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Keeping it Simple 101

There really aren’t that many “rules” when it comes to fat loss, building muscle, and living a fit and happy lifestyle. It’s basic math and common sense. You don’t need to go low-carb, gluten-free, eat two cups of kale and acai berries every day or increase your heart rate to its max rate during every…

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Your slow progress is a good thing

Top five reasons your slow progress is a good thing You’ve been at it for two weeks or longer—maybe a month, or even three. You’re not seeing the results you thought you’d have by now—the looser-fitting jeans, the lower number on the scale…You’re still huffing and puffing through every workout. Where’s the good news in…

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So You’re Ready to Track Your Calories. Now What?

A Guide to Documenting Your Food and Drink How many calories should you be eating in order to achieve your desired physique? It all depends on you, specifically, your goals, gender, age, weight, height and activity level. These are all bits of information you will plug into any number of online calorie calculators to find…

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Moderation = Bull

Give it up—“Everything in Moderation” is NOT an Effective Weight Loss Method Are you trying to reach your fat loss goal by the maxim, “Everything in moderation?” If so, I’ll bet you a king-size Snickers bar you’ll still be struggling with the same 10, 20, or however-many pounds this time next year. The problem with…

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Motivation vs. Dedication

I started working with a personal trainer about five weeks ago. I’m following a program someone else designed for me for the first time ever. Being a trainer myself, I wasn’t sure it was “okay” to hire one. It felt a little embarrassing admitting that I needed the help of a colleague. My trainer explained…

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Are You Cheating Yourself?

Are You Cheating Yourself? —Elise Miller If you indulge in cheat meals, you might just be cheating yourself out of achieving your body composition goals. In fact, if I had my way, you’d have to fulfill certain criteria before you were permitted to use cheat meals as a diet tool. These criteria would include: Tracking…

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It’s Time to Shun the Mainstream Approach to Weight Loss Once and For All

Think about it—back in the day, you “worked up an appetite,” maybe by doing some hard farm labor or going on a long, arduous trek. By the time that physical work was finished, you were famished, more so than usual, bursting with joy to pig out, and pig out you did—with gusto. Yet now we’re…

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What is the Easiest, Most Important Diet Change You Can Make?

What is the Easiest, Most Important Diet Change You Can Make?  – Elise A. Miller If I had to give you just one tip to help you lose weight, it would be to—wait! Not so fast. Before I tell you what TO do, I want to tell you what I won’t advise. I won’t tell…

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Top 5 Ways to Cut Calories

Top Five Calorie-Cutting Methods  – Elise A. Miller I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the best workout plan in the world will never make up for a crappy diet. You already know you’ll be way better off eating mostly real, whole foods and not packaged junk. If you want to change your body composition,…

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Oh, how I hate to get up in the morning…

Irving Berlin was on to something. Does getting up in the morning make you consider fratricide? Are you struggling to get your early morning workouts done? During spring and summer getting in your 6am workout is easy. The sun rises by 5:00, the birds are singing, and there’s a warm breeze. What’s not to love?…

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