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Making the Body a Better Fat Burner: An Introduction

In the battle for weight loss, calorie counting is one of the most popular methods, but it's not the only element (or even the most effective strategy) for achieving successful weight loss.

The fact is, a variety of physical and lifestyle factors influence the body’s ability to shed excess body fat. This begs the million dollar question: what are those conditions that encourage the body to burn fat over carbohydrates - and thereby allow us to shift our body composition?

Over a series of articles, we’ll look at the many ways we can positively or negatively impact our ability to burn fat and shed extra weight.

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Why Counting and Tracking Calories Does Not Work – Part 2

When I Googled the phrase “how to lose weight” on December 22, I got a return of 232,000,000 results. After reviewing every one of the links that came up…I’m just kidding. I didn’t look through them all. I scanned through the summaries of the first few pages of results that came up and saw a recurring theme. It was that weight loss was as easy as eating fewer calories than you burn each day. We discussed the flaws in this approach last week in the blog post Why Tracking and Counting Calories Does not Work – Part 1. In case you missed it, I recapped the post with the following points:

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Why Tracking and Counting Calories Does Not Work - Part 1

There is no shortage of myths and misinformation in health, fitness and weight management. At the top of the list of misinformation stands the calorie balance equation. Often, you read and hear from “experts” who tout the solution to weight management as “eat less, move more.” This phrase is used so often and with such confidence that most people would think it’s been proven. That’s not the case. The body doesn’t function in a way that allows people to change their body composition simply by eating fewer calories or burning more through activity and exercise.

Being that it’s January, many people have a renewed focus on shedding extra body fat. Statistics say that only one in six people will have any success with losing and keeping weight off, and when they do, it will only be 5% of what they originally lost. Though this seems like a pretty low chance of success for most people, I hope that you’re not “most people.” Most people will follow the common route to

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Dairy and Weight Loss

Two weeks ago, we looked at the effects of high-fat dairy as it relates to heart health. Overall, full-fat dairy has been shown to have somewhere between a beneficial and neutral effect on the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and other related issues. The idea that dairy fat can be a contributor to heart disease appears to be without merit. Of course, there are other concerns people have related to full-fat dairy, such as its effect on weight management, the types of dairy individuals should consume and, of course, there’s the question of whether or not some people should even consume dairy at all. We’ll continue the dairy consumption discussion today by focusing on the impact full-fat and non-fat dairy have on weight management, as well as look at the nutrient values of conventional, organic and grass-fed dairy.

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Q&A: How many calories should I eat?

Hello Life Time Weight Loss, My husband and I both recommitted to our fitness program. I want to lose weight, and my husband wants to gain weight (so unfair). What’s an easy way to know how many calories we should be eating for our goals?

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Why "Eat Less, Move More" Doesn't Always Work

Many of the articles on this site, and information in our weight management programs, clearly show why controlling weight is not just about counting calories or moving more. A new article published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (EJCN) provides further support to this position. Even though the article is published in a prestigious journal, you shouldn’t expect it to make many headlines. If the authors’ perspectives were acknowledged publicly, it would mean changing public health recommendations and would go against much of the advertising found in the food industry.

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Kids and Calories

Most weight loss programs educate focus on controlling calories. In an age where child obesity has become a crisis, it’s no surprise today’s parents want a magic number established for their children.

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