HUFFPOST PERSONAL 07/23/2018 05:33 pm ET Susy AlferezGuest Writer Before I was ill, I took my health for granted. I was a vegan. I ate only organic. I avoided additives and preservatives and drank eight cups of water a day. I ate mostly raw mono meals, with hardly any salt or sugar. I compacted all the health dos and don’ts I had read or heard about into a very rigid lifestyle that centered on maintaining a “clean body.” I should’ve appreciated that my body never hurt and that I rarely got sick or needed to visit a doctor. Being healthy was like having electricity ― it was a luxury that I thought I would never be without. I honestly could not have imagined the nightmare that was waiting for me. I have been sick now for over two years. On the journey to a diagnosis, I heard it all ― pancreatitis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes. Even cancer was mentioned as a possibility. I have dealt with severe fatigue, … [Read more...] about What I Learned From Losing Weight Against My Will
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Does swimming burn calories? Yes. How about cycling? Yes. How about a fancy fitness retreat in the south of France? Oui.All of those things are great for weight loss, but they have a higher barrier to entry compared to running. You need a pool, a bike, and a six-figure salary, respectively. But if you can afford a pair of sneakers (like Advertisement - Continue Reading Below It’s that kind of accessibility that makes running one of the best workouts for weight loss. “You just need a pair of decent shoes, some creativity, and maybe a friend or two to develop a walking or running plan,” says Daniel O’Connor, Ph. D., professor of health and human performance at the University of Houston. “It’s less expensive than joining a gym or having a personal trainer.” That’s a big deal considering time and opportunity are some of the biggest hurdles people face when trying to make fitness a priority. “Everyone is dealing with full schedules and … [Read more...] about Your Guide to Running for Weight Loss
If there’s one thing nutrition science has taught us, it’s that there is no such things as a one-size-fits-all diet. What works for one guy may fail miserably for another. Just last month, a comprehensive study in JAMA failed to pick a winner between low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets. And while there’s some good evidence that very broad, whole-foods based diets heavy on healthy fats and fish (basically, Mediterranean-style diets) are good options for most, many of us are looking for more specific eating plans—especially if we’re trying to lose weight or pack on muscle. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Enter DNA-based nutrition, also known as “nutrigenetics.” The basic idea undergirding nutrigenetics is that a person’s genes help determine how he will respond to caffeine, fat, dairy, crabs, and other dietary components. While the science of nutrigenetics is far from complete, research has already turned up some genetic … [Read more...] about I Tried Habit’s DNA Testing Kit. Here’s What I Learned About My Body and My Ideal Diet
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 05/02/2018 12:01 pm ET Shelley Mann HiteGuest Writer “Mad Men” debuted on AMC in July of 2007, but I didn’t start watching it until the midseason break, when I binged to catch up after reading somewhere it was the best show none of us were watching. I’ve always been a binger. I was 26 and had just landed a sweet job editing for one of the weekly city papers that covered the nightlife scene in Columbus, Ohio. This particular brand of journalism felt similar to the advertising world circa 1960, as we tried to make creative magic happen under relentless deadline pressure and worshipped at the altar of all things booze. The martinis and Manhattans of “Mad Men” inspired a generation of 20-somethings to embrace classic cocktail culture. For me, those seven seasons of television coincided with a particularly traumatic stretch of life, the kind that makes you run toward something to help anesthetize the … [Read more...] about I Drank Like They Did on ‘Mad Men.’ It Nearly Destroyed Me.
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 04/18/2018 02:05 pm ET Robbie RomuGuest Writer I’ve always been fat. Or, more precisely, I’ve always identified as fat. I was a big kid, larger than most of the kids in my classes for certain, but not what someone would call severely overweight. I was tall for my age and “husky,” and that made me different. Different was not good. To make matters more complicated, I was also gay and that was truly the worst possible kind of “different” I could be. I spent my entire childhood hiding who I was for fear of being found out ― for fear for my life. I grew up in Canada’s Northern Ontario region, in a small town full of ignorant people. Being gay was a dangerous proposition. Eventually, the weight became part of my armor, a shield that I used to keep people at a distance and to keep myself safe. In my late teens and early 20’s, once I had escaped my small town and began the long process of embracing my … [Read more...] about I Thought Losing 70 Pounds Would Bring Me Joy. I Was Wrong.