She's been to the Olympics five times, won twelve medals, and at age 43, Dara Torres says she's in the best shape of her life. In her new book, Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program, Torres writes about how she became a faster and stronger swimmer as she got older and how you can get in your best shape . She spoke to FatFighterTV recently about Gold Medal Fitness, training smarter, and whether she'll compete in the next Olympic Games.
FatFighterTV: How much harder is it to be in shape in your 40's?
Dara Torres: I think I'm probably in the best shape of my life now. It's harder in the sense that you may not see results as quickly and your body may hurt more and you may need more recovery, but I've never looked this way before in my life and I'm 43 now. You have to listen to your body more when you're a little bit older.
FFTV: How achievable is it for the average person - non-athletes - to get fit after age 40, and how can your new book help them?
DT: I wrote this book,
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- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 17, 2010 4:56 PM EDT
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BPA may be a problem in more than just plastic containers. Now researchers say exposure to the chemical is much higher in canned goods. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
BPA exposure much higher in canned foods than plastic
We've heard so much about the health concerns of the chemical BPA, or bisphenol A in plastic containers. But researchers at the University of Rochester in New York say the exposure to BPA from canned food is far more extensive. Just about anything we eat or drink that comes from a can contains BPA. There's a thin layer of it between the food and the metal can to help keep the two from interacting and preventing rust.
More pesticide residue in 'dirty dozen' produce
Did you know some produce has 47 to 67 pesticides per serving? That's according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group. The organization says the fruits and vegetables in its 'dirty dozen' list are thought to be more
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 4, 2010 5:52 AM EDT
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Heavy metals in protein drinks? How safe is your favorite? FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Is your protein drink toxic?
Ever heard of heavy metals in protein drinks? I hadn't until I saw this new report in the July issue of Consumer Reports (CR). CR looked at 15 protein powders and drinks and tested multiple samples for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.
Results show all of the drinks had at least one sample with one or more of these contaminants. And three products particularly concerned CR because the levels of arsenic, cadmium, or lead in three daily servings were more than the limits proposed by the USP (United States Pharmacopeia): EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate Shake, Muscle Milk Chocolate powder, and Muscle Milk Vanilla Crème. The report says those metals can have toxic effects on several organs in the body.
To burn more fat, don't eat before workout
This may keep me from grabbing a small bite to
Read More »from Celebrity diets: a nutritionist's take
I normally don't pay much attention to what celebrities eat, but when the PR firm for Us Weekly sent me some information from the current issue's "What I Ate Today" (where stars give Us a day in their diet), I thought it was interesting to see how dietitian, Joy Bauer analyzed their choices. See what you think…
Hot water with ½ lemon, Starbucks Grande Skinny Mocha Latte, 2 pieces whole wheat toast, 1 sliced tomato, ½ glass orange juice
3 cups salad with ½ avocado, basil olive oil, ½ squeezed lemon, 3 tbsp pine nuts; 6 slices smoked salmon with lime, 2 crisp breads with low-fat cottage cheese; 1 small glass watermelon juice
Baby carrots with 3 tbsp hummus
Tuna ceviche, 8 chips, ½ rib eye steak, spinach and radish salad, 2 glasses champagne, 1 glass red wine
3 squares dark chocolate
FAT 120 g
CARBS 213 g
PROTEIN 141 g
SUGAR 73 g
"Her coffee has calcium-rich milk for strong bones," but overall, the
As Dr. Oz kicks off his Ultimate Summer Slim-Down this week, he shares the secret diet sabotages to avoid when you are trying to lose weight. These are not your typical tips - I had not heard about any of these four diet destroyers before. Is it just me? Here they are:Read More »from 4 diet destroyers Dr. Oz says to avoid
Warm Colors: Warm colors like yellow and red are diet destroyers. The color blue is a natural appetite suppressant, and people eat 30 percent less in a blue room. Time to paint?
Transparent Bowls: In a study from the International Journal of Obesity, women eat 71 percent more out of transparent containers because they are constantly tempted. Choose ceramic over glass serving dishes.
Floral Centerpieces: The Smell & Taste Foundation in Chicago found that smelling fruit will cause you to eat less, so use a fruit centerpiece instead of flowers.
Dim Light: People tend to eat more if they can't see their food well, so brighten up the kitchen or dining room, okay?
I am going to try all of these changes except for painting my
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Wed, May 19, 2010 3:01 AM EDT
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Can Ronald McDonald be forced into retirement? Should he be? FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Can Ronald McDonald be forced to retire?
A corporate watch dog group protested in Chicago this week for McDonald's to retire Ronald McDonald, saying the popular mascot is helping fuel childhood obesity by marketing unhealthy foods to kids.The Boston based Corporate Accountability International launched its campaign to retire Ronald McDonald in late March. McDonald's says the "beloved brand ambassador" is here to stay.
American Heart Association teams up with Nintendo to fight obesity
The American Heart Association (AHA) has paired up with Japanese entertainment giant, Nintendo and its Wii consoles to encourage Americans to exercise more to fight the skyrocketing obesity problem. Nintendo is working with the AHA to cut the risks of heart disease in the U.S., and will have the AHA logo on its active-play video game products
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Fri, May 14, 2010 5:04 AM EDT
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It's a 70-step program. The government's new obesity campaign targets 70 recommendations to reverse the epidemic. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
New obesity task force reveals goals
Three months after the First Lady launched Let's Move! - a program that aims to end the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation - the campaign's obesity task force unveiled its 70-point plan for returning childhood obesity to five percent by 2030, the rate it was at before childhood obesity first began to rise in the late 1970s.
The task force's recommendations include providing healthy food in schools, improving access to healthy, affordable food, and getting children more physically active. More details here.
At-home personal trainers now more affordable
It may sound like a luxury, but at-home personal training has become more affordable in this down economy, according to this article in the New York Times. It says it's a
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Tue, May 4, 2010 5:19 AM EDT
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Do you serve your food from the kitchen counter or straight from the dinner table? When it comes to eating less, it may be all about location. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
Where you serve your food can help you to eat less
Location, location, location. When it comes to eating less, a new study finds where you serve your food makes a difference. Researchers say people who serve themselves at the kitchen counter instead of at the table eat 20 percent fewer calories, probably because they don't refill their plate as often. Out of sight, out of mouth?
Want kids to eat their fruit? Make it flashy
First, we heard that kids like to keep things simple when it comes to vegetables. Now, Dutch researchers say, to get kids to eat more fruit, you might want to make it flashy. The report shows four to seven year-olds ate almost twice as much fruit if it was presented in a visually appealing way versus a more run-of-the-mill
Read More »from 6 simple salt swaps you may not have tried
As part of the new nationwide push to reduce salt, some food companies have pledged to lower the sodium in their products. But we can also do a few things on our own to cut back. You've probably used seasonings instead of salt to add flavor to your meals, but check out these 6 creative swaps you may not have tried yet.
I got these tasty tips from Robin Miller, author of Robin Rescues Dinner: 52 Weeks of Quick-Fix Meals
Sauce Swap: Instead of prepared sauces, make your own. In a blender, combine roasted red peppers (home-made!), balsamic vinegar, fresh garlic, fresh parsley or basil, olive oil, and ground black pepper. Puree until smooth. Add water until you reach the desired consistency. The same sauce can be made with rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes. Thick sauces can be used over chicken, fish, pork, steak, and vegetables. Thinner sauces can be used in pasta and rice dishes.
Better Broth: Make home-made broths with the liquid from rehydrated wild mushrooms such as porcini and
- FatFighterTV | Healthy Living – Tue, Apr 27, 2010 4:55 AM EDT
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Got any bad habits you want to ditch? Maybe you should start with the ones that can age you by more than a decade. FatFighterTV has a look at this story and other diet and fitness headlines making news this week.
4 bad habits combined can age you 12 years
If you're waiting for a reason to ditch your bad habits, this could be it. A new study finds the combination of four common ones - smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet - can age you by 12 years. That means having more than three alcoholic drinks a day for men and more than two for women; getting less than two hours of physical activity a week; and eating fruits and vegetables fewer than three times a day.
16 companies pledge to cut salt in their products
Earlier this year, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked food manufacturers and restaurant chains across the country to cut the amount of salt in their products. Now, these 16 companies have pledged to do so - Au Bon Pain, Boar's Head, FreshDirect, Goya, Hain