Diet Articles

Great Skin From the Inside Out

I know we live in a quick fix culture. But if you want something you have to work to get it. Most people will just complain about things they want to change but are too lazy to do something about it. Some things are more easily remedied than others an skin care is one of those things that can be regulated. I believe anyone can have better skin than they have now. Not all skin is created equal but with proper nutrition and care, we could all look better in six weeks. A proper diet, rich in nutrients (check out…

French Women are Thinner

Years ago I had the pleasure of spending two weeks in France. The first stop was Paris then to Nice and the French Riviera. The general view of the lack of overweight women in France is true. While I was there I allowed myself to indulge in all the tasty treats that the French had to offer and I realized that I did not gain an ounce while I was there. To be fair, my French diet was accompanied by intensive sightseeing which consisted about 2-4 hours of walking per day. Therefore that entire baguette I ate for lunch did not…

Fall’s Most Fabulous Fruit: The Fig

Late summer and fall brings us one of the most ancient and gorgeous fruits: Ficus Carica, also known as the FIG. For me the fig is a symbolically poetic fruit, from its ability to perish so quickly to its succulent and colorful appearance. As a child my father and uncles would all have fig trees in their gardens and every year their bounty would be well awaited. Just before the chill of winter would set in we would all chip in to preen and wrap these huge trees in black garbage bags and tie up with ropes. The tree is…

Tummy Blasters for a Sleek and Taut Body All Summer Long

The summer brings sun, sand and surf and for us cityslickers, sun, concrete and humidity. However, the lack of scenery does not keep us from living out our summer fantasies, most involving minimal clothing and figure hugging clothes. So whether you plan to live at the beach or in a concrete jungle, you want to look great. Earlier, I wrote about getting a BIKINI BODY in one week, mainly through banishing bloat. This week, I have added to my list of tummy blasters that will keep you looking sleek and taut all summer long. Tummy Blasters That Will Keep You…

Bikini Time: Look Good in One Week

One Week to Bikini Time: The Countdown So even though it almost summer, you are still eating crap and watching bad reality shows instead of getting out there and getting fit. , there is always some fine tuning you can do. Six weeks prep time is greet but if you only have one week, I can give you so tips to look better than you do today. Remember, it is too little time to promise a miracle but every little bit helps. There are several tactics that can be taken that can give an illusion of a fitter physique. The…

Five Kefir Recipes: Powerful Probiotics

My Kefir Obsession Continues… There has not been a person who has crossed my path that doesn’t know about my obsession with kefir. Earlier I wrote about all the benefits of this yogurt drink. It is a powerful probiotic with three times the healthy bacteria of yogurt. It is an immune booster, vitamin and protein rich ambrosia of good health. I’ve sipped it every day since I discovered it and my tummy has been flat ever since. I have researched and tested some tasty recipes that will sneak even more KEFIR into your diet. Try these and enjoy! KEFIR PARFAIT Any…

Burn Belly Fat By Following These Three Simple Rules

Should I be counting grams of fat, sugar, and calories when trying to burn fat? In a word – nope! Counting specific grams or calories is not only downright boring, but if you’re eating correctly for fat loss, you shouldn’t have to! Burn belly fat by following these three simple rules that will teach you to eat according to our basic nutrition tenets: 1) Focus on those foods that maximize nutrient value and minimize insulin release. That would be Meat, Leaves, and Berries. Meat refers to anything that was animal in origin – beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, pork, etc. Leaves…

Three Fats You Have To Feed Your Body – One Might Actually Help You Lose Weight

Fat’s role in our diet can be confusing. One day it’s bad for you; the next day butter is best. With all the mixed messages, how are we supposed to know? There’s no reason to exclude healthy fat from your diet, and assuming you’re following proper nutritional principles with the rest of your diet and not consuming an overabundance of calories, we actually recommend that you get fat in your diet, as minimizing dietary fat (i.e., consuming less than 10% of calories from fat) will retard your weight loss efforts. We talk about the three best fats that your body…

Weight Loss for Swimsuit Season: Prevent Blowing It When Eating Out

I’m trying to shed some pounds to get ready for swimsuit season, but my job requires that I entertain clients 4 nights a week. How can I limit my calorie intake when I’m ordering in a restaurant? Eating out doesn’t mean you have to kiss your dreams of the perfect bikini bod goodbye. Here are some easy dining-out strategies that have worked great for our clients: 1) Substitute sides: Ask for healthier, lower calorie side dishes, such as steamed vegetables instead of French fries, or a side salad instead of a pasta bowl. 2) Choose lean meat and fish or…

How Do You Lose a Muffin Top and Love Handles- The Fat on the Sides of the Lower Back

Q: I eat pretty healthy and work out when I can, but I still have a muffin top! You know, that extra fat/love handles on the sides of the lower back and hips. How do I get rid of that? A: If we took a poll right now and asked women what the most stubborn areas of the body are to lose fat, I’d say there’s a pretty good chance that the majority would say the legs/butt, and second would be love handles and muffin top (lower back/ sides). The Bad News first… This area of the lower back is a…

Curb Sweet Cravings and Protect Your Body by Popping This Purple Fruit

There’s an often over- looked fruit that’s sold in your local supermarket or fruit stand that can curb sweet cravings and have powerful implications on your health and your waistline. Not to mention, they’re damn tasty. I’m talking about the plum. Plums are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants which can help speed recovery after a particularly grueling workout. Studies also show a possible connection between increased antioxidant intake and lowering incidences of certain forms of cancer. Most of the press about antioxidants lately has been about the exotic newcomers to the market–the gogi, noni and acai berries. These are usually…

Lose Weight Without Depriving Yourself – Sweet Treats to Eat While Dieting

When most people think of dieting to lose weight, they conjure up images of deprivation, cravings, and overall hunger. They think it’s a necessary evil to feel bad just to shed some pounds. It doesn’t need to be this way. In fact, if you’re in this mental mind frame before or during a diet, you’re doomed to fail. Break out of that shell and see the light at the end of the tunnel. If I could show you a way to add something to your diet to reduce the anguish, you’d listen wouldn’t you? Well, here’s a simple tip I…

Dieting for Weight Loss: 19 Frequently Asked Questions

Does eating fat make me fat? There’s a common misconception that eating fat makes you store body fat. The truth is that too many calories (consuming more calories than you’re burning each day) makes you fat. Those calories can come from dietary fat, protein or carbohydrates. It doesn’t matter- once you’re over your caloric limit, the body starts to store the excess calories as body fat. So does eating fat add fat to your body? Only when it’s part of a diet that exceeds its daily limit of calories. Don’t be afraid of eating fat. Especially the Omega – 3 fatty…

Can You Really Burn Fat Just By Drinking Water?

Can you really burn fat just by drinking water? Well, with over 75% of your body made up of water there is no denying the need to remain hydrated (drinking water) consistently. If you are following a weight loss program, you will want to consume more water if only for the added calorie burning benefits. As Eugene wrote a while back- “Drink more water. Although a recent study suggested that drinking the standard “8 glasses” or 64 oz of water touted by experts is not necessary for health, forget about it. We’re dealing purely with fat loss; moreover, ways to maximize it….

Green Apples for Weight Loss: The Green Apple (mini) Project

I was at a party this past weekend in NYC. It was held at a friends house who I’ve given countless fitness tips to over the years. Of course we ate, drank and had a good time. The best part came when he went to the kitchen and pulled out a bag of green apples to show myself and the group. He went on to explain that he had read about how they can help quell cravings in our programs. He said he tried it last week for the first time.  He was going out with his wife for dinner…

Ten Tips to Keep Your Dentist Away

There are two major things that people need to know about mouths, how to prevent tooth decay and when to keep it shut. Since I seem to have more control over the former, I will start there. Years ago, during a painful procedure that we like to call a dentist appointment, I was stretched tugged and drilled with metal objects. Prognosis: I needed a root canal and crown and get this, it would cost me $2000.00 !! Everyone has a racket. I then decided that I would do my best to never experience that again. Tooth caries and periodontal disease…

Be the Healthiest Vegetarian on the Block

Vegetarians have always held a special place in my heart, the part of my heart that cries out WHY? I don’t understand the appeal, especially the more extreme vegan types. It doesn’t seem natural. I know what you are going to say, I am being too harsh, but that’s what you love about me. I will now get serious and offer my amends by offering some tips to make you the best and healthiest vegetarian on the block. There are some benefits to a vegetarian diet, an emphasis on grains and plant proteins and Bessie gets to run free. There…

Slow and Reasonable Weight Loss

A foundation of slow and reasonable weight loss. It’s a fresh start and you have good intentions of living a healthy lifestyle, getting back to the gym and working on your weight loss goals. This sounds familiar doesn’t it? It’s exactly what we said last time, but here you are with no real results. I have found that the best intentions, if not reasonable will not work. If you are 20 pounds or more overweight, start slowly so it won’t be such a shock for you. Emptying your fridge, throwing out all your goodies, and replacing them with cottage cheese will last…

Set Yourself Up For Diet Success

Whenever you start a new fitness program or diet you are hopeful and dedicated. Then two weeks go by and you may not see results. Then a month goes by and you begin to go back to your old ways. Sound familiar? This time start your new goals by setting yourself up for success. Set the stage with good intention, a good environment and the reasonability of your goal. There are ways to truly give you a real chance to lose weight and eat better. Give these Diet Success Tips a Try: Follow a plan. Success without a plan is…

Is Happy Hour Shaking Up Your Weight Loss Efforts?

Martini’s at happy hour with friends can be fun, but if you’re on a weight loss diet they can really shake up your efforts. Many of us think that if we stick to hard liquor as opposed to high calorie sugary drinks like daiquiris and margarita, we are safe from putting on pounds, but alcohol itself is a culprit in weight gain. Alcohol has seven calories per gram and all seven are completely empty of any nutritional value. Alcohol does not require digestion, so it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and this is where the domino effect begins. The…

Foods That Are Quick and Easy for Fuel- On- The- Go

Foods That Are Quick and Easy for Food for Fuel- On- The- Go. Nowadays, our lives seem like the stuff that happens between points A and B. Our jobs and families keep us on the go with rarely any time for ourselves, much less for good food choices. I’ve discovered that it is during these on-the go- times that we can enjoy an opportunity to eat healthy. Breakfast, snacks or mini meals used to satiate you until dinner; all are great times to really use food for fuel. Be honest, when you grab that croissant or bagel in the morning on…

Drop a Few Pounds With These 5 Summer Salads

Drop a few pounds with these 5 summer salads. Long summer nights and steamy weather quells our tastes for heavy comfort foods. Our taste buds tend to crave cool, juicy and crisp foods. It is also a great time of year to drop a few pounds because we are more active and crave less fatty foods. (Check out our FREE Carb Manipulation Protocol here). I have compiled my top five salad dinners that are easy to make and taste great. After a long day at the office, flip on the air conditioner and enjoy a cool salad, low cal, high protein…

High Fructose Corn Syrup: Not Such a Sweet Surprise

Have you seen these commercials on TV about high fructose corn syrup and how it’s just like sugar and good in moderation? I thought I was watching a Saturday Night Live skit. With the Corn Refiner’s Association backing the commercial, we should all take a good look at what there trying to sell. Most common types of High-Fructose Corn Syrup are: HFCS 90 (mostly for making HFCS 55), approximately 90% fructose and 10% glucose; HFCS 55 (mostly used in soft drinks), approximately 55% fructose and 45% glucose; and HFCS 42 (used in most foods and baked goods), approximately 42% fructose…

The Secret to Breaking the Dreaded Weight Loss Plateau

Ahh, the big question- “How do you break a weight loss plateau?” Before I answer the question I want you to do something. Take a look at your hands. Turn them over and take a good look at the palms of your hands. What do you see? Chances are that if you’re reading this article, you work out. If you work out, you probably have calluses on the palms of your hands. Calluses are part of the body’s adaptation mechanism. The body recognizes extra punishment on the skin cells in the palms of your hands, and bolsters the protection by…

3 Power Breakfasts for Energy and Weight Loss

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day to get right. A power breakfast will provide mental and physical energy for the day, and set the stage for fat burning. In fact, studies have shown that people who don’t eat breakfast actually gain more weight than people who do eat breakfast. Here are 3 “Power Breakfasts” for Energy and Weight Loss 1- The “On The Go” Breakfast. Sometimes you just don’t have time to throw together a big production. Here’s a quickie that I make in about 1 ½ minutes 1 cup full fat yogurt 180 calories, 9 grams fat,…

Eating Right on a Busy Schedule

The Dieting Dilemma- How to Eat Right Despite Your Busy Schedule. One of the biggest challenges that come up when you’re starting out dieting for weight loss is “How can I eat right with such a busy schedule?” A “busy schedule” can be a weight loss killer, but it doesn’t have to be- if you plays your cards right. If you take time out to plan your eating program properly, you can reduce or eliminate the roadblocks. The truth is everyone has a busy schedule. We all have to get up in the morning, go to work, travel, etc. The…

Good Eating Habits to Cultivate for Health and Fat Loss

Get in the habit of eating clean. Eating clean can be the most beneficial habit you can cultivate in your life. The biochemical environment in the body resulting from eating clean immediately forces the body to burn off body fat. It also helps clean out your system, giving you a more healthy outlook, and bountiful energy. There’s no official definition of Eating Clean, but I’m going to lay out my personal definition, and offer up some “principles of eating clean” for you to follow. My definition of eating clean is “a consistent diet of foods that are of the highest…

Should I Count Calories or Carbs and Fat to Lose Weight?

Should I Count Calories or Carbs and Fat to Lose Weight So what’s more important? They’re both important. However, the over- riding factor for whether you gain, lose or maintain weight is calories in vs. calories out. Plain and simple, if you eat more calories than you burn in a day/ week/ month/ year, you’re going to gain weight no matter what combination of macronutrients (protein/ fat/ carbs) you eat. If you eat less calories than you burn over the same period of time, you’re going to lose weight. If you’re a beginner, this is the number 1 principle you…

What’s on Your Shelves? The Answer Could Be Keeping You From Your Ideal Body!

Can’t lose weight? Take a good look through your kitchen cabinets and see what’s in there. Do you have boxes of cookies and crackers? All processed foods. Get rid of them. Got anything in those cabinets that aren’t going to support the journey to your ideal body? Get rid of it. Hey, who’s kidding who? If it’s in the house, you’re going to eventually eat it. Why tempt yourself with crappy food anyway? I’ll get back to the evils of the junk in the cabinets in a minute. Let me tell you a quick story about someone who had come…

I Love Kefir (and I don’t mean Sutherland)

Most people have never heard of KEFIR, much less ingested it, but I will say that not only is it a nutritional powerhouse but I would drink it as religiously as taking my vitamins. If you’ve never heard of kefir, it is yogurt- like drink that has been used for food and health purposes for thousands of years. You can even make your own Kefir at home, but most of us don’t have enough time to buy it much less culture kefir in our kitchens. Don’t worry, you can get this tasty drink at some grocery stores and certainly in health…

Is Late Night Snacking Causing Weight Gain?

Is late night snacking keeping your weight up? If you are like me, the best part of your day is finally being able to sit and relax while watching TV and snacking on some munchies. Even when most of us eat really well during the day, it is at this time of night that we get into real trouble. Studies show that eating at night does not make you fat unless you exceed your caloric intake for the day. In other words if your maximum intake of calories should be 1800 per day, your nighttime snacks should not bring you…

5 Diet Mistakes That Can Blow Your Progress

Before I conduct the diet mistakes portion of my fitness workshops, I give every participant a nutritional assessment in which a daily food journal is kept for one week. It is important for me to understand my client and their particular needs and what they expect from the workshop. My latest workshop is for a corporation that has numerous restaurants all over the United States. Most of the employees are ground level servers and hostesses that are also actors and models. Most of them would describe themselves as healthy and image conscious but would love to be more fit. Interestingly…

5 Beauty Tips to Fight Skin Damage from the Sun

In your quest to look young and lively with a deep dark tan, you are slowly degrading your skin and accelerating your aging process. Prolonged exposure to the sun is aging you. Tanning salons are aging you. Sun damage is the cause for 90% of aging the skin, not to mention putting you at risk for skin cancer. SKIN CANCER. Moderate amounts of sun are are great- and healthy, in that it helps your body produce Vitamin D. This linchpin vitamin helps keep your bones strong, teeth healthy and fights depression- among a plethora of other benefits. With that in mind, you’ll want to get…

Cut It Out With the Carbs!

What foods are carbs? At this point everyone knows to go easy on the bad carbs but you may not know why. The most important aspect of implementing a game plan for your diet is to understand why you do what you do, but can be an obstacle to your weight loss effort. To understand how they metabolize in your body and shed light on the carb mystery, read on.. Examples of carbs; here are three major kinds of carbohydrate: Monosaccharides are simple sugars (glucose) Disaccharides are starches Polysaccharides can include more complex carbs It is important to know that whether you…

Having a Baby? Pregnancy Diet Tips for the Nutrition of Your Baby

Congratulations, you’re having a baby! With all the new emotions and responsibilities in your life at this time, the most important should be your pregnancy diet– which is directly related to the nutrition of your baby. Recent studies have shown that a mother’s high level of body fat during the conception phase may set the stage for their offspring’s higher obesity risk. The child’s future BMI (body mass index) is also more closely related to the mother’s than the father’s. Remember your child is taking the nutrients from the food that you eat, so therefore it is not the amount of…

Can Eating Chia Seeds Help Weight Loss?

A growing trend recently has been the recommendation of eating chia seeds for weight loss. Chia seeds (Salvia Hispanica), believe it or not are the same seeds that are contained in the Chia Pet, a silly clay pottery figure brought to you by the makers of everyone’s favorite- The Clapper. There’s Chia Pet, the ridiculous looking Chia Head, even a Chia Homer Simpson. DOH! Photo: misterbisson Can Eating Chia Seeds Help Weight Loss? The first time I had Chia seed was back around 2005 at a health seminar. At the back of the place they were selling all the well known protein…

Always Tired? Boost That Energy, Girl!

When I ask women if there was one thing they could change something about their health, the usual response is that they are would like to stop being tired, and have more energy throughout the day. The elusive “energy”. We seek it out so we could do more of the same crap that we hate to do every day but in a more lively fashion. Nevertheless, we need and it and really don’t feel so well when we feel sluggish. After reviewing a food journal for one of my sisters, (yes, I am talking about you Antonete) who often complains of low…

My Five Superfoods That Can Boost Your Health

5 superfoods that can boost your health. You have resolved to take this opportunity to lose some extra pounds and become more healthy. Remember that with any goal, preparation is key. With that in mind, I have compiled some information on my top five superfoods that will maximize your efforts. These foods will boost immunity, raise your metabolism and help you lose weight. I keep these items in the fridge and I eat them every day. Stock up on these foods that can boost your health and reap the benefits! 1. YOGURT– This fermented dairy product is made by adding bacterial cultures to…

5 Tips to Get Out of Your Diet Slump

Tips to Get Out of Your Diet Slump: So you have begun a new diet and activity regime and it you dropped a few pounds but now you seem to have stopped seeing results. This phenomenon is not uncommon with many of my clients when they first come to me. They are on a health kick and think they are doing all the right things, but they have become stuck in a rut. I have compiled the 5 most common diet traps to avoid TOO MANY LIQUID CALORIES– fresh from the gym you go to JAMBA JUICE for a huge smoothie…

5 Fattening Food Myths

Fattening food myths are rampant in our society. Having a family member or friend as a nutritionist does not make one immune to making bad food choices or holding on to silly ideas about food. In the past ten years there has been a rise in the general knowledge and interest in health and nutrition, usually in terms of weight loss. With this rise of information, also comes confusion with conflicting information. From the latest diet guru to studies done by corporations (who want you to choose their food product) or just word of mouth. Needless to say, misinformation continues…

4 Ways to Fight the Bloating and Fatigue of PMS

PMS, bloating and fatigue. It is that time of the month again when you have your boyfriend in a headlock and would love to tear your boss’s earlobes off. Eventually you realize that although these actions will bring a certain level of satisfaction, it probably won’t help your PMS bloating. PMS is the name for a group of symptoms that begin 7-14 days before your period. The symptoms include moodiness, aches and pains and fatigue. If these symptoms weren’t enough, you also tend to retain water and become bloated. I have put together some ways to ease bloating and fatigue,…

12 Tips for a Healthy Summer Cookout

Healthy Summer Cookout tips! It is that time of year when barbecues and pool parties are all the rage. Whether you are the host or guest, keep in mind that while having fun in the sun, you can help prevent most food borne illnesses that cam lurk at barbecue parties. Most food borne illness can stem from bacteria that fester if proper temperature is not maintained in food. In particular, protein rich foods are most vulnerable. Most bacterial like Botulism, E.coli and Salmonella can be a contaminant during handling, cooking and storage of food. Some forms of bacteria like Listeria…

5 Fat Burning Foods That Should Be the Backbone of Your Diet

Fat burning foods are the staples of your diet that keep you in the fat burning zone. Eaten on a consistent basis, they go a long way in determining what your body looks like and how you feel. More than exercise, more than supplements, nothing else dictates how much body fat you have, more than your diet. As such, Eugene, our partner-in-crime, shows us that there are plenty of tasty choices of fat burning foods for you to eat when you’re dieting. He’s put together a comprehensive list of the 75 best foods to keep you in the fat-burning zone for our Dirty Little…

Fat Burning Fibrous Vegetables That Will Change Your Body Without Cramping Your Lifestyle

Life is a series of day to day decisions. Do I wear the blue sweater today? How am I going to squeeze in both meetings? Some decisions have an immediate consequence- Damn, I wish I didn’t drink the rest of that bottle of Barefoot Riesling last night when I have an 8 AM presentation today. Some decisions have a long term consequence- Damn, I wish I started that diet back in January so I wouldn’t have to feed on pellets and 1.5 hour walks on the treadmill like a hamster. All decisions have an end result. Sometimes a minor decision…

So You Blew It and Ate Too Much. Bloating and Fatigue, Oh My! What Should You Do?

One of the popular questions we get is something to the effect of: I blew it yesterday, and now I’m bloated. What do I do? Now it’s the Sunday After. Next comes the sweatpants, Game of Thrones marathon, bloating, fatigue, disinterest in moving much, and growling hunger pangs, which triggers the ahhhhh f*ck it when you open the fridge door. Ok, so you over indulged yesterday with copious amounts of Ben and Jerry’s Caramel Core, and half a bottle of 2012 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon with a plate of stinky cheese. No sweat, here’s what you do: Save yourself the…

Manage Cravings and Maintain a Smoother Mood By Adding This to Your Diet

Want to suppress your appetite better, while managing cravings and maintaining a smoother mood while dieting? Sounds like it would be some new fad diet pill, but it’s not. It’s something you’re already eating, but perhaps not enough. If you’ve been scanning the magazine racks and the Internet for diet information, chances are you’ve been heard the concept of eating more protein for weight loss.  There are some very solid reasons why you would want to get more protein in your diet and I’m going to sum it all up for you here. More specifically, non- dairy sources of protein…

Omega – 3 Fish Oil Weight Loss and Health Benefits

There’s been plenty of hoopla around Omega – 3 fish oil for weight loss and it’s myriad health benefits for more than a decade and on many accounts, the attention is well deserved. Tons of research has been conducted on the effectiveness and safety of Omega – 3 fatty acids for a wide variety of uses and a substantial amount of scientific evidence backs up their efficacy. What are Omega – 3’s fatty acids? Omega – 3’s are an essential nutrient that have been shown to have a positive impact on almost everything in the body. They’ve been shown to…

Weight Loss and Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil- EVOO

Unless you live on Mars chances are you’ve heard about the powerful heart- healthy benefits of olive oil.  You’ve also heard about the weight loss and skin health properties of olive oil. First we’ll tackle the health benefits, then we’ll get to the weight loss and waistline slimming properties. (Be sure to check out our dirty little book of dieting for the complete package). Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with mono unsaturated fats which are known to slow or halt the oxidation of LDL cholesterol into it’s artery clogging form. Extra virgin olive oil also contains chemical compounds known…