Category Archives: Weight Loss

You Asked: Can You Lose Weight Just from Your Stomach?

[brightcove:5438204957001 default] This article originally appeared on Time.com. Whether you have some extra weight in your upper arms or rear end, it makes sense that targeting those areas with exercise—curls for your arms, lunges for your butt—would slim them down. Weight-loss experts refer to this as “spot reduction.” But it turns out that in most cases, this kind of laser-focused weight loss isn’t possible. One study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning… Read More »

Oprah Says Her Weight Troubles Were ‘Always Such a Physical, Spiritual, Emotional Burden’

[brightcove:5479177955001 default] This article originally appeared on People.com. Oprah Winfrey sunk into a period of depression at age 44 — and she can pinpoint the moment when it happened. The media mogul had just put her heart into her latest film — 1998’s Beloved — and the movie had opened one day prior. “I shall never forget Saturday morning, October 17,” Winfrey, 63, tells Vogue for their September issue. “I got a call… Read More »

Can a DNA Test Really Pinpoint Your Perfect Diet and Workout? Here’s What Science Says

[brightcove:4639738292001 default] It sounds either too good or too futuristic to be true: Just by spitting into a tube, you can find out the answers to questions that plague us all: Why can't I lose weight? Why can't I sleep? What exercises should I do for a perkier butt? This is the claim from a new crop of so-called lifestyle DNA tests—genetic tests that, rather than estimate your risk of developing various diseases,… Read More »

Oprah Says Her Move to Weight Watchers Was for Her Health, Not Vanity

[brightcove:4639849203001 default] This article originally appeared on People.com. When Oprah weighed more than 200 lbs., she wanted to lean on the body positivity movement to feel comfortable about her weight — but she couldn’t do it without risking her health. ‘‘For your heart to pump, pump, pump, pump, it needs the least amount of weight possible to do that,” Winfrey, 63, tells The New York Times magazine. “So all of the… Read More »

Should You Cut Nightshade Veggies From Your Diet?

  As a sports nutritionist who works with pro athletes, I fully expected to be bombarded with questions after Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen's personal chef told Boston.com all about the power couple's strict diet. But instead, most of my clients had just one question: "Why don't they eat nightshades?” Even if you're not familiar with the term "nightshades," you're probably very familiar the produce that falls into this category.… Read More »

The Virgin Diet: Lose 7 Pounds in 7 Days?

Getty Images Can't lose those last ten pounds? It might be time to give up some of your go-to "diet" foods. Think soy, dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts and artificial sweeteners. According to nutritionist JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet, foods you think are healthy could be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. Virgin says that food intolerance is a hidden cause of weight gain and if you eliminate "diet" foods that… Read More »

Fitness Star Anna Victoria Doesn’t Weigh Herself. Here’s the Number She Pays Attention to Instead

[brightcove:5229956782001 default] Anna Victoria has made it clear she’s not a fan of scales. The superstar fitness blogger and trainer doesn’t weigh herself, and urges her followers not to obsess over how much they weigh either.  Victoria’s onto something: A scale can tell you your total weight, sure, but it can’t tell you much more. It won't reflect how much muscle you’ve gained thanks to a new strength training routine, or how… Read More »