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January 10, 2005 : Volume 02

Get the Edge for 2005

After the annual holiday mega-binge, the most popular New Year's Resolution is (you guessed it!) to "lose weight." By setting your sights on losing weight, you are setting yourself up for failure. "Losing weight" means dieting, and dieting does not work. Over 40 years of research has proven that 98% of all people who diet, will gain back all the weight they lost, plus more, within 6 to 12 months after finishing the diet. Diets are all about getting thinner - they are not about getting leaner. And this is a critical distinction if you want to look great, feel great, and have tremendous energy. Diets not only devastate you physically, they drain you emotionally. Depravation of any kind is self-defeating. It simply makes us want more, and when we cheat ourselves by going off a diet, guilt sets in and makes matters worse. This is just the start of a vicious cycle that sets us up for failure every time. Read Article Here

Dieting sets you up for failure, not success.
When restricting caloric intake, the body instinctively responds as if it is in the midst of a famine, and several survival responses go into action. The body's metabolism slows to a crawl, which means the body needs fewer calories; the powerful survival hormone cortisol is released, causing the break down of lean body mass (the body's calorie-burning engine) and storage of fat; and lipoprotein lipase, a powerful fat storing enzyme, is released. Read Article Here

The result: Even if you lose "weight" you are not "leaner," you are just a "thinner" version of your former self, with less lean body mass and relatively more fat; you are highly likely to regain all the weight you lost, plus more; and the more you yo-yo, the more resistant your body becomes to losing weight.

Set yourself up for success this year, follow these simple steps:
Step1: Set Goals! Step 2: Focus Step 3: Discover Step 4: Take Action! Step 5: Track Progress.

Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Dispelling the Myths:
Cholesterol and Heart Disease is the number one tandem of health ailments that most of us face as we age. Medicine has certainly made great advances in fighting these two problems over the past decade. But, are we fooling ourselves into thinking we've got these problems beat? I think we are.

For example, Newsweek recently featured an article praising statin drugs as the new "cure-all." Statin drugs, including brand names Lipitor® and Zocor® were revered for their all-powerful, cholesterol-lowering and heart-protective properties, as well as their potential impact on preventing cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

The article also reviewed clinical studies that proved that a balanced diet and regular exercise can have the same disease-protective impact as statin drugs, without the negative side effects. Several overweight, cholesterol-laden executives were interviewed and they were asked which option they would choose to prevent imminent disease states-a healthy lifestyle or drugs. And, they chose the drugs. The reason: "Drugs are easier." Read Article Here


Stevia - What is the Real Story?
Several of our customers have recently expressed concerned about stevia extract and its potential health concerns. Hopefully this information will set you at ease.

Stevia has an impeccable safety record as a sweetener. There have been no reports of ill effects in over 1500 years of continuous use by Paraguayans. In Japan over 1000 metric tonnes are now consumed annually in countless products. Read Article Here

Check out our new "blog" site... www.LisaAnneLeslie.com.
This new website will include regularly posting entries covering the latest research in health and nutrition, inspirational stories and messages, healthy hints, recipes, meal plans, stories from my meetings across the country, seminar notices, etc.! You can post comments if you like. Visit the website now, click here.

Special Announcement

Lisa Anne Leslie has just released a daily web blog on her new website, LisaAnneLeslie.com.
Here you can read daily articles, testimonials and even post comments to share your thoughts.

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Ask the Experts
Nutrition for Maximum
Hair Growth...

I'm 54 with a small bald spot in the top of my head, and worry about continued hair loss. Are there any nutrients which promote growth that you can suggest?

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Healthy Living Tips

Stay warm this winter
If you live in the colder parts of the country, and are not thrilled about drinking a cold shake for breakfast during the winter months, here's a great way of getting your morning dose of energizing protein-without the chill. Try these recipes:

+ Enriched Cereal
+ Apple Oatmeal
+ Oatmeal Pancake