All posts by Sophia McDermott Drysdale

When You Should Be Eating if You Want to Lose Weight

When You Should Be Eating if You Want to Lose Weight

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There are so many aspects to eating for weight loss. What to eat is one aspect. How the body processes your food is also incredibly important. But when you eat is an often overlooked and critical component of successfully losing weight.

I wrote recently about how your body processes calories based on your metabolism and how dieting and long-term calorie restriction can destroy your metabolism — making it nearly impossible to lose fat.…

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What You Need to Know About Your Body's Hormonal Response to Food

What You Need to Know About Your Body’s Hormonal Response to Food

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Even if we keep fairly active and eat reasonably healthy, most of us at some stage want to lose a bit of weight. And we may end up willing to try almost anything to drop those stubborn pounds. This is why the weight-loss industry is one of the biggest industries in the world. Unfortunately, there is much misinformation out there that makes weight-loss confusing for some and daunting for others.…

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Why Cutting Calories Is One of the Worst Things You Can Do for Weight Loss

Why Cutting Calories Is One of the Worst Things You Can Do for Weight Loss

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For the last fifteen years, I have been writing tailored diets for my clients, both online and in person, and the majority of my weight-loss clients have been women who have come to me after trying almost everything — thermogenics, diet pills, grapefruit diets, ketogenic diets, skipping meals, and so on.

To cut a long story short, the main theme that runs throughout all of these women’s lives is that most aren’t eating enough.…

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Why My Favorite Easy-to-Make Meal Is So Healthy

Why My Favorite Easy-to-Make Meal Is So Healthy

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The standard way of “eating clean” is not one I follow. Eating white rice with chicken breast six times a day came about because of the bodybuilding industry — not because it is particularly healthy. In fact, eating that way day in and day out will leave you nutritionally deficient, especially if you are a performance athlete or a mother (where you are/have been pregnant or breastfeeding, as most of my personal clients are).…

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How Chronic Dehydration Can Make You Fat, Tired, and Weak

How Chronic Dehydration Can Make You Fat, Tired, and Weak

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Water is the essence of life. Every living thing needs water to survive, right down to every cell in all plants and animals. Our bodies are made up of nearly 75% water and in order to thrive, we must supply all the cells in our bodies with adequate water so these tiny magical building blocks that make up our bodies can carry out all their biological processes.…

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Strawberry and Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Strawberry and Banana Breakfast Smoothie

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Smoothies are a great way to pack in a nutritious breakfast while you are on the run. This is one of my favorite smoothie recipes because it is so easy. It is made with almond milk so it is dairy free and I love how the chia seeds give it texture, help me feel fuller for longer, and aid in digestion.…

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Nutrition Myths

6 Nutrition Myths the Fitness Industry Has Sold You

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When we think of the “fitness industry,” all of us instantly picture hot chicks in sports bras displaying super flat stomachs and perky butts or shredded dudes with bulging pecs and biceps. And there is an assumption that those with lean physiques and perfectly sculpted muscles are the epitome of health and fitness.

This is in fact not true. Sure, having muscle on your frame and not being overweight does signify health, but that does not mean the leanness and muscular definition we see was achieved through the healthiest of methods.…

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Arugula Cranberry Avocado Salad

Arugula, Cranberry, and Your Favorite Protein Salad

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When the weather gets warmer, salads are the way to go. Salads are lighter and don’t heat up the kitchen, but are still packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

This salad offers the natural sweet, tangy flavor of cranberries, plus the healthy fat of avocado. You get to add the protein that sounds good to you (or that is leftover in your refrigerator).…

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The Problem With Wheat

The Problem With Wheat and the Power You Have to Fix It

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It seems so normal to eat eggs on toast for breakfast or a sandwich for lunch. A muffin or some pretzels dipped in salsa for a snack and pasta for dinner to refuel after a heavy workout. Of course, the muffin is low fat and the toast is whole grain. It only makes sense to eat healthy when you are working out and trying to maintain a good lifestyle, right?…

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Tangy Mango Salsa Salad

Tangy Mango Salsa Salad

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For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is officially here. Things are warming up and we get to enjoy delicious summer fruits and lighter meals again. Here is a recipe that incorporates my favorite summer fruit – mangoes – in a light, refreshing, and healthy salsa. This fruity salad is ideal for a warm spring or summer lunch and also works as a dinner when paired with grilled chicken or a piece of pan-seared salmon.…

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Daily Choices on our Path

The Unstoppable Power of Your Small Daily Choices

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Recently, I was traveling for a seminar and struck up conversation with a cool dude on the plane. While we were sharing our goals and aspirations, he generously gave me the book he was reading, which was based on the principles that small decisions made daily have an accumulative and profound effect over time. The idea was that this concept can be applied to every aspect of your life.…

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Turkey Lettuce Cups

Easy Protein: Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups

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I love Asian food because I love the mixture of salty and sweet together. But I find after eating it, I blow up and retain water due to all the salt, sugar, and sauces, and I end up all wired with a huge headache due to the MSG. Most restaurants, even though they may claim not to use MSG, still use some variation of a preservative or flavor enhancer in their food.…

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