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Well Known Weight Loss Programs Losing Customers

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It looks like some of the weight loss programs are actually losing some weight, the wrong weight….it’s customers. Oh no!

According to Yahoo, the popular weight loss programs such as Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, and Weight Watchers are losing money.

Jenny Craig’s sales have declined the first half of the year, Weight Watchers revenue is down 3.7 so far in this year, and even worse, Nutrisystem’s sales have declined since 2008, dropping 20 percent.

The blame? The economy.

The other blame….free apps! Apps such as My Fitness Pal has the same concept as Weight Watchers, but is free.

Weight Watcher’s Chief Financial Officer, says:

“The issue with free apps is that they’re taking trial [members] out of the market.”

The Spokesperson for Nestle (which owns Jenny Craig) Edie Burge  says:

“The entire weight-loss category is going through a transition during a difficult economic environment.”

The unfortunate part is that the Lean Cuisine meals, which Nestle makes, have also declined in sales.

NutriSystem Chief Executive Dawn Zier does not blame the internet. She believes that people only come to Nutrisystem because they want something more structured and was unable to find so elsewhere.

Aside from the commercials, Nutrisystem recently started selling five-day weight loos kits at Walmart to boost it retail sales.

On the other hand, weight loss programs such as Herbalife, Medifast, and USANA Health Services have done well so far this year.

Well, we hope that there is a level playing field, because as much as obesity is on the rise, these programs are a way of hope.

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Yahoo!

Pamela Anderson Practices Yoga

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It seems that yoga has is very relaxing and popular among most celebrities, especially Pamela Anderson.

The 46-year-old former Baywatch star was in Hawaii on a family vacation practicing yoga outside of her hotel room.

Anderson also hit the beach in a two-piece, still looking good. Perhaps the yoga exercises have assisted in her maintaining her beach body!

The benefits of yoga can not only give you a sense of peace and calmness when doing so, like Anderson, but it can also help maintain a healthy weight.

So try some yoga if you want to maintain a great bod like Pammy!

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Daily Mail

Via: Daily Mail

How Sports Drinks Can Boost Your Workout Performance

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Who would have ever thought that a sports drink can help boost performance aside from quenching your thirst?

According to a study by the University of Central Lancashire, gargling and spitting out a sports drink can give you a better workout.

The study showed that cyclists who swished with carbohydrate-rich sports drinks covered more distance and felt less tired.

Study author Lindsey Bottoms says:

“When performing high-intensity exercise lasting less than 60 minutes, using a carbohydrate rinse for 5-10 seconds can improve performance. It could potentially allow you to train harder.”

How it works: Brain scans show that specific regions light up when carbs are in your mouth. The longer you rinse, the more time the carbs have to stimulate sensors in your brain. Bottom explains that it is really a mind trick.

“The concept of mouth rinse supports the idea that the brain is very much playing a key role in fatigue,”

Swishing boost your workout performance 2% and also helps prevent indigestion which people often experience from swallowing carbohydrates during a workout. This study proves to work on short term workouts.

So the next time you get that sports drink, instead of gulping it down, try a gargle.

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Yahoo!

Via: Yahoo! Sports

Nick Jonas Shows Off His Buff Bod Despite Being Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes

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Who’s the hottie with the great body? Why that’s Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers!

But there is a catch as to how he is able to maintain that nice physique of his.

When Nick was just 13-years-old, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Since being diagnosed, he had to make a huge cut back on his sugar as well as staying away from soda.

The 20-year-old Jonas recently took to the Internet to post his pic, also writing:

“I never do this but…Healthy living and fitness update. Post workout picture. #diabeticinshape #2.0.”

Nick also told Good Housekeeping mag in 2011 that he eats a lot of eggs since its good for him, and gets into the gym as much as possible.

We credit you Nick for staying strong and keeping up that great bod despite your disease. True soldier!

FItness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Yahoo

Oscar Pistorius Faces Indictment

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Update: ESPN reports on the South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius alleged murder case.

In case you don’t know who he is, Osacr Pistorius initially got the world’s attention when he became  the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics, but now he is known for murdering his girlfriend.

Check out the updated details on the case below;

A South African police spokesman says Oscar Pistorius will be served with an indictment now that police have completed an investigation into the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Spokesman Lt. Gen. Solomon Makgale said Tuesday the investigation team is convinced Pistorius has a charge to answer.

Pistorius will appear in a Pretoria court Monday. Makgale said it is expected Pistorius will be served with the indictment and a trial date will be set.

Pistorius says he accidentally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14. The state alleges the couple may have argued and he intentionally killed her.

The double-amputee Olympian may face a life sentence in prison, with a minimum of 25 years, if convicted of a charge of premeditated murder. He was freed on bail Feb. 22.

via ESPN

Jerry O’Connell Makes Healthy Changes To Wear Speedos For TV Role

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Actor Jerry O’Connell is a man of many speedos…literally!

For his new role on the CBS sitcom “We Are Men,” O’Connell shows off his great bod in speedos…A lot of speedos at that! There’s no problem with that!

He discussed his role wearing the speedos at a Television Critics Association event, saying:

“It is probably the most nerve-racking job for me to put those on every morning. We’re a couple episodes in and I’m in the speedo continually.” Don’t be so modest, Jerry!

But O’Connell’s beautiful and famous wife, former Sports Illustrated Mag model Rebecca Romijn gave him some pointers on how to get speedo ready.

O’Connell revealed:

“My wife’s advice was ‘Go get a tan, do some pushups, and maybe do some pilates.”

Although O’Connell didn’t quite follow his wife’s advice, he did make some healthy changes.

“I have joined a gym and I’ve started drinking light beer,” O’Connell said.

Good job, Jerry! Glad you are making some healthy changes to get that great speedo body!

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Yahoo!

Forbes Releases List Of The Highest Paid Female Athletes

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Forbes Magazine recently released its list for the highest paid Female Athletes. Tennis player Maria Sharapova snagged the #1 spot on the list earning $29 million dollars. Coming in not far behind her was one of the William sisters, Serena Williams with $20.5 million dollars.

Check out the other female athletes that are really raking it in;

#1 Maria Sharapova (tennis) – $29 million
#2 Serena Williams (tennis) – $20.5 million
#3 Li Na (tennis) – $18.2 million
#4 Victoria Azarenka (tennis) – $15.7 million
#5 Danica Patrick (race car driver) – $15 million
#6 Kim Yuna (figure skating) – $14 million
#7 Caroline Wozniacki (tennis) – $13.6 million
#8 Agnieszka Radwanska (tennis) – $7. 4 million
#9 Ana Ivanovic (tennis) – $7 million
#10 Paula Creamer (golf) – $5.5 million

It looks like tennis players are the most lucrative of them all.

 

Fallon Mercedes is a Celebrity Fitness Reporter.

She is a Certified Personal Trainer who has years of experience in Entertainment Reporting.

Putting her two passions together fitness and celebrity news, she created a unique concept, blog and show called “Fit With Fallon” that educates and inspires individuals to get fit in an entertaining and fun way.
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