Why Every Woman Should Build Muscle


Bulking is a word that gets thrown around a lot in the fitness world, and I think it’s creating a misconception among women. In particular, I see women at the gym steering clear of the free-weight section. There’s a fear that lifting with anything heavier than a “Barbie” weight will cause you to get big, bulky and manlike. The […]

6 Seasonal Fruits and Veggies to Try in Your Smoothie


One of my favorite parts of spring is all the fresh produce coming into season. It’s no secret that eating more fruits and vegetables is essential to staying healthy, including maintaining a healthy weight. In-season produce is extremely affordable, especially if you buy your groceries from a farmers market. But one of the biggest mistakes people make when […]

How to Stay Motivated to Reach Your Goal Weight


Don’t knock the bathroom selfie! When it comes to weight loss motivation, there’s nothing more encouraging than those little successes. But the scale doesn’t tell the whole story… IdealShape exercise and nutrition expert, Lindsey Mathews, says weekly “selfies” helped her achieve her weight loss goals by being objective. Several of our IdealShape Up Challenge winners, like […]

What’s the Best Way to Lose Weight? Revamp Your Grocery List!


Your strategy for healthier eating starts at the grocery store. For instant body shaping, here’s what to put on, and scratch off, your shopping list.

How Jessica Got in Shape for Her New Career!


Congratulations to our newest IdealShape Up Challenge winner, Jessica Earwood! She started her fitness journey with the 12-week Challenge in January and has already lost 50 pounds—and gained some serious strength! “I started my fitness journey because of my health initially,” Jessica explains. “I was hitting over 200 pounds and not happy with myself.” After a job […]

Jumpstart Your Weight Loss with Spring Cleaning!

young housewife cleaning

Spring has finally sprung and if you’re suffering from cabin fever spring cleaning is the cure! A clean and tidy home leaves you feeling peaceful and energized, ready to take on the world and be productive! Spring cleaning can give you the boost you need to achieve your goals. Japanese professional organizer, Marie Kondo, said […]

Why Having A Plan Makes Weight Loss Easier

Diet. Beautiful Young Woman choosing between Fruits and Sweets

Have you ever heard the saying “if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”? Well, it’s true. One of the most important things to do when you begin a weight loss journey is to map out not just the results you want, but how you’re going to get there. Have you ever been really […]

Complete vs. Incomplete Proteins


As I have mentioned before, protein intake should be an important part of your weight loss program. I have also mentioned that the protein we take into our bodies should be through both supplementation and natural foods. But when it comes to natural protein sources, not all proteins are created equal. Some proteins are complete, meaning that your body […]