Weight Loss

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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My New Exercise Follow-Through Trick

I’ve never enjoyed exercise. Actually, that’s about as accurate as saying I’ve never enjoyed cockroaches: I hate exercise. It doesn’t make me feel good and invigorated and refreshed the way it apparently does everyone else. For me, it’s always grueling work with hints of torture, so I’ve never been all that motivated to do it. Until now, now that I’m […]

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Elegy for a Dead UP Band—My 10,000-Step Buddy Who Has Tragically Abandoned Me

My UP Band turned against me this week: It lights up, but the blinking lights do not correspond to any functions. It charges, but it is not recognized by its application. It resets, but will not sync to show any past or present results.  I got so desperate I cleared all of my data in hopes that might fix something, […]

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Now That I’m Trying to Lose Weight, I Expect—Nay Demand!—More from My Food

In addition to loving chocolate, I am a survival show junky. I especially like it when the survivors get to the point of calculating whether the energy exerted to get food, maybe swimming for an hour, is worth the energy they will get from two or three sea urchins.  If more than one survivor is crunching the numbers, it usually […]

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Good News and Bad Timing for My Weight-Loss Plan

I’m a pound away from reaching my 20-pound goal for the #SocialDiet, and many others in the group are seeing exactly the same success. To summarize, we’ve found that setting up a small, social group for mutual support around exercise and eating is a mighty positive thing for weight loss. Calorie tracking, which we do with MyFitnessPal, is essential. Reaching […]

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Why Heirloom and Artisanal Foods Are Good for Losing Weight

One of our Social Diet members, Patrick Pittman, talks about expecting more from your food when you’re watching calories. He stopped eating junk food once the calories started counting more. The reasoning is simple: Those foods don’t deliver enough pleasure and aren’t interesting enough, especially if you’re watching how much you eat. Every bite needs to be outstanding if you’re […]

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What Happened When I Dropped the Diet for 5 Whole Days and Went Thousands of Calories Over My Goal

After four months of pretty careful food tracking on the Social Diet, I was recently in San Francisco and then Sonoma Valley, two of my favorite places in the world. I had food-related work to do (if you call going to the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend “work”), and I had food-related fun to have: a lunch pilgrimage to Chez Panisse, […]

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Social Diet Weekly Weigh-In: September 6

Some members are sharing weight lost but not their total weight. We didn’t all start on the same date, so the total amount lost varies. The general goal is 1 pound per week. Social Dieters: Join us in our weekly weigh-ins. Report your progress in the comments below, email Scott_Mowbray@timeinc.com, or tweet @ScottMowb or @Cooking_Light using #SocialDiet.

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