Why You Don’t Need to be Buff, Bulky, or Cut to Hit the Gym

I used to want six-pack abs. Back when I first started my weight loss journey in February 2011, I thought that a washboard stomach would be the final goal on the way to my perfect body. I thought that I got pretty close to that goal, too. After losing 100 lbs and getting down to … Continue reading Why You Don’t Need to be Buff, Bulky, or Cut to Hit the Gym

Which Weight Loss Plan Works Best for You?

Contrary to what your friends might tell you, weight loss is pretty simple. To lose weight (burn fat), we create a caloric deficit daily, maintaining that deficit until we reach our goal. Eat less, exercise more, and you can create that deficit. Simple. Why, then, is it so damn hard to actually lose weight? As … Continue reading Which Weight Loss Plan Works Best for You?

Why “Toned” Muscles Don’t Exist but FAILING Still Gets You There

“I just want to get toned. I don’t want my muscles to get all big and bulky.” I used to hear this all the time as a new trainer, especially from my female clients. There’s this misconception that lifting heavy weights will make someone bulk up, while lifting lighter weights a whole bunch of times … Continue reading Why “Toned” Muscles Don’t Exist but FAILING Still Gets You There

Is Weight Loss a Matter of (Eat) Less or (Exercise) More?

We’ve heard the same old saying: “A calorie is a calorie is a calorie.” I take in calories, and I burn calories. This tells me that, by taking in fewer calories than I burn (consuming 1500 calories in a day while burning 2000), I’ll lose weight and gain health. Therefore, I can just eat less, … Continue reading Is Weight Loss a Matter of (Eat) Less or (Exercise) More?

Can You Be Fat and Healthy?

tl;dr: "Obese people who are physically fit are half as likely to die as thin, sedentary people. Aerobic fitness may be a better measure of health than BMI." (Source, p. 205) “Can you be both fat and healthy at the same time?” It seems like a pretty simple question, doesn’t it? It seems like a … Continue reading Can You Be Fat and Healthy?