As a mother of two daughters, my heart was broken when I heard about Amber. She is only 24 years old and she weighs 660 pounds! It's hard to feel anything but pain for this young girl who should be out there experiencing and exploring the world, but instead she is house bound because of her enormous weight. She lives with her parents and feels like a "yucky monster". Amber is so obese she has to bathe with a cup sitting on the toilet and she can barely walk. She is part of the third season of TLC's reality series "My 600-lb Life" and she hopes that the gastric bypass surgery gives her a new life.
Thanks to Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and those smarty pants scientists who discovered that hourglass-shaped women tend to be smarter than their more flaquita counterparts, curvy women have been have a serious moment as of late. As well we should. However, we should also be aware of the not-so-great things that come with being a bootilicious chica. For instance, did you know approximately eleven percent of adult women may be able to attribute their bootiful curves, not to their mamis or McDonalds, but to a dangerous fat disease known as lipodema? Ugh. (Insert expletive here!)
We know that a proper night's sleep is essential for your body to repair itself overnight and to feel more alert and energetic the following day. If we spend the night tossing and turning, we feel like tearing the world to shreds and the groggy day cannot end soon enough. But did you know that poor sleep and little mistakes we make before bedtime could actually increase our risk for weight gain? That's right. Having a good balance of melatonin, serotonin, and dopamine levels helps keep your mood, sleep, and hunger in check, but if you're not regulating these hormones properly with good sleep, then it can throw you off keel and start expanding your midsection. Below, a list of the little habits you might be guilty of that you didn't know were the culprit behind those stubborn pounds.
Despite the perpetual image of so-called soccer moms carting their over-scheduled kids from soccer to ballet to basketball and back, most children live a rather sedentary life--spending all day in the classroom, followed by hours sitting at a table doing homework and then parked in front of the televison or computer munching on chips and soda. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States were classified as either overweight or obese. But there are steps you can take to make sure you keep your kids' health on track!Continue Reading >
Let's face it, very few of us are happy with our weight. We always feel like we can slim down a few pounds to reach our ideal number on the scale. Tons of diets, fitness programs and pills swear they will help us conquer weight loss, but few actually work. It turns out you don't even have to pay money to lose weight! There's a pretty bright solution to our weight issues. The sun, my friend, is your best ally to lose those extra pounds. According to a study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, soaking up the sun for 30 minutes a day is all it takes to lose weight!
Lisa Jarrett had a year of great loss in 2010. In that year alone, the Washington native lost her boyfriend, her car and her medical insurance. But rather than try desperately to regain it all, Lisa decided to go whole hog and voluntarily lose even more. In the years since, Lisa has lost a whopping 136 pounds (and counting), and she says she has her breakup to thank for it.Continue Reading >
Let's get nutty girls! I say, let's bring out the almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews and every member of the nut family. In every form, shape, color and texture, nuts are the best snack to get you through the day and help you lose weight. That's what nutritionists around the country eat for snack and if they do it is because is the best thing for you!
Benji Kurtz used to weigh 280 pounds, but has lost 100 pounds since 2005. He was a well-known crash dieter eliminating carbs only to regain the weight he lost quickly. He finally saw the food documentary Forks over Knives, which focuses on plant-based eating. The movie left him inspired to change the way he ate.
He also read up on the subject matter as he adapted to his new lifestyle. Once he started seeing results, he stuck by it and hasn't looked back since.Continue Reading >
We're already way into January of 2014, but I'm still reeling over the amazing weight loss transformations I witnessed in 2013. Everyone knows that losing weight is a tough task especially if you have over 100 pounds to lose. Not only does it take dedication, but a lot of willpower to continue even when you plateau.
If you've been making excuses not to lose weight this new year, then maybe these people will change your mind. The before and after pictures will blow you away and motivate you to get right on track!Continue Reading >
An overweight 23-year-old was finally motivated to lose weight after a very humiliating experience at a theme park. Nicole Whitehead who weighed around 252 pounds had to have not one, not two, but three people help her into a rollercoaster seat. She was so mortified by the whole thing that she decided to finally lose some weight. She managed to go from a size 24 to a size 10 and her new bod is AMAZING!Continue Reading >