Why Cardio Exercise Alone Does Not Work to Burn Fat and Lose Weight

Cardio certainly has its place in every fitness program but it should be a part of a balanced program including cardio, strength training, and a healthy diet. The key to losing body fat and keeping it off is strength training. Lean muscle is the driving force behind your metabolism and the only way to increase […]

Seven Causes that Lead to Obesity & How to Avoid Them

In 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) officially recognized obesity as a disease. A committee set up to study the matter advised that obesity’s classification should not be changed, but the delegates at the association’s annual meeting overrode their recommendation. It was a controversial decision, to say the least. Dr. Patrice Harris, an AMA board […]

Is government policy making you (and your kids) fat? Part 3 of 3 on the Documentary Fed Up

In May 2012, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the “Portion Cap Rule.” Bloomberg’s proposed amendment to the New York City Health Code would require food service establishments to cap the size of the cups used to provide sugary beverages at 16 oz. The reaction was swift. Beverage companies, independent bottlers, and distributors all opposed […]

What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

It’s a pretty popular saying. It’s quite often used to justify not informing someone about a problem or a misdeed. The idea being, if because you don’t know about an event or a situation, you can’t make yourself unhappy by worrying about it. It would be nice if “What you don’t know can’t hurt you” […]

Sugar: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

You wake up. You’re in a hurry to get out the door so you decide to microwave one of those Quaker Instant Oatmeal Maple and Brown Sugar packets (with water) for breakfast. \You’ve checked the Nutrition Facts on the box…12 grams of sugar. You’re willing to live with starting your day off with that amount […]

Five quality-of-life reasons it makes sense to exercise and eat healthily

“You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.” Ask anyone worth their salt who works in fitness and/or nutrition and they’ll tell you it’s the truth. This begs the question: If your goal is to lose weight, can you do so by focusing on your diet only? Yes, you can, but you’ll risk being what’s called “skinny-fat.” […]

Little to Lose & A Lot to Gain: Why Everyone Should Weight Train

Growing older brings about numerous physiological changes including less-flexible muscles, sagging skin, slower metabolic processes and weight gain. Other changes might include bone deterioration and less efficiency of the heart; so finding the motivation to get in shape and stay healthy is crucial to help alleviate or prevent some of these issues. Though we believe […]