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Losers Win In Weight Loss Challenge

Demetra Ingram wanted to get healthy. The 56-year-old Westbury resident had gained weight over the past several years, and at a recent doctors appointment, was told that she had an irregular heartbeat. Her doctor encouraged her to do cardio exercise, not only for her heart, but to help fight Alzheimers Disease, which runs in her family.

So Ingram, along with a team of fellow members from her sorority Pheta Iota Omega, decided to join the Long Island Weight Loss Challenge, an eight-week health initiative that encouraged people to focus on healthy eating and exercise.

The challenge was the product of a collaboration between two chapters of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority: Pi Pi Omega (which is based in Westbury) and Theta Iota Omega. Patricia Mack, president of the Pi Pi Omega chapter, said that the two chapters joined together with a desire to help the community, specifically in regards to their health.

We know there are health issues involved with people being overweight, and that it involves diseases like diabetes and kidney failure. We thought we could do a fun competition to remind people to be healthy, eat properly, and exercise, said Mack.

Originally, the two chapters thought of doing an informative health fair, but then decided to make it a more competitive event that would not just help participants, but others as well.

We decided to make it more of a fun activity, with the proceeds of everything going to charity, said Mack.

At a culmination event this past Saturday, the 22 participating teams gathered at the Yes We Can Center in Westbury for their final weigh-ins, and to see which five person team had lost the greatest percentage of their total weight over the past eight weeks. The

Determined Divas were announced the winners, having lost 3.7 percent of their total weight. As the winning team, the Determined Divas were able to choose which health based charity would receive the proceeds of the Long Island Weight Loss Challenge (which came from the $20 per person entry fee). The women chose to donate the $2,200 raised to the American Cancer Society.

The event allowed friends, coworkers and neighbors to all come together to support each others fitness goals. Ingram notes that her favorite part of the challenge was the encouragement that came from being part of a like-minded team.

When you try to do something like this on your own, its very hard, said Ingram. Its very helpful to have encouragement and to have someone who has the same goal as you. You feel like you have support.

The event organizers provided participants a lot of motivation and fitness tips during the eight week challenge to help them stay focused. At a kick-off event in October, teams were given information from health care professionals and speakers. Every weekend, they

were invited to come back to the Yes We Can center for a weigh-in, and encouraged to take part in different classes the center offered like kickboxing and dance. An informative newsletter was also sent out weekly, which had fitness tips, healthy recipes, and encouragement to help the participants keep moving toward their goals.

For Mack, participating in the challenge was a good reminder to make health a priority. Exercise was already a regular part of her life, but over the past eight weeks, she says she cut down on sugar and breads, and was more intentional in her eating habits, choosing more organic fruits and vegetables and checking food labels.

The challenge taught me how to be aware of how to be healthy, says Mack. I took away more of an education and awareness and learned more ways I can stay healthy, without resorting to anything extreme but just by watching my diet and keeping my body in motion.

Ingram says the challenge has helped her really focus on her fitness goals, including sticking to three meals a day, drinking more water and getting 30 minutes of exercise each day.

This really helped me change what I want to do on a daily basis going forward, she says.

This was the kick off year for the Long Island Weight Loss Challenge, but event organizers are optimistic that this will become an annual activity.

Overall its been very productive, said Gladys Andrews, president of Theta Iota Omega. Hopefully it will be the start of an annual activity and will grow to involve a lot more people.

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    What Is Are Some Of Your Favorite Weight Loss Tips? What are some of your most succesfull weight loss tips?? I have my few that I live by, but I am looking for some tips on cutting down. Please only share different/ unique tips.
    I know about all the common ones…. lots of water lots of rest six small meals etc.

    thank you so much in advance!

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      Hi CollegeGirl

      In my opinion, no weight loss tips are truly successful on their own. Lots of water is not necessarily a good way, because how much water a person needs depends on the BMI of the person. 6 small meals maybe hard at times, especially when you are stuck at school or office and have no chance to eat, and then you need to eat more when you have the chance. Well, dieting is a good way to lose weight, but then it is hard to stick to a diet. For example, something like this:

      Breakfast:
      2 egg, low fat Cheddar cheese omelette – 320 calories
      2 slices wholemeal toast with thin smear butter – 200 calories
      Large slice melon – 47 calories

      Lunch:
      Spicy Turkey Salad recipe – 304 calories

      Snack:
      Muesli or honey nut Health Bar “Sainsbury” – 180 calories

      Dinner:
      Baked potato with 100g “Heinz” baked beans &/or Cottage cheese if desired – 300 – 400 calories (350 average)
      Large helping salad fruits &/or vegetables – 100 calories

      Another weight loss tip is to do interval and turbulence exercise.

      Turbulence Training is a fresh plan that requires finishing three 45-minute exercise sessions each week with marginal equipment. It is an increasingly trend-setting fitness plan with the intention of helping you in the reduction of weight.

      Interval training is the fitness world’s equivalent of a visit to the in-laws. The shorter and more intense the visit, the better. An interval is a short period of exercise performed at a given intensity for a specific length of time. Each interval is separated from the next interval by a short rest or lighter activity. There are no strict rules on how long or how intense the interval must be, however, changing the interval length or intensity changes the way your body works and responds to exercise.

      But people have a short willpower. It may be strong at the beginning but will eventually fade as time goes on- as they realize that going on a diet is not actually as easy as they think it is. Of course, the strength of willpower differs from one person to another. This is the reason why there are people who can actually maintain a diet and exercise program for 1 year and there are people who can only maintain it for few months. Nonetheless, willpower is a big factor that dictates someone whether to continue losing weight or not.

      And in my opinion, besides sticking to a diet and exercise plan, it is the ultimate willpower to stop yourself from overeating that is the #1 tip to lose weight. But that is the hardest part if you are accustomed to eating lots of food even though your body does not need it. It is partly because of the delicious taste of the food causing a craving for more. There are certain ways to fight this craving ad I found one that maybe helpful. It is a type of chocolate that can actually suppress your appetite. It will can provide Good Energy that promotes a healthy weight by providing energy while burning fat. And it helps suppress cravings for sugary snacks.

      Good luck!

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    Weight Loss Tips And Help On Loosing Weight Ready For Prom? Im 15 and hopefully going to prom in the first week of July, as im British we only get 1 prom so its really important to me that i look nice 🙂
    Im very overweight at the moment, last week i weighed 12stone 9lbs (177 pounds) and now i weigh 12 stone 5lbs (173 pounds) but i know it won’t be like this every week.
    Are there any weight loss tips that can help me? I currently only eat 3 meals a day and 1200 cals as recommened on my app.
    Also what weight roughly should i be in July by your weight loss ideas?
    BQ- Im tanned, fat (hopefully not soon) and has long brown hair any ideas on what the dress could be?

    Thank you so much!

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      First off, have a great time at the prom! Secondly, you want to get to that lower weight doing it healthy. 1200 is a reasonable amount of calories, but I’m pretty sure those calories are not coming from all the nutrients your body needs. You don’t want your weight loss coming to a crashing halt! I know all about the crazy diets out there. You don’t have to spend ANY money on a quick fix or gimmick that may not work or work only for a few weeks. I have been on a natural eating plan and I lost 50 pounds in about 5 months. You’re younger, it may be faster. I also incorporated lots of exercise to burn more fat. This way of eating is called Paleo, or the Cave Diet. Eat everything your ancestors ate! If mother nature made it, eat it, if man made it, don’t touch it! It’s as simple as that. Go to the Cave Diet link below. You will lose weight, feel happier, glow from the inside out. Good luck!

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    What Are Some Good Work Out Routines And Weight Loss Tips For A 16 Year Old Male? I’m a 16 year old male and I am about 6foot 2 and weight around 185-190lbs. I was wondering what a good work out routine I can start and any good weight loss tips?

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      Just get into the habit of swimming every day or two and stick to it.

      Also for a normal (non drastic) diet that works you might want to see:
      http://www.bestinternetfind.solutionsarticles.com/Lose-Weight?id=xh8q

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