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How Dieting Destroys Your Metabolism

by Kathy Smith

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Left: Biggest Loser contestant Chris Haston/NBC Universal via Getty; Right: Trae Patton/NBC Universal, via Getty


With Summer just around the corner, the season for dieting has officially begun. But new research shows that dieting can actually destroy your metabolism!

The study in the New York Times followed contestants from The Biggest Loser (Season 8), and shockingly showed that out off all the participants, only one had kept their weight off.

In fact, the winner of the season ended up regaining more than 100 lbs.

“It has to do with resting metabolism, which determines how many calories a person burns when at rest. When the show began, the contestants, though hugely overweight, had normal metabolisms for their size, meaning they were burning a normal number of calories for people of their weight. When it ended, their metabolisms had slowed radically and their bodies were not burning enough calories to maintain their thinner sizes.

“What shocked the researchers was what happened next: As the years went by and the numbers on the scale climbed, the contestants’ metabolisms did not recover. They became even slower, and the pounds kept piling on. It was as if their bodies were intensifying their effort to pull the contestants back to their original weight.”

But with your body being a genetic warehouse, is dieting destroying more than just the metabolism? Yes. In fact, it can damage one of the body’s key hormones…leptin.

“Slower metabolisms were not the only reason the contestants regained weight, though. They constantly battled hunger, cravings and binges. The investigators found at least one reason:plummeting levels of leptin. The contestants started out with normal levels of leptin. By the season’s finale, they had almost no leptin at all, which would have made them ravenous all the time. As their weight returned, their leptin levels drifted up again, but only to about half of what they had been when the season began, the researchers found, thus helping to explain their urges to eat.

But, simply gradually cutting calories isn’t the final answer for weight loss success.

“There are no doubt exceptional individuals who can ignore primal biological signals and maintain weight loss for the long term by restricting calories,” [Dr. Ludwig] said, but he added that “for most people, the combination of incessant hunger and slowing metabolism is a recipe for weight regain — explaining why so few individuals can maintain weight loss for more than a few months.”

“The difficulty in keeping weight off reflects biology, not a pathological lack of willpower affecting two-thirds of the U.S.A.”

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

The BEST Predictor of Weight Loss Success

by Kathy Smith

You already know that the formula for burning insane amounts of fat and keeping it off, is more than cutting calories and guzzling detox juices. All that will do is revert you back to old patterns and gaining weight faster than you can say yo-yo!

The vital process in the weight loss journey is to transform good habits into a LIFESTYLE. This requires a mental shift – a new way of thinking that, just like any other new habit, requires practice. Often times, women are hesitant to go all-in on the weight loss journey, because they’re afraid that eventually, their engine of motivation will ware off, and their train will de-rail and fall off the tracks. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Studies prove that the best predictor for lasting weight will be to analyze how many pounds you drop within the first 30 days. But, the first two weeks of your weight loss journey are the most important…this is the time where you develop habits and guidelines for healthy eating that you can follow throughout your life. During this time, you learn to curb unhealthy cravings and shift your mindset to change course. Results are motivating, and if you see the pounds start to drop in the first two weeks, you will naturally build momentum, to transform your new habits into a healthy lifestyle.

During the first few weeks when you feel the urge to pick up the fork and go crazy, remember the H-A-L-T method. Ask yourself:

H – Am I actually HUNGRY, or am I…
A – ANXIOUS or ANGRY?
L – LONELY?
T – TIRED?

If you’re still undecided after answering those questions, try the apple test. If you’re truly hungry, the sweet, juicy flavor of an apple will excite your taste buds. If not, it’s time to keep investigating your feelings. Remember, if hunger isn’t what you’re feeling, then food won’t be the solution. Instead of grabbing for the nearest chocolate cake, try lacing up your shoes for a 10-min walk outside.

Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.

Pilates For Thinner Thighs

by Kathy Smith

Look no further for stronger thighs than this classic Pilates move! In this action, the top leg works as resistance while lifting the bottom leg toward the ceiling.

Long, Lean and Sexy is a playful take on my #1 blend of exercises to give you a knockout body. It’s a gentle mix of arm-strengthening yoga, ab-defining pilates and a leg-sculpting barre workout!

Includes 3 DVDs:
Yoga Sculpt
Peel Off The Pounds Pilates
Barre Body Lift

or purchase the full set by clicking HERE!

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Step Up To Strong!

by Kathy Smith

Who says you can’t torch fat WHILE strength training? It’s time to dust off your step, because this throwback tool is no longer just used for aerobics. In fact, when used properly, the step is one of the most underutilized pieces of equipment that can transform your triceps, biceps, back and shoulders.

Not only can a traditional step routine pump up your heart rate and focus on your legs and “assets,” but try polishing your routine off by using your step as a workout bench, and adding in some upper-body toning moves.

With a little creativity, there are countless upper-body strengthening moves you can use with your step bench. 

Don’t miss the 4-minute upper body step workout video below! Pick up your weights, and let’s step it up!

Own your copy of Kathy Smith's Power Step Workout today!

Kathy

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