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Find out how Nancy lost 20 pounds by walking and making healthy dinners with friends. Nancy's weight loss success story is inspiring because she made healthy changes to her diet over time to lose weight.
Hear Julie's weight loss success story of how she lost 20 pounds by walking and making healthy dinners with friends. Find out what worked for her to lose weight and you can try this too.
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This is my wrist today. This was my wrist at the age of 40. When you're younger, you know, you're playing sports. I played football, I played basketball and baseball, I worked all the time. So, your metabolism is basically just a roaring fire, and it just burns all the calories you can take in. I had a hard time saying no to food, you know, we were brought up in a generation where you clean your plate. I'd be eating carbs, bad carbs for me. I'd have a spaghetti sandwich; I put spaghetti on white bread, that would be a typical lunch for me. Then those pounds just don't go away, they just stick onto you. When you're overweight and heavy like I was, at over 300 pounds, you're tired and you don't get to enjoy all the active things that you want to do with your family. I thought I was a great dad, and I was a great dad, but I wasn't as great as I could have been. There's things that I should be doing with my family that I wasn't because I was just going home at night and sitting in front of the TV and watching it, and I missed out on quite a few things because of that. My girls were fairly active; our oldest played tennis on the tennis team. I was team captain in high school of my tennis team, but I didn't play that much tennis with her because I just wasn't able to move and I'd be out of breath even when I tried. You know, I'm not really sure how much I weighed at my heaviest, I have to be honest with you. I do know that when I did go see the doctor when I was 40, I was over 310 pounds. So, I scheduled an appointment with a new doctor—he's an internist—and when I went to him he said, "Mark, you need to lose weight or A) you're going to be on medication for your high blood pressure, and you're going to be on medication for cholesterol," and so I knew I need to make a change right then and there. I knew I needed to lose weight, and I just knew I had to make a change because I didn't want to die at a young age and not be able to spend the time with my family. I get a second chance, if you will. Perhaps…I don't know what would happen if I was still this weight, I don't know if I'd still be here or not. We had actually bought a Stairmaster, a gym-quality one, probably five years prior to that. So, I would leave work, I would come home and I'd spend a half hour on it. That was my routine for months. So doing that really got the exercise part going. And then the other thing that I tried to do at the same time was eat a little bit better. I wasn't going to make major changes, because I wanted this to be a lifestyle change. I didn't want it to be like before where I made this major change and never stuck to anything. I figured if I did small steps, I'd be more likely to stick to it. I was losing like a pound, a pound and a half a week; some weeks were better than others. You know, sometimes you have bad moments. I don't mind having bad moments; I don't want to have bad days. So, I try to keep, you know, things in perspective. Sometimes you're going to fail for a moment; you try not to make your whole day bad. The main benefits I've had from losing the weight is, I'm active. I've been there for my kids. I've walked two daughters down the aisle. I get to spend time with my beautiful wife. We're going to be old together for a long time.
Try these delicious and healthy breakfast ideas to help you look leaner and lose weight more easily. Breakfast foods full of fiber can help you lose weight. Eat a healthy breakfast to keep you satisfied throughout the morning and help shed pounds.
How do I eat healthy? EatingWell's Brierley Wright shows how to eat healthy using the USDA's My Plate as a guide. She shares foods you'd eat in a healthy meal, how much fruit, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy to eat, and suggests some healthy meal
Do you wish you could eat your way to a flatter stomach? You may be able to with these five foods that burn abdominal fat. First up: canola oil. Its high level of heart-healthy omega-3 fats may help you lose belly fat. Use canola oil for cooking or as part of a homemade salad dressing. Following a vegetarian diet can also help you lose abdominal fat. Swap out animal proteins for vegetable sources like beans, which go well in soups and chilis, or tofu, which is perfect in a stir-fry. Next is low-fat dairy; the protein in dairy has been shown to burn belly fat and boost lean muscle. Make a quick parfait with plain Greek yogurt and fruit to include more dairy in your diet. Eating whole grains flattens your belly because they're rich in fiber and also have magnesium, which is important for fat metabolism. Choose whole-wheat pasta and bread instead of white. Red peppers are loaded with antioxidants, beta carotene and lycopene, which may help block fat storage. Eating more carrots, tomatoes and red peppers will help boost your intake and slim your waistline. For more healthy eating tips, come to EatingWell.com.
Hi, I'm Jessie and this is Nicci. We're here in the EatingWell Test Kitchen today, and we're going to talk with you a little bit about how you can eat more and lose weight. If you do just one thing to make your diet healthier, you should add fruits and vegetables. They not only decrease your risk for heart disease but also help you feel full. Okay, Nicci, over here we have one chocolate chip cookie for about a hundred calories. For that same number of calories, you can have a whole cup and a half of strawberries. Plus you get vitamin C. Over here you get a little portion of creamy macaroni salad for 300 calories. Or for the same number, you can have this whole plate of salad with lean protein on top that's really going to fill you up. This plate of high-fat Alfredo pasta has about 400 calories, and so does this plate of pasta which is about double the size, and is packed with vegetables and a little bit of heart-healthy olive oil too. For more healthy eating tips like this, go to eatingwell.com, where good taste meets good health.
EatingWell's Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., provides tips for how to eat healthy and tells you what foods you should cut from your diet to clean it up. By limiting these 6 unhealthy foods from your diet, you can eat cleaner. She also offers advice on
Find out if natural sweeteners are healthier than white sugar. Agave nectar, maple syrup, honey and raw sugar are natural sweeteners that are alternatives to white sugar, and we'll show how to cook with them.