The Truth About Belly Fat

Being overweight or obese surely puts you at a high risk for disease. We wrote about this over a year ago on our blog and now a new study — yet another — out of the Mayo Clinic supports the claim that excess belly fat is even more dangerous than simply being obese. Once again, even more important than simply reading the number on the scale, is where you carry your body weight. Very simply, the size of your belly matters. On the flipside, if you carry more of your weight in your hips and thighs, you’re at less of a risk. Here’s the deal: There are different types of fat in the body: V…
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SUPERCHARGE Your Smoothies (9 powerful ingredients!)

Smoothies are one of the greatest quick, super convenient meals for those on the go. But here’s the problem.  Unless you’re making your own, you can get duped … … duped with 100+ grams of sugar! Fortunately when made at home, you can pack them full of serious nutrition.  It’s easy to fall into the same, basic pattern.  For us it’s often frozen banana, peanut butter, protein powder, almond milk.  While good, we do mix in some "Supershake Superfoods" that are power packed bundles of goodness. 9 powerful ingredients to bo…
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5 “Health” Foods You Shouldn’t Eat

There are over 50,000 foods in any given grocery store. And the food industry spends billions each year marketing to you (and your kids). But unfortunately many of these so called "health" foods are nothing of the sort and can actually hurt you and your goals. Let’s cover 5 of them so you never get duped again by the marketers trying to sell you their "story" while they sing the praises of these potentially dangerous foods. Microwave Popcorn.  This is when good food goes bad.  Regular, air popped popcorn with a drizzle of butter can actually be a decent sna…
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3 SIMPLE Tips to Build a Better Lunch

It’s back to school time. But whether you’re packing for yourself or for your kids, it doesn’t matter. The same basic principles apply. Sure, maybe it would be a bit weird if you showed up with a Dora yogurt in your lunch — as a 40 year old woman – but, to be honest, those are kind of junky for the kids anyhow.  So let’s toss ’em from everyone’s lunch box. First and foremost, pack your own lunch. For you.  For your kids. You can’t beat brown bagging it.  When you do YOUR in control. Rather than complain about the junk thatR…
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Two Most Dangerous Words in Nutrition

I just got back from Long Beach California at the Perform Better conference.  I’ve been fortunate to be on their speaking circuit for the last 3 years; it’s truly one of the best conferences for those in the fitness industry, from the speakers, attendees and organizers. I spoke this weekend about "Hot Trends in Nutrition" to a packed room of about 400 strength coaches and trainers from around the world.  We talked about fun stuff like gluten, the Paleo Diet, intermittent fasting and so much more. While there, I also of course sat in on many other lectures and w…
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Milk — Does It REALLY Do the Body Good?

Do you drink milk?  You better be careful — according to some drinking milk can cause cancer, cause a build up of mucus, and milk causes asthma! Crazy, right?  And so is the story a lot of nutrition information – overhyped, yet unjustified and without any science to back it up. Milk doesn’t do ANY of those things above, but as you can see, it’s surely not short of controversy!  Those are all a bunch of unfounded “theories.”  Do you give your kids milk or drink it yourself? The Dairy Council suggests 2-3 glasses per day for maximum healt…
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