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Muscular Efficiency, Calorie Burning, and Fat Loss

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on June 30, 2010

     Efficiency is generally considered a good thing, but when it comes to fitness, it can actually be a problem. Specifically, the issue is with muscular efficiency, because increased muscular efficiency results in fewer calories being burned during workouts, which ultimately means less fat loss. Muscular efficiency can have a significant effect on the ability to lose fat, but many people are not familiar with this concept, so they don’t create their workouts to minimize the negative effects. Therefore, this post will briefly describe muscular efficiency and explain how it affects your results.

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Health and Fitness Psychology – 7 Tips to Ensure Your Success – Part 2

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on June 2, 2010

     In the first part of this post I cover the first 3 tips, which involved creating a supportive environment, deciding what you want to accomplish, and creating short, intermediate, and long-term goals (click here to read part 1). I ended part 1 by basically stating that the more you understand about your routine, the better your overall success will be and that leads right into the next tip.

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Health and Fitness Psychology – 7 Tips to Ensure Your Success – Part 1

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 30, 2010

     It’s common for people to think about the impact of exercise and nutrition on their body, but most people don’t really think about the effects of psychology or their mindset on their results. Believe it or not, it is often possible to determine if a person will ultimately succeed or fail based on the psychological approach they have towards their health and fitness routine. If you have the right mindset, it greatly increases your chances of improving and experiencing long-term success in all aspects of health and fitness. On the other hand, if you have the wrong attitude, it can completely sabotage your efforts.

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Eating on the Go – Tips and Tricks to Survive a Busy Schedule

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on May 26, 2010

     One of the most common nutritional related problems people have is finding a way to eat healthy while on the go. Many people have questions about what they should do and I was asked about this recently, so I decided to write a post on the topic. The simple fact is eating on the go is challenging, because it means you are already short on time and the less time you have, the lower the chance you will find something healthy to eat. In general, the quickest and easiest meals to eat on the go are also the ones you should probably avoid. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to improve your eating habits during a busy day.

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The Secret to Developing Willpower to Consistently Eat Healthy Foods

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

     One of the biggest keys to long-term health and fat loss is being consistently good with your nutrition. Many people know this, yet they often struggle to find the motivation or willpower to consistently eat healthy. This causes people to fluctuate between eating right and going through periods of overeating or eating unhealthy foods. Until these behaviors change and healthy eating become the norm, long-term success will remain elusive. Fortunately there is something you can do to improve your ability to consistently eat the right foods and keep progressing with your health and fitness.

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The 2 Foundations of Every Effective Exercise Program – Part 2: The SAID Principle

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on March 24, 2010

     In my previous post I discussed what I consider to be the first foundation of every effective exercise program: the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS). This theory provides the basic information to explain why exercising at right intensity level is essential if you want to improve your body. However, it does not help explain anything about what type of exercise you should do to reach your specific goals, but that’s what the SAID principle is for.

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Increasing Fat Loss through Nutritional Journaling

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on March 17, 2010

     Fat loss continues to be one of the most popular topics in health and fitness and people are always looking for new ways to lose weight and improve the way they look. Companies are always promoting new and often untested products such as pills, powders, creams, exercise equipment, and diets to promote fat loss, but the vast majority of these things are marketing gimmicks that are rarely as effective as previously established methods for losing fat. One such proven method for increasing fat loss that often goes overlooked is nutritional journaling.

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Dieting is Not the Answer for Long-Term Fat Loss

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on January 10, 2010

     If you have poor eating habits and want to lose fat, then you need to improve your nutrition to make significant progress. When people think about losing fat, the first thing that often comes to mind is dieting, but going on a diet is probably not your best course of action. Instead of dieting, you should work on improving your everyday eating habits (nutritional program), which will lead to better long-term results.

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Make a Plan, Not a New Year’s Resolution

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on January 3, 2010

     Well, we are at the beginning of another year, so it is time of year to reflect on the past and think about our future. This is also the time to make your New Year’s resolutions, many of which will likely have to do with health and fitness. Making resolutions is a traditional thing to do, but really, how effective are they? Some people do have success, but for most of us, they just end in frustration and disappointment. I believe your best bet is to stop making resolutions and make a plan instead.

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