As the New Year comes into full swing, weight loss tips abound. However, sometimes it helps to reverse engineer weight loss by checking out weight gain tips. By studying the things that have made people gain weight, doing the opposite should prove for some pretty interesting weight loss tips. As reported by Today, one such weight gain tip includes the buzz about fitness bands causing weight gain instead of weight loss.
— People magazine (@people) January 11, 2016
One of the biggest complaints about fitness trackers like FitBit — despite the fact that 60 percent of users reported loving their FitBits — is that those who rely on them to tell them how many calories they’ve burned might be getting overestimated calorie numbers. For example, if a person wears a fitness tracker to a high-intensity bootcamp and it reports that person burned 1,500 calories during the one-hour class, they might assume they can eat many more calories for the day than they should. Compared to a person who might not rely on inflated calorie-burning estimates, assumes they’ve burned closer to 500 calories for the bootcamp class, and eats accordingly, they might find a more successful weight-loss journey than the former — who could find inadvertent weight gain.
For 24-year-old Korie Mulholland, the Chicagoan lost 40 pounds via diet and exercise but gained weight after her Fitbit told Korie she could eat many more calories than she should have been eating.
“Because it tracks steps and calories, I thought a Fitbit would be perfect for me as it got harder and harder to lose weight. And since I was walking 10 to 15 miles a day at my stand-up desk, it told me I could eat 2200 to 2400 calories a day. I used it for six months, until I gave up. It was clearly telling me to eat too much for my specific metabolism and no matter what I did, it just wasn’t working right.”
Therefore, the weight gain lesson there is to not rely on devices that overestimate calories burned. In actuality, a plethora of things affect weight loss and metabolism, including sleep, stress levels, and individual genetic makeup.
Another big weight gain story is the “Dear Amy” question sent by a frustrated husband whose wife has gained a significant amount of weight, as reported by Omaha World-Herald.
I love my wife. She is 5-foot-3 and weighs 200 pounds. When we married, 35 years ago, she weighed 125 pounds. She is physically challenged because of the weight.
I have suggested everything from surgery to the liquid diet. We tried therapy eight years ago, which ended when she said “no skinny b**** was going to tell (her) what to do.” (The b was the therapist.) Our son is getting married in about a year. She professes that she wants to lose weight, but takes minimal, noneffective steps. My unhappiness about the situation does not matter to her. Help!
The lesson gleaned from the answer given to the man, as well as his wife’s actions, is that talk is cheap. A person might profess that they’d like to lose weight, but if they don’t take actual actions to lose weight, their weight gain issues need to be examined. Perhaps the person is feeling pressured or overwhelmed. Either way, that weight loss tip gleaned from the weight gain tale translates into the fact that weight loss can come from a person’s internal decision that’s followed up with action, not mere words.
The couple pictured above, Lori and Oscar Balderrama of Los Angeles, proved that they put their thoughts where their weight loss actions were by losing a total of 77 pounds together on the new Nutrisystem “My Way” program. The couple appeared on The Doctors and met Nutrisystem’s famous coaches, Dan Marino and Marie Osmond.
— Health magazine (@goodhealth) January 10, 2016