Is NEAT The Secret to Weight Loss?

We all have a skinny friend who eats enough for two people, but never gains a pound. Let's call him Scott. And then there is another friend who gains weight at the sight of food. We will call him Dan. So what gives? How can Scott crush cheeseburgers and not gaining a pound?

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Burn More Calories With These 3 Tips

Previous generations have built a society entirely dependent on money. Higher-Income equals better healthcare and healthier foods. The majority of better-paying jobs demand long hours in front of a screen or at a desk. Primary education teaches us next to nothing about nutrition; meanwhile, companies bombard us with marketing for food that is lab-designed to light up the reward centers of our brain. And same with TV, video games, and internet which prey on our biologic programming to seek novelty. 

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Sleep Restriction Increases Hunger

What if I told you there was a pill that could improve your memory and productivity? The same pill has been shown to increase muscle mass and decrease body fat. It has even been shown to improve  mood and decrease anxiety. Would you be interested in this supplement? Well guess what, it is free! We can take the supplement every single night, but most of us don’t. The supplement I am referring to is sleep.

Losing weight and getting in shape is very challenging for the everyday person, especially in America where work comes first and sleep comes second. We are encouraged to burn the midnight oil and told that that sleep is for the weak. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. According to Matthew Walker, a sleep neuroscientist and author of Why We Sleep,  “the shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. The leading causes of disease and death in developed nations—diseases that are crippling health-care systems, such as heart disease, obesity, dementia, diabetes, and cancer—all have recognized causal links to a lack of sleep.”

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3 Rules For Better Health

As a personal trainer at Equinox Downtown Los Angeles, I interact with people from all over the world. Regardless of where they come from, pleasures and principles rule them. In my experience, the people who value principles over desires tend to be more successful in achieving their weight loss goals. A pleasure-based value system directs you to eat whatever tastes best, regardless of the calories and nutrients. You smell pizza and boom! You are faced deep in some cheesy goodness. 

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Increase Energy Levels With My Morning Routine

When I train a client, we do a series of warm-ups to get them ready for the upcoming workout. We need to apply the same philosophy to our day by prepping our body and mind for the forthcoming challenges the day will bring. You can’t be at your best by rolling out of bed and going to work. It may work for a couple of years, but over time your health, performance, and productivity will suffer. So, what is the secret to being healthy? I have found a morning routine to be the perfect prescription.  

My morning ritual has transformed my life for the better.  I am more productive and focused on achieving the goals I set for the day.  It keeps me disciplined and ready to tackle discomfort. Whereas before, I ran away from pain and chased comfort. I was clueless about what needed to get done for the day. I went through the day based on emotions. I was a slave to them, being pulled around on a string like a puppet. When I craved something, I ate it. If I was too tired, I skipped a workout. My emotions controlled my behaviors and actions. Does this sound familiar? If it does, then you need to create a routine. I know I can’t speak for everyone, but I believe we all need a plan and small goals to stay on track. We need order to deal with our chaotic human, monkey mind.

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