Weight Loss Management

Tips and advice from professionals on how to achieve quick weight loss, fast weight loss, and healthy weight loss. We provide the latest scientific information on the glycemic index and carbohydrates, the impact of protein on diets, and the latest and most relevant nutritional information related to weight loss and weight loss management available.

NEW Weight Loss Coffee

Weight Loss Coffee

How many times have you tried to lose weight over the years? And how many times have you deprived yourself of certain foods, calories and starved yourself in an effort to lose that extra weight? I know I have, and as a personal trainer and nutritionist, my clients have too and for most of us, losing and maintaining weight is an ongoing effort.

Well, I’m pretty excited about something I’ve learned that could change everything for the average dieter – weight loss coffee. Most people can’t start their day without coffee and the average person drinks 2-3 cups per day. Coffee just tastes good, smells good but hasn’t always been good for you, until now.

Now there is an ingenious way to enjoy a gourmet cup of coffee and at the same time help you lose weight! This blend of several new thermogenic and fat burning ingredients shows tremendous promise for triggering significant fat loss.

Could it be possible? To drink your coffee and lose weight at the same time? Well, it’s true. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients in this new weight loss coffee formula that includes both tried and true weight loss support ingredients as well as some new thermogenic agents:

1. Panamanian Boquete Gesha Gourmet award-winning coffee
2. Green Coffee Bean extract (chlorogenic acid) to increase fat usage in the body
3. Garcinia Cambogia extract to keep fat from being stored
4. Raspberry Ketone extract suppresses appetite and utilizes glucose in the cells
Thermogenic fat burning ingredients:
5. Sinetrol is a fat burner that stimulates the release of free fatty acids from the fat cells and increases the fat breakdown by the metabolism.
6. Evodiamine increases fat metabolism, reduces the uptake of fat and increases your body’s natural rate of fat burning while it increases resting core body temperature.
7. Pterostilbene Crystal Caffeine complex provides 8 hours of sustainable energy without the energy spike or crash.
8. Chromium Polynicotinate increases fat usage and regulates blood glucose levels
9. Yerba Mate extract, containing mateine which can help increase your metabolism and energy.
10. EGCg from green tea for cellular fat uptake and fat metabolism
11. Guarana to increase energy metabolism and synergistically interacts with Sinetrol to accelerate the fat burning power.

Sisel’s weight loss coffee is designed to support rapid and sustainable weight loss and inccrease your energy too. Most of these fat burning support ingredients have clinical studies to back their claims of increasing fat loss versus control groups taking a placebo. As a side benefit, it appears there are other health benefits from these ingredients too.

It’s interesting to note that no other company, weight loss or coffee has ever come up with an ingredient profile so comprehensive and it appears that many of these ingredients will work synergistically to help the average person effectively lose excess body fat.

I was one of the very first to try this weight loss coffee and see for myself how it works, and I’ve had many clients use this weight loss coffee to help them reach their fat loss goals! Try it for yourself!

Purchase here:  https://personalhealth.mysisel.com/en/US/productscategory.htm?categoryId=527

Be sure to check out ThermoLean500 too! Same ingredients as SISEL Weight Loss Kaffe’, only in a capsule form.

Tips for Healthy Weight Management

weight loss tipsDeveloping healthy eating habits isn’t as confusing or as restrictive as many people imagine. One of the keys to maintaining a healthy weight loss is to know which foods to eat, as well as avoid.

Following these guidelines doesn’t mean that you have to give up your favorite foods. As long as your overall diet is low in fat rich in complex carbohydrates and fibrous vegetables, there is nothing wrong with an occasional cheeseburger or indulgence. Just be sure to limit your frequency and portions.

The following guidelines are what you need to know to enjoy the rewards of a healthy diet:

1 Limit your total fat intake. Fat should supply less than 30% of your total daily calories.  Limit your saturated fats by choosing lean meats, light-meat poultry without the skin, fish, and low-fat dairy products. In addition, cut back on vegetable oils and butter—or foods made with these—as well as on mayonnaise, salad dressings, and fried foods.

2 Limit your intake of saturated fat. This is the kind of fat, found mostly in animal products, that boosts blood cholesterol levels and has other adverse health effects. It should supply less than one-third of the calories derived from fat.

3 Keep your cholesterol intake below 300 milligrams per day. Cholesterol is found only in animal products, such as meats, poultry, dairy products, egg yolks and shellfish.

4 Eat foods rich in complex carbohydrates. Carbohydrates should contribute approximately 30% of your total daily calories. To help meet this requirement, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and six or more servings of grains (preferably whole grains) or legumes daily. This will help you obtain the 20 to 30 grams of dietary fiber you need each day, as well as provide important vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals essential to good health).

5 Avoid too much sugar. Besides contributing to tooth decay, sugar is a source of “empty” calories and can contribute to insulin spikes, pre-diabetes as well as type II Diabetes.

6 Make sure to include green, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables—such as broccoli, carrots, cantaloupe, and citrus fruits. The antioxidants and other nutrients in these foods are regarded as increasingly important in helping protect against developing certain types of cancer and other diseases. Eat five or more servings a day.

7 Maintain an adequate daily protein intake. Protein should make up a good percentagef of your total daily calories. Choose low-fat dairy and lean meat sources.

8 Eat a variety of foods. Don’t try to fill your nutrient requirements by eating the same foods day in, day out. It is possible that not every essential nutrient has been identified, and so eating a wide assortment of foods helps to ensure that you will get all the necessary nutrients. In addition, this will limit your exposure to any pesticides or toxic substances that may be present in one particular food.

9 Limit your sodium intake to no more than 2,400 milligrams per day. This is equivalent to the amount of sodium in a little more than a teaspoon of salt. Cut back on your use of salt in cooking and on the table; avoid salty foods; check food labels for the inclusion of ingredients containing sodium.

10 Maintain an adequate calcium intake. Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth. Get your calcium from low-fat sources, such as skim milk and low-fat yogurt and dark green vegetables including bok choy, broccoli, collards, Chinese cabbage, kale, mustard greens and okra.

11 Try to get much of your vitamins and minerals from natural foods. Foods provide the “synergy” that many nutrients require to be efficiently used in the body.

12 Take high quality supplements, especially of the antioxidant vitamins E (200 to 800 IU daily) and C (250 to 500 milligrams daily). Even if you eat a healthy diet, it’s unlikely you will get the proper amounts of micro nutrients as most are now grown in nutrient deficient soil.

13 Maintain a desirable weight. Balance energy (calorie) intake with energy output. Along with regular exercise, eating a proper diet will help you maintain (or lower) your weight.

14 If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. That is one drink a day for women, two a day for men. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits. Excess alcohol consumption leads to a variety of health problems. And alcoholic beverages can add many calories to your diet without supplying nutrients.  When trying to lose weight, cut out all alcohol, or limit to one night per week.

If you follow the healthy guidelines above you will not only be able to lose weight, but you will be able to maintain your weight and enjoy great health. Eat healthy, exercise regularly and supplement properly – you will feel great and your body will thank you.

Weight Loss and Carbohydrates – Ending the Confusion

complex carbohydratesIf you’re like many people these days, you might be confused about carbohydrates.  Questions come to mind like, are carbohydrates good or bad for you, will carbohydrates make you gain weight, and what about carbohydrates for athletic people?

Carbohydrates are not all created alike and in order to understand how and when to fit them into our daily diets, it is crucial to understand what happens within our bodies when we consume them.  Carbohydrates are the best source of energy for your body, especially for muscle, brain and central nervous system functions.  In the body, all carbohydrates are broken down into glucose.  Once in the bloodstream, glucose is taken up by the cells and used for fuel, stored in the liver or muscle as glycogen, or converted to fat for later use.

I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials by now, the ones that say the secret to effective fat loss is the glycemic index.  The glycemic index classifies foods, showing the rate at which a carbohydrate breaks down into sugar or glucose in the bloodstream.  High glycemic foods (71-100gi) are considered fast acting because they release glucose into the bloodstream quickly, causing a rapid rise in blood sugar.  This in turn signals the pancreas to produce insulin, the hormone that removes excess sugar from the bloodstream and signals the body to store fat.  Low to moderate glycemic foods (0-70) release glucose into the bloodstream slowly and provide the brain and body with prolonged and constant energy.

And what about low-carb diets?  Low-carbohydrate diets serve a specific purpose for a distinct portion of the population.  They were devised to help overweight and obese people lose body mass in order to improve their health.  They were not targeting the active, athletic community.  One of the goals of the low-carb diet is to chronically deprive the body of carbohydrates.  If you’ve ever been on this type of diet and tried to complete your work-out successfully but were unable, it was most likely because your energy stores were depleted and unable to train effectively.

So how and when should you eat carbohydrates?  The best way to eat carbohydrates is with a protein and it’s naturally occurring fat content.  When proteins and fats are eaten with high or moderate glycemic foods, they slow down absorption of the carbohydrates and therefore help prevent sharp rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, thus reducing the odds of fat storage.  For example, a baked potato (high gi) eaten with a piece of chicken, fish or lean steak is great.

So how do you lose body fat yet still have enough energy for your work outs and an active schedule?  The key is to have the right kinds of carbs at the right times because carbs are energy and if you don’t burn the energy, the excess will be stored as fat.  Stick with moderate or low-glycemic index carbohydrates, and only have enough to fuel your day’s activities and workouts.  Have the majority of your carbohydrates early in the day and then taper them into the afternoon.  If you are exercising, especially doing weight resistance exercise, make sure you have eaten within 90 minutes of your workout and your pre-workout meal includes some protein and carbohydrates. The best post workout recovery meal/snack is in liquid form – think smoothie or shake – with 2:1 carb/protein ratio.  There are limited times when it is suggested that you consume simple carbohydrates –  first thing in the morning after a night of fasting (sleeping) and  following a weight training workout.  At this time, your body is severely depleted of glycogen (stored carbohydrates) and glucose.  Having simple carbs after a tough workout will allow you to avoid muscle breakdown by having the correct post workout recovery meal.

So there you have it; no more confusion about weight loss and carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates provide the body with important nutrients that are quickly converted to energy.  Consume the right kind of carbs at the right times and you will reach your weight loss goals.



Weight Management and the Glycemic Index

weight loss and glycemic indexThere’s a common phrase going around lately and you may have heard it. Even popular weight loss programs have jumped on the bandwagon and tout it as the secret to weight loss.  What they are referring to is the Glycemic Index.

So what is it?

The glycemic index consists of a scale from 1 to 100, indicating the rate at which 50 grams of carbohydrate in a particular food is absorbed into the bloodstream as blood-sugar. Glucose itself is used as the main reference point and is rated 100. Foods with a high GI behave differently in our bodies and those that are rapidly digested and absorbed result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels.

Although the glycemic index was invented originally to help diabetes patients manage their blood-sugar levels, dietitians and weight experts now use it as a tool to treat obesity, reduce cravings and appetite swings, and improve eating habits.

High, Intermediate and Low Glycemic Index Foods

The glycemic index separates carbohydrate-containing foods into three general categories: High GI – 70 or more, cause a rapid rise in blood-glucose levels. Intermediate GI 55-69 – causing a medium rise in blood-glucose and Low GI – 54 or less, causing a slower rise in blood-sugar.  One thing to keep in mind is that you can lower the GI of a food by combining it with a protein or fat.  Both protein and/or fat combined with a high GI food will solicit a lower insulin response in the body, most times reducing it to that of a moderate GI food.

Benefits of Low GI Foods

Low-GI foods, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health. Low GI diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels (fat) in people with Type1 & Type 2 Diabetes.  Low-GI foods have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger. Low GI diets also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance.  Choosing low GI carbs – the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels – is the secret to long-term health, reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes and is the key to sustainable weight loss.

Eating mainly low GI carbohydrates slows the release of glucose into your blood stream, keeping your energy levels balanced, and blood sugar levels low.  This means you will feel fuller for longer between meals and avoid sugar highs and lows.  Other benefits include: Weight loss and weight control, increased insulin sensitivity, improves diabetes control, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces blood cholesterol levels, reduces hunger, keeps you fuller longer, prolongs physical endurance and re-fuels carbohydrate stores after exercise.

The easiest way to eat more Low Glycemic carbohydrates is to simply switch your high GI carbohydrates for lower ones.  For example, eat breakfast cereals based on oats, whole grains and bran.  Choose breads made from whole grains, stone-ground flour and other natural grains. Also, reduce your consumption of white potatoes, white rice and white pastas and choose wild, brown, or basmati rice, whole wheat, vegetable, brown rice pasta and other noodles cooked “al dente”.  Enjoy all types of fruit and vegetables and avoid all products with high fructose corn syrup, such as salad dressing, sweetened drinks, and processed foods.  Soon you will be enjoying all the benefits a Low-Glycemic and Moderate Glycemic diet provides.


Fear and Failure

Fear and Failure(click to listen)

kittenListen in on this mid-week Mindset call with Jackie Christiansen as she gives tips and advice on how to overcome root obstacles in your life:

What are your fears and what is holding you back?  Listen in to learn about how you have the power to change from a state of fear or failure.  You can make the decision to turn and move forward tapping into what you want out of life by living your true potential.  What do you envision your future to be like?  You have been created uniquely  – there is only one you and your potential is unlimited…

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Being Present

yoga and weight loss“The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”

In our busy, hectic, technology-laden world, we find ourselves multitasking, consumed by deadline pressure and obsessively focused on our productivity. Amid the chaos of work and the working world, we forget to be present in our relationships with others. I find this is especially true of speaking with my children. It’s easy to say “Yeah, uh-huh” as you work, but it’s so important to pause and give them full attention through eye contact and engagement. Even if you are fully engrossed in your project, close your laptop, remove your earpiece, put your phone aside, and express full interest. One day your children will grow old and you will never have that moment back. In our haste, we forget to stop and appreciate the little things. Each moment of our lives is a golden grain of sand in the hourglass. Savor every one of them to manifest true joy in your life.

People are the most important things in our lives — nothing else comes close.  Valuing our friends, family, colleagues and all of our relationships brings added meaning and purpose to our lives. Over time, we grow to love not only what others bring to our lives, but also our different roles as parent, spouse, coworker, friend. The best way to show the people in your life that you value them is to spend time with them and be “present.”

Do you live in the past? Some people like to spend large amounts of time pondering old mistakes or reminiscing of better times. While it’s good to have a degree of introspection and learn from your mistakes, you’ve got to know when to just let go. What’s done is done.

Do you live in the future? Some people always need to look forward to new plans. They rehearse what they’ll say and do in their minds all day long. It’s important to be prepared for what lies ahead, but you’re robbing yourself of rich experiences taking place right now.

10 Ways To Live In The Present:

–       Engage the senses. Take a deep breath and smell your cup of coffee or smell that rose on your desk.

–       Stare at a beautiful color or piece of artwork in the room for a few moments until you feel moved.

–       Savor a piece of chocolate or your favorite treat, doing just that – simply eating, doing nothing else.

–       Stop and pet your cat or dog.

–       Give a family member a hug for no reason.

–       Listen to your favorite song.

–       Write down 10 things you are grateful for today.

–       Release resentment. Write a letter of forgiveness to someone.

–       Take a yoga class and focus on the energy moving through your body.

–       Take a walk outside to appreciate the beauty of nature.

Remember to stop and smell the roses. There is magic in the moment and life in the present. We cannot count on the future or what it may hold. All we have is the present.


PS. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. What have you done to be “present” lately?

Why IS Personal Development Important?

personal developmentThree Reasons Why Personal Development is So Important

1. Personal development directs your attention to important things  – Day to day life can be distracting. Personal Development can help direct your attention back to what is important. For instance, personal development reminds you of the universal and timeless principles that can guide your life for the better.

2. Personal development increases your capacity – Not only does personal development direct your attention to what are important, it also helps you increase your capacity in those things. You have certain capacity to handle different kinds of challenges in your life and you can only handle challenges that lie within your current limit of ability. Personal development is a way to increase your limit so that you can handle more difficult challenges.

3. Personal development connects you with positive people – When you focus on something, you tend to find things that are related to it. Begin focusing your energy on the benefits of personal development and you will begin to associate with like minded people.

“Personal Development” means focusing on the following areas:

  • Self-awareness: What traits did you inherit from your parents? How have your experiences shaped who you are today? Where have you come from? Where are you going?
  • Natural strengths & talents: What subject matters are easiest for you to understand? Which tasks are easiest for you to do? Throughout school, where have you consistently demonstrated aptitude?
  • Potential: Are you working your hardest at work, at relationships, as parent, as pet owner, as boss, or as friend? Is there room for improvement in your words or your actions?
  • Employability: Do you honestly view yourself as employable? Are you educated? Are you well-dressed? Are you always on-time? Do you stick with it or bail when the going gets tough? Do you have a positive attitude?
  • Quality of Life: Is your home clean? Do you have enough food and basic provisions to be happy? Are you managing your money properly? Are you generally free from stress? Do you take time for yourself, free from work or other pressing obligations?
  • Aspirations: Did you do what you set out to do? Are there New Year’s resolutions or goals you have yet to meet? When you were young, what did you want most in life?
  • Personal Autonomy: Do you have your source of finances? Did you start the business you’ve always wanted to start? Do you have control over your schedule?
  • Plans: Do you have short term and long term goals for your personal development? If you’re unhappy about something in life, do you have a plan of action for change?
  • Social Abilities: Do you have enough friends? Are they quality friends? Do you spend enough time “out with the boys” or “out with the girls”? Do you connect with coworkers?

Personal development may involve weight loss, quitting smoking, becoming more physically fit, learning a new skill, learning to meditate, practicing yoga, going back to school, learning to control one’s emotions, starting a new enterprise, speaking with a psychotherapist, or reading an inspirational book.

Commit to a personal development routine daily and you will begin to flourish! Small changes like reading this blog right now are the kinds of positive alterations that you can start doing TODAY!!


PS – I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on the different ways you incorporate personal development into your life…..leave a comment.


Keep those Blessings Coming

count your blessingsListen to Keep those Blessings Coming!

Did you know that what you put out is what you receive?  The law of gratitude is the great multiplier.  The secret of receiving the circumstances, things and people you want in your life is about being grateful.  Think about what you focus your thoughts on and also feel the gratitude for the things you love in your life.  Be grateful for your past events and accomplishments, be grateful for the present and be grateful for the future as if you’ve already received it.  Believe in it, work on it and you will receive it.  Life happens to us all, what is important is how we respond to it.

Surviving vs. Thriving

surviving“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action.”

– Former Green Bay Packers Coach & Motivational Speaker Vince Lombardi


I’m sure you’ve heard of people, or have even known people that have thrived in difficult situation. Some of the most poignant examples are the tales from people like Aimee Mullins, who was born without fibular bones and had both legs amputated at the knee. I think most of us imagine, “I could never live like that!” Yet, Miss Mullins ran the 100 meter dash and competed in the long jump for the Paralympics. She has modeled for Alexander McQueen, acted in several movies, authored several books, and traveled the world on public speaking tours where she spoke on overcoming adversity.

How about people that you would barely expect to have a normal life, who find themselves thriving? There are stories of kids who grew up on the streets dealing drugs but are now attending law school or former burglars who went to medical school to make something of themselves. There are countless “rags-to-riches” stories of people like  JK Rowling and Oprah Winfrey who beat the oppression of extreme poverty to become billionaires. Perhaps you know someone from high school who you wrote off as a failure, only come to find that, years later, he or she has achieved tremendous success.

What makes the difference between someone who survives and someone who thrives? It’s all about mental toughness and making the most of a situation, no matter how difficult it may be.

The key aspects of mental toughness include:

  • Self Belief, the unshakable notion that you can and will achieve your competition goals
  • Motivation, the insatiable desire to succeed
  • Focus, the ability to maintain complete concentration and the inability to be affected by adverse distractions
  • Composure, the acceptance of natural anxiety and ability to cope with distractions or pressure.

Recently I read some great advice from David Yukelson PhD, the Coordinator of Sports Psychology at Penn University. Here are his 7 steps to mentally “toughening up”:

  1. Start with the right attitude and state of mind. Compete confidently, without fear of failure. Approach any situation with determination and focus.
  2. Keep it positive. The key component of mental toughness is the conditioning of your mind. Expect the best, Visualize success, and Focus on what you want to occur, not what negative consequences might occur. Use positive affirmations: I Can… I will… I am going to…
  3. Create behavioral routines. Practice makes perfect. Do trial runs, go over your notes, and develop a set routine to prepare yourself for big moments.
  4. Develop composure by learning to let go. If Plan A fails, try Plan B or C. Use focal points keep your mind on the objective. Tell yourself, “I will not let my frustration interfere with my confidence or focus.”
  5. Reign in negative self-talk. Be aware of situations that make you lose focus or think negatively. Reframe your doubts and loss of confidence into an actionable directive that pushes you toward success. Instead of saying, “This client will never go for my proposal,” you must say, “Benefits, Features, Confidence: that’s how I will get this client.”
  6. See failure as a stepping stone. Focus on performing well, taking care of your mind and body, small victories, and new opportunities for growth or self-realization.

Be the change you want to see in the world. Make a difference. Step up when the going gets tough and seek peak performance when it matters most.


Jackie Christiansen

PS – Listen to Stephanie Castagnier from NBC’s The Apprentice talk about what she has survived to be where she is today. Listen Here.

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