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?!’
Losing weight is no easy feat—but what happens when it feels like your own metabolism is working against you? For the almost 5 percent of people who have an underactive thyroid, and a slowed metabolism because of it, trying to lose weight can feel hopeless. According to endocrinologists, though, there are a few things you can do to bring your metabolism, and your weight loss, up to speed. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that produces thyroid hormone. Marilyn Tan, M.D., chief of Stanford Endocrine Clinic, says most people don’t even know what their thyroid is until there’s a problem with it. “Thyroid hormone is responsible for your overall metabolism,” she says. “So if you have too much thyroid hormone, you can think of everything as revved up, and conversely, if you don’t have enough, you can think of everything as being slowed down.” If your metabolism is in the revved up state because of too much thyroid hormone, … [Read more...] about Thyroid Out Of Whack? Here’s How To Lose The Weight You Gained
I've tried lifting weights, but due to my high metabolism I can't seem to pack on muscle—I'd like to put on anywhere from 10-30 pounds. How should I go about that, training and nutrition-wise? -Three readers in the same day. There appears to be a lot of frustration in the Men’s Health Forum in regards to gaining muscle. It’s hard, I know—I was actually once described as lanky. LANKY?!! From that day forward, I was on a quest for more muscle—and in two years I went from 160 to 205. Seven years later in my mid 20’s, I reached 232 pounds with a waist measurement under 34 inches, and with a squat and deadlift of over 500 pounds along with a 315 pound bench press. I don’t mention this to brag, but rather to let you know that you can and will put on more muscle. All it takes is time, persistence, and a little bit of planning and organization. Keep reading. How You Should Train 1. Do Big Exercises Whether your goal is to gain muscle, … [Read more...] about How Do I Gain Muscle?
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?!
Being in a serious relationship definitely involves making some sacrifices. Maybe you wanted to watch How I Met Your Mother on Monday night, for instance, but you had to go to your S.O.’s boring boss’s dinner party instead. Whatever the case, there's one thing you should never have to sacrifice—and that's your healthy weight.“Lots of times, one person in the relationship will have a genuine interest in eating healthy foods, whereas the other will have seriously unhealthy taste in food,” says Lisa Young, Ph.D., author of The Portion Teller Plan. “Luckily, there are ways to enjoy meals together without sacrificing your waistline or coming off as an annoying, picky, or unsupportive girlfriend—it’s all about compromise.”Ideally your S.O. will eventually decide to join you in your healthy habits—you’ll both be much better off that way. But until then, here’s your don’t-toss-your-skinny-jeans plan:Find Restaurants … [Read more...] about How To NOT Gain Weight When Your Partner Eats Crap
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?”
In the January issue of Marie Claire, Katy Perry opened up about how she dealt with her emotional breakup with Russell Brand. “There were two weeks of my life after I found out the truth of my marriage where I was like, ‘OK. All right. I can’t feel this. This is too intense right now.’ I was, like, just eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and drinking, and that’s it…”Katy’s reaction is totally understandable, not to mention normal—a lot of women turn to food during tough times. And when you have bigger things going on, beating yourself up about having a little more ice cream than normal definitely isn’t worth it. But if you're going through a breakup and this is something you're worried about succumbing to, here are some tips for how to avoid turning to food for comfort—and how to use other, more constructive coping methods instead:Be Aware of Your ActionsMORE: The Secret to Outsmarting TemptationTalk It OutMORE: How to … [Read more...] about How to NOT Gain Weight After a Breakup