POSTS WITH TAG: weight loss

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    Fat in our diets equals fat on our bodies, right? Not quite, according to the latest science. People who ate more fat, even saturated fat, while limiting carbohydrates lost more weight, more body fat, and had fewer cardiovascular risks than people who followed a low-fat diet in a major new study financed by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The low-fat group lost weight -- but it appeared to be more muscle mass than fat.

    Furthermore, the research included a racially diverse group of 150 men and women assigned to diets that either limited fat or carbs -- and unlike other research before it, subjects didn't have to stick to any sort of calorie restriction. Whaaat?!

    Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows this is all sorts of jaw-dropping, because "calories in, calories out" has been the holy grail of weight loss for just about EVER. I know this all too well.

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    Ahh, the scale. You’ve had a great week of getting your workouts done, and eating healthy, and you step on the scale with excitement building -- how much will you have lost? Three pounds? Maybe four?

    Cue horror music as you look down and see the same number you remember from last week or, even worse, higher. But the reverse is true, too, when you’ve ... um ... "forgotten" a couple of workouts, and then the kids wanted to make cookies, and don’t forget the pizza. When you check your weight on the scale, certain that you’ve gained, doesn’t it feel amazing to see a surprise loss? 

    Why? Why are we tying our mood, and our self-worth, to a number on a scale? "Duh, because I’m trying to lose weight!" I hear you say. I’m here to tell you: The best way to lose weight safely and maintain your weight loss, is to forget about the scale. Get rid of it, seriously. Here’s why ...

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    I still remember the year I started putting on weight. I was in the fifth grade, and at the time, all the skinny girls wore Jordache jeans and Sergio Valentes, and I secretly hated them for it. Every time I attempted to squeeze into those jeans, I would struggle to zip them up and had to lie flat on my bed so I could button them. I then spent the day walking like I had a stick up my butt and I could hardly breathe. It was pure torture.  

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    Here's an idea so crazy it just might work: losing weight on your vacation. Usually vacation means you're suspending all the rules, eating what you want, and relaxing. Or maybe that's just me? I just got back from eating pretty much all of Paris -- and it was delicious! But I did a few things to offset the damage ... maybe. Anyway, let's be a little more ambitious than "not gaining weight" -- let's talk about actually using your vacation to drop a couple pounds. Think it's too lofty a goal? Here are a few surprising ways to lose weight on vacation that are worth trying.

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    I've always been a relatively thin person, dropping the baby weight after each of my four kids pretty quickly, but turning 38 hit me hard right in my midsection. And the back of my arms.

    And oh, hey there thighs!

    I've always been pretty active, maintaining a very healthy (and low-carb) diet, working out always daily, and generally remembering to stretch after I'm done. And if I fall off the wagon, I'm usually back into my pants with a little extra exercise and calorie watching.

    But just lately, I've noticed a distinct change in my body, mostly that my pants are tight in weird places. Turns out, I've been making these five exercise and diet mistakes that are probably not helping my cause. Are you doing them too?

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    For eons, we've been told there are some very cut and dry tenants of a successful weight loss program: Veggies, exercise, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, and eating breakfast. In fact, anyone who has ever been on any sort of regimented diet plan has been told that skipping breakfast sets you up for a brutal blood sugar crash, cravings, binge eating, and will basically destroy your most earnest efforts to pare pounds. Now, however, new research aims to blow that time-honored belief up completely.

    University of Alabama Birmingham researchers followed breakfast eaters and breakfast skippers for 16 weeks and found that those who ate that first meal of the day lost no more weight than those who passed on it. Sweet! So that means weight watchers are free to subsist on air and maybe a cup of coffee 'til lunch, right?

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    What makes skinny people so skinny? I'm not talking weak, wan, please-eat-something teeny. I mean slender with a healthy fresh glow? How do the thin women you know do it? Well, we're glad you asked. Our spies did some recon and gathered the secrets of slim women. Here's what these ladies do to keep it off, all the time. And guess what? There's no fasting involved. Keep reading to get the teaspoon-sized scoop.

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    I think my first son was around 18 months old when I realized I was still wearing maternity pants around the house on a regular basis. You know, just because they were soooo comfy. The scale confirmed it: the reason I was still clinging to my elastic waistbands was because I'd replaced the baby weight with the kind of extra poundage you get when you have a nightly double date with Ben & Jerry.

    I eventually embarked on a workout routine, changed my eating habits, and lost the pudge, but I've had to kick myself out of a weight-gaining cycle plenty of times since. Now that my kids are 8 and 6, they aren't nearly as much work as they used to be -- but man, parenthood sure seems to have its diet-sabotaging downsides. For example, here are the top 7 'mom excuses' I've been battling since I gave birth:

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    We already knew that Mackenzie Douthit is totally preoccupied with losing weight, given that she recently bragged about losing three pounds in three days, but it appears as though her obsession with achieving a perfect post-baby bod is just getting started.

    Remember how she was determined to get her abs back after the birth of her baby, Jaxie? Yeah, well now that she's achieved a six-pack once again, she's shifting her focus to ensure that another body part is toned and shapely.

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    If you're struggling to stop overeating and lose weight, here's one outside-the-box trick you could try -- and no, I'm not pushing an Internet hoax on you. A new book claims you can use "tapping" for weight loss. The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence by Jessica Ortner harnesses the power of what's called Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, to get out of the habit of eating when you're stressed out. All you have to do! Is tap yourself in various places around your face and body while you repeat a mantra like, "Even though I feel anxious about wearing a swimsuit I love and accept myself."

    Yeah. And if you believe that, I have some "vitamins" I could sell you that will give you superpowers. EFT sets off my BS detector like crazy, but I think it could actually work. Here's why.

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