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What Are You Made Of? This Body Scanner Will Show You

Have you ever wondered what your exact body fat percentage is? Whether your muscles are symmetrical or not? If you have dangerous visceral fat? Scoliosis? Osteoporosis? I’ve been curious about my body composition, so I went to see Peter Schwagly at Bodycomp Imaging Inc. for a total body composition scan and analysis. This Body Scanner Will Show You What You’re Made Of Peter uses a machine called a Hologic DXA (dual… Read More »What Are You Made Of? This Body Scanner Will Show You

6 Surprising Ways Lifting Weights Will Improve Your Life Whether you're already doing resistance training, or you're pondering whether to take the plunge

Want to be stronger, leaner, sexier? How about better looking? More confident and less stressed out? How’d you like to live longer too? You can, and it doesn’t have to cost a penny. How? Lift weights. Starting in your 30s, your body starts to lose muscle mass. This process – medically known as sarcopenia – continues as you get older: live to age 70 and you’ll have lost around 25% of your strength. If… Read More »6 Surprising Ways Lifting Weights Will Improve Your Life Whether you’re already doing resistance training, or you’re pondering whether to take the plunge

Weight Loss Secret: Why Diet & Exercise Aren’t Enough. Part 2 6 Tips To Getting Enough Quality Sleep

In Part 1 of this post I told you how not getting enough sleep can affect your ability to lose weight – even if you’re dieting and exercising. But if you have trouble sleeping, how do you fix that? Here are 6 tips to help you drift off more easily and stay asleep longer: 1. Get into a sleep habit Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day… Read More »Weight Loss Secret: Why Diet & Exercise Aren’t Enough. Part 2 6 Tips To Getting Enough Quality Sleep

Weight Loss Secret: Why Diet & Exercise Aren’t Enough. Part 1 There's Something You're Probably Not Getting Enough Of

Does this sound familiar: You’ve made a serious commitment to your health and weight loss goals. You’ve hired a trainer who’s helping you exercise more often and more vigorously. You’ve changed your diet, swapping out bagels and pizza for lean fish, whole grains and fresh produce. You’re feeling stronger and better than ever before. But the inches you so desperately want to lose just won’t budge. What could you possibly… Read More »Weight Loss Secret: Why Diet & Exercise Aren’t Enough. Part 1 There’s Something You’re Probably Not Getting Enough Of

5 Reasons NOT To Do A Juice Cleanse

Ah, the juice cleanse. Many people swear by them, believing they can rid their body of “toxins,” give their organs a rest and kick-start a weight-loss program. But scientists, nutritionists and doctors are generally much more sceptical of the benefits of juice fasting. Some even consider them dangerous. So before trying one yourself, consider these 5 reasons not to do a juice cleanse.   1. A juice cleanse will slow down your metabolism Most juice… Read More »5 Reasons NOT To Do A Juice Cleanse

Taking Our Pulses: Lose Weight And Save Money By Adding This One Food To Your Diet

Eating healthy on a budget can seem like a challenge. But one of nature’s most nutritious foods is also one of the supermarket’s least expensive: dried legumes. Legumes, or pulses — the family of grain seeds that includes lentils, beans, peas and peanuts — are so healthful they’ve been nicknamed The Perfect Food. High in fibre and packed with vitamins and minerals, pulses are also a great plant-based source of protein at… Read More »Taking Our Pulses: Lose Weight And Save Money By Adding This One Food To Your Diet

Christie To Go! 30 Minute Body Sculpt Volume 1 Downloadable Audio Class

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Trim and tone in the comfort of your home! Can’t get to the gym? Is your favourite body sculpt class all booked up? No problem! Click here to download an invigorating full-body workout that will tone and firm you from head to toe. In only half an hour! You don’t need any equipment, just a mat. This class starts with a warm-up and finishes with a complete cool-down and stretch.

Fat Is Not Your Enemy: 4 High-Fat Foods That Could Help You Lose Weight Things You Probably Didn't Know About Fat

In the late 1970’s, rising rates of obesity, heart disease and some cancers were blamed on dietary fat. A few early studies linked fat consumption with higher blood cholesterol levels, and suddenly fat was a new enemy. It seemed so simple: eat fat, get fat. So everyone went on low-fat diets. By the 1990’s, low-fat food products were everywhere. Butter and eggs were banished from the breakfast table; muffins the… Read More »Fat Is Not Your Enemy: 4 High-Fat Foods That Could Help You Lose Weight Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Fat

Want To Lose Weight? Why It’s More Than Simply Eating Less

Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.

-Joseph Pilates


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If you’ve ever tried to lose a few pounds, you’ll know it can be a real challenge. Why is that? You’d think it would be simple: just eat less and exercise more, right? For a week or two, swap that daily Frappucino for an espresso and won’t the weight just drop off? And if that doesn’t work, there’s always this or that supplement/diet/fat-burning-ab-crunch/juice cleanse to kickstart the scales into action.

Except it’s not that simple.

The sad fact is, our bodies are hard-wired to store fat and conserve energy, making weight loss difficult. The “calories-in/calories-out” theory so many subscribed to for years has been proven flawed. This study shows that when it comes to fat loss, the type of food we eat has much more impact than the calories it contains. And recent research suggests that while all exercise is better than none, the intensity can matter more than the duration.

Restricting calories may result in weight loss, but if you can’t sustain the diet, the loss will be temporary.

All of these variables can  be confusing for the person who just wants to figure out how to lose a few pounds.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting you put down the dumbbells and retire to the couch. The risks of obesity and the benefits of exercise are pretty clear. What’s more, I know lots of people who’ve lost weight and kept it off. It can happen. So here are a few suggestions to try – and pitfalls to avoid – to help you do just that.Read More »Want To Lose Weight? Why It’s More Than Simply Eating Less

My Favourite Three Exercises That Require No Equipment At All

You don’t need tons of props and equipment to get fit. man_greenSimple exercises using only your body weight can help you achieve strength gains, boost your cardiovascular fitness and strengthen you bones. Plus, you can do them anywhere – at home, on the beach, maybe even in the office!

Here are my 3 fave bodyweight training exercises and tips on how to do them properly.Read More »My Favourite Three Exercises That Require No Equipment At All