Hormone Diet: HCG 500-Calories Diet

Hormone Diet: HCG 500-Calories Diet

There has been a lot of buzz about the HCG 500-calories diet. A number of my female personal training clients just read an article about hormone diets in the New York Times and had many questions. This subject interested me, as well, because I was familiar with human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) but in a different context. I have had male clients over the years that were taking HCG in conjunction with testosterone to prevent their testicles from atrophying and to keep their bodies making testosterone (…)

3-Day Weight Loss Meal Plan

3-Day Weight Loss Meal Plan

While I prefer people who want to lose weight to follow my recommended weight loss and fitness principles and then come up with a strategy that fits into their lifestyle, I know some people like to be told exactly what to eat in order to lose weight. As such, I wanted to give an example of a three-day weight loss meal plan that I just designed for one of my personal training clients.

I do feel that eating low carb along with an all-natural diet is most likely your best weight loss option so this 3-day meal plan is consistent with that principle. If you follow this plan you should be able to lose a few pounds in just three days. If you don’t mind eating the same foods, you can mix and match these meals and snacks and eat like this for weeks resulting in significant weight reduction(…)

Rest and Relaxation is Essential for Good Health

I have always felt that rest and relaxation are just as important as hard work, although it’s easy to forget. We all need to kick back and recover from all the stresses that life can bring. Being an athlete, I had to learn this the hard way with numerous over-use injuries over the years. But I think at least for now, that I have finally reached a point in my life where I can balance hard work and play time.

I came across a wonderful article called The Lost Practice of Resting One Day Each Week. This article is written by Joshua Becker who has a great website called Becoming a Minimalist. Joshua has a nice way of explaining the importance of taking some time off to rest and recover from the everyday grind. Without proper recovery, we can’t live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. Checkout all of his relaxing tips for your body, mind, and soul(…)

Simple Diet Plan

It’s debatable what the simplest diet on earth is but one of the most popular on-line bloggers wrote an article called The Simplest Diet for Lean Fitness. I want to start expressing other people’s point of view in this fitness blog and so I’m going to start looking for other resources to help my readers live a happy and healthy lifestyle. This article comes from Zen Habits which is one of my favorite life style blogs. Zen Habits was voted one of the top 25 blogs of 2010 with over 200,000 subscribers(…)

Intermittent Fasting Resource

I have been talking about the weight loss benefits of fasting on this fitness blog for a few months now. Since I truly believe it is one of the best ways to control your weight, I put together the ultimate intermittent fasting resource. When I first started experimenting with fasting I did a lot of research and found some great information from some of the best bloggers and experts in the field.

After studying all the information I could find, I concluded that the best program to follow is Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eating Program. If you want to try intermittent fasting do it right by following a proven system. To help you decide if it is right for you, I wanted to let you see all the research that I did (…)

Having Trouble Losing Weight

If you are having trouble losing weight, you need to set goals and put a little pressure on yourself to reach them. You can do this by telling other people how much weight you want to lose by a particular date. Without setting a date, and just saying to yourself that you want to lose 20 pounds, may not be enough.

By telling family and friends that you have to drop a certain amount of weight in a certain timeframe, you are setting yourself up for success by making a real commitment. I have always felt that the main reason people lose so much weight on TV shows like The Biggest Loser is because their weight loss goals are on TV for millions of people to see. Even though I don’t agree with the weight loss approach used on The Biggest Loser (in my opinion they over-train the participants to unhealthy levels), it works. It’s the pressure they put on themselves by going on the show and exposing their weight loss goals to the whole world that produces such great results(…)

More Weight Loss Options: Five Weight Loss Programs

More Weight Loss Options: Five Weight Loss Programs

There are so many different ways to lose weight and I do have my favorites like cutting carbohydrates. After working with my personal training clients for over 25 years; however, I know cutting carbohydrates might not be the best weight loss option for everyone.

For a number of my clients including myself, keeping our carbohydrate intake to no more than 150 grams per day (600 calories) by eating mostly vegetables and a couple of fruits along with intermittent fasting, is the easiest way to control our weight. However, I have had many clients and friends lose weight with all different types of diets over the years. Some of them were reasonably healthy and some were not. You have to find a diet(…)

Easy Ways to Lose Weight Fast

One of the easy ways to lose weight fast is with intermittent fasting. Not only can you lose weight quickly but it is a very easy diet to follow. Most people have a lot of misconception about fasting and think that it is an extreme thing to do to lose weight but in actuality it is safe and possesses a number of health benefits. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood pressure, reduce oxidative damage, help repair muscle tissue and definitely reduce your body fat.

I have had so much success with my personal training clients and myself when we use intermittent fasting in the right way. The weight just seems to fall off and stay off, if you stick with the program and follow a simple exercise program (…)

Fitness Contrarian Principle # 10 – Outdoor Play Time

The older we get the less time we seem to spend outside. When we were kids all we wanted to do was go outside and have some fun. We would get a ball game going with some of our friends or just run around. I think we all miss that now. One of the unhealthiest things you can do as an adult is spend it all day inside.

Some of the happiest and healthiest people I know have fun doing outdoor hobbies like: hiking, skiing, walking, running, biking, fishing, boating, hunting, camping, surfing, beaching, gardening, horseback riding, kite flying, bird watching or just sitting and reading in a lounge chair. The list is really endless (…)

Acetaminophen and Alcohol: Liver Warnings

Acetaminophen and Alcohol: Liver Warnings

When listening to a public radio station last year about over the counter drugs, I was surprised when a doctor pointed out that acetaminophen (Tylenol) is most likely the most dangerous drug you have in your home. He said it’s especially dangerous if you mix acetaminophen and alcohol. He pointed out that even the normal recommended dose when mixed with a few drinks can be a detriment to your liver.

This prompted a discussion about taking Tylenol and drinking with a friend of mine who is a doctor. She said she would never take Tylenol for a hangover or right after she had a few drinks because it could lead to serious liver damage. I know a lot of people who do this all the time. Fortunately, I don’t take Tylenol for my headaches because it doesn’t work as well as ibuprofen or aspirin(…)

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