1. You’re reaching for an unattainable goal Like it or not, we can't all be runway-model thin—your body size is largely determined by your genetics. "If I take two people who have different genes and I put them in a controlled room and feed them the exact same amount of calories, one can gain weight and the other could maintain his weight. That is genetic," says Arya Sharma, … [Read more...] about 6 Ways You Don’t Realize You’re Ruining Your Diet
The Meet-You-There Walk Instead of driving with your spouse to the market or some other nearby destination, leave a bit early on foot and meet him there, then catch a ride back home. If you normally walk a three-mile loop in the neighborhood, draw a circle on a map extending that far out in all directions from your home. This is your sphere of possibility (and it’ll grow … [Read more...] about 14 of the Best Ways To Lose Weight Walking
Exercise, by itself, is an ineffective weight-loss tool If any trainer tells you his gadget or workout routine will burn off all the weight you need, you should burn some calories by running away from him. To lose weight and keep it off, you have to pair exercise with a diet plan. In fact, exercise alone leads to a very modest decrease in total body weight: less than 3 … [Read more...] about 7 Secrets the Weight-Loss Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know
Graze through the day Don’t limit your work day menu to just lunch. Take the edge off your appetite by eating healthy snacks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. In turn, you’ll eat less at lunch and dinner. Bonus: Snacks balance your blood sugar and keep you sharper and more productive. … [Read more...] about 21 Easy Tricks to Cut Calories During Your Workday
Unexpected saboteurs You already know that mindless munching and too much time on the couch make weight easy to gain and difficult to lose. But unexpected offenders could also be sabotaging your efforts to maintain a healthy weight or shed those extra pounds. Stay on track with this advice, which is based on the latest research into how and why we lose weight. … [Read more...] about 8 Sneaky, Stubborn Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight
Get fit and stay healthy Fitness trainer Harley Pasternak has helped tone some of the hottest bods in show business, including Halle Berry, Katherine Heigel and Kanye West. His book, The 5-Factor World Diet, features nutrition tips he picked up while traveling the world with his celebrity clients. Here, the Toronto native offers you his tips on how to eat well and stay fit. … [Read more...] about 4 Weight-Loss Secrets From A Hollywood Trainer
Proteins We lose muscle mass after middle age, which slows metabolism and can lead to weight gain. Research shows that diets with up to 50-percent protein may help and are safe for most (except those with kidney disease). A 130-pound adult could aim for 70 grams daily. These substitutions will add protein—but won’t add lots of fat and calories. … [Read more...] about Eat More Protein to Lose Weight: 8 Smart Diet Swaps
1. Keep portions in check It’s a simple fact: Eat less and you’ll lose weight. There’s good evidence that over the past 50 years, restaurant portions have super-sized and our waistlines have grown along with them. We’ve become accustomed to eating larger servings to the detriment of our health. To combat this habit, use a smaller plate for your meals. Less space on the … [Read more...] about 10 Sneaky Ways to Lose Weight
1. Enjoy a three-course breakfast—and a one-course dinner A U.K. study of 6,764 men and women aged 40 to 75 determined that those who ate the most calories at breakfast gained the least amount of weight, regardless of the total number of calories consumed during the rest of the day. Looks like brekkie truly is the most important meal of the day. … [Read more...] about 11 Secrets To Getting Slim, Backed by Science
Take advantage of the setting A beautiful beach destination is a great place to scorch calories. “Jogging on the beach works your muscles harder than jogging in the city,” says fitness expert Brendan J. Fox. Plus, the sand cushions the impact, which means your body will experience less repetitive stress. Post-run you can hit the water to cool off with some swimming. If the … [Read more...] about 6 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight on Vacation
“The most under-rated strategy for eating smart is timing,” says Ramona Josephson, one of four registered dietitians whom we asked to share their secrets for eating smart throughout the day. All of them agree that it’s best to eat a meal or small snack every three to four hours to fuel your metabolism, help prevent blood-sugar crashes and prevent binge eating. Of course, let … [Read more...] about The Best Time of Day to Eat for Weight Loss
Ah, true love. It’s the stuff of sonnets and pop songs; it launched a thousand ships (and a thousand Katherine Heigl movies). And, according to recent research, it can also lead you to gain weight. A study in the journal Obesity sought to establish a link between relationship status and body mass index. Its results are bad news for everyone but the commitment-phobic: After … [Read more...] about Is Your Partner Making You Gain Weight?
To lose a pound a week, you need to eliminate about 3,500 calories. That may sound daunting, but it’s only 500 calories a day (about one large slice of pizza, fully loaded). And the easiest way to do it is with a combo approach—cut 250 calories from your diet and burn 250 by increasing your activity throughout the day. We’ve put together a two-week plan with ways to eliminate … [Read more...] about Creative Ways to Lose a Pound a Week Without Really Trying
Part-time administrative assistant Claudine Bakker is feeling disheartened. For years, the mother of two has been trying to get her weight under control, but to no avail. Instead, she’s put on about four pounds each year and is now 22 pounds over her ideal weight. Equally frustrating is her other constant struggle: to rein in her debts. A personal loan is taking forever to … [Read more...] about 3 Ways You Didn’t Realize Weight and Debt Are Connected
Diet plans favoring grapefruits, cabbage soup, food combinations or even low-fat regimens are not the answer to weight loss. If you have been considering dieting because you think you ought to, give some thought to this fact: the vast majority of dieters eventually go back to their pre-diet weight or become heavier than they were before. Most people who start dieting will … [Read more...] about How Diets Make You Fat, and What You Can Do to Outsmart Them
The obstacles to weight-loss could be all in your head. According to a new school of thought in weight management, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help us examine our eating patterns and the thoughts associated with food to change unhealthy behavior—and help us lose unwanted weight. CBT is a technique that dissects how our thoughts and perceptions (that’s the … [Read more...] about Can You Think Your Way Thin? How to Use CBT for Weight Loss
Who knew that sprinkling cayenne pepper into your favorite vegetable soup could boost your metabolism? Or that getting a solid night’s shut-eye could also give it a push? Many people believe their metabolism—which is the rate at which we process food and nutrients, and burn calories—is a fixed factor in their bodies. However, you can make changes to alter your metabolism, … [Read more...] about 7 Simple Ways to Increase Your Metabolism
When I was a child, I thought my body was perfect: My arms were strong enough for the monkey bars, and my legs were perfect for spinning around and around. But when I was 10, I overheard family members (who shall remain nameless) call me “chubby.” Seeing myself through new eyes, I began to worry about the size of my jeans and what I ate. Then came my 17th summer. Classmates … [Read more...] about Weight Loss Secrets From a Doctor Who Beat an Eating Disorder
We’ve come to think of body mass index (BMI) as the gold standard in measuring our fat, but there is now a growing consensus among scientists that it may not be the best tool to do this. According to an editorial in the journal Science, BMI does not accurately measure the amount and location of body fat (belly fat is more hazardous than fat that is evenly distributed because it … [Read more...] about Is BMI Still Relevant for Our Health?
It's not surprising that many women who compare their pregnancy weight gain and post-baby weight loss with celebrities find themselves lacking, according to researcher Meredith Nash of the University of Melbourne in Australia. She found that women in their mid- to late 20s are more likely to describe themselves as “fat” after delivery than women in their mid- to late 30s. She … [Read more...] about How to Lose Baby Weight Like a Celebrity on a Real Person’s Budget
When a friend complains, “I just can’t lose weight,” you might assume that she’s not trying hard enough. After all, weight gain is the result of eating more calories than you burn, right? Not always. Science has shown that obesity is often caused by multiple factors, such as genetic predisposition, differences in metabolism and lifestyle triggers such as stress and poor … [Read more...] about Are Chemicals Preventing You From Losing Weight?