Strength Training…the Key to Healthy Metabolism

strength trainingLooking to rebuild a healthy metabolism?

Look no further than strength training.

Muscle tissue in both men and women deteriorates at almost every stage of life. Strength training is the key to building and replacing that muscle.

Many people don’t realize that muscle is the “driving force behind your fat burning mechanism – your metabolism.

The equation is simple: The more toned muscle tissue you possess, the more efficiently your body will burn fat and the more of it you will continue to burn over time. [Read more…]

Your Cellular Furnace…Your Mitochondria

mitochondria1Mitochondria is a word that very few people outside the scientific and health industry have ever heard.

And yet, there can be as many as 200-2,000 of these little powerhouses inside each one of your cells each one responding to the metabolic signals that you give them…or don’t give them…whatever the case may be. [Read more…]

Child-hood Obesity is a Serious Problem

childhood obesityThe prevalence of childhood obesity has increased at alarming rates and is without a doubt, one of the most serious public health issues confronting us in the 21st Century according to the World Health Organization.

The truth is, eating habits are formed very early in life and can directly affect how healthy we are as we age.  Most children have developed their basic eating habits by the time they reach elementary school, unfortunately for many, these are not good eating habits. [Read more…]

8 Fat Loss and Abdominal Shaping Myths…

ab musclesIn order to lose fat properly there is only one method that has proven to work reliably and consistently and that one involves a lifestyle shift to healthy eating and proper exercise.

Unfortunately, this pits most of us up against our impatient and lazy natures. We want immediate gratification without having to put much effort into achieving it.

The issue with this type of thinking is that we get back exactly what we put in. Energy in…energy out. It is a very ordered and balanced system. Little energy in…little results out. Pretty simple formula. [Read more…]

Synchronized Hearts and Thoughts Result in Positive Actions

now_fitnessIt’s funny how we’re all involved in the “game of life,” don’t really know the rules, but still have high expectations for ourselves to succeed.

It’s just human nature. However, when we begin to focus on how the playing field it set up the game becomes much easier.

Everything is easier if we read the directions first…

Understanding pain and pleasure, the two “driving forces of emotion” that are behind all our actions or lack of action on a daily basis, is mandatory if we ever hope to become master of our domain. [Read more…]

Reaching Your Diet Goal is Only the Beginning

fitness1It may be hard to believe, but losing weight is the easy part of your journey to your ideal body weight and form.

Unfortunately most people do not consider how they are going to handle their new life after they actually lose their excess weight. In other words, how in the heck do you keep that hard-earned weight-loss off your body once you have reached your goal?

Without knowing that ahead of time you are entering into an unfinished plan and dangerous waters. [Read more…]

Meal Planning is Key to Eating Healthy

meal planningWithout a doubt, eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. However, for some it is also a huge inconvenience. With so much hustle and bustle going on in our lives and our days seemingly like 18 hours rather than 24, we often feel we should be using our time for some other important endeavor rather than planning and preparing delicious healthy meals.

When we choose to miss an important meal or neglect our nutrition in some way the only thing we accomplish is harm to our health. Not only that, but when we skip meals and our hunger finally takes over and exerts itself, we are left with little control for what we eat usually grabbing the first thing we see without a thought about how it affects our healthy, waistline or energy levels. [Read more…]

Dealing With Dieting Set-backs and Negative Self-Talk

set-backThere isn’t a weight loss program that does not also include set-backs. They come with the territory.

If you are actively dieting or on a weight loss program for any amount of time, you will experience a number of set-backs. However, just because these set-backs come with the territory, it doesn’t mean they have to hinder your progress…unless of course you empower them to do so. 

The real key when you do experience a set-back is to avoid letting that set-back turn into an all-out diet-nightmare and the only way to do that is to get yourself back on track as soon as possible. The other option is to spend days feeling miserable about your progress which could possibly lead to quitting altogether. Your mind is going to entertain one of these two options when you experience your set-back…which I can assure you will happen at some point. [Read more…]

Gaining All Your Weight Back? How often do you “bend the rules?”

eat thisIf you struggle to take weight off and keep it off the problem may be as simple as listening to yourself and paying attention to your “excuses.”

These excuses either stop you from “doing the right thing” when it comes to what you are eating or the amount of exercise you are getting or your excuse may surface in the form of “bending the rules.”

For example how often when you are trying to diet do you say to yourself “oh it’s just one bite…it can’t hurt that much.” Truth is, for every 100 extra calories you consume on a daily basis, you gain 10 lbs. a year. So, that innocent “little bite” adds up and in the end is not so “innocent” after all.

Another excuse that allows people to “skirt by” the dieting issue when eating is “It’s made with fruit.”

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Tackling Those Tummy Toxins

belly-fatMany people are not aware of the chemicals that are continually finding their way into their bodies where they can remain for years causing “behind the scene” damage.

More than any other time in the history of mankind humans are being exposed to dangerous chemicals.

There are 3,000 plus and counting known chemicals added to the food supply and more than 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives are used in food processing and storage.

Truth is, our bodies are continually bombarded by poor air quality, chemically contaminated food and water, household cleaners, paint fumes, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides and heavy metals. [Read more…]