How to Really Lose Weight with Wii Fit!

We live in an age where the tasty foods often win out over our will power. We snack late and we eat dessert early. It’s a terrible trend- even if it feels so good. To combat the rising obesity epidemic Nintendo and Shigeru Miyamoto (the genius behind many of Nintendo’s greatest games: Mario, Link, and so-on), developed a game called Wii Fit along with a peripheral known as the balance board. This is truly one of the greatest achievements of this gaming generation- the likes of which Microsoft and Sony cannot compare to.

However, losing weight with Wii Fit can prove difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. You may play a couple of the games everyday but barely lose a pound. If this sounds familiar, allow me to give you some advice on how to make your Wii Fit workout more successful.

  1.  Weigh Yourself Everyday

There’s a reason that the balance board doubles as a scale. By weighing yourself everyday, you become more aware of how your lifestyle effects your body. When you think of your ‘number’, you may find yourself passing up that extra slice of cheesecake or skipping desert altogether. It’s a powerful when overeating is no longer a victim-less crime. Suddenly you can see firsthand the damage.

  1.  Stick to the Yoga, Strength Training, and Aerobics.

Avoid the Balance Games. While we know Wii Fit can help you with your posture and center of balance- generally people don’t buy it for that. While the Balance Games may be fun, they’re a waste of time if you’re substituting them for the real exercises.

  1.  Add ‘Short Run’ or ‘Long Run’ to your workout everyday.

The best calorie-burner in Wii Fit is its jogging game. Make sure you select one of its distances at least once a day. You might be tempted to skip it, but make sure you ignore that temptation. Besides, with each day it gets easier to complete the course!

  1.  Combine with proper diet.

Wii Fit can’t cover everything. If you want to lose weight, you’ve got to put in the extra effort outside of the game. Watch what you eat- switch over to some healthy substitutes for your favorite snacks. Your balance board will appreciate it.

  1.  Workout everyday.

Even if you don’t play Wii Fit everyday, workout everyday. Go for a quick jog, do a few push-ups, find some stairs to walk up. You’ll see the results of your hard-work next time you weight yourself in Wii Fit.

  1.  Make your fitness goal public.

This is another psychological tool. If you announce your fitness goal to your family, it suddenly becomes more solid. No longer are you working toward an imaginary goal in your mind. Instead you have people waiting to see you either succeed or fail. If they see you slacking off, their perspective is now supported by the knowledge that you’re supposed to be working out.

  1.  Always play your Wii while standing up. Only use motion controls.

A good way to burn some calories is to get lost in a video game for a few hours while standing up. Stay off that couch! Make sure you don’t cheat by switching over to the GC controller or classic controller. Those arm motions will shave off a few calories too! Do this and Wii Fit won’t be the only game you use for weight-loss.

  1.  Don’t eat before sleep.

This is sort of a dieting law. Don’t consume anything (other than water) at least three hours before you intend to go to sleep. That slice of pizza you just ate will simply turn to fat over night …

Greatest Medical Industry Technological Advancements This Decade

When it comes to the latest in medical technology many would argue that the most interesting or greatest inventions are the ones that keep people alive. I however, would argue that these inventions only prolongs a person's suffering, and for this reason anything that would artificially keep a person alive, will not be on this my list of the five greatest medical industry technological advancements this decade.

Greatest medical industry technological advancements this decade: The bionic arm

If you ever watched 'The Million Dollar Man' (a series from back in the eighties), the fact that efforts are being made in the interest of creating mechanical prosthetic limbs, probably doesn't surprise you much, but the advancements that have been made more recently, may both surprise and interest you. Just have a look at the video attached above.

Greatest medical industry technological advancements this decade: The microscope

Over the years the microscope has advanced so dramatically, that one could be hard pressed to determine it from a modern computer. The photo imaging processes which we use today can magnify an object and display it computer screen more than 1,000 times its original size, allowing microbiologists to get a more complete and informative view ; this in part due to recent advancements in physics and the control of ION particles.

Greatest medical industry technological advancements this decade: The cell phone ultrasound,

This is one of the greatest things to hit the medical industry, ultrasound monitors are traditionally very large heavy devices which are not at all portable, making an in house ultra sound next to impossible and forcing people to conform to hospital demeanor when getting a regular checkup on their baby. When this technology becomes more available a busy house wife with child, may never have to leave the home again for a doctors appointment. Mid wives may even be able to take on the monitoring tasks typically done by doctors.

Greatest medical industry technological advancements this decade: The robotic surgeon

– Warning do not view the above link if you have a weak stomach, as with most surgical procedures the videos provided may be graphic in nature.–

A recent episode of 'House' revealed a device seldom talked about or even heard of. A device capable of doing the many tasks a surgeon with shaky hands could never perform. This device is capable of doing these tasks with a higher level of efficiency then a top surgeon ever could. When people play the board game doctor they often try not to touch the sides as they pull parts out, but with this device you won't have the slightest problem with nervous twitches or anything else.

Greatest medical industry technological advancements this decade: Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology has many implications, and while it is still under development, it's soon to be the next stage in surgical and vaccine technologies. Imagine a world where we can create an autonomous robot so small it's hard for your body to differentiate it from the cells which live within it.

Imagine a world where we control such a small technology, that it can pass through your body and provide support for your white blood cells in effectively destroying bacterial infections from the inside, without causing collateral damage. That is the world we soon will live in.

Nanotechnology is still a ways off and may even be considered by some to be Science Fiction. However, this technology is being very strenuously funded due to the endless possibilities it creates.

Greatest medical industry technological advancements this decade: Closing

What can I say? I have a passion for anything that combines mechanical …

Memorial Day Picnic Basket Staples: Prepare Homemade Fried Chicken and Coleslaw

Whether you're spending Memorial Day weekend on the road or at home, pack your picnic basket with some of these delicious picnic staples: coleslaw, fresh corn and fried chicken.

Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

SERVES 6

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces (1-1/2 cups) finely grated cabbage
  • 1 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1 cup peeled, cored, and thinly sliced Granny Smith apples
  • 1 cup Coleslaw Dressing (recipe follows)

Directions:

  1. Combine the cabbage, carrots, and apples in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Toss together the vegetables with 1 cup of the Coleslaw Dressing. Chill in the refrigerator overnight or until ready to serve.

Coleslaw Dressing Recipe

MAKES 2-1/2 CUPS

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons commercially prepared horseradish (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, blend together the mayonnaise, sugar, white vinegar, horseradish, salt, pepper, yellow mustard, celery seed and ground cinnamon. Taste the dressing; adjust seasoning if necessary. Reserve 1 cup of the dressing for the coleslaw (recipe above). Store any remaining dressing (up to 1 week) in the refrigerator.

Boiled Corn Recipe

Boiling corn in milk brings out the corn's naturally sweet flavor. 

SERVES 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts milk
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 ears shucked corn

Directions:

In a large stockpot, bring milk, water, and sugar to a boil. Add corn; cook 5 to 10 minutes, or until corn reaches desired doneness.

Fried Chicken Breasts Recipe

The quintessential picnic fare, this chicken is absolutely delicious. 

SERVES 6

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4-pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons bacon drippings (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add milk to a large bowl. Add chicken pieces, turning to coat in the milk. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  2. Combine flour, black pepper and paprika in a shallow dish. One at a time, place chicken pieces in dredging mixture, and press chicken firmly into dredging mixture to coat. Place coated chicken pieces on a parchment-lined baking tray. Heat unsalted butter and bacon drippings, if using, in a cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat until butter begins to bubble in the skillet.
  3. Use tongs to place chicken pieces into skillet. Fry until coating is golden brown on one side, 14 to 17 minutes. Turn the chicken pieces over with the tongs; fry on the other side until coating is golden brown, 14 to 17 minutes. Adjust heat to prevent the chicken from burning.
  4. Transfer the cooked chicken pieces to a serving platter.