July 2010 Blog Posts

How Does Unemployment Affect Weight Loss?

Unfortunately, the days are not yet over where stories about unemployment are all over the Internet about the affects and aftermath of the thousands of Americans without jobs. But the untold story is that of whether those who are unemployed were able to continue their weight loss regimens now that they have job hunting as a main priority. According to the article below, while we tend to think that if we were unemployed we would have more time to exercise, unemployment actually makes weight loss harder because oftentimes our frame of mind during unemployment is not the proper one to be working...

Can Surfing the Net Help You Lose Weight

I probably spend at least 7 or 8 hours a day on the Internet. I use it a ton at work, and obviously to come on here and chat with my buddies and write blog posts. When I'm at work, I don't think about it that much because I have to be on the Internet for my job, but when I'm at home, surfing the Internet, and I burn more than two hours sitting on the couch playing with my computer, I usually go to bed thinking I probably could have made more of my night and worked out at the...

Daily News Suggests Calorie Counting Ineffective in Weight Loss

I've never been a Math person. They say you're a Math and Science person or an English and History person. I'm not so much a History person, but I know I'm no good at numbers. Which is probably why I have a hard time counting my calories. I can count them for each individual meal, but when it comes down to adding up everything I ate throughout the day, I get a little lazy with adding them all up. But according to the Daily News, people like me might not have to worry, as the paper claims that counting calories might...

Does Time of Day Affect Your Workouts

I've heard before that the best time to workout is 11 a.m. because by then you (should be) at your peak awake-ness, it's before the burdens of your day set in, and you're overall just more able to get a good workout. For all the people that are able to workout at 11 a.m., power to them, but the average working person can probably not accommodate that time for a workout. But maybe 11 a.m. isn't the only option. Does time-of-day really affect your workout? According to this expert from the Diet Channel, late afternoon is when your muscles performed best as...

Research suggests lowering meat intake could help with weight loss

New research suggests lowering your intake of meat may help you lose weight. The study, which was conducted in 10 European countries and published by the BBC, found that by consuming less meat-even if the calories are the same, by lowering your intake of protein just a little bit, you could lose weight. But other trains of thought say the opposite-that you should be consuming fewer carbs, but more protein. The weight loss this particular diet low-protein diet preaches isn't instant though. The subjects were tested over a five-year period. But overall, the group of subjects that consumed 250mg of meat every...

The World's Weirdest Diets

I never quite understand how Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmerman can eat half of the strange and exotic foods they eat on their shows. Half the stuff they put in their mouths looks as though they picked it up off the ground after it had been stepped on and rolled in dirt for 50 years. They do not claim to enjoy what they are eating 100 percent of the time, but more often than not they slap on a smile and blurt out a nearly-convincing, "Mmmmmmmm." Those two certainly maintain what I would call a "weird diet," although they are eating foods...

Bill Slims Down for Chelsea's Wedding

Chelsea Clinton's name has been splashed over the headlines this week as the media has seemed to find out about her top secret wedding in two weeks to Marc Mevinsky in upstate New York, expected on July 31. With all the loose ends to tie before a wedding though, while her mother Hillary and her are working on finalizing party plans, her father, Bill, is finalizing his weight loss goal, which was to lose 15 lbs. before the wedding. Bill Clinton told reporters on April 28, according to this blog, that Chelsea had asked him to lose about 15 lbs. because he...

How Some Are Losing Weight With Their Cell Phones

Over the past month, I've been heavily interested in people who have found success losing weight using nothing but their cell phones. Well, maybe not nothing but their cell phones, but using their cell phones to help guide them with their weight loss goals. They do this through "apps" or applications which are downloadable to certain smartphones. One of the most popular I've heard of for the iPhone, and one that I personally know someone who has so far lost about 36 lbs. in less than two months using it, is LoseIt. With this app, you enter the items you are eating...

Science suggests slow weight loss might be less effective

Yesterday, I blogged about fad diets and whether or not they truly help people lose weight. Today, scientists say people who lose weight quicker are actually more likely to keep the weight off over the long run than those who take their time and lose weight over time. According to this Reuters article, scientists say it doesn't matter how much weight is initially lost as much as when and how quickly it is lost. The scientists examined data from over 1,000 obese participants. All of the participants went on diets and the scientists grouped them based on how quickly they lost their weight,...

Is Fad Bad?

Fad diets are like a nice summer day. They're great at the time, but you know at some point the sunshine ends. Some of us find success in fad diets though. For some of us, fad diets jumpstart our weight loss goals. But do they do more harm than good? According to this article, fad diets are a "waste of time and energy" and that while they do help many people lose weight rapidly, once we settle back in to our "real lives" we cannot continue to maintain the quick weight loss. Sometimes, the article says, fad diets mask the real...

Is it easier to lose weight in the summer?

I was at the gym today, sweating up a storm on the elliptical. The harder I worked, the more I sweat and the more I sweat the harder I worked. I have blogged before about articles that say that the amount of sweat you produce when working out has little to no correlation to how many calories you will burn. But I still have my doubts about that. Moreso than how many more or less calories I was burning because I was sweating more, I became curious about whether it is easier to lose weight in the summer versus other seasons. What do...

When Did it Become an Obligation?

Last night at the gym, I was thinking about exercise and how doctors recommend everyone exercises every day. Children in school see this every day as they go to physical education class and it is mandatory for the students to participate in whatever activity the class is practicing. But if it is recommended that we all exercise every day of the week, then how did it become such a chore for some of us? Well, in a way, we can trace exercise back to 400 BC according to this article. Hippocrates said everyone would be healthy if we all got just the...

Too Big for Love!!??

A read a very sad "Dear Abbie" style column today on MSN.com where a reader asked Dr. Gilda Carle if she was "unlovable" while she is overweight-though she is in the process of getting thin. She asked if she should merely accept the fact that she will not be loveable until she is thin. Of course, Dr. Gilda responded saying that the woman is more than worthy of love no matter what size she is-we all are, right!? But she responded with a fundamental message that I personally have always believed to be true: You cannot find someone to fully love you and...

Are Losing Weight and Being Healthy Equal?

When we think of weight loss, we often associate it with being healthy. But being healthy does not necessarily mean being thin. Not being overweight does mean being healthier, but some people are not overweight, but not thin and still perfectly healthy. The concept of thin being healthy is one that is constantly around us and being told to us. Society has connected the two and it's hard to think about one without the other now. But how did we begin to think that being thinner means being healthy? One reason I know I associate weight loss with being healthier is because...

'Real Housewives' Star Says She Lost 20 lbs. Eating Pasta

If there's two things I love blogging about, they are weight loss and reality television. I really, really love talking about reality television because it's just so entertaining. One show I love, but unfortunately haven't seen a whole lot of lately since I switched to basic cable is the Real Housewives of ### series on Bravo. One of my favorites is the Real Housewives of NJ (mostly because I'm from NJ). I'm sure some of you guys also watch this show and have been keeping up with the news of Caroline Manzo's weight loss photos and news. In Season 1 of the...

FDA Issues Warning Against Alli Causing Liver Damage

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning against two weight loss drugs for their damage on the liver. The drugs, Xenical and Alli, are available to consumers over the counter. According to the FDA, these drugs can cause severe liver damage, and if you are taking them, you should consult a doctor if you are taking them, and also watch for signs of liver damage, including yellow eyes, dark urine or loss of appetite. This article, says that Alli also causes loss of bowel control. I've never taken any weight loss supplement like this before, but I have...

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