Archives for June 2011

What Predicts Long-Term Weight Loss?

If you’ve dieted more than once and read your share of weight loss articles, you probably already know the depressing facts: about 95 percent of dieters gain their weight back.

According to one study, one-third to two-thirds of investigated dieters regained their weight within 12 months of dieting. Almost all dieters had regained their weight within 5 years.

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Dieting is a strong predictor of weight gain, not weight loss!

But what about the 5 percent of people who actually manage to keep their weight off permanently? What do they do differently from the majority of dieters who fail (time after time)? [Read more…]

Celebrating One Year Blogaversary!

I’m excited to announce that today is Bodycapable’s One Year Anniversary! I started writing Bodycapable in June 2010.

I started blogging tentatively, not quite knowing what I wanted this blog to be about.

In practice Bodycapable started out as a personal weight loss blog, but because I’ve always been very interested in physical fitness and wellbeing, that approach didn’t satisfy me for long.

It’s also important to me to have my writings backed by solid facts, so I decided to start educating myself about health and fitness topics. My readings have inspired many of my posts and also helped keep me motivated in my personal fitness journey.

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I have made discoveries during my year of blogging: I rediscovered the joys of walking for fitness, I learned how to use pedometers for monitoring my physical activity and the importance of everyday physical activity for health and weight loss.

Blogging has may perks, like befriending many health and fitness bloggers around the globe. I especially want to mention weight loss blogger Angie Newton and Beth of MyBizzyKitchen.

It doesn’t stop amazing me how much I have in common with people who I’ve never met and who live in another country. And I never stop learning something new.

Future Direction For Bodycapable

Internet is chock-full of great weight loss and fitness blogs written by fitness experts or young women in their twenties. While I love many of them, I often have trouble identifying with them. When you get older, your perspective changes (for the better!) – I’m not as interested in looking good, partying or achieving perfectionist goals than I was in my twenties.

That’s why I want to write for 35+ women who have full lives with jobs, families and other obligations and who may struggle to get back in shape. I also want to write to women who are already suffering from the adverse effects of physical inactivity, poor diet and failed weight loss attempts.

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Losing weight is an important motivator, but I believe it’s a consequence of learning to take care of yourself by becoming physically active and learning to eat a balanced diet. Focusing on fast results and quick fixes doesn’t really help you make healthy lifestyle changes.

In my experience, making real lifestyle changes requires lots of patience and willingness to experiment – not suffering, crash diets or overly demanding workout regimes.

My Personal Progress

I’m a work in progress. At the moment I’m pretty happy with myself-  my runner’s knee has finally healed and being physically active is a routine part of my life (and believe me, I’ve striven for that goal for years). I have also made progress toward my goal of fitting in my size 8 goal jeans (the goal I set for myself a year ago).

Best Wishes,

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