Reader question: I recently went vegetarian and have noticed I've gained weight. The only changes I've made to my diet have been adding more avocado, more nuts, more organic veggies and greens, more cage-free eggs, and more cheese. Everything else has stayed the same, including my exercise regime. What's going on? Ashley’s answer: I get questions like yours so often. Someone makes a dietary change, maybe for a health goal or maybe to try to lose weight, and is disappointed to notice weight gain. Since you're not my patient, I can only share the questions I would ask, but these should help you investigate what the issues could be. You mentioned that “everything else has stayed the same”, but I would consider that factors outside of your food and exercise can impact your health, including your weight. Has your sleep changed recently, in either quantity or quality? How is your digestion—are you having regular bowel movements? Are you experiencing any … [Read more...] about I Went Vegetarian…So Why Am I Gaining Weight?
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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?
But reaching menopause doesn't have to mean getting plumper. Studies show that the more you work out, the slimmer you'll be, even during this transition time. Keep your diet in check and you'll boost your results.Here's how to fine-tune your workouts and eating habits to shed those pounds—and keep 'em off. Exercise at least 4 hours a week. That amount helped nearly 44,000 women in their 40s or early 50s achieve weight loss instead of weight gain during a 10-year American Cancer Society study. Crank it up for 10 minutes a day. In a Kaiser Permanente study, a similar group of women who exercised vigorously (like jogging) for 10 or more minutes a day had waistlines nearly 6 inches smaller than women who didn't raise their heart rates that high.Lift weights. Two or three sessions a week can help stave off age-related muscle loss, which slows your metabolism.Skip the refined carbs. Women whose diets were high in whole grains and fiber gained less weight … [Read more...] about Why Am I Gaining Weight?
When you set out to drop pounds, part of your game plan probably includes working out consistently. (You go, girl.) But it can be really confusing when you notice the number on the scale increasing after your initial effort. What gives?!“Exercise is a stress on your body, which creates micro tears in your muscles, and the inflammation from those tears will cause you to retain more water,” explains Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S, author of The Female Body Breakthrough. And, as you begin working out, your body might start to store more glycogen in your muscles to make sure you've got lots of stored carbs (i.e. glycogen) to burn during your next workout, which will also tip the scale a bit higher, she says.Though the scale might make you feel like you’re doing something wrong, that’s not the case. Your body just needs time to adjust, says Cosgrove. “As you stay consistent, you will start to see your body-fat levels drop and your weight come down,” she … [Read more...] about ‘I Just Started Working Out—Why Am I Gaining Weight?!’
You’ve been killing your workout game for a few weeks now (do it, girl!) and you’re feeling pretty darn good. Your pants fit a little better, you have the energy of a 12-year-old, and you can do twice as many squats as you could three weeks ago.Then you step on the scale and you’re…five pounds heavier!? Umm, what??Before you totally freak out (remember how good you feel?), check out these reasons why your scale might be moving in an unexpected direction. Your Bod’s Retaining Extra H2OPrecision Nutrition. Since glycogen stores water, you could gain up to 10 pounds in water weight alone, says Scott-Dixon. As long as you're exercising regularly, yes, you're going to carry around some extra agua. Before you side-eye that bottle of water you’re drinking, remember that this is just your body’s way of preparing itself to kick ass when you work out. Again: It’s not fat, just water.RELATED: What a Nutritionist Eats to De-Bloat … [Read more...] about I’m Working Out Regularly—So Why Am I Gaining Weight?!
The question: “I want to gain weight, but how can I do it in a healthy way?”The expert: Lisa Young, Ph.D., R.D., author of The Portion Teller PlanThe answer: Intentionally gaining weight is tricky because if you simply eat more food, you’ll end up feeling overly full and sluggish—which is no good. Luckily, there are three smart ways to go about gaining weight, says Young. First, eat more high-fat foods. But make sure to focus on healthy monounsaturated fats, not the saturated kind. “Don’t just load up on butter and full-fat cream cheese because that’ll leave you feeling gross," says Young. “Plus, those fats are bad for your overall health. Rather, snack on more nuts throughout the day, eat avocados with nearly everything, and put more olive oil on your salads and your breads.”Another option: Drink more juice. But we’re not talking about drinking juice and nothing else—we’re talking about having the sweet drink with … [Read more...] about “How Can I GAIN Weight in a Healthy Way?”
Bella Hadid is going to be in her first ever Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in November, and it seems her decision to lose weight has resulted in what looks like extreme weight loss. Pictures have surfaced of the burgeoning model show a very thin Hadid, who says that a strict diet and intense fitness regimen are responsible for her new look. Gigi Hadid’s sister has worked with some top brands so far, including DKNY and Calvin Klein, and is preparing to walk her first show with Victoria Secret, which will be aired on television on December 5. Models’ bodies are on display—it’s their job—and because of that and the nature of the industry, they are always under scrutiny, which can do a lot of harm to a woman’s self-esteem and her body image. In an interview with People magazine during a fitting for the Victoria’s Secret show, the model says, “I have lost weight and gained weight.” The 20-year-old will be walking in the lingerie … [Read more...] about Bella Hadid Weight Loss: Gigi Hadid’s Sister Credits Strict Diet but Now Wants to Gain Weight
With the warmer weather comes fresher ingredients. Produce like tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce are in season and can easily be grown in your own backyard or found in abundance at grocers and road-side stands. It’s easier to eat fresh and locally grown produce, which should mean sticking to your weight-loss plan should be easier, too, right? Wrong. You can still gain weight in the summertime by hidden traps that may seem like a great idea, but not when it comes to your waistline. If keeping your weight in check and working on your beach body is your goal this summer, then you may want to stay away from certain popular foods. Although tempting and refreshing, these foods will sabotage your diet! Here’s what to say no to at the next family barbecue or patio party. 1. Salad: Salad is perceived as a healthy meal option. How bad can lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers be? Well those aren’t the culprits trying to ruin your diet; it’s the extras that make your … [Read more...] about Why You Will Gain Weight This Summer (food traps to avoid!)
I’ve always been a sensitive person. At age 6 I developed a hole in my stomach due to the stress of public school, and had to be taken out and homeschooled. At age 14 I was put on Zoloft, and was on and off of either Zoloft or Wellbutrin for the better part of 10 years. At age 24 I realized that if I didn’t start doing something about myself, I was looking at a lifetime of popping pills. I started wondering: What will prolonged usage going to do to me in the years to come? Do I really need this? Is there a better way to live my life and manage my violent ups and downs? Something inside of me knew that I could overcome this, that I was capable of managing my emotions without the help of pharmaceuticals. Chemical imbalance or not, I was determined to cure myself through proper nutrition, positive thinking, and if nothing else, sheer stubbornness. First, I want to say that if you’ve never had a panic attack, then you have never had a panic attack. There is nothing like … [Read more...] about How I Overcame My Depression and Anxiety Without Medication
Tis the season for our biggest football fans, and the season seems to be the reason to either lose big, or gain big and it’s not what you think. A recent study published by “Psychological Science” shows that football fans food habits are being impacted by whether their teams win or lose. This means that our football fans across America are at a huge risk of gaining weight this season – that is, if their team loses. In the past, studies have linked football losses to things like poor driving habits, heart attacks and blood pressure issues, and emotional issues like domestic violence. This new study however really hits home. You may not go swinging at your spouse this season, but, will you reach for the junk food? Let’s talk numbers, because frankly, they’re shocking. The study shows that people who lived in cities with the losing team ate ~16% more saturated fat in comparison to their usual Monday meals – referring to of course the Monday … [Read more...] about Football fans gaining weight – it’s not because of the appetizers either!