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.

How to Get More Out of Your Walk for Weight Loss

Walking is by far among the most common types of cardiovascular (cardio) exercise, as it's easy to perform, requires little or no equipment, and can conveniently be incorporated into your everyday routine. Through its beneficial effects on the…

Why You Shouldn't Attempt to Lose More than 2 Pounds a Week

Dieting is indeed the most popular weight loss approach. But, many people tend to grow impatient with the "1-2 pounds per week" rule often recommended by health experts like myself. You've more than likely heard about this "safe" weight loss…

Physical Fitness: It Doesn't Have To Be All or Nothing

How many times have you promised to start exercising again on a Monday? Have you ever woken up late for your morning workout, concluded the rest of your week was ruined, and pledged to resume your workout program the following week? I'll bet…

Three Smart Strategies for Exercising with a Lung Condition

When compared to the average person, individuals with lung conditions (chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema) use way more energy during breathing. Such breathing problems are a result of narrowing and inflammation (swelling) of the lung's…

Circuit Training: Efficient and Research Proven Effective

If you're looking for an enjoyable, convenient, and effective way to exercise, circuit training is something you might want to consider. Whether you're new to working out or well-trained and just trying to overcome a plateau in your weight…

Women and Weight Loss: Act Like a Man and Lose More Weight

Are you exercising regularly and eating sensibly but still finding it difficult to shake the weight? You're certainly not alone. In fact, over the years I've found that a large percentage of individuals with whom I consult are constantly finding…

3 Common Myths About Exercise and Diet Among Women, Debunked!

Between commercial advertisements, magazines and general hearsay, a lot of women fall victim to misconceptions and myths related to health, fitness and weight loss, many of which don't ever seem to go away in spite of science proving them wrong.…

Three Ways to Reduce Your Risk of a Heart Attack

In spite of what many believe, a heart attack is not necessarily a "natural cause" of death. It is usually the first symptom of an underlying problem like heart disease, which is a leading cause of death worldwide for men and women of all ages,…

Is It Necessary to Stretch Before Workouts?

There is a widespread belief that stretching prior to exercise improves performance, prevents injury, and boosts recovery time. But, believe it or not, this all-too-common pre-workout ritual may actually do more harm than good. In fact,…

Nutrition Strategies for Women Trying to Bulk Up

While more women than ever before are reaping the numerous health benefits of weight training, most still have an underlying fear of "getting bigger" or "bulking up". But, believe it or not, there are still many women with the ever so unique…

Research Confirms Long-Term Weight Loss is Almost Impossible, Please Stop It!

A while back, I reviewed a press release of sorts shared by a member from my Facebook page suggesting that "It's nearly impossible to permanently lose weight." What a silly notion! The fallacy in this bogus argument that permanent weight…

A Practical Approach to Exercising During a Juice Fast

For years, I've been getting flooded with emails in response to one of my more popular articles: "Intense Exercise Training During a Juice Fast? Is This Even Possible?" While this article was largely based on my own personal experiences, insights…

Natural Ways to Suppress Hunger and Appetite for Weight Loss

Constant hunger and increased appetite can sabotage weight loss and possibly even lead to weight gain. This holds especially true when you regularly give in to overeating. Now, it's important to understand that hunger and appetite are…

How to Lose Weight Without Cutting Carbs

Low-carbohydrate (low-carb) diets have been around for decades and continue to gain mainstream popularity as most people who go on these diets tend to experience rapid and substantial weight loss. If you've ever dieted before, at some point…

The Important Role of Protein During Dieting

Protein is one of three essential macronutrients and a key component of a healthy, balanced diet. It's mainly responsible for building, repairing and maintaining all the body's tissues and serves as a chief structural component of lean body…

Why the Master Cleanse Won't End Your Weight Loss Battle

The "Master Cleanse" is a liquid-based dieting program that has experienced widespread popularity for decades. Not surprisingly so, as it typically results in dramatic amounts of weight loss in a relatively short period of time. Also known…

A Personal Endurance Challenge: How I Survived My First Trail Race

I've been an avid runner for more than half my life but I'll be the first to admit that I generally prefer to stay within my comfort zone. For instance, I'm totally biased towards distance running over sprinting, road running over treadmill…

How to Manage Fibroids with Weight Lifting

Fibroids (leiomyomas) are noncancerous growths or tumors that develop in and around a woman's womb (uterus). The exact cause of fibroids is unknown. However, their development and growth are stimulated by abnormal elevations in estrogen, the…

How the hCG Diet Exploits the "Placebo" Effect

"What are your thoughts on the hCG diet?" I can't even count the number of times I've been asked about this one. Unsurprisingly so, as "hCG" is of course another one of those "miracle" drugs claimed to have helped millions of people shed dozens…

My First Half Marathon Trail Race: A Personal Quest to Conquer the Intimidation

I've been an avid runner and marathon enthusiast for nearly 20 years. Long runs on scenic city roads and rural routes and amidst lakes and creeks are definitely my forte. Interestingly enough, I've never been a big fan of trail running, particularly…