How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off in the 21st Century

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By Hector Cisneros

People have been making new year’s resolutions and dieting unsuccessfully for over a hundred years. Ever wonder if there were some new high tech discovery that could make a difference in your dieting success? What about the latest discoveries in fat loss, health and nutrition, can they make a difference? And what about the food industry?  Are they actually trying to help you win the battle of the budge or trick you into buying more food? If you failed at dieting - yo-yoing back and forth with weight loss and gain, then this is the article for you.  This article will discuss the latest and greatest news and discoveries in the weight loss industry, including high tech gadgets, technique and supplements to help you win the battle of the waistline bulge. So read the about the latest and greatest high tech weight loss secrets and learn the how to lose weight and keep it off in the 21st century. 

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NutriMost Resonant Frequency (NRF) technology – One of the newest and exciting technologies in the weight loss industry is NRF. All things in our world have a resonance frequency. This is a new leading edge science that we have recently rediscovered in the 21st century (I say recently because Hindu texts talk about this concept going back some 4,000 years). A company called NutriMost has developed a system that uses an RF scanner designed to measure the Resonant Frequencies of the human body. Their system creates a hormonal fingerprint of the factors that pertain to an individual’s weight gain and fat retention. In essence, it develops a recipe to address nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances and substances that are toxic to that person. This recipe is very specific and according to the NutriMost folks works 100% of the time to help a person lose fat and reach a state of better health. 

I personally have spoken with people who swear by this system and I have seen hundreds of video testimonials by individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight (20 to 40 lbs.) in as little as 40 days! The Local NutriMost franchise I visited was Vibrant Life Health Center in Jacksonville. They gave me access to speak with their clients. I am sure you are skeptical about such claims as the internet is ripe with miss leading advertising. All such claims should be vetted thoroughly. Having said that, the sheer number of testimonials and the people I have talked to have convinced me that their system works for those who are committed to using it. Check out their blog here.

Check out this Nurses testimonial.

Health and Activity Trackers – Health and Activity Trackers are not new. They have been around for over twenty years (if you count pedometers). In the last 5 years we have seen the rise of health and activity trackers that utilizes computer technology and the cloud to greatly enhance the information they provide the wearer. These aren’t your daddy’s pedometers that only provide steps, distance and estimated calories burned. These new devices have their birth lineage based in the athletic performance monitoring industry. Many of the newer devices are more accurate, measure heart rate, exercise intensity, pace, sleep and more. There are also exercise specific devices and some that are jacks of all trades. Most couple this exercise information with a food intake journal allowing the wearer to accurately measure the difference between calories consumed verses calories burned. 

This metric is vital for people looking to lose weight. The part that these devices help with
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the most in my opinion is that they effortlessly measure your physical activity and they make it much easier to record and measure your food/water and calorie intake on a daily basis. Most come with cloud based smartphone apps that allow you to organize your daily activities and food consumption data.   It’s been my experience that knowing your “daily numbers” for calories burned verses calories consumed goes a long way in helping anyone achieve their weight loss goals. Many of these products also include support mechanisms such as online support groups, recipe databases, social media based competitions and support.  Top US players in this industry include Fitbit, Garmin, Polar, Misfit, Jawbone and Under Armor. Be sure to read Wearables 2.0 - Rise of the trackers on this blog.

Smart phone Apps The internet and cloud based applications have revolutionized the ways we can track our food and exercise. There are a lot of free and low cost smartphone apps (not associated with activity trackers) that can help you stay the course to better health, wellbeing and improved lifestyle. There are dozens of free apps that have pre-defined food databases, allowing you to easily look up the nutritional value and calories of many of the foods we buy in stores and eat in restaurants. No longer do you have to carry a 3-inch-thick paperback book of food that has to be repurchased each year. 

Apps and websites like MyFitnessPal, Fooducate, Lose It, My Fitness Buddy and Eat This
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can provide the detailed, accurate information needed to make wise health decisions about the food you eat to the type and duration of exercise you engage in. They can be accessed via computer, tablet or smartphone, making quick and easy access, organization and tracking of your behavior much easier than in the past. There are apps that will track various types of exercise and of course there are apps to help with getting the information and support you need to reach your goals. On top of that, many activity trackers allow you to plug these popular applications into their apps, so you can integrate large databases of food and exercise tips.

Cool Gadgets to Burn Calories Fast and Save Time – Most of us want to burn calories as quickly as possible. By the same token, most of us who exercise also want to spend the least amount of time in the gym, on the treadmill or in any kind of exercise we engage in. I don’t know about you, but I want to spend more time with my family and friends and less in the gym.  Well, if you can cut the time in half that you devote to exercise, would that make life better? One of the more recent discoveries are the newest type of exercise programs. Two of which are Interval and circuit training. Both of these routines burn more calories per time spent than your daddy’s old exercise routines, especially if they incorporate multiple muscle groups in each session.

First, Some Machines that have stood the Test of Time - When researching this article, I
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looked for new devices that could cut down the typical 30 to 45-minute exercise time frame in half. My research revisited several exercise machines that report to do just that. But before I get to the machines that cut your time in half, I want to mention a few old standby that has stood the test of time. Number one - rowing machines and Number two – Total Gym type machines.

Let’s start with the rowing machine. That's right, a rowing machine! A rowing machine engages most of your lower, middle and upper muscle groups with every stroke you make. Rowing is not an easy exercise, nor is it fun or exciting. However, it is a very efficient way to exercise. If you want to take your rowing machine workout to a higher tech level, you can use your tablet for video and blue tooth headphones for sound or music to improve your rowing experience. The same can be said if you use an elliptical or treadmill machine. Although these machines don’t profess to cut your exercise time in half, they do burn significant calories in 30 minutes or less. I typically burn right around 300 calories in 18 minutes when using my old Health Rider (which is a type of rowing machine). You can’t get the original Heath Rider any more (except used) but if you do get one, they are simple to use and last forever as well.

Now for the Total Gym. This machine has been around for several decades (since 1984)
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and was made famous by none other than Chuck Norris, who as a long time user of that product. He aired his first commercial using the product in1997 and the legend has grown since then. It has been released in about a dozen different models ranging in price from $199 to $3,795. This is a great product because it is simple, it allows you to change from exercise to exercise quickly and it folds up for storage. Because of its design, you can do both weight and cardio training simultaneously. Can stomach the higher priced models? There are several copycat type products on the market. One by Weider, called the Total Body Works 5000, can be had for $120 at Walmart. These machines last forever (mine is 20 plus years old and works like new).


When researching for new state of the art exercise machines, I found a heard of relatively new players that fit the bill by burning more calories while still giving you a quick workout, so you can get on with your real life. Let’s look at my contenders.

Yowza Fitness Cardio EllipticalThis elliptical provide a super smooth, no impact motion and has a unique upper body resistance mechanism where your arm motion works on exercising your core. It comes equipped with a spread of electronic and monitors (depending on which version you buy) and it is highly rated by consumer affairs and others who rate elliptical machines. It's not cheap. The starting price is $1,399 with the top model coming in at $2,699!

Yowza Cardio - Check it out.

Bow Flex Tread Climber - This product been around for a few years and reports to burn 2 to 2.5 times the calories you can burn on a treadmill or stepper during the same amount of time. On their website most of the testimonials talk about a 30-minute workout. What I like about this product is that it’s simple – you just walk! This product has lots of positive reviews and it is a well built and popular device. Its primary drawback is that it's relatively expensive. The entry level price for the new model is $2,199 (when discounted). You can find lots of reviews on YouTube for this product. As mentioned earlier, it is a tried and proven product, but like any exercise machine that burns a lot of calories in a short period of time, it requires you to do the real work!

Bow flex Max Trainer This product reportedly burns 2.5 times as many calories in the same time interval as any machine it was tested against.  However, they don’t actually say who they tested it against in their ads. It seems to have many of the features of the Tread Climber but in a very different configuration.  It combines the action of a stepper, tread climber and elliptical all in one. It also engages both upper and lower muscle groups in the exercises. The electronics also incorporate interval training as part of the routines you can select. Again, this machine is not cheap with and entry level price of $999 with the top model running $1,599. This product’s advertising states that you can complete your workout in 14 minutes because you are engaging more muscles groups and interval training to maximize your burn. You can find mostly positive reviews on YouTube for this product, although they are more mixed that the tread climber.



Check out the Max Trainer

The XLR8 Rom 4 Minute Cross Trainer This is the Mac daddy of exercise products claiming to cut exercise time to only 4 minutes! This company’s advertisement states that you can get a full body workout in just four minutes – both for strength and cardio – period.  You can view lots of YouTube videos on this product as it's been around for several years now. The newest model, called the XLR8 look cleaner, as the inner workings are now covered. From what I can see the machine put the emphasis on Work in your workout. Their claim to fame is not that you will get more for less. They basically state that they just minimize the time you’re agonizing during your workout. There is no doubt that working out hard for a short period of time builds muscle. Plus, moving from exercise to exercise quickly also build stamina.  However, with a price tag of $8,999 (refurbished) to $13,999 (new), it will only be showing up in gyms of the rich and famous or people’s homes who have money to burn, as well as calories.

Check out this 4 Minute Workout!

Regardless of what you choose, there are a few techniques and tips that will increase your chances of success. These techniques will not make you successful overnight. However, they will succeed 100% of the time as long as you don’t quit.

Commitment - Make a commitment to long term change towards a healthy lifestyle. This requires the understanding and belief that there are no real short cuts only the adoption of lifelong learning along with the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.

A Strong Belief in the Important of health - Having or acquiring a strong belief in the value of self is very important. People who love themselves and are willing to spend time taking care of themselves will succeed. If you don’t believe you have real value, you won’t take care of yourself.
Regular exercise – Many scientific studies show that regular exercise “turns on” a multitude of youthful genetic expressions. Engaging in regular exercise is like taking an elixir of youth, except it takes 15 to 45 minutes to swallow it.

Recording your food consumption habits and calories – No one can eat more calories than they burn, if they want to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Journaling what you eat will help anyone discover what works and what doesn’t.

Everyone can use some support - Incorporating your friends and family as part of your support system will make it easier to achieve success. By the same token, friends and family can sabotage your efforts as well, so make sure you find people in your support system who really want you to succeed.

Medical and Nutritional supervision – Make sure the medical professionals who are helping you on your journey are well versed in exercise and nutritional expertise.  I have found that Chiropractors have a good background in these fields and generally want to help you in this area.

Eat 5 to 7 smaller meals each day -  There is a lot of evidence that shows eating smaller meals often (say, every two to three hours) helps stop hunger and increase fat loss. Of course, eating the right kinds of foods and staying within your calorie limits help as well. I suggest eating nutrient dense foods that are low glycemic in nature like green leafy vegetables, low glycemic fruits, moderate amount of nuts, modest amounts of lean non red meats and dairy. Each person is different, but staying away from processed foods is best.

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Drink a minimum of 5 to 8, eight ounce glasses of water each day - Most of us don’t drink enough water each day.  Our bodies need water to function properly and it’s important in fat burning. Often people believe they are hungry, when in fact they are actually dehydrated.

Proper supplementation is vital -  One of the most common mistakes people make when beginning a weight loss program is not supplementing properly. It’s easy to not get the proper minimal daily amount of vitamins and minerals when you're exploring new ways of eating and exercising. Make sure you are consuming a high quality multi-vitamin with minerals each day.

In this article I have explored six high tech devices, several apps, new exercise methodologies and new discoveries that make it easier to burn fat and lose weight, than ever before. This article further provides 9 additional weight loss tips that will help any reader achieve their wellness and weight loss goals.
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Will You be Able to Stomach the Internet of Food?

By Carl Weiss
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As if this world wasn't wired enough, there's a movement afoot to use technology to bring the "Internet of Things" concept to the dinner table.  Realizing that consumers are obsessed with diet, weight loss, food allergies and a host of other nutrition-related bugaboos, academics, technologists and entrepreneurs are all looking to cash in by designing and marketing gadgets and apps under the guise of "The Internet of Food."  Everything from automated food scanners and tracking sensors embedded in meat & produce (can you say "Connected Cow?"), to AI-driven diet algorithms designed to help you count calories will soon be the norm.   In today’s blog, I will endeavor to show you how your relationship with the edibles is going to go high tech in a hurry.

Belly Up to the Buffet

Whether you get your food advice from your mom, your friends, the airwaves or the Internet, it’s readily apparent that Americans are a food-obsessed nation.  Since the turn of the century, we have seen chefs turned into media icons and how-to divas like Martha Stewart into multi-millionaires.  (Her reported worth in 2016 is $650 million.)  And let’s not forget the other side of the coin where an entire multi-billion-dollar industry has sprung up for those of us who have had too much of a good thing.  Dieting in the 21st century is worth more than $60 billion per year. So whether your interest in food is to eat better, eat healthier or simply to find a way to eat less, until recently each of these topics was something of a personal crusade.  But as with all else in this wired world, things are about to go high tech. 

By things, I am referring to the Internet of Things (IoT), a concept that has spawned
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everything from internet-enabled refrigerators to wearable fitness bracelets and clothing that monitor and report on everything from the number of steps you take in a day to your vital signs.  There are even apps that allow people to scan packages in the grocery store to alert them about nutritional content and/or potential food allergies.  However, until recently, all these IoT appliances and software were simply stand-alone utilities that, while useful, could not connect diet and exercise with the user’s health conditions and preferences. 

All that changed in late 2015 when Scottish professor Maged Boulos an expert in digital health at the University of Highlands and Islands in Inverness, Scotland proposed that the same technology used to enable objects to collect and exchange information could be applied to food.  That’s right, the same nation that gave us such delicacies as haggis, neeps and tatties is at the forefront of a revolution that is soon going to change your relationship with the grocery store, not to mention your favorite restaurants.

Already there is a movement afoot by several industry partners, including Cisco, to create and deploy systems, sensors and devices the aim of which is to “improve the safety and transparency of the ways that food is produced, delivered, and consumed.”


While you have no doubt heard of smart fridges, you probably have yet to hear about connected cows.  In an August 2015 post by theguardian.com, it was revealed that, “These cows aren’t simply tweeting their position to online followers.  Under a project run by Dr. Jonathan Amory at Writtle College, sensors are tracking dairy cows to help farmers spot illnesses earlier, creating an early-warning system for disease that hopefully cuts suffering for the animals and improves milk yields.” 

Even more interesting is the fact that the same technology that can be used to better our bovines is also being deployed to help save the embattled honeybee. 

Bees are in trouble. Their numbers have been in sharp decline, and no one is entirely sure why. One explanation for colony collapse disorder (CCD), as the disaster is known, is a type of mite – and researchers at the University of Minnesota and a firm called Eltopia have a solution that pops the plague like popcorn while keeping bees and hives safe.

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“We have printed circuitry on PLA (corn-based) plastic film that is coated with beeswax and impressed with a honeycomb pattern upon which the worker bees can draw out the comb,” said co-founder Aaron Seelye. “The ink is a special type that can both act as a temperature sensor one moment, and a heater the next. By taking cues from the environment, we can interrupt the reproductive cycle of the Varroa Mite, which is widely considered the leading cause of CCD.”

IoF technology goes far beyond connected cows and I-bees.  It’s also at the heart of developing plants that not only resist pests, but can be grown to order.  “The hardware sensors are similar to what you see in any semiconductor plant,” said Enrique Andaluz, Director of Strategic Business Development for Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing at Microsoft. Indeed, Fujitsu’s test bed is a chip plant that’s been converted to grow IoT-managed plants. “The information is picked from building sensors that control temperature, humidity, CO2, light intensity and other factors that affect the ‘perfect conditions’ to grow crops.” That data is handed to Microsoft’s Azure cloud, where it’s analyzed for reports and to send alerts about its care.

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All this data means it’s possible to fine tune the conditions to grow low-potassium lettuce. “To reduce the level of potassium at home, you typically cook the raw vegetables to change their internal chemical composition,” said Andaluz. And who wants cooked lettuce? “Fujitsu has been able to produce a raw lettuce with less than 80% of potassium content as compared to traditional grown lettuce.” 

From the distribution perspective, everything from “Smart Seeds” to “Distribution Robots” are being designed and built to connect with and communicate to the global food production system.  Faced with an ever-growing population combined with the stresses associated with global warming, it is thought that the only way to ensure the safe and economic production of food is via technology.  Far from only affecting the global scheme of things, the Internet of Food will also have a profound difference for consumers as well.

The Opposite of Garbage In, Garbage Out

The past ten years have seen the emergence of a global food chain where products are sourced from around the world.  Some of these products are genetically modified, some are grown using questionable standards.  As a result, many US consumers are concerned about the safety of food purchased in grocery stores and restaurants.  (The 2015 media storm caused for the Chipotle restaurant chain is certainly not an isolated incident.)  A recent blogpost on foodtechconnect.com entitled “Reconnecting Diners & Chefs to ensure a Better Food Future” sums it up nicely.

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When you look at the mainstream food industry over the past couple of decades however, providing quality products has typically been an obstacle to success. The consumer demand for quality was too diluted to overcome the inertia of ubiquitous, highly processed “cheap” food. Defining success by pure economics meant that most foodservice operators have been engaged in a dangerous price-driven race to the bottom. This race leaves food quality and consumer health out of the equation and ultimately contributes to a public health crisis with massive economic and environmental consequences.

Today’s rising obesity and diabetes rates are accompanied by growing healthcare costs and environmental concerns as a result of our food choices. And as the alarming economic forecasts loom, government-led initiatives continue to emerge. Mandatory menu labeling is going national, and new dietary recommendations for the first time, take into account environmental sustainability. While the long-term impact on consumer demand and food quality of such measures remains to be seen, it’s clear that the intention is to amplify consumer awareness around food choices.

Obviously tracking of products from spawn to spoon would be one big leg up on this health-related issue.  Technology also provides a number of ways for consumers to cut out the middleman by growing their own produce either indoors or out.  Check out one such innovation from Grove.

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From an evolutionary it wasn’t so long ago when farming was humanity’s chief occupation.  Today there are very few US citizens that know how to grow much else then their lawns.  (and they usually dump a ton of herbicides and pesticides on even that)  This has opened up a niche for entrepreneurs who design, manufacture and ship all manner of self-contained vegetable gardens for consumers.  Some of these systems provide technology (either hardwired or AP based) that takes the work out of raising veggies.  Some are soil-based while others are hydroponic growing systems.  One thing is for sure, families don’t have to worry about where these edibles come from since they are homegrown.

If like me, you have been saddled with a brown thumb, there are other options that will soon be coming to a kitchen near you.  One of them would be food printers, like the Foodini.  Introduced in a Kickstarter campaign by Natural Machines, the $1,000 contraption is programmed to deliver ready-to-cook meals such as pasta and pizza at the press of a button.  An excerpt an article on Foodini explains how the machine makes ravioli.

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How often have you made homemade ravioli? Rolling out the dough to a thin layer, adding the filling, adding the top layer of dough, and then cutting it to size takes time. Let Foodini do it for you. Simply load the dough and filling into Foodini, and Foodini will print individual raviolis for you. The 3D printing of food – in this case, creating a layer of pasta, a layer of filling, and covering it with a layer of pasta again – is assembling the ravioli. The same as you would do by hand, except Foodini automates it: you don’t have to manually do all the work… Foodini does it for you. Less mess in your kitchen, more time to do other things. http://3dprintingindustry.com/2014/03/31/3d-printer-foodini-food-kickstarter/

Speaking of cuisine, in the near future consumers will be able to shop for diet plans the same way they currently shop for cars.  That’s largely due to the fact that like our web-enabled, sensor laden automobiles, the tech tools that will help you count calories and stick to both a diet and exercise plan will soon merge into an integrated off-the-shelf package. 

Imagine what it would be like to be able to walk down the aisle at the supermarket with a smartphone app that would not only assist you in selecting the products that have the right nutritional value for your specific needs, but that would also assist you in planning your weekly menu.  Then couple this with an exercise monitoring device such as FitBit that would be integrated into the system and that has been tasked with helping motivate you into burning off the calories.  It would come down to a high tech case of cause and effect.  Here’s what Professor Boulos as quoted in ablog on foodmanufacture.co.uk has to say about this concept.
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“Such an Internet of Food could provide context, user-specific insights and intelligent recommendations based on an individual’s health needs, circumstances and profiles at any given time. Such an application could also help to advise users about any essential ingredients lacking in their diet.”

So what you will eventually be able to take advantage of is an intelligent system that will customize a diet and exercise plan to your exact needs and wants.  Plus, you will have a feedback protocol that will motivate you into sticking with the program.  When coupled with smart appliances, this should make for a lively discourse concerning who or what is ultimately in control of the situation.

“Open the refrigerator door please, Hal.”
“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
“What’s the problem?”
“I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.”
“Give me a damn popsicle before I rip your guts out, Hal!”

In this article I have discussed how the food industry is entering the Internet of Things age. This article explores how the food industry starting to utilize sensing devices and internet connectivity to monitor food growth, production quality and safety the implications of these new usages will have repercussions for a long time to come.

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would like to learn more about this subject, visit the notes page on this blog for the BlogTalkRadio show dated 1/19/16. I recommend checking out "Has the Internet Made Us Smarter?“, "Hector the Connector Predictions for 2016 and Beyond!", "Is The Internet of Everything Really, Everything They're Cracking it Up to Be?andThe Basics of Biohacking” You can also search for other related articles by typing in “IoT or the Internet of Things” in the search box top of this blog.

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