Losing Weight: The 50/50 Rule

Here’s a really simple rule, that is incredibly easy to follow if you make meals for yourself, rather harder to follow if you eat out quite a bit, and almost impossible to follow if you primarily eat fast foods: No more than 50% of your plate should be taken up by high-density calories, such as […]

Fighting the Metabolic Syndrome

Of course, we don’t just want to lose weight. There’s the hell of the Metabolic Syndrome, also known as Syndrome X, where you’ve got insulin resistance, and consequently high blood sugar, high levels of abdominal fat, high blood pressure, low HDL (the good one — you don’t want this to be lowl), high triglycerides, and […]

Losing Weight: Throw Out Your Dishes

…well, don’t throw them out. They’re probably nice, and throwing them out will make you sad. But put them where you won’t use them everyday, and go out and get some slightly smaller ones. I guarantee you that this is so powerful that after just a week of eating off of your wonderful new smaller […]

Losing Weight: How to Eat a Little Less

I recently finished reading an absolutely riveting book (Mindless Eating, by Brian Wansink) on this very subject. The author is the Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, and he and his team have done some fascinating research on the external environmental cues which signal us to eat, or to stop eating. To quickly […]

Losing Weight: Just a Little Less, Just a Little More

Here’s a fun fact:     Most Americans gain about a pound a year, after adulthood. Say, from age 20 to age 50. Let’s apply our rule of thumb from two days ago: how much are they overeating, or underexercising?     +1 pound a year = +10 calories a day. What would we have to do to turn […]

Losing Weight: You’ll Have to Exercise a Little More

If you’ve ever read anything about losing weight, you’ve probably read somewhere that muscle burns more calories in your body, just keeping itself alive, than fat does. “More” is a funny word. “More calories burned…” How much more? A pound of muscle burns between 40 and 120 calories a day, just staying alive. 80 calories […]

Losing Weight: You’ll Have to Eat a Little Less

I’ve recently read a few books that gave me some incredibly useful insights into losing weight. Brace yourselves: I’m probably going to be a bit of a nut on this subject for the next few months, at least. First, the best rule-of-thumb ever! Background: it takes a 3,500 calorie surplus to create a new pound […]