The Urban Dictionary has defined 'fat-shaming' as "a term made by obese people to avoid the responsibility to actually take proper care of their body". As an exercise physiologist, nutritionist, and research scientist who studies obesity and one who’s battled the disease all my life, I’m not diametrically opposed to this definition in cases where the term 'fat' isn’t used maliciously....more
When it comes to pregnancy there is one common question asked by new moms, veteran moms, and moms-to-be: "How do I get my body back after having a baby?" While there’s no single formula that works for all women, I can definitely provide some real insight from my own unique personal and professional experiences....more
Back in 2007 while pregnant with my son I found out I had a single uterine fibroid that increased in size throughout the progression of my pregnancy. I didn’t sweat it as my obstetrician-gynecologist assured me that the fibroid would shrink after childbirth. It did. Unfortunately, my fibroid issues took a real turn for the worst from 2010 to 2012 during which time I had three consecutive miscarriages....more
On January 11, 2013, a day after the Season 2 premier of ABC’s "Scandal", I had a little venting session on Facebook. My rant was specifically directed towards the large volume of women inside and outside my circle of family, friends, and clients who had tuned in to the show....more
On June 18, 2013, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a special event held at a local City Farm fresh market situated in Northeast Chicago. This event was generously sponsored by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly for the purpose of supporting Resource Center’s latest initiative in sustainable urban farming....more
Many people who are trying to lose weight tend to avoid resistance (weight) training for a fear of "bulking up" or "getting bigger". In spite of what many believe, resistance training is absolutely critical for weight loss, weight maintenance and overall good health. Here are 5 reasons why resistance training is especially beneficial for weight loss.1. Preserves Muscle Mass...more
Are you one of many women who are skeptical about weight loss for a fear that losing too much weight will reduce the size of your butt? You may even be one of the “lucky” ones who are naturally thin yet still carrying a gut or a muffin top.
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In either case, you’re probably wondering how you can lose weight in specific areas like your midsection without losing it anywhere else, especially your butt.
Traditional fasting reduces the risk of numerous chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. However, most people find it quite difficult to completely abstain from foods and beverages for an extended period of time. Those who do abstain often enter starvation mode, which is associated with extreme hunger, cravings, and in some cases, binge eating upon completion of fasting. If you’re interested in taking full advantage of the health-enhancing effects of prolonged fasting, but are afraid that you won’t be able to adhere, diurnal fasting is an excellent alternative....more
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