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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…

The Freshmen 15: Six Simple Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight

With every passing year, a new pool of incoming college freshmen are faced with the sudden risk of double digit weight gain commonly known as the "freshmen 15". While some folks call it fiction, the fact of the matter is that many students do…

Losing Weight and Getting Fit? It’s Time to Reward Yourself

Can you believe 2016 is here and in full effect? How are those health and fitness-related New Year’s resolutions going? Are you losing weight? Are you maintaining a regular exercise routine? Have you reduced the amount of red meat in your…

Macronutrients: Three Key Essentials of Healthy Eating

If you’re one who regularly seeks out the latest and greatest in health, fitness and nutrition information, you’ve likely heard the term "macros" tossed around. But, what does it actually mean? The answer is pretty simple. Macros is basically…

Supplements Are No Substitute for Good Nutrition

Every once in a while I visit some of the main chain health food stores in order to stay in the loop with the latest dietary supplements available on the market. One thing’s for certain, supplements are a multi-billion dollar global industry…

Quick and Easy to Follow Tips For People Who WANT to Gain Weight

Since losing weight is so important to so many people it's sometimes hard to believe that there are thin people with an ever so unique goal of gaining weight. And if you have a strong desire to gain weight, you may feel inclined to terminate…

Infographic: The Rates, Costs and Perceptions of Obesity

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines obesity as a medical condition that "results when body fat accumulates over time as a result of a chronic energy imbalance (calories consumed exceed calories expended)." Obesity itself is the second…

How to Stay Fit with a Lung Condition

A while back one of my Google+ friends asked me an intriguing question: "I have lung problems and want to do exercise but I really can’t. What can I do to stay fit?" Interestingly enough, this is not the first time I’ve got this question,…

3 Ways to Get Energized and Motivated to Work Out

For many people, the anticipation of working out inherently evokes feelings of laziness and lethargy because they hate it so much. Then there are others who may love to work out yet they just can’t get motivated to get up, get out and go to…

What Free Radicals Really Do To Your Body

If you’re one who regularly seeks out the latest and greatest in health, fitness and nutrition information, you’ve likely heard the phrase "free radicals" tossed around, oftentimes in conjunction with the term "antioxidants". In fact, many…

Fat-Shaming: Are Legitimately Unhealthy Fat People Hiding Behind the Term?

The Urban Dictionary has defined "fat-shaming" as "a term made by obese people to avoid the responsibility to actually take proper care of their body". As an exercise scientist, nutritionist, and advanced trainer with expertise in obesity,…

The Gluten-Free Lifestyle: Is It Really a Fad?

For over a decade, gluten-free eating has been widely popular amongst health enthusiasts and weight loss seekers. When visiting your local grocery store, you’ve likely noticed that many shelves are packed full of foods labeled "gluten-free".…

Spontaneous Physical Activity: What Is It and Why You Need It Every Day

Time and time again, I find myself implementing a tough love approach to empower people to be more physically active. Still, I'm always given the dreaded "I want to get fit but I'm just too busy" excuse. Truth is, the state of being "fit"…

The Hoopdance Revolution: Are You In?

As a child I had two pastimes: jumping Double Dutch and Hula Hooping. While I haven’t jumped Double Dutch in years, Hula Hooping has become one of my favorite cardio alternative to running. Here are the reasons behind my commitment. It’s…
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Infographic: How Many Calories You Burn During Housework

Housework is one of my personal favorite forms of spontaneous physical activity. Although I’m a runner who regularly engages in weight training, I actually hate going to the gym. As such, I prefer to be as physically active as I can outdoors…
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Infographic: Sick! Epidemic of Chronic Diseases

I’m a firm believer that humans are designed to be physically active and that not doing so creates energy imbalances within the body that ultimately contribute to obesity and other health problems. While modern times have improved human efficiency…

Dieting’s Done, Now Leave That Fat Behind For Good

Have you achieved a significant weight loss goal through dieting? If so, congratulations! So, now that you’ve lost the weight, how do you intend on keeping it off? Have you developed a long-term weight maintenance strategy? Thinking of keeping…
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Infographic: The Science of Weight Loss

I always emphasize that the most effective way to reduce excess body fat and maintain your overall health and fitness is to moderately reduce your daily calorie intake while engaging in cardiovascular (cardio) exercise and resistance (weight)…

Working Out for More Than 50 Minutes a Day May Lead to Early Death? Really?

A while back, Medical Daily published an article suggesting that more than 50 minutes of endurance exercise "may lead to early death" due to overexertion of the heart. While I understand that writers are pressured by the need for a good headliner,…
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Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles: A Dining Experience I'll Never Forget

To culminate an excellent scientific meeting in downtown Los Angeles, I decided to spend my last day in 'The Golden State' by taking the Metro over to Hollywood for a little site seeing. Naturally, no visit to Hollywood would be complete without…