February 7, 2012 at 11:55 am , by jbrown
* We will never pass up a chance to praise the health benefits of dark chocolate. (FitSugar)
* Wal-Mart is set to debut their own “Great For You” label to make shopping for healthy food easier. (MSNBC)
* If your ab workout doesn’t seem to be working for you anymore, give your core a new challenge with this resistance-band routine from our friends at Fitness. (Bonus: It’s easy to do while you’re watching TV.) (Fitness)
* Not all veggies are more nutritious when they’re eaten fresh. Greatist explains which ones get even healthier when they’re cooked. (Greatist)
* Designer Karl Lagerfeld deems Adele “a little too fat.” You know, because her weight is somehow his business. And because fat-shaming people is morally acceptable. Arrgghhhh. (US magazine)
Delicious chocolate photo via Shutterstock.
January 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm , by jbrown
* How to make healthy versions of pizza, pudding and more. (Discovery Fit & Health)
* Which workout will help you sculpt “long and lean muscles”? None of them! Thank you, FitSugar, for explaining the truth behind this aggravating fitness myth (which is clearly one of my pet peeves.) (FitSugar)
* How your weekend splurges can easily undo your best weight loss efforts. (USA Today)
* Seven unexpected reasons why we pack on weight in winter. (Fitbie)
* The secret to coping with a food craving? Tell yourself you can have that brownie/ice cream/bag of chips later—chances are you won’t. (WebMD)
January 17, 2012 at 11:45 am , by jbrown
* It’s hard enough to remember the zillion or so things you need to do each day—don’t make it worse by loading up on these 5 brain-aging foods. (Yeah, you knew added sugar would be one of them.) (HuffPo)
* A great piece about why it doesn’t pay to overdo your workouts, no matter how anxious you are to lose weight. Don’t be one of those people who thinks a good workout = “I am in a pile of sweat and puking.” (NYTimes)
* Which is better for weight loss: eating 6 mini meals or 3 squares a day? EatingWell breaks down the research. (EatingWell)
* Yet another reason to take stretch-and-stroll breaks at the office: A new study shows too much sitting may be bad for your mental health. (Yahoo)
January 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm , by jbrown
* Eating healthy doesn’t have to be dull. Perk up your diet with almond butter, black garlic (I had no idea such a thing existed), popcorn (seriously) and 9 other nutritious, un-boring picks. (HuffPo)
* Tempted to try weight-loss supplements? Fitbie explains why these quick fixes aren’t worth it. (Fitbie)
* Your sluggish metabolism makes you chunky, plus 9 other health myths that just won’t go away. (Lifehacker)
* Does caffeine help you drop pounds? Umm, kind of. (LA Times)
* Smart weight-loss tips tailored to your personality. (Wall Street Journal)
January 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm , by jbrown
* “I’ll get over my carbophobia.” You need carbs, we swear. Add these 6 healthy ones to your diet—they can help you feel full and melt body fat. (Eating Well)
* “I’ll stop using lack of time as an excuse for not exercising.” You don’t have to spend hours at a gym or run marathons to get fit. Here’s 10 (realistic!) ways to work exercise into your schedule. (SparkPeople)
* “I’ll make the most of the time I do have to workout.” Leisurely cardio sessions and too-wimpy strength-training routines are just two ways you may be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. (FitSugar)
* “I won’t get fooled by misleading food labels.” How natural is “natural”? Does “no trans fat” really mean there isn’t even a drop in there? Learn the truth behind these and 8 other tricky food labels. (HuffPo)
December 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm , by Ladies' Lounge
It’s hard to believe this season of The Biggest Loser is over! The finale was such an incredible celebration of everything the contestants accomplished. With all of their friends and family in the audience, the atmosphere was absolutely electric. It was so much fun watching them strut their stuff across the stage. Everyone from my original blue team—Becky, Bonnie, Debbie, Coach Mike and Johnny—looked fantastic! Obviously, they had all been working hard at home. And a big congratulations goes out to John, who won with a 220 pound total weight loss! Even though Ramon wasn’t crowned the biggest loser, he and all of the other contestants are still walking away with a prize because they’ve learned how to live a healthy lifestyle. I am so proud of each and every one of them and it was truly an honor to be a part of their journeys.
Thank you to all of you wonderful Ladies’ Home Journal readers who have followed my blogs throughout the season. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. Now let’s go into 2012 inspired and ready to take on the new year and new challenges!
December 7, 2011 at 10:15 am , by Ladies' Lounge
It’s the last episode before the season finale, and the final four contestants left the ranch to continue working on their weight loss at home. John, Antone, Becky and Vinny got to show off all of their hard work to everyone in their hometowns, and it was really touching watching everyone welcome them back. You could really see how much all of the contestants have changed, both inside and out. Hearing Becky say that she was determined to finish what she had started was amazing. She is a true fighter. It was funny to see Antone really put his time management skills to work when he used his kids as weights. And with so many of his health issues under control, Vinny proposed to his girlfriend!
Later, all of the contestants and trainers traveled back to the El Mirage desert for the final challenge of the season—the biggest loser marathon. The winner would get a guaranteed spot at the finale as a finalist! Seeing how far the eliminated players had come while they were on their own was great. I was especially proud of Joe, who has grown so much since that first mile walk. Even though Joe was pulled out of the marathon, he’s still a winner for beginning the journey to reclaim his health.
The race for first place between Ramon and Courtney was really close! But in the end, Ramon won the marathon and $25,000 from Walgreens. And just like that, he’s back in the competition to become the biggest loser of the season! After a very long day in the desert, I went out to meet my original blue team members, Johnny and Debbie, to finish the marathon with them. Just like in the first challenge, we crossed the finish line together! It’s truly incredible how much all of the contestants have accomplished in such a short amount of time. Running a marathon is just the beginning!
At the weigh-in, we got to see how much work the final four contestants did at home. Unfortunately, Becky and Vinny fell below the red line, but either of them could come back and be the winner of the at-home prize. The three finalists competing for the official title of the Biggest Loser will be Ramon, Antone and John. Tune in next week for the live finale to see who wins!