October 2016 Blog Posts

Dieting trumps exercising

We hear a lot that a little exercise is the key to weight loss – that taking the stairs instead of the elevator will make a difference, for instance. But in fact it’s much more efficient to cut calories, says Samuel Klein, MD at Washington University’s School of Medicine. “Decreasing food intake is much more effective than increasing physical activity to achieve weight loss. If you want to achieve a 300 kcal energy deficit you can run in the park for 3 miles or not eat 2 ounces of potato chips.” It’s as simple as that. Some studies have borne...

HOW TO DROP BODY FAT THROUGH DIET ALONE

Your diet holds the key to a slim physique, and by eating the right foods in sensible portions you'll almost certainly lose body fat. To shed the weight and keep it off, focus on making dietary choices that you can maintain for life. This doesn't mean giving up your favorite foods for good -- just fit the small, occasional treat into an overall healthy meal plan. STEP 1 Eat fewer calories than your body burns for energy each day. For every 3,500-calorie deficit you create, you'll lose approximately 1 pound of body fat. Calorie usage varies among individuals, but for moderately active...

Exercise can help fix a broken metabolism, especially during maintenance

“People used to come into the doctor’s office and say, ‘My metabolism is broken!’” says James Hill, PhD, at the University of Colorado. “We never had any evidence that it actually was, until recently. We were wrong – it was!” While exercise may not be as important for weigh loss as calorie restriction, as Hill says, it’s important in another way: It begins to repair a broken metabolism. “A lot of what we know in this area comes from NASA, of the bed-rest studies,” he says. “Within a couple of days of non-activity, the metabolism becomes inflexible. You start moving...

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