If you read my recent article about how research shows counting calories makes some people gain weight, you know that calculating caloric intake really is not for everyone. However, it is something that works for some individuals. I can’t stress enough how different each human body and mind is and how everyone’s approach needs to be customized to their system. So for those of you who do count calories and who are interested in ways to almost effortlessly cut calories you don’t really need Continue Reading
Chances are you know someone who diligently counts every calorie in an effort to lose or maintain their weight. While there is no one-size-fits all approach to weight loss (or anything else, for that matter), this method does work for some individuals; however, for others, when it comes to weight loss, counting calories can backfire and lead to weight gain instead.
Research from the University of California San Francisco reveals dieters who restrict calories as well as those who count calories without restricting them have increased cortisol levels.
Before we realize the connection between increased cortisol levels and weight gain, let’s discuss what cortisol is and its function in the body. Continue Reading
Several years ago, I shared 7 Reasons to Eat with the Seasons, and I continue stand by that approach as a primary way to foster optimal nutrition and add variety to the diet. Seasonal eating is an easy way to cut grocery costs and boost nutrition.
The added benefit of seasonal produce in the diet could be weight loss. Several fall foods that pack a powerful nutrient punch can also help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Add these Best Fall Foods for Weight Loss to your next shopping list and incorporate them into your autumn meals. Continue Reading
Weight Gain is Common for Individuals with Celiac Disease.
Research in the American Journal of Gastroenterology indicates weight gain is common in those diagnosed with celiac disease (CD), even after those individuals adopt a strict gluten-free diet.
This is contrary to what most believe about the “typical” celiac patient. However, the stereotypical skeleton of an undiagnosed celiac patient is not typical at all. The fact is, upon diagnosis, as many as 33% of all individuals with CD are overweight.
That number, combined with the number of individuals who gain weight after diagnosis of CD, adds up to a significant number of individuals on a gluten-free diet in need of shedding excess weight.
Theories on why certain individuals gain weight after adopting a gluten-free diet range from increased calorie (and nutrient) absorption due to healing of the small intestine, to the higher fat and calorie content of gluten-free packaged foods some individuals consume on their gluten-free diet.
Regardless of the reason, if you are among those in need of losing weight, science indicates clearing the lymphatic system is one of the most effective – and underrated, under-discussed – means you can use to set yourself firmly on the path to your healthy weight. Continue Reading
I’m often asked about how to maintain weight and avoid gaining during the food-festive holidays. For me, it’s a matter of all things I enjoy – both food and drink – in moderation and with a healthy balance. I personally do not believe in deprivation or “good” and “bad” foods. Food is food, that’s all. Of course, we must avoid those foods to which we are allergic, but otherwise, there is nothing wrong in my opinion with enjoying foods we love, especially during the holidays. That said, avoid indulging with abandon and follow these 6 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Pitfalls so you’re looking and feeling like a million bucks when the New Year rolls around!
Many weight loss plans promote eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. But what is “plenty”? To many of us, it may sound like an invitation to nosh on sweet, juicy fruits all day long.
Fresh fruit is good for us and solid scientific research supplies ample evidence regarding the beneficial nutrients and antioxidants in various fruits. However, eating too much fruit can actually hinder weight loss.
Unfortunately, fruit could be a roadblock for some individuals trying to lose unwanted pounds.
Let’s look at both sides of this discussion about fruit and weight loss to get a clearer view of the facts about fruit and weight loss.