Turns out Popeye really was on to something: A small study published in the journal Appetite found that women who consumed spinach in the morning lost 43 percent more weight than those who did not, Science Daily reports. Forty-three percent, you guys!
Welcome to our new weekly feature, the #BWPSelfie of the Week! Read about why we’re celebrating selfies—and the sweaty Philadelphians who take them—below.
Name: Alexa Rae Liccio
Day job: Digital media designer at Comcast Spotlight
When I Snapped the Pictures: The after picture is from August 4th, 2014 and the before pictures are from 12/24/2010
Total weight loss: 151 pounds
I used to tell my personal training clients that they shouldn’t step on the scale. I knew that it could be an emotional experience for someone trying to lose weight.
“Don’t worry about the number,” I’d say. “Gauge progress by how you look and how you feel.”
Truth was, I wanted them to focus on making strength gains in the gym and complying with their nutrition plan.
But in the past several months, I’ve done a total 180. When I’m helping clients with weight loss, I now recommend they weigh themselves every single day.
The TODAY show had an interesting segment this morning about how fitness trackers like Fitbits can cause some users to gain weight. It’s a bit of a “No, duh” report once they break it down—boiling down to the fact that the trackers’ calorie intake recommendations are fairly general, which means that for some people they aren’t good guides—but it’s a good reminder to any of you who may be feeling frustrated with the results you’re seeing (or not seeing) with your body tracker.
Check it out below, or see it here.
Editor’s note: I watched the internet blow up yesterday with comments about Rachel Frederickson, the newly crowned winner of season 15 of the Biggest Loser, who, the world learned on Tuesday night, lost a staggering 155 pounds over the course of the reality weight-loss show—59.62 percent of her body weight. The 24-year-old, 5’4″ contestant shrunk from 260 pounds and a size 20 at the show’s outset, to 105 pounds at its conclusion; that puts her at a size 0 or 2.
Not surprisingly, viewers were shocked by the dramatic change (as were BL trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, by the looks on their faces), and some were outraged, accusing Rachel of developing an eating disorder and saying she was dangerously thin. Many people pointed fingers at NBC, too, for promoting a too-thin body image by crowning her winner.
Yesterday, Philly dietitian Katie Cavuto reached out to me, saying she wanted to weigh in on the brouhaha. She said she felt profoundly sad for Rachel “for so many reasons.” Here, in her own words, are her reasons. I’m betting some of them will surprise you. — Emily