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Preventing Overeating: Weight Loss Strategies for Eating at Home

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on August 22, 2010

     Overeating makes it almost impossible to achieve your health and fitness goals, because any time you consume more calories than you burn, your body is forced to store fat. This happens regardless of how healthy you eat, so it is important to avoid overeating as much as possible. This article discusses 4 tips you can use to improve your eating habits at home.

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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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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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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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A Key to Fat Loss: Naturally Shrinking your Stomach

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on February 21, 2010

     One of the most common problems people have when dieting and trying to lose fat is controlling how much they eat at one time, otherwise known as portion control. Many people end up eating appropriate amounts of food for most of the day, but then eat significantly more during one of their meals (usually dinner). In some cases, the amount eaten during this larger meal is enough to undo all the progress the person made with their eating during the rest of the day.

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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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How to get your Nutrition Back on Track when your Diet Falls Apart: My Personal Holiday Experience

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on December 29, 2009

     I was originally going to write about a different topic today, but my personal experiences during the holidays caused me to change my mind and write this instead.  Last week I wrote about the hidden causes of holiday weight gain and discussed how having holiday treats and other foods around the house can result is significant fat and weight gain. Well, last week I drove home and stayed with my family for a few days at Christmas and had the intention of eating as healthy as possible. I knew there would be some serious temptations and I expected my eating habits to be worse than normal, but I was still not adequately prepared for what I encountered.

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The Hidden Causes of Holiday Weight Gain

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on December 20, 2009

     If you are like most people, it can be challenging to avoid weight gain during the holidays. One of the big problems is family gatherings, which often revolve around eating large meals. I am sure you realize that eating excessively large meals will make you gain weight, but these meals may not actually be your biggest problem during the holiday season. A more significant threat will likely come from what I consider to be hidden sources of calories.

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