Researchers say diets do not work because body weight is regulated by the brain, which reacts to weight loss by pushing the body back toward what it views as its "set point weight," even when that is not what the person wants. Author Sandra Aamodt says people may not even realize that when they are below their set point, they eat more to maintain the same hunger level, which is why it is possible to gain weight eating a healthy diet.
Yo-yo dieting may result in weight gain over time, and for people at normal weight, research suggests it may increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, said registered dietitian nutritionist Carrie Dennett. RDN Rebecca Scritchfield said instead of trying to control their weight, people should instead work to control their choices and adopt healthy lifestyle habits.
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While many professionals feel that having a daily routine aids productivity, too much emphasis on a routine can throw you into a tailspin when life gets unpredictable, writes Kat Boogaard. It's smart to "think of some different ways that you can become better at adjusting to your ever-changing circumstances, whatever they may be," Boogaard writes.
It can be easy to fall for the idea that working more hours will make you more productive, but most professionals find that long hours result in rapidly diminishing returns, writes Geoffrey James. Taking time to engage in creative activities that you enjoy instead will actually improve your work performance, according to a recent study.
Professionals must be careful not to spend too much of their time dealing with office chatter, whether it takes the form of email, instant messages or other communication. Instead, schedule short segments of your day to catch up on communication with teammates and unplug during other times to focus on work, writes Stacey Lastoe.