Eating Disorders

Prozac is the most common prescribed medication for eating disorders. There are many opinions about the treatment of eating disorders with Prozac. Some people say that Prozac was useful for them to fight their eating disorders. But many people report it didn’t make any difference in how they felt and even created more health problems than they had before taking it.

Why is it that some people get benefits from this medication and some do not? And should Prozac really be a first line medication for eating disorders?

First, let’s look at the reasons why Prozac as an eating disorder treatment could be effective. Prozac is an antidepressant. And since up to half of eating disorders sufferers have an additional psychological disorder such as depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder, Prozac can help a sufferer by treating these disorders. Also, Prozac is designed to restore and maintain healthy levels of a brain chemical called serotonin, which controls mood, feelings and appetite. So, by controlling mood, feelings and appetite Prozac makes a sufferer feel better and more in control.

So what is the other side to the use of this drug? Not all people who have an eating disorder suffer from depression or have other emotional problems. So, if people take Prozac just to restore and maintain their serotonin level in their brain they develop resistance to the drug and need a higher and higher dose of Prozac as time goes by. Then if they stop the medication or decrease the dose they simply slip back to their old eating habits straight away and can also suffer debilitating withdrawal symptoms.

The question arises: how can we make the use of this medication more effective for more people?

Most conventional health care professionals believe that the most effective approach is an integrated treatment strategy: one that uses a combination of Prozac treatment with active counseling to treat an eating disorder. But any counseling treatment should include active self-help, self-education and family therapy.

The problem is many people although on Prozac, fail to control their eating disorder while on their own after returning from the therapist or the clinic, so slip backwards.

People should not think that they can simply walk into a doctor’s office and be given a pill and that is the end of it; where suddenly the eating disorder disappears overnight.

This is a sure fire remedy for failure.

If you have been prescribed a pill (like Prozac); you should immediately seek out more education and psychological help regarding your disorder. You have to develop good strategies of self-control, self-evaluation and self-presentation. Without mastering all of these strategies you will always slip back to old eating habits despite the help of Prozac.

Self-help and self-education are important as they teach the sufferer to act while on their own at home, as the eating disorder lives with you at home and not in the doctor’s office. I suggest you start your self-education and self-help by reading books. One of the best books about eating disorder management and treatment is at

To conclude, it is fair to say that Prozac can be very helpful for some eating disorder sufferers, especially for those who combine it with an active behavioral treatment. But there are many others who will not benefit from it at all: due to individual specifics, wrong consumption or other reasons. So learning more about the disorder and seeking other ways to improve yourself could be the right way to win against your eating disorder.

Dr Irina Webster is the Director of Women Health Issues Program which covers different areas of Women Health.

Dr Irina Webster has a holistic approach to medicine and her favorite area is to discover natural treatments for Women health problems and share these treatments and methods with other people.

Dr Irina Webster believes that the majority of women health problems can be treated naturally without drugs or surgical treatment.

At present she does Eating Disorder natural treatment research.

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Diet Planning

This one’s easy…  Not as easy as a magic pill that we all want so much, but this menu planning tool is as close as it gets in following a safe scientifically based program.

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So here’s the tip for you to get the most out of it.

  1. Evaluate your current diet – for the first 5-7 days just track and enter your current eating and drinking habits.  Be honest and get a good look at what you are consuming.  Take a hard look at what is putting your sexy body in it’s current state of being.
  2. Review your “grade” and learn from the reports as to what you are nutritionally missing and where you may be over consuming.
  3. After that first reality check week, I want you to jump into the previously prepared meal plans.  Those meal plans all have excellent nutrition grades and only the ones that fit your personal activity level and needs will be presented to you…. Learn from eating right.  Benefit from following these as written.
  4. With 1-2 months of well graded meal plans followed and learned from, give it another try to see if you can again manage appropriately your nutrient intake… If not, just go back to more of the prepared meal plans as there are thousands to choose from. If so, good for you! You’ll soon be re-introduced to the sexy nude you.
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Butt Sculpting 101

Taking your butt… backside, and sculpting it into a work of art that you can be proud of can and will take a bit of hard work. Whether you currently look like you have a large exercise ball inmuscle building the back of your pants or a thin slice of plywood, the work load is significant… significant, but different. Either way it will take time and perseverance as well as a thought out exercise plan of action to change your bodies shape. If the exercise ball is the issue those behind you face, attempting to lose fat weight will be your primary goal initially. It would be ideal if you could target that one spot, but it just doesn’t work that way. You will have to work at an overall negative calorie balance, and bide your time until your body decides it is ready to take it off the rear.

5 Keys to Body Fat Reduction:

  • Put the fork down! Reduce daily calorie intake moderately (250-500 calories)
  • Cardiovascular train 4-5 days each week. Shoot for 45-60 minutes each session, but feel free to break it into smaller bouts of 10-15 minutes if necessary. Burn even more calories in a shorter period of time by utilizing intervals.
  • Resistance train 2-3 days each week. Use short rest breaks between sets
  • Be consistent with your program.
  • Grab a partner. Not only will this inspire accountability, but will also add a bit of intensity through competition.
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The issue of plywood in the back of your pants can be just as difficult. Like the exercise ball in the pants, genetic factors can make the physical change a tough task. It is just as frustrating to be a hard gainer as it is to be an easy gainer. Your target now is not to lose fat weight, but to gain lean muscle weight. Your workload is similar, but the keys for gaining are a bit different.

5 keys to Muscle Gain

  • Barring your having a significant body fat issues in other areas, you will want to add approximately 250 calories per day to your diet. These added calories should be primarily protein based.
  • Eat approximately 50 calories of protein and 100 calories of carbohydrate 60 minutes prior to your workout. Eat approximately 50 calories protein and 200 calories of carbohydrate 30 minutes post workout.
  • Cardiovascular training should be done 3 times each week for 20-30 minutes. Make at least 2 of these sessions interval training sessions.
  • Resistance train your entire body 3 times each week. Keep your repetitions between 6-12 with rest periods 90-180 seconds. To target your butt (gluteus) muscles you will include specific exercises. Double leg squats and dead lifts will be your primary exercises. Lunges, stability ball planks and leg curls, power cleans, and plyometric jumps are also great exercises for your backside. You’ll want a fairly high volume of work so shoot to complete 3-5 sets per exercise.
  • Grab a partner. Not only will this inspire accountability, but will also add a bit of intensity through competition.
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Sculpting your ideal rear end, without the blessing of perfect genetics, is not easy. Following the simple steps above for your goal will give you a great start. Getting professional help from a certified personal trainer, utilizing added protein, certain vitamins, or herbs may be helpful in achieving your specific fitness goals. I encourage you to begin with the basic keys listed above and seek out further information for these added pieces that may make your journey a bit more efficient and ensure an overall balanced safe exercise program.

Tom is a health and wellness professional, certified as a strength and conditioning specialist and member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He provides Fitness Professional business, education, and travel opportunities through his company FIT Launch, Inc.

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7 Tips to Live Active

I’m always trying to encourage others to be active, stay active, think active and live active. Trouble is it doesn’t always happen. Most of my clients, friends and family all give me the same response: I don’t enjoy exercise, nor do I have the time or money to invest in my active lifestyle.  SIGH…this burdens me so because I know for a fact that being active can improve their health, increase their life span and give them more energy to explore life and all its wonderful activities.

Of course being physically inactive has its health ramifications. It increases one’s risk of developing chronic disease, which the CDC reports accounts for over 70% of all US deaths. Tragically, one out of every ten Americans will deal with some sort of limiting physical factor caused by these diseases and lose out on a better quality of life. The good news is physical activity is a prevention tool that individuals can use to decrease their risk of developing chronic disease, and improve their quality of life.

How do you become more active, stay active and live more active? There are hundreds of thoughts, inspirations and guidelines that you could follow but I’ve summarized them into 7 key tips to help you stay more active:

  1. Enjoy it- If you don’t like the activity you won’t do it. There are hundreds of options for physical activity and everyone is bound to find something they can enjoy. Choose something that puts a smile on your face and encourages you to move at minimum 20 minutes, 3 days per week. Look to like minded friends as you are more likely to maintain a program with support. Seek out small group training and bootcamps.
  2. Be consistent- it takes time to see improvement, on average about 4-6 weeks, being consistent with your activity levels and less sporadic will yield quicker results and help you stick with it!
  3. Keep records- document your workout activities and day to day motions using a journal or workout log. Writing down what you do helps you to focus on consistency and also provides you will a little accountability for your actions, or lack thereof
  4. Know your limits- Be sure you’re working within your current levels of fitness. Often individuals are frustrated by “new” physical activity because it is too hard for them too perform and they feel defeated. Listen to your body and do what you can to your fullest without pushing yourself beyond your current physical capabilities
  5. Cross train- Boredom is often sited as a reason individuals stop being physically active. In an effort to prevent this and decrease the risk of developing overuse injuries from repeated activity, incorporate a few different training modalities to cross train the body and break up the monotony
  6. Break it up- Divide your physical activities into pieces throughout your busy days. Do 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at lunch and finish with another 10 minutes when you get home…it all adds up at the end of the day to meet activity goals
  7. Include More Day to Day Movement- Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car in the farthest parking space from your destination, get off the bus two stops early and walk the extra distance to work, walk around when you talk on the phone, get up and move around during commercials- better yet do some calisthenics and just plain move more when you get the chance.

Disease prevention aside, physical activity feels good, is good and will benefit you physically, emotionally and spiritually. Make the investment in yourself and use these 7 tips to get moving. Make sure you like it, can do it and stay consistent. Get on the move!

Amy Bomar, BS, CPT

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Body Talking Exercise

You are so excited, you joined your local club and the group fitness (aerobics) class is about to start. It begins smooth enough, until you hear your instructor say “listen to your body and modify accordingly.” You think.. WHAT? Does my aerobics instructor really think my body is going to speak to me? Listen to what? What should I expect to hear?

The instructor is letting you know that at times you are responsible for understanding your body’s fitness capabilities and limitations. While your instructor is most likely trained in recognizing how participants are doing in the group exercise setting and they realize not everyone is at the same level at the same time, they can’t see everything and can’t feel what your body is saying nearly as well as you. The instructor, knowing he/she is limited in reading your outward signs, will try to teach you how to listen to your body and should be offering modifications to most all complicated or high impact movements. The modifications will give you the options you need to keep your exercise program safe and effective.

Your body may talk to you in a number of ways. Have you ever done repetitive exercises for a period of time and experienced a burning sensation? This sensation is from the build up of lactic acid and excess hydrogen ions in the muscles. It is signaling you to slow down and allow your muscles to get the necessary oxygen they need to recover or get to a level they can maintain.

What do you think your body is saying when you find yourself gasping for breath? It’s most likely screaming at you that your intensity is to high and it wants more oxygen. Slow down and allow your lungs to catch up. If it’s an interval class that same feeling is telling you you’re appropriately working at a high intensity for that shorter period of time. Your ability to sustain intense workouts will increase over time. Try to maintain a level that allows you to carry on a conversation during the workout.

If it hurts don’t do it. The saying remains true in exercise today. Pain is a loud signal from your body that something is up. Slow down or stop immediately. Check with your instructor or trainer to make sure you’re doing the movement correctly. If pain persists you may need to see your personal physician.

You were told when the nice man gave you the tour of the gym that regular exercise will give you more energy, but your body says your exhausted at the end of your exercise routine. This may mean your over-training, not getting sufficient recovery time between workouts, or you are simply pushing to hard during the workout itself. Slow down, remember the F.I.T.T. Principle, which gives you the elements for your optimal health. It includes guidelines for exercise intensity, duration, exercise type and frequency.

Pay attention to your body. It can tell you many things. When you hear it talking.. listen and follow its advice. Don’t allow your ego to cause you to try and keep up with the person on the step, treadmill, or squat rack next to you. You are competing only against your best self. Use your group fitness instructor’s modifications or make the life time investment of utilizing a certified professional personal trainer to at least get you going. It won’t be to long before you are the one others wish they were keeping up with.

Make it a Healthy Day!

Amy is the NW Regional Trainer for Resist-A-Ball, Inc. and Faculty Trainer for the American Council on Exercise. Her Bachelor of Science was attained in Holistic Nutrition and is certified as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga instructor. She also offers workshops, lectures and trainings for fitness professionals through her own company – FIT Launch as well as providing personal training services locally.

To learn more and review health, wellness, and fitness products visit the Healthy Gatherings website.

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