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Diets & Weight Loss

Strategies and plans to slim down, success stories from women of all body types, and expert advice to keep the weight off.
6 days ago
Weight loss aside, switching to a Mediterranean-style diet for just eight weeks can have long-lasting health benefits. Here's how. More
1 week ago
Is your kitchen making you fat? It could be. Brian Wansink, PhD, director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab and author of the new book Slim by Design, visited hundreds of homes to determine how our favorite room in the house is also the most dangerous. Read on for the most common kitchen fat traps—and the weight-loss tips to prevent them. More
1 week ago
For 13 years, 5-foot-1-inch Genevieve Jerome hated her appearance. "I was so ashamed of my size-20 body," says Genevieve, who once weighed 246 pounds. She tried to exercise, but a few jogs a week couldn't make up for her diet. "I always had seconds, and I ate burgers, fries, and burritos," she remembers. This is how she found her turning point. More
2 weeks ago
Sick of hearing the same ol' weight-loss advice? You'll love these tips from Ted Spiker's new book, Down Size. More

Slim Down in 7 Days

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4 weeks ago
Who has the willpower to resist the deluge of pumpkin-flavored-everything right now? (Not us!) We refuse to choose between festive fall treats and our skinny jeans. Stop wondering "how many calories do I need to burn now?" We've got the steps-to-calories breakdown for you. So go ahead. Embrace the fall-spiced craze—in moderation, natch. You can always walk it off. More
2 months ago
Love can make you do crazy things -- like polish off a big bag of chips with your boyfriend. In fact, the more serious the relationship is, the more weight women gain. According to a study in Obesity, daters put on 15 pounds over five years, cohabitants packed on 18 pounds, and married women took the cake at 24 pounds. And getting heavier can do a number on your bond. "Weight gain can lead to emotional distress and less interest in sex," says Rachel Dinero, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Cazenovia College. Here's how to kiss off extra pounds, whether you've been together for two months or 20 years. More
2 months ago
Always looking for another adventure, one woman takes on the challenge of running the Tour de France course. More
2 months ago
You only think you know what happens once you slim down. Here, FITNESS reveals some of the unexpected, annoying and awesome things that occur when you shrink a size (or more). More
2 months ago
An offhand comment at a Halloween party inspired one woman to fight weight gain caused by a sedentary lifestyle and polycystic ovary syndrome. More
2 months ago
A longtime runner, this reader didn't let cancer didn't stand in the way of raising funds and awareness for charity. More
2 months ago
The more doctors test it, the more they find that eating Mediterranean is the absolute best way to lose weight. Based on the cooking and eating styles of Italy, France, Greece, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries, the plan features olive oil, fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish and poultry, whole grains and, yes, wine! It's high in heart-healthy fats and, unlike other diets, doesn't forbid any food group. "It's hard to stay on extreme diets," says Harvard nutrition expert Walter Willett, MD, PhD, whose book Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy popularized the approach in the United States. "This diet has lots of variety and wonderful flavors so people stick with it." More
2 months ago
Getting off the couch is half the battle. So we turned to our favorite trainers and fitness personalities to get their top motivation tips. Use them next time you need a boost and #makefithappen today. More

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