Diet Cheat Sheet

Spring is officially here, meaning nearly 1/4 of the year is over. Are you 33% closer to the goals you set for 2011?  Although January is typically thought of as the "weight loss month" with all the fat loss goals everyone sets for the New Year, surveys suggest March is actually a BIGGER month for dieting and weight loss attempts.  Interesting. Is it that warm weather signals "bathing suit" season is around the corner? Regardless of the reasons of why fat loss is a top priority in March, today we’re sharing what we call the "Diet Cheat Sheet." Th…
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Drinking and Belly Fat

Maybe this should have come before you were downing green beer for St. Patty’s Day. Regardless of the timing, though, guilt free drinking is always of interest. It was funny.  The other day I’m talking to a woman — Theresa — who swears she’s been doing everything to lose belly fat.  She’s cut out added sugars and refined carbs.  She’s replaced her daily soda habit with water and swapped out chips for raw nuts and fruit at snack time.  She’s traded in her normal slow cardio routine for higher intensity training too.&nb…
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Boost Metabolism with THIS Type of Protein

After a full day of flying home from Sonoma the other day, I’m finally getting a chance to send this to you. My intention was to write it on the airplane … and send it off earlier this week, but I have to admit that I instead got "pulled away" by the movie on the flight, The King’s Speech.  We hadn’t seen it, yet, and wanted to … and what better time than when flying home from California with 5+ hours of concentrated time? And, well, I ended up napping a bit the rest of the flight.  At least I’m honest. But I’m back today for you, our loyal…
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Are You on The 7 Word Diet? You Should Be

We’re at a cocktail party last night and while mingling and talking to some folks, we couldn’t avoid it any longer.  Someone asked us what we did … and when we told her, the questions started rolling in.  "I started off 2011 SO good, now I’m off track.  BUT I got this new diet I just started where you only eat fruit in the morning, nuts as snacks, a protein for lunch not combined with carbs, and mainly veggies at night.  So far it’s working great.  What do you think?" First, whatever we said, this woman was gung ho on this new plan…
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Coconut Water — Miracle Drink?

Coconut water is EVERYWHERE.  It started last year when I was on the field with the Cincinnati Bengals during Training Camp … player after player after player kept asking me about Coconut Water. And now we see it in the gym.  Or whenever we give talks, we’re always asked about it.  Celebrities are sucking this stuff down like it’s a miracle drink — so you can certainly think Hollywood’s "A listers" like Courtney Cox (pictured to the left), Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Ashton and Demi — for popularizing this stuff.  Peo…
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Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat

Late last year, I’m sitting in an office building with the agent of an NFL Player and the player himself.  We were working together to help the player lose weight. While there was some initial success, he hit a little plateau.  His agent asked the player "what are you drinking?"  "Crystal Light, diet soda, and water only.  Chris said no liquid calories." And his agent blew through the roof — "NO WONDER HE ISN’T LOSING" he said to me, "I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU TOLD HIM HE CAN USE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS.  Did…
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Fish Oil vs. Flax Oil: Which is Best?

Fat is incredible for you! Yup, I said it — dietary fat is amazing for you.  The key, here, is the TYPE of fat … with that statement above, it should be noted that not ALL fats are amazing for you.  In fact, some may ultimately kill you.  But let’s focus on those that may help reduce the risk of disease and really just live optimally. Omega-3 Fats It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that omega-3’s are fantastic for you.   In fact, they’re called essential fatty acids for a reason … …this means the body doesn’t make t…
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Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes — Try These!

Ahhh, we’re back in NJ hanging with my family for Christmas.  Ella is loving being with her Nonni and Grandpa.  We’re loving a little help with her and great cooking.  And it’s good to get a little R & R. This week is crazy with the holidays — but I had to take a second to share this splurge meal (and recipe) we ate because I know you’ll love it — went to the track to do some sprints this morning (little cold, but it felt great to get out!), then had one of our favorite splurge meals.  Blueberry pancakes!  Awww, man did these taste go…
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The Most Overrated “Nutrition” Term

Marketing is incredible. Savvy marketers can make a piece of garbage sound like a beautifully crafted million dollar piece of artwork.  They can also make even the most basic food sound unique and "fancy."  Let’s take French fries, for example.  Wendy’s has now switched their French fries to "Natural cut fries with sea salt." Sounds more appealing, right?  Same thing, just "sold" better.  Which brings me to my point … that "natural" is the most overused, over hyped marketing term out there when…
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Diet Cures Disease

Why didn’t we listen to Hippocrates for the last several 1000 years when he said his famous quote: "Let food by thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food?"  The guy is brilliant! As we had breakfast with Ella this morning and I watched her eat cottage cheese, pomegranate seeds, wheat germ, cinnamon, and applesauce, I was thinking about the importance of teaching her great habits.  She’s 17 months and while she surely has an occasional treat or two, we are trying to introduce her to a variety of different foods at a young age.  Sometimes she loves what we gi…
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