Looking to improve your fitness level? Here you will find simple diet and nutrition hacks, workout ideas and weight loss tips that’ll help you achieve optimal fitness.

The Truth About Abdominal Workouts

A lot of exercise and weight loss enthusiasts are downright obsessed with abdominal (ab) workouts. Interestingly, over the years, I've found that a large chunk of these folks are quite misinformed about abdominal muscles. And, equally misinformed…

Five Tips to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

With all the freshly baked cookies, cakes and pies, eggnog, apple cider, and other delectable foods and drinks surrounding you during the holiday season it's probably not the best time to start a structured weight loss regimen. But, there's…

Are Cheat Days Good or Bad for Your Diet?

Time and time again I've seen fitness gurus and weight loss enthusiasts proudly posting images depicting tons of unhealthy foods on various social media platforms during their so-called "cheat days". You too may have ascribed to occasional cheat…

How Stress Almost Wrecked My Life

You can eat kale and quinoa every day, and even have the perfect workout routine, but if you're constantly under stress and doing little to manage it, you're still putting your health at risk. Trust me, I'm speaking from experience. In 2013,…

How Performing Too Many Sit-Ups and Leg Raises Can Be Bad For You

Many people spend large chunks of their valuable workout time repeatedly performing trunk-flexing exercises like sit ups and leg raises in an effort to develop sexy, flat abdominal muscles. Generally speaking, these are the superficial muscles…

Are You Overestimating Your Daily Calorie Burn Rates?

Those of you who regularly follow my blog, know that I often post images of my daily calorie burn rates as tracked by the activity app of my Apple Watch. But, what you may not know is that I actually have a love-hate relationship with activity…

A Nutrient-Packed Chopped Salad with Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing

If you know me personally or even follow me on social media, by now you surely know that I'm an absolute sucker for salads—And, I'm not talking about those old bland, boring blends of lettuce and all-purpose garden vegetables with heaping…

5 Tips for Getting Energized and Motivated to Work Out

Desperately in need of some workout motivation? You're certainly not alone! For many, the sheer anticipation of working out inherently evokes feelings of laziness and lethargy because they simply dislike the act of doing it. Then there are others…

Baked Sockeye Salmon with Mango Pineapple Salsa

Wild-caught (Pacific) salmon undoubtedly tops the list of healthy seafood choices. Of all Pacific varieties, sockeye salmon is by far my personal favorite. Like other varieties, sockeye delivers a hefty dose of omega-3 fatty acids, protein,…
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So Now We're Shaming People for Approaching Fitness While 'Fat'?

Like me, you've probably seen the above image of a 'plus-size' mannequin dressed in fitness apparel, which Nike just recently added to the visual display of a London Oxford Street store. Upon seeing it, my immediate reaction was excitement,…

Lowering Cholesterol Naturally with Exercise

High cholesterol (also known as hypercholesterolemia) is a chronic health condition in which there's too much "bad" cholesterol and an abundance of triglycerides (fats from foods) floating around in the bloodstream. Although heredity and other…

Dieting: How to Make It Work for You

I'm often asked, "What's the best diet for weight loss?" Honestly, I almost never give a straight answer to this question because, quite frankly, any "diet" that involves masterful manipulation of calories and/or macronutrients (carbohydrates,…

Nine Powerful Exercises Everyone Should Be Doing

Like fad diets, exercise trends are a dime a dozen. Also, like fad diets, these trends tend to come and go. Now, don't get me wrong here, some exercise is always better than no exercise. So, if engaging in yoga, Zumba or HIIT is working for…

A Better Weigh: Measuring Success Beyond the Scale

I'm always amazed by the powerful psychological effects of the bathroom scale, especially among women. All too often, unfavorable numbers negatively influence self-esteem, body image, and overall perceptions of beauty. In many cases, mounting…

Achieving Successful Weight Loss in the New Year

For many, January is the most important month of the year. It marks the start of the New Year, a time when people generally feel renewed, refreshed, and full of hope and promise. January is also a time when people feel extra motivated to…

Is the Ketogenic Diet Worth Trying?

If you're a fitness enthusiast, weight loss seeker or general health information consumer, you've likely heard of the ketogenic (keto) diet. You've probably also heard some amazing success stories where people have lost in excess of 1-2 pounds…

Three Ways to Find a Gym and Make It Work For You

As one who's worn a lot of different hats (overweight member, highly fit member, group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and manager) in many different commercial gym settings my overall perspective on gym culture is quite unique. I recall…

Food, Nutrition and Weight Loss: Debunking Common Myths and Misconceptions

These days, it seems like there's always some new "magic bullet" or weight loss secret everybody's talking about. This holds especially true when it comes to food and nutrition practices. Whether be it diets involving severe calorie restriction,…

Veggie-Packed Turkey Chili

For many, fall is the season for pumpkin spice-flavored everything. For me, the fall season is all about the chili! In addition to being the perfect cool-to-cold-weather comfort food, when prepared with the right ingredients, chili can also…

A Beginner's Guide to Intermittent Fasting: What to Eat for Maximum Results

Previously, I wrote an article introducing the concept of intermittent fasting, explaining exactly why it works, and how it can be especially beneficial for weight loss, long-term weight management and overall good health. In this article, I'll…