Why We Should Stop Seeking the ‘Best’ Diet

Is the paleo diet the best for losing weight? Or how about Weight Watchers? Maybe low fat? South Beach? Atkins? Oh, stop. This whole debate over the “ideal” diet is misleading, and researchers and the media need to knock it off, says weight-management expert and psychologist Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D., with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Pagoto, an associate professor who also counsels weight-management patients at the university’s Weight Center, says there really is no such thing as the “best” …

Calories on Menus: Boomers, Women Are Paying Attention

Who pays attention to calorie counts on menus? By next year, all large chain restaurants will be required to post those harsh numbers, so the Gallup research people decided to find out who really takes note of them. In a survey conducted last month of 2,027 American adults, they found that only 43 percent  pay “a great deal” or a “fair amount” of attention. In fact, more Americans – 68 percent – look at nutritional information on food packages than …

The Woman Who Lost 100 Pounds

Swimming saved DeEtte Sauer’s life. In 1986, the 71-year-old Houston resident was dangerously fat. Her day of reckoning with her condition came while on a family vacation and, weighing about 250 pounds, she couldn’t get in a boat with her kids. “I was pretty disgusted with myself,” Sauer says. “I’d let myself go and I was tired of being that way.” So she started walking. Then she started working out at a gym, where she spotted a notice about a new …

How to Beat Fitness Saboteurs

You may have noticed that for the most part, my articles focus on the positive aspects of getting fit. (I have found the upside so incredible that I wonder why it took me so long to make positive changes.) At the same time, I recognize the downside: when we decide to make changes and get fit, some of us will find ourselves dealing with individuals who seek to undermine our efforts. Related: The #1 Best All-Around Exercise for Every Post-50 …

Losing Weight: When Two Rights Still Make a Wrong

Denise, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has a common problem. She is doing everything she can to lead a healthy lifestyle, but the stubborn pounds refuse to leave her body. I’ve read your advice, and I have completely revamped my nutritional intake to high-quality proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and fat-free dairy. I even started buying salmon to cook for myself a couple of times a week. On the exercise front, I am walking and using my pedometer, but the weight is …

Why Lost Pounds Return and Bring Friends

An acquaintance once said that she had lost over 200 pounds. Looking at her girth, I confess that I doubted the claim until she quickly added, “Of course, it’s the same 20 pounds 10 times.” Given the single-minded focus required to lose weight, why do so many of us (an estimated percent) regain the pounds we lost-and even add a few more? How maddening is that? Researchers are starting to explain this common experience, and their insights are both encouraging …