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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Muscle, Metabolism & More

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by David Greenwalt It used to be thought that for each new pound of skeletal muscle gained, you would burn an extra 50 calories each day. At that rate, the thinking goes, you could put on muscle by lifting weights (or other strength training), and then let your muscles burn away calories. You could lose weight the rest of the day by just sitting still. Too good to be true? This article will examine the scientific evidence about how muscle and strength training really affect not only ...

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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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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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Why Net Calories Suck and Your My Fitness Pal APP is Failing You

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by David Greenwalt Lots of people use diet and activity trackers such as My Fitness Pal to log their food intake and exercise. After all, there’s an old saying that “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” And yet it seems to be backfiring. From the first I got my hands on the slick, food-logging apps like My Fitness Pal, Loseit and more I noticed something right away that bothered me - net calories. As a 20+ year wellness coach I laughed, but truly in a disgusted way, when I saw ...

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