Fact: Counting calories isn’t most people’s definition of a good time. But is counting your bites any better? According to the New York Times, a new study suggests, for those who aren’t into meticulously keeping track of their calories, counting bites might be another (somewhat more tolerable) route to weight loss. Read more »
• Ever wonder why your friend’s crazy diet helped her lose 20 pounds, but you can’t seem to budge the scale following the exact same regimen? Researchers just discovered a key insight into dieting: that people’s bodies react differently to the exact same food — wildly differently, in some cases. Now, they think they’ve stumbled onto a way to optimize your diet for your own body. [The Atlantic] Read more »
Hide your cereal boxes, hide your soda cans, hide it all, people. Well, except for the fruit bowl. A new study done at Cornell found that women who kept cereal boxes on their kitchen counters were heavier — by an average of 20 pounds! — than those who didn’t. And it only gets worse when you add soda to the kitchen-counter equation. Read more »
Welp, in today’s evidence that life is completely unfair: A recent study published in the journal Obesity Research and Clinical Practice found that it’s harder, even when you’re eating the same amount and exercising the same amount, for adults today to maintain the same weight as adults did 20 to 30 years back, The Atlantic reports. Insert all the sobbing emojis here.
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• A new study done by researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. found that folks who downed two glasses of water 30 minutes before their three daily meals lost more weight than those who chowed down without loading up on water first. How’s that for an easy habit to work in if you’re trying to shed some weight? [Runner’s World]
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• We’re constantly hearing about how terrible sitting is for us, but one time it might be a good idea to sit down instead of move around? When you’re eating. A new study found that women who sat down while they ate instead of eating on the go ended up snacking way less afterward. So go ahead, take a seat. [Huffington Post]
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If you are over the low-fat diet versus low-carb diet debate, join the club. It seems, when it comes to weight loss, the two realms of eating are constantly battling for the winning spot. And a new study published in Cell Metabolism shows low-fat diets might be on the winning end for now, TIME reports. According to TIME, researchers studied the effect of a low-carb diet versus a low-fat diet when it comes to weight loss and found that when folks went on a low-fat diet they burned more fat than when they were on a low-carb diet.
If you’re at all concerned about watching your weight, traveling is typically a danger zone: You eat out for every meal, you might not have great access to fruits and vegetables and, oftentimes, you aren’t able to keep up with your normal exercise routine. So when I found out I was going to be in France for nine days this summer with my family, of course I was thrilled, but at the the same time, alarm bells started going off in my head. I’m very health-conscious but, at the same time, enjoying food is so important to me. I face this to-indulge-or-not-to-indulge dilemma enough at home in Philly, so I wondered, How would I ever be able to truly enjoy the famously decadent French cuisine without packing on pounds?
The weight-loss industry has us believing that losing weight fast is a goal worth achieving, but all weight loss isn’t created equal. With fast weight loss comes even quicker muscle loss, which can be detrimental to your health and fitness goals, since muscle is necessary for burning calories. Moreover, weight loss occurs as a result of consistent action over time. What you should be thinking about, instead of losing weight fast, is losing weight without sacrificing muscle. Below, the three key ingredients to help you lose weight without losing muscle mass.
• If you are one of the many sleep-deprived people on the planet (you’re far from alone), you might want to try skipping the morning shower session and taking a warm shower at night instead. Why? Before we go to sleep, our body temperature cools, but most of us don’t actually make it to bed during this process so our body ends up cooling too much, and this out-of-whack temp disrupts our sleep. A warm shower helps to prolong the pre-sleep cooling process, leading to better shut-eye. [Huffington Post]