While the majority of our culture obsesses over weight loss and diets, there are groups of people focused on exactly the opposite. Weight gain may improve health in a number of situations: when dealing with an eating disorder or recovering from an illness, if you're a serious athlete, dealing with metabolic changes, or are in a period of growth (e.g., puberty or pregnancy). However, if you're looking for weight-gain tips, it's often hard to find a healthy or sustainable solution.
Soy sauce does more than just add flavor to a succulent pork dumpling or a piece of sashimi. It may actually affect your body negatively—especially if you eat soy sauce often and are not using a reduced-sodium option.
The Paleolithic diet is an eating style designed to mimic what our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors ate—yes, the "cavemen" (or cavewomen). The diet is heavy on organic proteins like grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish and nuts. It excludes dairy, legumes, grains and sugar.
I’m a skeptic. So when I hear the words “healthy” and “cookie” together, I imagine biting into something that tastes like particle board. Add “chocolate chip” to that equation and now you’ve really lost me. There is no possible way to preserve the integrity of this sacred cookie while making it healthy without completely screwing it up. Or is there?
Trying to lose a few pounds, but the scale won't budge? Try adding more weight—at the gym. Weight training—using free weights or weight machines to build muscle—is a type of strength training that not only can help you slim down, but also can gain you a ton of other health benefits.
The best part: You don't have to spend all your time in the weight room. You can even do it at home, without fancy equipment. Here's why weight training may be what you need to get the scale moving in the right direction, plus a few tips and moves to get you started.
When a friend hears that you want to lose weight, she might suggest that you start packing more protein onto your plate. It's what helped her lose 20 pounds, after all. It's also the magic bullet your colleague swears by—she lost 5 pounds in a month by eating more protein. But what does it really do? And is weight loss really just a matter of adding more eggs and chicken to your day? Here's the scoop on whether or not eating more protein can help you lose weight.