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Tips for Thanksgiving Overeating

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How to make it through Thanksgiving without gaining weight …and not feeling guilty Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? We all eagerly await to gather around the dinner table with family and friends. But we all knows what happens at that dinner table: we end up eating so much, we end up talking about it for weeks…and then trying to lose the weight for months! Do you know that most Americans will consume more than 4,500 calories and close to 200 fat grams (that’s 1800 calories just from fat!) on Thanksgiving day … Continue reading

Stop the Fall Weather Weight Gain

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It’s sweater weather and this time of the year, after working out all summer to stay in shape for bikini season, you start slacking off. Cooler temperatures start off the season of eating. You tell yourself that missing gym is okay because you worked out so hard during the summer months. And when it comes to your diet? Let’s just say it’s easier to be naughty than nice. Also, everyone is back from vacations and your friends are getting together more often. Some of your co-workers are baking pies, cookies … Continue reading

How to Have a Healthier Dinner – Los Angeles Personal Trainer

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Having a variety of food on your dinner plate does not always mean you’re getting a healthier dinner. There are many factors that determine whether or not a dinner is considered healthy, such as the amount of calories and the quality of the food itself. For those of you looking to lose weight or to be healthier in general, follow the 5 tips below so you can make a truly healthy dinner every night. 5 Healthier Dinner Tips Tip #1: Make sure you purchase high quality food. Get organic or … Continue reading

Strength Training To Reverse Aging? Yes!

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Kristina looks 10 years younger in her after photo (minus 12 pounds too)! I always chuckle when I hear how advertisements claim that creams and beauty products reverse aging. Because the only thing that can truly turn the clock back is your diet and your workout routine. Aging is not about a couple wrinkles on your forehead, it’s about loss of muscle and deficit in muscular strength, including diminishing ability to perform daily activities. Typically, these changes begin at around age 40 and progressively worsen with aging. How Exercise Slows … Continue reading

Motivation – Write Your Way to a Healthier You

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For some people, looking and feeling great is motivation enough to work out and eat a healthy, balanced diet. For others, it takes a lot more than that. Some people need a lot of motivation just to get off the couch. Others need motivation to carve out time in the day to get to the gym or take a run. Others may have physical limitations or health issues that may prevent them from getting the exercise they need. Back when I decided to transform my body to become a competitive … Continue reading

Game of Thrones Actor Breaks 1,000 Year-Old Weightlifting Record

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Breaking a world record is impressive, but when a bodybuilder takes it upon himself to shatter a record from myth it’s something that gets people’s collective attention. That’s why Game of Thrones Actor Hafthor Bjornsson, an Icelandic power lifter who competes under the name of Thor, drew so much attention when he accomplished a feat even the heroes from the sagas couldn’t manage. What Did He Do? According to legend there was a great Viking hero who had the mast of a longship laid across his shoulders. In the myth … Continue reading

Why Vitamin D3 Is So Good…and It’s Not What You Think

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It surprises me how many of my clients still don’t take enough Vitamin D3. It’s been in the news a few years ago, mostly because doctors realized how many people had Vitamin D3 deficiency. But like everything else, it was hot for a minute and then everyone went about their merry way and forgot to take their vites. So why is Vitamin D3 so good for you? Well, first of all you need to know that if you don’t have enough D in your body, you are more likely to … Continue reading

How Liquor Makes You Fat!

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It’s no secret that high-fat, high-carbohydrate diet is bad for your body.  Monitoring your calories and the foods you eat is a must if you are watching your figure. But how about alcohol?  Do alcohol calories count more? Can drinking hurt our efforts to shed a few pounds? Well, actually, new research shows that even small amounts on alcohol may widen your waistline and contribute to more weight gain that you imagined.  A mere 3 ounces of alcohol can reduce fat-burning by about a third.  But how could this be, … Continue reading

Study Reveals Weight Training Is The Answer To Belly Fat

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As men get older, they tend to put on extra fat, especially in their mid-section which results in a pear or apple-shaped body. The truth is, it’s harder to get rid of that excess fat as the years go by. The reason for this is actually simple.  As you age, you lose muscle mass. Decreased physical activity also contributes to the loss of muscle mass which, in turn, decreases calorie usage and the weight starts piling on. It’s also possible that fat cells in the arms and legs are no … Continue reading

Why Genetics Don’t Matter in How Your Body Looks

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I met with a young man recently who said to me: “I don’t think I’m meant to have abs.”… Really? That’s it? You’re throwing in the towel? Just because it doesn’t come to you easily you’re willing to just give up on it? Let me tell all of you something – YOUR GENETICS DON’T MATTER. YOU ARE IN 100% CONTROL OF HOW YOUR BODY LOOKS. That’s right. Genetics, past history, what your mother fed you for breakfast MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof that genetics don’t matter: I … Continue reading