Diet & Exercise Tips

Mix it Up For Better Fitness

WalkingIt can be easy to stick with the same routine, especially when it comes to physical activity. This year, why not challenge yourself to try at least one new way to exercise. (Who knows – it may become part of your new routine!) Consult with your healthcare provider, and then consider one of these ideas: Read More

Curb Hunger with Structure

HMR Entree with VegetablesIt’s 3:00 p.m. You’ve got a faint hunger rumbling in your stomach, but you ignore it because you’ll be home for dinner in just a few hours. Read More

The New Normal – Part 2

Will PowerSo I suggested, in my last post, that similar to golf or piano playing, dieting is not a natural behavior. I explained that this behavior goes against our evolutionary imperative to fight famine by consuming and conserving energy. And that similar to getting good at golf or piano, attempting to learn to play the game of lifestyle change with will power is a fool’s errand. Now I want to discuss how, in a manner that’s practical and realistic, how to learn lifestyle change. Read More

Feel the Need for (Short Bursts of) Speed

Interval TrainingIf you’re looking for a boost to your calorie burn, try adding just a few short, fast-paced bursts of speed (called intervals) to your regular walking, biking, swimming, or other aerobic routine. During higher intensity exercise intervals, more muscle fibers get worked, burning more calories even after you’ve completed your session. Read More

The New Normal – Part 1

American Dieters | The New Normal Part 1I’d never heard of the NPD Group, and I doubt you have. They provide market information and advice to industry across the United States and throughout the world. They’re experts on what consumers want and think and feel, and they have a lot to say about dieting. Their latest report says that dieting in America is at an all time low. Over the past thirty years Americans have become increasingly overweight, but in the last few years the number of adults in America on diets has tumbled to a low of 20%, in contrast to 31% ten or so years ago. Read More

Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

Healthy Holiday Gift IdeasThis year, spoil your friends and family with the gift of health! Here are some of our gift picks for the healthy chef or fitness buff in your life: Read More

Say Yes to a Healthy Holiday Season

Healthy Holiday TipsThe holiday season is a difficult time when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s a busy time of year with a decent amount of stress, tempting seasonal goodies and lots of festivities. We often tell ourselves don’t eat this or don’t do that in order to stay on track, which can sometimes make us feel like a bit of a grinch! This year, we suggest flipping that around and focusing on what to do instead of what not to do. Here are our top to-do behaviors during this time of year: Read More

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas for Every Diet

Thanksgiving Menu IdeasKeep your diet on track this Thanksgiving! Whether you’re on the Healthy Solutions plan, the Decision-Free plan or Maintenance…we have plenty of tasty Thanksgiving menu ideas for you: Read More

Ask the Health Coach: Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

With the winter holidays fast approaching, is there anything I can do now to prevent gaining weight?
~ Jan
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Turn that Bad Day into a Good Week

We’ve all had them: The days you forget your lunch and end up in the food court. The days you go grocery shopping while hungry. The days that just don’t go as planned. At times like this it’s important to keep in mind that a high-calorie day doesn’t have to ruin your week. Use these top tips from the HMRdiet site: Read More

Planning for Weight Loss Success

Roasted VegetablesPlanning and cooking ahead can make it much easier to stay on your diet. One of the best ways to do this is to make a big batch once, and then you can use the leftovers for your next meal. This strategy is super helpful on those busy weekdays when it seems like there is simply not enough time in the day! Here are some easy food prep ideas to get started: Read More

Trainers Pick for Home Exercise Equipment: TRX

TRX Trainer WorkoutNo matter how great a personal training session can be, it’s only ONE session. It’s only a piece of the puzzle. As much as I would love to see every client 5 times per week, it’s just not realistic from a financial or a scheduling perspective! Because of that, I design programs and encourage clients to workout on their own. However, fitness memberships and equipment decisions can be overwhelming – making it hard to know where to start. That’s why I always recommend the TRX. The TRX provides total body resistance and an endlessly progressive exercise selection! TRX owners can efficiently work chest, back, shoulders, legs, abs & arms in a variety of ways – all which engage the core and challenge proprioception (the body’s ability to transmit a sense of position, analyze that information and react to the stimulation with the proper movement). Read More

New Year’s Fitness Goals

New Year's Fitness GoalsNew Year’s fitness goals?! Isn’t this article a little late to be discussing New Year’s fitness goals? I don’t know…what do you think as you are reading this in the middle of May? Did this topic peak your interest because, quite frankly, your New Year’s fitness goals are a fog in your memory? If the honest answer is, “well…yes!” then perhaps this topic is timely. Read More

Our Top Spring Vegetable Picks

Spring VegetablesHooray for the arrival of spring! It’s such a welcome change from what seemed like a never-ending winter. Now, we are treated to sunny days mixed with lovely rain showers, budding trees and colorful blooming flowers. Read More

How to Get Workout Motivation in Colder Weather

How to Get Workout Motivation in Colder WeatherThe colder months are great for exactly two things: playing in the snow and widening your waistline, all thanks to the countless of holiday gatherings where piles of food are involved, and to make matters worse, you lack the motivation to work out because it’s freezing out there!

Sound frighteningly familiar? Read More