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I Was Wrong About Weight Loss – Are You?

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I am guilty of feeling jealous when I watch weight loss shows like the Biggest Loser. I start to feel a little defensive and edgy as they boast their 10 lb per week weight loss. This angry little tape plays in my head: “Sure, weight loss can’t be all that hard when you have a kitchen stocked with healthy foods, a staff of fitness professionals at your finger tips, no ...Read More

Have Weight to Lose? Try Failing!!

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I have failed over and over again. I have created plans, set goals and missed them by miles. I’ve beat myself up, told myself off and thrown in the towel hundreds of times. You know what? It has helped me. That’s right: All those repeated failures gave me incredibly powerful information that all came together to allow me to change life. From all those failures, I have the incredible benefit of ...Read More

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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

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