January 2011 Blog Posts

How Reality Shows Skew Our Impressions of Weight Loss

Whether you watch the episodes week after week or happened to glance at your television during a promotion for one of the shows, you've probably seen commercials for weight loss realty shows. These shows are gaining in popularity, including the NBC hit The Biggest Loser and Shedding for the Wedding. As television turns more and more to reality-esque programming (seriously, is there anything on tv anymore that's not a "reality" show?), we are faced with many programs about a real life struggle all of us on buddy have. But the question is: how far from reality is what they do on the show...

Can Coffee Help You Lose Weight

I've heard many conflicting opinions to this one over the years-and the answer is still conflicting. Many people ascertain that coffee can help you lose weight because it is a stimulant and suppresses your appetite. I don't know about all of you, but after I drink a nice big mug of coffee, my appetite is actually raging. For some reason, when I drink coffee, I feel like the coffee actually eats up every scrap of whatever remained in my belly, leaving it extra empty and yearning for food. I've tried drinking coffee without eating first-and that usually ends in terrible tummy aches...

Getting Your Goals in Gear

I'm currently in the process of evaluating my weight loss goals so as to better craft a Plan of Action (POA). I think it's actually healthy to sit back every few months, think about what you've been doing and how it's working, and think about what you want to achieve in the future, as well as how you plan to do it. Otherwise, you could potentially continue to do something that just isn't working. I didn't come up with this on my own-lots of people do it, and I was actually advised to do so by the personal trainer at my gym. After...

How Birth Control Can Affect Your Weight

Birth control has been a hot topic in the news the past few days, particularly its effect on weight gain. While birth control is not always prescribed for its more obvious effects typically, it is also often prescribed to people to improve their skin and other hormone conditions. But with prescriptions to birth control comes complaints of its side effects, which include apparent weight gain. But recently, critics have said birth control is not to blame for weight gain. The Journal of Human Reproduction published the results of a study-keep in mind the study was done on primates-in which monkeys were given birth...

Big Breakfast May Not Be a Big Help

It's been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I don't know who said this, but I know I've been living by it for a while. Weight loss-wise, it actually seems to make a lot of sense: You consume a big breakfast, with higher calories, in the morning, and then have all day to burn them off. As long as you balance the meal with protein fiber and fruits and/or veggies, the calories are okay since you have time to rid yourself of them. But the part they don't tell you is that you have to actually eat...

Why I Am Wearing a Pedometer

I never knew much about pedometers until recently. I actually still don't know a whole lot about them. But for those who know nothing about them, pedometers are small devices that you wear, usually clipped to your belt buckle or pants strap, that monitor the number of steps you take. I couldn't tell you at all how it does it-in fact, I'm pretty fascinated about how it knows every single step, but sure enough, every time you take a step, it will count it. Wearing a pedometer has proven to be effective for some hoping to lose weight because you can set...

Craziest Diets in History

Every now and then, I stumble upon an article about the craziest diets in history. I always enjoy reading them, because they show us to what extremes some people will go to lose weight. We all know of course that losing weight is somewhat of a simple science: you diet and exercise, you lose weight. But some people want to shed the pounds faster, and resort to some more extreme measures. This article from AOL breaks down the 10 craziest diets in history, beginning with the Vinegar Diet, which lasted from the 1820's to the Victorian Diet. In this terrible-sounding diet,...

Share Your Story

I'd like to start a new feature on my blog where I feature the success story of one of your buddies. Why feature one story when many of us are successful? Well, I'd actually like to do it as a recurring theme, maybe once per week. Personally, I find peer success stories to be incredibly motivational. Sure, we see on the news all the time stories of people across the country of people losing dramatic amounts of weight. Mostly, when these people talk about their weight loss, they say they were able to lose the weight through diet and exercise. But I...

Keeping Track

We're almost a full month into the new year now, and many of us are knee-deep into our New Year's resolutions. Most people resolve to lose weight in the new year, and many actually succeed in losing weight in the beginning of the year. Gym memberships are proven to increase in the months immediately following New Year's. But while some are completely on track, others may need a little guidance. Here are a few tips for staying on scheduled to achieve your goals: 1.) Write them down- By writing down your goals, you are able to remember exactly what you're hoping to achieve. 2.)...

Your Social Sphere Can Affect Your Weight Loss

Friends share everything-isn't that what they say. Or maybe it's lover share everything. Both would hold true for the purpose of this blog entry, as a new study shows that who you socialize with can affect your weight loss. More specifically, the study shows that overweight and obese people from ages 18-25 were more likely to have overweight partners and best friends. The study also found that young adults experience the highest increase in weight gain per year when compared with other age groups. I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out why this probably is. Just as the first...

How to Steer Clear of Weight Loss Gimmicks

There are so many different weight loss products out there, it's hard to keep tabs on what's useful and what's useless. Today, when I was at the gym, I saw a commercial for a "Flirty Fitness" workout DVD, where you can essentially lose weight by learning to do striptease dances, and for "only" $1 extra, you can actually purchase a pole to install in your living room. Ridiculous. Even more serious-sounding weight loss products can sometimes turn out to be big flops, leaving those who purchase them not only disappointed that weight loss wasn't achieved by using them, but also that they...

Timing is Everything

My fiance has this new, terribly annoying habit where he will scold me for eating unhealthy. I know he's actually doing it to help me, because when he's around me and I eat something unhealthy, I yell at him and tell him to help me by encouraging me not to eat the unhealthy thing (as if it's his responsibility and not mine, right?) I do think that if he served as my little coach, since most of the meals we were eating together, but the problem is this: he is scolding me after I eat them before I eat them! I'm not...

How Technology Can Help You Lose Weight

Unfortunately, the time is not yet here where you can strap on a machine and the weight just comes off of you in a natural, healthy way (yes, there is liposuction, but I said natural). There also has not been invented a robot who can scream in your face to run faster on that treadmill, put down that donut or get off the couch and go do something. When the day comes that this robot is invented, you better believe I will be one of the first online to buy one. For now, however, as technology continues to improve, weight loss technology...

USA Today's 25 Best Weight Loss Tips

USA Today came out with their 25 best weight loss tips today, providing a collection of one-liners and simple tips to help you lose weight. A lot of these tips are your standard, every day advice, such as "pay attention to portions," "get plenty of sleep," and "weigh yourself regularly." But others are ones I haven't heard before. For example, one tip suggests you motivate yourself by hanging a pair of jeans that are too tight in your kitchen. This is actually a little silly, but the concept is cool. Can you imagine hanging a pair of jeans in your kitchen, having your...

Keeping a Food Journal

With more and more things moving online, taking the time to fill out a food journal may seem a little silly. But you'd be surprised how helpful it can be in helping you reach your goals and lose weight. By taking some time to think about and write down all the food you eat, you're able to examine your eating behaviors over the course of days, weeks, and even years (if you're so disciplined as to keep logs for more than one year). Typically, when we're writing things down, we also tend to eat healthier because we have to answer to...

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