnaturally slender.

10 steps to boost your self-confidence

On June 18, 2014, Manalapan health Examiner Stacey Chillemi, a writer for The Complete Herbal Guide created 10 easy-to-follow steps on how to boost your self-confidence. Here is what the she had to say.

Self-confidence is a characteristic that everyone can attain. Yet feeling insecure about ourselves is perhaps the most common problems of humanity. The majority of people in society think, “You have to be born with it.” Not true. You learn how to be confident, just as you learn how to cook or drive a car.

Self-confidence all boils down to how you feel about yourself. Your self-confidence begins to develop from the moment you are born. Many components affect the development of our self-esteem. For example, some of those components consist of how we are raised, how people talk to us and the experiences we encounter during our lifetime. People tend to judge how well we are doing in life by what society thinks is the “norm” or what the people who center our life perceive the norm to be.

All individuals have standards and expectations that we tend to try to live up too. If you are unable to meet up to your standards, which most of us are unable to because most individuals set goals that are unattainable or unrealistic and in result, our self-confidence begins to slowly dwindle down. Most people have unrealistic standards that they try to live up to and they lose sight of the fact that no one is perfect. Perfection does not exist. Perfection only exists in our mind and every individual perceives it differently.

You need to accept yourself, love yourself and be happy with the person you have become in life and if you are unhappy with certain things in your life then you need to change them. However, this is a whole other discussion that we will save for another article.
We were valued for just being people, for just being in this world. We often believe we must continually try to prove to other people that we are worthy of them or on the same level as them. We often spend too much time doing that and we lose sight of the fact that we are fine just the way we are and that the only person that needs to be happy with them is themselves even though we are not perfect people.

In order to gain self-confidence you need to believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself then you can succeed in anything you put your mind to. You may not succeed the first time you try, but you have to keep trying until you do succeed. Quick success does not exist in our society. Achievements only come to those who strive hard to get them. You get nowhere in life if you do not push yourself. You need to create a lifestyle that is right for you and nobody else. Do not settle for anyone else’s lifestyle or for a lifestyle that is beneath your standards.

The”10 step plan” to increasing confidence:

1. Begin a journal. Ask yourself what is making you feel like you cannot get to the point in life you want to reach. Write any thoughts that come to mine. Also, write down what self-confidence means to you.
2. The past is unchangable: Remember the past is over. You cannot change the past, focus on the future and plan for your new beginning. Begin by writing down 10 positive things about yourself. Go through your journal and look at all the positive things about yourself. Concentrate on your strengths. These are the reasons you should love yourself and have high self-esteem and self-confidence in yourself. Give yourself credit for everything positive you have written about yourself. Remember, you are somebody special.
3. Accept yourself and learn to love yourself for whom you are a person. Everyone has his or her own unique qualities and characteristics. We are all born differently for a reason. Do not compare yourself to others.
4. Dig Deep inside yourself: Understand yourself mentally, physically and spiritually. Meditation is a great way to relax and learn what your body needs from you. Here a great way to meditate

Take some time to relax by yourself in a quiet room…

Rest on your back with head and neck comfortably supported.
Rest hands on upper abdomen, close your eyes and settle in a comfortable position.
Breathe slowly, deeply and rhythmically.
Inhalation should be slow, unforced and unhurried.
Silently count to four, five or six, whatever feels right for you.
When inhalation is complete, slowly inhale through the nose. Count this breathing out, as when breathing in.
The exhalation should take as long as the inhalation. There should be no sense of strain. If initially, you feel you have breathed your fullest at a count of three, which is all right.
Try gradually to slow down the rhythm until a slow count of five or six is possible, with a pause of two or three between breathing in and breathing out.

5. Become ready. Self-confidence comes a lot easier to the person who is sure their ready.
6. Strengthen your inner self. Write down in your journal what you will be able to do once you acquire the confidence you need.
7. Begin changing what you do not like about yourself. Confidence comes from within. You need to concentrate on the positive things about yourself.
8. Notice the change in our self-esteem and self-confidence. Reward yourself each time you do something that makes you feel proud…go out some place or take it easy for the day.
9. Learn how to give and take. Confidence is being able to find a balance between giving help to people and excepting when we need help.
10. Have a tremendous amount of pride in yourself. Remember, you are number one!

Beat your st. patrick’s day hangover

The remedies to relieve a hangover are endless but how many of them actually work? You may immediately pop some aspirin or drink a glass of water before bed to try and beat those hangover symptoms but as the saying goes different strokes for different folks. Medicine always seems to be the first alternative when combating a hangover but these all natural remedies perform just as well.

When you are experiencing a hangover your body needs to be replenished with natural nutrients to get you up and running again. Bananas contain an immense amount of potassium and so does honey. The two of these ingredients together make a power house. The fructose in honey helps your body metabolize the alcohol and your potassium is replenished with the bananas.

This next remedy may make you lift an eyebrow but it works! It’s no secret that toxic waste is removed through the skin. It’s the very reason why brushing your teeth after a drink doesn’t help much because it’s coming through your pores! Hot baths help in the detoxification process so the next time you go for a soak add some wasabi bath salts in the water. This helps get that alcohol out.

Lastly, water should always be your holy grail. Drinking just one glass before bed actually DOES WORK; the problem is not everyone will reach for water when the bed is staring them in the face. So, if you can’t get that drink before bed then drink water immediately upon rising.

NBC NEWS Skeleton 3,200 years old found with cancer

The news article states that archaeologists have discovered a human male skeleton who was riddled with cancer, dating somewhere around 1200 B.C. that was aged between 25 to 35 years old at the time of his death.

This scientific discovery is of great importance to the medical field because of the fact that he died with cancer showing that even hundreds of years ago people contracted cancer.

The article does not state the reasons why he contracted cancer but the skeleton is being examined and hopefully they will find new information to help with modern day cancer patients.