The Gray Matter Blog
The best way to lose weight and keep it off
We've all been there. We look into the mirror and we're not entirely happy with the image reflected back. Our upcoming beach holiday looms, and we're not entirely sure we'll still fit in our swimsuit. Our initial response? "That's it, I've got to get it together. No more carbs!" or "I'm skipping breakfast until I can fit into my old pair of jeans again." For a week or two, salad becomes our best friend, and we pat ourselves on the back as the number on the scale drops. It's working, and life is
Has chronic dieting done you more harm than good?
When a client tells me that they want to lose weight, I'll make a point to ask them, "When was the last time you were on a diet?" More often than not, they respond, "When have I not been on a diet? It's like a never-ending cycle. I lose weight, then gain it back, then lose it again, then gain it again. I feel like I've been on this rollercoaster nonstop since high school." Sound familiar? This is a super common experience, especially if you're a busy, ambitious professional who is grappling wi
The true cost of six pack abs
The first time I dieted for weight loss, I motivated myself by imagining how I great would look and feel after losing 15 lbs. Not only would I achieve the insanely aesthetic physique of the fitness trainers I looked up to, but it would be accompanied by an abundance of confidence and joy. In short, I equated leanness with happiness, and I decided that I was willing to go the distance to acquire both. Initially, I did indeed experience many of the positive changes that I had anticipated. I felt