Eat less, exercise more. That's the recipe for losing weight, and we all know it by heart. So if we want to get slimmer, and we know the formula, then why can't we do it?
Overweight and obese adults who followed the Weight Watchers program lost more than twice as much weight as those who received weight-loss advice from a doctor or nurse, according to a new yearlong study funded by the company.
Obese people who decide to undergo stomach surgery to speed weight loss may lower their risk of having -- and dying from -- a heart attack or stroke, according to new research.
Losing weight is hard, but keeping the pounds off can be even harder.
I'm 16 years old, 5 foot, and 125 pounds. I would like to lose 15 pounds in one month. Is this possible?
I have had a weight problem for 23 years. I have lost and regained over 400 pounds. My weight-loss doctor is offering the "sleeve." I have been told because of my gastroesophageal reflux disease that the Lap Band is not an option, nor is the more well-known gastric bypass because of a high family history of cancer. I have all the problems common in morbidly obese people, some I had even when thin. High, difficult-to-control blood sugar, blood pressure and a mild heart issue controlled by meds. The sleeve has been done only a few years -- can it be a good option for me?
Multiple chins, bulging tummies and flabby arms: It's easy to see where fat accumulates on the body.
I've been working really hard at losing weight since April, and I'm concerned about all the food temptation over the Fourth of July weekend. Any suggestions?
I have celiac disease (gluten intolerance), and I am wondering how to lose weight given my restrictions in my diet.
Obesity can't be cured by pills, shots or even surgery.
Just like the people they feature, weight-loss shows come in all shapes and sizes.
I'm 5-foot-8 and 26 years old and started at 247 pounds and am at 203 pounds now, in about 22 weeks. I've seemed to stop losing weight when I used to average about two pounds a week. I've tried other exercises but almost to no effect. Any suggestions?
A Mooresville, N.C., man lost 230 pounds in one year. WCNC has Steve Nicander's story.
Pam Wurst struggled for years to lose weight. One of the triggering points for her to finally shed pounds was when a 5-year-old child patted her stomach and asked: "When is the baby coming?"
How two regular women lost 278 lbs. total - and landed on our cover!
Lugging a nearly 500-pound body, Matt Hoover was unhappy. Like many Americans, he knew how to lose weight, but was paralyzed by inaction.
Is it true if you drink lots of water, it will help you to lose weight? Is it bad for your body if you consume too much of it?
There were no diet pills, shakes or detoxes. And no, it wasn't caveman food, grapefruit, Twinkies, Taco Bell or Subway sandwiches.
I'm 40 and diagnosed with ADHD. I was given amphetamine 30 mg once in the morning. My concern is that I'm about 120 pounds and I have nothing wrong with the way I eat. This medication is known to cause weight loss. I'm also told it raises your heart rate, and I'm currently taking atenolol for my high heart rate. I'm feeling great mentally -- I'm able to pay attention and feeling like my old self, except I'm not sleeping very well with this medication. Your input would be very encouraging.
I'm 16 years old, 5 feet tall and 125 pounds. I would like to lose 15 pounds in one month. Is this possible?
I come from a small-ish town in Oklahoma where we've never met a vegetable we couldn't fry and the only things more super-sized than our portions are the huge church complexes that alternate with fast-food restaurants along our roads.
Forget diet pills and cleanses. A new study suggests that an effective weight-loss aid is available straight from your kitchen sink.
Here's the good news: Three new weight-loss drugs are on the horizon that could help overweight and obese people shed pounds. A Food and Drug Administration panel is meeting on Thursday to discuss one of the drugs, Qnexa, and the panel is scheduled to consider two more drugs, lorcaserin and Contrave, in the coming months.
Overweight women who experience hot flashes -- the uncomfortable flushing and sweating spells that accompany menopause -- may be able to cool those symptoms by losing weight, a new study suggests.
Missing Nikki Blonsky from your life after the 2007 remake of "Hairspray?" Have no fear, she's back again -- not in a John Waters musical this time, but on "Huge," a new TV series about plus-size teens at a weight loss camp.
Five years ago, Juli Ackerman never thought she'd be able to buy an off-the-rack wedding dress. At 5 feet 10 inches, the software-company executive from Newport, California, then 40, was 280 pounds. Her weight had always fluctuated, but she decided that she wanted to slim down once and for all.
I had gastric bypass six year ago and lost 150 pounds and had kept it off. A year ago, I began a desk job for the first time in my life. I have gradually gained about 35 pounds. I have what some consider an alcohol problem since the weight loss.
I have repeatedly heard about the hCG diet, with many claims about tremendous weight loss on a very restrictive diet and the hCG oral drops. I have been skeptical of the results, even though there are many avid fans. Is this a good diet for people needing to lose 20-30 pounds?
Eating the wrong food and gaining too much weight can clog arteries with fatty deposits, potentially leading to life-threatening heart attacks and strokes.
The company that brought us the taco-craving Chihuahua, Fourth Meal and double-decker tacos suggests that it can now help fight fat.
Welcome to 2010. What is your New Year's resolution? Are you planning on investing more money into the annual $40 billion dieting industry? If so, please think again.
Her death made headlines around the world: Samantha Clowe, a 34-year-old British woman, died suddenly this fall from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. At the time of her death, Clowe was following a plan called LighterLife, a very low-calorie diet designed to help obese and severely obese patients lose weight.
Having diabetes doesn't mean having to eat a spartan diet of bland, tasteless foods. But it does mean you have to pay close attention to portion control. Learn why some of the common myths about diabetic diets are not exactly true and what steps you can take to control diabetes.
People who spend a full year on a strict low-carbohydrate diet can lose weight, but they might be happier -- and lose just as many pounds -- if they focus on reducing fat intake instead of carbohydrates, new research suggests.
Can eating too much fruit keep me from losing weight? Am I consuming too much sugar?
I have been hearing a lot about the bitter orange extract (citrus aurantium), which is supposedly used as an appetite suppressant. Would this be a safer alternative to taking regular diet pills?
Weight-loss surgery isn't risk-free, but a new study suggests that in the hands of a skilled surgeon, it may be safer than previously thought. However, some people -- including those with sleep apnea or a history of blood clots -- are more likely to have problems with surgery than others, according to a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Hi. I am 21 weeks pregnant, and from start of the pregnancy to date, I have put on 15 pounds. I was high on weight before pregnancy, too, and worried what measures should I take to control my weight gain. Also, what are the risks associated with weight gain?
What advice do you have for an athletic woman trying to lose only 5-10 pounds while maintaining energy to participate in sports and such?
Cutting daily calorie intake by 30 percent may put the brakes on the aging process, have beneficial effects on the brain, and result in a longer life span, according to a new 20-year study of monkeys published in the journal Science.
Weight-loss surgery can sometimes reverse type 2 diabetes and ease other obesity-related conditions. Now, new research suggests that obese women who undergo bariatric surgery experience a 42 percent drop in their cancer risk.
I am looking for an online tracking tool to use for keeping track of daily calories and exercise. Any suggestions on the most user-friendly sites? I am not really interested in participating in message boards, but thoroughly enjoy reading articles about health issues.
The dieting world screams with contradictory advice: Carbs are evil; carbs are good for you. "Good fat" is healthy; "good fat" has tons of calories.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen looks at a new study comparing popular diets.
Companies are refusing the FDA's request to pull diet pills off shelves. Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Having a senior moment? A new study suggests that cutting calories may help.
If your pants feel tighter than usual, you might begin to suspect that you've gained a couple of pounds. But at what point should you begin to worry that the weight gain is serious? Could you be one of the approximately two-thirds of American adults who are either overweight or obese, with an increased risk for conditions like diabetes and heart disease? While no single measurement is perfect, here are a few ways to size yourself up.
To most of his friends and colleagues, Muata Kamdibe was the fun-loving, dreadlocked English professor with a great sense of humor. He was outgoing and loved to laugh and have a good time.
Muata Kamdibe says losing 120 pounds was simply a matter of lifting his own weight.
Most of the world seems to think that America invented obesity sometime in the last century, but the truth is, fat has always been a part of life (witness Hatshepsut, one of the great ancient Egyptian queens who reigned in the 15th century BC -- despite her svelte sarcophagus, modern archeologists believe that she was pretty obese and may have suffered from diabetes).
I am a healthy 35-year-old woman who has been approximately 25 pounds overweight my entire adult life. I work out at my gym for an hour a day, five or six days a week doing various cardiovascular and weight-bearing exercises. I think I am more fit than I have ever been, but even though I have stepped up my activity level in the past eight years, I haven't lost a single pound. The last time I lost any weight was five years ago when I had to lose weight for my job. I ate about 900 calories a day, worked out two hours a day for a month and lost 7 pounds. I was tired, starving and had a constant headache. I work to monitor my calorie intake but I am literally hungry all day. My blood tests are normal. Is there something wrong with me?
After shedding 20 pounds last year, she signs on for another year with the company
If losing weight is at the top of your resolution list, you're not alone. An estimated 80 million Americans go on diets every year, spending more than $30 billion annually on programs and products.
Amid pink slips and plummeting stocks, 2009 may not be shaping up to be the year you hoped for. But one thing you do still have some control over is your body. So put your stress on the shelf and resolve to focus on you come January 1. To help you out, here are some experts' tips for turning last year's failed resolution into something stable for the future and who couldn't use a little more stability?
Want to shed some pounds? You're more likely to be successful if you stand to gain --or lose -- some money.
Reading a book may not burn many calories, but the right material may help kids shed pounds
Get a peek at how our Mississippi 8 documented their diet struggles in an ABC special
A new study suggests that the common weight-loss surgery leads to less weight loss in patients with diabetes
A new study tries to put an end to the diet wars. CNN's medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has the results.
Thirty minutes of moderate activity a day won't cut it if you're trying to lose weight, a new study says. Budget at least an hour, most days of the week
Sujit Bhattacharya knew he felt sluggish and had trouble putting on his socks and shoes. One day, when he tried on a pair of size 30 shorts, his wife pointed out that they fit only under his belly.
Harvard professor and nutrition guru, Walter Willett, weighs the balance between high-fat and high-carb diets
Brandon Hollas says a lack of education led to his weight gain.
Tim Lenczowski took up running and lost 120 pounds. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Fit Nation share I-Report success stories
Two years ago, Tim Lenczowski dreaded walking from the parking lot into his office.
I'm often asked how I got started on my weight loss journey. I wish I had a simple, perky answer, but the truth is, I had a lot of internal housecleaning to do first.
Health magazine went to the top weight-control experts for their No. 1 tips to get the weight off now. Take a look.
Drugs won't lead to dramatic weight loss, a study finds, but they do take off pounds and have other health benefits
Depressed and tired of trying diet after diet, Andy Sorrells began a faith-based weight loss program.
In the battle against fat, the heroes achieve what most of us only long for -- lasting weight loss. They're so unusual, they've become the subjects of ongoing research by scientists trying to finger just what it is that makes them stand out from the rest of dieting humanity.
Three years ago Sharon Twitchell was miserable.
New research shows that bariatric surgeries, like gastric bypass, are safer and more effective than originally thought, especially for teenagers and seniors. But patients have to be sure to watch their alcohol intake
The sales pitches are irresistible: "Lose 2 Pounds a Day!" "Burn Fat Round the Clock!" "Learn the Amazing Weight-Loss Secret of Hollywood's Sex Symbols!" OK, maybe that's pushing it. But if diet pills could give you Eva Longoria's body, would you bother with the salads and stair-climbing?
A fat-blocking weight-loss pill called alli is the first diet drug to be approved by the FDA for over-the-counter sales. It's a reduced-strength version of the prescription medication Xenical. Here's what I think you should keep in mind before considering this drug:
The marketers of four weight-control pills have agreed to pay a total of at least $25 million to settle allegations of deceptive advertising, the Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday
Besides extra pounds, dieters also seem to carry a hefty independent streak. A survey finds that 70 percent of Americans who are trying to lose weight are following their own diet plans and have no interest in seeking a doctor's help.
CNN.com asked users to share their success stories in their fight against fat as well as thoughts and tips to getting fit. Here is a sampling from the responses, some of which have been edited:
Nate Griffin, a former Army sergeant, watches what he eats. He's even tried juice diets to shed pounds. But ask him if he'd join a group to talk about weight loss and he cringes.
Steven Hawks, a professor of health science at Brigham Young University here, says phooey to dieting.
The bankruptcy filing of Atkins Nutritionals in late July signaled the twilight of America's latest diet obsession, as carb counters realized, to their amazement, that man cannot live on pork rinds...
Weight Watchers is the best overall diet plan, according to new Consumer Reports research.
For many who overindulged in December, January is time to take steps to shed extra pounds put on from cookies and cocktails galore.
A new eating-by-numbers method has arrived on the diet scene, and it's not Weight Watchers.
The latest diet dictionary spells evil "C-A-R-B."
Americans who've pledged allegiance to low carb diets are in for a rude shock. According to a new report Monday, consumers aren't cutting down on carbs as much as they thought they were.
Foodmakers keep it coming: Low-carb Doritos, low-carb Entenmann's chocolate chip cookies, Heinz' 'One Carb' ketchup, a low-sugar Krispy Kreme Doughnut.
As hospital food goes, the menu was positively four-star: chicken curry and rice, fruit salad, chocolate drops, and candy bars. For the two dozen hungry test subjects gathered for a meal at London'...
In the past, two-time FORTUNE All-Star Andrew McQuilling has given our readers well-timed tips on such out-of-favor gems as Procter & Gamble, Gillette, and Estee Lauder (the makeup giant's stock is...
Americans have never been bigger--and neither has the diet industry.
If the number you see on the bathroom scale is even more depressing than your 401(k)'s bottom line, take heart. Dozens of slimming aids are in the pharmaceutical pipeline.
Your boss has stopped saying hello in the morning. One of your underlings now goes to the weekly meeting that you're no longer invited to. Everybody at the office is looking tanned, fit, and rel...
The recent IRS decision to define obesity as a disease means that certain costs of losing weight may now be deductible. To take a write-off, you must have a doctor's diagnosis that you are obese or...
Stress is a popular topic. So's prostate cancer. But the thing most of my patients want to talk about is diet. They've all got friends who've lost 20 pounds in two weeks on a steak and bacon-and-eg...
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