What are you losing when you lose ‘weight’?

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

Want 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. […]

8 ways to get more out of every workout

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on August 20, 2013


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 […]

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

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on July 10, 2013

Eat more to break through a weight loss plateau

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 […]

Don’t eat bananas until you read this

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on July 1, 2013

bananas make you fat

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 […]

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

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on June 26, 2013

Eat all your favorite foods and still lose weight?

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 […]

Goodbye, FitBit–welcome back, BodyMedia

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on June 3, 2013

bodymedia link armband

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 […]

Is a brisk walk as good as a run?

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on May 3, 2013

Is a brisk walk as good as a run?

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 […]

Squeeze more exercise into half the time

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on March 26, 2013

woman on exercise bike

Quick—what’s the No. 1 reason you either don’t exercise or don’t log as many workouts as you’d like? Most women I know will say “not enough time!” I say it too. We’re all overscheduled, with so many more commitments than our calendars can hold. But here’s yet another study (among many) suggesting that brief, intense […]

How to turn ‘diet failure’ into weight-loss success

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on March 25, 2013

diet failure

“Past performance is no guarantee of future results.” That’s the boilerplate we see when we buy a mutual fund or other potentially risky investment. It serves as a warning, lest we think success is a sure thing. But what if we flipped things around and used those words to encourage ourselves? What if we used […]

Low-carb diet? Why your week 1 weight loss is meaningless

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on March 21, 2013

low-carb diet

Diet gurus love low-carb diets—and dieters love them—because going on one usually causes a dramatic loss of weight the first week. Notice that I didn’t say loss of fat. People get all excited about that first week’s weight loss of four, five, or six pounds or more. Well, there’s an easy explanation for what’s going […]

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