Super-short workouts sound fantastic. Who wouldn’t want to pack 60 minutes worth of exercise into just 20 minutes — or sometimes even less? But whatever those short workouts do for your fitness, they’re not going to burn the same amount of energy as a longer session, which means they won’t help with weight loss.
Dear Lifehacker, I have been trying to help a few friends of mine that are severely obese but no matter what I do I can’t get them to make healthy lifestyle changes. I’ve completed fitness training, know my nutritional guidelines and have read numerous obesity text books but whenever I make suggestions I encounter the usual excuses: “no time to cook”, “too tired to exercise” and “I’ll start properly after [insert irrelevant life event] happens”. The last one is the worst because a new event is always used as the next excuse.
A new investigation into online weight-loss programs by CHOICE has found some alarmingly questionable advice on major dieting websites. In addition to containing nutritional inaccuracies, some of the programs were also guilty of unrealistic exercise regimes. A few, however, offered flexible plans to suit various lifestyles.
A Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology report has shed new light on ‘metabolically healthy obesity’ — those people who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 30 but are not at increased risk of obesity-related diseases. It’s like you’ve been telling us all along: BMI has always been flawed when it comes to assessing unhealthy fat levels. Now science wants to make it official.
Every time I walk past the office kitchen I want a Pepsi Max. Each day, around 10.30am I allow myself to think about lunch. When I think about watching sport on my lunch break I instantly want chicken. When I watch a movie I wonder where the chocolate is. If I’ve learned anything in doing my juice fast it’s this: we all have strange habits when it comes to food and, most of the time, we aren’t even fully aware of them.