“I had the same lunch every day and it was a protein shake with an apple and peanut butter and it’s like, ‘Oh that’s totally a healthy lunch — this is a great lunch.' But when I weighed peanut butter for the first time I was taking like three servings and I thought it was only one,” Easter told NBC News Better. “So here I was thinking I’m eating 200 calories, but I’m really eating 600,” he said. Weighing Food Gives You a More Accurate Understanding of Portion Sizes Using a small kitchen scale he purchased for $14, Easter weighed all his food, from the cream in his morning coffee to the chicken he ate at dinner. He input the weight into the MyFitnessPal app on his phone, which calculated the exact number of calories in the food. Easter realized he previously didn’t have an accurate understanding of the portion sizes he was eating, especially when it came to calorie-dense foods. “I thought I was eating like 2,600 or … [Read more...] about Not losing weight? Try weighing your food for a week
Eating less but not losing weight
Get the Better newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Rewind three-and-a-half months to January. You’ve woken up, feeling the after effects of last night’s celebration, and resolved to make a change in the new year. The goal? To lose weight. Fast forward to today. You’ve cut out the fast food, revamped your diet and committed to an exercise routine. But the numbers on the scale haven’t budged at all. What gives? I’ll be the first to tell you that I’ve been there. For most of my young adult life, I weighed in just under the average for my age and height. Then, when I turned 25 I started taking an anxiety medication that catapulted the scale upwards a full 45 pounds — despite not having changed my diet or exercise routine. While I definitely have been hard on myself over the eight months since the weight gain, I took it upon myself to re-up my gym membership, sign up for ClassPass to give myself some variety and make more conscious food choices. Over the … [Read more...] about I’m doing everything right, but I’m still not losing weight. What’s going on?
When you want to lose weight, one of the first pieces of advice you’ll hear is “eat less.” But according to a new study from Penn State University, simply choosing to eat more of your favorite healthy foods may be a better approach to weight loss than reducing your portion sizes.In the study of about 100 women, two groups — one of which had prior training on weight loss strategies like portion control — came into a lab once a week for four weeks to eat lunch. Their meals consisted of seven foods with different calorie loads, and the portion sizes they were served varied each week.The researchers discovered that both groups ate more food when their plates contained more food, lead study author Faris Zuraikat, a graduate student in Penn State’s department of nutritional sciences, told Men’s Health. This was surprising, because even though the trained group should have eaten less, they couldn’t resist the amount of food that was put in front … [Read more...] about No, You Don’t Have to Eat Less to Lose Weight
Metformin is a drug that doctors use to treat people with type 2 diabetes. It works alongside other medication and insulin to lower blood sugar in people with the condition. Doctors do not usually prescribe metformin for type 1 diabetes. They can sometimes prescribe it for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, although this use is not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Similarly, the FDA has not sanctioned metformin to help those wanting to shed the pounds when they are overweight or obese. In this article, we take a look at the impact metformin has on weight, as well as how the drug is used. People with type 2 diabetes have lost weight from taking metformin, but they are not the only ones to benefit from the drug in this way. A study involving people who were overweight or obese and had insulin resistance showed that they lost weight while taking metformin. While some evidence suggests that metformin does lead to weight loss, neither doctors or … [Read more...] about Does metformin help you lose weight?
New research, published in the journal Appetite, suggests that, when it comes to dieting, it's not how much you eat — but rather, what you eat — that influences calorie intake the most. Faris Zuraikat, a graduate student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, led the new study, which follows up from a previous 1-year randomized controlled trial that investigated how different food portions influenced weight loss. The former trial aimed to explore the so-called "portion size effect," which occurs when people are served bigger portions than what they originally wanted but end up eating more nonetheless. To this end, the previous trial trained the participants to gain more control over their portions, presenting them with useful strategies for portion size management. In this new trial study, the researchers wanted to see if people who had been previously trained to manage their portions would respond differently to increasing portion … [Read more...] about Eating less may not the best way to lose weight, study shows