What you eat is only part of your weight-loss success. To burn calories and fat, you need to get moving. Just as you’ve started to plan your week of meals, put exercise on your calendar. The recommended weekly amount of activity for adults is 150 minutes of moderate activity, like brisk walking, or 75 minutes of more vigorous activity like running, plus at least two strength-training sessions. Just 10 minutes at a time is enough to get the benefits of exercise (and we can all find 10 minutes in our schedules). Make a walking date with a friend, or try a new class at your gym. Committing to exercise is the first step to making it happen. Find more tips and tools for exercising here.
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I love the pumped-up energy I have after a good workout. Plus I feel stronger—I am this close to being able to do a real pull-up. But if we’re being honest, I also love the way exercising helps my body look. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with being able to zip up my skinny jeans easily. So when I’m diligently hitting the gym but my clothes feel like they’re actually getting more snug, it can be frustrating to say the least. It turns out, when it comes to exercise, it’s possible to get too much of a good thing when it comes to weight loss.
Doing more exercise does not always mean you’ll lose more weight. As Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D...read full post »
No-brainer—walk it out! And that’s not just because strutting your stuff will burn some of the calories you ate. Scientists actually put both options to the test.
As its name suggests, drinking a digestif, such as brandy, is meant to help you digest your meal (for the record, an aperitif is drunk before a meal, to whet the appetite). But when researchers compared the digestive effect of digestifs (say that five times fast) to walking, walking won hands down. Pounding pavement—or hoofing it on the treadmill, which is how a small group of men were tested—sped up the rate at which food passed through the participants’ stomachs. Drinking a digestif didn’t change the rate of digestion. And, unfortunately, neither sipping nor strolling alleviated that I-need-to-unbutton-my-pants feeling after a large meal.
There are other boons to moving after a...read full post »
I work hard for every pound of weight I lose (and those last few post-baby pounds this year were stuh-born). And I’m sure you do, too, so the notion that something beyond pure willpower is derailing our efforts to shed pounds is downright infuriating. To that end, here are 3 diet “wreckers” to be aware of. Don’t let them erase all your dieting hard work.
Diet wrecker #1: Having a morning snack.
People who didn’t snack between breakfast and lunch lost nearly 5 percent more weight (an average of 7½ more pounds) over a year than morning snackers in a 2011 Journal of the American Dietetic Association study. Since breakfast and lunch can be only a few hours apart, researchers suspect that most morning snacks are fueled out of habit rather than hunger—and generally amount to mindless eating. So forgo your morning...