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Should You Weigh Yourself Everyday or Throw Away Your Scale?
Have you ever had a weight loss expert tell you to "throw away your scale?" or maybe you heard that too much focus on scale weight can turn you into an obsessive-compulsive (sound familiar?). Well, body composition is more important than body weight. But what if I told you that research supports a strong correlation between daily weigh-ins and long term weight loss success?loss success? Yes, I said DAILY weigh ins.
on 21 Apr 2011
Eat Less and Exercise More: Is this the Wrong Advice for Losing Weight?
I'm about to share with you the most important weight loss strategy that will literally make or break your success. This is the #1 one fat loss tip I could ever give you. If you don't get this right, you can kiss your fat loss results goodbye. This is the one absolute requirement for weight loss
on 21 Apr 2011
A "Mind Training" Technique That Makes You Stronger
The word "visualization" sometimes conjures up images of new age gurus teaching esoteric techniques for personal enlightenment and "attracting" what you want into your life. This causes many evidence-based types to scoff. However, piles of research has shown that mental imagery (aka "visualization") can improve performance. The latest study suggests that a certain type of mental imagery can also increase your strength
on 25 Jul 2010
An Insanely Effective Type of Interval Training
An Insanely Effective Type of High Intensity Interval Training For Fat Loss
on 12 Jul 2010
Heavy Metals Found In Protein Shakes: Should You Stop Drinking Them?
A recent investigation on protein drinks has been causing waves of concern or even alarm to ripple through the fitness and bodybuilding world. Supplement companies are up in arms and people are wondering whether they should stop drinking protein shakes after the magazine said they tested 15 protein drinks for heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury) and 3 of them came up above the proposed safe limits...
Food and drink
on 05 Jul 2010
New HIIT Research: A Practical Model For High Intensity Interval Training
A recent study out of McMaster University has tested a protocol for High Intensity Interval Training that produces impressive results in a short period of time without the need for "all-out" sprints...
on 24 Jun 2010
The Double-Edged Sword of "Healthy Fast Food"
What's on the menu at the big fast food chains lately? Oddly enough, the answer is... "health food!" Even more incongruous, many are marketing their food for weight loss. Healthy weight loss food at Taco Bell and McDonalds? Is this a noble move to be applauded, is it a big corporate money grab, or is it a double edged sword?
on 24 Mar 2010
Calorie Counting vs Intuitive Eating: Are They Mutually Exclusive?
Why is it that any time you hear the words "calorie counting" or "food journaling", people start running for the hills? If creating menus, counting calories and keeping a food journal are research-proven, effective tools for nutrition awareness, education, motivation and accountability (they are), then why is there so much resistance to it?
on 18 Mar 2010
Nutrition Label Lies & Loopholes: Serving Size Sleight of Hand
For years, concerned consumers and watchdog organizations have been screaming that the U.S. labeling laws are full of loopholes and in need of serious revision. After years of talk, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says they're planning to so something about it. But will it be enough?
on 18 Mar 2010
8 Overlooked Diet Mistakes That Put the Pounds Back On
Clearly, we have an obesity problem in America and many other countries across our planet. Yet, I propose that we do not have a weight loss problem today. In case you're confused at this apparent contradiction, consider these statistics:
on 18 Mar 2010
Does Cold Weather Make You Store Body Fat?
Is there any evidence that during cold winter weather it gets harder to lose body fat? Many people say that it seems easier to drop fat during the hot weather.
on 14 Jan 2010
Does hypnosis work for weight loss?
Hypnosis is terribly misunderstood and the only exposure to hypnosis most people will ever have is a Las Vegas stage show. But stage hypnosis for entertainment and hypnotherapy for behavior change are completely different animals. Could "real" hypnotherapy help you get leaner?
on 13 Jan 2010
What is the Ideal Body Fat Percentage to See Your Abs?
Measuring your body fat percentage is a valuable tool to chart your progress on your quest to get six pack abs. Hopefully most people realize by now that abdominal exercises don't burn fat off your stomach. Abs are made in the kitchen, not just in the gym. No matter how much you work out, if you don't eat right and achieve a calorie deficit, your abs will remain covered in a layer of adipose.
on 13 Jan 2010
Is Bodybuilding a Real Sport?
Is bodybuilding a sport? Every so often I see an argument on a forum where some critic claims that bodybuilding is not a real sport. Not only that, there is usually some derogatory comment along the lines of, "Oily men in Speedos a sport? Come on!" In a recent interview on the Fitcast show, I was asked this question and I gave a (mostly) serious answer.
on 01 Jan 2010
Goal Setting For a New Decade: Beyond the New Year's Resolution
When you pause and reflect on the past decade as you look ahead to a new one, it makes you appreciate how short life is, how valuable time is and how quickly the time can pass you by - with nothing to show for it, if you don't plan otherwise. That's why the passing of another decade can feel like a wake up call as much as a fresh start.
on 01 Jan 2010
No Pain No Gain: Fitness Myth or Ultimate Fitness Truth?
No Pain, No Gain. Is this aphorism just a fitness myth and downright bad advice? A lot of people seem to think so. As a bodybuilder with 25 years of training experience and more than two dozen trophies on my shelf, I have another perspective to offer you
on 30 May 2009
Fight Fitness Fraud With Fitness Skepticism
The fitness industry is full of misconceptions and myths as well as blatant scams and lies. As Winston Churchill said, ?A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.? If Churchill could only see the Internet today!
on 24 May 2009
The poison in our food supply that most people are STILL eating every day
Most people are literally eating poison every day without giving it a second thought. Eating even small amounts of this substance is consistently linked to coronary heart disease. The research also confirms that it will increase belly fat (visceral fat), contribute to insulin resistance, increase risk of type 2 diabetes, adversely affect cholesterol levels, trigger systemic inflammation, and adversely affect almost every cell in your body.
on 18 May 2009
Wu Long Tea And Green Tea For Weight Loss: Scam Warning
The odds are good that if you're interested in improving your health and losing fat, you probably either drink tea, take a green tea supplement or you've at least thought about it. But what if I told you that most of the fat reducing claims for green tea were total BS, based on misinterpretation or deliberate misreporting of the research? Unfortunately, it's true. If you've purchased green tea for weight loss, you may have been scammed.
on 07 May 2009
Scary Skinny Tabloid Tell-Alls
I admit it. I bought the National Enquirer. I know, you should never admit you bought the Enquirer, but the headline GOT me! "Hollywood's Deadly Skin And Bones Diet: Stars Risking Their Lives To Be Thin."
on 25 Apr 2009
Irvingia gabonensis: IN-credible weight loss from an African tree?
Irvingia gabonensis is the newest supplement to hit the weight loss marketplace, saturate the internet with advertisements, ignite forum discussions and flood my email inbox with questions. In the weight loss marketplace, this may gain the dubious distinction of becoming the next hoodia or acai berry (scam), but I'll just present the facts, make my case and then let you decide for yourself.
on 25 Apr 2009
The 2 Pounds Per Week Rule - And How To Burn Fat Faster
Why do you always hear that 2 pounds per week is the maximum amount of fat you should lose? If you train hard while watching calories shouldn't you be able to lose more fat without losing muscle or damaging your health? What if you want to lose fat faster? How do you explain the fast weight losses on The Biggest Loser? Want to know where that 2 pounds rule comes from and what it really takes to burn more than 2 pounds of fat per week?
on 20 Apr 2009
How liquid calories may be making you fat, even your favorite protein drinks
So far, at least 7 scientific studies have provided strong evidence that energy containing beverages (i.e., "liquid calories") don't activate the satiety mechanisms in the brain and don't satisfy the appetite as well as food in solid form. Research also supports a positive association between calorie-containing beverage consumption and increased body weight. New research now suggests that soda may not be the only culprit
on 18 Apr 2009
Avoid This Killer Weight Re-Gain Mistake
If you want to burn off fat and keep it off permanently, there are a few things you absolutely must do, and a new study from Wake Forest University has just uncovered another one.
on 29 Jan 2009
8 reasons why you keep falling off the diet wagon
Clearly, we have an obesity problem in America and many other countries across our planet. Yet, I propose that we do not have a weight loss problem today.
on 29 Jan 2009
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