Losing weight is not an easy endeavor for most. It often requires significant lifestyle changes, including exercising or altering your diet, to be successful.Those changes might seem daunting, but they can be easier to handle with the help of apps on your phone, wearables and other smart devices.Before we start, we want to acknowledge that many factors -- including stress, hormone levels and genetics -- can affect your weight and any efforts to change it. Technology cannot change all of the factors that affect weight, but they can offer support for two main pillars that most people turn to change their weight: Food consumption and exercise. The best weight loss apps There's a seemingly never-ending list of iOS and Android apps that can help you track your food consumption and activity so you can make changes that will affect your weight. Now playing: Watch this: 3 ways to improve the calorie count on your fitness tracker 1:14 Calorie-tracking apps … [Read more...] about The 17 best weight loss apps and gadgets
Carb intake for fat loss
The keto diet, which promotes high protein and little to no carbs, tricks your body into burning fat instead of carbs for energy. grandriver/Getty Images The keto diet is popular once again: Instagram has millions of keto-tagged posts; Pinterest is brimming with keto meal ideas; and books about ketogenic diets are among Amazon's bestselling special diet titles. Funny thing is, a true ketogenic diet initially wasn't even meant to help people lose weight. In the 19th century, it was used to manage diabetes. And by the 1920s, doctors put children with drug-resistant epilepsy on the diet after discovering that fasting helped reduce their seizures. Recent studies show that a ketogenic diet may also help with other neurological disorders, including ALS, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's and even depression. How it Works First and foremost, the keto diet mimics the metabolic effects of fasting by forcing your body to use fat instead of carbs as its primary source of energy. That process … [Read more...] about The Keto Craze: Does the Diet Live Up to the Hype?
Schwarzbein Principle Diet ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.A typical meal might include scrambled eggs and sausage. The Schwarzbein Principle prohibits refined carbohydrates and other high glycemic-index foods. Learn more in this section. Schwarzbein Principle: The Premise As suggested by the subtitle, The Truth About Weight Loss, Health and Aging, this book is about adjusting your diet to curb disease, turn back the biological clock, and lose weight. Endocrinologist Diana Schwarzbein offers her own version of a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet that she says will help control insulin. High insulin levels, the result of a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, are responsible for a wide variety of ills, accelerate the aging process, turn off your metabolism, and cause weight gain, food cravings, depression, and mood swings, according to Schwarzbein. Instead of using a food pyramid model, she has developed a food box representing four food groups -- proteins, fats, … [Read more...] about How to Lose Weight on a Low-Carb or Glycemic-Index Diet
The Duchess Plan for Seniors Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has been a spokesperson for Weight Watchers for years. Now she has a diet book that integrates much of the Weight Watchers diet program with her own philosophy about weight loss and maintenance. Quick Take A balanced, reduced-calorie plan emphasizing fruits, vegetables, and whole grainsEmphasizes regular physical activity for weight lossMaintains that self-esteem and a good body image are critical to long-term successExpected weight loss is about two pounds per week This Diet Is Best For Those who want to make some healthy changes in their diet and lose weight and who are willing to devote some extra time to planning, shopping, and preparing food, as well as exercising regularly Who Should Not Try This Diet People who have unusually low or unusually high calorie needs and those who are not willing and able to devote a considerable amount of time to food preparation The Premise The diet is based on the premise that all … [Read more...] about Rating Calorie-Control Diets For Seniors
Low-carb diets have been a trend for the past several years. See more weight loss tips pictures. (c) iStockphoto.com/photoangelina You hear about low-carb diets everywhere -- there's the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Hampton's Diet and the 30-day Low-carb Diet Solution. All sorts of people are trying some form of low-carbing, from movie stars to your mailman. In fact, there's a good chance that as you're reading this, you're also thinking about a co-worker or relative that has recently lost weight on one of these plans. You might even be trying a low-carb lifestyle yourself. Some people are totally behind the idea and really do consider it a true diet revolution but others think it's yet another passing trend. For years the medical community has recommended a balanced diet -- rich in complex carbohydrates with lots of fiber and vegetables, and a limited intake of red meat and fatty foods. Low-carb plans advise something almost completely opposite. So, what's the real … [Read more...] about Lo-carbing Basics