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Bolden started tracking everything she ate on MyFitnessPal, and took up swimming, hiking and weightlifting. Less than 12 months later, she reached her goal. Learn more about scheduling an initial consulation! It was a hard-hitting moment. Going gluten-free and following a low-carb lifestyle are becoming more common, and both have been shown to provide positive benefits to health. After giving birth, she decided to get healthy for herself and her baby. She works out six days a week for an hour each time.

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Two similar trends on nutrition continue to gain popularity. Going gluten-free and following a low-carb lifestyle are becoming more common, and both have been shown to provide positive benefits to health.

However, the two are not the same, and understanding the difference can help you get the most out of each, or both if you happen to be following both at the same time.

The case against gluten has been building the past several years. In fact, our interview with Dr. William Davis , author of Wheat Belly, is one of the most popular articles we've posted on the site.

Gluten is a protein that can set off an immune response in those with an allergy or sensitivity to gluten. Though the percentage of people with a diagnosed gluten allergy is very small, experts like Dr. In addition, a sensitivity to gluten may not be seen as serious by some healthcare practitioners. This is unfortunate, since consumption of gluten is tied to at least 55 different diseases.

The most common source of gluten is wheat, so any food with wheat or a wheat product in it has gluten. To be effective, it must be completely eliminated, so if you choose to do so, you have to check food labels and ask about ingredients when you eat out. Bread, pasta, cereal and other foods that were once main sources of gluten are now offered with gluten-free sources of starch. If you eliminate gluten from the diet, you may notice a little weight loss , especially if the gluten causes inflammation in your body.

The premise of a low-carb diet is to control insulin. Insulin is the hormone that determines whether we burn fat for energy, or if we store it. Since consumption of carbohydrates stimulates insulin more than protein or fat, reducing carbohydrate intake should reduce insulin secretion.

Less insulin, more fat burn. For some, a low-carbohydrate diet is considered anything under grams of carbohydrate per day, which is actually quite a bit of carbohydrate. One hundred fifty grams of carbohydrate is like six medium apples, medium potatoes, cups of pasta or 50 ounces of soda. As for her best advice to those struggling with their weight: Growing up, Kathleen Golding had always been overweight.

She finally decided to make a change and turned to gastric bypass surgery, which she underwent in June Now, Golding says she is finally at peace with her body. After a family hiking excursion proved too taxing for his lb. It was a hard-hitting moment. He entered a transformation challenge for motivation. Peterson, now lbs. Her real turning point, though, was when she realized she could no longer fit in the desks at her college, and had to put her education on hold.

She also began working out slowly, with short walks and swims. I can work anywhere. With a diet of six to eight chocolate bars a day, fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, Perdue was lbs. Perdue signed up for Optavia, a packaged meal plan, and learned how to eat balanced meals of a protein and three servings of vegetables. That along with minute walks helped her lose lbs.

I still remember the day that the switch flipped for me — July 19, — and I decided I was done living like this. The Medina, Ohio, resident says until that point she was drinking five or more cans of soda a day, eating large quantities of food and stopping at the drive-thru daily. Spurred into action, Rachow says she started small, first cutting out soda and only eating food she cooked at home.

After I had lost lbs. I became fascinated by fitness and seeing what new things I could accomplish with my body. I do things that I never dreamed were possible like running races, lifting heavy weights, and completing a sprint triathlon. A few weeks after his father-in-law was admitted to the hospital, Bauler, who weighed lbs. He first focused on exercising and eventually made changes to his diet, sticking to 1, calories a day and smaller portion sizes for one year.

Now the year-old runs everyday and has completed endurance competitions like Ironman and Ragnar. I like to join training groups and training clubs because of the friendships and accountability it creates. It would be easy for me to blow off a mile run at 5: After reaching her highest weight of lbs. Powell was overweight as a child, eating a diet full of processed foods and little water and vegetables.

In college, Powell says she dramatically gained more weight. Powell joined her local YMCA, gradually increasing her workouts until she was going 4 to 5 days a week for 60 to 90 minutes.

She also changed her eating habits, replacing sugary sweets with fresh fruit and vegetables. Within the first six months she lost lbs.

Cloutier, 36, always felt like an outsider growing up. She weighed lbs. After her first pregnancy with her daughter in , Cloutier hit lbs. As she worked to get back into a postpartum fitness routine, Cloutier discovered Zumba, and fell in love with group fitness classes.

Three weeks after her first class, she became a certified trainer, and started teaching classes. By , the demand had gotten so large that she opened her own fitness studio, and now runs it along with her full-time job. Between her severe anxiety, depression and her weight — lbs. Then at age 26, Bolden was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, and learned she would have trouble conceiving a child.

And just a few years later, in Feb. Bolden started tracking everything she ate on MyFitnessPal, and took up swimming, hiking and weightlifting. After three and a half years, she lost lbs. She also started a fitness blog and Instagram , and even won a bodybuilding competition.

She went from lbs. When her son was six months-old, the Richmond, Georgia resident became pregnant with her daughter and gained even more weight. I had trouble catching my breath; I had hip issues and a lot of body aches. That excuse is now my motivation for everything I do. Weighing in at lbs. Gause was ready to make a change, and he immediately joined Live in Fitness, a residential weight loss community.

There, he completely revamped his diet plan to focus on lean proteins and vegetables, and started exercising. In , Samantha Call lost her father to heart disease. He was 48 years-old and struggled with obsesity.

In early , Call found success with Atkins. And after a year and a half got down to lbs. Call has maintained her weight loss for about seven years.

Now, she cooks healthy meals at home vegetables home with her fiancé and devotes an hour before work to exercise. Says the Callis, Maine resident: Jason Cohen always struggled with his weight. At his highest, he hit nearly lbs. A big motivator to help him acheive and maintain his lbs. At over lbs. She also continues to share her weight loss journey on Instagram. Along with her husband Myron, Hyman has now lost over lbs. Hyman, who works out with a trainer 3 to 4 times per week, is now a finalist in her sixth Isabody Challenge.

Although she was happy and confident in her body, Jovana Borojevic was shocked when she finally stepped on a scale. The digital marketing strategist, now 24, immediately cut out starchy carbs, refined foods, sugar and most packaged food.

In a month she dropped almost 20 lbs. Allie Ruby was determined to lose weight — and get her long-desired six-pack — after her poor college eating habits left her at lbs. She started weightlifting, which kept her in amazing shape but pushed her weight up again, this time with muscle instead of fat.

Seeing the numbers creep back up the scale caused self-doubt. Jobity was always fit growing up, but when she was mistreated in a relationship, she turned to food to cope. I just kind of tuned out of the world, and food became my everything. By , Jobity had hit her highest weight of lbs. Jobity decided to get healthy — mentally and physically. She started taking boot camp classes and sought counseling to deal with her emotional issues.

What She Eats Now: Jobity cut out fried food and soda and eats a diet focused on fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Her Best Weight Loss Tip: The mind is a powerful thing through the weight loss journey, more than anything else. A lot of weight loss is mental. The right information is important, but so too is personal support, encouragement, and motivation. The one thing they all have in common? The desire to succeed and the willingness to help you do the same!

Our Goal Planner will also help you identify and set specific daily tasks to reach these goals, and hold you accountable each day. Plus, you'll have the support and encouragement of our friendly community as well. Make choosing the right foods, at the right times, in the right amounts - super simple with this innovative online tool. Every week we offer new easy-to-follow workout videos that you can do in the comfort, convenience, and privacy of your home, office, or hotel.

Every video is custom-tailored to your fitness level because we show you how to modify each exercise to your ability. And you have the option of a minute, minute, or minute routine, so it fits into your busy schedule. The best way to reach us is via our support portal. You'll find answers to frequently asked questions FAQs and an easy way to contact our support team. You can also email us directly at support fitera.

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