Reader question: I stick to a Paleo diet, but my health issues have caused me to lose a lot of weight recently. I'm wondering how to gain weight healthfully—my goal is to add another 5-10 lbs. Do you have some suggestions on foods that are high in calories but healthy, too? —Lisa Ashley’s answer: This is such an important question, thank you for asking it. The most important thing to focus on is your health, so you'll want to make sure that how you gain weight doesn't compromise it. I am so glad that the Paleo diet is helping you. I've had many clients who have interpreted the diet differently, so keep in mind that you don't have to eat any of the foods I recommend that you don't like. Following an anti-inflammatory approach as you work to gain weight can be really important to keep your health improvements at the center of your goals. Choose foods like wild salmon, wild sardines, and buffalo meat, as well as plant-based options like hemp hearts, … [Read more...] about How Do I Gain Weight Healthfully?
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For decades, registered weight loss dietician Holly McCord had been recommending 4 to 6 small meals a day instead of the traditional 3. That's because some research suggests that this eating pattern—snacks between meals or eating mini-meals throughout the day—may help keep insulin levels under control, lower cholesterol, prevent heartburn, and, yes, even with weight loss. And it's still good advice for many people. But for others, as Holly—who served as Prevention's nutrition editor for many years—learned, it could lead to calorie disaster and unwanted pounds. Here's how to find out if your eating pattern is making you fat, and how to change it so you'll drop pounds without feeling deprived. Is Snacking Making You Fat? The bottom line for weight loss: You have to burn more calories than you consume. For some people, snacks between meals curbs their appetite so they eat fewer calories overall. But for others, it can substantially increase the amount of … [Read more...] about Is Your Snacking Habit Why You Can’t Lose Weight?
Carbs are usually one of the first things to get the boot when you’re trying to shape up your diet. And it sort of makes sense: White bread, pasta, cake, and other sugar-crammed refined carbohydrates are notorious for nuking weight-loss efforts.But if you start slashing too many carbs out of your daily meal plan—or get rid of them altogether—your overall health could be getting the short end of the stick.“Carbohydrates are a foundation of a healthy diet, providing a ready source of energy for all the body’s activities,” says Liz Blom, R.D., a Minnesota-based nutrition and wellness coach. “In addition to the energy carbohydrates provide, they are needed for building nonessential amino acids that the body uses to create proteins. They also help in the processing of fat and in the building of cartilage, bone, and the tissues of the nervous system.”RELATED: Everything You Need to Know Before Going on a Low-Carb DietSo exactly how many grams … [Read more...] about Exactly How Many Grams Of Carbs You Should Eat Per Day If You’re Trying to Lose Weight
This article was written by Marygrace Taylor and provided by our partners at Eat Clean.When it comes to weight-loss tips, "drink more water" isn't exactly earth-shattering. But even though most of us have probably heard the advice about a million times, almost zero research has been conducted to find out whether this crazy-simple trick actually works...until now.Earlier this year, a team of British researchers asked overweight adults to start eating a reduced-calorie diet and "preload" each meal with 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before they ate to see if drinking extra water would bolster their weight loss efforts. And it did! After 12 weeks, the preloaders lost nearly three pounds more than the folks who followed the reduced-calorie diet alone. As you might have guessed, the researchers chalked up the participants' success to the fact that water made them feel full, which made them eat less.RELATED: Coconut, Birch, or Maple: Which Tree Water Is Best?I don't know about you, but I kind … [Read more...] about This Is How Much Weight I Lost After Drinking 2 Glasses of Water Before Every Meal for 2 Straight Weeks
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
Q: I've been hitting the gym a lot lately, and I'm loving the way most of my body looks. But despite doing handgrip exercises and some forearm curls, I have toothpicks for forearms. Any suggestions? -Ron W., Amarillo, TXA: You build big, muscular legs with heavy squats and deadlifts, right? Forearm muscles grow just like any other muscle in your body — by adding more weight. The biggest mistake guys make when trying to build handshake-crushing forearms is not using a sufficient load. Try the following strategies for the next 12 weeks, and you’ll be proud to wear your short-sleeved shirts again.Forearm Strategy #1: Lose the Wrist StrapsWithout a doubt, wrist straps will make pulling exercises easier. Truth be told, when your grip fails, the big muscles shut down. It seems like a logical solution to strap your hand to the bar and knock out a few extra chin-ups then and reap the benefits—but it’s not. Here’s why:1. Your active grip signals your nervous … [Read more...] about How Can I Build Thicker Forearms?
I took Ella to the zoo yesterday to see her beloved gorillas (seriously, we’ve never met a 2 year old more obsessed with any animal than Ella and her gorillas). As we were walking I overheard a woman say to the woman next to her "EVERY TIME (emphasized) I lose weight I always lose it in my feet and my shoes get too big—so I stop losing because I don’t have shoes that fit anymore." Seriously. That’s one we’ve never heard—"my FEET are too thin!" But there were a few things interesting about this. And the first was the emphasis on EVERY TIME. We know from research and working with 100′s of people over the years that most have dozens of weight loss attempts. Hence the term "yo yo dieting." Lose. Gain. Lose. Gain even more. Lose. Gain even more. At the end of the cycle, you’ve ended up gaining more than you weighed in the first place. So how do you stop this cycle? Hint:It’s not from "dieting" and it’s not through exercise. After … [Read more...] about Lose Weight WITHOUT Dieting!
There is absolutely no shortage of eye-popping news on the latest fitness and weight loss fads. Every day, you find clickbait after clickbait luring you in to open that article about how the newest breakthrough in medical science can help you lost 20 lbs. in 2 weeks on nothing but a diet of ice cream and donuts. One of the most viral stories I’ve heard is about a new study that apparently says drinking wine every night can help you burn more fat and slim down – without doing nothing else at all. It’s easy to see why this one exploded into popularity on social media. After all, who doesn’t want to get their daily dose of vino every night and still get to flaunt a hot and sexy body? Well, a lot of people do. We’re creatures of comfort, after all. The idea that knocking back a couple of glasses of wine can help you lose weight comes from media stories extolling the results of a Washington State University study, where researchers fed a bunch of lab mice a … [Read more...] about Can Wine and Tequila Really Help You Lose Weight?
We have all heard the term calories in calories out. In reality, it’s more complicated than that because not all calories are created equal. This is why nutrition accounts for 80% of our fitness transformation. Here is a quick cheat sheet to figure out how many calories you should be eating… The amount of calories you need to consume each day is determined by a number of things including body type, goals, activity levels, and training frequency. Everything I will provide here is just a basic set of guidelines and is not set in stone 😉 *convert weight in pounds (lb) to kilograms (kg) by dividing your weight in pounds by 2.2 to equal weight in kilograms Sedentary men and non-pregnant women: 31 calories/kg Moderately active men and non-pregnant women: 33-38 calories/kg Endurance athletes: 35-50 calories/kg depending on training Strength-trained athlete: 30-60 calories/kg depending on training We should aim to lose only 1-2 lbs per week. This is a safe … [Read more...] about How to Lose Weight Safely: Calorie Cheat Sheet
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?