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  • Burn More Calories Through Incidental Exercise


    By Travis Steffen on Friday, July 31, 2009 No comments

    wd3imagesOf course we all know that in order to lose body fat we need to burn more calories on a regular basis. I’m going to share a few super simple fat loss tips that it will make the process so much easier!

    A nutritious meal plan in combination with following a consistent workout program is the best way to lose weight successfully but you can also burn more calories on top of that by increasing your ‘incidental activity’.

  • Extreme Weight Loss – Beyond the Definition of Morbid Obesity


    By Travis Steffen on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 No comments

    mhimagesIf you’re looking for some inspiration as you embark on your weight loss journey, there are a number of amazing, successful weight loss stories out there that will do just that. I personally know of many people that have lost anywhere from 20 to 200 pounds and kept the majority of the weight off. Reading or watching biographies like these can be a fantastic way to offer yourself some support for those times in your weight loss program when perhaps you feel less than motivated.

    Flipping through the channels the other afternoon, I came across what undoubtedly is the most extreme of all of the amazing weight loss stories I have ever heard. A man named Michael Hebranko from New York was being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and I must say his story goes far beyond the definition of morbid obesity and yo yo dieting!

  • How Often Should I Change My Workout Routine?


    By Travis Steffen on Monday, July 27, 2009 No comments

    aaimagesIn order to realize optimal benefits from your bodybuilding or muscle building program, a change in your workout routines is periodically required.

    Muscle growth, or hypertrophy, relies on the principle of Progressive Overload. This is the process of progressively placing greater than normal demands on the musculature. Simply put, in order to increase muscle growth and strength, you must consistently lift more and make the muscles exert more effort than what they have adapted to.

  • Healthy Weight Loss Diets Should Include Low Calorie Snacks


    By Travis Steffen on Friday, July 24, 2009 No comments

    aimagesIn order to be successful with a weight loss diet, it is imperative that you include healthy, low calorie snacks to your plan. We all enjoy snacking and just because you’ve decided to follow a healthy weight loss diet, doesn’t mean you have to give it up. You may however, need to adjust the amounts and types of munchies you consume. It’s easy to throw some change into the vending machine every afternoon in return for a bag of chips or a chocolate bar but you know as well as I do that of course, those are not at all healthy snacks.

  • Arm Exercises and Workouts for Sexy Toned Arms


    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, July 23, 2009 No comments

    moimagesFirst Lady Michelle Obama has been highly praised and admired lately, not just for her character and position, but also for her incredibly toned arms. I don’t know exactly which arm exercises she includes in her exercise routine but she’s obviously doing something right and she has the guns to prove it!

    Many women struggle with excess fat on the upper arms, for some reason it just seems to be a common frustration. I remember how badly my grade 3 teacher (I’ll call her Mrs. Jones) was cursed with that turkey neck like flab on the back of her arms. She didn’t have fat arms and was actually a slender woman but age and a sedentary lifestyle were working against her. Whenever she wrote a lesson on the chalkboard, the severity of her flabby arms became painfully obvious. You couldn’t help but stare as she stood in front of the class, vigorously writing away. I think of ‘Mrs. Jones’ quite often while I’m doing diamond push ups or dipsfor just a little extra motivation.

  • The Truth About Building Muscle – Part II


    By Travis Steffen on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 1 comment

    In “The Truth about Building Muscle – Part I”, I mentioned that we are getting back to basics.  Were going to look at the core areas of weight training, diet, supplementation and lifestyle and dispel the common myths that surround them!

    This week’s focus is on weight training and I think many of you will be surprised at what you might learn.  We are going to give you the real facts about building muscle and doing it FAST!

  • Recovering From a Weekend of Binge Eating High Calorie, Fattening Foods


    By Travis Steffen on Monday, July 20, 2009 No comments

    ff2imagesWell, it’s Monday again and if your weekend was anything like mine, it involved utter reckless abandon of your weight loss diet plan. My family and I celebrated my Mom’s birthday at my place this weekend, indulging in rich, delicious, high calorie, fattening foods. The homemade menu included baked pesto penne (with extra cheese of course), garlic cheese biscuits and chocolate orange cheesecake (I’m seeing a cheese pattern here) along with a vast selection of alcoholic beverages. Some may call it binge eating and drinking, but I just call it a really good party. Thankfully however, it doesn’t happen every weekend, because if it did I certainly wouldn’t be able to fit into my party dress and I doubt I’d be very impressive in my ‘birthday suit’.

  • Weight Loss and Dieting Tips for the Mind and Body


    By Travis Steffen on Sunday, July 19, 2009 1 comment

    3imagesA successful weight loss diet involves more than calorie reduction, low fat diet foods and smaller portion sizes. A weight loss diet requires a lot of mental changes and behavior adaptations in order to make the experience a positive one. I’m going to share three helpful dieting tips for weight loss that have much more to do with what goes on in your noggin rather than what goes in to your belly.

  • How to Build Muscle and Lose Fat Simultaneously


    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, July 16, 2009 9 comments

    mbimagesMany professionals in the health and fitness industry hold different opinions in regards to whether or not it’s possible to build muscle and burn fat simultaneously. Some trainers believe muscle growth and fat loss can coincide, while others argue that it’s simply not realistic. I fall into the third group, the fence sitters if you will. I support the theory that the ability to lose fat and gain muscle may be possible for some people in certain situations with specific circumstances. My apologies for the ambiguity, but I will offer an explanation.

    First of all, I should make it clear that I am not referring to competitive bodybuilders as the example in this post. The lifestyle, training and diet of competitive bodybuilders is far too extreme and the recommendation for muscle growth and fat loss are too involved to get into within this particular post. I will be referring to those of us that simply want to look our best, be healthy and have a lean, muscular appearance.

  • Celebrity and Fad Diets Don’t Make Healthy Weight Loss Programs


    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, July 16, 2009 1 comment

    12imagesIf you flip through the pages of any tabloid magazine, it becomes shockingly clear by the emaciated frames in the photos that celebrity diets are often less than healthy. The majority of so called celebrity diets are usually nothing more than glorified crash diets, promising dramatic, albeit unrealistic results.

    It can be quite tempting to try these well marketed weight loss and fitness routines as every one of us wants to shed fat as quickly as possible. Fad diets often offer near impossible, yet very appealing promises. They may claim to provide you with Victoria Beckham’s waistline or Angelina Jolie’s slender physique in 2 short weeks but usually don’t deliver.