How Your Fitness Tracker Can Cause You to Gain Weight

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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.

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“People Can Be Mean”: An Open Letter to Controversial Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson

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Biggest Loser/NBC

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

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Weight-Loss Surgery Better Than Dieting—Wait, What?!

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“All it takes is a little hard work and dedication.” I’m sure someone has said this to you at some point in your life. And sure, yes, it can apply to a great many things: learning the guitar, mastering painting, becoming an Olympic athlete. But apparently, it’s not the case when it comes to weight loss. According to HealthDay, a new study shows that weight-loss surgery is more effective than diet and exercise when it comes to shedding unwanted pounds.

The study analyzed nearly 800 people who’d either undergone weight-loss surgery or tried nonsurgical weight-loss treatments, and found that weight-loss surgery patients lost significantly more weight than the nonsurgical patients (an average of 57 pounds more) and reported greater reduction in medication use along with greater improvements in quality of life. Also, those who went under the knife had a WAY higher remission rate of type 2 diabetes—22 times higher (!!!), to be exact.

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New Gym Opens in Gayborhood

Today, the new Optimal Health and Sport Clubs officially opens its newest downtown location at the former Broad Street Fitness (1315 Walnut Street) in the Philadelphia Building in the heart of the Gayborhood. The doors open today with a grand opening event planned for March 8 (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.).

The new full-service facility boasts a personal training program and a weight loss management and preventative care program with the Rossi Wellness Center, as well as studio sessions – everything from yoga and Tai Chi to Zumba, spinning and other high-energy group classes.

“Optimal Sport 1315 will cater to the LGBT community a couple of ways,” says Jeffrey Shablin, CEO. “First, we have established the Optimal Community Fund where new members can choose the charity of their choice. Two dollars from their membership enrollment fee will go to two different charities each quarter – one of which will always be for the benefit of the LGBT community.” He says the management team of Optimal is also active with several organizations, including Sapphire Fund and Mazzoni Center.

Jo-Ellen Marks, Optimal’s program development and special projects manager, tells us how we can get in shape for summer in three ways:

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