If you’re constantly dieting but not losing weight, the problem could be that you’re constantly dieting. Just like you need to take an easy week after a hard week of exercise to help your body recover, you may also need a rest period from calorie restriction to keep your metabolism from plummeting. (Want to pick up some healthier habits? Sign up to get healthy living tips, weight loss inspiration, slimming recipes and more delivered straight to your inbox!) That's according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Obesity. Researchers at the University of Tasmania had 36 men follow a weight-loss plan that cut their daily calorie intake by 33%. Half the men were told to follow the plan for 16 weeks straight, while the other half took a break every two weeks. This second group repeated the cycle for 30 weeks total, racking up 16 weeks of dieting over a longer period of time.MORE: Everything You Need to Know Before You Try a Fasting Diet to Lose … [Read more...] about Want To Lose Weight For Good? Give Your Diet An (Occasional) Break
Exercising but not losing weight
Clocking couch time, inhaling caramel-coated popcorn, and having regular home happy hours—these are obvious reasons you aren't losing weight. But what if you're doing everything "right"—keeping your metabolism strong with regular exercise and strength training, eating clean, and drinking gallons of water—and the pounds still won't budge? There could be physiological issues at work, like hormonal changes associated with menopause, or perhaps your body has become accustomed to the same-old workout, and you need to shake things up. Or maybe you're making one of these surprising mistakes, never guessing they could be making you fat.1. You're not browning your white fatPhoto by Iconica/Getty ImagesJust as there's bad cholesterol (LDL) and good cholesterol (HDL), our bodies also harbor bad fat (white) and good fat (brown). White fat ups your risk for heart disease and diabetes while brown fat actually helps burn calories. Now here's how things get screwed up: When you … [Read more...] about 7 Weird Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
Losing weight isn't as easy as pie--or even a piece of cake. We've all heard (and invented) plenty of reasons why slimming down just isn't possible right now. We're short on time to prep our own healthy meals, extra cash to spend on high-end "health foods," and besides, it's way too cold (or hot!) to work out. Sound familiar? The reality is that healthy eating and regular exercise are not as labor-intensive--or wallet-busting--as we make them out to be. Here, 6 of the most common excuses that get you off track. 1. "I'm too busy." You have work deadlines this week, sick kids, and your husband is out of town on business--you eat what's handy; you can barely bring home takeout, nevermind gathering enough veggies for a decent salad, right? Wrong. Sticking to healthy behaviors--like making time for meals and squeezing in exercise throughout the day, even when your life feels like it's going 100 miles a minute, is actually the key to long-term success, says Keri Glassman, RD, CDN, … [Read more...] about 6 Lamest Excuses for Not Losing Weight
I'm 40 years old and would like to lose a few pounds. I've been exercising regularly and have lost inches but not any weight. I follow a healthy diet. Why am I not losing? Please help me; I am about to give up!Don't give up--especially when you're doing so well! Many women have long been conditioned to equate the numbers on the scale with exercise and diet success, and they become discouraged when the numbers don't budge, despite the fact that their clothes are fitting better and their hips, waist, and thighs are shrinking. Source: Michele Stanten, Prevention's Fitness Director, is a certified fitness instructor and the author of Firm Up in 3 Weeks. … [Read more...] about Exercising but Not Losing Weight
But you still need to consume fewer calories. In a 2004 University of Rhode Island study of 90 obese men and women, those who exercised without cutting calories didn't lose any weight, while those who exercised and ate 500 fewer calories a day lost 15 pounds in 12 weeks. One reason exercises alone has little impact on the weight loss scale is that it's too easy to eat back all the calories you expend exercising. Walking very briskly for 20 minutes burns about 110 calories*--the equivalent of a large banana. Even if you run 7 miles in an hour (782 calories*), you can negate it all with a burger and a large order of fries.But don't let that weaken your commitment to your exercises. Though your scale may not show it, you've probably lost some fat--particularly the disease-promoting kind around your belly--and gained some muscle. The URI researchers found that the exercise-only group in their study lost fat, particularly from their waistlines. Plus, exercise keeps you looking … [Read more...] about Working Out But Not Losing Weight
In the midst of a strict diet or grueling workout, we’ve all wondered—isn’t there another (way less miserable) option? There might very well be—or at least a way to boost your results, according to new research. And it's all about your ears.Overweight adults who received acupuncture at five points on their ears (points associated with hunger and digestion) for eight weeks had lower BMIs and weighed less overall than those who did not, finds a small clinical trial published in Acupuncture in Medicine. “Research has suggested that acupuncture influences appetite through its effect on the nervous system, which controls various appetite hormones such as leptin and ghrelin,” says Acupuncture in Medicine editor Adrian White, PhD. “This mechanism is promising, though we still have to say speculative.” While getting ear acupuncture isn’t a shortcut to a great body, those appetite-curbing effects, along with its … [Read more...] about No-Diet, No-Exercise Way To Lose Weight
If the reason you exercise is to lose weight, you may have wondered which type of exercise will give you the best results: endurance training (like going for long runs) or strength training (like lifting weights).A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that combined with a reduced calorie diet, the type of exercise might not be an important factor when it comes to weight loss.MORE: Getting to the Goal Weight, More or LessThe researchers selected 96 obese men and women to enroll in a supervised 22-week program. The participants were randomized into four different exercise groups: a strength training group did an eight-exercise circuit routine; an endurance training group did cardio exercises; a combined strength and endurance training group did a combination of cardio and circuits; and a control group was told to exercise at least 200 to 300 minutes each week, as recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine (this could include a variety of … [Read more...] about The Best Way To Lose Weight Is…
You might think that dropping pounds and getting healthier would go hand-in-hand with becoming happier—but a new study turns this assumption on its head: Believe it or not, losing weight might actually put you at a higher risk for depression—at least, that's according to a new study from the online journal PLOS ONE.And while this isn’t the first study to make a connection between weight loss and depression, it’s important to dig a bit deeper into these findings before you decide to ditch your weight-loss plans altogether.MORE: 8 Tips That Make it Easier to Stop Eating When You're Full For the study, researchers looked at almost 2,000 overweight and obese adults and found that those who slimmed down were 80 percent more likely to be depressed—and even after controlling for major life factors such as losing a loved one, those who lost weight were still more likely to be depressed than the people who didn't drop a pound. Strange, right?The … [Read more...] about Does Losing Weight Lead to Depression?
As if knowing how many calories and grams of carbs you need per day wasn’t confusing enough, the buzziest new weight-loss strategy, called nutrient timing, is all about eating specific nutrients, in specific amounts, at specific times.Run a quick search on the Googs and you’ll find that bloggers and researchers are caught up in the nutrient-timing hype. Does how you space your protein intake throughout the day matter? Should you eat more carbs around your workout?Well, yes and yes. But, when it comes to healthy nutrient timing, it’s important not to obsess over the details or eat every meal with a calculator on hand, says registered dietitian Kathleen M. Zelman, M.P.H., R.D., director of nutrition for WebMD.Besides fast-tracking you to an unhealthy relationship with food, a nit-picky approach to nutrient timing misses the bigger picture of what its really all about: fueling your body to make weight loss easier, not harder.“Properly fueling your body throughout … [Read more...] about Can Nutrient Timing Really Help You Lose Weight?
It seems everywhere you look you read about the latest and greatest weight loss supplement or some fancy new workout equipment. While each of these do have their place and purpose when you are interested in losing weight. However, did you know you can lose weight without starving yourself or working out any more than you are currently do now? The Secret to Losing Weight I would like to share a secret with you about losing weight. It’s information that has been around for years. However, most people may not be familiar with this little known weight loss strategy. In fact, when I first learned about it, I couldn’t believe it was so simple. Best of all, it has nothing to do with expensive gym memberships or living on a 350 calorie per day diet. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. It’s about feeling fuller longer, so you don’t have to worry about starving yourself either. I first learned about it on New Year’s … [Read more...] about The Satiety Index Trick: How to Lose Weight without Going Hungry