One of the basic truths that everyone learns about healthy eating is that fruit is good for you. So it’s kind of weird that many low-carb diets say that you should swear off bananas.After all, bananas are a fruit, but they are starting to get a reputation as a sugar-laden, calorie-packed fruit. More than 70,000 Google “how many calories in a banana” each month, and even celeb trainer Harley Pasternak recommends that dieters avoid bananas to lose weight. And eating bananas on a keto diet? Forget about it. MORE: The 8 Best Bedtime Snacks for Weight LossWhy: A medium banana packs 27 grams of carbs, more than two slices of white bread, as well as about 14 grams of sugar. That sugar occurs in the from of fructose, a simple sugar that the body digests rapidly and can lead to blood sugar and insulin spikes. And, for the record, there are 105 calories in a banana.(Find out how to stop the craving cycle before it starts and burn fat around the clock with the naturally sweet, … [Read more...] about Should You Avoid Bananas If You’re Trying To Lose Weight?
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For many of us, life gets better—easier, even—as we get older. We get more comfortable and confident in our own skin. We weed out what doesn't work for us and invite more of what does work into our lives. There's a certain clarity that inspires us not to sweat the small stuff so much and to keep the big picture in mind. Instead, dropping pounds can often feel harder than ever. After all, that stiff back that keeps you from bounding out of bed in the morning can make it less inspiring to go to the gym, a busy schedule can prompt you to eat on the run, and those 10 pounds you gained in your 40s can become an extra 20 pounds in your 50s and, well, you get the idea. (Want to lose weight but are short on time? Then check out Fit in 10, the new fitness program that only takes 10 minutes.)Yet experts agree it's important to focus on achieving your healthy weight no matter the number of candles on your birthday cake this year. "Excess fat is something we shouldn't ignore no matter … [Read more...] about 7 Ways To Lose Weight When You’re Over 60
It might seem like there’s a weight-loss secret floating around out there that everybody knows but you. But in reality, about 80 percent of unlocking the weight-loss puzzle is choosing the right mix of filling and nutritious foods, says Marjorie Nolan Cohn, R.D.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.That's right, it's all about what you eat, says Cohn. (Foodies, rejoice!) But don't worry, we're not about to suggest that you spend hours slaving over the stove to nail your diet. Keeping things simple by minimizing meal prep—and planning ahead for leftovers—can help keep you on track. “I try to avoid complicating weight loss with extensive recipes,” says Cohn. Here’s how to fill your plate to start reaching your weight-loss goals—without spending a million hours in the kitchen.For most young, active women, staying in the 1,600 to 1,900 daily calorie range is a good place to start, depending on your height … [Read more...] about Exactly What You Should Eat if You’re Trying to Lose Weight
This article was written by Allison Young and provided by our partners at Prevention.For some people, eating one meal a day is their preferred intermittent fasting strategy. They go all day without eating, and then at dinner time they fill their plates with whatever they want—no counting calories required. (Take back control of your eating—and lose weight in the process—with our 21-Day Challenge!)On paper, the benefits of one meal a day, or a 20-hour fast, sound perfect. You don't have to worry about what you're going to eat during daylight hours, which could save you time, money, and kitchen clean up. Plus, studies of time-restricted eating suggest it can improve insulin sensitivity, fight disease, and boost weight loss. You can thank ketosis for the latter; without a constant supply of carbs and sugar in your system, your body burns fat as a default.RELATED:4 Foods That Burn Belly FatBut cramming all your calories into one meal might not be a legit way to eat … [Read more...] about The Right Way—and the Wrong Way—to Use Intermittent Fasting to Lose Weight
Dietary fat is one nutrient with a serious image problem: "Fat in food is equated to fat on hips—but it's not the same! Our bodies need certain fats," says Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D., author of Read It Before You Eat It. Getting the right amounts from the right sources will not only ensure your food doesn't taste like cardboard, but also can help you lose stubborn pounds (yes, you read that correctly).Fat's (Ahem) Larger Purposeovereat. Back when mammoth was still a menu item, calories were hard to come by. Humans evolved to seek out the most concentrated supply of them, and fat, with nine calories per gram (versus four per gram in carbs and proteins), was our best food source for survival.Though we no longer need that primitive urge to keep us alive, fat still plays a critical role: It delivers key nutrients to your body. "Vitamins such as A, D, E, and K are called fat-soluble because they need to bind to fat to be absorbed," says Taub-Dix. "If fat isn't available, the vitamins can't … [Read more...] about Good Fat, Bad Fat: Learn the Difference To Lose Weight
Want to drop some pounds? Chances are, you’ve considered intermittent fasting, a weight-loss technique that’s been surging in popularity. It involves set times when your eating is restricted and others when you eat as normal—or even more than you would typically.But is there really any benefit to this kind of eating? A new study adds some clarity to the complicated topic: Intermittent fasting is no more effective for weight loss than daily calorie restriction, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago report.Researchers split 100 inactive, overweight men and women with no history of heart disease or diabetes into three groups: A calorie-restricted group, an alternate-day fasting group, and a control group.The calorie-restricted group took the traditional weight loss approach. Every day, they reduced their caloric intake by 25 percent, meaning they ate 75 percent of the calories they would need to maintain their weight among three meals a day.The … [Read more...] about Is Intermittent Fasting the Best Way to Lose Weight?
You can't take much more. It's quarter to three on a very bad day that's already included ripped tights, a confrontation with your boss, and a guilt trip from your mother. You need a pick-me-up, a way to make it through the rest of the day without exploding. You need a double-hot-fudge sundae. Or a giant plateful of fries. Or, OK, even the month-old bag of probably-stale pretzels that's buried at the bottom of your desk drawer. If you've ever felt this way, then you sure don't need us to tell you that stress can make you fat. And you're not alone: In a survey of more than 1,800 people last year, the American Psychological Association reports, 43 percent of respondents admitted to overeating or to eating unhealthy foods in response to stress during the previous month. And women were more apt to do it than men. Forget Häagen-Dazs therapy. Research has uncovered new information about the link between stress and snacking that can help you break the cycle— no … [Read more...] about Want to Lose Fat? Chill Out
The foods you eat and the diet you follow will be the deciding factor when it comes to a flat, defined stomach or an abdominal wall that’s hiding behind belly fat. There are four main components to showing off a great set of abs: genetics, muscularity, body fat percentage and diet. Genetics will determine the shape and insertions of your ab muscles, your muscularity will determine the size of your muscles and how fat you can get before they disappear—which is directly tied to body fat percentage—and your diet impacts your ability to lose belly fat and expose your abdominal wall. And this exactly why abs start in the kitchen. When it comes to building and exposing a strong, sexy midsection, you can forget about doing 1,000 crunches a week. Instead, focus your efforts where abs are really made: the kitchen. If you’ve been doing sit-ups every morning in hopes of seeing a six-pack or a flat stomach, cut it out. Abs are made in the kitchen, so that’s where … [Read more...] about Abs Are Made in the Kitchen: The Rules You Need to Follow
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?
The All Potato Diet: Should you Try it for Weight Loss By Karen Brennan, NC, MSW, BCHN®, Herbalist It seems like with another new year upon us, people make resolutions to lose weight. Part of that resolution, it seems, is to go on some crazy diet. This is one of them and I was asked by someone who had just started the diet what I thought of an all potato diet. Here are my thoughts. What is the Potato Diet? The potato diet is a mono diet in which you eat only potatoes. Most people will try it for a month and others have touted to lose weight by following the potato diet for up to a year. Should you Try it? I don’t recommend any diet that has you eat just one food. I also don’t recommend most cleanses, juice fasts and detox diets either. (hint: first you need to learn how to eat healthy) Here are Some Reasons why you Should Avoid the Potato Diet Difficult to maintain and sustain. This is a bland and boring diet. How … [Read more...] about Potato Diet. Should you Try it for Weight Loss?