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“When people try to lose weight, often the first thing they do is limit their fat intake,” says Maret Traber, PhD, a professor and researcher in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. “This may make sense if you’re trying to reduce calories, but fat is the most common source of vitamin E in our diets, so that approach to weight loss can sometimes actually worsen a nutrient deficiency.” In a recent study, Traber found that obese people are less likely to absorb vitamin E, and the nutrient is already lacking among 92 percent of Americans.
To solve the problem, she recommends taking a daily multivitamin that contains 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E: 15 mg or 22.4 IU. For good absorption, always take the supplement with some food
that contains a little fat.
That’s about how many calories a 150-pound person can burn shoveling snow for an hour. Bigger people burn more and smaller folks, alas, burn less. Among all sizes, having more muscle increases the number of calories burned by any activity, including simply staying alive.
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Over the course of a year, people who tracked what they ate, as well as their weight, lost seven times as much weight (8.2 pounds, on average) as those who rarely tracked either one, according to a study of 37,000 people for MyFitnessPal (myfitnesspal.com) and Withings (withings.com), a scale manufacturer. Those who tracked only food lost an average of 2.8 pounds, and those who tracked only weight lost, on average, 4.3 pounds.