This morning, as I scrolled through Facebook, I thought I’d been transported to the year 1836 (except for the fact that I was on Facebook, of course). There, right in my newsfeed, where two stories about corsets. In a row. Curious, I clicked and found out that, not only are corsets back in a big way, people are wearing these horribly uncomfortable contraptions to lose weight. If you’re thinking, What the whaaat?, I’m totally with you.
Still no confirmation on whether the whole “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” saying holds true, but it does look like an apple a day might keep weight gain away: A recent study published in Food Chemistry found that apples are loaded with non-digestible compounds that up the number of good-for-you bacteria in your gut, which is associated with weight loss, Prevention reports. So, who’s up for an apple-picking party this weekend?
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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.