There’s a lot of talk these days of “obesity genes” that promote weight gain. But for most of us, heredity need not be destiny. What’s most important is how we live, not how we’re wired. Here are the top two strategies for losing weight permanently.
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Are some calories more fattening than others? No. But some foods are more fattening than others because each bite is jam-packed with calories. You can dramatically cut calories, feel full, and enjoy a lot of good food as long as you focus on low-calorie-dense foods. Here are 6 top tips.
Counting calories can be a daunting task, and it doesn’t take into consideration where those calories came from. Calorie density, on the other hand, shifts the focus to the types of foods we are consuming.
Did you know that hormones, weight loss, and weight gain are deeply connected? If you have dysfunctional hormones, you have a dysfunctional metabolism. The result is extra fat, especially around the belly. Learn what to do to straighten out your hormones, shed body fat, keep it off, and live well.
Dry grains like cold cereals, breads, bagels, cereal bars, and muffins are dense with calories. Per bite, you’re taking in a lot of calories, which means that by the time you’ve eaten enough to feel full, you’ve probably eaten more calories than you would have liked. That’s why half a box of Cheerios (and its 700+ calories) can disappear so quickly!
What do you do when the scale hasn’t moved for a very long time? Get tips from the faculty at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida, for breaking through weight-loss plateaus. Tip No. 1 is: Keep up the motivation, but tone down the tension.
Pritikin alum Joe Young shed 115+ pounds and is now a wiry, mountain-climbing 155 pounds. He says: “I’ve banished two “D” words from my life – ‘deprivation’ and ‘diet.’ For me, Pritikin is not about deprivation. It’s about enjoying good healthy food. I’m not dieting. I’m just eating well.” The following 5 tips will help you ditch the diets and live a healthier, happier life.
The NIH’s DASH Diet, similar to the Pritikin Eating Plan, does a great job of lowering blood pressure. Can a complete lifestyle program, like that taught at the Pritikin Longevity Center, do even better? Find out.
Eat just a half cup of cooked beans every day and watch some of that belly fat disappear. Eat more, watch more disappear! That’s how powerful fiber-filled foods can be in curbing our nationwide obesity epidemic.
The diet best at achieving significant reductions of LDL cholesterol was a low-fat, high-fiber plan similar to the Pritikin Eating Plan. On this diet, the subjects lost weight and also, after one month, netted an average 17% reduction in cholesterol levels as well as improved blood vessel function.