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Why You Must Count Calories – Part 2

Posted: August 15, 2017

In Why You Must Count Calories: Part 1 – The Argument Against Counting Calories , we reviewed a Time.com article titled “ You Asked: Should I Count Calories? ” In a nutshell, while the article never actually answers the question in the title, it gives lots of reasons why you shouldn’t count calories, including: It’s difficult to count calories accurately The word ‘calorie’ carries damaging connotations All calories are not equal In Part 1, we pointed out that, while the points above are valid, they have some flaws. In Part 2 below, we’ll look at why it is still read more…

Why You Must Count Calories Part 1 – The Argument Against Counting Calories

Posted: August 7, 2017

Not only does an article on the Time magazine website titled “You Asked: Should I Count Calories?” never answer the titular question, it concludes with the line “The rest of us could do well by cutting the word ‘calorie’—but not calories themselves—from our mouths.” Not only is the conclusion confusing, it is very frustrating for anyone who’s looking for healthy and sustainable ways to lose weight. Here, with a title hinting at a definitive answer to a crucial weight loss question, one of the most respected read more…

Why Artificial Sweeteners Are Not the Answer – Regardless of the News

Posted: August 2, 2017

Artificial sweeteners are nothing new. Saccharin, the mother of them all, was discovered in 1879. But it remained the only artificial sweetener until demand for no-sugar diet drinks and foods exploded in the 1960s and 1970s. Then, as demand for lower calorie foods increased, grocery store shelves were suddenly packed with processed foods sweetened with sugar substitutes like aspartame, cyclamate and sucralose that offered the sweet taste of sugar without the calories and weight gain they produced. News about the read more…

How to Peel Away the Barriers Between You and Weight Loss Success

Posted: July 21, 2017

It turns out we’ve all been approaching weight loss from the wrong direction. Whether managing weight has always been a problem for you, or you’ve added some inches as you ‘mature’, you have a certain vision of the weight you want to be. And, until you get to that ideal place, you’ll feel like you’ve failed. It’s that ‘all-or-nothing’ nature of that approach to weight loss that dooms it to failure for the vast majority of people who try it. read more…

5 Ways that Sleep Boosts Weight Loss

Posted: July 14, 2017

We’ve told you before about the benefits of sleep to help you lose weight and even about the University of Chicago study whose well-rested participants actually lost twice as much fat as their sleep-deprived counterparts. It’s definitely not news that getting a good sleep every night offers a number of health benefits. Not only can you look better from a ‘beauty sleep’, but you’ll perform better and be in a better mood too. But, as the University of Chicago study showed, researchers are still learning about the connections between read more…

The Real Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

Posted: July 14, 2017

Weight loss is a piece of cake. While that statement is sort of ironic, it really isn’t true. For anyone who’s tried it, losing weight is full of pitfalls, temptations, fears and failures. Oh, and one more: frustration; particularly the frustration of making major changes to your diet and lifestyle to shed the pounds only to have little or nothing happen. We’ve told you before about some of the reasons that you’re not losing weight even though you’re trying . Not only did a recent article in read more…

4 Ways to Change Bad Eating Habits

Posted: July 12, 2017

Every day it’s the same. 10:15 am is time for a coffee. You’ve looked forward to it since you woke up and you counted the minutes as the time got closer. It’s your habit to have a cup at around 10:15. How do you know it’s a habit? Aside from the fact that you do it every day, the real sign of a habit is when you try to imagine going without your morning coffee, or even just pushing the read more…

Will the Myths About Protein Ever Stop?

Posted: July 8, 2017

OK, this thing might be getting out of hand. Just how ‘trendy’ can a macronutrient get? The prepared foods section of our local grocery market prepares a fresh stir fry made from ingredients of your choice. After you choose from the usual suspects of stir fry fixin’s, you have the option to pick a ‘protein’, which is either chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu. Protein is Just One of Three Macronutrients You Need As anyone who’s trying to manage their weight read more…

How to Win the Mental Game Of Weight Loss

Posted: June 29, 2017

The simple fact is: you can lose weight. The difficult reality: losing weight seems to be impossible. In fact, not only is it tough to shed the pounds, it seems like every time you try, you end up putting on even more weight. But if there’s no physical reason that prevents you from losing weight (if you’re thinking you get a pass here because your metabolism doesn’t let you lose weight, forget it – we’ve told you before that metabolism is not an excuse ), read more…

6 Great Ways to Start Your Day

Posted: June 21, 2017

We have a confession to make. This post is barely a sentence old and we’ve sort of, well, lied to you already. This post really is about only one great way to start your day, but seven ways to do it. Now that we’ve come clean, the great way to start your day, especially if you want watch your weight, want to make sure you’re getting good nutrition and and live a healthier lifestyle, is… Eat a Healthy Breakfast You’ve read more…

3 Quick, Simple Weight Loss Tips

Posted: June 9, 2017

It can be really disappointing when you finally decide to make a serious effort to manage your weight and find that it’s not as simple as going on a quick diet or taking a pill.   The reality of healthy, sustained weight loss is generally somewhat more ‘monumental’ than most people realize. As we’ve said before, while the overall concept of weight loss is simplified to ‘eat fewer calories than you burn’, there is very little that’s simple about successful read more…

Why These Food Packaging Claims Keep You from Your Real Goals

Posted: May 28, 2017

If you’ve been trying to lose weight for any length of time, you know that’s it’s not as simple or easy as it’s often made to be by the claims of weight loss diets and food manufacturers. On other words, there’s no ’90 days to the perfect body ’. In fact, for most people, healthy, sustained weight loss is the opposite of simple and easy. It’s a complex process and that requires education and dedication. The ‘simple, easy’ myth starts with the term ‘weight loss’ itself. read more…