10 Tips to Deal with Holiday Weight Gain

For the body obsessed or even normal dieters, the holiday period from around October through to January can be a true minefield. Between the specific holidays of Halloween (mercifully passed), Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with endless goody baskets and parties, folks can run into problems maintaining the habits they strive to follow the rest of the year.

The Causes of Diet Failure Part 2

And I think that’s a sufficient amount on this topic. yeah, I could add endless other stuff, mainly having to do with various strategies such as regular tracking/self-weighing and many others but that’s just basic stuff. The above is some stuff that I think often is unconsidered in terms of what causes diet failure. Once again, I’m not saying that the success rate will or will not be improved by changing those or getting people to take a different approach to the process.

The Causes of Diet Failure Part 1

To be honest, and I’ve been saying this for a lot of years, I don’t think that the issue with dieting failure has much to do with diet (or exercise) per se. That is, we know and have known for a long-time HOW to get people to lose weight/fat (I’m going to use these interchangeably for writing style reasons just understand that body composition is more important than changes in body weight per se and let’s move on). Bottom line, almost everyone manages to lose some amount of weight or fat when they diet. That isn’t the issue.

Meal Patterning and Frequency Part 2 – Book Excerpt

I’ve shown the different patterns that I described below to show how the weekly deficit can be the same or larger with the different approaches. IF’ing really just describes a different daily meal pattern and I’ll still assume the same weekly deficit. It can easily be combined with the ADF/ICR types of approaches. So even eating later in the day, calories could be varied from lowered/very low along with the shift in how the calories are distributed throughout the day. But you can see that the ADF/ICR approaches can actually generate a greater weekly deficit than straight CR.

Meal Frequency and Meal Patterning Part 1 – Book Excerpt

Having set up a diet, there are additional issues that need to be addressed such as meal frequency and overall meal patterning (on a given day) and calorie distribution (over the course of the week). I’ll look at each in some detail including some relatively “new” approaches that may be superior under some conditions. Finally I’ll end this chapter by looking at a question that most may have never considered.

The 3500 Calorie Rule

While I have written previously about how many of people’s ideas about energy balance are incorrect, this may be a little bit tidier look at it. More to the point, this is the version that I have written for the still being edited book on women’s physiology, training and fat loss. It could honestly go in any one of my books (and will be seen again in at least one more project to be sure). Basically, there’s a lot of nonsense floating around about this particular topic. And that topic is one of the oldest “rules” of weight/fat loss in existence.

DEXA Versus Calipers for Body Fat Estimation

There is a common occurrence online (my support forum has an entire thread) for people to ask for visual estimates on BF%. No, it’s not a perfect method but folks who have done this for a while can give at least a ballpark estimate. You can also find some neato graphics people have put together for men and women online.

Of BMI and Weighing Frequency

Since this is an issue I want to make a quick disclaimer. Do not take this video/article as justification to only use bodyweight as a measurement of anything. Every one of my books I talk about the issue of losing weight versus losing fat, what body composition is is discussed in detail on the main site. I’ve linked to articles related to that.

Just Do the Program

Today is going to be another hopefully short article/rant about another common mistake I make; in fact, it addresses one of my major pet peeves (folks run into this all the time on the support forum). In a certain sense it’s a followup to the piece on Information vs. Application that I posted on Tuesday.

Exercise and Weight and Fat Loss: Part 2

Certainly larger amounts of exercise can approach significance (and as folks become fitter, they can burn more calories with activity) but the idea that a little bit of exercise is going to have a massive impact on anything is fairly misguided. However, there are more ways that exercise might positively impact on weight/fat loss (especially when combined with changes in diet) and that’s what I want to look at today. I’d mention that readers should check out PJ Striet’s comments in Exercise and Weight/Fat Loss: Part 1 for some other potential benefits of exercise outside of weight and fat loss per se.

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