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How Alcohol Affects Weight Loss

Let's face it, many of you will be bringing in the New Year with a drink or two.  In addition to drinking responsibly, there are a couple of other things to keep in mind when drinking alcohol.  In addition to having empty calories, alcohol temporarily keeps your body from burning fat, according to integrative medicine specialist, Pamela M. Peeke, MD, author of The Hunger Fix.  When we consume food, our body stores those calories for later.  But the body can't store alcohol so it metabolizes it right away.  When you drink alcoholic drinks, the alcohol becomes the priority in the metabolic process.  Your body won’t metabolize other fats and sugars as efficiently which ultimately slows your metabolism down over time and as such, can contribute to weight gain.

Here is a graphic, from Celebrity Personal Trainer, Lucas James detailing the relationship between alcohol and gaining weight. The empty calories in alcohol add up fast so when you are out celebrating tonight, be responsible and mindful!

Alcohol & Weight Gain | Lucas James via LifeHacker

6 Tips for Setting Your Goals for 2015

Well another year is almost over.  Say goodbye to 2014 and HELLO to 2015!  And with a new year comes a fresh start to make some changes in life. And for a lot of us making healthy lifestyle changes is on the list!  Effective goal-setting is the foundation to the success of making and keeping those healthy lifestyle changes.  So we've put together 6 basic elements to help you set your goals for 2015 and start the year off on the right foot.

6 Tips for a Successful New Years Resolution

1. Be Specific - Setting goals such as "working out more" or "eating better" are to general and don't have enough substance to keep you focused.  It is important that you define some very specific, detailed and measurable steps that will help you track your progress toward reaching these goals for the New Year.
 Example: If you want to "exercise more" set the numbers of days per week you will work out, for how long and what will that activity be.  So you might say that you will workout every morning, 3 times per week, for at least 45 minutes and it will be either the elliptical or running outside. Creating a workout calendar is a great way to help track this goal.  Once you have completed the day's workout cross it off the calendar.  Then count the "X" at the end of the week to see if you have worked out 3 times that week.  It creates accountability and that is a wonderful way to stay on track. 

2. Make It Challenging - Your goal should be realistic and within your current abilities AND should also push you beyond where you currently are..  Now it would be unfair to say that after not working out for the past 6 months that you are going to run a full marathon in just 4 weeks.  It is important to set a reasonable long term goal with clear small steps that take you towards achieving success.   

 Example: If running a race is a goal you'd like to set for yourself that's great!  Look online for one of the couch to 3K free training schedules.  This is a great way to try something new that is out of your comfort zone but also challenge you enough to stay motivated and on track.

3. Make Sure Your Goal is Attainable - This is a carry-over from the Challenging tip we mentioned above. Make sure what ever that challenging goal is - that is is achievable.  Don't set yourself up for failure by setting goals that are truly out of your current abilities.  You can always adjust your goals and set new ones as you make progress and successfully reach each step.  

 Example:  Trying new exercise classes is a great way to keep your workouts fresh and motivating but taking a 75 minutes hot yoga class in a 108 degree room when you haven't been to the gym in 6 months and have never taken a yoga class before might be taking it too far.  It's ok to get your feet wet - try a beginner's yoga class and then when your are comfortable talk to the yoga instructor about trying a hot yoga class 

4. Set Deadlines - Goals need to have time-limits otherwise they will lose priority and fade away from your daily routine.  If you have set a long term goal that will take awhile to reach make sure you create short-term or intermediate-goals.  Setting these smaller goals will help that long-term goal seem less daunting and keep you focused and on track along the way.

 Example: If your long-term goal is to lose a significant amount of weight over a year's time, make sure you set up smaller goals that serve at check points along the way.  That might be losing 1-2 pounds per week or losing "x" number of inches of body measurements.  Having these check points will keep you motivated and give you the ability to focus on the moment instead of the journey ahead.

5. Keep It Positive Keep it up beat.  Instead of NOT doing things approach your goals from the stand-point of what you DO want to do.  

 Example: If you want to reduce the amount of junk food you eat, use positive words when setting your goal.  Say you want toincrease the healthy foods you keep in the house and be specific.  Make a list of healthy foods you want to add to your shopping list.  Post it in your pantry or on your fridge to keep you mindful of what you are eating.

6. Be Flexible Keep in mind that setting goals are not set in stone.  Sometimes unforeseen circumstances come up in life and cause things to have to change.  The key is to be flexible...change...don't stop.  

 Example: If sprain your ankle while working out find other ways to exercise.  Forgo the elliptical or running and focus on resistance training and just eliminate the exercising that involve the injured ankle.  Just make the necessary adjustments to work around the injury until things are better. The important things is to adjust to the situation and don't use it as an excuse to abandon your long-term plan.
The New Year is an excellent opportunity to make the positive changes you have been wanting to make.  But remember no one is perfect.  You will have good days and there will be days you will struggle.  Find a good support system.  Surround yourself with others that understand what you are working towards and willing to help - even people that have the same goal as you.  And don't beat yourself up if you have one of those bad days.  Remember what they say... Attitude is Everything.  And if you use these 6 tips for setting your New Years Resolution you will be well on your way to a healthier you in 2015!

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10 Secrets to Mastering Healthy Grocery Shopping

“Have you ran out to the grocery store for bread, milk, and eggs, and come back with bread, milk, chips, cupcakes, soda, and forgot the eggs?” You are not alone. Grocery shopping is a never ending battle between intention and temptation. Unfortunately for most of us, temptation usually wins out. The following tips are designed to help you track down the most nutritious foods, and avoid the most tempting distractions and impulse buying traps. 

1. Timing is Everything – try to establish a routine for grocery shopping same time and day of  the week. Try not to shop when hungry or stressed. If possible, leave the kids at home. If you have to bring the kids, resolve to not give in to the pestering for candy etc. Instead, play a game where they get to pick out a healthy snack. Studies have shown, people spend less if they routinely shop. We tend to spend more when we just run out to grab a few items.

2. Come Prepared – start by taking inventory at home. Include spices, cooking oils, and condiments. Make a list and stick to it. Only deviate if it is a healthy choice. The list should include fresh fruits and veggies, as well as fresh frozen or slightly processed fruits and veggies that will keep longer than the fresh ones. For example, dried fruit, low or no sugar fruit juice, frozen peas, steamed or microwaveable vegetables. The next week, “rotate” your fresh fruits and vegetables to include different choices. Include some whole grains, lean proteins, and low fat dairy items. For every item you choose, try to think of at least 3 different ways you can incorporate that item. For example fresh baby spinach leaves can be used is salads, added to eggs, added to pasta sauce, or a grilled chicken wrap. This way, you will be more likely to use all the fresh food you are going to purchase. The biggest expense when it comes to grocery shopping is wasted food.

3. Hit the Walls Running – Shop the perimeter first to get to the whole food action. Beware of  the bakery which is usually located right near the fruits and veggies. Also avoid the caramel dip tucked next to the apples, and the full fat dips placed near the bags of spinach. Marketers call this “vignetting.” It’s the same thing as the boutique that sells you a $35 scarf to go along with the $40 blouse you just got on sale. Most grocery stores get more deliveries on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, so you will get a larger selection if you shop the 1st and avoid the after church crowds.

4. Rethink the Fresh Fish – fish labeled fresh does not mean off the boat, it just means it was not frozen. Most grocery stores get their fish delivered at the beginning of the week, but do check  your grocery store for their schedule. Frozen fish does not go bad, and commercial freezing techniques minimize textural damage.

5. Counter Attack the Deli Counter - when buying deli meat choose fresh over the processed versions for lower fat, sugar, and sodium. Avoid the pre-made deli salads such as the coleslaw, potato salad and macaroni salad. Choose the hummus or bean dip instead.

6. Be a Cheese Whiz – most grocery stores have 2 cheese sections. In the domestic section, shop the lowest fat possible. Keep in mind, these are usually ready to eat items there. If cheese is a “gateway” food for you, better to shop the imported section. The choices there will be higher in fat, however, studies have shown that people usually serve smaller portions of the more expensive, full-fat variety, therefore consuming less.

7. Don’t get Butchered by the Meat Department – Choose select cuts, which are the leanest, most healthful, and most affordable meats you can find. Prime cuts are often marbled, which means more fat. Most meat is packaged in family sized cuts. Ask the butcher to package the exact amount you need. Beware of the sale items and the 2 for 1 deals. While cost effective, they can sometimes be at the end of their life. Check the expiration date.

8. Attack the Interior – this is not the place to browse! Know ahead of time what you want and where it is. For example, the unshelled nuts are often hidden between cookies and chips next to the chocolate covered nuts. Vitamin water, sports drinks, and all natural sparkling sodas are usually on the same isle as the regular and diet sodas.

9. Look high and Low for the Healthier Choices – all of those high sugar cereals are lined up right at our waist level, which corresponds to a child’s eye level. In any store, some products are placed at an adult’s eye level because the manufacturer paid a “placement fee”. Heavily promoted items are more likely to be unhealthy. Watch out for “Healthy” items that really are not – keep in mind, “Organic” does not always mean low fat, sugar, or sodium. Watch out for the “Snackwell” phenomenon; you eat more because you think it’s healthy! If it’s organic cake – it’s still cake and should be considered a once in a while treat.

10. Check Yourself Out – this does not necessarily mean the self check-out. This means beware yet again of the temptations lined up at the checkout line. One study noted that only 12% of customers made last minute, impulse purchases at the self-checkout station vs. 47% at the cashier!

Time these helpful tips and take the stress out of navigating the grocery store.  And remember, if you can resist it at the grocery store, you only have to resist it once. If you buy it and take it home, you have to resist it every hour of every day!

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12 Healthy Holiday Secrets

Ha! If it were only this easy! Navigating through the holidays can be challenging when you are trying to stay on track to reaching your healthy lifestyle goals but we have 12 tips for you to help you maintain throughout the holiday season:

1) Balance your meals 

2) Eat a healthy breakfast every day, and especially on the day you are going to eat a lot. Don’t starve yourself. You will only eat more at the meal. 

3) If you don’t love what is in front of you, don’t eat it! Save that for the really special treats. 

4) Track your food every day 

5) Regift your food! 

6) Review your weight loss goal every day. Think how you will feel after the new year if you have not gained weight. 

7) If you overindulge, don’t feel guilty. Get back on track. 

8) Keep healthy snacks on hand at all times. 

9) Keep moving. Add exercise whenever possible 

10) Set those saboteurs straight. Make sure people know about your maintenance plan. Tell them you are doing it for health reasons 

11) Gauge your weight by how your clothes are fitting. 

12) Create healthier versions of the food you love.

Total Nutrition Technology Partners with Metro Fitness Charlotte to Offer Customized Nutrition


Total Nutrition Technology Partners with Metro Fitness Charlotte to Offer Customized Nutrition

CHARLOTTE, NC (December 17th, 2014) - - Total Nutrition Technology, a company specializing in helping people lose weight, manage their health and enhance their sports performance, has partnered with Metro Fitness Charlotte to offer customized nutrition programs, comprehensive testing and One on One educational coaching at two of their area locations.  Total Nutrition Technology will be offering services for all clients of these locations starting on December 19th, 2014.  In addition, TNT Inc. is a credentialed BCBS provider so they can also accept insurance for those with wellness needs.
Metro Fitness CLT is Charlotte’s premier fitness brand with three locations serving the area. The flagship location, Metro Fitness Club, opened in 2010 and is located in Myers Park in Tranquil Court. The 8,000 square space features a full service fitness club in addition to personal training, group fitness classes, CrossFit and massage therapy.  Metro CrossFit is a dedicated CrossFit gym located the Elizabeth neighborhood, opened in 2012 and offers over 40 classes each week. This 6,000 square foot gym also boasts a 70foot turf run, 40 feet of rack systems, Olympic lifting platforms and more.  Conveniently located on Carmel Road near the intersection of Highway 51, Metro Fitness 51 opened in 2014 to provide the South Charlotte community with innovative and results driven classes including CrossFit, kickboxing and circuit training.
For more information about the specific locations Total Nutrition Technology will be working out  please see the following websites: 

About Total Nutrition Technology
Celebrating 22 years in business, Total Nutrition Technology provides comprehensive nutrition and exercise programs for individuals interested in achieving optimal health and specific sports performance goals. In addition to sports nutrition, they also offer specialty programs that target unique health needs for youth, pregnant and nursing moms, adults 50+, professional athletes and corporate businesses wanting to improve the health of their workforce.  
 Total Nutrition Technology has multiple locations in the Charlotte, NC area and licenses its proprietary program to health professionals across the country.  Thanks to online technology, Total Nutrition Technology health educators are also able to help clients across the U.S. with their health goals.  For more information, visit or call (704) 549-9550.

10 Ways To Increase Your N*E*A*T

Non-exercise Activity Today
For many of us, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to eat breakfast, make sure the kids eat breakfast, get ready for work, get the kids ready for school, work, pick up the kids, take them to soccer or dance or piano, do the groceries, do the laundry, cook dinner, help with homework, answer emails, get lunches ready for the next day, and so on……and so on……
For times like these, and other times in our lives when our schedule gets disrupted, it’s time to try N*E*A*T.  This stands for non-exercise activity today. To put it simply, these are just tricks to increase our calorie burn during the day. These types of activities do not replace the more formal types of cardiovascular, resistant training, or flexibility exercises.  That type of formal exercise can do so much for our health and physique.  N*E*A*T activities, are simply a way to sneak in physical activity throughout the day without compromising our time at all.
N*E*A*T activities do serve a very useful purpose however.  We have already learned it takes 3500 calories to burn off a pound of fat. If we just increase the calories we burn to 10 extra calories a day, we would burn the equivalent of over 1 extra pound a year. Doesn’t sound like much does it? What if we were to increase it to 50 extra calories a day? Now we have just increased our calorie burn to 5 extra pounds a year. What if we increase it to 100 extra calories a day? Now our calorie burn is over  10 pounds a year.
Still, how do we do this without disrupting our already overbooked days? Here is my top 10 list.
  1. Whenever you have to walk anywhere – walk faster
  2. Whenever you walk anywhere – take bigger steps
  3. When waiting in line at the bank or while pumping gas - do calf raises
  4. When waiting in line at the grocery store- pick up a can and do bicep curls
  5. When using the bathroom – do the “dirty potty squatty”
  6. When riding in the elevator – do knee raises
  7. When brushing your teeth – do squats
  8. When rinsing off dishes – do hamstring curls
  9. While waiting for the microwave to beep – do wall push-ups
  10. When getting up from a chair with arm rests do – do a triceps dip

There are so many more. What are some ways you sneak exercise into your daily activity? I challenge you to add to the list!

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The Gift of Health

Give yourself the gift of health this holiday season...
Contact TNT today to learn more about this year end special and schedule your FREE consultation!
Total Nutrition Technology provides comprehensive nutrition and exercise programs for individuals interested in achieving optimal health and specific sports performance goals. We also offer specialty programs that target unique health needs for youth, pregnant and nursing moms, adults 50+ and corporate businesses wanting to improve the health of their workforce. 

Total Nutrition Technology has eight locations in Charlotte, NC, one office in Asheville, NC, and the technology to work with clients anywhere in the U.S. TNT also licenses its proprietary program to health professionals across the country.

10 Holiday Party Survival Strategies

By: Susan Connor, RN & TNT Health Educator

The holidays are a busy time of the year.  The calendar is typically full of family get-togethers, holiday parties and the temptations that come along with the holiday season.  This can prove to be a challenge for anyone especially if you are in the middle of working towards a health and nutrition goal.  But we have you covered!  Here are 10 tips to help you stay on track at holiday parties.

1) Never go to a party hungry 

2) Bring a healthy dish to share

3) Choose a small plate

4) Make sure you put the food on a plate. Don’t stand and nibble with the hand to mouth munching.

5) Eat plenty of lean protein and lots of fruit and veggies. Think high fiber.

6) Fill up on water. Alternate water with alcohol or better yet, don’t indulge in the alcohol.

7) Don’t stand near the high calorie, unhealthy food.

8) Focus on conversation. It’s free.

9) Don’t wear spandex pants that will expand as you eat.

10) Eat half the food you normally would on the big days and save it for later or tomorrow! Better to eat smaller meals for blood sugar control and weight loss.

What is your favorite trick that helps you from overindulging during the holiday party season?

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Paid Study by ASU looking for Endurance Runners

Are you an endurance runner? ASU is conducting a paid study on the Effects of 4-weeks Ingestion of LycoRed 40051 Product on Exercise-Induced Inflammation, Muscle Damage, and Oxidative Stress in Endurance Runners.  Here are the details:

Principal Investigator: David C. Nieman, ASU Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC

What is the purpose of this research?
Lycopene provides the red color in tomatoes, and helps to counter oxidative stress and inflammation in our bodies.  A few studies suggest that lycopene and other similar compounds in tomatoes (i.e., carotenoids) may help the athlete recovery better from hard workouts that cause muscle damage and soreness, oxidative stress, and inflammation.

The primary purpose of this study is to determine if 4-weeks ingestion of LycoRed (code 40051) product containing a mixture of tomato lycopene and carotenoids by endurance runners lessens inflammation, muscle damage and soreness, and oxidative stress during 24 hours recovery from an intensive 2-h running bout.

Why am I being invited to take part in this research?
You will be one of 20 to 26 subjects in this study at the ASU-NCRC Human Performance Lab in Kannapolis, NC.  You are being invited to take part in this research if you meet the criteria in this list:

Inclusion Criteria:
·         Male or female endurance runner (ages 18 to 45).
·         Compete in long distance road races and are capable of running on a treadmill at marathon race pace for two hours (including 30 min of downhill running). Note: Preference will be given to runners who have completed a half-marathon or greater distance race in the previous year.
·         At “low risk” status for cardiovascular disease (as determined with the screening questionnaire).
Exclusion criteria (i.e., cannot join the study if you have any of these criteria):
·         Weigh less than 110 pounds.
·         Current, active history of coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, blood disease, hormonal disease, or metabolic disease.
·         History of cancer in the 5 years prior to the screening visit (except skin or cervical cancer that was successfully treated).
·         Current use of any type of medication (or unwillingness to stop use of over-the-counter medications two weeks before the start of the study).
·         Pregnant or nursing, or planning to be pregnant or nursing during the study.
·         Use of vitamin/antioxidant supplements within 4 weeks prior to starting the study. For subjects using vitamin/antioxidant supplements, a 4-week wash out will be required prior to starting the study.
·         Unwilling to follow dietary guidelines from the screening visit through the final visit as follows:
·         no more than an average of 2 servings*/week of lycopene-rich foods (e.g. tomatoes and tomato products, including all sauces containing tomatoes that are contained in pizza, soups, etc., ketchup, vegetable juice with tomato, French salad dressing, mango, guava, watermelon, papaya, red grapefruit).
·         no more than an average of 5 servings*/day of vegetables and fruit
·         avoidance of antioxidant vitamin, mineral or herbal supplements including, but not limited to  vitamin C, vitamin E, flavonoids, carotenoids, selenium, etc.
·         Consumption of more than an average of 2 units of alcohol daily.**
·         Known allergy to tomatoes or citrus fruits.
·         Following any special diet including, but not limited to liquid, high or low protein, raw food, vegetarian or vegan, etc.  (Subjects should normally consume mixed diets).
·         Current use of muscle enhancing supplements such as HMB, ATP and other similar muscle building agents.
·         Current use of use of sodium bicarbonate or medications containing sodium bicarbonate such as Alka-Seltzer.
·         Recent history of musculoskeletal trauma (fracture, strain, sprain, etc.) that has not fully healed prior to baseline testing.
·         Planning to have surgery during the study.

 What will I be asked to do?The research procedures will be conducted at the Human Performance Laboratory (Room 1201, Plants for Human Health Institute Building, 600 Laureate Way), operated by Appalachian State University at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC.  The total study duration is 10 weeks, with 6 visits to the ASU-NCRC Human Performance Lab that include two exercise sessions, and 10 blood samples.  The total amount of time you will be asked to volunteer for this study is about 14 hours at the Human Performance Laboratory (over the 10-week period).
In this study, you will ingest the LycoRed supplement or placebo for 4 weeks prior to running 2 hours at high intensity.  After a 2-week “washout” period, you will cross over to the opposite supplement, and repeat all procedures (i.e., ingest the LycoRed or placebo supplement for 4 weeks prior to running 2 hours at high intensity).  This figure summarizes the research design.

Will I be paid for taking part in the research?
We will pay you $600 for the time you volunteer while being in this study.

How do I sign up for the study or obtain more information?
Please send an email message to, or call 704-250-5351.

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