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5 habits of highly successful dietersupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 07:27:00

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?

Dieters in Weight Watchers study drop up to 15 pounds in a year updated: Wed Jan 04 2012 16:18:00

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.

Weight-loss surgery may lower heart attack, stroke riskupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 07:47:00

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.

After dieting, hormone changes may fuel weight regain updated: Wed Oct 26 2011 17:27:00

Losing weight is hard, but keeping the pounds off can be even harder.

Is it possible to lose 15 pounds in one month?updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 07:44:00

I'm 16 years old, 5 foot, and 125 pounds. I would like to lose 15 pounds in one month. Is this possible?

Is weight loss 'sleeve' surgery a good option?updated: Fri Jul 29 2011 07:16:00

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?

When you're losing weight, where does the fat go?updated: Wed Jul 27 2011 09:52:00

Multiple chins, bulging tummies and flabby arms: It's easy to see where fat accumulates on the body.

How do I deal with food temptation on a holiday?updated: Fri Jul 01 2011 07:00:00

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?

How do I lose weight on a gluten-free diet?updated: Fri Jun 24 2011 07:15:00

I have celiac disease (gluten intolerance), and I am wondering how to lose weight given my restrictions in my diet.

Why isn't there a safe weight-loss pill?updated: Fri Apr 15 2011 13:59:00

Obesity can't be cured by pills, shots or even surgery.

A new kind of weight-loss showupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 15:34:00

Just like the people they feature, weight-loss shows come in all shapes and sizes.

Best way to jump-start your metabolism after a plateau?updated: Fri Dec 31 2010 08:12:00

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?

Man loses 230 pounds in one yearupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 08:08:00

A Mooresville, N.C., man lost 230 pounds in one year. WCNC has Steve Nicander's story.

New Year's resolution No. 1: Lose weightupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 08:08:00

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?" Meet PEOPLE's 'Half Their Size' Cover Girls!updated: Wed Dec 29 2010 14:14:00

How two regular women lost 278 lbs. total - and landed on our cover!

How one man's shame sparked a 300-pound weight lossupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 11:40:00

Lugging a nearly 500-pound body, Matt Hoover was unhappy. Like many Americans, he knew how to lose weight, but was paralyzed by inaction.

Can drinking lots of water help you lose weight?updated: Fri Dec 24 2010 10:17:00

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?

The bottom-line diet: Eat lessupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 15:19:00

There were no diet pills, shakes or detoxes. And no, it wasn't caveman food, grapefruit, Twinkies, Taco Bell or Subway sandwiches.

Will my ADHD medication make me lose weight?updated: Tue Nov 09 2010 15:54:00

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.

Is it possible to lose 15 pounds in one month?updated: Fri Oct 22 2010 10:08:00

I'm 16 years old, 5 feet tall and 125 pounds. I would like to lose 15 pounds in one month. Is this possible?

She drops 100 pounds, gains new worldupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 13:03:00

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.

Trying to lose weight? Drink more waterupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 19:01:00

Forget diet pills and cleanses. A new study suggests that an effective weight-loss aid is available straight from your kitchen sink.

Three new weight-loss drugs: Will they work?updated: Thu Jul 15 2010 15:20:00

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.

Hot flashes? Losing weight may helpupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 09:05:00

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.

Nikky Blonsky: It doesn't matter that I'm plus-sizeupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 17:38:00

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.

Fat camps for grown-ups: Do they work?updated: Sun Apr 11 2010 07:27:00

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.

How can I lose regained weight after bariatric surgery?updated: Fri Apr 09 2010 08:41:00

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.

Is the hCG diet good to lose 20-30 pounds?updated: Fri Mar 12 2010 15:07:00

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?

Weight loss may reverse artery clogging, study suggestsupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 14:25:00

Eating the wrong food and gaining too much weight can clog arteries with fatty deposits, potentially leading to life-threatening heart attacks and strokes.

Taco Bell: Making a run for weight loss?updated: Wed Jan 06 2010 19:08:00

The company that brought us the taco-craving Chihuahua, Fourth Meal and double-decker tacos suggests that it can now help fight fat.

Help yourself and your kids: Don't dietupdated: Wed Jan 06 2010 13:29:00

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.

Extreme diets: Life on 800 calories a dayupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 10:28:00

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.

The truth about diabetic dietsupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 14:39:00

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.

Study: Dieters happier on low-fat, not low-carb, plansupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 16:05:00

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?updated: Fri Aug 28 2009 09:43:00

Can eating too much fruit keep me from losing weight? Am I consuming too much sugar?

Is bitter orange extract a safer diet pill alternative?updated: Fri Jul 31 2009 09:22:00

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 safe, but sleep apnea increases riskupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 17:25:00

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.

How can I safely control my pregnancy weight gain?updated: Fri Jul 24 2009 16:58:00

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?

How can I maintain my energy level for sports while on a diet?updated: Fri Jul 17 2009 10:10:00

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?

Fewer calories equals a longer life -- At least in monkeysupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 18:04:00

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.

Study: Weight-loss surgery cuts cancer risk in womenupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 16:59:00

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.

What are good online tracking tools for weight loss?updated: Fri Apr 24 2009 10:03:00

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.

Low-fat? Low-carbs? Answering best diet questionupdated: Tue Mar 31 2009 16:06:00

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.

What's the best diet?updated: Tue Mar 31 2009 16:06:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen looks at a new study comparing popular diets.

Diet pills to avoidupdated: Mon Feb 23 2009 16:37:00

Companies are refusing the FDA's request to pull diet pills off shelves. Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Cutting calories may boost your memoryupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 16:15:00

Having a senior moment? A new study suggests that cutting calories may help.

The best way to measure body fatupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 17:37:00

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.

College professor goes from fat to 'Mr. Low Body Fat'updated: Wed Feb 04 2009 18:17:00

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.

Lifting your own weightupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 18:17:00

Muata Kamdibe says losing 120 pounds was simply a matter of lifting his own weight.

Sleeping Beauty and worm diets -- thinning through historyupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 09:42:00

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'm exercising; why can't I lose weight?updated: Fri Jan 16 2009 15:46:00

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? Queen Latifah to Continue as Jenny Craig Spokespersonupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 13:28:00

After shedding 20 pounds last year, she signs on for another year with the company

The top 10 healthiest diets in Americaupdated: Mon Dec 29 2008 09:16:00

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.

Make over your weight-loss resolutionsupdated: Wed Dec 24 2008 10:37:00

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?

When money's at stake, dieters have more weight-loss successupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 16:10:00

Want to shed some pounds? You're more likely to be successful if you stand to gain --or lose -- some money. Can Reading Help Kids Lose Weight?updated: Sat Oct 04 2008 09:00:00

Reading a book may not burn many calories, but the right material may help kids shed pounds First Look: PEOPLE's Weight-Loss Challengeupdated: Fri Sep 26 2008 12:12:00

Get a peek at how our Mississippi 8 documented their diet struggles in an ABC special Gastric Bypass Surgery Less Helpful for Diabeticsupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 22:00:00

A new study suggests that the common weight-loss surgery leads to less weight loss in patients with diabetes

Low fat vs. low carbupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 16:24:00

A new study tries to put an end to the diet wars. CNN's medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has the results. The Myth of Moderate Exerciseupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 20:00:00

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

Man counted calories, watched the pounds goupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 08:24:00

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. Are Fat Calories More Fattening Than Carbs?updated: Tue Jul 15 2008 01:05:00

Harvard professor and nutrition guru, Walter Willett, weighs the balance between high-fat and high-carb diets

Knowledge equates to weight lossupdated: Fri May 02 2008 11:13:00

Brandon Hollas says a lack of education led to his weight gain.

Weight loss success storyupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 12:25:00

Tim Lenczowski took up running and lost 120 pounds. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Fit Nation share I-Report success stories

Fat to fitness instructor: Boot camp helps man lose 120 poundsupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 12:25:00

Two years ago, Tim Lenczowski dreaded walking from the parking lot into his office.

Writer shares journey to her 168-pound weight lossupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 09:59:00

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.

Sneaky little slim-down tricksupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 16:02:00

Health magazine went to the top weight-control experts for their No. 1 tips to get the weight off now. Take a look. Obesity Drugs Work -- Modestlyupdated: Thu Nov 15 2007 18:00:00

Drugs won't lead to dramatic weight loss, a study finds, but they do take off pounds and have other health benefits

Weight loss success: Andy Sorrellsupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 01:29:00

Depressed and tired of trying diet after diet, Andy Sorrells began a faith-based weight loss program.

Weight loss is all in your headupdated: Fri Jul 20 2007 05:02:00

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.

Woman drops 110 pounds, 8 dress sizesupdated: Tue Jul 10 2007 06:16:00

Three years ago Sharon Twitchell was miserable. Studies Bring New Hope for Obeseupdated: Fri Jun 22 2007 14:55:00

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

Get the diet scoop: 6 promising supplements, 6 to avoidupdated: Fri Feb 16 2007 10:42:00

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?

Dr. Gupta: Things to know before taking alliupdated: Thu Feb 08 2007 10:29:00

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:

FTC settles with companies over unproved weight-loss claimsupdated: Thu Jan 04 2007 12:52:00

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

70 percent of dieters go solo, with no doctor, survey findsupdated: Mon Nov 06 2006 14:42:00

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.

Your e-mails: Tips in battle of the bulgeupdated: Thu Apr 06 2006 10:50:00 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:

NutriSystem lures men with pizza, sexupdated: Mon Jan 30 2006 09:03:00

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.

Common sense approach to eatingupdated: Wed Jan 11 2006 20:56:00

Steven Hawks, a professor of health science at Brigham Young University here, says phooey to dieting.

Fortune: Diet stocks for the post-Atkins age updated: Mon Oct 31 2005 00:01:00

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...

CNNMoney: Weight Watchers gets nod from magupdated: Tue May 10 2005 07:32:00

Weight Watchers is the best overall diet plan, according to new Consumer Reports research.

Slow and steady wins weight-loss raceupdated: Thu Jan 13 2005 09:37:00

For many who overindulged in December, January is time to take steps to shed extra pounds put on from cookies and cocktails galore.

New diet squeezes in on weight-loss sceneupdated: Fri Nov 19 2004 15:44:00

A new eating-by-numbers method has arrived on the diet scene, and it's not Weight Watchers.

What's behind the curb-your-carbs craze?updated: Wed Jun 16 2004 09:25:00

The latest diet dictionary spells evil "C-A-R-B."

CNNMoney: Low-carb dieters are way off targetupdated: Mon Apr 05 2004 13:23:00

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.

CNNMoney: Low-carb bubble about to burst?updated: Fri Mar 19 2004 08:20:00

Foodmakers keep it coming: Low-carb Doritos, low-carb Entenmann's chocolate chip cookies, Heinz' 'One Carb' ketchup, a low-sugar Krispy Kreme Doughnut.

Business 2.0: The Pill that Will Make You Thin Pharma companies large and small are in hot pursuit of the blockbuster of all blockbusters--a dupdated: Mon Mar 01 2004 00:01:00

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'...

Fortune: Keep An Eye On Weight Watchers The Atkins craze has hurt, but UBS analyst Andrew McQuilling sees hefty earnings aheaupdated: Mon Feb 09 2004 00:01:00

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...

Business 2.0: Dieting for Dollars These are boom times for the weight-loss industry. Can the big food companies be far behind?updated: Tue Apr 01 2003 00:01:00

Americans have never been bigger--and neither has the diet industry.

Fortune: The Quest For The Antifat Pill Nature programmed us to overeat. Fen-Phen helped that, until it backfired. Safer drugs may be comupdated: Mon Feb 03 2003 00:01:00

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.

Business 2.0: Better Managing Through Chemistry An abridged guide--and comprehensive formulary--to health and survival in the workplace.updated: Fri Nov 01 2002 00:01:00

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...

Money Magazine: How To Make A Weight Loss A Tax Gainupdated: Sat Jun 01 2002 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: Fad Diets: All Protein, No Proofupdated: Mon May 15 2000 00:01:00

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...

Money Magazine: SHRINK YOUR WEIGHT WHILE KEEPING YOUR WALLET PLUMPupdated: Sat Feb 01 1997 00:01:00

THIS MONTH: -- How one Virginia man spent $12,000 to lose 80 pounds -- High-tech pianos that are truly grand

Fortune: DIET CENTERS ARE REALLY IN FAT CITY Ballooning baby-boomers are getting serious about shedding those pounds. Enter the pros -- wupdated: Mon Jun 05 1989 00:01:00

FOR BABY-BOOMERS, it's the moment of truth. Not only are they turning fortysomething, so are their waistlines. The upshot: Just as fast as they can get the money out of their too-tight, five-pocket...

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