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?
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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?
"Overworked and overbooked" is how Christine Szpynda described her life when she signed up for our new Fit in 10: Slim & Strong—for Life! program. The 45-year-old wife and mother of three was juggling a career as an executive director at a large financial services company with a busy home life. Her nonstop schedule—combined with the fact that her weight had steadily been creeping up since she'd hit her 40s—left her feeling tired all the time. The evening run she'd done on and off for years had been "off" for longer than she'd like to admit, thanks to her achy knees, and she needed a simple routine she could do in the morning before the craziness of her day started. "My days only seemed to get busier as they went on, which made finding the time to exercise really challenging," she says. "I'd tell myself I'd start working out on Monday, and then it would be Wednesday and I still hadn't done anything. It was this big, depressing cycle." Despite her crazy life, … [Read more...] about How This 45-Year-Old Woman Lost 16 Pounds In 8 Weeks
It doesn't matter how healthy you are or how many pounds you're carrying -- everyone has questions about living well and losing weight. So we asked the New York Giants' nutritionist, Heidi Skolnik, to tackle our readers' inquiries and share her expert insights. Q: How can I tell if "low-fat" or "healthy" labels are lying? Peter, Killington, VTLabels are about marketing; the nutrition chart is about content. So ignore the front, and look for high protein and fiber, and low amounts of carbs, saturated fat, and sodium. And remember, whole foods have no labels. They're the best choice of all. Q: I became a vegetarian but haven't shed a pound. What's wrong? Adam, Kansas City, MOMany new herbivores load up on carbs and sugary snacks to curb their meat cravings, but weight loss comes from cutting calories, not just swapping them for an abundance of another kind. Going vegetarian helps only if you trade in fatty meats for a diet heavy on vegetables, whole grains, … [Read more...] about A Real Person’s Guide to Weight Loss
If there's a god of weight loss, he's probably laughing.For the past 40 years, virtually every weight-loss model has been based on the same principles, and virtually all of them have been wrong. The experts intoned, "Eat less, exercise more." They said that weight loss is all about "calories in, calories out." They informed us that a pound of fat contained roughly 3,500 calories, so if you simply deleted 500 calories from your daily meals or increased your daily exercise by 500 calories, or some combination thereof, you'd lose a pound of fat a week. And if you wanted to lose 2 pounds a week, you just had to double your savings to 1,000 calories a day.Which is exactly how an anorexic would approach the problem: Starve and strain until you get that perfect, fat-free body, regardless of the muscle you lose or the damage you inflict on your metabolism. And if Lara Flynn Boyle has the body you want, go right ahead and try it.For the benefit of the rest of you, I want to make two arguments, … [Read more...] about The New Science of Weight Loss
Before: 197 lbsAfter: 145 lbsAnnie Allen was a great health-care student—at least on paper. When she entered the nursing program at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, in September 2007, "I was so focused on school that I didn't care what I ate or if I worked out," says the former high school tennis and basketball player. Fried food and sweets became both a stress reliever and a reward. By the time she graduated in 2009, she was carrying 40 more pounds on her 5'6" figure. "I felt like a hypocrite going into a health career," recalls Annie, now a 26-year-old postsurgical nurse in Tampa Bay, Florida.The Changesnacking, so Annie lost 15 pounds, but she struggled. "I'd come home and fall into bed. I had no energy," she says. The last straw came in September 2010, when she pulled on a pair of size-16 jeans—and they wouldn't button. "I didn't want to live my life embarrassed and ashamed anymore," she says.The Lifestylecardio boxing at a local gym. In April, … [Read more...] about Weight-Loss Success Story: She Lost 52 Pounds
Before: 180 lbsAfter: 130 lbsAs a teen growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland, Kristen Collins Eccleston regularly dined on greasy fast food with her friends. After college she met her now husband, Bryan, and got into the habit of splitting extra-large pizzas with him and ordering buffalo wings for Sunday-night football. Their junk-food feasts caused Kristen to tip the scale at 180 pounds. When Bryan proposed in 2009, it was a wake-up call for the 25-year-old special-ed teacher, who vowed to shed weight from her 5'6" frame before getting hitched.The ChangeWhile shopping for size-16 wedding gowns in February 2010, Kristen's mom sensed her daughter's misery. She sent Kristen an encouraging note, pledging her support and offering to buy her a new smaller-size outfit for the rehearsal dinner. "My mom wanted to see me happy, so she motivated me to do something about my weight," says Kristen. "She told me to do it as a wedding gift to myself."The LifestyleKristen trimmed her portions and … [Read more...] about Weight Loss Story: Kristen Collins
Star Wars actress, Carrie Fisher, is in the limelight for her incredible 50 lbs weight loss and her affair with co-star, Harrison Ford. Fisher once weighed 180 lbs and admitted that her huge weight made her feel embarrassed. She says being fat is humiliating and was keen on getting back her body and self-esteem. She recalls how she gained weight while she started touring. She says exercise was far away from her routine for an entire three years and did not eat healthy as well. “I would just graze, but I didn’t do it healthy – it was like putting on the feed bag,” she says. Her meals included seven regular sodas per day, pounds of peanut butter protein bars, and ice cream or other sweet treats. She also took mood stabilizers, the side effects of which included weight gain. She was addicted to drugs, alcohol, and Coca-Cola. She admitted to opening 16 cans of Coca-Cola per day! “I don’t drink all of them,” she told … [Read more...] about Carrie Fisher on Her 50 Lbs Weight Loss, Unhealthy Coca-Cola Habit and Affair With “Star Wars” Co-Star Harrison Ford
At 5-feet-8-inches and just one pound shy of a whopping 800 pounds, 16-year-old Justin Willoughby was told by doctors that if he didn’t lose weight, he’d die (1). Willoughby explains that his weight gain was due to an ongoing spiral of excessive eating that was often fueled by mismanaged emotions. In other words, the worse his anxiety, the more he ate. He says, “I was addicted to food. I liked how it made me feel when I ate it. I got lost in it. It helped me manage all of my emotions (1).” He explains that many times, he’d eat several bowls of pasta in a row without hesitation, still craving more. That was in 2003. Today, Willoughby weighs approximately 235 pounds, lifts weights and has run a 5K. His before and after pictures wonderfully capture the essence of what determination can do in the way of achieving optimal health. So, how did he drop an incredible 564 pounds? Like many challenges, his extreme weight loss came slowly but surely. He explains … [Read more...] about Man loses over 550 pounds, says extreme weight loss involved giving up processed meats and high-sugar foods
Intermittent fasting is part of the natural order of the human species. It’s how you evolved. And I’m pleased to see that intermittent fasting is becoming more popular these days — because compelling new research reveals it’s even more of an anti-aging powerhouse than I originally thought. Intermittent fasting is not a diet. It’s an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. I’ve been recommending it for years as a technique not only to fight weight gain, but also to jumpstart the healing and rejuvenation process in your body. Mainstream medicine still tells you it’s dangerous. But intermittent fasting is a health-giving and anti-aging therapy whose roots can be traced back to the earliest days of the human species — maybe even before that. It has the power to ward off the chronic diseases of aging and add healthy years to your life. You see, because we evolved at time when food was scarce, nature designed … [Read more...] about The Non-Diet Weight-Loss Plan: Intermittent Fasting