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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When you hear about a buzzy new diet that promises to help you lose weight fast, it's easy to be tempted (even when it's clearly a crash diet that's not worth your time). Take, for example, the Mono Diet—one of the most searched diets in 2016, according to Google. This over-the-top weight loss plan involves eating only one food item (say, apples) or type of food (usually, fruits or veggies) and nothing else. Like, at all.The diet gained recent popularity thanks to a YouTuber known as "Freelee the Banana Girl," who—you guessed it—eats close to 30 bananas daily.Sure, back in the day (OK, last year), illusionist Penn Jillette credited his 100-pound weight loss to eating nothing but potatoes, while Matt Damon allegedly once ate only chicken breasts to drop weight for a role.But just because the cool kids are doing it—and shedding pounds like crazy in the process—doesn't mean Mono meals are where it's at.How Does It Work?digestion, as there are fewer nutrients … [Read more...] about What’s The Mono Diet And Can It Help You Lose Weight?
Jen Sinkler is a longtime fitness writer and personal trainer based in Minneapolis who believes that, above all else, fitness should be fun. In her weekly column, "Strongly Worded," she explores what it means to be a confident, mindful, unapologetically strong woman.My friend Jill Coleman (pictured above) and I have somewhat different working approaches to fitness. Coleman, a strength, nutrition, and wellness coach based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has more of a physique competitor's approach, using body-part splits (that is, training certain body parts on certain days) and more isolation work. I, on the other hand, tend to incorporate more multi-joint lifts and heavier weights. That said, the results tend to be similarly effective for both us and our clients in reaching stated goals. That’s because, well, resistance training is awesome in any form, of course, but also because we are extremely closely aligned on the mindset front.We both believe that when it … [Read more...] about Change Your Mindset to Lose Weight and Build Muscle
People who care enough to argue about nutrition generally fall into two camps. There are those who believe that your body weight rises and falls based on the amount of food you eat and the amount of energy you expend. This camp is sometimes derided as “CICO,” for calories-in, calories-out.The other side argues that what you eat—and what you avoid—matters far more than your total calories. Within this second camp, you’ll find any number of stakeholders supporting any number of diets, but one faction gets more attention than the rest combined. They’re the ones who believe that carbohydrates cause obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and just about all human misery that isn’t directly linked to smoking or sectarian warfare. (Here’s the truth about how sugar really affects your health.)Anthony Howard-Crow, a 32-year-old photographer and serial stunt dieter in Loveland, Colorado, is in the CICO camp.As he explains in this video, he started a … [Read more...] about This Guy Is Going On an Ice Cream Diet to Lose Weight, and Experts Say It Will Actually Work
Our fat-fighting experts answer 9 common weight-loss questions. 1. I like my beer but not my belly. How many calories can I drink in a day? American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, men eat more calories and make unhealthier food choices on days they drink alcohol. David Levitsky, PhD., a professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University, says even a slight buzz makes you focus on immediate gratification (food) rather than long-term goals (weight loss). He recommends eating a snack rich in protein and healthy fats, such as nuts, before that first sip. That will keep your blood sugar levels steady and slow the absorption of alcohol, which can help fend off postdrinking pig-outs, he says. In any case, you'll want to limit alcohol to two drinks a day, 14 a week, to avoid trouble.2. I'm trying to lose weight with replacement meals. Is there a better way?3. I tried to cut out sugar and went crazy with cravings. What can I do?The Diet Fix. "When you're really hungry, you … [Read more...] about How Do I Drop Pounds Fast?
Guys who take our ultimate fitness test, the Men's Health Challenge, see serious results. Tons of guys have posted their initial scores in the five tests -- pushups, chinups, single-leg squats, vertical jump, and one-mile run -- and have used our 6-week workout programs to improve. Most guys are better in two or three of the tests, but struggle with the others. No problems there -- they can also use the additional workouts provided to train specifically for one test. Want proof that the MH Challenge will make you a fitter man? Check out Arlan Maltby's profile. He started off the program with a score of 28, which is considered "average" in our ratings. In 2 weeks, he was up to a score of 30 and ran the mile 20 seconds faster than during his first test. In four weeks, he worked up to 5 single-leg squats, 15 chinups, 50 pushups, a 20-inch vertical jump, and a mile time of 6:37. That adds up to an MH fitness score of 36 -- … [Read more...] about From “Average” to “Fit” in 4 Weeks
1. Stop dieting.Whatever was working to help you achieve weight loss success? Stop doing it. Registry members reported using a wide variety of methods to drop the pounds: liquid diets, the Atkins diet, Weight Watchers, weird diets they made up themselves, and on and on. What they shared was not the diet that got the pounds off, but the strategy they used once the keep-it-off phase began. "Maintaining and losing weight are completely different," Dr. Hill says. "How they lost the weight didn't have anything to do with their long-term success." The message? The weight-loss phase is temporary, so choose whatever method works for you. But to keep those pounds at bay, you'll have to switch to a maintenance strategy (read on for details). Think of this as a whole new competition — not a sprint to the finish line, but a long endurance race you know you can win.2. Move more.Your old fat molecules miss your thighs more than Meredith misses McDreamy. The only way to prevent them from coming … [Read more...] about The Secrets of Losing Weight
Three months before my wedding, I had a realization: I don't want to be a fat groom. After all, a cummerbund can only help so much. And besides, what kind of man would marry a beautiful woman knowing he's going to die young?That's not hyperbole. My 5'9'' frame tipped the scales at 231 pounds, easily qualifying me as obese—a designation that advanced my biological age of 26 by 2 decades, according to a UCLA study.More disturbing, a blood test showed that I was on the verge of diabetes, despite having no obvious symptoms (other than a bulging belly). For the first time, being fat felt irresponsible.But dramatic change doesn't take as long as you might think. In 12 weeks, I lost 33 pounds and whittled 5 inches off my waist—just in time for our big day. And, even better, my latest blood work came back nearly normal. How'd I do it? Keep reading.The Tipping PointMen's Health. But it wasn't until I literally feared for my life that I became fully committed to change. That day … [Read more...] about Lose 30 Pounds in 3 Months
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?
I meet a lot of people in my professional life who keep asking me about how to lose weight without exercise. My answer usually is: It is not impossible, but if it is laziness that compels you to ask such a thing, then I would advise you to change your entire way of thinking on the matter. For one, it requires a very strict diet! Exercising can contribute a great deal to your overall weight loss endeavors, but physical exercise also has a pivotal role in giving you the tone and firmness of muscles and a whole bunch of other health benefits you have never even dreamed of. Your skin will not get smooth and tight, and most importantly, your muscles will not get the tone and firmness just because you lose weight. Obviously, I am not talking about certain health conditions (various diseases or other joint-related medical conditions) that make it virtually impossible for one to undertake any forms of exercise, but it may also happen that someone is just in a life situation where going to the … [Read more...] about How to lose weight without exercise? Is it even possible?