Let’s face it: dieting is hard. But if you believe proponents of the If it Fits Your Macros (or IIFYM) eating plan (also known as “flexible dieting"), you can eat anything you want and still lose weight — without counting calories. All you have to do is count your macros. According to the IIFYM eating plan, if you stick to your daily macro goals, you'll automatically consume fewer calories, thus helping you lose weight. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below “The overall concept is similar to Weight Watchers in that you can eat what you want as long as you’re keeping your calories at a certain level, but with flexible dieting there’s an emphasis on protein,” explains Brad Schoenfeld, Ph.D., director of the Human Performance Lab at CUNY Lehman College in New York. Intrigued? Here's everything you should know about how to count your macros, and whether or not it actually works for weight loss.First of all, what's a macro? There are three … [Read more...] about What Is the Macro Diet? Everything You Need to Know About Counting Macros for Weight Loss
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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
Whether you have a toothache or a headache, taking non-prescription pain medication may turn the tide of pain from terrible to tolerable. But there are so many over-the-counter pain medications, choosing the right over-the-counter pain medication can be confusing – choosing the wrong one can lead to bad consequences. “Over one-third of Americans suffer needlessly from pain,” Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Real Cause, Real Cure tells Newsmax Health. “Statistics show that roughly 8 out of 10 of us routinely reach for OTC pain pills to relieve headaches, backaches, sore muscles, fevers and colds. But these so-called safe medications also account for serious gastrointestinal distress, sending over 200,000 people to the hospital each year.” It’s important not only to choose the right pain meds for your condition, but to honor the dosage, says Teitelbaum. Here are the top OTC medications and their benefits and risks: Acetaminophen Benefits: This is … [Read more...] about Which OTC Pain Reliever is Best For You & Which Ones You Should Avoid
A couple of months from swimsuit season, you might be looking in the mirror at any number of eyesores — beer belly, thigh rub, bra bulge, love handles, saddlebags — and asking: Can I get rid of that through exercise and diet? In other words, spot reduction. “No, it doesn’t work that way,” says Todd Miller, professor of nutrition and exercise sciences at George Washington University. “Fat in your body is like gas in your gas tank. Thinking you can reduce fat from your stomach alone is like saying you want to use gas only from the right side of your gas tank.” Fat, just like gasoline, is stored energy. It gets recruited equally from all over your body and sent to the muscles to be burned, Miller says. But why then do we carry more of it in certain areas? “Genetics is the most important determinant for where fat is stored,” says Scott Kahan, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness. “Often we have relatively … [Read more...] about Why spot reduction for weight loss doesn’t work
So you're trying to drop a few pounds, and you're standing in front of your fridge wondering what on Earth you're going to make for yourself. After all, there are plenty of diet choices out there to help you on your way. If it makes your options any easier, a new study has found that two different diets appear to be equally effective at helping people shed weight. A Mediterranean diet — rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, poultry, fish, and even a little red meat — and a vegetarian diet that included eggs and low-fat dairy, but no meat or fish, ran neck and neck when it came to helping people lose weight. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Both were also effective at reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the new study in the journal Circulation. For the study, researchers from Italy tracked 107 healthy but overweight adults between the ages of 18 and 75. The participants were randomly assigned to follow either a low-calorie vegetarian diet … [Read more...] about Mediterranean vs. Vegetarian: Which Diet Is Better for Weight Loss?