Johns Hopkins researchers compared the effects on the heart of losing weight on a low-carbohydrate diet and a low-fat diet for six months,
Stewart encourages eating sustainably. Low-carb doesn't need calorie counting—just wiser eating choices.
Exercise burns belly fat. Stewart says exercise improves body composition. Workout decreases insulin, which helps burn belly fat.
Even moderate strength training and aerobic exercise increase lean muscle mass, which burns more calories throughout the day.
Brand comparison. Stewart adds some yogurts claim to be low in fat but rich in carbs and added sugars. Gravy, mayonnaise, sauces, and salad dressings are heavy in fat and calories.
Packaged products and snack meals contain trans fats, added sugar, and salt or sodium, which make weight loss tougher.
Your jeans will loosen as you lose fat and gain muscle. That measures progress better.
Focus on the way your clothes fit more than reading a scale.
If your friends and family are healthy, you're more likely to be too.