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?
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?
We all want a flatter belly and try all different ab workouts, but see no results. In an eDiets.com survey, 85% of women and men said getting a trimmer middle is one of the top reasons they exercise. The disappointing news is that nearly half said they have "a long way to go" before they reach slim-waist status. Of course, we only really focus on those unsightly belly rolls when it's a few weeks until the class reunion, a few days before the beach vacation, or a few moments before slipping into the hot tub with mixed company. Don't push the panic button: The experts below—trainers, nutritionists, doctors, even celebrity fashion stylists—know how to get results in next to no time at all, so whatever your ab status, you won't have to test your patience to see the payoff. (For 10-minute fat-blasting workouts, try Prevention's Fit In 10 DVD.)IF YOU'VE GOT 3 WEEKSThe movesUsing this research, Alycea Ungaro, author of The Pilates Promise and founder of the … [Read more...] about Get Flatter Abs In 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 3 Minutes—Or 3 Seconds
Nikki Azuma, 33, was a classic emotional eater. But once she learned to separate stress from hunger, the pounds started melting off. For as long as I can remember, I've struggled with my weight—and I felt terrible about it. My much-thinner cousins used to make comments about my size, and even as a child, that hurt. I never tried out any special diet plans, but I'd fluctuate between starving myself and binging. It was a vicious cycle, and obviously not a healthy one.MORE: Take back control of your eating—and lose weight in the process—with the 21-Day Challenge from the publishers of Prevention!I told myself that at least I was fit: Although I was overweight, I used to work out all the time, and in my early 20s I had a part-time job as a swim instructor and lifeguard. But then I switched to a better-paying (but not as active) full-time job to make money for college, and I no longer had time to exercise. My weight spiraled upward, and by 2011 I was 189 pounds. … [Read more...] about How Mindful Eating Helped Me Lose Weight And Love Food
At age 55, I had reached a point where I didn't feel good and knew I had to do something. My blood pressure had been borderline high for 5 years, I'd gained 20 pounds, had arthritis in my hands, constant joint and neck pain, persistent bloating, and allergies and postnasal drip. I was determined to do something for my health, but I needed help getting started. It was right about that time that I heard about The Whole Body Cure, a new health plan from Prevention, which focuses on healing inflammation through an elimination diet. The plan begins with a 2-week detox phase to quickly neutralize any food sensitivities. That means my husband—who volunteered to do the program with me—and I cut out everything except protein shakes, vegetables, and fruit for 2 entire weeks. (Here's how one woman turned her health around by cutting eggs out of her diet.) I'd always thought I was a pretty healthy eater before this, but suddenly having to focus on fruits and vegetables meant … [Read more...] about My Constant Joint Pain Disappeared In 3 Weeks Just By Making This Change To My Diet
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
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!
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?