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May 20th, 2013
01:23 PM ET

An Army Wife's "Big" Surprise for her husband returning from Afghanistan: CNN's Zoraida Sambolin reports

Army specialist returns home after a year in Afghanistan to find a huge transformation in his wife. She lost 100lbs.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Troops • Weight loss
May 3rd, 2013
10:05 AM ET

NY Jets head coach Ryan says it 'never worked out' for Tebow, talks 115 lb. weight loss

NY Jets head coach Rex Ryan talks with Christine Romans on "Starting Point" about Tim Tebow's career, Jason Collins coming out in "Sports Illustrated" & his incredible 115 lb. weight loss.

Filed under: Tim Tebow • Weight loss
March 29th, 2013
06:05 AM ET

WEB EXTRA: Is 'The Fast Diet' just a new fad or a smart weight loss method? Author Dr. Michael Mosley explains

A new diet book is climbing to the top of the New York Times best-seller list.

"The Fast Diet," also known as the "5-2" diet, allows 'normal' eating for five days out of the week, then fasting for two non-consecutive days a week.

The author of the book is UK medical journalist Dr. Michael Mosley, who discovered the diet while working on a TV science show as a human guinea pig.

The health, diet and exercise-focused science series comes to PBS's "Exploration Wednesdays," premiering April 3rd at 10pm Eastern.

See more from Soledad O'Brien's interview with Dr. Michael Mosley, where he explains the method and science behind "The Fast Diet" in the video above.

Filed under: Weight loss
March 13th, 2013
10:56 AM ET

Trainer Jillian Michaels shares secrets on lasting weight loss in new book 'Slim for Life'

You may know Jillian Michaels as the "tough love" trainer on NBC's "The Biggest Loser." She's been on the show for 11 seasons, aggressively pushing contestants to lose weight and get in shape.

Michaels is now out with a new book, called "Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss." She talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning and shares some of her most reliable weight loss rules.

Filed under: Healthy eating • Weight loss
January 25th, 2013
10:13 AM ET

Revive your New Year's resolution to lose weight – Dr. Smith on his 'Shred' plan to lose 4 inches and 2 sizes in 6 weeks

Another New Years, another resolution to lose weight has fallen off track. In fact, 80% of those who started a diet at the beginning of the year have already stopped. But there might be a solution!

Author and former "Celebrity Fit Club" diet expert Dr. Ian Smith says he can get you back on track. In his new book “Shred: The Revolutionary Diet,” Smith promises to help people lose four inches and two clothing sizes in six weeks. This morning Dr. Smith explains his plan to Soledad O'Brien on “Starting Point.”

Dr. Smith says the philosophy of this book focuses on two components. The first focuses on meal spacing, where a person should eat every three to four hours, four meals a day, three snacks, small meals. This ultimately “keeps your metabolism revved up and prevents insulin spikes that cause weight gain,” Smith says.

The second element of the diet revolves around “diet confusion,” which he says is borrowed from “muscle confusion where you change the type of food you eat and the volume to keep your metabolism revved so you’re not always eating the same foods.”

To truly put his diet to the test, Dr. Smith had 5,000 people try the “Shred” diet and found that the average weight loss over six weeks was 20 pounds.

“You can lose weight without exercising but if you want to maximize your weight loss and beyond that and live longer you need to have physical movement – about 35 minutes, four days a week,” Dr. Smith adds.

Dr. Smith says people are able to stick to “Shred” because “its not a diet, it’s a lifestyle plan.” He adds that the diet instructs you to “Eat good, healthy food that’s regular food [and] you don’t always eat perfectly.” In fact he says you can have bacon, pancakes and pizza on this diet but in moderation. He notes that the diet is also flexible for diabetics, vegetarians, vegans and those who have mental conditions or food preferences.

Filed under: Book • Weight loss