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African-American Women Have A Harder Time Losing Weight? Give Me a Break!

Years back, I reviewed a press release of sorts on the Huffington Post suggesting "African-American women who follow the same diet as white women and exercise just as much tend to lose less weight because they burn fewer calories". The information…

Six Effective Ways to Lose Weight after Having a Baby

When it comes to pregnancy, there's one common question asked by new moms, veteran moms, and moms-to-be: "How do I get my body back after having a baby?" While there's no single formula that works for all women, I can definitely provide some…

How The Biggest Loser Resort Changed The Way This Expert Views The Brand

Since its launch in 2004, millions of people have been tuning in to the weight loss-centered reality TV show "The Biggest Loser". The show depicts numerous obese people undergoing prolonged, strenuous exercise for the purpose of losing large…

Three Totally Nontraditional Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

As you probably already know, your metabolic rate (metabolism) is the amount of calories you need to sustain vital bodily functions. The higher your metabolism, the more calories you'll burn at rest and during everyday physical activities. You…

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".…

Two-Day Fasting: A Viable Option for Healthy Eating

Two-day fasting is a type of intermittent fasting regimen that’s been followed by many in recent years. This type of fasting is quite beneficial in that it promotes substantial reductions in body weight, body fat percentage, and visceral…

Is Aspartame Making You Sick and Fat?

I have a confession to make: When I drink coffee, I sometimes add in a packet of Equal low-calorie sweetener. Yes, that would be aspartame. And guess what? My reason for using an occasional packet has absolutely nothing to do with some hidden desire…

5 Cheap and Convenient Ways to Burn Fat Fast

Performing cardiovascular (cardio) exercise is one of the best ways to burn calories and melt away excess fat. But, in spite of popular belief, this type of exercise doesn’t require expensive, monotonous equipment or even a substantial amount…

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)…

5 Reasons Why Resistance Training Is Necessary for Weight Loss

Many weight loss seekers tend to avoid resistance training (weight lifting) for a fear of "bulking up" or "getting bigger". But, in spite of what many believe, this type of training is absolutely critical for long-term weight management and…

Eliminating Cardio Exercise for Weight Loss?

A while back, one of my Facebook followers asked an interesting question pertaining to the role of cardiovascular (cardio) exercise in weight loss: "Dr. Nina, I would like your take on the idea of eliminating intense cardio exercises…

Diurnal Fasting: What It Is and Why You Should Try It

It is well known that regular fasting can help you lose weight and improve your health. But, for many people the sheer act of abstaining from all foods and beverages can be a difficult, if not impossible, process. Those able to fully abstain are…

Eating Without a Conscience: My Personal Battle with Food Addiction

I could easily tell you my upbringing in a food desert on Chicago's South Side contributed to my battle with obesity during my early teen years, but, this was not at all the case. Looking back, I now know I had a severe addiction to food—Very…

Guidelines for Taking Circumference Measurements

Measuring your training progress is a great way to continously monitor achievement of your general health and weight loss goals. Taking circumference measurements is one of the simplest methods by which you can do this. Using a tape measurer…

An Unintentional 20-Pound Weight Loss

I've been actively controlling my weight for over 20 years. It isn't always the easiest task, as I'm naturally big-boned with an extreme pear-shaped figure. I've also suffered with food addiction, a condition that led to my being extremely overweight…

Eight Reasons Why Women Should Weight Train

Are you skeptical about weight training? Do you think it's too hard or that it'll bulk you up? Perhaps, you just find cardio exercise to be a better use of your precious workout time. For a lot of women, the answer to these questions  is…

3 Simple Ways to Get Rid of Jiggly, Wiggly Arms

Oftentimes, women ask me, "how do I get rid of this," pointing to the back of their arms. Some women even wiggle their arms for me to emphasize the point. I was most amused when a young lady in one of my weightlifting classes asked me how she…

10 Types of Dieting Resources to Reject

Oftentimes, weight loss seekers fall victim to one or more of the hundreds of dieting programs on the mainstream market. I'm sure you've done it at least once yourself. Now, don't get me wrong here, some of them do offer useful strategies,…