Live Big and Stay Small: How I Ate Pastries and Gelato Every Day and Didn’t Gain a Single Pound

How can you eat whatever you want and not gain weight? Learn how.

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Recipe: Key Lime Cheesecake

Awhile back one of my clients challenged me to create a healthier, high-protein key lime pie that would allow her to indulge in her cravings for pie without ruining progress toward her fitness goals. While I may have colored outside the lines just a bit by creating a key lime cheesecake, I promise it will deliver…

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Abstaining From Moderation

[Article originally published in Breaking Muscle] Business and self-development coaches will often tell you that the secret to success is to focus on your strengths, while either outsourcing your weaknesses or becoming just good enough at them not to mess everything up. This approach allows you to avoid spinning your wheels doing the tasks you…

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3 Fat-Loss Myths – Debunked

Have you ever tried losing weight, thought you were doing everything correctly, and still didn’t see the progress you wanted? Sure, there are a number of reasons why you weren’t seeing the results, but what if the changes you made to your diet weren’t actually that helpful–or even downright useless? There are numerous myths surrounding…

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The Secret to Staying Fit While Traveling

[Originally written June 3rd, 2017] I’m sitting in a hotel room in Sacramento, CA, nearing the end of a long week-and-a-half stint of travel. Memorial Day weekend was spent in Toronto for a fitness conference (5-hour drive both ways), arriving back home for a quick two-day break before heading back out on a flight to…

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Run Your Own Diet Experiment Like A Scientist

[Article originally published in Breaking Muscle] How often have you finished a delicious meal, only later hours later to be plagued by uncomfortable bloating or an upset stomach? Perhaps your favorite treats routinely cause your stomach and digestive system to feel distressed, or maybe you notice a decrease in your energy levels during workouts after…

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Is A Calorie Just A Calorie?

I have a question for you: Is a calorie just a calorie? Total calories consumed is the most fundamental variable to be considered when striving to lose weight. Quite simply, you can’t lose weight unless you consume less calories than you burn. However, does it really matter where those calories come from? If you indulge in…

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Quit Overeating By Defining Your Happiness

[Article originally published on breakingmuscle.com] How can you differentiate between fulfillment and instant-gratification? How can you use this knowledge to avoid binge-eating and begin to accomplish all the goals you set for yourself? In this video, Mark Zarate and I discuss what happiness actually is, and how most people confuse true “happiness” with the almighty…

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Food Over Family?

I was driving early the other morning, around 5:00am when the cold air felt like the atmospheric version of my alarm clock–unforgiving, annoying, and if it were wireless I’d probably have thrown it across the room. I was listening to some talk radio show on whatever station I had on. One caller had phoned in…

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How To Convert Your Loved Ones To A Healthy Lifestyle

What is the single biggest risk factor for being overweight? Being surrounded by other overweight people. This includes friends, family members, and spouses. In fact, the strength of this “social network” risk factor is in that particular order—with an increase in the likelihood of being overweight by 57%, 40%, and 37%, respectively.1 How many times…

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Have Lofty Career Goals? Fitness Can Get You There Faster

Exercise is good for more than just improving your health and your waistline. In fact, regular exercise is what’s known as a “keystone habit,” meaning the benefits extend far beyond the physical ones. Exercise has been shown to improve mood and brain power too.1,2 In addition to the physical and mental benefits of exercise, did you…

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[Podcast] Increase Motivation and Adherence With Morning Workouts

I was stuck in the car on the way to Toronto this past weekend, and with no service on my phone I thought what better way to spend my time then record some new content! Let me start by saying that any time you can complete your workouts is going to be beneficial. If you…

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[Video] Insider Look At Alex’s Online Fitness Coaching ‘Strategy Sessions’

I’ve recently entered the online fitness coaching market. However, unlike many online personal trainers, I don’t only provide workout templates and nutrition plans. I create custom workout plans based on the needs and lifestyle of the client, I track nutrition via food logs online, and most importantly I complete 20-min Facetime “strategy sessions” with every…

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Fitness Secrets Revealed: Why Is Fitness Easier For Some Than Others?

People often assume that fitness is easy for me: that I’m some kind of unbreakable Superman who can do everything. In fact, a lot of people assume fitness is easy for anyone who is fit. The workouts look effortless, we always seem to be on point with our eating, and temptations don’t seem to faze…

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Does Caffeine Boost Exercise Performance?

Caffeine is the most widely used drug, with 90% of U.S. adults consuming at least one caffeinated meal or beverage everyday. Many people use caffeine to help stay awake in the early hours of the morning, or to help stay focused when their attention starts drifting at work. Caffeine is a stimulant, which means when…

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