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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…

Three Simple Tips for Living Healthy in the Summer

With the summertime here and in full effect I hope you're sticking with your New Year's resolutions to stay healthy and physically fit. Given that the summer is a season of vacations, picnics, cookouts, happy hour, pizza by the slice, ice cream,…

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…

What Is the Mediterranean Diet and Should You Try It?

If you know me personally or even follow me on social media, you've likely noticed that I eat my fair share of vegetables and fruits. I also eat a lot of nuts and seeds along with sizeable amounts of fish and seafood on a day-to-day basis. These…

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…

Should You Add Cheat Meals or Cheat Days to 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…

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…

Five Lifestyle Habits That Can Help Ward Off Type 2 Diabetes

Over 450 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number that's projected to double within the next three decades. Remarkably, 90-95% of people with diabetes have the form known as type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes, a largely preventable…

Ten Tips for Keeping You and Your Family Healthy During the Holidays

The start of November generally marks the beginning of the holiday season. And, I'm sure you already know, the holidays are synonymous with social eating. Problem is, with all the rich foods and sweet indulgences that surround families during…

Are You Cheating Your Health for 10,000 Steps?

For years, the pedometer has enjoyed widespread popularity amid health, fitness and wellness entities and enthusiasts due to its low cost, relative ease of use, straightforward feedback, and clear-cut message to users: "10,000 steps a day"…

Why I Preach Moderation as Opposed to Elimination for Good Health

Nowadays, so many foods have been dismissed and put on the hypothetical 'Do Not Eat List' list—Almost to the point that many people feel as though there's nothing left to eat. And, I'm not talking about the laundry list of stereotypically…

Don't Let Opinions of Others Interfere with Your Weight Loss Efforts

The start of your weight loss journey is a very delicate time at which you'll generally decide to either give up or keep going. It's also a time when other people's opinions can easily make or break your success—and those opinions might come…

Spring Into Action With Three Healthy Tips

Well, it's officially spring! How are those health-related New Year's resolutions going? Are you losing weight? Have you reduced the amount of sugar in your diet? Have you cut back on fast food? Hopefully, your goals weren't so lofty that…

A New Resolution: Breaking the Sedentary Cycle

Each and every year people resolve to initiate an exercise training program for health and/or weight loss purposes. Unfortunately, they assume that after a year (or even years) of physical inactivity, they can pick up where they left off at…

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…

What the Health: When Advocacy Goes Wrong

I've received dozens of emails asking me to review What the Health, a follow-up food documentary from the creators of Cowspiracy, which is currently available on Netflix. I honestly didn't want to watch it. From the teaser trailers and social…

Breaking Free: What I've Learned After 10 Years of Fitness Tracking

Those of you who regularly follow my blog or social media channels, know that I often post images of my daily activity progress as depicted on the display screen of my coveted Apple Watch. Well, just recently, that display screen randomly popped…

Before and After: Achieving Lasting Weight Loss with Bariatric Surgery

As an option of last resort for individuals who are extremely overweight or obese, bariatric surgeries have become increasingly popular these days. While this is due in part to the relatively safe and minimally invasive nature of today's procedures,…

Is It Possible to Be Fit and Fat?

During my latter years as a private personal trainer, I developed a keen interest in sculpting the bodies of full-figured women who weren't necessarily seeking to lose weight. One of my most memorable clients was a curvy plus-size model who…