We know, we know: It’s flu season. But we’re sorry to say that, after our research team here at Eat This, Not That! dug into the science, we have some bad news for you: Your hand sanitizer could be making you fat. Triclosan is a synthetic antibacterial agent frequently added to soap. It’s referred to by researchers as an “obesogen”—a compound that can potentially cause weight gain by disrupting the body’s endocrine (hormone) system. Studies suggest that triclosan can negatively affect the thyroid. As thyroid hormones control metabolism, any hit to the organ’s functionally could cause you to gain weight. The evidence is of particular concern for hospital workers, researchers say, as they’re exposed to the antibacterial agent on a regular basis and often show significantly higher levels of triclosan in their urine. A study in the journal PLOS One found a detectable level was associated with a 0.9-point increase in body mass index (BMI). If you’re a frequent hand-washer, experts recommend sticking to good ol’ soap—not the antibacterial kind—and to buy organic cleansers when possible.
Stop treating your kitchen like an all-night diner and you’ll stop seeing those unwanted pounds piling onto your frame, too. The results of a study published in Cell Metabolism found that mice who only had access to food during an eight-hour period stayed slim over the course of the study, while those who ate the same number of calories over a 16-hour period gained significantly more weight, particularly around their middle. When you’re finished with dinner at night, shut the fridge and don’t look back until morning — your belly will thank you. When you do head back to the kitchen in the A.M., make sure the 40 Things Healthy Cooks Always Have in Their Kitchen are there waiting for you.
I've been trying to keep a decent weight ever since giving birth to my third child. These fat burning pills seem to be helping in my quest to reach a healthy, toned body. I exercise regularly and try my best to eat a balanced diet; but, sometimes, you just need a little help. That's where these little supplements give you that extra edge, bringing you closer to your goal.
Well, I have one of those Aria Fitbit scales that measures body fat and then I can track my lean mass from week to week on the Ftbit dashboard. I don’t think it is that accurate. I am having a Hydrostatic test on Saturday. A guy comes around the gym in a big truck with a tank of water in it. I call it the Fat Wagon. Lots of folks don’t want to go near it. They don’t want to know the truth. 🙂
You don’t have to resign yourself to long, boring hours slogging away on the treadmill. Fat-loss training is more about programming your body to be a fat-burning machine, rather than simply trying to burn some calories during training. The key is a plan that will stimulate fat loss and set your metabolism in motion, so it can become more efficient and effective at processing nutrient-rich foods for the long term. In other words, don’t think of just burning fat in the gym, think of revving your metabolism to work as a calorie-burning furnace throughout the entire day.
This can be as simple as doing swings with the kettlebell a few days a week. Start by warming up with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging. Then, do a minute of push-ups or squats. Move on to your kettlebell swings, squats with weight, or lunges with weights. You could take it a step further with some gym equipment at this point, like bench presses and deadlifts. Just make sure you focus on starting small with correct form–avoiding injury and consistency are keys to success.
Of course losing your love handles isn't going to make you a better bride — or even a happier one, as anyone who's watched a carb-free wife-to-be lose her mind over place settings at the rehearsal dinner knows. No, getting yourself in shape before your wedding really can be summed up by two words: Super confidence! (Okay, and two more: Jealous cousins.)
To lose weight, you need to create a caloric deficit of about 3,500 calories per pound of weight loss. This means eating less or exercising more to create a deficit of 500 to 1,000 calories per day that should result in a weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week. The combination of making dietary changes and exercising is more beneficial for weight loss and improving body composition than doing either alone, according to a study published in Obesity in 2012.
Picture this in your mind: You’ve dieted and worked out for the past 10 years and you’re fatter than ever. Your health is in shambles and you’re hopeless at resisting food temptation. You know better, but you look and feel like hell. It’s that kind of “negative fantasizing” that researchers say paradoxically provides powerful motivation for weight loss. A study in the journal Cognitive Therapy & Research revealed that obese women on a weight loss journey who had the most positive fantasies—showing off their new, hot bodies to friends a year later—actually lost 24 pounds fewer than those with the most negative thoughts. While it’s fun to visualize the future benefits of weight loss success, researchers say negative fantasies about weight loss mentally prepare dieters for temptation and hardship.
CLA supplementation was also shown to improve the lean mass to body fat ratio, decreasing fat storage, especially on the abdomen, and enhancing muscle growth. CLA achieves this reaction by it reduces body fat by enhancing insulin sensitivity so that fatty acids and glucose can pass through muscle cell membranes and away from fat tissue . This results in an improved muscle to fat ratio.
*P value represents statistical significance. In these example, the P value shows that the weight loss was due to the forskohlii with greater than 95% certainty. The other 5% represents the possibility of coincidence or chance. (P < 0.05) is generally regarded as sufficient evidence, within the health and science community, to be considered as proof of efficacy.
Remember when you were little and would try to write with different hands? Eventually, a long time ago, you probably gave up on that. But personal trainer to the stars Jay Cardiello says it can be a great weight loss trick. “It takes 15 minutes for your brain to realize that you’re full,” he explains. “To give your mind time to catch up to your mouth, simply switch your fork to non-dominate hand. It may be frustrating, but it’s a simple and unnoticeable way to curb overeating and lose weight.” Find out more of Cardiello’s and other experts’ tips with these 25 Easy (and Cheap!) Ways to Lose 5 Pounds.
Everyone needs to be eating more fruits and vegetables, no matter how old they are. So try to add one extra serving every day – starting tomorrow – until you are up to 10 total servings per day. The fiber will help fill you up. And by reducing processed foods in your diet at the same time, you will have more energy and you will lose weight. It’s that easy.
In hindsight, I think that "no" was so easy for me because I'd already watched my sister morph from a level-headed woman into a stressed-out bride-to-be leading up to her wedding day. I assumed that I was in for at least some of the same emotional whirlwind, and I just didn't want to add the pressure of losing weight to the mix. (Related: Why This Is the Year I'm Breaking Up with Dieting for Good)
"With all the different tips out there, it can be tricky to understand exactly which exercises work the best. HIIT is great for fat burning and will get your heart rate up, but I’d also recommend including strength (resistance) exercises too. Try lifting weights, using resistance bands or using the weight machines at the gym as these will increase your metabolism to help with weight loss, and increase your muscle strength. It’s important to mix-up your whole-body workouts so you don’t get bored."
The short answer is, I can’t tell you if wanting to lose weight makes you a bad feminist. But I can tell you that answer might not matter. I mean, aren’t we all bad feminists? There are lots of un-feminist reasons for wanting to lose weight. We live in a patriarchal society that pushes women into a narrow standard of beauty. We’ve conflated thinness with health. Women have more value than the way we look. So here’s what I recommend: take a minute to examine your reasons for wanting to lose weight. Does it have to do with any of the aforementioned patriarchal bullshit? It’s okay if the answer is yes. Because the next step is to cut yourself some slack, because dude, you live in this patriarchal society. And undoing a whole life’s worth of pressure and expectation isn’t something you do overnight. So if you want to lose weight right now, and tackle the feminist implications later, that’s also fine. Feminism is a great tool for examining our choices. It should not be a barometer for how good or bad a person we are in this moment.
We asked Lynn Bode, a personal trainer with over 13 years of experience and the owner of the online fitness program WorkoutsForBrides.com, for her advice on how brides can keep their expectations and workouts in check before their big day. Her advice (featured on the following pages) can help you look and — more important — feel your best from "Yes, I Will" to "Yes, I Do."
Fat burners usually have caffeine in them which will give you additional energy to use during your workouts thus helping you burn fat. If you are not going to workout I would recommend to stay away from those fat burners if you are not going to do any sort of physical activity on your two days off. However, if you want that energy kick to help you move quicker and have more energy during those two days off then go head and take them. That decision is completely up to you.
The bride plan is specifically designed to help you slim down and stay healthy during an exciting but stressful time in your life. This is not a time when you should use fad diets, quick fix plans, or celebrity-endorsed routines. Instead, meet your daily caloric needs with clean foods: fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean meat or protein choices, low-fat dairy, whole grains and a limited amount of healthy fat. A smart wedding weight loss plan will ensure that you stay healthy and radiant for your special day.
Being over 40 doesn't automatically mean that you now have to cut out certain foods to get (or stay) slim—unless you know deep down that a food is truly getting in the way of your goals. "If having a square of chocolate leads to eating an entire bag of chocolate, having a square of chocolate does not work for you," Cederquist says. (Regain control with these 6 tips to stop overeating.)
"I think eating well and moving consistently in a way that I could sustain for a lifetime allowed me to focus on other things instead of getting too stressed about how I'd look for one day. When dress shopping, I tried on one pretty outrageous-looking dress and, much to my surprise, I loved it. It was very form-fitting, had an open back, and spaghetti straps. It felt very daring, exposing, and exciting to wear something that didn't leave much to the imagination. It was not something I expected to like, yet I think I felt comfortable and confident in it because of the work I'd done in the past. When it came to my wedding, I felt great and had the time of my life! I was happy with my body and I didn't really give it a lot of thought. My body wasn't perfect then and never will be, but I'm good with it." —Amber Leonard Thome, 30
7. Limit alcohol. It lowers inhibitions, making it more likely that you'll forget about your nutrition plan and overindulge. Plus, alcohol alone is pretty high in calories. If you can relax and de-stress without drinking at all, you'll be better off. If you must drink, nurse your glass slowly, choose diet-friendly drinks, and limit the number of servings. Oh and yes, alcohol does contain calories, so add every drink to your Nutrition Tracker.
If you're like many women over 40, you've probably noticed that it's become a lot easier to gain a few pounds than to lose them. The foods that you ate without care in your 20s and 30s now stick to your body like glue, adding bulk to your midsection. The good news: The solution to a slim, firm body at 40-plus is no farther than your fridge. Research shows that, when combined with a little regular exercise, what you eat and when you eat it are your metabolic secret weapons for building muscle mass, the body's prime calorie-burning tissue and a key driver of your metabolism.
Spending time with your children or grandkids can be fun and may even lower your risk of dementia. However, all that time spent in the land of chicken nuggets and pizza might have you packing on the pounds before you know it. Many busy caregivers find themselves mindlessly eating the leftovers from their little ones, adding hundreds of calories to their daily total. Just because you’re 40 doesn’t mean you should feel old, but it also means you can’t eat like a kid anymore.
According to a review published in the journal Obesity, legumes—including beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas—could keep you from the snack drawer until dinner. Researchers found that subjects who consumed between ¾ and 1 cup of legumes daily felt as much as 31 percent fuller than those who didn’t! But there’s a catch: Although participants felt fuller when they ate legumes, they didn’t always eat less throughout the day. It’s still up to you to tune out the call of cravings—a completely different beast than hunger. But when it comes to willpower boosters, beans are a great way to get a jumpstart. They’re also one of the 30 Best Food for 6-Pack Abs.
Yet as a working mom, I was incredibly busy and I put everyone’s needs ahead of my own. As a result, I squeezed in an occasional workout (although my current definition of a workout is vastly different than what I did then!) and my diet consisted of fast food, my kid’s left-overs and consistently poor food choices. I tried every diet and did great…for 2 – 3 days, then the excitement would wear off, my hectic schedule would take control and would go back to my poor choices and lack of planning.
17. Wake up with exercise. People who exercise first thing in the morning are more likely to exercise regularly than those who exercise later in the day. Even if you're not a morning exerciser yet, a.m. workouts might be the best way to squeeze fitness into your days before other things come up. Plus, when you exercise first, you're less likely to overindulge with food later.
2. Ab Plank is a great exercise to really challenge your entire core and build up your strength and endurance. The Plank works the lower abdomens, the oblique muscles and your lower back. It takes focus and concentration plus some upper body strength. Start with holding the plank position for 30- 40 seconds and build your way up. You will be amazed at how strong your cores will get by doing this exercise regularly.
Other Exercises – Ab exercises will also help reduce belly fat and help you keep that tummy tone as you lose the weight. We are a huge fan of core and ab exercises here at Lose Weight by Eating, and consider them the best exercise to lose belly fat. Not only to they help you tone up fast, they also strengthen your back, fix your posture (which makes you look thinner!) and help you lose belly fat!