Memorial Day signals that summer is finally here! Here's what to eat and what not to eat so you can enjoy yourself, rock the latest swimsuit trends, and have a healthy Memorial day with a low-carb BBQ celebration... Healthy Memorial Day Main Courses: The easy part! Of all the holidays, having a healthy Memorial day BBQ is the easiest because... well... BBQ!!! You can … [Read more...]
17 Mouthwatering Food Swaps to Kill Cravings and Shed Pounds
Are you missing some of your favorite foods like noodles, pizza, and chips? Here are 17 low carb food swaps to help you get your fix, satisfy your cravings, and still lose weight. (And surprise... these low carb food swaps taste as good or BETTER!) We've included plenty of easy recipes that you can make in just minutes, too. Instead of Noshing on Nachos Dive Into a Plate of … [Read more...]
17 Healthy Habits Skinny, Slim People Do Every Day
We all have one of those friends-- the kind who stays slim, and seems to eat anything they want. It makes you wonder how they do it. So we took a survey of skinny people who had lost weight, asking them to share their best tips to burn fat day in and out. Here's what these skinny people had to say— check out their surprisingly simple habits that keep them slim every … [Read more...]
How to Lose Belly Fat: Real-Time Study Results
Are you frustrated by belly fat? Imagine being able to lose fat and cinch up your belt by 6 to 7 inches in just a few weeks. How many notches would that be? 3, 5, 6? Think you can't? Think again. We have conducted many fat-loss studies over the years, on groups of teachers, nurses, men, beauty queens, and even on ourselves! Men's Weight Loss Results from RECON are in. 10 … [Read more...]
Supercharging Your Weight Loss
You have committed to changing your eating habits to lose weight and become a healthier version of you. How can you make the most of the next 28 days? At the start of your program, we recommend a 24-48 hour clear liquid fast. This will set you up for success as you embark on your weight loss journey. But is fasting safe? Won't it kill your metabolism? Many people believe … [Read more...]
The Secret to Unlocking Fat From Your Body
No doubt you've heard this fat loss calorie myth: "calories in, calories out." It's wrong. But you can’t fool the laws of thermodynamics, right? Well… actually, your body can. Your body fat plays by a different set of rules than what the calorie myth suggests. Once you learn how to work with these rules, you literally hold the key to trigger fat loss from your body. Just … [Read more...]
Get More of Everything You Want: Lose Weight, Get Stronger, Be Happier and Healthier
Need some inspiration for your goals? We've rounded up these great motivational tips to help you finally achieve the success you deserve. 1. Experience your honest beauty Appreciate your scars, stretch marks, freckles, and crooked nose. And maybe even your little jelly roll or muffin top, too. These prove that you are alive. You are beautiful because of them. 2. Lovingly … [Read more...]
Winter workout: how many calories can you burn?
There's no reason to hide indoors when the temperature drops. Outdoor winter workouts are a refreshing break from the summer heat and stuffy indoor gyms. In addition to halting winter weight gain, working out in the cold will also improve your mood,1 and ward off colds2. But do you burn more calories in cold weather? By itself, shivering is a pretty good workout; it'll burn 400 … [Read more...]
10 Health Benefits of Including Greens in Your Diet
Small changes can have a ripple effect and this applies to your health as well. But what positive changes are worth implementing in your diet? Many experts will agree that increasing the amount of greens in your diet will put you well on your way to living healthier. To be clear, non-starchy vegetables such as kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, and Swiss chard fall into this … [Read more...]
4 Tips to Avoid Tempting Holiday Sweets
Does it sometimes feel like people are purposefully trying to make you gain weight? They bring you gifts of cookies and cakes and chocolates. Your co-workers bring in festive trays full of sweets. You can’t go shopping without running into displays or ads for yummy holiday treats. (NOTE: We chose a cookie-less image for this article…we don’t want to add to the problem!). So how … [Read more...]
4 Low-Carb Stuffing Recipes for Your Turkey!
Turkey dinner. While the bird takes center stage, for some of us it's all about the stuffing or dressing. But the traditional bread-laden dressing is a recipe for gaining unwanted holiday pounds. Here are four healthier low-carb stuffing variations. Whether you are low-carb, paleo, gluten-free, or vegan, you'll find something to celebrate with these low-carb turkey dressing … [Read more...]
Healthy Halloween Treats for You and the Kids!
Here are some super cute and healthy Halloween treats to make with the kids. PLUS some low-carb Halloween ideas that will help you stay on track too! Be sure to make these early in the day so you and the kids can fill up on healthy treats before trick-or-treating. Healthy Halloween Treats for the Kids Your kids will love these healthy Halloween treats made from apples, … [Read more...]
121 Ways to Tell If You Are Losing Weight —that don’t include a scale!
When you're doing everything right but the scale won't budge, how else can you tell you are losing weight? That's where tracking non-scale victories can help. To illustrate what non-scale victories look like, we asked people like you how they knew they were losing weight. Their responses are inspiring, funny, and fantastically motivating-- and they'll help you to stay on … [Read more...]
Sugar Detox: 6 Proven Steps to Kick Cravings
Ok, you did it. You ate some sweets and now you're feeling guilty, bloated, and like you've gained 10 pounds… and you're craving even more sweets. Here's what you can do to kick your cravings and detox from sugar. Understanding Why You Crave Sugar Sugar activates the reward center of your brain. Every time you eat sweets, your body releases serotonin and dopamine. These … [Read more...]
4 Things You Do Before Noon that Sabotage Weight Loss
Having trouble shedding unwanted pounds? How you start your day – specifically what you do before noon – has the biggest effect on your weight loss or gain. Here are 4 things you may be doing that are sabotaging your weight loss goals. We’ll show you what to do instead in the morning to jump start your weight loss results each day. Mistake #1 – Not eating a breakfast … [Read more...]
How to Lose Stubborn Belly Fat
You’ve tried everything. You’ve lost weight in other areas, but that belly fat will…not…go…away. There are actually scientific reasons why belly fat is harder to lose, especially for women. When you lose weight, you’re likely to see changes in your legs, face and arms before your belly. So what can you do? Here are three things you can do to finally lose stubborn belly … [Read more...]
Niki’s Success Story: 300 to 150 pounds!
My name is Niki and I'm a Texas girl. So you know what that means? I love food! I was always kind of a chunky kid. I was the cute chunky though. No one would have looked at me and said “she has a weight problem.” But as I grew up, I just started gaining a lot more weight. My friends continued to play soccer and I just sat on the sidelines and kind of watched them. I love … [Read more...]
Success Story: Michelle Loses the Baby Weight
I remember when my Mom and sister would ominously tell me to just wait. What they meant was that once I had kiddos of my own, that losing weight would feel impossible. Well, they were right! Over the past year, I’ve lost over 20 pounds of baby weight. But it’s been slow progress-- with a lot of setbacks. Two steps forward, one step back the whole way since having my baby. … [Read more...]
Quick and Easy PTF Microwave to Eat in Minutes Who can think of summer without thinking about swimming, picnics, and celebrating? Have you been to any graduations lately? I have attended three already. Anniversaries are all over my calendar this month. The best part of the summer is relaxation, outdoor living, and relationships. This time of year, my family and … [Read more...]
Walking Challenge: 28 Days to See a New You!
A 28-day walking challenge will increase your fitness and sculpt your body-- without all the wear and tear you get from other high-impact sports. The first key to lose pounds with walking is consistency-- you must walk every day. Next, you'll want to make sure that you are working at a level that gets your heart rate up where it should be. The walking challenge below will do … [Read more...]
Success! When getting to your goal matters, We support you all the way!
Losing weight can feel like a very lonely and solitary journey. Often it is. If you are like me, the option to lose weight with a friend or family member may not FEEL ideal. So, we go it alone and struggle through the difficult times alone. BUT it does not have to be that way, and you do not have to include your friends and neighbors on your journey if you don’t want … [Read more...]
Excited about Spring? Keep your Healthy Habits with You on the Go!
When you’re active, a healthy diet can be taxing to attain. The good news is these three steps will help you easily add Personal Trainer Food snacks to your on-the-go lifestyle. With the approach of spring, we’re thawing out and getting ready to enjoy the fun of warmer weather and outdoor activities, which means you are on the go more. Your You Choose Personal Trainer Food … [Read more...]
How would you answer this? It could change everything.
Are you beautiful? It’s a simple question… But did you just read past that question without answering? Or, did you have to make up some logical conclusion such as “I’m not totally a lost cause, so I guess I might be able to call myself beautiful?” Maybe you just quietly told yourself “no…” This is one of the most important questions you could ask. Why is it so difficult … [Read more...]
13 Sneaky Health Foods that Actually Create Fat
Can Health Foods Make Fat? Everywhere you go, you see foods marketed as good for you. But are they also good at helping you to burn fat-- or will these health foods make fat? The answer will surprise you! Check out these 13 sneaky "health foods" --and learn what to eat instead. 1. Sushi Sushi rice tops the list of all the rices in its ability to put fat on your body because it … [Read more...]
Celebrate! Enjoy eating choices that keep you Happy and Healthy!
Whether celebrating with someone special or with your best friends, enjoying a restaurant meal doesn’t mean losing momentum with your eating goals. Enjoying a meal at a restaurant won’t upset your healthy eating plan when using Personal Trainer Food - the PTF plan as an easy pathway to stay on track to achieve your goals. Healthy Combos Your body uses a combination of … [Read more...]
Healthy Grocery Budget: Lose Weight and Save
Retail food prices are on the rise, but American salaries are not keeping up. With the extra squeeze on your budget, it's important to make every dollar count in your healthy grocery budget. Is it possible to save on your groceries? Yes. But is it possible to save over $600 a month without clipping any coupons? ...Yes! To find that $600, we need to do a little … [Read more...]
Calories: are you counting? You need to read this.
The key to your weight loss success with Personal Trainer Food lies in one powerful concept about calories. All calories are NOT created equal. If you drink 1,000 calories of soda, for example, you would spike your blood sugar and skyrocket insulin production — triggering your body to store fat and making you feel even hungrier than before. On the other hand… if you eat a … [Read more...]
What You CAN Do When The Scale Won’t Budge
Uh-oh, scale won't budge? Let's get it moving again! First, Tell Us-- What's Your Perfect Number? You know, it's the one on the scale that will make you feel sexier, more confident, and happier. The one you fantasize about when you first start out on your weight loss journey. So what is it for you? 125? 140? 175? Whatever your number is, that's great! You CAN get … [Read more...]
217+ Low-Carb Sauces, Condiments, Herbs, and Flavors to Spice Up Your Meals!
Who said you couldn't have variety on a low-carb diet? Mix up your meals and lose weight with these incredibly tasty low-carb sauces and dressings for any flavor you might be craving. You will never run out of options with this extensive list— grab it to check your pantry, or use it as a low-carb shopping list to make sure you're not missing anything! Tip: Use the … [Read more...]
Workout Buddies: Are They Worth the Trouble?
Getting a workout routine down and sticking to it day in and out is challenging for most of us. Despite our good intentions, we end up abandoning our routines within a few weeks. Is it worth the trouble to find workout buddies? ...or will they just drag you down? Some stats on workout buddies Training just two times a week with a partner had a 78% increase on exercise … [Read more...]
How to Have a Drink and Stay at Your Goal Weight
Are you interested in minimizing weight gain, but still enjoying an occasional drink? You'll definitely want to stick with low-carb alcohol. It can get a little confusing, especially because labels aren't required on many alcoholic drinks. We've listed out the best low-carb alcohol choices, including beers, wines, and mixed drinks to help you stay slim and healthy... First: … [Read more...]
Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work (And What Does)
The key to your weight loss success with Personal Trainer Food lies in one powerful concept about calories…not all calories are created equal. If two people were given 1,600 calories per day and one chose to eat vegetables, nuts, eggs and lean proteins while the other person ate foods full of refined sugar, fried meat, pastas and potatoes and processed snacks, would you … [Read more...]
3 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Diet Stick
Many New Year’s resolutions don’t work, especially weight loss resolutions. Here are 3 reasons why most New Year’s diets don’t work, and 3 proven strategies that DO work to lose weight and keep it off for good. #1 – Short-term diets don’t work What does? Changing your eating habits A short-term diet change won't be effective in the long run. You may lose some weight, but … [Read more...]
How NOT to Gain Weight at Holiday Parties
It’s the holiday season and that means you’re going to be surrounded by temptation. Friends, family and work may be throwing parties full of holiday cookies, treats, and fattening food. How can you avoid temptation and keep off unwanted pounds? Here are three tips to NOT gain weight at holiday parties. #1 – Bring a healthy dish to share Guarantee you’ll have something to … [Read more...]
15 Holiday Fixes: How to Survive This Time of Year
Chances are, you'll be tempted to make at least one of these common blunders this holiday season. In fact, you might even be making one right now. Here's what to watch out for... #1 Running on coffee so you can eat at the holiday party later. Coffee is awesome, but chain-drinking it so you can "save calories" for later... ...drops your blood sugars too low, setting … [Read more...]
Can You Have a Cheat Day and Still Lose Weight?
"Can I have a cheat day?" That's a great question! But what are you really asking? You are asking if you can still have beer, pizza, and ice cream. Or you might be asking if you still party like a rock star on the weekends. Yeah, I get it, you want your slice of birthday cake and a glass of wine with it too. ...and want to still lose weight. Well, unfortunately, … [Read more...]
Visceral Fat & Diabetes: Reducing Belly Fat
Noticing a little extra fat around your waist? That's a clear warning sign-- belly fat, or visceral fat means that your body is sounding an alarm you shouldn't ignore. Doing so will increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and even more weight gain. Arm yourself with the knowledge to understand the problem with belly fat, and what you can do to get rid of it as quickly … [Read more...]
Eggs for Breakfast? What You Need to Know
If you are trying to lose weight, does it really matter what you eat for breakfast? Which will help you burn more fat in the morning: cereal, toast, eggs, or yogurt? Let's put it to the test! Here's your menu, pick one... Breakfast A: two eggs, and some toast with jelly (339 calories). Breakfast B: a bagel with cream cheese along with some yogurt (340 … [Read more...]
Don’t Eat Another Steak– Until You Read This!
Are you craving a big juicy steak, full of saturated fat and calories? WAIT! First there are some things you must know prior to heading to the steak house. For one thing, how much weight you'll gain from all those greasy calories. And-- is it even healthy to eat?! Find out what steak really does to your body below. Here's the Breakdown It depends on the cut, but … [Read more...]
How to Do a Clear Liquid Fast to Jump Start Weight Loss
You've probably heard about doing a liquid fast for weight loss. It can really help if need to drop a few pounds for a weekend getaway or to get unstuck from a frustrating weight loss plateau. Let's go over exactly how to do a clear liquid fast safely and effectively. We'll also show you how to maintain your weight loss so you don't gain it all back again. First: How do … [Read more...]
15 Foods that Have WAY MORE Sugar than You Think!
Think you're an ace at finding hidden sugar in foods? Ok then-- you over there! Yes you! COME ON DOWNNNNN! You're the next contestant on Personal Trainer Food! Let's put your skill at finding hidden sugar to the test with our fabulous Hi Lo Sugar game! To play, take a look at the foods below and choose the one that has more hidden sugar in it. Ready? … [Read more...]
Libby’s Personal Trainer Food Success Story
Hi! My name is Libby. I'm 27, and I have a very stressful job. On top of that, I have a few medical conditions that have prevented me from losing weight, no matter how hard I work out at the gym. Needless to say, I was very skeptical that just eating Personal Trainer Food could help. Boy, was I wrong! My Routine Before Personal Trainer Food My diet was pretty clean … [Read more...]
Swimsuit Trends Every Body Can Wear
New swimsuit trends are coming out that are awesome for every body. Yes, really! It's so empowering to know that swim suit designers are finally getting it. And better yet, even everyday stores like Target are offering these fun, wearable suits. Check out all these swimsuit trends that look and fit better, so you're free to do all your favorite summer activities. High … [Read more...]
Can Red Wine and Alcohol Help You Lose Fat?
Maybe you've heard that drinking red wine is good for you because it has resveratol in it. And some people are saying that a few glasses of red wine before bedtime will suppress your appetite and help you to lose weight. Now THAT sounds like a dream come true. But should you do it? In this article, we'll talk about alcohol and weight loss! 1. Alcohol is a … [Read more...]
47 Things You Can Feel Happy About Right Now
Need a break from stress? We feel you. Take a moment to welcome feelings of gratitude-- for the little things. It'll give you a whole new perspective. Go on. Take 5 to remind yourself of the good things in life. Here are 47 of them to get you started... Let's start with our favorite song about rainbows. The smell of a box of crayons. Your favorite '80s song. Summer … [Read more...]
4 Social Weight Loss Dilemmas– and How to Win At Them
Trying to lose weight and be social can be difficult. You might have it all under control, but it can seem like your friends and family will do anything to undermine your resolve. Here are four winning strategies you can use to gracefully take charge of your goals and enjoy any social situation. How to Handle Food Pushers What they say: Why don't you have some of my … [Read more...]
Rapid Weight Loss Plan – drop a size in 7 days!
How would you like to tighten up your waistline, and even shed a few extra pounds – in about 7 days? We’ll show you exactly how to do it with this rapid weight loss plan! And the cool part? This strategy designed so you can have a few little indulgences, too! Yup. You can totally rock this. Check it out... First: Is a Rapid Weight Loss Plan Right for You? If you have … [Read more...]
Which Vegetables Actually Burn Fat? You’ll be Surprised!
What makes non-starchy vegetables, well... non-starchy? And exactly which veggies are starchy vegetables? Knowing the answer can be a lifesaver to your weight loss program! Here's the most definitive list ever, with over 125 vegetables from A to Z to keep you on track. Let's Start With Non-Starchy Vegetables... The reason these are called non-starchy vegetables is because … [Read more...]
50+ Super Easy Low Carb Snacks
Got a snack attack? Ditch the chips! Whether you want something gourmet or on the go, salty or sweet, we have over 50 healthy low carb snacks for you to obsess over! And the best part? You can make many of these faster than you can open that bag of chips... 50 Low Carb Snacks for Every Craving You Might Have... These are our favorite low carb snacks because they use … [Read more...]
Low Carb Restaurant Guide: Order from ANY Menu!
Whether you're headed out for burgers or Italian, dining out (and losing weight) can be a breeze with this low carb restaurant guide. (Yes, you can eat more than rabbit food!) We'll show you how... Low Carb Restaurant Tips a From a Personal Trainer Have you ever wondered if Personal Trainers have a social life-- or do they just gnaw on plain chicken breasts all day? It … [Read more...]