Anyone who enjoys a sport like tennis or golf knows that having a partner who plays as well as you do—or even better—motivates you to practice more and play harder. "So why wouldn't that same dynamic work for people who diet together?" wondered Rena Wing, PhD, a behavioral scientist at Brown University.To test her theory, Wing studied 109 people who wanted weight loss, and their diet partners. Sure enough, she found that those who had successful diet partners dropped twice as many pounds after a year of serious weight loss effort than those who dieted on their own. But men and women whose diet partners dropped the ball and gave up were no more likely to shed pounds than those who tried losing solo, says Wing, one of the founders of the National Weight Control Registry, a group of more than 4,000 people who have dropped at least 30 pounds and kept it off for a year or more.MORE: How to Find The Right Workout BuddyThe diet partners in Wing's study knew each other, but … [Read more...] about You Can Boost Your Weight Loss With A Buddy. Here’s Proof.
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Photo by Hill Street Studios/Getty Images1. You may be supplementing your strength—and your weight loss gains—away.new research—not so much. In fact, a raft of recent studies has shown that the breakdown of your muscles that occurs during exercise is actually a good thing, because it promotes insulin sensitivity and weight loss. And that taking a large dose of antioxidants after a workout could interfere with your body's natural, beneficial response to exercise. Weight loss stalled? Back away from the C and E, and see what happens. (Find out which 4 supplements boost metabolism.)2. You're skimping on zzzzz as well as calories. Photo by Tetra Images/Getty ImagesAccording to research conducted a few years ago by physicians at the University of Chicago General Clinical Resource Center, dieters who get less than 6 hours of sleep a night lose significantly less fat than those who get the gold standard 8. Plus, they feel hungrier. "If your goal is to lose fat, skipping … [Read more...] about 5 Surprising Reasons Your Weight Loss Has Come To A Screeching Halt
I'm sitting in front of a bowl of cauliflower (five florets, to be exact) drizzled with Sriracha sauce. Ordinarily, this would barely qualify as a snack. Today, it's lunch. I'm not sure which organ is more outraged: my grumbling stomach or my sandwich-starved brain. But my stomach is definitely louder. At 52, I'm just a handful of pounds overweight—but that handful is spilling blatantly over the top of my jeans. I need to find a way to rein in my appetite, or just invest in a wardrobe of chic, oversize tunics—a slippery slope at this age. (Next up, muumuus?) My search for a healthy long-term solution has led me to today's paltry meal. I'm trying intermittent fasting and eating more like our prehistoric ancestors—the world's oldest new diet. You've probably heard about this before. It's spawned a documentary, dozens of books (including a New York Times best seller), and a frenzy among scientists. The National Institutes of Health is funding and conducting several … [Read more...] about This Diet Can Lead To Weight Loss, Sharpen Your Brain, And Extend Your Life. But Do You Actually Want To Do It?
At 297 pounds, Pam Adams had diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and rheumatoid arthritis. She'd spent her life trying—and failing—to lose weight with all the usual methods: Weight Watchers, Atkins, Nutrisystem, you name it. None of them had worked for long. By the time she was 42, her body mass index was an astronomical 49, well into the "morbidly obese" category, and as a result she'd had eight ministrokes and a major stroke, making her go partially blind. She decided to try a type of weight loss surgery called gastric bypass.Roughly 900 miles away, a few years later, a similar story was starting to unfold for Jane Smith (who asked Prevention to change her last name). A big woman at 197 pounds, she nonetheless had a BMI of only 34, barely in the top quartile for Americans and not alarming to any doctor. But the 52-year-old pediatric nurse had just joined the estimated 28 million Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She too had been on every diet: "I … [Read more...] about Weight Loss Surgery Can Put Diabetes Into Remission. So Should Everyone At Risk Get It?
While weight loss surgery is becoming increasingly more common—the numbers jumped 22% in the last 4 years, from 158,000 to 193,000, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery—it's far from being an easy road to losing weight. "A healthy diet is still necessary to get the best results from bariatric surgery," explains Louis J. Aronne, MD, a professor of metabolic research at Weill Cornell Medical College and director of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Clinical Research. "Patients must still cut portions, make healthier food choices, and take vitamin supplements regularly. And if they eat fattening foods," he adds, "they could gain back the weight." (Take back control of your eating—and lose weight in the process—with our 21-Day Challenge!)For the right candidates, weight loss surgery is literally a lifesaver. "There is more evidence than ever that it helps reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancers and … [Read more...] about This Is What It’s Like To Have Weight Loss Surgery
Like many women, Ali McDowell had always struggled with her weight. "I have a memory of myself standing on a scale in my parents' bathroom when I was just 13 years old and being 150 pounds," recalls the 46-year-old mom. By the time she hit her 30s, her weight had crept past 180 pounds. Eventually, McDowell joined Weight Watchers and, even though she didn't enjoy it, started counting points and calories. While she lost about 20 pounds and kept it off over the next decade, managing her weight felt like constant battle. She'd go up a few pounds, lose it, then regain. Eight years ago, she went gluten-free in an effort to control her psoriasis. "It helped my skin, and a side benefit was that not eating bread or pasta made it easier for me to maintain my weight," she says. But even then, McDowell still couldn't shake the last 10 pounds that had settled around her midsection. Then, McDowell saw a post on Prevention's Facebook page asking busy women to test Fit in 10: Slim and Strong for … [Read more...] about 10 Minutes A Day Helped Me End My Lifelong Struggle With Weight Loss
At 74, Janice Lennard is well past the age when most adults—most, but not all—have resigned themselves to a life of inactivity.Lennard is one of the exceptions. And she’s hoping to convince others her age that getting older does not have to mean a loss of flexibility, balance, grace, or strength. Despite a recent hip replacement, Lennard still teaches yoga, Pilates, and ballet barre six days a week—as she has for the past 13 years. (If you're as flexible as a pencil, these moves can help with that.)Here, she explains what’s kept her going, and why she believes every adult—young or old—needs to become reacquainted with the simply joy and abundant benefits of movement.Q: How did you get started with Pilates, yoga, and ballet barre?Really it started when I was six or seven. I would always dance around our house in New Orleans’s 6th Ward, and my mama would put records on. I loved it and kept with it, and mom eventually said, ‘You should … [Read more...] about It’s Impossible NOT To Feel Inspired By This 74-Year-Old Yoga Instructor
reverse aging—is a real thing. Eugster, a 96-year-old English man, is still competing in marathons, bodybuilding, and living a lifestyle most people would associate with a 30-year-old. Aside from his athletic and physical accomplishments, Eugster is also a writer, entrepreneur, wakeboarder, rower, and fashion designer. And he’s not alone—he competes in sprints and marathons against 90-year-old Germans, 99-year-old Italians and 105-year-old Japanese men. Do you know anyone who is capable of such feats at that age? At the ripe young age of 87, Eugster was starting to feel like his body was deteriorating. He told Vice News he had a muffin-top belly and was feeling increasingly weak. He was feeling old and wasn’t happy about it, so he went to a gym, hired a trainer with great credentials, and made some lifestyle changes. He credits his diet and exercise regimen for the past nine years for making him feel almost 40 years younger, increasing his libido, and … [Read more...] about Healthy Aging Secrets of 96-year-old Charles Eugster
Halle Berry looks amazing at 50 years old thanks to her healthy lifestyle. She is one of the sexiest actors in Hollywood: she’s fit and healthy and it’s hard not to notice her incredible physique. Her weight loss routine helped her deal with a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis, and it’s easier than you think: it starts with a low-carb diet. Berry follows a low carb diet to help control her Type 1 diabetes, which occurs where the body’s immune system attacks the pancreas. Since the immune system attacks the cells that are meant to regulate blood sugar, those cells are no longer available to do their job and a person’s blood sugar will fluctuate. As glamorous as Halle Berry is, she has had to deal with this condition since she was 19. She manages it by making her diet high in protein and green leafy vegetables. Some protein options Berry chooses include eggs, salmon, and chicken. Following a high protein diet such as the Paleo diet or the Atkins diet are actually … [Read more...] about Halle Berry Weight Loss, Diabetes Treatment: Kidnap Actor Credits Healthy Lifestyle, Low Carb Diet
At five years old, Tsubasa Miyahara is already a video game expert who’s capable of kicking adult butts at Wii games. He’s mastered boxing, golf, and tennis, and has the best electronic backhand on the block. Can playing these exergames be a healthy substitute for real activity? Like many parents aware of the threat of childhood obesity, Tsubasa’s mother Rie worries that he spends too much time in front of the screen and not enough time in the fresh air. Over the past 25 years, the prevalence of overweight and obese kids has doubled. Eighteen percent of two- to 17-year-old Canadian children are overweight and 8 percent are obese, according to the latest Canadian Community Health Survey. In 1978-79, the figures were only 12 and 3 percent respectively. In addition to expanded body shapes, screen-based games on TV and the computer have also changed. Can new versions actually help kids get active? Next Generation of Gaming Exergaming is the latest craze among … [Read more...] about Wii to Weight Loss