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Overweight? Focus on Losing Just 5-10% of Your Bodyweight

The average American is 23 pounds overweight. Many are lugging around an extra 50 or 60. A good nutritionist will tell you weight must come off the same way is went on—slowly but surely. The responsible recommendation is to aim for no more than 1-2 pounds per week. Picking up

The Two Most Common Weight Loss Mistakes and How to Correct Them

Why is it almost impossible to maintain a healthy weight these days?  Extra-large bodies are everywhere. While some may assume that the cause is a pervasive lack of willpower and a newfound laziness, I have a different view. What’s happened is that our world has changed, and not necessarily for

How a Couch Potato Became a Fitness Guru

At age 60, staying in shape is my mission. I work out every day, vacations and travel days included, but I don’t inflict my “religion” on others. You’d be mistaken if you assumed that I’m some wacko who’s always chomping at the bit to be the first one in the

Should I Hire a Personal Trainer to Get in Shape?

I work out every day. That includes vacations. I’ve even been known to get up before the crack of dawn to get to 24 Hour Fitness before an all-day flight. The only time I slack off is when I’m sick, and the last time that happened was 10 years ago.

How Can I Keep Off the Weight I Lost?

We’ve all dieted and lost weight. That’s the easy part. The challenge comes when we tire of our self-imposed deprivation of living on kale smoothies and revert to normal life. About 95% of us are weight loss recidivists. Sadly, despite expending so much willpower getting the flab off, we regain

How Can I Resist Overeating in Restaurants?

For a variety of reasons, we’re eating out more and more frequently. Some of us like to sample the trendiest innovative cuisine and brandish the bragging rights. For others, their careers require entertaining clients, and that means eating out. Then there are those of us who don’t know how to

The Downside of Being Fit and Lean

My husband was shopping for a workout outfit for me recently at a fitness store and not sure what size bra top to buy for me. The clerk logically asked him for my bra size. My husband replied “She doesn’t wear a bra.” The employee persisted: “Well, what cup size

Pre-Holiday Game Plan: How to Keep Sane and Not Gain

Do you enjoy the holidays but also dread the craziness, stress, and weight gain? Want to end the holiday season feeling good about yourself and being able to zip up your jeans? Follow these 3 simple tips: 1. Focus on portion control The simplest way to control your food intake

The Only Tip You’ll Ever Need to Live a Healthy Life

It’s holiday time! For many of us that means overeating, followed by dieting, typically in the form of an ill-fated, but well intentioned New Year’s resolution. Others are bound and determined to sweat off the excess baggage by plunking down a hefty sum for a long-term gym membership. For added

Want to Know the 3 Secrets to Staying Healthy?

 Be a little indulgent. Be a little wimpy. Be a little imperfect. I’m suggesting that we resist the temptation to set ridiculously high standards for ourselves when we periodically get disgusted with ourselves and focus on healthy behaviors. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s the only effective coping mechanism in