The Weight Loss Trap: Why Your Diet Isn’t Working

[brightcove:5392602933001 default] This article originally appeared on Time.com.  Like most people, Kevin Hall used to think the reason people get fat is simple. “Why don’t they just eat less and exercise more?” he remembers thinking. Trained as a physicist, the calories-in-vs.-calories-burned equation for weight loss always made sense to him. But then his own research–and the contestants on a smash reality-TV show–proved him wrong. Hall, a scientist at the National… Read More »

How I Swam, Biked, and Ran My Way to a 70 Lb. Weight Loss

Cris Wade, 47, 6'1", from Sacramento, California Before: 235 lb., size 16/18 After: 165 lb., size 8/10 Total pounds lost: 70 lb. Total sizes lost: 4 I never had weight problems until after I had children. Having two kids in two years—and leaning on a diet of fast food—made the numbers on the scale start to climb. By August 2008, I was 235 pounds, depressed, and low on energy. I realized that if I didn’t change, I would continue to feel miserable for years to… Read More »

Husband and Wife Lost More Than 200 Lbs. by Embracing Health Together: ‘We Keep Each Other Strong’

[brightcove:5445259992001 default] This article originally appeared on People.com.  At 311 lbs. and 5’8″, Brenda Bennett could no longer do some of the things she loved, like being active outdoors. “I remember hiking with my family in June 2014 and I was exhausted and couldn’t do the full hike,” says the Elko, Nevada mom of three.  “I was so upset about it. I was really mad at myself. I thought, ‘I can’t… Read More »

How This Aspiring Nutritionist Lost 107 Lbs.— and Encouraged Her Family to Lose a Total of 275 Lbs.

[brightcove:5446606206001 default] “Watch the full episodes of We Lost 100 Pounds! now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to  PEOPLE.com/PEN or download the PEN app on your favorite device. This article originally appeared on People.com.  Hannah Jenkins says that she was never bullied for her size. She reached her highest weight — 278 lbs. — when she was in seventh grade, but “growing up in the South, it wasn’t that out of the ordinary… Read More »

‘I Lost 40 Pounds So I Could Donate My Kidney to My Friend’

I hadn't heard from my friend Chris in over three years when a post from him showed up in my Facebook feed last autumn: he needed a new kidney to live. I could hardly believe it. When we worked together as restaurant servers 10 years ago outside of Pittsburgh, Chris played softball and volleyball. In his late 20s then, he was the picture of good health. Since that time, his health had… Read More »

Woman Who Lost 130 Lbs. Shares Photo of Her Loose Skin: ‘I Don’t Want to Sugarcoat Anything’

This article originally appeared on People.com. Jordaan Spark was 250 lbs. when she married her husband, and never thought he would be able to pick her up. So when she lost 130 lbs. after two years of dedicated diet and exercise and he was able to lift her, she wanted to share the milestone on Instagram — even though this meant putting her loose skin on display. “I’ve never had anyone pick… Read More »

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 »