Adult Success Story: Jenny, 35, transforms her relationship with her body, food and exercise and loses 11 pounds.**

Jenny heard about Kurbo from her employer and decided to sign up to gain healthier habits. “After the holidays, I got into some bad habits and I just needed a kick start. I wanted to lose a couple of pounds and feel healthier. As a parent with a full time job, I didn’t want to do anything that involved a huge commitment. I wanted something that was simple and less of a hardcore diet.”

She and Coach Maxine worked together to transform her typical food choices into healthier options. “I used to think that a protein powder shake in the morning would be a good idea. Coach Maxine explained that I didn’t need to focus so much on protein, especially from the calorie dense foods I was eating, like peanut butter. I learned there are plenty of places to get protein that are better for my body. Now I have a fruit and veggie smoothie with yogurt instead.”

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Calorie Counting Doesn’t Work: 3 Reasons Why the Traffic Light System is Better

  1.  You become obsessive.  When you focus on counting calories it’s easy to overanalyze your food choices, and as a result, think about food all day, every day. (Not fun.) With Kurbo’s Traffic Light System, you learn to keep track of the quality of the food you put in your body by classifying it into one of three categories: red, yellow or green. Once you adopt the idea that foods are either red, yellow or green, your mind and body develop a natural intelligence to decipher the foods that provide you with optimal nutrition and energy, and the ones you are better off to cut down on.

 

  1.    You neglect that you are a whole person. Calorie counting assumes weight management is a purely mental game of willpower and restriction. The truth is, a lot of eating and hunger is emotional.  If you approach food only from an analytical perspective, you fail to consider the emotional factors that drive you to eat. To shift emotional eating takes time, awareness, and a toolkit to help in tough times. The Traffic Light approach makes sustainable change possible by focusing on gradual behavior change, taking into account comfort eating, holidays, family time, eating out, and food addictions. 
  2.  Calorie counting is not practical. Calorie counting is a real chore and nearly impossible to sustain long term. Imagine you’re at a friend’s dinner or grabbing a snack at a concert; you probably won’t be taking out a calculator or tracker to make your food choices in those situations. If you’re accustomed to the traffic light system you will most likely remember the general classification of foods and will be able to make a quick decision with ease that better supports your personal health goals.

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Weigh Yourself Every Week, Not Every Day

It’s important to weigh yourself consistently in order to know where you are in your personal health journey. This data that we collect is important and informs us if we are on the right track with our lifestyle changes. However, in the case of weighing yourself, too much may not be a good thing.

Here are a few reasons why it is better to weigh yourself once a week, not every single day.

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Your Mom Was Right, Breakfast Is Important!

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” – Moms Everywhere

Yes, mom was right. Breakfast is an important way to start the day, for kids and adults alike. Skipping breakfast can lead to erratic eating patterns throughout the day, indulgence in more junk food and ultimately, weight gain.  

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Family Success Story: Kurbo allows Mom, Liana, to build a new relationship with her 12 year old daughter, Mya, who also loses 10 pounds.**

Liana wanted to stop arguing with her daughter, Mya about food, so they signed up for Kurbo. “I wanted her to gain healthy eating habits in a positive way. I just needed someone other than me to teach her,” Liana says. “I didn’t think I was healthy for someone my age and I was concerned about my weight,” Mya shares.

They were both happy that Kurbo wasn’t focused on counting calories. “I have personally tried counting calories and it is something I didn’t want Mya to do. I don’t think it’s a positive way to change your behavior. We wanted a program to start tracking food and exercise that was kid friendly. Kurbo is the only kid friendly program that’s out there to choose from, and it’s perfect,” Mya shares.

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Weight Watchers for Teen Boys?

Weight Watchers for teen boys, is this a good idea? There are numerous weight solutions out there, all of which using different strategies, so it’s important to critically analyze which programs will improve a teen boy’s health instead of potentially damaging it. Is it Weight Watchers for teen boys, MyFitness Pal, or Jenny Craig? We first have to note that teens are not mini-adults. The challenges to weight loss that teens face are not the same as those faced by adults, so we should not provide them with adult weight-loss solutions. When addressing a topic as important as weight, finding a solution designed for teens is crucial to their overall health and development.

Teen boys who are turning to food to feel comforted typically find themselves in a negative feedback loop: they eat to feel better, then they look in the mirror or compare themselves to their peers or men in magazines, they feel bad, then eat again to distract themselves from their pain or to feel instant gratification. This cycle can persist into adulthood, but it can be avoided with a straight forward solution: health coaching with coaches trained specifically to work with teens.

Kurbo uses a behavior modification and an accountability program much like Weight Watchers; the difference is that Kurbo’s coaches are experienced to work with teens and the evidence based curriculum is suited for adolescents with an 88% success rate.

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5 HEALTHY WAYS TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate, whether you’re Irish or not!  It’s a day filled with images of happy leprechauns, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, lucky shamrocks and everything green.  And, what better way for Kurbo kids to incorporate the color green than by increasing their green lights?  Here are 5 healthy ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with a focus on our favorite green light foods:

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Family Weight Loss Success Story: After trying many different diets, Gracie and her parents finally tried Kurbo and lost a combined 80 lbs as a family**.

After her doctor suggested she lose weight, Gracie signed up for Kurbo with her parents. “I wanted to show my doctor that I could lose weight and also I wanted to fit into my musical theater costume,” Gracie says. Gracie’s parents, Brad and Mandy, joined the program too in order to support her, but soon after began seeing results themselves.  

The whole family started making changes after watching the educational videos on the app. “We realized that even when we were eating the right foods, like brown rice, we were eating too much. Now, at suppertime we’ll say to each other, ‘That looks larger than the size of your fist!’ We are empowered with knowledge,” Mandy shares.
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3-Day Meal Plan

A healthy 3-day meal plan is the easiest way to get on track with your health goals. You don’t have to think about anything other than the shopping because we’ve made sure that all the meals are balanced, nutritious, and tasty. The truth is, taking a few minutes to make a meal plan saves you time and stress.  When hunger strikes, and you have all of your meals and items on hand ready to go, you will really appreciate it!

Keep your meal plan balanced with plenty of green and yellow lights with some red lights that are within your red light budget goals.  Include easy-to-pack snacks and after-school snacks you can quickly and easily make at home. Here is an example of a well balanced 3-day meal plan:

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