Are you stuck at a weight loss plateau?

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on September 8, 2013

You’re sticking to your calorie plan . . . you’re exercising . . . and the scale isn’t budging.

It’s enough to drive you mad.

But the scale can be very tricky—and what looks like a plateau could be something else entirely.

Play the video to find out what to do!

What are you losing when you lose ‘weight’?

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on September 5, 2013

speed up your metabolismWant to lose weight without starving or slowing your metabolism? Eat (or drink) your protein!

A newly published article provides further scientific proof that upping protein consumption while you cut calories protects your muscle mass and encourages greater fat loss.

As I’ve written elsewhere, protein is one of a girl’s (or a guy’s) best friends. It keeps you satisfied longer and reduces hunger—even when you’re eating less.

But today let’s focus on how this superstar nutrient helps prevent loss of muscle during calorie restriction.

This is hugely important because losing muscle has numerous devastating consequences.

  • It means creating a slower metabolism.
  • Becoming proportionately fatter even if you’re taking off “weight” on the scale.
  • Losing strength and balance.
  • Looking flabbier even if you end up smaller.
  • Finally, it means a much greater likelihood of regaining every pound you lose.

So how much protein do you need?

The value of increased protein consumption isn’t new to those who follow the research (or to the resistance-training community). But I hope this new study, published in the September issue of The FASEB Journal, will help silence the utterly incorrect notion that [click to keep reading…]

Want to speed up your metabolism?

August 22, 2013

If you think your metabolism has slowed down, you’re probably right. And you may think it’s just because you’re getting older. In my new webinar, I’m going to teach you the surprising facts about why your metabolism is slower (hint: it’s not really about your age)—and the No. 1 way you can speed it again! […]

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8 ways to get more out of every workout

August 20, 2013
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Do you sometimes find yourself wandering aimlessly through the gym—there in body but not really fully engaged? Cultivating a stronger sense of focus will give you more energy during the workout and actually make it more fun. It’s all about engaging fully with the task rather than just schlepping through some random exercises. The eight […]

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One crazy reason you may be stuck at a weight loss plateau

July 10, 2013
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Every dieter dreads a weight loss plateau. You’re chugging along, steadily taking off pounds, and then wham: nothing. All movement of the scale simply grinds to a halt. That can happen for a whole lot of reasons—but today I want to talk about one of the strangest ones: you’re not eating enough. Now, this can […]

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Don’t eat bananas until you read this

July 1, 2013
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Women are always talking about food in moral terms. There’s “good food,” the stuff we feel virtuous about eating. You know—broccoli and chicken breast and fat-free yogurt. Or tofu and green smoothies and chia seeds. Then on the devil’s side of the equation we find “bad food.” The kind of stuff we love ever so […]

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Can you lose weight ‘without changing anything you eat’?

June 26, 2013
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Do you still believe in Santa Claus? How about the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny? I didn’t think so. So how, dear reader, is it possible for otherwise highly intelligent women to believe that somehow, some way, you can take off fat “without changing anything you eat”? Yes, I actually saw that claim online […]

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Goodbye, FitBit–welcome back, BodyMedia

June 3, 2013
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For a certain kind of person, gadgets make fitness more fun and the process of getting fit more exciting. Of course, I’m a geek who believes more information (in every area of life) is better. Maybe everyone is at least a little bit motivated by seeing the data. If not, why would makers of aerobic […]

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Is dieting dangerous?

May 28, 2013
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“Diets cause weight gain.” “Diets cause food obsession and eating disorders.” “Diets blind you to your body’s intuitive eating signals.” You can find all kinds of books, articles, and websites that expound on these topics, and I’m not going to waste your time going into detail on their points of view. I can’t deny that […]

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Is a brisk walk as good as a run?

May 3, 2013
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This one’s for the walkers: If you’ve ever felt bad because you can’t jog or just don’t feel like it, I have good news. True, you can’t burn as many calories per minute walking as you can running—but you can get the same health benefits, according to some new research. It’ll just take a little […]

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