the trap of better

Not Understanding THIS Kept Me From Losing Weight

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A few weeks ago I wrote an overview of Metabolic Effect’s concept of buffers and triggers. It’s a powerful tool that genuinely redefined the way I look at food choices for fat loss. To read my overview of buffers and triggers click here. To check out my buffers and how I use them, click here. Today we’re going to take a deep dive into triggers. Triggers sabotaged my weight loss ...Read More

WHAT Did You Just Eat?!

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When I first got out of college I worked in nutrition education. It was my job to help people understand the impact of their food choices on their health and their weight. I found that a lot of people, regardless of their weight, felt confident that they were making good choices at the grocery store and didn’t need to worry too much about food quality for themselves or their children. ...Read More

10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Weighed 300 Pounds

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I used to be very, very fat. I felt isolated, I was ashamed of myself and I beat myself up daily for being so weak. None of those feelings helped me get fit. In fact, I’m pretty sure they were keeping me fat. I never understood why the guilt and shame never were enough to motivate me to change. Not understanding made me even angrier with myself. It wasn’t until ...Read More

Combat Cravings and Win!

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Cravings are powerful sensations, aren’t they? I had one the other day for s’mores. I wasn’t hungry at all, in fact, I had just finished dinner a few minutes earlier. I was watching TV and there were s’mores on some (evil) commercial and while I’m sure I had seen the commercial before without the cravings trigger, as soon as I saw them they were all I could think about. I ...Read More

Up Your Energy – Defeating the Dieting Brain Drain

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One of the primary determinants of your ability to burn fat is your hormonal balance. Your body is either primed to store fat or burn fat and that is dictated by your hormones and how they interplay with your lifestyle. Know this: there is FAR more to hormone balance than estrogen and testosterone! The hormones at the center of this story include insulin (a storage hormone), cortisol (a stress hormone), leptin ...Read More

Tips for Managing Hunger

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Raise your hand if you can relate to the following scenario: It’s day 1 of your new diet. You’re excited, you’re motivated and you’re really ready this time. You’re following the guidelines to the letter. The morning wasn’t too bad though you ate your lunch a little early to silence your growling stomach. Now it’s mid-afternoon and you’re freaking starving. Everyone around you is eating and you might be crazy but ...Read More

Using Buffers To Stay on Track

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Earlier this week I posted an overview of buffers and triggers and shared some common examples of each. Like I said then, understanding my buffers and triggers and working with them is most of the most important differences between my lifestyle change which allowed me to lose over 100 lbs and all my past failed attempts.  Here’s a quick recap of what I explained the other day: Think of a ...Read More

Healthy Foods Aren’t Always Fat Loss Foods

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I don’t care if you eat "healthy". I’m sure that more often than not, you probably do. Here’s the thing: it doesn’t matter. No offense. I know your intentions are good. Mine were too. I grew up in a home where my mom very much believed in serving healthy, balanced meals. I studied nutrition. I made “healthy” choices. Healthy eating and fat loss eating are NOT the same thing. A ...Read More

Fat Loss Strategies That Work

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I first learned about the concept of buffers and triggers from Metabolic Effect. Their Metabolic Effect Diet is an incredible resource for understanding why traditional diets fail and how you can eat more, exercise less and lose weight! Learning the concept of buffers and triggers was one of the most empowering experiences throughout my fat loss journey. It allowed me to put a name to something that had been derailing ...Read More

Carbs and Fat Loss: The Facts

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I love the phrase "When you know better, you do better". Information is one of our most powerful tools. With it, we can create and achieve just about anything we want as long as we have the desire and commitment to go with it. Unfortunately, there is an enormous amount of misinformation on food, nutrition and weight loss. You can have the desire and the commitment but if you're misinformed ...Read More


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