Weight Loss

Gain Muscle to Lose Weight

Gain Muscle to Lose Weight

Have you ever wondered how weight training and building muscle can actually help you lose weight? It seems like an oxymoron, right? 

Are you afraid that if you gain muscle that you’ll just look bulkier when all you really want is a leaner body? Do you believe the theory that you must do lots of cardio training to lose weight?

DO NOT believe everything you read! The truth is, weight training is a key component to weight loss. You look better, build confidence, become stronger and your body becomes a calorie burning machine as you create more muscle. Let’s break it down just a bit into bite sized pieces we can more easily digest.

#MoveinMay - It’s Time to Pump You Up

#MoveinMay - It’s Time to Pump You Up

You’ve broken the barrier on physical activity. You started slowly and gradually added more activities to your daily routine. Then, you combined moderate-intense and vigorous activities and learned how to exercise in your target heart rate zone for maximum benefits. So, what’s next?

In the famous words of SNL alums Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon as Hans and Franz, “It’s time to pump (clap) you up.”

How Hormones Affect Your Weight

How Hormones Affect Your Weight

     Hormone is a word that’s often thrown around when talking about a pregnant woman or a moody teenager. You’re probably wondering what hormones have to do with fitness. Without going back to biology class, a hormone is simply a chemical messenger in the body. If a hormone is off balance (when you have too much or too little of one) it can affect reproduction, your mood, and everything in between. According to Dr. Sara Gottfried MD,  New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure, “Being overweight often has nothing to do with calories or exercise. For a huge number of us, the problem is instead about misfiring hormones.”

No Equipment – No Problem!

No Equipment – No Problem!

Many people I talk to want to exercise, but they either don’t have time to go to a gym, don’t like working out with other people, or don’t have any workout equipment at home. Of course they could try walking or running, but that’s not for everyone, and even if it is, sometimes you need a change of pace. So how can you work out at home without any equipment?

Diet, Exercise, or Both?

Diet, Exercise, or Both?

Diet and exercise. While these are often paired together, which is more important? Are both necessary?

Recent studies have shown that energy restriction through diet results in similar weight loss to diet plus exercise, while exercise alone results in lesser weight loss (1, 2). For many people skimming over these results in their doctor’s office magazine, dieting might seem like the path to take. But they’re only seeing half the story.