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All successful diets do EXACTLY the same thing...
Sounds crazy, but it's 100% correct. Whether you're counting carbs, loading up on protein, cutting fat, ordering meal delivery service, eating six cookies a day, or even eating every single meal out, if you're losing weight it's because of one reason -- you're consuming fewer calories than you're burning. A recent study demonstrated this by comparing several popular diets in action -- each of which reduced caloric intake by the same amount. The study found that every diet yielded practically the same exact weight-loss results. So why are there so many different diets out there, and why do some work for certain people but not for others? It's all about finding a method of eating you can stick with -- one that allows you to eat fewer calories than you burn while still feeling satisfied. So if carby starches make you want to eat more, a low-carb diet might be the way to go to keep calorie counts down. If tracking PointsPlus® helps you keep calories in check, go for it. This does NOT mean all diets are good for you -- if you consume 1,200 calories' worth of donuts or fried chicken daily, you probably won't feel great or be doing your body any favors! The key is to find a balanced approach that you can live with comfortably.
Your workouts could be triggering your weight gain...
We're NOT saying you should avoid exercise in order to lose weight. (Sorry, lazy people!) But the truth is, research shows that people grossly overestimate how many calories they burn during exercise. Not only that, but physical activity often makes people hungry. And since we tend to think we've burned more calories than we really have, we can end up consuming MORE calories than we've burned. Remember, it all comes down to calories in vs. calories burned. So don't use a workout as an excuse to pig out. Be realistic about how many calories you are really burning while exercising. Use the data provided on cardio machines (don't forget to enter your weight, age, etc., and no fudging the numbers!) or check out online resources (like The Fitness Jumpsite) to get a good idea of the effect your workout is actually having on your calorie balance. Then you can make adjustments to make sure your workouts help you achieve your goals.
Simply slowing down your eating can speed up your weight loss...
It may sound like a gimmick, but it's anything but. A study out of Japan, recently published in the British Medical Journal, evaluated the eating habits of more than 3,000 people over a total of three years. The conclusion? Those who ate quickly were 300% MORE LIKELY TO BE OVERWEIGHT. Pretty convincing odds! Your body needs time to digest and tell your brain it's feeling full. So take smaller bites and chew carefully. Enjoy your food -- don't just shovel it in your face. Drink water in between forkfuls, and set your fork down while you sip. This will slow down your chewing pace and help you feel full as well. The result? You'll eat less and take in fewer calories!
Your TV may be the reason you're putting on pounds or not losing weight...
Okay, unless your television is actually feeding you bon-bons, it's not LITERALLY causing the numbers on the scale to go up. But excessive TV viewing has been undeniably linked to increased odds of obesity. Need proof? A variety of experts joined forces for a huge six-year study -- more than 12,000 people from all over the country participated. Those who watched the most TV clearly exhibited less physical activity and poorer diets. Plus, participants with high exposure to TV had a 43% greater chance of being overweight than those with low TV exposure. Even those who watched a moderate amount of TV were 22% more likely to be overweight. The takeaway? Don't be lazy and get sucked in by hours of TV viewing while mindlessly munching on snacks! Limit your tube time to the shows you really love. Or do what we do while watching -- hop on the treadmill so you can keep your heart rate up and put the snacks down! No treadmill? No problem. Walk in place, straighten up your TV room, do some cardio during commercial breaks... whatever. Just get off your butt!
Now that you know the facts, brush up on the fiction...
CHEW ON THIS: Sunday, April 12th, is Easter Sunday. Celebrate with low-calorie Marshmallow Peeps, not giant chocolate bunnies (not even the hollow ones, people!).
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