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Halloween is almost here and that can only mean one thing....it's time to buy treats for the kids! And like every other year you'll end up eating the leftovers. This year stick with healthy treats.....like boxed raisins, fruit cups, string cheese, granola bars or non-food items like colorful pencils, erasers or coloring books. You'll save yourself plenty of calories and it will be good for your kids and your trick or treaters.

Weight-Loss Pills: Do they work?

Let's be honest for a moment. You've seen the advertisements for weight loss pills-you know the ones with those amazing before and after pictures-and you've wondered to yourself...do they work?

Diet pills are everywhere, they tempt from store shelves, from infomercials and from glossy magazine pages. You probably know someone who is dabbling with diet pills or maybe you've tried them yourself. Have you ever wondered how they work?

Weight loss pills can be broken down into 3 basic categories:

1. Appetite Suppressants: These work just like it sounds. The appetite-regulating region of your brain (the hypothalamus) is tricked by blockage of the re-uptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. As a result you feel like you've just eaten a big meal, so you're less likely to overeat.
2. Stimulants: These types of weight loss pills used to contain a combination of ephedra and caffeine to raise energy expenditure (thermogenesis) while also reducing appetite. You're probably aware that these pills were proven in some cases to be deadly, so ephedra was taken off the market. Stimulant pills now contain other ephedra-like substances, vitamins and caffeine. The idea is to increase energy and boost metabolism.

3. Fat Blockers: These pills inhibit the action of the enzyme lipase, which is responsible for breaking down fat during the digestion process. The goal is to prevent a percentage of the fat you've eaten from being absorbed into your system.
So we return to our burning question. Do the pills work? Here's what the diet pill companies say:

• "You'll lose 30lbs in 30 days"
• "Achieve rapid weight loss results"
• "Burn calories and fat 24 hours a day"
• "Fights fat and delivers rapid weight loss"

Those claims are amazing...too bad they are just that....claims. It's so tempting to imagine that those benefits could be gained just by swallowing a pill. Tempting enough to make diet pills a multibillion dollar a year industry. Hmmm, makes you wonder that if that many diet pills have been taken then why don't we all look like swim suit models?

While diet pills showcase a few star subjects, none of whom live on your block, the world is full of real people who have lost weight and improved their lives with exercise and healthy eating. Check out these proven benefits of exercise:

• Increased Weight Loss
• Strengthens Heart and Lungs
• Improved Sleep Pattern
• Increased Strength
• Improved Coordination  
• Raised Self Esteem
• Renewed Confidence
• Feel Good Endorphins
• Feel Younger Than Ever
• Improved Mood

A pill may slightly increase your metabolic rate for a time or may suppress your appetite, and you may lose a few pounds. However, a pill alone cannot produce serious or permanent weight loss. A pill cannot deliver the same results as healthy nutrition and regular exercise.

And weight loss pills have been known to give the following side effects:

• Raised blood pressure
• Increased risk of heart attack
• Cramping, gas and diarrhea
• Constipation
• Headaches
• Dry Mouth
• Insomnia

The bottom line is that true weight loss can't be achieved by a pill!

If you really want to lose weight, if you're looking for long term health benefits then look no farther than your sneakers. That's right, lace them up and go for a jog.


Cheesy-Good Breakfast Tartlets

These super-decadent breakfast bites, besides being cheesy-good, are also packed with bacon and full of eggy greatness!


8 small square wonton wrappers (often stocked with the tofu in the refrigerated section of the supermarket)
48 sprays I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spray
2 slices extra-lean turkey bacon
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
2 tbsp. fat-free cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste
1/3 cup chopped scallions
Optional: black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

Evenly place wrappers flat on a clean, dry surface. Spray each wrapper three times with butter spray, and use your fingers to evenly spread butter. Gently flip wrappers and repeat.

Carefully transfer wrappers to the pan, placing each in a muffin cup and pressing to form the cup shape. Bake in the oven until firm and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Prepare bacon according to package directions, either in the microwave or in a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray. Once cool enough to handle, chop and set aside.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine cheese wedge and cream cheese. Stir until blended. Warm in the microwave, about 15 seconds, and then stir again. Set aside.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add mushrooms and, stirring occasionally, cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add egg substitute, salt, and scallions. Scramble until mostly cooked. Slowly fold in cheese mixture and continue to scramble until fully cooked.

Remove from heat and stir in chopped bacon. Evenly distribute egg mixture among the baked wonton cups. Serve warm. If you like, season to taste with pepper and additional salt. Yum!

PER SERVING (2 tartlets): 111 calories, 2g fat, 540mg sodium, 10.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 1.5g sugars, 11g protein







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