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Articles Tagged: fat loss

Instagram Workouts from Bikini Competitors are a Waste of Your Time

How many times have you browsed Instagram, Facebook, Women’s Health Magazine, or another website and seen the latest “bikini competitor leg/arm/shoulder/butt workout?”

Images of hard, lean bodies jump out at you from the screen—seemingly-impossible levels of muscle definition on perfectly proportioned bodies with just the right amount of sweat and goosebumps… before you know it you have goosebumps of your own just thinking about what it would be like to have that body for yourself.

At the beach… all eyes on you, super confident in that bikini. Walking into the gym… girls whispering to each other about how you must be a competitor, and coming up to ask you for exercise advice. Fitting into all the tiny little dresses that you want to wear to the club and having them fit your body like a glove. Heck, having ANY outfit you wear fitting perfectly.

Even reading this right now, I am willing to bet the hair is standing up on the back of your neck slightly—and that’s exactly the response that fitness marketers use to lure you in, because if you think a product is going to provide you with that body (and the lifestyle that you imagine comes with it), you’re going to buy the product at whatever asking price, no questions asked! Continue Reading Instagram Workouts from Bikini Competitors are a Waste of Your Time »

Snacking: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

For many people, snacks are more of a staple part of their diet, often, than eating regular meals themselves. Nearly every single one of us has adapted snacking as a part of our daily routine, at least at some point.

Snacking is particularly popular amongst Americans, since we have the luxury of constant access to food—especially snacks—via grocery stores, gas stations, vending machines, fast food restaurants, etc. Many think they’re harmless and forget to account for them in their daily calorie intake, but that quickly adds up.

Some say that snacking might be a good way to control binges, especially if trying to lose weight, but that might not necessarily work in your favor. This issue becomes relevant once you try to lose weight and it just seems like you can’t—could it possibly be your snacking that’s halting your progress? Continue Reading Snacking: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly »

Do I Have to Eat a Low Fat Diet?

“I want to lose weight. Do I need to eat a low fat diet?”

This is a common question amongst folks who are looking to get to a healthy weight range.  On this note, I want to start this article off by mentioning that the message here is primarily geared towards the general population, not advanced athletes. Nutritional needs differ for special populations and what helps the average person get healthy can be quite different from what helps the athlete get into peak condition and to perform at the best of his/her ability.

The low-fat diet is one of many approaches taken over the past several decades to ending America’s ever growing obesity and cardiovascular disease epidemics. Because of the strong push by dietitians to lower dietary fat intake to allegedly lower the risk of arterial clogging, high blood pressure, diabetes and of course, to lower body weight, people have become almost afraid of fat and actively avoid foods that contain it–particularly saturated fat, which is demonized by the health industry.

Today, there are aisles and aisles with low fat or fat free products in the supermarkets which only reassure us that all fat is evil and we mustn’t eat it. The thought goes: low fat products are healthy, and higher fat products aren’t. Seems pretty clear cut, right? Continue Reading Do I Have to Eat a Low Fat Diet? »

Is Coffee Good or Bad for Me?

There is a lot of debate surrounding coffee and caffeine consumption in relation to weight loss. There clearly is no single answer as to whether it is good or bad for you, since there is plenty evidence for as well as against the claims that coffee is good/bad for one’s health.

Coffee has been around for a long time, so it’s become a big part of our daily routine. Not only do we consume it for its rich, aromatic taste, but many times it is consumed for purposes such as a simple pick-me up or for a pre-workout boost.

Drinking coffee has become even more popular as big companies such as Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have developed full menus of various flavors and recipes so that even those of us who don’t enjoy traditional coffee can still get our fix. We are constantly offered new coffee drinks from them, but what we often seem to overlook is that those coffee “drinks” can offer much more than what we are actually asking for, and I am not talking about getting more of what you want for your dollar here. Continue Reading Is Coffee Good or Bad for Me? »

Weighing Yourself on a Daily Basis: Good or Bad?

Weighing yourself is one of many ways to keep track of the progress you have been making. Not only is this quick, is it also very easy to see where you are, how far you’ve come and how far you have to go. A lot of us ONLY use the scale to see progress (or lack thereof) but is this the only way to measure, or even the best?

There are a few other ways you can use to measure your progress, which don’t necessarily focus on a single number–as we all know, we sure can get caught up on that number on the scale. This is especially true when the number doesn’t change as we were expecting… but does that actually mean we haven’t made any progress? Continue Reading Weighing Yourself on a Daily Basis: Good or Bad? »

Lifting Weights Causes Breast Shrinkage: True or False?

“Am I going to lose my breasts by lifting weights?” This is a very common question that enters women’s minds when they first begin considering weight training. After all, most of the photos we see online of really fit women show either relatively flat chests, or breast augmentation, so it’s understandable that one would assume this was the case.

This concern has scared many women away from incorporating weight lifting into their workout regimen as a part of achieving their dream body. It is pretty clear that media doesn’t help this, as it continually promotes weight lifting with images of extremely-muscular women on stage strutting their “stuff” with no natural breast tissue to speak of. Continue Reading Lifting Weights Causes Breast Shrinkage: True or False? »

How Do I Get Rid Of Cellulite?

Cellulite is every girl’s nightmare. It is mostly seen among women, although some men have it as well. You don’t have to be obese or overweight to have cellulite; even “skinny” people can have it. Because of the impact that cellulite has on us—mostly our appearance—countless companies have been coming up with solutions to get rid of it, from creams to skinny wraps… I’ve seen it all.

The truth is that all those creams and treatments don’t work. Cellulite cannot be erased; its appearance can only be minimized. But, before I get into the how and why, let’s figure out what the condition really IS and how it forms. Continue Reading How Do I Get Rid Of Cellulite? »

Will Lifting Weights Make Me Bulky?

This is one question that will always come up when the topic of lifting weights comes up in a discussion involving women. This is a hard concept for women to understand because there is such a misunderstanding on the effect weight training has on the female physique.

We have been fed images of the enormously-muscular, veiny male body-builders holding weights or being featured on articles about lifting weights for years, so it’s understandable that this connection would be made. It doesn’t help that some unscrupulous folks in the fitness industry promote the idea that traditional weight training leads to a “bulky” body in an effort to steer consumers to their fad programs.

The weight room is also traditionally seen as the “men’s room”, while the cardio area is where most women spend their time. To feed into this mindset, many gyms even have a “women’s area” that is filled with tiny little weights and even more cardio equipment to underline this concept that women should not lift heavy weights. Continue Reading Will Lifting Weights Make Me Bulky? »

Is “Eating Clean” Necessary for Results?

The idea of “clean eating” is very popular within the health and fitness community. It has been around for quite some time, though there is no clear definition to what clean eating truly is or how to go about it. Misconceptions about clean eating are constantly being spread about the internet, between friends and family, and amongst workout buddies.

Additionally, many fitness pros in the industry swear they got to where they are by only eating clean, and while some may be sincere, for most it’s probably not a completely accurate description of their nutritional habits. Like many concepts in the health industry, hearsay and snake-oil marketing has clouded and confused most people on what clean eating means and whether it’s something that needs to be focused on or not. Continue Reading Is “Eating Clean” Necessary for Results? »

What Makes Training Ground TransformationNATION Different?

I am getting really pumped up for the opening of my new and improved training facility, and I wanted to take some time to explain why exactly Training Ground TransformationNATION will be like no other gym or training experience in Chicagoland.

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Most importantly, all we will do are Transformations–we won’t cater to any other goals at this facility. This allows us to stick to what we do best and continue to hone our ability. This means we help overweight people get SHREDDED, and help skinny dudes get JACKED. That’s it.

TGTN is not going to be your typical gym with rows and rows of elliptical machines, treadmills and selectorized resistance training machines. Nor are we going to be anything like your average personal training studio with a bunch of prissy, useless equipment like bosu balls and 3lb pink dumbbells. Continue Reading What Makes Training Ground TransformationNATION Different? »