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Nancy’s Steady Weight Loss Proves There is No Magic Pill

This guest post comes from Paige Corley, a Program Director at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge.

A co-worker of mine, Nancy, was telling me about her success with fitness and weight loss recently. She has lost 7 pounds in 15 weeks, improved her fitness, gained strength and lost inches. She looks great – not just in her body – but in her smile and eyes. She is more energetic, her clothes have become more fun, and she is excited about her new body and new healthy focus.

When Nancy posted her success on her Facebook page she was surprised to see responses like, “What is your secret?” or “What did you do differently?” Some of these responses were even from former guests at The Resort.

Nancy has no secret, and she has no magic pill: she simply increased her calorie burn and decreased her caloric intake. This is what we teach here at Fitness Ridge: calories in vs. calories out, healthy, balanced eating and drinking, and increased cardiovascular and strength training. This is what works.


3 Things to Help You Set Realistic Weight Loss Expectations

This guest post comes from Paige Corley, a Program Director at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge.

Spring is a great time to either begin or renew your quest for a healthy lifestyle. Part of this quest is often weight loss. Unfortunately many of us make the common error of setting unrealistic expectations of weight loss then find ourselves disappointed or disillusioned with this process then we end up frustrated and give up. To stop this pattern we must become educated so that we can set realistic expectations, meet them and find ourselves successful in our journey.


Jillian Michaels’ New Book Unlimited Offers a Break from Her Norm

by Descygna Webb

Jillian Michaels is arguably the biggest name in the diet and fitness industry. She has made a name for herself by being a tough personal trainer featured on shows like Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels’ Losing It. Jillian has helped countless people reach their fitness goals and transform their bodies. With that kind of success, she has also been able to branch into her own line of fitness DVDs, diet products, dietary supplements and she has written several books. It’s obvious that Jillian knows fitness. Her latest book, however, titled Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life, is taking a different approach than all of her other books. Unlimited offers readers advice and directions on how to build an exceptional life through many different avenues.

Jillian delves into the steps it takes to achieve your goals and she deals more with the emotional aspect of the process. This book is all about making over any area of your life that you are currently unhappy with. You can apply the advice given in Unlimited to several areas and make things happen that you previously may have thought weren’t possible. In this book, Jillian teaches you to get out of your own way and stop holding yourself back. Whether you are trying to leave an abusive relationship, go back to school, lose weight or achieve any other goal, she outlines the steps necessary to reach it.


Commit to Shape-Up Week with Alison Sweeney

Alison Sweeney announced on her Twitter page March 14th that she is starting a Shape-Up Week, using the hashtag #shapeupweek, the specifics of which she outlines in her book, The Mommy Diet.

Shape-Up Week is a week of clean eating, consistent exercise, and no slip-ups. It doesn’t fall on a specific calendar day, it’s any week you feel as though you need one to get back on track and kickstart your results and motivation. Your Shape-Up Week can be any week you choose- it is just a week where you recommit to your goals, and stick to them for an entire week.

According to Ali’s website, “…the bottom line is that this week I am going to focus on my health and fitness. It’s not just like any other week, when I work at health and fitness but win some and lose some.This week I am 100% goal-oriented. No sweets, no treats, no excuses.”


How to Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

It can be difficult to keep your New Year’s resolutions when you’re busy planning Super Bowl snacks and decadent Valentine’s Day desserts. Some studies have reported that if you commit to a task for three months, it becomes a habit, so it’s important to keep your eye on the prize, at least until March. DietsInReview chatted with Keri Glassman, nutritionist and author of The O2 Diet about ways we can buckle down and keep our resolutions no matter what challenges we face.

Write it down. By writing our goals or resolutions in a journal, we may feel more accountable to them. However, jotting down your notes isn’t just a practical tactic. “Write your resolutions down and put them everywhere as constant reminders: in your wallet, on your desk,” Glassman said. “Read and assess the resolution every day [to help you stay motivated].”


The Cost of Losing 20 Pounds on Your Own

Because many of us are strapped for cash these days, it makes sence that when we go to choose a weight-loss program, cost is a factor. Sure, you can’t put a price on your health, but wouldn’t you like to drop the weight in the most cost effective way possible? Recently there’s been a lot of talk about how much different diets cost, but what about if you set out to lose 20 pounds on your own? How much does that cost? Well, we did the math!

While many commercial diet programs cost upwards of $100 per pound lost, you can do things much cheaper on your own, assuming that you are losing two pounds a week over the course of 10 weeks:


10 Simple Tips to Help This Year’s Fitness Resolutions Stick All Year Round

fitnessStephanie Biscow is a health and fitness writer for the Focus 28 Diet blog.  Focus 28 is a company that helps individuals lose weight and improve their health by offering a high-protein fat burning diet.  Focus 28 offers individuals customized meal plans that work in conjunction with a revolutionary isometric 10 minute a day towel workout.

The majority of Americans put weight loss at the top of their New Year’s Resolution list each year. However, studies show that 50% of Americans back out of their New Year’s resolutions by the end of January! Wouldn’t it be nice if this year you could meet your fitness goals by sticking to them all year long?  To help achieve your goals this year, here are 10 tips that will make those resolutions stick with you all year round.

1. Ease Into It. Going from little to no working out to a heavy gym routine will not work. You will be sure to burn your body out by the end of January. Ease yourself back into a routine starting with fewer reps and less cardio, then slowly increase your increments and time a bit each week.

2. Set Specific Goals. Think about the number of pounds you want to lose and make it a goal you want to achieve by a certain time. Being specific makes your resolutions more realistic and attainable.

3. Make Goals Realistic. Unrealistic goals don’t work. Do some research and choose a healthy fitness goal that is appropriate for the amount of time you’re looking to lose the weight in.


Empty Calories Comic: The First 10 Pounds

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What Happens When You Succeed with a New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution

More than half of all New Year’s Resolutions made detail a desire to lose weight, but ultimately less than 5% are reported successful. Losing weight takes commitment and strong willpower. It means exercising daily, journaling your food intake, and choosing water over soda. It means making realistic, attainable goals – not a goal of losing 100 pounds, but breaking that goal into 5-10 pound increments as many times as necessary.

What happens when you do succeed, as I did? I made that fateful New Year’s Resolution on January 1, 2005 and I have to say that those four words – I will lose weight – have changed my life drastically. (more…)

Don’t Sabotage Your New Year’s Resolution Before You Start

How many of you are thinking that you have one last day before your new diet starts with the New Year? Such thinking could be sabotaging your diet before you start.

When driving home for the holidays (or when you take any long familiar drive), you are likely to increase your speed as you pass familiar sites that let you know you are starting to approach your destination. In the same way, as you focus on the impending restriction, you are likely to allow yourself extra indulgences in this last week of the year.

These extra indulgences do have an impact on your weight, your health, and even your metabolism. You are also familiarizing your palate with sweet or rich foods, teaching your body to expect such things. This can increase the chances that you will experience cravings for such things in January when you intend to avoid them. Life change is hard work, and you may be making it more difficult by indulging prior to restriction. The cravings are not a need requested by your body, but your body expecting consistency.