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How to Prevent Weight and Fat Gain when Exercise Decreases or Stops

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on September 5, 2010

     Exercising consistently is well known as one of the best ways to prevent unwanted weight gain, but what do you do if you have to take time off from exercise or your everyday level of activity decreases? When this happens, many people end up gaining weight, but there are some things you can do to prevent or minimize this unwanted weight gain. 

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Tips to Prevent Overeating: General Strategies

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 15, 2010

     Overeating is one of the greatest obstacles for people wanting to lose fat, get in shape, and improve their health. Eating too much can make it almost impossible to achieve your health and fitness goals, because any time you consume more calories than you burn, your body will be forced to store more fat. This will happen regardless of how healthy you eat, so it is important to avoid overeating as much as possible.

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Eating Healthy vs. Eating Less Unhealthy

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 8, 2010

     Everyone wants to have a healthy, well functioning body and one of the primary keys to achieving optimal health is healthy eating. However, eating right can be a challenge, especially when so many foods are heavily processed or have added ingredients that are very unhealthy. Another big problem is the way marketers make products sound healthier than they actually are and try to make people content with eating less unhealthy, instead of actually eating healthy.

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Lower Body Posture: Three Simple tips to Improve Muscle and Joint Health

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 4, 2010

     Having good posture is definitely important if you want a healthy and well-functioning body. However, even though people know it is important, people rarely think about posture while performing everyday activities. It is usually not until postural related pain or discomfort occurs that people consciously make an effort to think about their posture. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can start doing today to improve your posture and help prevent muscle and joint problems down the road. This post focuses specifically on tips to improve lower body posture.

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Balance and Stability: Functions and Misconceptions

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 1, 2010

     Balance and stability are two of the attributes that determine your overall level of fitness, but they are rarely given the attention they deserve in a typical training program. One reason is because most people do not appreciate their importance, at least not until they get older and their health and fitness naturally starts to decline. Another problem is the concepts and functions of balance and stability are often misunderstood and training to improve those attributes is rarely explained or even discussed by most media sources. As a result, balance and stability often go unaddressed, which can cause problems later in life.

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Which Organic Foods are Worth the Extra Cost?

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on July 25, 2010

     Organic foods are becoming increasingly more popular and there are a number of reasons why. Organic products are usually more natural, contain fewer unhealthy substances, and they can even have more taste than their non-organic counterparts. Of course, there is a down side to all this, which is that they cost more than regular foods. The price of food is certainly an important consideration, especially in the current economy, so the question many people have is, which organic foods are worth the extra cost?

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Are Organic Foods Better than Non-Organic Foods?

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on July 18, 2010

     Not too long ago, if you wanted to find a decent selection of organic products, you had to go to a specialty health food store. Now you can find organic produce, meats, dairy products and more at almost any grocery store. There is no question that organic foods have increased in popularity in recent years, but many people still have questions about organic products. Perhaps the most common question is, are organic foods really better than non-organic foods?

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Food as Fuel vs. Food as Enjoyment: Implications for Fat Loss

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on July 11, 2010

     The way you think about food has a significant impact on your nutritional habits and your health. Thinking about food in specific ways can have various effects, such as encouraging improvements in your body or making it almost impossible to lose fat. The two primarily competing attitudes involve thinking of food as either a source of fuel for your body or as a source of enjoyment or comfort. People who treat food as fuel are usually healthier and in better shape than people who view food as a source of enjoyment. In any case, it is ideal if you can find a healthy balance between the two.

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The Eat This, Not That Mentality

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on June 20, 2010

     Chances are you have heard of the “Eat This, Not That!” series of nutrition books. At this point there are at least 7 different books, not including updated versions, and you can frequently see segments on morning TV shows where the viewer is asked to guess which of two foods or meals is lower in fat or calories. Needless to say, the eat this, not that mentality is very popular right now, but is it really a good way to approach nutrition?

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Deciding what Foods you should Eat – The Big Picture

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on June 9, 2010

     I want to start this post by simply saying that nutrition is complicated and it can be very confusing, especially when there are so many different diets and opinions about how and what you should eat. Since there is so much competition among nutrition plans, each one tries to market a unique angle to help it stand out from the crowd. As a result, much of the information focuses on explaining why one particular plan is better than all the others. While this certainly helps attract new customers, it also makes people lose sight of the big picture by making them focus on the aspect(s) of the program that makes it different or unique. However, when it comes to nutrition, the last thing you want to do is lose sight of the big picture.

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