weight loss

Lose Weight—and Keep It Off for Good

Posted on 07/19/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionObesity is on the rise in the United States. In fact, almost 70 percent of American adults are considered overweight.  And that’s not good. Being overweight can contribute to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers — ailments that range from debilitating to disabling to fatal. What steps can we take in our own lives to stop this dangerous trend? It’s simple: Eat less — and move your body more. I turned 50 a few years back — seven years …

A Challenge to Caregivers: Exercise and Get Fit!

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |AARP Media Relations | Comments

Media RelationsAARP has launched a new online fitness and weight-loss challenge to encourage caregivers to take charge of their own health. What are the odds that caregivers will rise to the challenge? Not as bad as you might think. The average caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who has a job and a family. She spends 20 hours a week providing care for a loved one — usually her mother, who lives alone about 20 minutes away. About 6 in 10 caregivers say …

Weight Loss: Do Frequent Small Meals Really Help?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s familiar advice to dieters: Eat five small meals a day, instead of two big ones, and you’ll stave off hunger and lose more weight. Except that it may not work that way. According to a new British study, the total number of calories, not meal frequency, is what counts. Women who ate two big meals a day burned the same amount of calories as women who ate five small meals. In other words, it’s the total amount of calories …

Poll: Nearly half of adults 50+ are currently trying to lose weight

Posted on 02/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthRecently, I wrote about New Year’s resolutions and that, among those 50 years and older with resolutions, 25% are working on health/fitness goals–the largest category by far. We’ve found this focus on health and fitness in a variety of other research too. For example, AARP research shows that when many people are turning 50, they set a goal to lose weight and get in shape before that big day. In an AARP  study of conversations online about 50th birthdays, losing …

Surprising Weight-Loss Tip: Weigh Yourself Daily

Posted on 11/21/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal Health“Don’t weigh yourself every day” was the advice experts used to give for those of us trying to lose weight, but a growing number of studies find that people actually lose more weight — and keep it off  — if they step on the scale daily. The thinking had been that checking your weight every day might be discouraging and possibly cause eating disorders if you saw that you weren’t making any immediate progress. Weight Watchers, for example, makes the …

Can an Apple a Day Melt the Pounds Away?

Posted on 10/14/2013 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthI don’t know about you, but most of my family members and friends are trying to lose weight. Some of us are overweight and do not want to see the number on the scale go any higher. Others, like me, have lost weight and want to sustain their downsized profile. Given our single-mindedness, it’s no wonder that millions of dieters will spend $61 billion in 2013 on weight-loss programs, products and gadgets, according to market research firm Marketdata Enterprises. But …