Sally Donnelly spent years missing out on family memories, and she just felt “horrible.” But now that she has lost 68 pounds over the last year, that will all change in July.“I have a 14-year-old grandson and he lives in Texas. When he would come up in the summer, I was too heavy to really enjoy going out, swimming, fishing and doing all the things that I know I was capable of doing, but couldn’t in my body. So, he hasn’t seen me since last summer. I won’t show him a picture of me, I won’t FaceTime with him. I won’t do anything because he is just going to be so shocked when he arrives in July. And I will be able to do the things I couldn’t do with him before,” said the 63-year-old Somers Point woman.Not being able to interact with family devastated Donnelly.“I would sit. I would stay home. Everybody went to the beach. I wouldn’t go to the beach. My boys would say, ‘Mom, everybody goes, it doesn’t … [Read more...] about Seeing grandson keeps grandmother motivated to lose weight
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A friend of mine recently asked me the question anyone who is losing weight will inevitably get: How are you doing it? It's harder to answer than you might think. I mean, there's the obvious answer -- diet and exercise, duh. related advertisement Melynda Findlay, 49, Arlington Heights Starting weight: 226Current weight: 205Weight lost this week: 5 poundsTotal weight lost: 21 poundsTotal percentage lost: 9.3 percent But because I've asked that question plenty of times, I know that's not what people want to hear. Of course, there are always a few people who want you to share the supersecret spell you learned at Hogwarts Summer Camp for Weight Loss and tell them you pretty much just ate doughnuts the whole time.But most people actually want useful tips -- you know, the little things that really helped. Those things are different for everyone. But I'm going to share three things that really help me, and I hope maybe they'll help somebody else.Spoiler alert: None of them … [Read more...] about Losing weight isn’t magic, but these tips might help
Published 7:01 am, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Want to lose weight? Research proves a big breakfast is the first step 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - If you want to lose weight, you're not alone. More than half of Americans desire to shed pounds, according to Gallup. This goal inspires people to take action in many ways, from increasing exercise to modifying meals. One thing many people do is skip breakfast in order to lower calorie intake. While this may seem like a good idea to lose weight, research proves otherwise. In fact, eating a big breakfast followed by smaller meals throughout the day is the best method for weight loss. A new study in The Journal of Nutrition investigated the relation between meal frequency and timing and changes in body mass index (BMI). The study found that "eating less frequently, no snacking, consuming breakfast and eating the largest meal in the morning may be effective … [Read more...] about Want to lose weight? Research proves a big breakfast is the first step
What is it: An active metabolic assessment aims to help you make the most of your workout and kick-start weight loss if you’ve hit a plateau. This cardio-based assessment determines your specific heart-rate zones and how well your body burns carbohydrates and fats to fuel your exercise. The back story: As your heart rate increases, you burn more calories, but fewer calories from fat, explained Dan Hubley, senior program manager of metabolic assessments and health technology for Life Time Fitness. Since our bodies are very effective at storing fat, you want to find the “sweet spot” where your body burns the most calories from fat. While many fitness trackers can measure your heart rate (and some exercise machines give you a ballpark figure), a metabolic assessment can determine personalized heart-rate zones at which you burn the most fat. As Hubley said, “If you’re not assessing, you’re guessing” — guessing how often you should exercise … [Read more...] about What is a metabolic assessment, and how can it help you lose weight?
Raise your hand if you're under the assumption that you poop out fat when you lose weight. It's a fair guess—and it's not entirely wrong. But it definitely doesn't tell the whole story. Recently, an old study has been circulating that found that a lot of the fat you lose is actually breathed out. Kind of trippy, huh? Advertisement - Continue Reading Below In the study, which was originally published in BMJ in 2014, researchers looked at what happened to the atoms in 22 pounds of fat as they were “lost.” About 18.5 of those pounds were exhaled as carbon dioxide through the lungs—and the rest became water, which can be excreted in your pee, poop, sweat, breath, tears, and other bodily fluids, according to the reserach. When someone starts losing weight, the size of their fat cells actually decreases. It’s easy to read this and think that you’re breathing out chunks of fat when you lose weight, but that’s not how this works, says registered … [Read more...] about This Is Exactly What Happens To Fat When You Lose Weight