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3 Reasons Why You Should Forget How Many Calories Your Workout Burns (And Focus On This Instead)

3 Reasons Why You Should Forget How Many Calories Your Workout Burns (And Focus On This Instead)

Have you ever wondered, “how many calories can I burn with this workout routine? How often should I do it to lose weight?” If so, you aren’t alone!

I know many of us are exercising to help us change our body composition or reach weight loss goals. If you are curious about the calorie burn (or use a tracker to help provide you with this kind of feedback) of your exercise routine, I hope you find this email helpful.

Here are three main reasons why you may want to stop worrying about your exact calorie burn with exercise:

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The Two Biggest Weight Loss Mistakes You Are Probably Making

The Two Biggest Weight Loss Mistakes You Are Probably Making

Imagine this scenario: you run into someone you haven’t seen in a while, and they’ve obviously lost a good amount of weight. What happens in your brain? Do you wonder how they did it? Do you ask them their secret? Are you tempted to take notes and do everything exactly as they did? 

In 20+ years working in healthcare, I’ve seen many weight loss trends come and go. Some plans help people slim down, and some don’t. Some are based on sound advice, and some are completely absurd. The truth is that no matter what seems to be in fashion, the basic scientific facts about weight loss remain consistent. I do my best to keep an open mind when a seemingly new idea rolls around, but it’s usually an old idea wrapped up in a shiny new package (book, podcast, celebrity interview, etc.). We have to be careful where we are getting our advice, especially in a world where anyone can post any advice publicly without consequences.

Here are the top 2 mistakes I see people make when they want to lose weight:

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Is Exercise Really Worth It?

Is Exercise Really Worth It?

I was recently a great question, “is exercise truly worth the effort?”

I will admit to being 100% biased regarding the benefits of exercise. I have always enjoyed moving and found it beneficial in so many ways throughout many different stages of my life. 

However, I know that not everyone feels the same about working out, and I can completely understand why exercise may not be something everyone wants to do regularly.

When it comes to whether or not exercise is worth your time, there are a few things to consider.

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Am I Getting Enough Protein? Here’s How to Tell

Am I Getting Enough Protein? Here’s How to Tell

Protein is a very important component of the foods you eat. Along with carbohydrates and fat, it’s one of the three macronutrients that you need to balance in your diet for optimal health. Protein is a building block for muscle, so of course, it is essential to consume adequate amounts, especially when you are trying to gain strength. Probably one of the most common questions that I get asked by athletes is, “am I getting enough protein?” so I figured that with so many of us working here to get stronger, it would be a great time to address this topic.

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How to Enjoy Holiday Eating (Without Guilt or Stress)

How to Enjoy Holiday Eating (Without Guilt or Stress)

We are excited to share this special guest post from Rebecca the Dietitian! We recognize how much the way you fuel your body influences your exercise results, and are excited to be able to bring you Rebecca’s sound eating advice to help you optimize your health, enjoy...

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THIS is how you burn more fat

THIS is how you burn more fat

The best way to burn more fat is not a secret pill, powder, fast, or ‘method’ — it’s much more simple (and yet, so interestingly complex within our body!) than that. To burn more fat, we must keep our body and its systems strong and healthy, and exercise is a remarkable tool to help us do this.

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Busy? Do These 4 Things to Stay Fit

Busy? Do These 4 Things to Stay Fit

If you are short on time, please know that when it comes to a good workout, consistent quality matters more than quantity! Focus on what you can do to move your body each day, in the time you have, especially during busier seasons of life.

Here are a few tips on fitting in fitness when time is tight:

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What is A Metabolic Profile (and Why Does it Matter)?

What is A Metabolic Profile (and Why Does it Matter)?

You already know exercise is vital for your health, but are you prioritizing movement throughout the rest of your day? The average adult spends 70% of their day seated, wreaking havoc on our health. Researchers have found a strong association between too much sitting and all-cause mortality risk, even in those who meet the current minimum daily guidelines for exercise.  One of the things you’ll hear me talk about a lot is the small, simple habits we can create to support our health. One of those small (but important!) habits is non-exercise activity time (or NEAT for short). If you are trying to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight, adding more NEAT to your day may be helpful. An individual’s metabolic profile helps determine how much activity they do daily (not including sleep time). This profiling offers a way to chart your daily schedule to determine how much time you spend sitting vs. in motion (standing, walking, etc.).Why is that important? For two adults of similar size, daily energy expenditure (accounting for similarities in size-based, basal resting metabolic rate) from this type of NEAT movement can vary by as much as 2,000 calories per day. That enormous difference can significantly aid in weight loss without adding additional ‘exercise’ time. 

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Sleep: The Foundation of Good Health (and Fat Loss)

Sleep: The Foundation of Good Health (and Fat Loss)

Sleep: You know it's essential, but how much do you need, and what if you can't sleep? When it comes to our health and wellness, we're usually focused on all of the things we should be doing (exercising, moving throughout the day, eating healthy food). Interestingly,...

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How do I get rid of stubborn belly fat?

How do I get rid of stubborn belly fat?

  Q: How do I lose stubborn belly fat? What I find so frustrating is my weight is where I want it to be. I do strength training, cardio, and concentrated core and ab work, but I can't lose this gut. I bet you are going to say it has a lot to do with diet, and you...

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3 Ways to Help Stop Binge Eating

3 Ways to Help Stop Binge Eating

We are excited to share this special guest post from Rebecca the Dietitian! We recognize how much the way you fuel your body influences your exercise results, and are excited to be able to bring you Rebecca’s sound eating advice to help you optimize your health, enjoy...

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What’s the Best Workout for Weight Loss?

What’s the Best Workout for Weight Loss?

The #1 question I get asked about is: "What workouts should I do to lose weight?" I wanted to share some thoughts on this topic with you today since I am so frequently asked about this (and if weight loss isn't one of your goals, this can also help with exercising for...

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5 (FREE) Workouts To Try When You Just Aren’t Feeling It

5 (FREE) Workouts To Try When You Just Aren’t Feeling It

  You already know how good exercise is for you. But let's be honest - as dedicated as you are to your workout routine, there are some days when you just can't get going. I feel you! If taking a rest day (an excellent option if you are feeling low energy or not...

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9 Lessons I Wish I’d Learned Sooner

9 Lessons I Wish I’d Learned Sooner

  I don't know about you, but with each passing year, I find that the more I know, the more I realize I don't know. As more research, studies and information become available; there is always a seemingly new approach or important new "thing" to do (or not do!)...

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3 Steps to Mindful Eating (And Why It Helps)

3 Steps to Mindful Eating (And Why It Helps)

  We are excited to share this special guest post from Rebecca the Dietitian! We recognize how much the way you fuel your body influences your exercise results, and are excited to be able to bring you Rebecca’s sound eating advice to help you optimize your...

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The Light vs. Heavy Weights Debate: Which Is Better?

The Light vs. Heavy Weights Debate: Which Is Better?

  I am often asked: Should I lift heavy or light weights? Won’t lifting heavy make me bulk up? Isn’t lifting light weight just a waste of time? And while I know many trainers would disagree, my answer is that both types of training can offer significant benefits....

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The Magic of Muscle: 5 Awesome Reasons to Strength Train

The Magic of Muscle: 5 Awesome Reasons to Strength Train

  #1: Muscle burns fat best, even at rest. What's the most effective form of exercise to improve your body composition? Strength training! Strength training helps you build muscle and lose fat simultaneously, which cardio exercise alone can't achieve.   A...

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My 5 favorite home workout equipment pieces for under $50 

My 5 favorite home workout equipment pieces for under $50 

    You can absolutely work out at home without spending a dime (and we have hundreds of free, no equipment needed workout videos here to prove it!). But if you have been exercising in your home space for a while, you may want to consider investing in a few...

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3 Simple Tips to Help You Feel and Look Your Best This Summer

3 Simple Tips to Help You Feel and Look Your Best This Summer

We are excited to share this special guest post from Rebecca the Dietitian! We recognize how much the way you fuel your body influences your exercise results, and are excited to be able to bring you Rebecca’s sound eating advice to help you optimize your health, enjoy...

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The Best Strategy for Long-Term Weight Loss Success

The Best Strategy for Long-Term Weight Loss Success

We are excited to share this special guest post from Rebecca the Dietitian! We recognize how much the way you fuel your body influences your exercise results, and are excited to be able to bring you Rebecca’s sound eating advice to help you optimize your health, enjoy...

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