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Ask an R.D.: What's the Quickest Way to Lose Weight Safely?

Are you gearing up for a big event? Have a tropical getaway around the corner? If so, you might be wondering how to lose weight quickly. We understand: You want to look and feel your best! But it’s important not to fall prey to fad diets that promise dramatic, fast, ongoing weight loss, especially if they’re too restrictive. 


“Diets that overly limit or eliminate nutrients can backfire and actually cause you to gain weight over time,” explains Briana Rodriquez, Registered Dietitian at Jenny Craig. “It’s far more effective — and safer — to follow a well-rounded diet plan that moderately restricts calories and includes adequate amounts of all necessary nutrients.”


I spoke with Briana to find out the quickest way to lose weight that’s still safe and sustainable. She emphasized that the most effective type of weight loss plan (like Jenny Craig) may help you lose weight rapidly at the outset but at a healthy, moderate rate of weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week. Here are her top tips to lose weight fast and keep it off. 


Before beginning any weight loss program, talk to your healthcare provider.  

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Women's Health After 40: How to Lead a Healthy, Vibrant Life

If you’re in your 40s, you’ve entered a phase of life that likely brings a new set of demands on your time and energy — like children going off to school or more tasks at work. At the same time, your body may be starting to feel just a bit … different. You may be noticing some stiffness in your joints that you didn’t have before, or perhaps you’re finding certain tasks a little more laborious. 


We get it: It can be a lot to handle, with ever-changing challenges and commitments commanding your time and attention. But taking good care of yourself will help you stay healthy and vibrant, and give you the energy you need to handle all the responsibilities life throws your way.


Read on for seven ways to keep yourself at the top of your to-do list — and in top form — throughout your fourth decade.

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What is Metabolic Syndrome and What are the Risk Factors?

What is metabolic syndrome? According to the American Heart Association, it’s a condition that affects around 34% of U.S. adults.1 Read on to learn the basics of metabolic syndrome and to find out if you might be at risk.  

 

Metabolic syndrome (also known as Syndrome X) is an increasingly common condition closely linked to inactivity and obesity. It’s not a disease, per se, but rather a group of risk factors that can increase the likelihood of serious problems, like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and stroke.2

 

Having just one risk factor for metabolic syndrome doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome, but they tend to occur together, putting you at greater risk. Three or more conditions could result in a metabolic syndrome diagnosis.  
 

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What Is a Bullet Journal and How Can It Help You Stick to Your Weight Loss Goals?

You’ve probably heard of food journaling and how it can help you identify habits that aren’t serving your health, but have you ever tried creating a bullet journal? The bullet journaling trend, also called “BuJo,” first took off a few years ago (simply search #bulletjournal on Instagram to see what we mean!). 

 

So, what is a bullet journal, exactly? Think of it as a combination of a day planner and diary that helps you organize both your professional and personal lives, and serves as a creative outlet, too. It can be an incredible tool for helping you organize (and stick to) your weight loss goals — research shows you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down regularly.1 All you need to get started is a bullet journal notebook, which can be anything you can write on, from a basic spiral notebook to a fancy planner. 
 

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What are the 3 Stages of Menopause?

You might not think much about your period. Until it plays games with you, that is. One month it’s normal; the next it’s barely there (or not there at all). It’s then that you might begin to think not only about your period — but about menopause.

 

Menopause is a significant event in a woman’s life and a normal part of the aging process, marking the end of your reproductive years. But it doesn’t just happen all at once; there are three distinct stages of menopause, and the process is gradual. Menopause actually begins years before your periods come to a complete stop. It’s far from a slow and steady decline, but more like a wild roller coaster ride. Here’s what to expect and how to keep yourself healthy.
 

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What to Do If You Regain the Weight You've Lost

If your New Year’s resolution to lose weight has started to falter and you’ve seen some unwelcome pounds creep back, you’re not alone. Whether it’s due to old habits resurfacing, a wavering of commitment or some weight loss techniques that could use a tune-up, weight regain is a common, if not frustrating, part of many people’s weight loss journey. The key is to stop the regain early on, before you find yourself reverting back to your old patterns — or before you’ve gained back all the weight you’ve lost. But what’s the best way to get back on track?

 

We’ve come up with a checklist of 13 questions you can ask yourself to see what might have contributed to weight gain after weight loss. We’ve also got a host of simple ways you can get back into weight loss mode and practice healthy habits for life!
 

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