Whether it's your period, menopause, stress, a hysterectomy, or plain old heredity, women have felt vulnerable to hormonal cravings and sluggish metabolisms for years, with little to prove it but instinct. Now science is uncovering several bona fide links between female hormones, hunger, weight loss and fat metabolism. And in fact, evidence suggests that taking advantage of female hormones—mechanisms already in place in your molecular biology—may help you to manage your weight, shape, and appetite. (Balance your hormones and lose up to 15 pounds in just 3 weeks by learning how to reset your hormones! Click here)What follows is a female hormone-harmonizing plan, based on the latest data, that may be worth trying if you've had trouble with weight loss in the past. Each week, you'll learn a new way to keep the levels of "snacking" female hormones from inching up into the danger zone or to encourage the levels of "feel good" female hormones to rise. Naturally. Now that's … [Read more...] about Turn On Your Weight Loss Hormones
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On the road to bariatric surgery, Cheryl Parker, 42, never dreamed her weight loss journey would take her where she is today. This is her story.When the doctor told me that my EKG glitch was "normal for someone my size" during my bariatric surgery consultation, I knew I'd made the right decision to lose weight. At 41, I was 5'6'' and 272 pounds—obese category III. I had shortness of breath and heart palpitations all the time, even when I was sitting on the couch. Two of my grandparents died in their early 60s, and I realized I was living on borrowed time. I had to change, and this time had to be different. (Take back control of your eating—and lose weight in the process—with our 21-Day Challenge!)I say it had to be different because I'd battled my weight for most of my life, learning the hard way that meal replacement shakes and fad diets only work temporarily. In June 2014, I peaked at a size 22. To be at a healthy weight for my height, I needed to lose more … [Read more...] about This Woman’s 100-Pound Weight Loss Proves That Losing Weight After 40 Is Absolutely Doable
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
Jessica Diaz is a Boston-based Barre instructor, personal trainer, and mother of two. She had a stroke at age 36 despite leading, what she thought, was an extremely healthy lifestyle. This is her story.The morning of June 20, 2013, started out like any other. I was 36 years old and had recently become a certified Barre instructor. I led two classes that morning, then ran to another studio to take Zumba. Then, I rushed home, excited to take my daughter to her first kids’ yoga class. Because I was so active, I thought I was living my healthiest life and I was eager to introduce her to the joy of fitness.(Make 2018 YOUR year by taking charge of your health and jump-starting your weight loss with the Prevention calendar and health planner!)MORE: Over 40? These 5 Exercise Classes Are Perfect for YouI had just jumped in the shower when all of the sudden I felt a shooting pain down my left side. My left arm just sort of let go; I had no control over it. The sensation only lasted about … [Read more...] about I Was A 36-Year-Old Barre Instructor When I Had A Stroke. Here’s How It’s Changed My Outlook On Health And Wellbeing.
What if we told you that there was a way to have your cake (and brownies, bagels, and candy) and lose weight, too? That's the buzz behind the “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM) diet. Its many devotees with six packs are blowing up Instagram feeds with the #IIFYM for hashtag, but is it worth all the hype?The diet’s main tenet is that meeting your daily intake of macronutrients (or macros, as the cool kids are calling it)—protein, carbohydrates, and fat—is the most important part of losing weight. Those are the three main nutrients that provide calories your body can use, says Lauren Antonucci, R.D., founding director of Nutrition Energy in New York City. According to those who are into the diet, as long as a food fits into your daily allotment of macros, you can eat it and lose weight—but is it true?BMR calculator to get the number, although Antonucci says you're probably better off leaving it to a registered … [Read more...] about Should You Be Counting Macronutrients Instead of Calories to Lose Weight?
"Why wouldn't women want to lift weights?!" says Nadine Steklenski as she racks her barbell and backs out of the power cage. The 40-year-old director of design for Target Corporate in Minneapolis has just set a personal record (PR) of 123 pounds, and she is amped. Her workout partner, fellow design executive Alexis Kantor, smiles and gives her a high five. Kantor had just set a deadlift PR of 270 pounds the week prior, and it's her turn to squat next. Neither woman is moving the kind of itty-bitty weights often boasted as the best way to a leaner, sleeker body, but that's exactly the result they're getting. "So far I've lost about 25 pounds and enough inches to have a wedding dress that's two sizes too big — and I bought it recently," says 40-year-old Kantor. "It's been fun to go down in sizes and find favorites in my closet that fit again, and fit even better." Steklenski chimes in that a friend recently stopped her in the middle of a story she was telling to comment … [Read more...] about The Beauty of Lifting Heavy Weights
For millions of people struggling with obesity, weight-loss success is about much more than before-and-after photos or getting a "bikini body." For one such woman, social worker Beverly Cutlip, it's currently about the small victories and the quiet triumphs—such as being able to sit down at a park picnic table for the first time in many, many years.The moment that Beverly was able to relax comfortably at that picnic table was a triumphant one that brought her to tears of joy. It was a moment of sweetness that probably went unnoticed by those around her—and, since Beverly is still 370 pounds, others might not have considered it a reason to celebrate at all. But the moment meant everything to Beverly, who has lost an amazing 80 pounds since March 30 (she used to weigh 450 pounds).Beverly knew one person who would understand—Tony Posnanski, a chef and Huffington Post writer who tipped the scales at 420 pounds in 2008 and lost 221 of it by totally revamping his diet … [Read more...] about This Interview Will Completely Change How You Think About Weight Loss
Recently, a Women's Health reader tweeted at Amy Roberts, a certified personal trainer who writes for us regularly, asking if there were any exercises she could do to tighten the loose skin left after her weight loss. "I was stymied for the kind of helpful, supportive answer I wanted to give—especially one that would fit in 140 characters or fewer," says Roberts. We reached out to different experts to find the answer, and they all said the same thing: Once skin has been stretched, there aren't any workout moves that can tighten it.This is an issue that Kelly Coffey, a personal trainer who lost 160 pounds, has personal experience with: She was shocked at both the appearance of her now-trim body and how she felt about it when she first lost the weight. “I didn’t look or feel anything like I was expecting to once I was thin,” she says. Her journey of accepting her body turned out to be more of a process than shedding the pounds was, a lesson she teaches … [Read more...] about How To Deal With Loose Skin After an Extreme Weight Loss
In his interview over on TTMembers, strength coach and nutrition expert Brad Pilon gave some unique tips on looking better. One of his points was quite simple...for those of you that have been working hard, eating right, and losing weight yet don't feel your body fat is changing, Brad recommends getting a tan or new clothes that fit better. Often, even though we are improving, we don't notice it.On my travels, I was able to get quite a bit of sun, and I have to agree with Brad, the tan makes the body look better. After all, no bodybuilder goes on-stage trying to look as light as possible, do they? Of course not, everyone puts on "fake tan" because it makes you look better.Read the other tips from Brad's interview HERENOTE: By the way, I think I gave the wrong link for yesterday's You Tube video...Click HERE for the correct link to the bodyweight sessionNow for this week's guidelines...Monday If you are a beginner having a hard time with the exercises, get a personal trainer for one … [Read more...] about 7-Day Weight Loss Guide: Secrets to Looking Good