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How Eating More and Moving Less Helped Me Lose Weight and Change My Life

BY JULIE FREDRICKSONMy name is Julie Fredrickson and I am the co-founder of Minimum Viable Fitness, a fitness and nutrition program designed to fit the lifestyle of busy professionals. I’m also a three-time start-up founder, a powerlifter, and a passionate advocate for taking a balanced approach to entrepreneurship. But I wasn’t always fit, and I didn't always have the most balanced approach to my health. When I first attempted to turn my life around via diet and fitness, I learned I was doing it all wrong.Panic Room When I was 25, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol. My doctor didn’t mince words—he said that because I was 20 pounds overweight and had a family history of heart disease and diabetes, it made sense for me to go...

How This Busy Mom Of 4 Lost 92 Pounds

As told to ELIZABETH SHIMER BOWERSAfter she watched her father die of a massive heart attack right before her eyes 6 years ago, Ashley Barnes, 29, knew she needed to make a change. Today, not only has she lost more than 90 pounds, she's also made a career out of helping many other overweight women lose weight and get healthier, too.I was always a thicker girl, but my weight really climbed when I was pregnant. I have four kids, and each time I got pregnant—especially with the first two—I would eat more and exercise less than I did before I conceived. I would gain about 80 pounds and then take it off with unhealthy measures, like crash dieting.My perspective changed the day I watched my dad...

7 Odd Reasons Why You’re Gaining Weight

by BARI NAN COHENThe frustration of seeing extra pounds on the scale—or of a too-tight waistband that you know used to fit—is understandable. But did you know that anything from a hormonal imbalance to vitamin deficiencies to the prescription meds you take can hold clues to what's making you gain weight? "A lot of people make what we think are lifestyle choices but are actually our bodies reacting to factors we can't control," says Robert J. Hedaya, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. "Whether it's hormonal, a medication side effect, or something else, too often we put the onus on the individual, and there are factors that sometimes justify a doctor's help." (Looking to conquer your weight issues?You're depressedMany anti-depressant medications cause...

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How Should I Talk About Weight With My Kids?

Weight can be a sensitive topic to talk about at any age, but it shouldn’t be ignored if you’re concerned about your child’s health. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued updated recommendations last year on how families can help children maintain a healthy weight by setting a positive example. As Sandra Hassink, MD, coauthor of the report puts it, “It’s never too early for a family to make changes that will help a child keep or achieve a healthy weight.”Even though parents play a key role in their kids’ relationship with food, they’re sometimes uncomfortable dealing with it. “A lot of parents have no idea what to do if their child is overweight,” says Leslie Connor, PhD, a Wilmington, Delaware-based psychologist who specializes in the assessment...

5 Simple Ways To Cut 500 Calories

5 Easy Ways To Cut 500 Calories

By TANYA ZUCKERBROT FOR FOXNEWS.COMOne pound of fat is equal to about 3,500 calories, and to shed one pound of fat in a week you would need to eat about 500 fewer calories every day. To do that you could run an hour a day, seven days a week, or you simply make some ordinary changes like these:Breakfast Swap out your morning bagel for a bowl of high-fiber cereal with half a cup of fiber-rich raspberries and cut about 500 calories. Fiber contains zero calories, which makes foods high in fiber low in calories. Plus, fiber adds bulk to a meal so you feel satisfied eating less.Don’t clean your plate Finish every meal with 25% still on the plate will automatically save calories. Just do the math: If...