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4 Lessons a Lifelong Dieter Learned After Trying Keto

My first foray into the dieting world started in middle school when my parents and I enrolled in the Weight Watchers Smart Points program. (Puberty and overeating were making things a bit tough for this pre-teen trying to figure himself out.)

Back then, my eating habits and my changing body amounted to me getting breast reduction surgery—a clear indication that I needed to change my relationship with food.

The WW program worked well for me, until it didn’t. As soon as my weight loss plateaued, so did my motivation. I went back to care-free eating until my junior year of high school, when a friend suggested I try the Atkins Diet. I wanted to lose weight more rapidly than I had on Weight Watchers years earlier. Atkins kicked off off my 20-plus-years, on-and-off relationship with low-carb.

Doing Atkins in high school was surprisingly easy. A typical day included plates of bacon at breakfast, deli meat straight from the package for lunch, and fast food burgers without the bun (…

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: What Are The Health Benefits?

Inflammation has been linked with depression, weight gain, skin issues, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Now, a new book declares the anti-inflammatory diet a game changer, promising to overhaul your health and happiness, based on solid science with no downsides.

The woman behind it is Swedish science journalist Maria Borelius, whose book Health Revolution claims that anti-inflammatory eating can deliver on the promise. In it, she says that following an anti-inflammatory diet – albeit by accident – transformed her physical and mental health, changing her body composition, yes, but also banishing her backache and depression. Heard the claims before? Probably. However, while the foods in this diet are anything but revolutionary, what anti-inflammatory eating can actually teach you could be.
What is an inflammatory response? First, a little science. Inflammation is more than something that happens to your toe when you stub it. Normally, it’s a positive thing; the process by wh…

Heart Month: Nutritionist tips on foods with our heart in mind

Finding heart healthy foods can be intimidating. Nutritionist Deborah Enos takes some of the guesswork out and breaks down some simple things we can add to our diet with our heart in mind.  

From Nutritionist Deborah Enos: "I lost my dad to heart disease in August of 2016.

Part of my mission as a nutritionist is to show people how easy it can be to prevent this deadly disease.

I want to help people avoid what my dad went through…

1. In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.
2. Every year, about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack.
3. 605,000 are a first heart attack
4. 200,000 happen to people who have already had a heart attack.
5. About 1 in 5 heart attacks is silent—the damage is done, but the person is not aware of it.
6. One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.
7. About 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
(CDC stats)

It’s not just about cutting out unhealthy hab…

Euronews Living | Is 'intuitive' eating a credible diet, or just a craze?

The anti-diet approach to losing weight is all about trusting your instincts. And that means eating what you want, when you want.

Dieting is so last decade. Nowadays, rules are out and instinct is in, as the health-conscious admit to feeling trapped by restrictive meal plans and struggle to lose weight. Indeed, consumers actually “equate the word diet with deprivation, and they know deprivation doesn't work," says Susan Roberts, professor of nutrition and psychiatry at Tufts University in the U.S.

In the last 10 years, the number of Americans counting calories has gone down, an NPD Group study reports. Shoppers are now more likely to seek items with minimal processing and no artificial ingredients than adopt a diet.

'Intuitive eating' has become a trendy term in the health and fitness space, but is it a credible approach to dieting? In fact, it is the antithesis to dieting, having been dubbed the ‘anti-diet’ by nutritionists.

Intuitive eating was first coin…

Can you eat an egg a day and still have a healthy heart?

Is it okay to eat eggs? Three large studies have some heartening news.

Eating one egg a day does not increase risk for cardiovascular disease or death, a new study has found. 

Is it okay to eat eggs? A new analysis based on three large studies involving nearly 178,000 people found that eating one egg a day did not increase risk for cardiovascular disease or death, even among those with a history of heart disease or diabetes.

The researchers from McMaster University in Canada also reported no significant association between egg consumption and cholesterol levels. For decades, fear of cholesterol problems led many people to cut back on eggs since they are a source of dietary cholesterol. Nutrition experts say the average large egg yolk contains nearly 200 milligrams of cholesterol - about two-thirds of what was considered the daily maximum for dietary cholesterol consumption until 2015, when federal nutritional guidelines stopped recommending a dietary cholesterol limit.

Most cholester…

Eat then don't: What the 5:2 diet actually does to to your body

The 5:2 diet allows you to eat as usual for five days and to fast for two days.
The “new” weight-loss strategy known as the 5:2 diet has been receiving much attention in the media since the book The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer was launched late last year.

The 5:2 diet allows you to eat as usual for five days and to fast for two days. On fasting days, the dieters need to restrict intake of food to approximately 2000 kilojoules (500 calories) a day for women or 2400 kilojoules (600 calories) for men.

The two days of fasting don’t have to be consecutive and you can decide how you want to spread your food intake on those days as long as you adhere to energy restriction. The food consumed during the two fasting days should have little fat and carbohydrate content and alcohol consumption is not recommended.

During the two fasting days, you are typically allowed protein foods such as eggs, or low-fat yogurt or cheese for breakfast a…

What to do when your weight loss hits a plateau

So you've been exercising and eating healthy but the weight has stopped coming off. What to do? Chances are you've hit a weight loss plateau.

Plateaus are a common element in any weight loss journey because as your body weight changes, your body adapts. Initially, you may have found the weight loss to be significant. That's likely because you're burning lots of calories just going about your day-to-day activities. But now, since some of that excess weight has been lost, it takes less energy to move your body and so you burn fewer calories.

Keep in mind that the scale isn't the best method of monitoring your weight loss because it doesn't differentiate between fat, muscle and water. Fluid levels are constantly changing, so one pound up or down on any given day may be due simply to fluid regulation.

To get an accurate picture of your body composition, you should get a body composition analysis done by a certified professional. Many gyms and spas offer this service. …

Reasons for not losing weight on a keto diet

The keto diet is a type of diet that significantly restricts carbohydrate intake. Ordinarily, the body breaks down carbohydrates into the sugar glucose, which it uses for energy. When there are not enough carbs in the body, it goes into a stage called ketosis.

During ketosis, the body becomes very efficient at burning fat and using it instead of glucose for energy. This fat burning makes the ketogenic diet a popular choice for people looking to lose weight.

However, some people may find that they are not losing weight on the keto diet. In most cases, this will be because they have not gone into ketosis.

There are other reasons why a person may not lose weight while following the keto diet. In this article, we outline the different possibilities. We also provide some general tips that can help a person achieve their weight loss goals.

1. Not achieving ketosis

A person on the keto diet should try to make carbs only 5–10% of their calorie intake.
Usually, when a person does not lose weight on …

Want to lose weight? Begin with the problem areas in your body

Here’s a checklist of all the problem zones in your body that you should look out for and how to handle them

The most common goal of a diet is weight loss. But is all weight loss the same? Why does each person store fat in different places in the body? Have you noticed some women struggling to lose belly fat, while others struggle to lose fat on their hips and upper thighs? How about fat in the upper arm that jiggles? The region you store your fat can tell a lot about the differences in body biochemistry and physiology.

Fat is actually adipose tissue that can have a combination of fat cells, hormones inflammation and toxins. Toxins tend to store in fatty areas of our body, and weight loss resistance can actually be a sign of toxic overload. What is

really interesting is that the area you store the fat, can tell you a lot about the underlying hormonal imbalance and help you to understand really how to attack that fat.

Fat in the upper thighs and hips 
If you are quite lean all over your b…

Best breakfast foods for weight loss

Some people believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that eating breakfast increases weight loss. But is this true? And, if so, which are the best breakfast foods for weight loss?
There is little evidence to support the idea that eating breakfast can increase weight loss. Breakfast is just another meal. That said, eating breakfast can give a person energy for the day. This may reduce the risk of overeating and, in this way, support weight loss efforts.

This article explores the best breakfast foods to eat to aid weight loss. It also discusses breakfast options to suit vegetarian, vegan, and restricted diets. Read on to learn all there is to know about eating breakfast and losing weight.

How To Talk To Kids About Weight? Tips To Help Kids With Their Weight!

childhood obesity

Dale Knuth, now 58, says that in childhood her weight was a source of anguish — largely because of how her family treated her. "I had a brother who tormented me constantly," she says. "If I came home from school and was hungry and ate an apple, I'd be called a cow, or a pig or whatever."

Her parents, she says, did nothing to stop her brother "except to say, 'Yeah, you're getting fat.' " She had no physical outlet for her frustration — she wanted to play softball, but her mother wouldn't allow it.

Decades later, Knuth is much happier. She has an active life that includes riding bikes and playing racquetball. Her husband tells her he loves her at any size and always will. But she still thinks about how her life could have turned out without so much shaming in childhood.

"Had it not been pointed out at every meal, at every point, had I been given more support to play in sports," she says, perhaps she could h…