27 Ways to Lose Fat, Look Great, and Feel Even Better

Have a clearly defined goal.  What do you want to achieve?  Put it down on paper.  Study it. Move at least 5 hours per week.  This is in addition to your structured exercise.  Those who train usually move for 1 hour/day and sit the rest.  Have a vegetable with every single meal.  At least 5 total servings per day. Drink more water. Eliminate soda. Eat more fruit.  At least 3 servings per day. Have at least 3 vegetarian days per week. Cook. Eat breakfast every single day. Don’t clean your plate each meal.  Always leave some on your plate. Eat u…
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Healthy Superfood or Just Hype?

I was recently presenting at a conference called the Institute of Food Technology … …I was part of a panel talking about whey protein and its role in the diet. But then after the presentation, I had a chance to walk around the exhibit hall a bit before heading back to the airport to catch my flight. First, it’s weird to think of "Food Technology" — why does technology need to be part of food anyhow?  At the same time, there clearly is a role for a lot of what was there — various herbs, spices, and other very useful additions to the diet. But when I was offe…
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“You’ll Gain 1 Pound Per Day”

A woman from boot camp just got back from vacation. A Caribbean Cruise. She was coming in for her assessment before camp and when she saw her weight said "GREAT!  I only gained 1 lb!" Not knowing she was on vacation, we asked her to elaborate. She told us about her cruise and said when she was walking onto the ship, one of the employees said "You’re going to LOVE the cruise — the food is incredible and never ending.  It’s so good, the average person on the cruise gains 1 lb per day." Her eyes almost fell out of her head like a cartoon. "ONE POUND P…
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The Lost Art

We’ve have always said that weight loss is like a puzzle. Like any puzzle, there are a lot of pieces to put it all together. When it comes to weight loss, there is: Food Exercise Sleep Daily movement Genetics Hormones And many more… As you can see from that list, some of these puzzle pieces are "controllable" and others are not … But there’s one piece to this puzzle that is easily controlled, yet it’s what we like to call, A Lost Art. What is that lost art?  COOKING! The more people we interact with, the more we realize how little people cook…or…
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Kara’s Got History with Lance Armstrong?

Did you watch any of the insanely exciting Tour de France race over the last few weeks… …more than an impressive feat, it’s almost super human how these athletes ride for  2,263 miles, about 100 or so per day, in terrain that would "break" most in a matter of minutes. Cobblestone roads. Up miles (and miles) of hills in elevation.  Speeds of 60+ mph. Enjoy cycling or not, it’s truly impressive. And how about this, Kara went to high school with Lance Armstrong in Texas and dated his best friend at the time.  So her and her friend used to double dat…
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6 “Weird” Little Diet Tips

There’s nothing that surprises us anymore. After working with 1000’s of people to help them lose weight, we’ve literally heard it all. Today we thought we share some of our favorite "diet" ideas/statements/questions we’ve heard from various clients over the years … I have been following a no carb diet and ran out of ideas, but I found that combining spoonfuls of real butter with peanut butter and crushed peanuts is an awesome snack! Overweight Professional Football Player "I made a great choice — got some sushi tonight." …
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Outsmart Your Own Stomach

OK, now it sounds like we’re getting into some weird, voodoo like diet "tricks" where you’re playing tricks … on your own stomach. Check out this brand new research out of the UK. The researchers conducting the study showed participants the ingredients of a fruit smoothie — although one group was shown a larger volume of fruit and the other a smaller volume.  They were then fed fruit smoothies — thinking the ingredients shown were what they were drinking.  However, the sneaky fat loss scientists gave all subjects the same exact quantit…
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Are You Comfortable?

That’s a weird question — "are you comfortable?" But it’s an important question. Because when your goal is to lose fat (or maintain your weight), get fit and healthy, there needs to be a little discomfort. By discomfort I mean … making the occasional tougher choices. Do I REALLY need another drink with my friends?  Is the appetizer, dinner, AND dessert a wise idea? Is sleeping in AGAIN more important than training daily to reach my goals? Is walking OK or should I push myself and up the intensity? The list can go on.  But we see it and hear it day in an…
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Are You Working on Losing Fat Daily?

A friend of ours is a business coach in the fitness industry.  He teaches others how to take their businesses to the next level.  A lot of what he talks about — running a successful business — applies to what we do: teaching people how to lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Recently in his daily newsletter he talked about getting better. Directly from Pat Rigsby’s newsletter (which you can find on this site): "You’re either getting better or worse. Every day. There is no status quo. If you’re not progressing – you’re losing g…
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Are Weight Loss Drugs the Answer?

A new report out of Europe suggests weight loss supplements don’t work.  But that doesn’t stop people from using them … the weight loss industry is a multi billion dollar industry. By the way, that multi billion dollar figure doesn’t include the prescription drugs that are available too. And now 3 more weight loss drugs are on the horizon — hoping to be added to the mix of available  products to help people shed pounds.  Are these what’s needed, though?  Qnexa is the latest drug its parent company is hoping to get approved for use.&…
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