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Stop Obsessing Over Calories and Start Eating Better

I have very fond childhood memories of cracking and eating walnuts, pecans, and pistachio nuts with my father. This simple yet delightful food experience followed me into young adulthood. That is, until the day I started counting calories. …

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Fueling Your Run: What to Eat Before a Race

Marathon races are generally held during the early morning hours when temperatures are mild. If you’re a breakfast eater, this can be a real challenge, as you have to choose foods that boost your energy levels without filling you up and…

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How to Perform Cardio Exercise the Right Way

Performing cardiovascular (cardio) exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage your body weight, better your health, and improve your overall fitness levels. In fact, as little as 30-45 minutes of daily cardio can help stave off unwanted weight gain…

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The Skinny on Being Fat

Think having a “normal” body weight equates to being healthy? If your answer is yes, you’re sadly mistaken. Unfortunately, when it comes to measuring health, many rely solely on the scale. While the scale reading generally provides a quick…

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A Better Weigh: Measuring Success Beyond the Scale

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

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Five Cheap Ways to Create a Home Gym

These days many commercialized gyms are social clubs, having a large presence of highly fit, athletic, and able-bodied men and women, which, in and of itself, can intimate others who are less fit. So much in fact that novice…

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Five Surprisingly Nutritious Post-Workout Drinks

If you regularly engage in intense exercise training, it’s important to pay close attention to what you consume after your workouts. This holds especially true for workouts lasting longer than an hour, as there arises a need to replenish…

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A Review of Designer Protein All-Natural Protein Powders

You’re probably already aware that adequate protein intake is critical for building and maintaining healthy muscle mass. But, it also supports long-term weight control by boosting metabolism, reducing cravings, and keeping hunger levels at bay. While most people can…

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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 a…

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Five Fitness-Centric Must-Haves for Summer

Summertime is almost here! Whether you’re new to working out, a weekend athlete or you work out every day, there are certain items you’ll need to support the increased demands on your body as you exercise in the heat.…

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Cardio or Strength Training: Which Comes First?

Which one should I do first? Cardio or strength training? This is a very common question I get from women and men alike, particularly those who generally perform cardio and strength training workouts on the same day. The quick…

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Weight Training 101: What You Need To Know Before You Lift

Weight (resistance) training fundamentals tend to be a real mystery for many people. Both novice and some experienced lifters alike struggle with the basics, like proper exercise selection and execution, and manipulating repetitions and sets—Even though they think they’re doing it all right. Beginners who…

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What to Look for in a Fitness Tracking Device

With the widespread promotion of physical activity and exercise, new breeds of fitness tracking devices are hitting the mainstream market every day. Most of these devices can be beneficial for tracking some level of daily activity. Whether or not…

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Estimating Your Metabolic Rate and Daily Calorie Needs

Metabolism (also known as metabolic rate) is the rate at which your body inherently burns calories to fuel vital functions like breathing, blood pressure regulation, heart function, and brain activity. These calories are obtained from three essential macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat, and protein) housed in the foods you eat.…

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Why You Need to Regularly Change Your Exercise Routine

Ever think to yourself, “I’ve been eating right and exercising regularly but I still haven’t lost the weight?” You’re certainly not alone! Many people are fighting their own personal battles to lose weight in spite of their healthy diets and…