“I felt ashamed of how I had changed from a veteran Army soldier into someone who I wasn’t proud to be,” Root, 35, tells PEOPLE for the 2018 Half Their Size issue. “When I transitioned out of the military, I was pregnant with my son, and that loss of structure meant I was eating what I wanted to with no regard, and being pregnant I just found myself eating a lot more than usual.”
In a diet-induced weight-loss setting among overweight and obese individuals, higher baseline plasma PFAS concentrations were significantly associated with greater weight regain, especially in women, accompanied by a slower regression of RMR. These findings suggest that environmental chemicals may play a role in the current obesity epidemic. More studies are warranted to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the link between PFAS exposure and weight regulation in humans.
I'm already seeing a lot of success here. I’ve lost over 50 pounds, which is a significant amount for three months, but I feel good about it as we're both monitored physically and mentally, and I know I'm doing it in a healthy way. But I don't really care about the number on the scale. For me it's all about the non-scale victories. For instance, I used to be uncomfortable with anything fitness related but now I enjoy trying new workouts. I can ride a bike, lift weights, and many other things I couldn't do as easily before.
If you need some Meatless Monday inspiration, look for veggies that contain less starch. In addition to being excellent sources of fiber, protein, and a host of other nutrients, healthy picks such as broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes can help combat fat. In fact, one Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics study found that consuming more non-starchy veggies resulted in an impressive 17 percent decrease in visceral fat in overweight kids. Although you may be all grown up, it’s safe to assume that adding more veggies can help adults trim their fat, too.
For my second month, I moved up to the LivingWell program, which is similar to LoseWell, but it offers more flexibility in what to eat and which activities and classes to try. In the dining hall, everything is labeled with calorie counts and nutritional information, so I could practice making healthier food choices. I also learned during this time how to better listen to my body. If I wanted to take three exercise classes one day, I could, and if I needed rest the next day, I rested.
Don’t get too excited, this diet isn’t as fun as it sounds. True, it does consist of eating cookies for breakfast and lunch but these aren’t tasty chocolate chip cookies, they contain a mere 90 calories per cookie and are made with low GI ingredients such as whole wheat flour, bran and oats. You’re allowed to have a high-protein dinner and then if you’re still hungry, you can treat yourself to two more cookies.
Spirulina is a high-protein seaweed supplement that’s typically dried and sold in powdered form. The dried stuff is about 60 percent protein, and, like quinoa, it’s a complete protein—deeming it a great weight loss tool. A tablespoon of the blue-green algae delivers 8 grams of metabolism-boosting protein for just 43 calories, plus half a day’s allotment of vitamin B12, which can encourage weight loss by giving you more energy and boosting your metabolism. Try tossing some spirulina into a smoothie and watch the pounds melt off.
The base for Wildfitness is a Victorian stone lodge in a whopping 23,000 acres of dramatic mountains and inky-black lochs. Wild workouts include scrambling up steep mossy banks, walking along wooden planks with eyes closed and slacklining above whirling rivers. During downtime you'll want to disappear under your duvet in the tartan- and tweed-trussed bedrooms (ask for a highland view). Meals are protein-packed: Scotch egg wrapped in venison for lunch and bone broth with fishcakes for supper. The highlight of the week is a youthful version of the Highland games: welly throwing, caber lifting, shot putting, rope jumping and a highly competitive tug of war. It can seem hard at first, but somehow you'll do it anyway and feel mighty proud of yourself afterwards - with a reshaped body to boot.
Now extreme weight manipulation can go horribly, horribly wrong. Even a lot of UFC guys don’t know how to do it the smart way. Instead, they put their bodies in real harm by doing stupid things like taking a lot of diuretics, not drinking any water, skipping meals, wearing trash bags while exercising (sometimes in the sauna) and generally being idiotic.
Carb crazy? Consider this: Refined carbohydrates, such as bread, potatoes and rice, create a surge in insulin that in turn drives down your resting metabolic rate, explains Aronne. "It's important to keep carbohydrates in your diet, but really focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which have less of an effect on insulin levels," he explains. And when buying whole-grain breads and cereals, make sure the first ingredient listed is whole wheat, whole oat or cracked wheat.
Absolute Sanctuary is an absolute bargain. You can get a week's stay here, including flights and the most delicious, healthy breakfasts - chilli-and-coriander omelette, coconut-and-mango yogurt, courgette pancakes - for less than what many spas in the UK charge for a long weekend. Specialising in Pilates Reformer, yoga and detox, as well as pure weight loss, this 38-room retreat lies on a terraced hillside on Samui's coast. Besides the thorough health consultation you get with Alena Kwong, who heads the spa, other highlights include the tranquil atmosphere - no alcohol or children allowed. At night, the great treat here is an open-air Thai massage, with velvety darkness and that tropical blare of cicadas all around. And for a total overhaul rather than a restful week's tweak, the new 30- and 60-day lifestyle change programme promises transformation.
Though many believe chewing gum keeps you from mindlessly eating, the minty treat has its own drawbacks that can lead to a bigger belly. Not only does chewing gum cause you to swallow tummy-bloating air, many gums also contain sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and xylitol that can cause bloat. If you have to have something to chomp on, go for an organic variety like Glee gum or Simply gum instead. They’re still low-cal, but they don’t use those sweeteners that’ll make you puff up.
This Algarve hotel combines a seaside setting that's hot and close to home, with comprehensive wellness retreats. Sign up for a bootcamp and your first glimpse of the sand could be while running up and down the 149 steps of the wooden boardwalk that leads down to Falésia beach. Twice. There are also circuits - burpees on the lawn, tricep dips on the tennis courts, press-ups on a tyre by the family pool - and mountain bike rides through pine forests and along red-soil cliffs towards Vilamoura Marina. The other five programmes range from de-stress to detox, and include personalised meal plans, one-on-one fitness sessions and non-surgical cosmetic procedures like mesotherapy for targeted fat reduction. The vibe is friendly and laid-back - there's often live music in the courtyard, and when there is a full moon, a bar is set up on the sand and a reggae band plays late into the night.
In the UK, up to 5% of the general population is underweight, but more than 10% of those with lung or gastrointestinal diseases and who have recently had surgery. According to data in the UK using the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool ('MUST'), which incorporates unintentional weight loss, more than 10% of the population over the age of 65 is at risk of malnutrition. A high proportion (10-60%) of hospital patients are also at risk, along with a similar proportion in care homes.
Working with a lifestyle medicine professional can also help you manage expectations, set reasonable goals and respond to your body’s changes if weight loss is a goal of yours. You may also want to consider whether a nutritionist is right for you. The team at the Northwestern Medicine Center for Lifestyle Medicine specializes in setting achievable goals ranging from comprehensive weight-loss treatment and management for overweight and obese adults and educational strategies that promote weight loss to risk factor reduction and tools to improve physical activity and encourage healthy eating.
As far as sugar goes, high-fructose corn syrup is the worst of the lot. The man-made substance is a combination of corn syrup (which itself is 100 percent glucose) and pure fructose, making it a unique nightmare for your waistline. In one study, researchers fed subjects beverages sweetened with either glucose or fructose. Though both groups gained the same amount of weight over a two-month period, the fructose group gained its weight primarily as belly fat because of the way this type of sugar is processed in the liver. To avoid the belly-bloating HFCS trap, make sure you look at nutrition labels carefully and ditch the processed snacks and fruit drinks.
It was a huge risk but immediately I knew it was the right choice for me. It is a charming town, known for its outdoor recreation and active lifestyle. Hiking and biking trails crisscross the city and while I loved this, at over 300 pounds it was, honestly, really difficult for me to do. I realized that while I was happy with my body I wasn't happy with it getting in the way of things I wanted to do.
Meal prepping takes a few hours a week, but it's worth it: By getting your meals ready ahead of time, you won't be so tempted to order your go-to Chinese takeout when you're tired and hungry after work. "When you plan an entire week of dinner in advance, you're way less likely to go off course and indulge in foods that aren't good for you," says Pamela Salzman, a certified holistic health expert and cooking instructor. And since you planned things out, you'll actually get the protein, fruit, and veggies your body needs — and you'll lose weight in the process.
Instead of depriving yourself of all your favorite indulgences or meticulously counting calories to drop a size, simply consume at least 30 grams of fiber daily. This simple, no-fuss method fuels weight loss and improves health just as effectively as more complex diet approaches, University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers discovered. “Very few people reach the goals that are recommended,” said lead study author Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, adding that “Telling people to reduce this or reduce that is just too hard to do.” However, asking people to focus on eating more of a certain nutrient—rather than eliminating things from their diet–can help people reach their weight loss goals, he explains. Interested in giving the diet strategy a try? Check out these 11 Best High-Fiber Foods for Weight Loss and start slimming down!