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A Beginner's Guide to Intermittent Fasting: What It Is and Why It Works

Chances are you've heard of intermittent fasting, as it's an emerging health and fitness trend that's garnering quite a lot of attention these days. In case you aren't familiar with the concept, "intermittent fasting" is essentially an umbrella…

3 Highly Effective Ways to Lose Weight Without Counting Calories

I've always emphasized that the most effective way to lose weight is to moderately reduce your daily calorie intake while engaging in exercise training and other forms of physical activity, as doing so creates the calorie deficits needed for…

Is It Possible to Trigger Starvation Mode If You're Obese?

I was recently asked if: "There's such a thing as going into 'starvation mode' if you're morbidly obese?"—That's being more than 100 pounds overweight. My short answer is: Yes. My long answer is: Yes, but it's complicated. If you've ever…

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…

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…

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 glimpse…

Top Down or Bottom Up: Things to Consider Before Getting a Colonic

As a scientist and health expert, I'm often asked about the benefits of regular "colon cleansing" for detoxification and general health purposes. Colon cleansing is basically an umbrella term that encompasses a number of different procedures…

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,…

Revving Up Your Body's Fat Burning Potential with Weight Training

When it comes to fat burning workouts, most people turn to cardio exercises like running, cycling, and elliptical training. Put a hundred weight loss seekers in a gym and I can almost guarantee that ninety will flock to the cardio machines and…

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…

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. In many cases, mounting…

Are Diet Soft Drinks a Healthy Choice?

I was recently asked my opinion on drinking diet soft drinks. The person specifically wanted to know if there's anything wrong with enjoying a diet soda in the morning for a quick caffeine boost. Initially, this question was somewhat difficult…

Eating Unhealthy Foods and Losing Weight: Is This Even Possible?

A while back someone asked me "Is it at all possible to lose weight without eating vegetables, fruits and other healthy foods?" Believe it or not, my answer was a firm "YES!" In fact, many people believe that losing weight requires continuous…

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…

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…

I’m Approaching 40 and Getting Belly Fat: What’s Up With That?

During every workshop, seminar and lecture I've ever given to an audience of women at least one raises her hand to ask a question about belly fat. The typical conversation flow is as follows: Woman: "How do I get rid of this?"—As she points…

3 Ways To Achieve Successful Weight Loss For Free

In spite of what you might have assumed from claims made in mainstream advertisements and the thousands of diet and exercise plans on the market, losing weight doesn't require a significant financial investment. Take it from someone who…

How to Get More Out of Your Walk for Weight Loss

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

5 Highly Effective Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite

Are you bothered by the appearance of cellulite? You're certainly not alone, as cellulite is a very widespread skin problem that affects countless women, both young and old. Cellulite itself manifests primarily as small to large sized bulges,…

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…