In the haste to give up calories in order to lose weight, many dieters lose sight of what they should be eating for the nutritional value. All too often people are quick to skip breakfast or deny themselves a piece of fruit in order to save a few calories. Later on, however, they manage to justify a glass of wine or some diet ice cream “just this once” and “since I’ve been so good today”! Here are a few points to help you manage your calorie level and your nutrition at the same time.
One of the keys to health is taking regular exercise (and if you doubt that, just check out this story of a 100 year old British woman taking keep fit classes!) But many of us find it difficult to stick with an exercise routine. Perhaps we’re too busy or too tired, or maybe we just don’t enjoy exercise that much.
Being active doesn’t have to feel like a chore or a punishment – it’s a great way to boost your mood, to keep your heart and bones healthy, and to burn calories and build muscle. Here’s how you can fit regular exercise into your life – and enjoy it!
Many of us spend the New Year period taking stock: often making resolutions to do better with our diets, to stick to our healthy eating, to take up exercise, and perhaps also to achieve particular goals in personal or career projects.
What we don’t always consider is what we might need to cut out of our lives. Somehow, we end up forgetting that we only have 24 hours in a day – and that we have a limited amount of energy and attention.
If you’re going to see real dieting success next year, what do you need to cut out of your life?
If you are like many people across the world, you are planning a New Year’s resolution to begin in just a few days. And if you are like thousands of others, it probably has something to do with weight loss. And, if you’re like most of them, you’ve probably done this before, and at some point a few weeks into the year you’ve given up in hopeless frustration. Why is it so hard to stick with our plan to lose weight? One reason might, of course, be the plan itself. Another reason to consider–maybe it wasn’t so important for you to lose weight.
I have a problem with my tummy and sides. I weigh 216 pounds at 5’71/2″. I have started to do push ups and sit ups and run for 15 minutes day 3 times a week in the morning. Will this help me lose weight or help form six-pack abs? I am also trying to eat less. Is consuming fruit when I feel hungry a good strategy? –Lawrence
I have been vegan for 16 days and I am having amazing results with weight loss and energy, but I am also experiencing a drastic reduction of cellulite on my thighs. I wanted to know if this is possible from going on a vegan diet. I have increased the amount of water that I drink also. JoAnn R.
For whatever reason you’ve decided to go vegan, it’s likely you are experiencing a drastic reduction in calorie and fat intake by avoiding meat, dairy, and eggs–and all the foods that contain these products. What’s working for your weight loss is probably that reduction in calories.
Gwyneth Paltrow Asked To Put On Some Weight
Uh-oh…Gwyneth Paltrow was odered to put on twenty pounds for a new role in Country Song. Was her strict, kick-ass trainer Tracy Anderson okay with the request? Anderson told People it was hard to stomach. >> Read More
Helen Mirren Selling Her Fit Body
Okay, Helen Mirren not exactly selling her body – but the 65-year-old actress was paid $1 million dollars to advertise a keep fit video game.
What did Mirren have to do for $1M worth of work? Two days of shooting commercials for the Wii Fit Plus title which encourages owners of Nintendo’s motion controlled console to shed the pounds from the comfort of their own home. >> Read More
Editors Note: This content is now over. We will be going through each comment and will be announcing the winner in a few days. A very big thanks to everyone that participated.
Hi Everyone! This Month we are giving away a Shake Weight for one of our lucky Male and Female readers! I’m sure by now you’ve seen the commercials but in case you haven’t, you can check out our review on the Shake Weight for more details.
I started following the cookie diet this week. I’m 5’9 and weigh 228, but I run 5K 5 times a week.
My question is how long can a person stay on this diet. Is there a time when I should get off because my health should be in danger? I need to mention that I’m on cholesterol pills and the cholesterol is in check.
Thanks … Regards … Vince
Congratulations to Anita B from Laurel, MD for winning the P90x Comment Contest. Anita, I hope you enjoy the set and look forward to you posting your review on our P90x Review page.
Again, I would like to thank everyone who participated. The question asked was “Why Do You Want to Lose Weight”. Here is a summary of the results from the comments provided:
Funniest Answer: Joe
I would like to take a moment to welcome Dana Walsh to the MLD blog. Dana is the owner of one of the top celebrity health news websites (FitCeleb.com) and will be our Celebrity Fitness Correspondent sharing all of the top celebrity health, fitness, and diet news. Enjoy!
Jackie Warner & Thintervention Team Talk About Show & Participants – Jackie Warner’slatest reality tv show, ‘Thintervention’ on Bravo, is not about contestants competing to lose weight – but about getting to the root of the participant’s food addiction with the help of personal trainer Craig Ramsay and therapist Dr. Ramani. >> Read More
Editor’s Note: I would like to thank everyone for participating and leaving such heartfelt comments. Comments are now closed and the winner will be selected over the weekend. I will announce the winner on Monday!
We are starting our new monthly giveaway series with a BANG. P90x is one of the most hardcore workouts available and has a very passionate fan base. This month we are giving away a copy of the p90x 12 disc set.
Question: Hello, I have PCOS.I really don’t know how to count calories and I’m really not sure what meals I’m supposed to eat. I have tried a lot of different ideas but none of them seem to work for me I can’t seem to get the weight off. I’m a really picky eater. My question is what do you suggest I do? –Iris W.
There is some evidence that women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome have an increased rate of heart disease and diabetes. Insulin resistance is not uncommon, and about 50% of women with PCOS are overweight, although it is not clear why. The recommended diet for PCOS is usually low in simple sugars, moderate in complex carbohydrates, and moderate in fat and cholesterol.
I spend a few hours each week visiting diet and health blogs to see what the word is on the street. Occasionally I’ll leave comments but mostly I enjoy reading and being entertained by others. I was reading Ryan Sullivan’s blog No More Bacon, and found his views on triggers and what causes people to take action refreshing. His story is living proof that triggers work
Here is my non-weight loss related story about triggers, that could trigger something in you.
I would like to know your views, please, on Sensa! I am 5’1″ and weigh 129. I am looking a Fat Loss 4 Idiots, the Nuphedrine, or Sensa, but would like your opinion. I work at a desk and then go to take care of my mother. I should be walking more, and am not happy about this weight…thanks for your assistance. –Terri B.
Can you advise how many calories there are in one gram of simple carbohydrates and in one gram of complex carbohydrates? Many thanks for your help.
Kind regards, Sue E.
There are 4 calories per gram of carbohydrates, whether it’s complex like potatoes, or simple like fruit sugar. This doesn’t mean each gram of a potato or an apple has 4 calories, because much of the weight of fruits and vegetables is composed of water.
There’s been several interesting studies lately related to dairy, nutrition and children. Here are some thoughts from Karen Kafer:
- In the April issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, a new study found girls that drank soda at age 5 had higher subsequent soda consumption and lower milk intake in later years. This resulted in a higher consumption of added sugars and lower intakes of protein, fiber, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium from ages 5 to 15 years, as compared to girls who did not consume soda at that age. They found additional evidence that children need more parental guidance regarding consuming soda and other sweetened beverages.
Yes, you know you should be exercising. But, like flossing every day, or cleaning the oven, exercise can end up being of those “should do” things which we put off almost indefinitely.
Perhaps it feels like a chore. Maybe you’ve had bad experiences with exercise in the past. You might struggle to see the point – surely what’s important when you’re on a diet is that you eat less?
Sometimes, it’s worth having a reminder of the reasons why we want to do something – not just why we feel we should. Here are X great reasons to exercise:
Most people think of a diet as a food regimen followed for weight loss. But there are millions of people who must follow special dietary restrictions for their health. Sometimes this is referred to as “Medical Nutrition Therapy”. It’s used to control blood sugars in people who have diabetes, blood pressure in people with hypertension, and allergic reactions to people with gluten intolerance and other food-triggered reactions, among other conditions. People with kidney problems, heart problems and clogged arteries must follow certain dietary guidelines to extend their life. Intestinal illnesses may require either high- or low-fiber diets and still others may require a high- or low-fat dietary intake.
We often turn our diets into a huge, complicated mission.
We try, in vain, to absorb all the (conflicting) nutritional advice out there.
We obsess over details, and get caught up in trying to achieve perfection – berating ourselves when we don’t quite manage it.
It’s very easy to get paralysed by indecision when we’re trying to lose weight. Perhaps we can’t decide what diet we should follow. Maybe we have limited time and attention, and don’t know whether it’s better to exercise or to prepare elaborate raw-food meals.
(Bob & Jillian – The Ying to my Yang)
So by now I’m sure most of you have watched Losing it With Jillian Michaels on NBC. For those who haven’t, the show revolves around Jillian living with overweight families for 1 week to figure out where they went wrong with their bodies, health, weight, habits, etc. Now, I really wanted to hate this show (mainly because of that signature hip pose she does in every picture she takes), but with each episode I grew a little fonder of what NBC and Jillian are trying to do. But not everyone seems to be able to tolerate the single dose of Jillian.
One of the most common reasons for snacking is boredom.
If you’re hanging around without much to do – perhaps a slow day at work, or looking after kids – then it’s very easy to turn to food as a quick moment of interest.
You may convince yourself that you’re “peckish” or “hungry” every few hours, so that you have an excuse to eat. You may be going through a situation where, in some ways, food is the most interesting thing in your life – where your thoughts are constantly turning to the next snack or meal.
If you’ve got a lot of weight to lose, you’ll have been overweight for a while – perhaps almost all your life.
It can be incredibly daunting to think about changing your habits and losing a significant amount of weight – but you can do it.
Are you feeling anxious about the journey ahead and wondering if it’s worthwhile or whether you’ll have the willpower to stick to your diet?
Here’s how to get motivated.
Aim to Lose 10% of Your Starting Weight
First, don’t set a target goal which takes you right down to a BMI of 20-25. Instead, aim to lose 10% of your starting weight.
With all the discussion about forcing food manufacturers to lower their sodium content, many people are left wondering what the right amount of dietary sodium is. If you’ve read the food labels on packages lately, you may have noticed that many foods contain hundreds of mg of sodium and others may even contain over 1000 mg. How much is too much?
The answer, according to the 2005 dietary guidelines, was 2300 mg per day (the equivalent to a little over a teaspoon of salt). But the 2010 guidelines are going to suggest 1500 mg as a daily intake, largely to target the significant number of people who have tendencies towards high blood pressure Americans average closer to 4000 mg per day!