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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…

Is It Best to Perform Cardio Exercise in the Morning?

In a continued effort to encourage people to eat better and move more, I normally make it a practice to fully address any and every controversial question that comes my way, especially when it comes to working out. One that's extremely debatable…

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…

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…

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,…

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 health…

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"…

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…

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…

Fitting Healthy Eating Habits and Physical Activity Into a Child’s Lifestyle

A while back one of my Facebook followers asked a question regarding practical ways parents could implement healthy eating and physical activity habits into their children's "busy school lifestyle." I decided to bypass the quick answer and…