“You can’t out-cardio a bad diet.” This saying means that no matter how much we exercise, we still need to watch what we eat—and how many calories we consume. And some of us might be reaching our entire calorie allotment for the day “in one fell swig.” Before I started researching, I probably was. I […]
What’s the fastest way to kill your New Year’s fitness goals? Researchers say having too many options and too much information is a surefire way to doom them.
New Year’s is right around the corner. That means it is time to start making some resolutions. If you’re like me you come up with a list of 20 things, that overwhelm you to the point that you just quit trying. This year, how about you take a different approach. Keep it simple. Why not […]
Ahhh… choooooooooo. Doesn’t it seem like we always get sick right at the worst times? Like when we launch into a new exercise routine or start training for an athletic event? Sometimes there’s just no avoiding a cold during sniffle season. If you work in an office building, have school-aged kids, or ever go in […]
Tips for a healthy, productive holiday shopping trip. Burn extra calories and avoid the shopping hangover!
Like it or not, the holidays are here; which means your calendar is quickly filling up. Kids programs, work events and various parties seem to be coming at you faster than Rudolph can pull Santa’s sleigh. Plus there’s shopping, wrapping, planning and of course eating to fit in. And we’re not just talking normal eating, […]
Can you really “sweat it out”? Here’s what experts say about exercising while you’re under the weather.
Sure, we know that we need to drink more water. Everyone from Dr. Oz to Dr. Dre, on down to your doctor are probably saying about the same thing. Cut back on the soda, alcohol and sugar-filled drinks, and drink anywhere from 8-16 glasses of water each day. We ALSO know that it’s hard to […]
When Caroline Williams found the IdealShape Up Challenge on Facebook, she was READY to make a change. The 25-year-old mother of two had grown up with scoliosis and a joint disease, and at one point her doctor warned her that if she didn’t keep her health in order, she could end up in a wheelchair. […]
Warming up before working out is important. This is because it can help you avoid injury by ensuring that your muscles and joints are functioning properly. Especially during these cold winter months, it’s important that you properly warm up and get your blood flowing before starting your workout. Because warming up is so important, we’re providing you […]
It’s no secret that feeling sad can drive our impulsive choices — usually in the wrong direction. Hence the stereotypical pairing of articles about heartbreak + photos of empty Ben & Jerry’s cartons. But does happiness lead to weight loss? Do you think that happiness can drive our choices in the right direction? Researchers at the […]
“I have always been overweight,” Kerry Pilgrim says. “At some point, I just accepted that I would always be big and there was nothing I could do to change that.” But in September of 2014, she changed her thinking. “After years of being unhappy with my weight, I decided it was time to change my […]
Nicole Starling wasn’t a fan of breakfast. The 32-year-old North Carolina teacher used to get “stage fright” before class, so she usually just skipped the morning meal. It could have been this bad breakfast habit that caused her to put on weight. Or maybe it was the slowing metabolism that comes with adulthood. Whatever the reason, after she turned […]
Meet Matthew Hoover, our May Ship Shape Challenge winner! How did a computer password, a daily IdealShake and two cute kids help him reach his ideal? Read on… After watching his father recover from a heart attack and triple bypass, Matthew, a Pennsylvania business owner, husband and father of two, decided it was time for […]
When Jeffrey lost his long-time job as a bank executive at 57 years old, he planned on taking some time off to recharge his batteries and prepare for the next phase of his life. “That was the plan at least,” he says. “In reality, I was spending most of my time puttering around the house and […]
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.
Nothing against jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps (except that they’re full of sugar, empty calories and artificial dyes). It’s just that if we’re going to achieve our ideal shape — by swimsuit season, no less — we need to approach Easter with caution! When it comes to holidays, Easter rivals Halloween in terms of a […]
This Raspberry Lime Power Smoothie has just the right kick for your post-weekend Monday mornings! Recipe: 1 cup frozen raspberries 2 tbs. lime juice 1 scoop vanilla IdealShake 1 cup almond milk unsweetened Add ice, blend, and enjoy! Want more? Download our free Smoothie Recipe Book 😉
We all want to help our family eat healthy foods. But have you ever noticed how describing the evils of junk food and jumbo-portions rarely causes them to change their eating behavior? If anything, it seems to make them MORE likely to order the bleu bacon cheeseburger with a side of smothered nachos. As the […]
As the 2013 Ship Shape Challenge winner, Julie Nesbit lost 82 pounds, got a trip to Park City UT, and ultimately won $1,000 cash and a Caribbean Cruise for two! Not long ago, before her weight loss journey began, Julie used to feel invisible. She just wanted to be seen again. “When I was heavy and would see […]