1. Track your weight: The age-old advice to step on the scale at least once a week really does help boost pound-shedding success. Daily weigh-ins work, too—the important thing is that you start to notice whether the numbers are going up, down or staying the same. When you weigh yourself, you’re more likely to notice if you go up a pound or two…and not let the number keep going up. The EatingWell menu planner has a weight-tracking feature or take note in your food diary. If you’re not a fan of the scale, pay close attention to how your clothes fit to help you keep track.
2. Write what you bite: There are other tracking tools to help you keep on the right path to meeting your weight-loss goals. Try keeping a food diary to record the foods you eat...read full post »
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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Today’s Editor’s Tip:
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 »