I can't really answer that question definitively because losing "weight" for the most part comes down to calories in and calories burned by the body. Losing "weight" can mean losing water or losing muscle and what you probably want to do, I'm guessing, is lose extra body fat?
And if you are exercising and building muscle (usually thought to be a good thing) you might actually be gaining body mass (weight).
In terms of cutting out sweets (I wouldn't cut it ALL out so you aren't feeling deprived), drinking more water and eating more fruits and vegetables and exercising more...that's a generally healthful thing to do regardless of trying lose weight.
There is a genetic and gender component to how much people can eat for their body size and how easily bodies build muscle, etc...so it's difficult to compare yourself to your friend who may have one of those enviable sets of genetics.
We all know that we need to drink many glasses of water (or beverage similar to water) every day, but you might not know that there is research suggesting it may decrease risk of heart disease for men and women by about 50% compared to people who drink two glasses or less.
This statistic comes from a study published in 2002 in the Journal of American Epidemiology. [Am J Epidemiol 2002, 155 (9): 827-833>
WHAT IS YOUR BEST TIP TO HELP YOU DRINK AT LEAST 5 GLASSES of water a day?
Here are a few of mine:
* Stop drinking soda and you'll be more likely to reach for water or tea
* Bring a bottle of water with you (use the refillable type whenever possible) wherever you go...in the car or subway, in meetings, etc.
* If you aren't crazy about the neutral taste of water, try flavoring water with lemon, lime or orange slices, cucumber or spices (like cinnamon) and herbs (like mint), or with green or white tea leaves or bags.
Just raided my granny smith apple tree in the backyard and make a batch of apple crisp. SOOOO good hot from the oven. Brought an apple to each of my office mates too! Sharing the organic apple goodness!View Thread
What a great discussion around this evergreen question. I just wrap it up by saying that it's complicated : )
If you go the "fruit goes on trees and vines" and "vegetables grow in and on the ground" route, there's going to be some exceptions as well. But at least trying to figure out how a food grows gets us thinking beyond how we buy it in the supermarket.
Now that Fall is here...What food or drink are you enjoying or looking forward to enjoying?
For me I look forward to: * the pumpkin bagels that a bagel chain only offers in October/November * enjoying more soups and stews and chili in general * pumpkin spice lattes (skim milk, no whip but still yummy) * Using the slow cooker more often