Keeping Lost Weight Off: 168 Pounds for Three Years

Here at A Weight Lifted, we aren’t always on top of blog statistics and the like.  Our usual pattern is more just writing what we’re thinking about and hoping someone will find it interesting/useful.  But we have noticed that for a long while, we’ve gotten readers from a blog called Lynn’s Weigh.  Just who is […]

All Or Nothing – The Truth About Motivation

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~ Mark Victor […]

Getting Back on Track after the Holidays

Now for the last question from the Mompreneurs Twitter party I was a guest expert on a couple weeks ago.  Before Christmas.  Time does fly…. Q5:  If I do put on a few extra pounds over the holidays, what’s the best way to get back on track without feeling deprived? First realize that it’s normal […]

Good Bacteria: A Legitimate Obesity Buster?

Who hasn’t seen the fabulous looking Jamie Lee Curtis espousing the virtues of Activia on their TV set in the last year? Does anyone else wonder just what all the bifidus regularis is about? Well, bifidus regularis is one of several helpful cultures found in the gut. Because our digestive system performs two vital functions: […]

Do Diet Foods Lead to Weight Gain?

As I was casting about for a subject to write about this morning, I ran across an article published in Time magazine that asked this question a couple years ago.  It grabbed my attention because it reminded me of a brief piece I wrote almost 20 years ago titled Will the Real Diet Food Please […]

Healthy Recipe: Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

Ellie Krieger was singing my song as she set the blender to whirring.  Well, she wasn’t actually singing, but she was making one of my favorite foods — a smoothie.  This one was featuring frozen tart cherries, with the added goodness of yogurt and milk.  I’m a sucker for both, not only because I love […]

Rethinking Carbohydrates…Again

If you’re as old as I am, you’ve been around the block with the carbohydrate question too many times to count.  Even if you’re younger, you’re still likely a veteran of the carbohydrate wars.  Has any nutrient gotten as much negative attention over the last 50 years of weight worrying in America as carbohydrates? Yet […]

How Eating as Much as You Want Can Help You Lose Weight

When I encourage people to eat as much as they want in their quest for healthy weight loss, the response is incredulous, to say the least.  “You’ve got to be kidding. If I took the brakes off, I’d eat anything and everything and lots of it.” The light begins to dawn when I ask, “Is […]

Does Eat This, Not That Work for Weight Loss?

It may seem like I’m hung up on calories these days given the number of times I’ve written about them in the past weeks.  But I read a research article this weekend that brings the subject up again.  It questions whether the energy balance equation (you know, calories in vs. calories out = your weight) […]

Weight Loss: Overweight Kids Benefit from Healthy Lifestyle Change and Family Involvement

It may seem obvious to you and me that overweight teens and children can benefit from healthy lifestyle change, but because there are a variety of treatments out there that focus on drug treatment for obesity, researchers wanted to study the specific benefits of behavioral change. A new review, published in the Cochrane Library, examined […]

Diabetes, Obesity, Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Risk

It is well known that many people with type 2 diabetes (anywhere from 30-50%) suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but there is also a potential cardiovascular and other health risks associated with the disorder. Being overweight or obese increases the likelihood of OSA. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your upper airway temporarily collapses while you sleep and […]

Weight Loss: Possible Explanation for Obesity-Related Insulin Resistance

Researchers are getting closer to understanding the association between obesity and insulin resistance, a condition in which normal amounts of insulin are inadequate to produce a normal insulin response from fat, muscle and liver cells.  Insulin resistance can precede the development of type 2 diabetes. "Obese adipose, or fat, tissue is characterized by the presence […]

Weight Loss: Breast Cancer Survivors Decrease Risk of Recurrence by Losing Weight, Lowering Estrogen Levels

Breast Cancer Awareness efforts generally focus on preventative measures for healthy women, early screening, and fundraising, but it’s just as important to emphasize ways of preventing recurrence in women who have survived the disease. Studies have linked higher estrogen levels in the body to breast cancer in women, and excess weight plays a role in […]

For Healthy Weight Loss, Read a Book?

According to a women’s health website, Duke University researchers this week released results of a study that showed young girls (age 9 to 13) who were part of a weight loss program fared better after reading a novel that featured a story line about a young large size girl who worries about going on an […]

Healthy Eating: Chicken Soup a Healthy Food for Pandas at China’s Wuhan Zoo

People have sworn by their grandmother’s chicken soup to fight off fall and winter colds, and some research* has actually studied the potential health benefits of the age-old folk remedy. Now even Pandas are responding to a healthy dose of chicken soup! CNN reports that over-stressed pandas at the Wuhan Zoo in central China (due […]

Requiem for a Fad Diet Author

I just learned that the author of the Beverly Hills Diet died a few days ago. There’s nothing in particular I have to say about this, or the diet, that wasn’t brilliantly summed up in a post on diet blog. Briefly, the post talks about formulas for these types of books: pseudo-scientific theories, celebrity testimonials, […]

Building Self Esteem for Healthy Weight Loss

What are you looking for — a healthy weight loss program to lose the weight that’s driven you nuts for too long? Or do you seek a type 2 diabetes program because your doctor has told you to lose weight to better manage your diabetes? Or do you have PCOS (also known as PCO) and […]

Healthy Weight Loss: Managing Food Cravings

Study: Food Cravings May Just Be Calorie Cravings When we think we’re dealing with carbohydrate cravings, a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity suggests we’re really just craving calories. But not just any source of calories…something that has a lot of them. We’re hungry, and we want something to satisfy. As we all […]

Healthy Lifestyle Changes That Will Take You Through The Holidays and Long After

Halloween is here and gone and that only means one thing:  Retailers everywhere getting their usual head start on the holidays.  ‘Deck the Halls’ playing  24/7 in your local Target, plastic wreaths swinging off every traffic light and  mass produced Christmas trees bundled up with twine and scrunched together by the dozens outside your grocery […]