Why Skipping Meals is Causing Weight GAIN!

Have you ever started to skip meals because you weren’t hungry or because you thought it would help you cut calories for weight loss? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one! But I want to tell you why this is NOT the way to go and help you avoid making this mistake in the future! Do you have to eat if you aren’t hungry? No, you don’t have to eat if you are not hungry. Especially when it comes to snacking. Having snacks between meals is not a must. It’s truly just a way to help regulate hunger and allow you to have smaller meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you aren’t hungry for a snack, don…
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What do your food labels say?

Are you someone that actually looks at food labels when buying food or do you feel silly turning over every package and giving it the OK before throwing it in the basket? Maybe the packaging screams “I’m healthy” with fancy Fat Free marketing labels and that’s enough for you? But, I hope you give it the OK first! Once you know it’s good, you don’t have to keep checking the label every grocery trip. Think of reading food labels just like reading the description of a vacation package! You are purchasing an item that might be smaller in price but even more important for your overall health.…
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How do you assess your health and fitness?

Is it the number on the scale, size of your dress, how you look in pictures, how active you are daily, how much energy you have each day? What determines how healthy and fit you are? I don’t believe it should be solely based on your weight or dress size. I know the most fit and healthy women that aren’t a size 4 but can run a marathon, hike a mountain, hold a plank for 3 minutes and have the health of a champion! I also know plenty of women that are a size 4 but can’t do 1 push up, can’t run 1 mile straight, or hold a plank for longer than 30 seconds. What if we all decided to assess our fitness based on abilit…
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You are fighting the wrong battle… the calorie counting battle!

Are you still fighting calories? I posted a survey last week that asked this question; if you wanted to start losing weight, what would you do first? About 90% of women would cut calories and start working out. I don’t blame them, we have all been brainwashed by years and years of advertising and marketing for weight loss products that continuously promote lower calories as the cure for weight loss!! But you have a choice now. You can either continue being brainwashed by the weight loss companies that have already taken too much of your money or you can wake up to reality. Weight loss is simple rea…
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Is Your Body A Fat Storing Machine?

If you have excess fat to lose but it’s just not coming off…you will want to take 5 minutes to read this! Almost 75% of people said the first thing they would do to lose weight would be to cut calories and exercise regularly! I don’t blame them! For years we have been told that to maintain or lose weight it has to be calories in = calories out. But in reality, science proves not all calories are created equal. Some calories provide the body with real vitamins and nutrients the body needs to survive while other food calories do nothing more for our body than to fill our stomach for a few hours…
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KALE IS NOT A GARNISH, IT’S A SUPERFOOD!

Maybe 5 or 10 years ago Kale was the garnish on your plate at a wedding or banquet, but with a huge surge in conscious healthy eating over the past 10 years, it’s so much more!   Kale is the “Queen of Greens” in our fridge! It’s not only a nutritional powerhouse but it can be eaten about 10 different ways! Today I’ll give you two of my favorite ways to enjoy it.   First, check out these 10 great benefits of adding more kale to your diet! 1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. Did you hear me? I said 5 GRA…
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Let’s Talk About BREAKFAST (favorites listed below)

Do you eat it? Do you like it? Do you skip it? Do you despise it? Is it big? Is it small? Is it healthy? Is it unhealthy? If you answered, “Eat it”, “Like it”, “It’s Big”, “It’s Healthy” then you get an A + and probably have been eating breakfast like this your entire life. Breakfast is a habit that we form growing up! Your parents might have had to force you to eat because most kids aren’t hungry in the morning. They might have given you some cereal with milk or the occasional eggs and toast, right? The captain crunch, lucky charms, and coco puffs were your favorite but if your paren…
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10 Holiday Party Tips….To Stay Slim

It’s DECEMBER…and I know that so many of us are heading into Holiday Party Hell! haha! I say that with the best intentions. We love seeing coworkers outside of work, friends that get together and dance the night away, or family that you only see a few times a year. But these parties start to add up on our calorie count, and weight, right? Everyone gets to work on Monday feeling sluggish, bloated, and regretful of their decisions from the weekend…. Trust me, as a fitness professional who gets invited to the same number of parties but still has to be camera ready and set an examp…
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Eat This, Not That

TRY THIS..INSTEAD OF THAT! Nutrient DENSE vs. Nutrient NUMB (Example List Below) “Anna, what do you eat?” I hear it all the time. If you are waiting to hear a run down of some superhuman foods you’ve never tried, think again….haha… It’s fun when you realize it’s easier than you think to eat like a trainer! I don’t eat the same boring plain foods everyday. I am a health nut and very particular about what I consume but it’s not the same way a Figure Builder or Body Builder would eat. Don’t worry about getting an 8% body fat composition…
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10 Ways to Boost Metabolism!

You all know that a faster metabolism means that you burn more calories each day, even in your sleep! These are 10 ways to boost metabolism! Best to workout in the morning Eat breakfast Drink water (stay hydrated) Green tea Eat Spicy Foods (add some red or green chili pepper, chili flakes to your food) Build muscle, strength training allows your body to burn more calories even after your workouts. Cardiovascular exercise daily (running, jogging, biking, cycling, etc) Healthy Snacking (eat smaller meals and have small snacks between meals) Replace some carbs with Lean Protein. Healthy sourc…
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