Weight Loss

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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Can an app help me drink less alcohol?

Several members of our Social Diet group have found the start of 2014 difficult. It’s a challenge to fill in the MyFitnessPal food diary and to maintain the exercise levels (especially with the winter we’re having, even in the South). Me, too. I did get through almost three weeks of New Zealand holiday travel without putting on more than a […]

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Google+ Hangout: Social Diet Year-End Wrap Up

Earlier today, the Social Diet members got together for a live Google+ Hangout to discuss weight loss successes and challenges in 2013, plus individual goals for 2014. Watch below. Do you have any questions for our next Google+ Hangout? Share them in the comments below or send me an email at Scott_Mowbray@timeinc.com, or tweet @ScottMowb or @Cooking_Light using #SocialDiet.

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5 Weight-Loss Myths Debunked

We’re excited to be working with a new partner, MyFitnessPal, and RD and lead editor for their Hello Healthy blog, Elle Penner. Look for posts from the MyFitnessPal team on fitness, weight loss, nutrition, and more.  —Cooking Light team By: The MyFitnessPal Staff We’re taking a look at 5 persistent food and fitness myths with weight-loss implications that need to be busted. Keeping to a fitness plan […]

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Listen: Editor Scott Mowbray on how he lost over 20 pounds

Last week, Kitchen Chat radio show host Margaret McSweeney chatted with CL Editor Scott Mowbray about the Social Diet and how he lost over 20 pounds in 20 weeks. Listen to the full radio show here.

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Social Diet Confession Time

This is how the yo-yoing starts. While I’ve been pretty good about the exercise, I haven’t been tracking my calories as steadfastly as I was a few weeks back. And I’ve pretty much been in denial about the scale going up—which it has, about three pounds, not too bad, but still… I’ve fallen off the wagon. The difference between this […]

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I Made My 20-Week Weight-Loss Goal: Now What?

In late June I announced that I planned to lose 20 pounds in 20 weeks. At that point, I was already about 5 weeks into my project and optimistic that success was possible. I wrote that together with a few friends and colleagues, we had launched the Social Diet. We cooked the Social Diet up for food lovers, not dieters, […]

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Lifting Off The Diet Plateau

I knew the plateau was coming. I’ve been told that I’d be cruising along, dropping baby weight as long as I ate sensibly and exercised, and then—as every mother assured me—there would be a time when that all came to a halt. And as promised, it came about 7 pounds before I hit my pre-baby weight. And here I sit, […]

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