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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…

Sneaky Ways to Add Activity to Your Day to Burn Calories

Have you ever driven to the gym, or taken the train (as my fellow New Yorkers do)? You have officially defeated the purpose. The gym is not the only place that you can have a great workout. I have always endorsed dance classes, videos, and even FIT TV, as great sources for heart thumping exercise. But there are also some sneaky ways to add extra activity to your day, without too much effort. Sneaky Ways to Add Activity to Your Day to Burn Calories The following tips have been part of my day no matter what. Start slow and try…

One More Reason to Stay Fit: Be Happier

A new study from Michigan State University cites that the health of people who never marry has improved, narrowing the gap with their married counterparts. (Up until now, marriage has been encouraged to promote health.) I also came across another study from the University of Cambridge in England and University of Southern California, that for the first time in 25 years men are the happier sex. I find these studies compliment each other in describing the malaise that most women of our generation are feeling. There are several factors involved in phenomenon of unhappiness, dissatisfaction and anxiety. With so much…

SUPER SKINNY ME: Hazards of Very Low Calorie Diets

I recently stumbled across this documentary show by BBC called Super skinny me which was part of a documentary series on various topics. Two average-size journalists (size 8) who are fairly well adjusted and successful are challenged to fit into size 0 jeans. They are put through various diets from liquid fasts, to high protein to low caloric diets. In addition, they also engaged in vigorous exercise schedules for a total of five weeks. Weight loss was a success but some very interesting psychological effects can really teach us about how a diet mentality can be really harmful. YOUR MIND ADAPTS,…

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…

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…

Preparing for a Baby? Tips to Fortify Your Body and Build Fitness Foundations

If you are preparing for a baby, there are proven ways to raise your chances of conception. There are also ways fortify your body and build fitness foundations that will allow you to bounce back more easily. Of all the subversive things I have said in my life, nothing has received more looks of disdain than my desire for alternatives to childbirth. I have no need, nor biological imperative to go through labor, give birth or have to bounce back from it all. However I do want biological children and have done extensive homework to prepare myself for this blessed…

No Time to Workout? The Bodyweight Workout That Turns You Into a Fat Burning Furnace

Sometimes we feel that we just don’t have any time in the world to spare for our workouts. With the pressures of work and family it seems that every hour of the day is taken doing something other than keeping up our promise to ourselves to stay on the fat loss track. Take a deep breath and get excited because there are solutions to this hectic lifestyle that can give you the same fat loss results while leaving you with plenty of time to get everything else done. As fitness coaches in NYC, we truly know how hectic life can get….

8 Steps to Better Posture

Exercising properly, but still have poor posture? It may be your computer habits. If you’re sitting at the computer for more than an hour at a time, you’re putting yourself at risk of developing injuries of the hand/arm, shoulder, neck, and back. Obviously these injuries don’t occur immediately. They take time to form, due to gradual adaptation of your body to unnatural position. Essentially you’re molding your body. That being said, there are things you can do to counteract any problems from cropping up. Here are a few things that I do, that you could easily incorporate for better posture… 1) Strength training…

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….

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…

Sleep and Weight Loss- Foods to Avoid and Other Natural Tips

I’m often asked by clients about sleep and weight loss. Lack of sleep, studies show, is a huge factor in weight gain. Sleep, besides being the thing you do before you are awake, has very important hormonal and metabolic functions that regulate weight loss. I am a known light sleeper and insomniac and as much as I would like to attribute this lack of sleep to a feverishly active intellect, it is really my worry- wart mentality that keeps me up. While trying to research ways to get some shut eye, I came across many studies that link lack of sleep…

Quit Smoking? Tips to Prevent Weight Gain and Replenish Vitamin Stores

Finally, you have quit smoking! Since I am not Dr. Phil I am not going to reward with a new car for quitting something you were an idiot to do in the first place. Nonetheless I will give you some helpful hints that will prevent the usual weight gain and replenish vitamin stores. From my experience with smokers, it all begins with familiar stories of peer pressure, recreational smoking or as a weight loss remedy. Then once addicted, the poor smoker becomes victim to his crime, poor thing. The idea of smoking has always been so absurd to me; I have no…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

5 Simple Steps To Start Your Day With A Bang

Want to wake up refreshed and energized in the morning? I’m going to lay out for you five simple steps to start your day with a bang. Do you feel sluggish when you wake up? Do you sit around in bed watching tv for half an hour before you even set foot on the ground? Do you feel that waking up this way affects the rest of your day? I can tell you that it certainly does. So here’s what you do to wake up with energy in the morning First– A great day actually starts the night before. About half…

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…

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…

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…

Women, Stop Whining! 3 Myths About Aging Smashed

If I hear one more woman whine about how she doesn’t have the body she used to or how hard it is for her to stay in shape as she gets older, I will scream. People have a tendency to play victim and therefore lower any expectation of themselves. It is definitely an easier tactic than to actually work hard and assert yourself. What some women don’t understand is that buying into stereotypes of about aging only hurts their psyche in the long run and affects their female children in the process. Since aging is a physiological and psychological process…

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…