Is A Calorie Just A Calorie?

I have a question for you: Is a calorie just a calorie? Total calories consumed is the most fundamental variable to be considered when striving to lose weight. Quite simply, you can’t lose weight unless you consume less calories than you burn. However, does it really matter where those calories come from? If you indulge in…

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Quit Overeating By Defining Your Happiness

[Article originally published on breakingmuscle.com] How can you differentiate between fulfillment and instant-gratification? How can you use this knowledge to avoid binge-eating and begin to accomplish all the goals you set for yourself? In this video, Mark Zarate and I discuss what happiness actually is, and how most people confuse true “happiness” with the almighty…

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Food Over Family?

I was driving early the other morning, around 5:00am when the cold air felt like the atmospheric version of my alarm clock–unforgiving, annoying, and if it were wireless I’d probably have thrown it across the room. I was listening to some talk radio show on whatever station I had on. One caller had phoned in…

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How To Convert Your Loved Ones To A Healthy Lifestyle

What is the single biggest risk factor for being overweight? Being surrounded by other overweight people. This includes friends, family members, and spouses. In fact, the strength of this “social network” risk factor is in that particular order—with an increase in the likelihood of being overweight by 57%, 40%, and 37%, respectively.1 How many times…

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Have Lofty Career Goals? Fitness Can Get You There Faster

Exercise is good for more than just improving your health and your waistline. In fact, regular exercise is what’s known as a “keystone habit,” meaning the benefits extend far beyond the physical ones. Exercise has been shown to improve mood and brain power too.1,2 In addition to the physical and mental benefits of exercise, did you…

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[Podcast] Increase Motivation and Adherence With Morning Workouts

I was stuck in the car on the way to Toronto this past weekend, and with no service on my phone I thought what better way to spend my time then record some new content! Let me start by saying that any time you can complete your workouts is going to be beneficial. If you…

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[Video] Insider Look At Alex’s Online Fitness Coaching ‘Strategy Sessions’

I’ve recently entered the online fitness coaching market. However, unlike many online personal trainers, I don’t only provide workout templates and nutrition plans. I create custom workout plans based on the needs and lifestyle of the client, I track nutrition via food logs online, and most importantly I complete 20-min Facetime “strategy sessions” with every…

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Fitness Secrets Revealed: Why Is Fitness Easier For Some Than Others?

People often assume that fitness is easy for me: that I’m some kind of unbreakable Superman who can do everything. In fact, a lot of people assume fitness is easy for anyone who is fit. The workouts look effortless, we always seem to be on point with our eating, and temptations don’t seem to faze…

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Does Caffeine Boost Exercise Performance?

Caffeine is the most widely used drug, with 90% of U.S. adults consuming at least one caffeinated meal or beverage everyday. Many people use caffeine to help stay awake in the early hours of the morning, or to help stay focused when their attention starts drifting at work. Caffeine is a stimulant, which means when…

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Chess, Not Checkers: Long-Term Thinkers Make Healthier Choices

We’re faced with a tough choice: To eat the cookie or not to eat the cookie. Part of us is aware that we shouldn’t because it is not conducive to our fitness goals, but another part just wants to taste the deliciousness and experience the enjoyment it brings us in the moment. Alas, you give…

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