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8 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight

Sometimes, people can diet and work out and track their calories and do everything right—but still not lose weight. I can't begin to tell you how often members, friends and even acquaintances ask me why they're not losing weight despite doing X, Y or Z. It's one of the most common questions I get as a trainer. Sometimes, the answer isn't that easy to come by.
But usually, when someone seems to be doing the right things but not making progress, a list of possible problems runs through my head. These are the most common scenarios I tend to see that stop people from getting results—and they could be the culprits for your weight woes, too.
So here are a few cold, hard truths about why you're not losing weight.
Posted 4/28/2013  6:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 148 comments   3,084,230 views
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Avoid the Self-Fulfilling Fat Prophecy

A recent study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology adds to an existing pile of evidence that if you are normal weight but see yourself as overweight, you are much more likely to become overweight. So, the next time you're in a fitting room at the mall and a friend does the ol' "I'm so fat" thing, you might want to let her know that if she keeps saying that, it might in fact turn out to be true. 

Researchers surveyed normal-weight teenagers to see if they felt overweight or not, and then followed up with them 10 years later as young adults. Of the teenage girls who had seen themselves as fat, 59 percent did in fact become overweight, as measured by BMI. But using waist circumference instead of BMI as the measure, 78 percent had become overweight as young adults. And, we can probably guess that 100 percent of subjects who had become overweight were pretty upset about that.

In contrast, 31 percent of the girls who did not consider themselves fat during adolescence were found in the follow-up study to be overweight, as measured using BMI. That number was 55 percent as measured by waist circumference.

There are a few explanations for why perceiving yourself as fat can actually make you fat.
Posted 10/26/2012  10:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 27 comments   26,707 views
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Does Fitness Matter More than Weight?

Which is better:  being fat and fit, or thin and unfit?  The first reaction might assume that carrying excess body fat is more harmful to your health, even if you exercise regularly.  But is that true?  Opinions will differ depending on who you ask, but some of the latest research seems to contradict what we’ve typically been lead to believe.  Size is not always the best indicator of health. 
Newer research has been exploring the “obesity paradox”, a term used to explain how overweight and obese people tend to live longer with chronic illnesses than those who are a normal weight.  For example, “One study found that heavier dialysis patients had a lower chance of dying than those whose were of normal weight or underweight. Overweight patients with coronary disease fared better than those who were thinner in another study; mild to severe obesity posed no additional mortality risks. In 2007, a study of 11,000 Canadians over more than a decade found that those who were overweight had the lowest chance of dying from any cause.”
Scientists have validated these results in a variety of medical conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.  Although research has yet to find a definitive reason, there are theories as to why those who are overweight and obese fare better with these chronic illnesses.  One theory is genetics (the illness presents itself differently in those who are thin versus fat.)  Another theory is that doctors don’t treat thin patients as aggressively because it’s assumed their bodies are able to deal with the disease more effectively.  Or maybe the real problem is that we are assigning blame to size, when really there are other factors causing these diseases.    
Posted 10/16/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Jen Mueller : 85 comments   22,075 views
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Are New FDA-Approved Diet Drugs Worth the Risk?

Within the past month, the FDA has approved two new prescription weight-loss drugs.  While neither drug is being touted as a “magic pill” that will make weight loss a quick and easy process, they are still marketed as an aid to help those with significant weight loss goals.  It’s important to understand what these drugs do and how they work so that you can make informed decisions when it comes to your health.
Posted 7/31/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Jen Mueller : 105 comments   42,913 views
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If Your Child Was Overweight, Would You Want to Know?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about parenting, it’s how hard it is to feel judged by others.  When you have kids, your whole life changes and most (if not all) of the decisions you make in life take another little person (or people) into consideration.  I spend most of my day caring for my kids, trying to make sure their needs are met and they are growing up to be good individuals.  So the last thing I want to hear is that I’m doing something wrong that’s going to negatively impact them for the rest of their lives.  It’s hard to take criticism about your parenting skills, but that’s what a lot of people feel when their child’s weight comes into question.
Posted 5/22/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Jen Mueller : 24 comments   10,065 views
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Poll: Have Your Children Lost Weight Along With You?

When you decide to start making healthy changes in your life, you probably start at home.  Common changes include getting junk food out of the house or replacing an evening T.V. show with an evening walk.  You might be the only one in the house who’s formally committed to the change, but that doesn’t mean that everyone else doesn’t benefit from it.  If you cook the meals, maybe you start making healthier dishes instead of opting for fast food a few nights a week.  And it’s easy to ask for company on your nightly walk, so soon it becomes a family event. 
In many households, it’s not just one family member who has weight issues.  Years of unhealthy habits can create weight problems for everyone, young and old.  If you’ve got a child in your house who has weight issues, it’s likely very stressful to try and figure out how to help.  How do you make eating healthy and exercising fun, to create habits that they can carry on for the rest of their lives?  According to a new study, the best strategy could be leading by example. 
Posted 4/10/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Jen Mueller : 15 comments   13,121 views
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Overweight Children More Likely to be Bullied

When I was young, I had some run-ins at school with bullies.  It was very hard at the time, and I remember going home every afternoon for a while, crying to my mom about it.  Lucky for me, it didn't last long, and I didn't grow up at a time where kids could be bullied in so many different ways- at school, on Facebook or through other social media outlets. 

Bullying is such a serious issue these days that many kids feel the need to fit in so that they don't stand out from the rest.   For some, it's important to look like all of their friends (not too heavy, not too thin), get grades like their friends (not too high, not too low) and have the same extracurricular interests.  I can't imagine being under that kind of pressure.  A recent study shows that children who are overweight are not only more likely to have health issues later in life, but are also more likely to be bullied.
Posted 7/19/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Jen Mueller : 47 comments   13,835 views
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You're Never Too Young for High Blood Pressure

When I was young, I remember my grandmother religiously taking her blood pressure medication.  I always thought that high blood pressure was mostly a problem for the elderly, but that's no longer the case.  According to statistics from the American Heart Association, about 74.5 million people in the United States ages 20 and older have high blood pressure.  You'd think that the number of younger people with the condition is relatively small.  But according to a recent survey, the number could be much higher than previously thought.
Posted 6/30/2011  10:00:00 AM By: Jen Mueller : 28 comments   29,974 views
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Could Your Weight Affect How You React to Food Cues?

Most people assume that individuals are overweight because they eat too much at every meal, or they are always making unhealthy choices. But as you probably know, thatís not always the case. New research is looking at how people react to food in different ways, and how that can have an affect on eating patterns and ultimately, weight.
Posted 8/17/2010  12:00:30 PM By: Jen Mueller : 90 comments   35,191 views
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Insensitive Ad: Am I Overreacting?

I had a rare opportunity to be a total couch potato on Sunday as I was battling a rare summertime cold. My weekends are usually chocked full of activities that I usually do not have the freedom to watch too much TV, but because I have a half-marathon to run in Seattle on Saturday, I needed to make sure I was well on my way to a full recovery even if that meant I did nothing rest.

Well, what I discovered is there is not much to watch on television, especially on a summer Sunday, however I did have the opportunity to view a remake of Rodgers & Hammersteinís South Pacific, as well as an episode of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. I must say both shows were quite entertainingóone allowed me to sing along to one of my all-time favorite musicals and the other, well letís just say, I had no clue that one could use seaweed and sea salt in a cupcake and still have it taste yummy.

So you may be wondering where I am going with all this. As entertaining as the programs were, the same cannot be said about the advertisements. I was appalled at a commercial from a company that has promoted healthier fast food options for years. That restaurant? Subway.

Posted 6/23/2010  3:05:42 PM By: Nancy Howard : 471 comments   26,691 views
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