High-protein, low-carb diets are often touted as magic cures for those who want to drop a little (or a lot) of extra weight. The Atkins rave of the early 2000s and the more recent hype around the Paleo lifestyle have driven a high-protein movement that gained momentum with media attention and celebrity endorsements. Though some research does suggest that high-protein diets lead to weight loss in the short term, the greater body of evidence indicates that in the long term, these diets may do more harm than good. One recent study of 34 overweight women asked half the group to eat a typical weight-loss diet containing a standard amount of protein and the other half to follow an otherwise identical[…]

Snack time isn’t just for 3-year-olds! Because it can satiate hunger between meals to prevent overeating and help you lose weight, it’s great for adults, too! But if you snack the wrong way, it could make you gain weight, so follow these three rules. It’s not a mini-meal: Aim to eat a snack that’s around 150 calories or less. This should be a little something to tide you over until your next meal and shouldn’t leave you feeling full. Here are 150-calorie snack ideas from savory to sweet, whatever you’re craving. Two is the magic number: What you eat is just as important as how much. Obviously candy bars, cookies, and chips aren’t the healthiest options, but when choosing a[…]

“I love being on a diet!” — said no one ever. There’s really no other way to put it. Losing weight really, really sucks. Here are four common complaints people have about having to drop pounds and four solutions to make it not feel so horrible. 1. “I can’t eat my favorite foods.” From cheesy pizza to french fries to caramel brownie sundaes, it’s downright depressing to think any food is completely off limits. I mean, how can you go to your friend’s birthday party and not partake in cake? You can. Yes, you can eat your favorite foods, even if they’re high in calories or carbs or fat or whatever. They’re also high in the making-you-happy category, and that[…]

3/17/173/17/17 Rome wasn’t built in a day, and those abs that are “made in the kitchen” don’t appear after one meal. If your goal is weight loss, you’ll need to give your grocery list an overhaul and start shopping strategically. One day at a time, meal after meal — with the right foods at home, you can make big changes. Our tips will help you be more thoughtful and efficient at the market — and avoid any “oops, how did that get in there?!” moments with a tub or two of Ben & Jerry’s (we’ve all been there, it’s OK). These guiding principles will help you even if you’re not trying to lose weight — they’re just good rules of[…]

3/16/173/16/17 Many of you are here to improve your diet and overall well-being and to start cutting certain things out of your life. But that doesn’t always mean junk food or sweets — we’ve got some habits that might be holding you back from your healthy goals that you should definitely consider eliminating for good. Here’s what we’re cutting out of our lives to have our healthiest year yet. Negative self-talk: Stop being mean to yourself. Just stop. You are enough! You are strong! You’re capable. Start giving yourself more compliments, and make this year about no negative self-talk — ever. The more you berate and degrade yourself, the harder your year will be; you’ll also have a much harder[…]

3/14/173/14/17 As we age and our metabolisms slow, it’s easy to pack on a few pounds without realizing it. But a new study has found that making consistent changes to your eating habits can lead to big weight-loss results over time. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed the dietary habits of over 120,000 people for 16 years and found that those who ate foods that had a high glycemic load (which includes refined grains, starches, and sugars) gained more weight than those who ate foods with a low glycemic load (foods such as nuts, dairy, and certain fruits and vegetables). This isn’t surprising or new; other research has shown that going lower on the glycemic[…]

Weight loss is hard. It’s not black and white, and it’s certainly not cookie cutter. There are struggles, setbacks, and times you might wonder, “Why did I even start? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?” But with these stories from women who achieved their success in all different ways, we can gain a strong sense of hope. There’s a different approach for everyone, and each woman’s winning combination of tools is different. That said, there are a few common themes that we’ve noticed again and again, ones that you can implement no matter what your body type, habits, or goals. We’ve interviewed women who have lost between 25 and 225 pounds; their three best tips (collectively)[…]

Have you heard of the concept called “If It Fits Your Macros,” or IIFYM? Essentially, you create your own specific guidelines for macronutrients (macros) based on your goals (like losing weight, for instance), and you eat “whatever you want” so long as it fits your macros — your goal number of grams of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. No, this doesn’t mean you can eat pizza all day, but yes, it means you can eat pizza AND lose weight. Crazy, right? And that’s the concept behind this meal plan. Macro expert and nutrition coach Carrie McMahon proportioned out macros for weight loss and chose these meals to help you reach your goals without the guesswork. And while your specific macro needs[…]