Do Diet and Exercise Really Make You Fat? Experts Respond to the TED Talk People Are Buzzing About 

In his recent TEDx Talk, Jay Cardiello argued that when it comes to our health, we’ve got it all wrong: “Diet and exercise makes you fat,” the strength and conditioning coach told the audience. And the health and fitness industry? “It’s a complete lie.” Cardiello, who has trained both professional athletes and stars like Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Lopez, went on to highlight the misconceptions the industry creates. Dietitians who devise complicated weight-loss strategies (“they swap this food for that food, you eat… Read More »

The Healthiest Way to Do Intermittent Fasting, According to a Nutritionist

You’ve probably been hearing some buzz about intermittent fasting–the weight loss method that alternates fasting days and non-fasting days–especially since there’s been more and more research on its potential to help people slim down. For example, in a new study published in JAMA, researchers divided obese men and women into two groups: One followed a traditional calorie-restricted eating plan, and the other group practiced intermittent fasting. After one year, the… Read More »

Woman Who Lost 185 Lbs. Shows Off Excess Skin: ‘I Wanted People to Realize What Obesity Does’

This article originally appeared on People.com.  When her 185-lb. weight loss left her with large amounts of excess skin, Jessica Weber didn’t let it bring her down. Instead, she’s sharing body-baring photos on Instagram to help others stay just as positive. [brightcove:5423123415001 default] Weber, 23, decided to finally lose weight after she hit 383 lbs., and had an emotional talk with her mom. “My mom actually started crying, and told… Read More »

Mom of 3 Drops 120 Lbs. After Having Her Youngest Child: ‘I Wanted to Get Healthy for My Kids’

This article originally appeared on People.com.  Emily Powers had struggled with her weight since high school, when she began eating cafeteria food instead of homemade meals and put on 100 lbs. by the time she graduated. By the time the Ontario, Canada-based daycare worker was in her 20s, Powers had reached 273 lbs. [brightcove:5339322755001 default] “I tried different fad diets and I’d lose some weight and then I’d gain it back… Read More »

How One Woman Shed 137 Lbs. With Strength Training and Simple Diet Changes

Ashley Javar, 38, 5'4", from Las Vegas Before: 287 lb., size 22/24 After: 150 lb., size 8 Total pounds lost: 137 lb. Total sizes lost: 7/8 From an early age, I always turned to food for comfort. Every day I would binge on one or two massive, mostly fried meals. Fast-forward to 2013; I was 24 and a mom, but otherwise not much had changed. I was still overweight. It hurt my knees to walk up the stairs of my house, I was often fatigued,… Read More »

 Forget Your BMI and Focus on This Measurement Instead

When it comes to determining whether a person is overweight, body mass index (BMI) is the most widely used measure out there. But doctors admit that BMI—a ratio of weight to height—is far from perfect. Now, a new study suggests there may be a better way to estimate the risks of health problems associated with excess weight. The new research, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that… Read More »

Woman Goes from Being Morbidly Obese to Dropping 130 Lbs. and Becoming a Personal Trainer

This article originally appeared on People.com.  Katie Hug began gaining weight after high school due the combination of her metabolism slowing down and taking prescription drugs for depression and anxiety. “I was put on different medications that made me feel more sluggish, and then all I wanted to do was eat,” Hug, now 34, tells PEOPLE. [brightcove:4928980912001 default] By 2012, Hug had reached 270 lbs. At her doctor’s office for a routine checkup, the… Read More »

Always Hungry? This One Ingredient May Be to Blame

Everyone knows that salty foods make you thirsty. But according to new research, when people increase their sodium intake long-term, they actually drink less water. And that’s not the study’s only surprising finding: High sodium levels also increase feelings of hunger, the authors say, which may suggest that high-salt diets contribute to weight gain. Experts say this counterintuitive discovery—that dietary salt boosts appetite but decreases thirst—upends more than 100 years of… Read More »