Maya Henry’s weight loss story is not of the epic proportions you’d see on The Biggest Loser. The 38-year-old mom of two did not drop hundreds of pounds in mere months. She didn’t cut her pants size in half or exercise for hours on end or adopt a crazy restrictive diet. But what she did accomplish—trimming 40 pounds off her 6’1” frame over the course of two years and developing an unexpected passion for running—is a testament to the power of perseverance and the easily forgotten fact that the deepest, most sustainable change comes with patience and perspective. MORE: 6 Weight Loss “Rules” You Can Forget AboutWhen Henry first started running five years ago, she couldn’t imagine lasting for more than 90 seconds.“So much of that was mental,” explains Henry. “I told myself I wasn’t a runner.”At the time, Henry weighed 270 pounds. And while she had been fairly active throughout her … [Read more...] about How One Woman Dropped 40 Pounds By Running Just 1-2 Times A Week
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How one man dropped his belly by cleaning house Name: Ian ShopsisHome: Old Bridge, NJ Age: 31 Height: 5'6" Job: Insurance adjuster Weight Before: 400 lb Weight After: 155 lb THE GAIN A sweet tooth and a soda addiction made Ian Shopsis big and kept him that way. "I would eat all the wrong foods--whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted," he says. A typical day included pizza lunches and pasta dinners with bread. He hit 400 pounds at age 30. THE CHANGE Shopsis came across a photo of himself and thought, "I look fat and disgusting." Then a coworker came by and said he looked slimmer in the picture than in person. "I decided to make a change to save my life." He cleaned house, throwing away all pasta, candy, cookies, and soda. He started eating grilled chicken and salads. He got on a treadmill and felt as though he'd pass out after 15 minutes, but made the workout a daily habit. THE RESULT In less than 2 months, Shopsis dropped 50 pounds. "Once I hit that milestone, I knew there … [Read more...] about Day 6: Monday: Clean Up Your Mess!
PONDER THIS SCENARIO: YOU'VE JUST received a treasured job offer—a dream situation for your career, in fact—but it comes with a few unusual requirements. You have to go shirtless on the job, millions of people will watch you work that way, and oh yeah, you need to achieve and maintain 10 percent body fat or they'll fire your ass. However, because you're so busy doing this job, you have only 45 minutes, 3 days a week to exercise. Assuming you take the position, what would you do with that time? Go for a run? Hit the elliptical machine? Search the job boards? Hire a body double?This is precisely the predicament faced by Andy Whitfield, who plays the lead in the new Starz television drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand (think Gladiator meets 300). "I'm filmed virtually naked in my Roman skivvies all day long," says the 37-year-old actor. "So when I look in the mirror I'm driven by both vanity and fear." You can probably relate. (Editor's note: Whitfield died Sept. 11, 2011, after … [Read more...] about Lift to Lose
In theory, the popular "pre-workout" beverages currently taking the health and fitness community by storm sound pretty awesome: You down these drinks to up your energy so you can own that gym sesh—and maybe even burn a few extra calories in the process.These drinks, like Performix ION v2Xa, Cellucor C4, and Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout are often sold as powder mixes that are stirred into water and consumed about a half hour before exercising. Though it varies by brand, some drinks contain vitamin C, B vitamins, and supplements like amino acids such as beta-alanine, as well as creatine, and caffeine. These supplements are designed to help your muscles withstand fatigue and increase strength. But are they the x-factor in weight loss? (Get the secret to banishing belly bulge from WH readers who've done it with Take It All Off! Keep It All Off!)The short answer is…maybe. First, if your drink contains caffeine, creatine, or carbs, you’ll have more … [Read more...] about Can ‘Pre-Workout’ Drinks Really Help You Lose Weight?
VITALS: Josh Bone, 26, St. Louis, MOOCCUPATION: Personal trainerHEIGHT: 6'2"TIME REQUIRED TO REACH GOAL: 1 yearWEIGHT BEFORE: 310WEIGHT AFTER: 180LESSON LEARNED: Attack your weaknesses and they can become strengths.SECRET WEAPON: Confidence. I had to learn to work through any negative thoughts. The Gain:Competitive swimming kept Bone lean through high school, but at age 19, a diagnosis of Crohn's disease -- an inflammatory bowel condition -- left him on dry land. After months of agonizing pain, he had surgery to remove part of his intestine. During his recovery, he fell into bad eating habits and packed on an additional 90 pounds, compounding his health problems. The Change:Bone kicked off his overhaul on New Year's Eve 2003. He started by swapping the drive-thru visits for shopping-cart forays and filled his home with healthier fare, from chicken to fresh produce. He also set a goal: to complete a triathlon. A daily training regimen of cardio and weight lifting helped him … [Read more...] about “Losing Weight Saved My Life”
New Year's has long passed, and your resolutions have gone the way of the dinosaurs (too bad you can't blame that on a giant meteor). Why? It's really hard to stay motivated during ice cream season. That's why we're giving you 100 creative ways to help you shrink your muffin top. Do five of them a day and you can lose a pound a week. Hey, you've already burned 2 calories reading this far. See how easy that was? 1. Slather on lip balm 765 times.2. Relive the '80s. Lip sync George Michael's Faith 16 times.3. DVR an episode of Arrested Development and watch it commercial free. (Ten straight minutes of laughter can burn 40 calories--no joke.)4. Watch the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. (Serious stuff doesn't scorch as many.) 5. Wiggle while you watch for 40 minutes: Fidgeters burn up to 350 more calories a day than couch potatoes.6. Get off your ass 33 times to change the channel. 7. Use the remote to channel surf for 68 minutes. 8. Surf for real for 34 minutes. 9. Fly a kite for 20 … [Read more...] about 100 Ways to Lose Weight Fast
You've been eating fewer calories, your trainer is your new BFF, and your body has gotten teenier. But now it seems like you couldn't lose a pound unless you cut your arm off. You've hit the dreaded plateau — a frustratingly common dieting phenomenon. "At a certain point in weight loss, usually after losing about 10 percent of your weight, you may have to tweak your diet and exercise to jump-start your body again," says Susan Mitchell, Ph.D., R.D., co-author of Fat Is Not Your Fate. Here's why you might stall and what you can do to rev back up.You're eating for 164 (pounds, not people).Flatline Yeah, losing mass means you look better in your low-riders, but it also means there's less of you to burn calories. It's a cruel truth: Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) — the number of calories your body needs just to exist — gets lower as you get littler. Keep eating for your old weight and you're going to hit a wall.Finish line As the number on the scale goes down, so too must … [Read more...] about Keep Losing Weight
The number of calories burned each day is directly linked to weight loss, weight gain, or weight maintenance. For a person to lose weight, they must burn more calories than they take in, creating a calorie deficit. But, to do this, they need to know how many calories they burn each day. In this article, we take a look at how someone can work out how many calories they burn in a day. Most people think of calories as only having to do with food and weight loss. However, a calorie is a unit of heat energy. A calorie is the amount of energy that is needed to raise 1 gram (g) of water by 1°C. This measurement can be applied to lots of different energy releasing mechanisms outside of the human body. For the human body, calories are a measure of how much energy the body needs to function. Food contains calories. Different food has different calorie counts, meaning that each food has a different amount of potential energy. There are three basic types of foods that make up all the food … [Read more...] about Calculating how many calories are burned in a day
Five pounds isn't attractive any way you look at it—17,500 calories, 14 1/2 pints of Chunky Monkey, or the handful of flesh hanging over your waistband. While there's no shortage of weight-loss advice promising to help you ditch your extra baggage, the only reliable way to get there is through old-fashioned hard work, pulling yourself up by the yoga strap, if you will. "You'll lose weight if you follow a calorie-restricted, low-fat diet, and do three to four cardio sessions, two or three weight-training stints, and 1 hour of yoga a week," says Kara Gallagher, Ph.D., CEO of Mohr Results, a nutrition and fitness consulting company based in Louisville, Kentucky. Try all four of the following suggestions and see results in as little as 3 weeks.The NutritionistThe advice: Eat more often—but smaller meals. Counting calories ranks up there with de-skunking your dog. Instead, cut your three squares into five or six mini-meals every 3 to 4 hours. "Each meal should consist of two to … [Read more...] about How to Lose Weight
insulin, a hormone that is produced in the pancreas. It works to help regulate our blood glucose levels, which is the body’s primary source of energy. For people who are insulin resistant, their bodies may produce the right amount of insulin, but it is not being distributed or used effectively. The glucose that is supposed to be absorbed actually builds up in the blood. When the body’s cells are insulin resistant, there is more pressure put on the pancreas to produce more. This can lead to a higher risk of developing pre-diabetes and eventually type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes actually mimics diabetes—you’ll have high blood sugar levels, but the levels aren’t high enough to warrant a diabetes diagnosis. In a study conducted by the Diabetes Prevention Program, researchers discovered that for people who are considered overweight or obese, loosing approximately seven percent of their body weight might significantly reduce their risk of developing diabetes by … [Read more...] about Top Foods to Eat as Part of an Insulin Resistance Diet