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77. Blink and you will have missed it

Uncategorized Oct 13, 2020

To our clients. 

We are on the cutting edge of fitness and nutrition. 

For all the generations before us had it much harder than we do. 

Much of what we do now autonomously was not possible without the help of doctors and their expensive testing equipment and nutrition programs that had massive barriers to entry. Because they were hard and expensive. 

Now we can do the jobs of general physicians and nutritionists in the past on our own with a tool that 272.6 million...

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76. These are dangerous months

Uncategorized Oct 13, 2020
Fall is here! With it comes many joys. Holidays, chili, football, sweatshirts, fall line up of cable TV and video games. There is something for everyone from now until year's end. 
 
While there are plenty of things to look forward to during the fall and winter months it is important not to forget this is when the downward spiral of weight gain starts for many people.
 
We live in a culture where food is used for comfort:
 
In October we "reward" our kids...
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75. The Social Dilemma and a solution

Uncategorized Oct 11, 2020

The Social Dilemma is a popular documentary on Netflix that dives into the dangers of social networking. 

I have read numerous posts on my own Facebook feed suggesting I watch it as well as having multiple clients discuss the film at our monthly check ins. 

I have not watched it yet. I don't plan to. I am familiar with the territory and have been practicing a philosophy I learned in a book to prevent me from spiraling into hours of harmful app addiction. 

That book is...

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74. The Iowa diet

Uncategorized Oct 08, 2020
My seasonal diet suggestion - The Iowa diet. 
 
In almost every aspect we modify our day to day activity and lifestyle in accordance with seasons.
 
At the highest level we’re talking those determined by our planet's positioning relative to the sun.
 
At the lowest level they are the kind created by us. Like fantasy football and swim trunks season.
 
Growing up in Iowa I’ve experienced distinct weather seasons 4 times a year for 30 trips...
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73. This is from what I eat, not what I do, which is Crossfit

Uncategorized Oct 06, 2020

At 47 years of age Aaron gets compliments often on how he looks. 

It makes sense. He has been at single digit body fat levels for 20 months. 

He tells his gym buddies "This is from what I eat, not what I do." They Crossfit together and talk about workout and nutrition methods all the time.

They usually run a program for a few months, be it exercise or nutrition and then get bored and switch to another one. 

A few times Aaron has almost caved and joined them until we chat and...

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72. Competition is a bad motivator for your food and fitness

Uncategorized Oct 05, 2020
“Do you help people get on stage for aesthetic competitions?”
 
I get asked this question monthly.
 
My answer is emphatically no.
 
Competition is a bad choice for exercise and nutrition motivation. Be it powerlifting, figure, bodybuilding, CrossFit, triathlons, marathons, or any thing else you can dream up.
 
It works to get people started and that’s about it.
 
“I want to beat so and so, or I want to beat myself” is founded...
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71. Short term success leads to long term stress

Uncategorized Oct 04, 2020
When deciding on a diet or fitness program always start with sustainability.

Ask yourself "could I eat like this for the next 6 months, year, 5 years?"

If the answer is NO then skip whatever you are questioning. In nutrition and fitness short term success leads to long term stress.

Change your perspective to the long view instead of the instant gratification and you will save yourself money, time, and frustration. 
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70. Happiness and your nutrition

Uncategorized Oct 02, 2020
The average Happiness Index Score of food trackers was examined for the following categories: Caloric Deficit, Caloric Maintenance, Caloric Surplus, and Not Sure of Caloric Position.

Surprisingly, individuals that were in a Caloric Deficit had a minutely higher average happiness index than both individuals in a Caloric Surplus and individuals at Caloric Maintenance.

Another unexpected result was that the participants who were the least sure of their caloric position had the lowest...
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69. To count or not ~ that is the question

Uncategorized Oct 01, 2020
There is an ever raging debate as to the best diet. There truly is no one size fits all solution. One of the biggest distinctions to be made off that bat is whether or not you will be objective with your eating or not. 

A common approach is to count calories or points. You get a certain amount and try not to exceed it. 
 
The first counting diet dates back to 1918 when Dr. Lulu Hunt Peters was the first to recommend the practice of counting calories in her book 'Diet and...
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68. Discipline trumps motivation

Uncategorized Sep 30, 2020
"I don't feel motivated to workout."

Most of the time, you're not going to.

The sooner you realize this the better.

Like brushing your teeth, grooming yourself, and going to work, exercise is a practice that is best adhered to through discipline, not motivation.

Once you've realized it's not about the selfies, records, or perfect movement patterns and more about the basic need to keep yourself as a responsible adult you've got it.
 
And make no mistake, being fat and out of...
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