Like so many of us, Christine Sokaluk has spent most of her life wrestling to find a healthy relationship with her eating habits and the scale. "I'd be so eager to start a new weight loss program, feeling like nothing could stop me, only to find myself at the drive-thru ordering my usual supersized meal 30 minutes later," says the 38-year-old, who says she has tried just about every trendy diet that came along over the past 17 years. "I felt like a failure."MORE: 15 Teeny Tiny Changes To Lose Weight FasterThen, last January, weighing her heaviest at 370 pounds, something clicked. "Honestly, I didn't have a single aha moment," Sokaluk recalls. Instead, it was all of the little things that were holding her life back in a big way. "I couldn't go on rides at amusement parks or fairs. I struggled with finding clothes that not only fit me, but that I actually wanted to wear. And when I traveled, I needed to buy two seats on airplanes. I finally understood that this was no way to live." … [Read more...] about This Woman’s 60-Pound Weight Loss Shows You Don’t Need To Make Drastic Changes To Get Real Results
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Sure, drastically slashing your food intake is an obvious way to lose weight fast. But it'll also leave you crabby, weak, and generally not much fun to be around. At least, that's what you'd expect. But science recently surprised us when a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that eating a lot less actually seems to make people feel pretty good. (Lose up to 25 pounds in 2 months—and look more radiant than ever—with the new Younger In 8 Weeks plan!)Experts have long known that calorie restriction is great at helping people lose weight, improve their overall health, and even live longer. What they weren't so sure of? How it might affect quality of life, overall. Like, whether cutting way back on your portions will leave you foggy and tired all the time. Or if life becomes pretty miserable when you can only have dessert, like, once a month. MORE: The Tiny Change That Will Save You 527 Calories Per DayAnd while the answers to those questions might seem … [Read more...] about The Surprising Reason To Cut Your Calories That Has Nothing To Do With Weight Loss
If today's fad diets were a movie, carbohydrates would be the villain. It's no secret that popular low-carb, high-protein plans (like the Atkins or ketogenic diets) tout carb-slashing as the fast track to weight loss. And to a certain degree, they're on to something: Cutting out refined carbohydrates, such as cookies, doughnuts, and white bread, stabilizes your blood sugar levels, curbs your cravings, and helps you drop water weight. But if dropping your carb count can be good for weight loss, can cutting it down to zero be even better? And is that even possible to do without landing yourself in a hospital bed?(Learn how bone broth can help you lose weight with Women's Health's Bone Broth Diet.)While zero-carb might sound like the mythical unicorn of diets, it's quite real (well, kind of), and it even has a fan base (albeit a small one). Whether or not going carb-less is a good idea, however, is a totally different story. For one thing, if you enjoy having a variety of … [Read more...] about Is It Even Possible To Follow A No-Carb Diet?
Dave Astles was a perpetual weight-loss beginner. He used to resolve to lose the extra weight he’d carried for most of his life by hitting the gym hard and cutting out every bad food. Inevitably, he’d fail within a week—never losing a pound. “[I’ve] failed about 3 or 4 times because I’d try to do everything at once,” he says. “It never works.” Before he could make the drastic changes he wanted, the 23-year-old needed to change not just his habits, but his thinking about food. “Every time I’d sit around and see a fast food commercial I’d think I was hungry and go out and get whatever I just saw,” he says. Astles started another weight loss crusade in May, when his weight peaked at 205 pounds. But this time, it worked: Two rounds of Belly Off! helped him drop more than 40 pounds and reach his goal weight of 165 pounds. Water is his secret weapon now. When Astles’ … [Read more...] about Lose Weight and Add Muscle
When we want to lose weight, we start cutting things. We cut out soda, cut down on fat, and cut our calorie intake. If slashing 500 daily calories is good, cutting 1,000 has to be twice as good, right?Nope. When you go too low, you can drastically damage your metabolism—meaning that you’re working in complete and utter opposition to your weight-loss efforts. For instance, when one New England Journal of Medicine study followed men and women who lost weight through intense calorie-cutting, researchers found that the participants’ metabolic rates and hormone levels were whacked out even a year after they hit their weight-loss goals.Sound familiar? It should. It’s exactly why "The Biggest Loser study," which assessed the weights of 14 people who lost weight on one season of the show, found that all but one contestant regained everything. For example, Amanda Arlauskas, who was on the show, has a daily caloric burn that’s 591.1 calories lower than it is … [Read more...] about Do You Need To Eat More To Lose Weight?
Muscle changes everything.The better your body composition—that is, more muscle and bone, and less fat—the leaner you’ll ultimately be. Muscle increases your resting metabolic rate, burning a higher amount of calories around the clock. And muscular strength is connected with lower risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease.Related: RIPTENSITY—Fast Bodyweight Workouts From Men’s Health That Are So Intense, They Rip Away Body Fat! So it’s beyond frustrating when you lose weight fast and end up losing muscle right along with it.But researchers for McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, have found it’s possible to tackle both objectives—how to lose weight fast but still gain muscle—in just 4 weeks.Fair warning: It’s not easy.In their month-long study, which was published in the latest issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 40 overweight men in their 20s followed a rigorous exercise program and … [Read more...] about The Best Exercise and Diet Plan For Losing Weight While Gaining Muscle
Chrissy Metz of the new hit television drama This is Us has revealed that she is actually under contract to lose weight as part of her character’s growth and transformation. While that might sound harsh and stressful, it may be a blessing in disguise for a person who has struggled with losing weight on their own. The actress is surrounded by people who want her to succeed and will help her get the right tools to ensure her weight loss journey is a success. “That was a win-win for me,” she recently shared with Entertainment Tonight. Kate, Metz’s character on the show, revealed in this week’s episode that she has already lost one pound, though there is a lot more of that to come over the course of the season. The character needs to lose weight to show her increasing confidence and motivation to make changes in her life, and Kate’s weight has been holding her back in her life in many ways. It’s tough for plus-sized actors to find work in … [Read more...] about Chrissy Metz, This is Us Star, Starts Following Strict Diet & Workout Regimen for Weight Loss
Is intermittent fasting right for you? Finding out how you feel about carbohydrates is a great starting point in making your decision. While you may have concerns about going on a completely ‘no carb diet’, there is no real harm in trying not to eat carbohydrates for a week or two in order to ‘reset’ your body’s insulin sensitivity. In fact, this can be a great prelude to any diet if you have struggled in the past. Another option during this time is to use something called ‘carb backloading’. This means that you can still eat carbohydrates but you’re only going to use them directly after exercise. The reason for this is that you will at this point be in an anabolic state while your muscles will be depleted of ATP and glycogen. If you consume carbohydrates at this point, then your body will use them to refuel the muscles and your energy stores rather than increasing fat (which is called ‘lipogenesis’ by the way!). This … [Read more...] about Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight, But is it Right For You?
This week, Health.com published 20 Surprising Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu. These tips came from many different sources but are they any good? How do you know if these tips are worth your energy or a waste of your time? Let’s see if these ways to prevent colds and flu are based on real fact or just fiction. You’ve got to act fast to fight off colds and flu. Case in point: University of Arizona scientists have found that when someone is sick in an office, it takes only four hours (!) for surfaces like coffeepot handles, copy-machine buttons and the fridge door to show traces of infectious virus. Considering that the 2012 flu season was one of the worst on record, it’s well worth arming yourself against aches, cough, fever and general misery. For reality-tested tips that actually work, we turned to doctors, politicians, makeup artists and other brave souls who are exposed to viruses every day. Steal their strategies to win the war against germs this winter. Lose … [Read more...] about 20 Surprising Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu – Fact or Fiction?
Getting healthy does not always mean getting plenty of exercise and eating a well-balanced diet. Sometimes it means fasting. Fasting is a medicinal practice useful for aiding in the body in many different health conditions that range from mild, moderate to severe. Some of those conditions are below to help you decide if fasting is medicinal practice, you wish to use for healing your body. However, it is wise to speak with a medical professional before using this practice to promote healing to make sure it is safe and right for you. This type of practice is typically not good for women pregnant and those suffering from diabetes. Health Benefits of Fasting Aids in Weight Loss: Losing unwanted weight can be difficult, but fasting can help achieve with shedding those extra pounds. Fasting allows the body to burn fat cells rapidly. This is because fasting is a method that stops a person from eating for a day to several days in a row while only being provided water and caffeine free … [Read more...] about Why Fasting is the Way to Healing (7 Benefits of Fasting)