Do potatoes make you fat?

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

potato

Do potatoes make you fat? Well, they certainly can . . . the same way any food can: if you eat too much of it, you get fat. It’s true of potatoes just as it’s true of cupcakes, pizza, and any other food—healthy or unhealthy—that you could name. OK, I admit this article’s headline is […]

Are you giving your scale too much power?

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on March 19, 2013

woman on a scale

How do you feel about the numbers you see on your bathroom scale? This is a loaded question, of course: I’m asking what emotional response you have to an objective fact, the amount you weigh at any given moment. I started thinking about this question after reading a fitness columnist’s exhortation not to focus “solely” […]

Kick metabolic syndrome to the curb with strength training

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on March 11, 2013

strength training protects against metabolic syndrome

Color me shocked: A recently published study found that only about 6.3 percent of U.S. women over 20 reported lifting weights regularly. I don’t have any illusions about the prevalence of couch-potatoism. But because I’m talking about fitness all the time and hanging out in gyms, I guess I would have expected the numbers to […]

The truth about menopause and weight gain

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

menopause and weight gain

Would you believe me if I said menopause is not responsible for weight gain? If you’re skeptical, keep reading . . . because it’s true. (And if you want some scientific validation for my claim, check out this link.) Yes, I know that somewhere around age 45 to 50, most women notice that they’re gaining […]

Defeat hunger with protein

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

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For me, the toughest part of caloric reduction is hunger. I simply can’t stand being hungry. I can turn away from French fries or Cheez-its (mmmmmm) or ice cream; I have no problem eating salad instead of cheeseburgers. But experience hunger? Like when I’m dying for something and it’s 4 p.m. and I’ve only got […]

27 hot weight loss secrets, tips, and strategies

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on February 16, 2013

Are you sick and tired of disappointing diets and ready for a weight loss quick start? Prepared to give up on “miracle” cures and instant fixes (that never work)? If the answer is yes, my brand new program, Take Off 20 Pounds, was created with you in mind! In it, I deliver 27 of the most effective […]

Why it’s so damned easy to gain 20 pounds

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on January 29, 2013

busy mom after weight gain

I often talk to women who are slightly mystified by weight gain—and these are usually women with pretty good nutrition habits. They’re not obese, they don’t eat fried food three times a day, and often they even skip meals because they’re busy running around after their kids or too rushed to have breakfast before heading […]

Dieting? Why a food journal helps

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on January 23, 2013

woman working at computer

Are you dieting and looking for a really hot success tip? Here goes: to lose fat, focus on the caloric deficit. Maybe that’s not what you were expecting. But the point is, calories do count, despite all kinds of chicanery that attempts to persuade us otherwise. The very human part of us that wants a […]

Thinking about the hCG diet?

by Mary C. Weaver, CSCS on January 19, 2013

starvation programs like the hCG diet can wreck your metabolism

I’m continually amazed at the number of women I speak with who have done the hCG diet at one point during their weight-loss journey. I guess I shouldn’t be. I mean, it’s advertised vigorously, Dr. Oz has promoted it (don’t get me started on that guy), and it promises something plenty of people want: fast, […]

dieting does not have to mean starvation

Odds are about 100 percent that right now either you or someone close to you is dieting. Here’s the question that matters: Is the food plan you (or she) is following going to help you achieve your fat-loss goals, or is failure built into it? That’s what I talked about in the webinar I delivered […]

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