Meals. A simple approach

IIFYM. Paleo. Atkins. Intermittent Fasting. So many ways to approach your meal planning in the fitness world.  I’ve experimented with just about all of them.  And for me, none quite worked. I’m a busy guy.  I don’t have time to measure out my food.  Weigh my food.  Track my food in various apps and hunt…

How I prep for my workouts

Hey gang! Yeah, it’s been awhile.  I’m sorry.  Being a full-time physical therapy assistant student and trying to pay the bills takes a toll on my schedule. While my schedule this summer is insane, I’ve not sacrificed on my workouts.  They are a priority to me.  And more than ever I need motivation to get…

On the wagon, off the wagon, back on

This winter was a struggle for sticking to my diet and fitness regimen.  I started out with good intentions, but juggling school, a handful of jobs and brutal weather conditions took its toll.  I fell off the wagon a couple of times. But…I’m getting back on that wagon come May 1. Back to a eating…

Counting Macros and transformation Update 1

In early January, I blogged about counting macros and my decision to give it a shot in trying to reduce my overall body fat and transform my body.  And here I am with my first update! And…counting macros is HARD!  I’ve struggled with it, but I’m beginning to understand it.  I’m also making some minor tweaks to…

Counting Macros: A Test Drive

I’ve been frustrated with my inability to shed body fat.  I’ve tried eating cleaner, but no luck. From time to time I’ve come across “counting your macros” on a number of posts by various bodybuilding and physique sites and pros.  I’ve always thought…well that’s for those people.  I’m not in a fitness competition. But then…

Getting back on the paleo-lite bandwagon

Yeah, I fell off that wagon awhile back.  And I can see and feel the difference eating everyday food has on my body, my mood and overall health.  I’m sluggish. My skin is breaking out.  And the abs I’ve worked so hard for are faded. So today, on Thanksgiving, I pledge to get back to…

Truth about fat loss

One of the biggest misconceptions I hear from my clients is spot fat loss, or the belief that by doing an insane amount of crunches will remove fat from their bellies. You cannot target specific areas for fat loss with exercise. Liposuction is the only method that can do this, and I by far recommend…

Cholesterol lowering strategies

Cholesterol can be a ticking time bomb inside many people. And given the stresses and makeup of the American life and diet, it’s only a matter of time before it slows us down, or stops us dead in our tracks. Cholesterol, or lipids, are a necessary part of our diet. There are three types of…

Organic produce? Check the sticker

You know those little annoying stickers on the produce you pick up at the market? You know, the ones you have to peel off before you can bite into that ripe fruit? Pay attention to that little sticker before you buy, because the sign may say “organic” but the produce may not be. Those little…

Proper portion size

There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to eating healthy and filling your plate with the proper portion size of food. An easy way to remember just how much is enough is with a couple of easy visual cues: And there you have it. Keeping these proper portion size cues in mind when eating…

Paleo breakfast bowl

My life has been a little too crazy in 2013.  I’m balancing a full-time job, full-time school and trying to launch my personal trainer career.  With all of this, my morning routines are tight on time. But, I found a way not to skimp on breakfast. I call it the paleo breakfast bowl.  And best…

How much protein do you really need?

If you want to get big, you’ve got to down the protein. This gym lore has been passed down from one weightlifter to another for decades. And you cannot escape the barrage of ads and mentions in just about every fitness magazine (keep in mind the marketing relationship between these publications and manufacturers). But just how much…