Red Pepper Can Curb Appetite

A recent study has shown that consuming red pepper can burn more calories and control appetite after a meal. Research from Purdue University has found that adding some red pepper to your diet, especially if you are not used to eating it, can possibly help in the fight...

The SINGLE Ingredient That is Keeping You From Losing Weight

This is a guest post from Rafi Bar-Lev who blogs at Passionate Fitness and recently wrote an article on how to gain weight fast.

The SINGLE Ingredient That is Keeping You From Losing Weight

Dianna sat there, drinking her diet cola and wondering why she just wasn’t able to lose weight. It just didn’t make sense. She was on a diet, she only ate “low-calorie” and “zero-calorie” foods and drinks, but she was still overweight. What could she have possibly been doing wrong(…)

Healthy Protein Diet Menu

Healthy Protein Diet Menu

A Protein Diet Menu is not making America over weight. I have always felt that it is a misconception that overweight Americans get more than enough protein from their diets. Whenever I evaluate a new personal training client who is over weight and wants to lose weight, I ask them to keep a food diary for a few days. Over the last 25 years, what I have found is that most people who are over weight are eating way too many empty carbohydrates like pasta, breads, cakes and cereals while not consuming enough protein(…)

Eight Ways to Prevent Dementia

Eight Ways to Prevent Dementia

The idea of losing your ability to think clearly and remember people and places is a very scary thing for anyone who is getting older. Unfortunately Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is on the rise in the U.S. (an estimated 4.5 million Americans live with dementia). But you should not feel hopeless; there are things you can do to prevent this common form of dementia or delay it from emerging. Genetics do play a role but how you live and eat can have a big effect on preventing the disease (…)

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(…)

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