I get asked all the time about how much weight to lift on a given exercise. We all want to feel like we’re doing enough in our workouts. While weight selection is completely individual to each person depending on lifting experience and body size and type, there are still basic guidelines that apply to all of us. While we do need to lift heavy enough loads to reduce body fat and increase lean muscle, what’s more important than the number on the weight is how hard our muscles are working.
I get asked every week how much cardio is needed to lose weight, or if it’s needed at all. There’s so much conflicting information out there on how we first need to lose weight with cardio before strength training. When first starting out, cardio can be a great tool to burn calories and help lose weight. However, for many reasons listed in this article, long-term cardio is not the best method for fat loss.
One of the things I hear the most from women is they know they should be doing weighted exercises, but they don’t want to get bulky. Training with weights to improve health and elicit a body transformation has become more popularized by the media, but the fear of getting “big” from lifting heavier weights still exists. I hear this so often that I feel obligated to address whether or not there is any truth to getting “bulky” from lifting.
I meet with clients every week who tell me they struggle with meal prep and staying on track when life gets in the way. When we don’t have a meal plan for the week, we lack consistency and don't get the results we want. I always have foods like these on hand, so I can whip up a meal in ten minutes or less. I also go over my top 4 tips on how to read a food label.
I frequently get asked what products I use on my skin. In the last few years I've found a natural skincare routine and made lifestyle changes that have made all the difference. I'm sharing my top tips to improving your skin I wish I knew 10 years ago, my current skincare routine, and the exact products I use.
Whether you want to just tighten up your mid-section or lose over 30 pounds, it’s easy to quickly confuse which type of exercise to prioritize. Everything you need to know about cardio when it comes to fat loss and my favorite fat-blasting treadmill workout.
Two of my favorite recipes to welcome fall, a creamy pumpkin pie smoothie and fluffy pumpkin pancakes. There are 101 reasons to love pumpkin. It's loaded with fiber, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and beta-carotene. Pumpkin is a delicious addition to so many recipes from smoothies and muffins to pies and cookies.
Here are the best and the worst options when it comes to fitness and alcohol. The top tips to drinking without ruining your diet, the effects of alcohol on weight loss and exercise, and when it's too much.
Eliminating added sugar from your diet is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and body composition. In this post you will learn how to get rid of cravings, the best alcoholic drinks for fat loss, and all your top questions answered.
If you want to lose fat and tone muscle, there's no substitute for preparing and eating meals at home. But following a recipe every single time you cook can be no fun, time-consuming and frustrating. Here is a simple healthy guide on exactly how to cook a healthy meal, no recipe required.
A question I get asked all the time is how many times a week should I work out? Training frequency and consistency is important. We know it's more than once a week, but exactly how many times do you need to hit the gym to see results?
This guide will show you how to pick any recipe, give it a makeover, and bam! you have a healthy meal you can feel good about eating. When you eat healthy, you don't need to compromise on flavor and satiety. You should never feel like you're eating "diet food". Here are my top tips and tricks.
When you're short on time and equipment but want to stay on your fitness game, it's all about total body metabolic workouts. Here are two of my favorite fat-blasting workouts to keep you in shape while you travel.
This healthy meatless recipe is boyfriend-approved and completely mouthwatering. The sweet squash is balanced with smoky chipotle peppers in adobo, bitter arugula, and tangy creamy goat cheese. It's one of those dinners that leaves you completely satisfied without feeling overly full.