Get the Better newsletter. SUBSCRIBE It’s hard to pick up a magazine, check your Instagram feed or even talk to your friend without being given some diet tip, welcomed or not. Some advice out there is good, some not so much. There are a few tips that I’ve heard over and over that make me want to scream, “nooooo!” Read on, and you may be happy to learn you can ditch these tips (along with that cereal that tastes like cardboard): 1. Don’t eat bananas and carrots, they are too high in carbs and sugar. It is true that certain foods (even healthy ones) like bananas and carrots are slightly higher in carbohydrates and sugar (respectively) compared to other fruits and vegetables. But it's also true that our country did not become obese by over consuming either of them. A small banana has 23 grams of carbs compared to a small apple which has 21 grams. If you’re trying to lose weight, you do need to watch your total carb and sugar consumption (even from … [Read more...] about 5 diet tips to forget and what to do instead
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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?
By Anahad O’Connor The New York Times Thu., Feb. 22, 2018 Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume. But a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods — without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes — lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year. The strategy worked for people whether they followed diets that were mostly low in fat or mostly low in carbohydrates. And their success did not appear to be influenced by their genetics or their insulin-response to carbohydrates, a finding that casts doubt on the increasingly popular idea that different diets should be recommended to people based on their DNA makeup or on their tolerance for … [Read more...] about Counting calories is not the key to weight loss, new study finds
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by The New Health Care One conclusion from a much-discussed study: The best diet is the one you can stick to. ByAaron E. Carroll March 26, 2018 Leer en español The endless array of diets that claim to help you shed pounds tend to fall into two camps: low fat or low carbohydrate. Some companies even claim that genetics can tell us which diet is better for which people. A rigorous recent study sought to settle the debate, and it had results to disappoint both camps. On the hopeful side, as The New York Times noted, people managed to lose weight no matter which of the two diets they followed. The study is worth a closer look to see what it did and did not prove. Researchers at Stanford University took more than 600 people (which is huge for a nutrition study) aged 18 to 50 who had a body mass index of 28 to 40 (25-30 is … [Read more...] about What We Know (and Don’t Know) About How to Lose Weight
To say that my eating habits are horrible would make them sound better than they really are. (I wish I was joking.) I’ve never had the best relationship with food. I’ve mastered every shortcut and quick fix out there to quash hunger and spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. Prepackaged foods and snack bars? Yeah, I live on those.Not surprisingly, my perpetual avoidance of everything cooking is taking its toll: I’m in my early 30s, yet feel like I should invest in a rocking chair and take up knitting. I don’t just need to eat healthier and nix empty calories for the sake of my waistline (which has, well, ballooned)—I need to revamp my entire attitude toward food.Hence why I decided to take the Mediterranean diet for a spin. Chosen as 2018’s “Best Diet Overall” and “Easiest Diet to Follow” by U.S. News and World Report, this anti-deprivation diet is rich in veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, lean proteins, and … [Read more...] about I Tried The Mediterranean Diet To Lose Weight—Here’s What Happened