When it came to food, Olivia found that "the trick wasn't necessarily how much she was eating, but rather what exactly she was eating." So she found healthier versions of her favorite dishes, like chicken fingers, and spent 80 percent of her week focusing on the Tone It Up motto of eating "lean, clean, and green." "I learned how to prepare foods in clean and healthy ways," Olivia says (like skipping the flour breading and greasy oil on those chicken fingers). She also began to experiment with vegan, vegetarian, and non-red meat recipes throughout what she calls her "dirty food overhaul." It was a smart move: research shows that you simply can't out-exercise a bad diet. By cooking her own foods—instead of relying on the drive-thru—Olivia was able to meet her goals.
Some antidepressant medications can cause weight gain, especially the older tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) such as Tryptizol, Saroten, and Clomipramine; as well as newer drugs such as Remeron (Mirtazapine). Lithium (for manic-depressive disorder) often causes weight gain. The most common antidepressants known as SSRI’s (for example Citalopram and Sertraline) usually don’t impact weight significantly. More on depression
There is some scientific legitimacy to today’s lower-carb diets: Large amounts of simple carbohydrates from white flour and added sugar can wreak havoc on your blood sugar and lead to weight gain. While avoiding sugar, white rice, and white flour, however, you should eat plenty of whole-grain breads and brown rice. One Harvard study of 74,000 women found that those who ate more than two daily servings of whole grains were 49 percent less likely to be overweight than those who ate the white stuff. Eating whole grains is not only one of many great ways to lose weight; it can also make you smarter.
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