How Much Food Variety is Best for Starting Weight Loss?

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Variety is the spice of life. It means we should try many different kinds of experiences, because trying different things keeps life interesting. Does this cliche hold true for food during the starting phase of weight loss? We live in an obesogenic (obesity promoting) environment that produces passive overeating and physical inactivity. The environmental conditions are complex but one piece of the puzzle researchers are looking at is dietary variety. The variety of high-calorie, low-nutrient ...

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Six Stupid Diet Tips That Make Me Want To Scream

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At Leanness Lifestyle University our mission statement includes "Evidence-based lifestyle-management for permanent weight control." That might seem like a mouthful but every word is important. The first part of our mission statement includes "evidence-based." For two decades now I've kept my nose buried in the real, published, peer-reviewed research. I interview lead authors of the research, authors published in the New England Journal of Medicine and many others, and I make these interviews ...

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Body Mass Index Needs Three New Friends But It Only Gets One For Now

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by David Greenwalt As a wellness coach I'm sick to death of the same old crap when body mass index (BMI) is demonized as a measure of fatness when the following reason is given; WHAT ABOUT ALL THAT MUSCLE MASS PEOPLE HAVE?! People don't have too much muscle. If anything they have too little. Truth be told? Most who demonize BMI as worthless for the muscle excuse, are usually just carrying too many pounds of extra fluff. More times than not people who are assessed as being too fat based on ...

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Meal Replacements: Are They a Good Option for Losing Weight?

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by David Greenwalt The weight-loss market is loaded with diet shakes and bars that promise to make you drop pounds without any effort. Advertisements for products like Slimfast make the idea of replacing your normal meals with a pre-packaged alternative look pretty tempting if you are looking to shed some extra weight, get more fit, and save some time. But do these kinds of meal replacement products (MRPs) really help you lose weight? And even if they do, are they a smart and healthy option? ...

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Is Setpoint the Reason Your Body is Stuck?

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by David Greenwalt Many people who have tried to lose weight are familiar with the dreaded “plateau” of dieting – the point at which they just can’t seem to lose any more weight, despite their continued efforts to eat less and exercise more. Worse yet, some people who have fought hard to lose weight end up regaining it over time, or even ending up at a weight higher than they were when they started. See my review of what happened to 'Biggest Loser' contestants after they lost a ton of ...

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