Maya Henry’s weight loss story is not of the epic proportions you’d see on The Biggest Loser. The 38-year-old mom of two did not drop hundreds of pounds in mere months. She didn’t cut her pants size in half or exercise for hours on end or adopt a crazy restrictive diet. But what she did accomplish—trimming 40 pounds off her 6’1” frame over the course of two years and developing an unexpected passion for running—is a testament to the power of perseverance and the easily forgotten fact that the deepest, most sustainable change comes with patience and perspective. MORE: 6 Weight Loss “Rules” You Can Forget AboutWhen Henry first started running five years ago, she couldn’t imagine lasting for more than 90 seconds.“So much of that was mental,” explains Henry. “I told myself I wasn’t a runner.”At the time, Henry weighed 270 pounds. And while she had been fairly active throughout her … [Read more...] about How One Woman Dropped 40 Pounds By Running Just 1-2 Times A Week
Fasting 2 days a week
Let me start by saying I’m not a person who forgets to eat. Never will you hear me utter Did I eat lunch? In fact, food has always been a driving force in my life: If I’m not eating it, I’m plotting to eat, and I never diet. But lately, I’ve been giving my love handles a little too much love, and so I decided to reign in my eating. Enter: Intermittent fasting. As in, eating 500 calories 1 to 2 days a week, or going 12 to 18 hours a day without food.More a dieting pattern than a diet, science says it can help you lose weight (a smaller eating window means less calories consumed).Even better, research has linked it to improved blood sugar levels, decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, and, according to neuroscientist Mark Mattson’s research, it might just help your brain ward off neurogenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s while improving mood and memory. Sounds too good to be true, right? Totally, which is exactly … [Read more...] about 6 Things I Learned When I Tried Intermittent Fasting For a Week
I run 3 days a week but I can't seem to improve my speed. What can I do? Answer: You have to train fast to be fast. Turn every other training day into an interval-speed session. By exceeding your normal race pace for shorter runs, your muscles will become more efficient, improving your body's elasticity and helping you sustain a faster pace with less effort. Here's how to do it: After you warm up, run as fast as you can for 1 minute, followed by 3 minutes of rest. Do this four times and then walk for 5 minutes to cool down. To improve your gains, increase to 8 repetitions during a workout. Then go back to doing 6 reps with only 2 minutes of rest, build back to 8, and then try 6 reps with 1 minute of rest. As you run, pay attention to your arms, as they dictate leg movement. Fix your arms at 90 degrees, relax your shoulders, and focus on driving your elbows back as you run. This will improve your stride. … [Read more...] about I run 3 days a week but I can’t seem to improve my speed. What can I do?
Let me start by saying I'm not a girl who forgets to eat. Never will you hear me utter Did I eat lunch? Food has always been a driving force in my life: If I'm not eating it, I'm plotting to eat, and never do I diet. But lately, I've been giving my love handles a little too much love, and so I decided to reign in my eating. (Shed stubborn pounds without going hungry—try the naturally sweet, salty, and satisfying recipes in Eat Clean, Lose Weight & Love Every Bite !)Enter: Intermittent fasting. As in, eating 500 calories 1 to 2 days a week, or going 12 to 18 hours a day without food. More a dieting pattern than a diet, science says it can help you lose weight (a smaller eating window means less calories consumed), but even better, research has linked it to improved blood sugar levels, decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, and, according to neuroscientist Mark Mattson's research, it might just help your brain ward off neurogenerative diseases … [Read more...] about 6 Things That Happened When I Tried Intermittent Fasting For A Week
Fasting, the act of abstaining from eating food, is a miraculous way to change your life for so many reasons than just 5, so I will try to choose my favorites for you. I have experienced many benefits from my path of fasting once per week (Note: fast includes 8+ glasses of distilled or purified water). I urge anyone who thinks they are in the best or worst of health to try it for themselves to see how much better it makes you feel! We don’t often realize how many toxic poisons our body’s store over the years and how little our bodies get the chance to focus on cleaning those poisons out of our systems. Here’s how the one day per week fast works with your body: not eating allows your body’s organs to use their limited vitality (energy) to focus on eliminating stored toxins from your body, where normally they have just enough vitality (energy) to process the food that is eaten and the toxins that come with it. It really gets a lot … [Read more...] about Fasting: 5 Healthy Reasons You Should Fast One Day Per Week