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Saturday
Jul262014

Body Fat Primer: Everything You Wanted to Know – But Were Afraid to Ask

The human body has an amazing capacity to store energy. Throughout childhood and adolescence, we accumulate a certain number of fat cells (adipose tissue) that will remain relatively constant for the rest of our lives. How many of these cells, you ask? Estimates are anywhere from 20 to 400 BILLION! The size of the fat cells and energy content housed within them can be manipulated, but the number is somewhat set unfortunately. Although we often use “weight loss” and “fat loss” interchangeably when we talk about body transformation goals, the actual processes end up looking quite different in execution - and outcome. Just what is the physiological story of fat, and what should it mean for our transformation journeys? Read on for a full body fat primer with everything you need to know for your fat loss goals.

 

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Wednesday
Jul232014

The Hardest (and Happiest) Conversations of Weight Loss Coaching

“I know what to do, but I just don’t do it.” I would estimate that 9 out of 10 clients start their weight loss coaching journeys with this self-blaming perspective. The common over-simplification too often responds to the mistaken “eat less, move more” approach to weight management, which we know isn’t correct. Once we get past the initial discussions about "what" to do (e.g. embracing the Healthy Way of Eating), the more salient and tricky question becomes, “Why don’t I do it?” I have had the honor of having hundreds of people allow me to be a part of their transformation journeys. As we start addressing the “why” together, perspectives change, and the conversations take on a different tone. In the midst of talking about societal trends, family patterns, personal habits, lifestyle influences, and hormonal issues, we inevitably encounter emotional highs and lows. Below are some of the most common positive and difficult discussions I encounter with my clients in their journeys.

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Monday
Jul212014

How Flexibility Affects Fitness

We understand the benefits of cardiovascular conditioning and resistance training, but how exactly does flexibility fit into the greater fitness picture? Whether you're becoming active again after many years of sedentary living or are working toward performance related goals, enhancing flexibility can support your fitness vision. Many of us have memories of gym class stretching, but rest assured exercise science has come a long way since then! Read on for more information about the benefits of flexibility and the variety of safe stretching techniques you can use in your workout routine.

 

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Saturday
Jul192014

Must-Have Motivation: 7 Coaches Share Their Top Insights

As key as nutrition and fitness are to weight loss, the process itself is continually fueled by our mental commitment. Motivation is a critical resource for every step of the journey. How do we initiate our process or jumpstart our beginning efforts? How do we maintain a positive mindset in the face of plateaus or other difficulties? How do we build our motivation and momentum over time? Check out 7 perspectives below care of our Flourish experts and their professional weight loss coaching and training experience! See which mantras speak to your process, and add the concepts that have motivated you along the way of your weight loss or transformation progress!

 

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Wednesday
Jul162014

8 Uncommon Tips for Women’s Wellness

When it comes to women’s health, it’s a complicated matter. A woman’s function and health are impacted by an intricate balance of hormone systems such as adrenal, thyroid, and sex hormones. As women progress through the decades of life, hormones ebb and flow and can knock each other off track. This oftentimes creates more challenge in attaining optimal health and weight loss goals as women age. The good news is that we have control over our hormones and genes by what we choose to do or not do in our lives. Many factors impact hormone balance such as nutrition, supplementation, exercise, stress management, sleep, and the environment. Below you will find 8 tips for women’s wellness and optimizing hormone balance.

 

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Monday
Jul142014

10 Creative Ideas for Moving More

Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or an exercise novice, you likely know that moving more is a must for better health. Daily movement, research shows, is likely even more important than bouts of intensive exercise (but including both is the real ticket!). The best way to incorporate new activity or amp up your current routine is to keep it simple. What are you currently doing that you could slightly tweak or improve? Where in your day could you make time (even 2 minutes) for yourself? The key for increasing how much and how often we move may just be re-imagining our routines with an eye for activity potential.

 

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Sunday
Jul132014

15 Foods That Don’t Deserve Their Health Halo

The produce department manager, George, at my local grocery store once told me he’s responsible for about 500-600 fresh produce items, most of which he has to turn over (arrange and sell) within 36 hours to meet store standards for freshness and appearance. He takes pride in his job, and he says he would much rather work with produce than (in his words) “deal with the mess of the other 40,000 packaged crap customers think is food.” The way George sees it, if food isn’t fresh then it doesn’t deserve any hype. In a way, I think he’s got it right. The wrong foods tend to get the most promotion in our marketing culture, while the best choices remain the proverbial wallflowers. Check out 15 foods below that don’t deserve their health halos, and add your thoughts on food product fanfare.

 

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