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Yo-yo dieting can lead to early death, study suggests

You pack on some serious pounds, then work hard to drop the weight — but then put it all back on again. Aside from being incredibly frustrating for the individual, experts are now warning that these dramatic fluctuations in weight are linked to a slew of negative side effects — including an increased risk of death. The new study was published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers investigated the health risks of yo-yo dieting by examining the results from the 3,600 men and women who participated in the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study. They found that dramatic weight swings was associated with higher risk of mortality. One exception to this study is for obese individuals who crash diet and experience weight loss. Those people were found to be less likely to develop type-2 diabetes over time. However, perfectly healthy people who quickly lose and gain…

How to avoid gaining weight during a cold winter

Winter started early this year, with many areas of the country seeing snowfall even before Thanksgiving. The East Coast was blasted with a freeze that sent frost and snow as far south as the Carolinas. Temperatures across the country dipped into the  low 20s —  And that was just the first few weeks of winter. It’s shaping up to be a particularly long, cold winter. But cold weather is no excuse to binge on booze and fatty comfort foods. It’s easy to reach for that mac and cheese, chili or homemade chocolate chip cookies when the weather stays dreary and cold outside, but you’ll most certainly regret it later. Here are a few tips to help you prevent winter weight gain: Watch your alcohol intake It might be tempting to pour yourself another glass of wine, or spike a little something in your hot chocolate, but on average, an alcoholic drink will add an extra 150…

The big differences between Keto and Paleo diets

Paleo and Keto diets (short for “ketogenic”) are nothing new. They’ve been around far longer than the fit celebrities and lifestyle bloggers who sing their praises. (Famous Paleo followers include Jessica Biel and Matthew McConaughey, while Halley Berry and Kourtney Kardashian both go crazy for Keto.) So what’s the difference? You’ve likely heard these names tossed around in certain social circles or at the gym, but maybe couldn’t speak to what each requires you to do. Here is a full breakdown of what each is and the major differences between them. What is the keto diet? The primary goal of the Keto diet is weight loss. You are essentially converting yourself from a “sugar burner” to a “fat burner,” according to NutritionalKetosisforHealth.com. This eating plan is all about minimizing carbs and increasing fats to encourage your body to use fat as its primary form of energy. While every dieter will have slightly different needs,…

10 iced Starbucks drinks under 100 calories

As the temperature heats up, it’s harder to keep your drink orders to simple, low-calorie black coffee. Those iced drinks with their added sugar, cream and syrups can torpedo your whole day of healthy eating before you even head to work. There are plenty of ice-cold caffeinated drinks you can enjoy without any guilt. Here are 10 delicious cold Starbucks classics you’ll want to sip all summer long. Just remember to skip the whip and keep your order to the small (tall) size. Cold Brew Coffee. Cold brew coffee became all the rage a few years back, but you can benefit from this indulgent tasting, slow-steeped drink. It only has about 5 calories. Add a splash of nonfat milk and you’ll still only sip around 25 calories. Iced coffee. An unsweetened or “lightly sweetened” iced coffee will only set you back about 60 calories. Iced Skinny Mocha. It seems impossible this…

Blogger posts eye-popping food comparisons that help with weight loss, portion control

Think you know portions? One social media user is dedicated to making you see that a healthy meal isn’t always easy to point out. Instagrammer Amanda Meixner (@meowmeix) has more than 600k followers who tune in to see her posts of what — and what not — to eat. If you’ve ever wondered what else you could be getting for your calories, or why you’re not losing weight, you may want to check out her colorful posts. Here are a few that are particularly eye-opening if you’re trying to lose weight or start a healthy lifestyle for summer. Sugar explosion Sure, the tasty treat on the left looks delicious, but if you’re looking to lose weight, consider how much food you actually get with the choice on the right. You could snack for hours on all of those. https://www.instagram.com/p/BhHk-qbHRf1/?taken-by=meowmeix Eat more, weigh less You could eat the plate on the left, but you…

This is how much you can subtract from the scale because of your clothes

We all want an accurate — if not favorable — number to show up when we step on a scale at the doctor’s office. But clunky boots, thick sweaters or just the mass of all clothing items combined makes us feel like we’ve been gypped out of learning our real weight. Well, thanks to a study completed at Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center published in the International Journal of Obesity, we have a ballpark guess as to how much weight we can subtract if weighed while wearing clothes. The study tracked 50 men and women for an entire year. Every time the participants checked in they were weighed with and without clothes on. The results? Women, on average, wore just over 1.75 pounds of clothing, while men’s clothing added just over 2.25 pounds. The study didn’t factor in shoes, which can vary greatly, so be sure to take those off before…

All calories are not created equal, new study shows

We’ve all been told that if you eat less calories and exercise regularly, you’ll lose weight. It’s harder than it sounds, but it’s been touted as the only true path to weight loss success. But the Journal of the American Medical Association is saying this just isn’t so. While exercise still stands as an important part of weight loss, smaller portions and fewer calories have less to do with weight loss than we’ve been taught. Instead, the study pinpoints exactly what dieters much ditch in order to lose weight: refined grains, processed foods and foods with added sugar — no surprises there. The research was conducted by Christopher D. Gardner, director of nutrition studies at Stanford Prevention Research Center. Around 600 people were split into two different diet groups. One at “healthy” low carb and the other “healthy” low fat. Dietitians trained both groups to eat home-cooked, minimally processed whole foods. Both…

These were the top 5 most-Googled diets of 2017

No one has ever found a magical meal plan for weight loss, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying. In attempt to get out of the rigorous exercise and rigid eating plan that a super fit body requires, people instead peruse the internet looking for the next fad diet that claims to effortlessly drop pounds. Some of them are backed by a little science, but others don’t have much merit (suuuuure Emily Ratajkowski. We totally believe you eat pastries every day). Here are the top 5 Googled diets of 2017 that you may not even know existed. https://www.instagram.com/p/BW-JOv0hT29/?tagged=applecidervinegardiet 1. Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Apple cider vinegar enthusiasts claim that it can aid in digestion. Proponents say they take anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon a day to relieve bloating and encourage weight loss. But how well do these claims actually hold up? A 2009 study found that after a high-fat meal, mice…

Why being skinny was easier for your parents

It’s unfair but true: Even if young adults today ate the same diet as their parents did at the same age, they would still be heavier. According to a study published in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, adults in the ’70s could eat more food and exercise less with significantly less chance of gaining weight. The study observed the diets of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008, as well as physical activity logs of 14,419 people between 1988 and 2006. Researchers found that people whose eating and exercise patterns were on par with people 20 or 30 years ago, still weighed about 10 percent more. The study shows that weight management is much more complex than commonly thought. “Our study results suggest that if you are 25, you’d have to eat even less and exercise more than those older, to prevent gaining weight,” Jennifer Kuk, a professor of kinesiology and health science…

Why you should never start a diet on a Monday

It’s Friday and your next three days are full of booze, brunches and backyard barbecues. Monday is the day you’ll start to diet, you tell yourself. But start a diet on a Monday, and you might not have much success. According to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people eat the most meat on Saturday and Sundays and the most carbs and alcohol on Fridays and Saturdays. The most calories are consumed Friday through Sunday. While this likely doesn’t come as a shock, these habits make dieting on Monday — and sticking with it — all the more difficult. “Typically, the ‘I’ll get back on track on Monday principle’ is a dangerous one,” says dietician Jaime Mass, R.D. “It indicates an all-or nothing-mentality, which can lead to unhealthy eating habits overall,” she said. As soon as you cave into your cravings at some point in the week, it…