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calories in vs. calories out

7 simple calorie clean ups

Calories in vs. calories out…again? I have to be honest, I’m worn out by “calories.” I’m tired of the “calories in vs. calories out” conversations, tired of breaking down food into simple units of energy. Food is so much more than just calories. It creates an environment in your body. It creates a conversation between […]

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exercise intensity

The one where I admit I was wrong

I was wrong. Flat out. I harbored a belief. I promoted it. I even got rewarded for it. And then I grew up (grew older, more accurately) and I learned that I was wrong.Here’s the set up.I used to be a “beast mode” guy. I came from the hard-charging mindset that all workouts needed to […]

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success formula

Everything I know about life I learned in the garden

Wisdom is found in unlikely places… My wife and I love to garden. On weekends we can be found wrist-deep in dirt, sunburned on the backs of our necks, planting, pruning, fighting off the neighbor’s bamboo. It’s a great way to throw off the worries of the week, to invest yourself in participating in something […]

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get in shape

How long does it take to get OUT of shape?

We obsess about getting INTO shape, but…. We often wonder how long it will take to improve some aspect of our health; to lose fat, to gain muscle, to build a habit.But I think it’s also important to know how long it takes to LOSE the progress we’ve made. It helps to bring into perspective the […]

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self reflection

What I learned from getting my email hacked!

I had a rough weekend It started great Saturday morning with me teaching classes in Encino and then getting the chance to deliver my “5 Pillars of Health” presentation to members. I love getting to present new and (at least to me) exciting ways to improve health and wellness, so I was feeling really good […]

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moderation

The problem with “moderation”

Let’s talk about “moderation” After my “cheat meal” post last week a longtime Arena family member (you know who you are) was telling me about how his general guiding principle when it comes to health is “moderation.” I know this about him because we’ve discussed it in the past, and, although I don’t know exactly […]

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cheat meal

When a “cheat meal” turns into “What-The-Hell!”

Ah…the “cheat meal”… Have you ever been in the process of working on improving your health, and you’re absolutely SMASHING IT…and then you have a “cheat” meal… which turns into a cheat day… which leads to a cheat weekend… and then you fall apart and now you have to start all over again? I think […]

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weight loss mindset

The most important factor in weight loss?

Is your weight loss focus off track? What would you say is the most important factor in long-term weight loss?Nutrition?Exercise?Sleep?I’d argue none of the above, though they are ALL very important.I believe, without a doubt, that the factor that influences weight loss above all else is your mindset, and your mindset is made up of your […]

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evolutionary mismatch

Mismatched: It’s not your fault!

What is “evolutionary mismatch?” If you struggle with your fitness, your health, if you struggle to exercise consistently and eat the right foods, to get enough sleep and manage your weight, it’s not your fault. Consider this question: If you pluck a zebra from it’s natural habitat and relocate it to New England, will it […]

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counting calories

Why counting calories doesn’t work

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably tried counting calories. And if you’re a woman, you’ve probably fixated on consuming 1,200 calories per day. Where did that come from?  Many women I’ve spoken to about how many calories she thinks she should eat per day say 1,200 but can’t really city WHY this is […]

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