In the Zone - February 2012

In this Issue:

  • BBX Body Launch

  • Featured Article

  • Recipe of the Week

  • Success Story



We are happy to announce that we will be launching an online weight management and life coaching membership website, “BBX Body”. The site will include the following features:

  • Customized fitness profiles
  • Daily customized meal plans
  • Daily tips on life, fitness, nutrition and weight management
  • Recipes library
  • Exercise circuit videos that provide full one hour workouts people can do from home
  • Weight & measurement trackers
  • Body mass index calculators
  • Daily food diary for people to track their daily routine
  • Click Here to learn more

Featured Article

For the love of Food!

Not only are we are a sit-down generation but we are a generation that enjoys eating. Holidays, parties, graduations, weddings, catching up with friends, birthdays just to name a few; are all events that are usually large quantities of food!

Consequently not only are we a sit down generation, but we have become a generation that habitually over-eats. We have an amazing ability of putting food in out mouth that we do not need. Our desire for the food over-rides the actual need and the result is we end up gaining weight instead of losing! Simply put! ! If we consume twice as much food, than what our bodies require, we will gain weight. It doesn’t matter if the food we are eating is healthy or unhealthy! It is a very simple concept that many tend to forget!

Below are items or foods that cause people to backslide during a weight loss or health journey:

  • Cereal: Shopping for cereal can be a very daunting task, especially if you are with your kids! The cereal aisle in a grocery store is completely overwhelming if you ask me! So many options to choose from and most are full of sugar. I recommend choosing a cereal that is high in fiber and low in sugar. A great example is Kashi Go Lean! Another strong recommendation is to avoid this aisle when you are with your kids. Most are bound to pick the sweetest ceral possible. It’s almost like having desert for breakfast!
  • Fruit Juice: I would like to be able to tell you that fruit juice is healthy for you! But that is just not the case and not all fruit juice is treated equally! Many fruit juices have less than ten percent of real fruit juice in them. If you were to drink a glass every day, then you end up adding a lot of sugar and unwanted calories to your daily intake. If you have your own juicer, try to make your own fresh fruit juice. On the other hand, if you do not have a juicer, having juice in moderation is fine just watch the amount of sugar. A nice substitution is to eat the real thing! If you want orange juice, have an orange! It will actually take longer to eat and give your brain the time to tell your stomach you are full!
  • Nuts: Now, don’t get me wrong! Nuts and seeds are definitely healthy for you! However, if you are eating the entire jar and wondering why you are not losing weight, think again! Nuts are a high quality natural food that can serve as a great snack option when consumed in moderation. If you are going to eat nuts, be sure to count or weigh them. Better yet, do yourself a favor! When you purchase a nuts or seeds, count them out and put them in small snack size baggies. This may seem like a daunting task, but you will thank yourself in the long run because you are decreasing the chance of over-eating.
  • Protein Bars: They are wonderful when you are in a hurry and on the go! However, I don’t recommend getting in the habit of regularly replacing a healthy, well balanced meal with a protein bar. Many protein bars are high in preservatives, sugar, calories and fat. Choose wisely and read the labels, but keep in mind that better sources of protein are available. I would keep protein bars with you and utilize them for emergencies!
  • Salads: When you hear salad, don’t you think of fresh green leafy vegetables in addition to crisp, crunchy clean eating? Think again! The only way, you will be able to enjoy a salad that is “healthy” is one that you make yourself with little to no dressing. Many restaurants drench the salad with high-fat, high-sugar dressings and include many ingredients that send the calorie and fat content soaring through the rough. For example a Caesar salad can contain about 55-65 grams of fat, which is the same as two of McDonalds’ Big Macs. If you are eating out and order a salad, double check the ingredients and order the dressing on the side!

These are just a few foods that can completely disrupt your weight loss journey. The entire idea is to open your mind and make you aware that our society has become one that enjoys high quantities of food. Be mindful, listen to your body and eat what it needs. Many of you work very hard to lose weight and if you are consuming more food than you need, healthy or not, you are shooting yourself in the foot! People, not only think about what you put in your mouth, but watch the amount that you eat! I sound like a broken record, I know, but if we were all eating what we needed we would be able to reach our weight loss goal and keep the weight off!

Next, time we are going to touch on why weight loss is a challenge! But, until then, keep moving forward and pay attention to what enters your body! Take care of it, you only get one!

Much Love,
Dede Barbanti


If you love cinnamon rolls, you will love this recipe! It is like eating a delicious cinnamon roll! Instead, you’ll drink it!

Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake


  • 4 oz. Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 4 oz. Coconut Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 scoop Jay Robb’s Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract or 3 Pitted Dates
  • 1 Tablespoon of Finely Chopped Pecans

Preparation method

  1. Mix all ingredients into the blender
  2. Mix until all ingredients are smooth.
  3. Pour in a cup and you’re on your way!

Serves 4


Terri F.

I was heavy my entire adult life. I gained and accumulated weight after having each of my four children. I failed at every diet center program. I wasted time and money signing up for many gym memberships. In 2009, I stepped on the scale and realized that I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life.  I had allowed my 5’1” frame to carry over 185 pounds. I was depressed and tired. I developed thyroid issues. Fearing the side effect of hormonal drugs, I refused to take my prescribed medications. I needed to do something right away. I knew that my diet and more, importantly, lack of exercise significantly contributed to my health condition. First thing on the agenda was to get moving and become active again.

Read my full story

Ask Dede

Can you recommend a protein powder to make protein shakes at home with?

Michelle G.

Dede’s Response:
To be honest the best shakes depend on your taste buds but there are a few guidelines I would like you to follow. Make sure it is a whey protein because it has fast release proteins which are more easily absorbed by your body, very low carbs and little to no sugar. My personal favorite is Jay Robb tropical dreamsicle, pina colada or yummy!

Love the pain!

Much Love,
Dede Barbanti