Weight Loss

(Almost) One Year on the Cooking Light Diet: Flexibility, Features, and Filling Food

My last Cooking Light Dieter post centered around the beginnings of a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed new community member’s journey. So naturally, I thought it’d be fun this time around to put the spotlight on one of our longest tenured members. Enter Steve Crozier. Steve is a web developer in the Dallas area who’s been enrolled in the Diet since May of […]

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Muffin Top to Mini-Muffin Top in 4 Weeks

Welcome Katie Anderson, guest blogger reporting on her Cooking Light Diet journey. Follow more from Katie on her blog, YellowDaisyChickChat.com or check back here for more updates.    I can’t believe I’ve been on a real live diet for four weeks. This is unprecedented for me. I’m not a dieter. I am, in fact, anti-diet. Unless you are obese and need […]

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Area Woman Discovers Diet Does Not Equal Death

As Community Manager of the Cooking Light Diet since its inception in May 2014, I’ve had the privilege of speaking with our growing number of community members from all over the U.S. and Canada. I’ve talked with software testers, dog trainers, constantly on-the-go sales reps, moms cooking for 10, world travelers (have a safe trip, Roanne!), and more. Through all these interactions, […]

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Get Stronger Without a Gym!

Not a fan of going to the gym? You’re in luck: The latest trend in gym training is doing exactly the kind of exercise you can do outside of a gym. Think of Rocky in Rocky I, running along the train tracks and through the outdoor vegetable markets, like the Pied Piper of Philly, shadowboxing all the way, then finally […]

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Diet Distortions: “Weighing Every Day is a Bad Thing.”

For many years there has been a common belief that daily self-weighing might lead to frustration and less weight loss or even promote eating disorders. Like many bits of conventional wisdom that turn out to be false, this one seems intuitively plausible. But it turns out that none of these fears is justified when one actually looks at the scientific […]

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Diet Distortions: “Eat only when you’re hungry.”

If our hunger were calibrated so that we were satisfied with the exact amount needed to maintain a healthy weight and no more, then this “rule” might work. Unfortunately, the evidence is quite to the contrary. People differ in their degrees of hunger, and those with a tendency toward greater weight gain tend to be hungrier. This seems in part […]

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A year later, this wearable tech keeps me doggedly doing at least 10K steps per day.

My 365th day of wearing the Jawbone UP band—which tracks daily steps as well as nightly sleep—recently passed without the band noticing that we celebrated our one-year anniversary. Having just gotten around to watching the fantastic movie Her, I have to say my feelings were hurt—though perhaps I missed the motivational message in the blizzard of stuff that clutters my […]

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How Your Diet Can Sabotage Your Exercise

It’s easy to overestimate the power of exercise to help weight loss, especially if you increase your fitness regime at the same time you embark on a diet. The weight begins to drop, and the running shoes get to take a victory lap. It feels as if you’re just burning those pounds off. Then: the infamous plateau. “Chasing a calorie […]

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A car-centered life has put me in a deep exercise hole. And now I know the numbers.

If you have to drive to work rather than walk, if you live in a neighborhood that is not well served by restaurants, bars, and corner food stores, then your daily steps have to be planned. They don’t happen as an organic part of daily life. Most Americans who live outside the downtowns of major cities experience this: Naturally occurring […]

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If This Plodder Can Run Faster, You Can Run Faster

From the start, running was my main calorie-burn exercise of the Social Diet. I’m a plodder, but 4 miles of plodding burned enough calories to keep the daily ledger in balance, and it delivered a nice chunk of steps toward the 10,000-a-day goal. Then, recently, I decided  to pick up my pace. This happened after signing up for the MapMyRun […]

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