(CNN)There's no shortage of things people swore to leave behind in 2018: bad jobs, bad relationships, bad habits. But chances are, you're beginning 2019 with something you didn't intend: a few extra pounds. Every January, one of the top New Year's resolutions is to lose weight. And if you're looking to be successful, there's something you should know: Diet is far more important than exercise -- by a long shot. Mediterranean diet named the best for 2019 "It couldn't be more true," nutritionist and CNN contributor Lisa Drayer said. "Basically, what I always tell people is, what you omit from your diet is so much more important than how much you exercise." Think of it like this: All of your "calories in" come from the food you eat and the beverages you drink, but only a portion of your "calories out" are lost through exercise. According to Alexxai Kravitz, an investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases -- part of the National Institutes of … [Read more...] about Why exercise won’t make you lose weight
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Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press Updated 10:44 pm PST, Monday, December 24, 2018 In this Dec. 16, 2018 photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi rides his bike to the national Military Academy, in a suburb of Cairo, Egypt. In televised comments in December 2018, the general-turned-president railed about the number of overweight people he sees and told Egyptians they must take better care of themselves. He said physical education should become core curriculum at schools and universities and suggested TV shows shouldn't let presenters or guests on the air if they are overweight. (Egyptian Presidency via AP) less In this Dec. 16, 2018 photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi rides his bike to the national Military Academy, in a suburb of Cairo, Egypt. In televised comments in ... more Photo: AP … [Read more...] about El-Sissi’s call on Egyptians to lose weight creates a stir
Getty Imagesfilistimlyanin Question: What's the first thing you think about ditching when you're looking to lose weight?Carbs, right? I mean, the most popular diets out there right now—like Whole30, or the keto diet—focus on limiting carb intake, and they seem to yield pretty legit results. So it only makes sense that if you're looking to lose weight, you'd think to nix carbs from your diet first. But also, cutting carbs seems...really hard (pasta! bread! granola!). Luckily, nixing carbohydrates isn't necessary for weight loss—in fact, most people can lose weight without cutting carbs drastically, says Christy Brissette, R.D., owner of 80 Twenty Nutrition in Chicago. First, what exactly are carbs, and what do they do?Carbohydrates are nutrients, and they're the most important source of energy for your body, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Your digestive system converts carbs into glucose (a.k.a., sugar), which your body then uses for energy … [Read more...] about How Many Carbs You Should I Eat If I’m Trying To Lose Weight?
YOU'RE eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, you're regularly working up a sweat in your local spin studio, and you've put a virtuous ban on all after-work wines at the pub. So when you step on the scales after weeks of blood, sweat and tears, why has your weight-loss progress stubbornly plateaued?Perhaps it's your genes, rather than your lack of gusto on the treadmill, that holds the answer.Chances are you'll have heard someone blame their slow metabolism for their weight-loss struggles at some point. The general idea is that if you've been blessed with an overactive or fast one, you can eat more, work out less, and still maintain a svelte figure.But what exactly is the mythical 'M' word, how does it work, and can it really be the reason why some people find it harder to lose weight than others? We asked some experts to weigh in...:: The metabolism in a nutshellYour metabolism isn't a single organ. It's actually an umbrella term that's used to describe lots of different metabolic … [Read more...] about Is your slow metabolism actually the reason you struggle to lose weight?
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