Popular detox diets promise to flush poisons from your body, purge pounds of excess fat, clear your complexion and bolster your immune system.
But experts say there’s little evidence
Want to know how men and women differ in achieving their weight loss goals? Perception. A team of researchers at Dartmouth wanted to understand why women and men differ in reaching and maintaining their weight loss goals for the long haul. After interviewing thousands of people, they determined that women use anxiety and fear to help them reach goals. In other words, women count calories and measure their success by their ability to stick to regimented gym routines and schedules. While that doesn’t sound like a great way to motivate oneself, it apparently works better than the tactic men use to lose weight.
Men don’t count on any sort of dedicated plan to lose weight. Instead, they usually go with the more lofty notion of hope. Yes. Hope. Again, that doesn’t sound so bad but in the race to get healthy, hope is about as useful as a daily dose of chocolate cake. Researchers said, “hope seduces men into mentally enjoying a desired future in the here and now before attaining it.” Basically, the hope that they will reach their weight loss goals is enough to keep men from actually reaching it.
How to avoid it: Pictures. In fact, in the battle against the bulge, selfies reign supreme. Listen, about two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight, yet only 40 percent of us believe that we’re overweight. That discrepancy could be easily corrected with pictures. Researchers added, “when people think of obesity, they think of the extremely obese, like 400 pounds or so.” The study also found that only 15 percent of obese adults recognize how heavy they are. “Your reflection in a mirror won’t always register in your brain, but a picture will,” said scientists.
Bonus Tip: Pinpoint your motivation. More than 75% of successful dieters can recall a single emotional or physical incident that prompted them to get healthy. Whether that moment was seeing a picture of yourself, or being too overweight to complete an everyday task, like walking up a flight of stairs without incident; remember what prompted your life change in order to keep yourself motivated in your weight loss journey.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes
2 cups diced butternut squash