Do You Need a Detox Diet?

Detox plans and Cleansing Diets are all the rage.  From short 3 Day Cleanses and Coffee Enemas to The “Master Cleanse” and everything in between. Celebrities swear by them.  Beyonce once boasted about losing 20 lbs through cleansing.  Oprah has also talked openly about her cleansing plan. Shock jock Howard Stern’s sidekick Robin Quivers was a huge proponent of the “Master Cleanse” which is a combination of 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup, a pinch of cayenne pepper and one cup of water.  Ads boast you can l…
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Kitchen Stuff We Like

If you're fighting the battle of the bulge, or simply looking to stay on track with your New Year's Resolutions, you need to get at least a little familiar with the kitchen. Let's face it — you can't be permanently successful if you're relying on fast food, bringing in take out, or going out to eat regularly.  And while you can surely cook with the bare minimum, we'll admit it, we like "stuff" – useful kitchen "stuff." Here are some basic kitchen gadgets we love and use regularly.   5 of our favorite kitchen tools.&n…
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Vitamin D – Sunshine Vitamin is Hot

I get one question more than any other. “What supplements do I need?” It doesn’t matter if it’s a 15 year old young athlete trying to put on some muscle, a working mom who is trying to shed those last 10 lbs, or a 60 year old grandpa who is looking to improve his health … And my answer is always the same – let’s first look at your diet before assessing if you should be taking a supplement(s).  Most are overrated, but there are some that have merit for sure.   And one vitamin that continues to dominate the science and media is vitamin D –the &…
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Save Yourself from “Catching” Obesity

There's a stomach bug going around Louisville. Everywhere I turn I hear of another person who got sick.  Must be contagious. You know what else is contagious?   Obesity. It's true.  Overweight and obesity are contagious. Crazy, right?   When you're around people with a cold or the flu, your chances are higher for getting that same cold or flu.  Well, same goes with overweight and obesity! If you're spending too much time around other people who are overweight or obese, you are likely to gain belly fat too! I'm not saying by simply shaking someo…
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New Year’s Fat Loss Tips

Weight loss always ranks as one of the top New Years Resolutions. So with the New Year upon us, we're going to give 5 super simple strategies to burn belly fat permanently.  None of them require severe "dieting", eliminating food groups, endless hours of cardio, or really anything else that would set people up for fat loss failure. Instead, these 5 tips can be started today and will make a huge difference in your battle against the belly bulge. 1.  Eat with smaller plates, bowls, and utensils.  This will indirectly help you decrease portions.  Use "d…
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Holiday Weight Gain is Permanent!

Do you know what the average weight gain is for the holidays? We’ve heard it all… …8-10 lbs, 12-15 lbs, and even as high as 20 lbs!   Newsflash: if you gain 20 lbs in 6 weeks from overeating, it’s going to take a lot more than a few nutrition tips and strategies to help out! Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine actually showed that the average weight gain is just 3-5 lbs. "That’s it?" you ask?  Then who cares what I eat?! But here’s the problem … it’s not that small weight gain during the holidays thatR…
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5 Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss

Weight loss seems so simple. Eat less, exercise more.  Right?  When you’re trying to lose weight permanently, all you have to do is eat less an exercise more, right?  WRONG! Ask any of the 50 million individuals who are attempting to lose weight each year and they will tell you it is not that easy.  It’s not just changing what you eat and exercising.  Sure, those play a role with permanent weight loss, but they’re just 2 pieces to the weight loss puzzle. In reality, it feels like battle. After all, you are tackling the 10 year daily visit to the vendin…
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Can you Lose Belly Fat if you Eat THIS?

There are over 30 names for sugar… …turbinado sugar, raw sugar, agave syrup, fruit paste, raw honey, malt syrup and many more. Of course we have our organic sugars too.  Are these any better if we’re trying to lose weight?  Ray from train2befit asked a question on the blog about the healthiest sugar options. Is there such a thing?  A "healthy" sugar? Clearly, when burning belly fat is a goal, sugar (all forms) need to take a back seat.  But let’s put a few of these under the microscope to see if there’s a best of the worst.  Af…
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