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TaVona Boggs Lost 82 Pounds and Started a Social Fitness Group for Women

TaVona Boggs spent most of her adult life on a diet. When she wasn’t on one, she was thinking she probably should be. Finally, she learned how to make peace with food and gave up on what she calls the, “all or nothing” mentality. After an 82-pound weight loss, TaVona is competing in duathlons and inspiring other women to break out of their comfort zones.

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When did your weight struggles begin. As early as age 10, I remember begging my mom to buy me a thigh master. Throughout high school I kept my weight in check with physical activity, like cheer leading, volleyball and more, but once I entered an intensive physical therapy program in college, the weight crept back on.

What habits specifically led you to gain weight? I did not know how to eat properly. My solution was to eat what college kids ate and when the weight escalated, I would diet down to what I thought was an appropriate weight only to gain it back once I stopped dieting.

What prompted the change? I stepped on the scale one day and it said 224 pounds. At that point I had become so sick of dieting I couldn’t do it one more time so I said to myself, “I have to learn how to eat real food, and still enjoy myself.”

How did you lose the weight? With my mother’s encouragement, I decided to join a commercial weight loss program. With the support of the ladies in my group and my mentor, I was able to get to my goal of 155 pounds. After a while, counting points and managing my weight through exercise only got me so far. I oscillated, then got stuck and eventually saw the weight starting to come back on.


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8 Fad-Free Basics of Weight Loss from the Experts

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By Janis Jibrin, M.S., RD, Best Life lead nutritionist

Here’s a secret from a nutrition insider: Even experts find weight loss fraught and confusing. A recent paper by The Obesity Society, a scientific organization devoted to researching causes and treatments for obesity, says as much. In an attempt to provide clarity, the organization published core guidelines. Not earth-shattering by any stretch, they provide an un-faddist view of the basics of weight control.

BMI is just a screening tool, not a diagnosis. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered “overweight” and 30-plus is “obese.” If you’re at 25-plus, you don’t necessarily need to lose weight. But if you also have a waist circumference greater than 35 inches for women or greater than 40 inches for men, you likely do need to shed pounds.

Focus on percent of weight loss, not ideal BMI. Not everyone needs to drop below a BMI of 25 to be healthy, and some just cannot. Instead, if you have too much body fat, focus on losing at least three to five percent of your starting weight—it can significantly improve blood pressure and other aspects of your health. Losing more, like 10 percent, can be even more helpful.
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Life after a Weight Loss Reality Show? Martha Byrne’s Laughing at the Lighter Side in a New Web Comedy Series

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Ever wondered what happens when you go from a reality show and back to your real life? Especially a weight loss reality show, where a complete transformation has taken place within someone? Well, real life holds temptations, obligations, children, husbands, social meetings, and everything in between. Transition is hard.

Weight, a new internet comedy starring Martha Byrne, from As the World Turns, explores the transition. Weight focuses on Claire, a mother who returns home from a weight loss competition after losing 100 pounds. Adjusting to her new body, Claire also has to struggle through getting used to being back home, handling mixed reactions from her friends and family, and an attempt to to balance everything at once.

“As a mom I know how hard it can be to stay on track with your health. It’s not always convenient to prepare a home cooked meal that satisfies the kids and yet is healthy for everyone. This issue is addressed in a very funny way in Weight,” Byrne told us.
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The Mayo Clinic Diet Launches Today, Presenting a Customizable Weight Loss Plan Online That Gets it Right

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The Mayo Clinic, long heralded for their compassionate treatment of patients, can now add “diet guru” to its list of accolades. If you think an acclaimed medical facility has the upper hand when it comes to creating a comprehensive weight loss website, you’d be right. The Mayo Clinic Diet is weight loss done right.

The focus is on changing habits for a lifetime

The Mayo Clinic Diet, a personalized plan developed by doctors and nutritionists, is split in to two phases, “Lose It!” and “Live It!” The first phase is a “jump-start” helping you lose up to 6-10 pounds over a two-week period in a safe and healthy way. The “Live It!” phase is intended to help you lose 1-2 pounds per week until you’ve hit your weight loss goal, a widely recommended rate of weight loss, and then guides you on how to sustain it for a life.

Last week I took the diet for a little spin. After creating my personal account with a bit of pertinent data about my height, weight, activity level and weight loss goal (confidential, thank you very much), I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly the entire plan was created for me. Once the system calculated my optimum calorie intake for weight loss, it simultaneously delivered weeks worth of meal plans and recipes to help me reach my goal.


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10 Gym-Free Ways to Burn an Extra 100 Calories

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By Gary Ditsch, Retrofit Lead Exercise Physiologist

We’ve all heard the saying, “A little bit goes a long way.” When it comes to weight loss, common advice is to make big changes to get quick and substantial results. While rapid results can be motivating and encouraging, the long-term value of these changes are only observed when they become habits. The process of adopting small changes can can be beneficial when it results in lifelong weight loss maintenance.

In the spirit of making small changes, here are 10 ways to burn an extra 100 calories throughout the day:

1. Walk. Choose to walk instead of drive if you’re going somewhere nearby. 18 minutes of walking will burn 100 calories.

2. Climb. Instead of taking elevators or escalators, take the stairs. A cumulative 15 minutes and 20 seconds of stair climbing can burn 100 calories.

3. Yardwork. Mow the lawn for 13 minutes and say goodbye to those calories.

4. Clean the House. Cleaning, sweeping and other general house work can burn 100 calories in about 19 minutes.
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