Why Diets Don’t Work (and What Does!)

Just the thought of a ‘diet’ makes many of us feel dread and overwhelm. To most of us it means highly restrictive calories, tasteless, unsatisfying food and constant hunger. And the chance of sticking with it for the long term? Well, forget it! By definition, most of us think of a diet as a temporary food plan. We just have to stick with it for a certain amount of time, then we can go back to what we did before. Except, wait. What we did before caused us to gain all this weight in the first place. In fact, about 95% of people who lose weight by dieting will regain it within 5 years. And all that deprivation caused our metabolism to slow down. Our body responds to lack of adequate calories b

10 Common Weight Loss Mistakes

Losing weight can be so hard. We feel like we’re doing everything right, yet still not getting results. There’s so much information out there about what we should and shouldn’t be eating. It feels as though we eat less and less but continue to gain weight. It’s so discouraging. Don’t despair! I’ve put together for you some of the most common mistakes I see people make in their weight loss efforts. Let's get right to it! 1. Not Eating Enough Fiber I probably sound like a broken record when it comes to fiber. In my opinion, adequate fiber intake is at the top of the to-do list for weight loss. If fills you up, so you eat less, and it keeps you full so you don’t get hungry as quickly. Soluble f

How Does Strength Training Help Me Burn Calories?

By now you’ve heard me talk (a lot) about the importance of strength training for a variety of reasons. One of those many reasons is to boost metabolism. But you may not know exactly how strength training boosts your metabolism. Well, wait no more – that info is right here! Strength training helps burn calories in three different ways. First is the workout session itself. When you exercise, you burn calories. Simple as that. The harder you work, and the more muscle mass involved, the greater the calorie burn. So a leg exercise (which works large muscle groups) will burn more calories than a bicep (arm) exercise. Second is the post-exercise calorie burn. After a strength training session, you

Karen Marcouiller

Personal Trainer and Health Coach

National Sports and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

American Council on Exercise (ACE)

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