Caroline Rocked the Challenge – Check This Out!

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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. […]

Against All Odds This Couple Lost 130 Lbs Together


“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 […]

How This Bride-to-Be Lost 30 Lbs, Just in Time!


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 […]

The Strange Reason We Get “Snack Attacks” at Night

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One of the biggest areas of weakness for people who are trying to lose weight is the constant grazing and snacking at night. It’s a hard one to fight, but it might not be a willpower issue. New research suggests that it’s all in your head. According to a recent study conducted at Brigham Young University, […]

Matthew Set Out to Lose 10 Lbs and Shed 42 Instead!


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 […]

Sugar is Holding Your Ideal Body Hostage – Here’s Your Action Plan


There are a lot of articles, blogs and magazines warning people to kick the sugar addiction. Unfortunately, not very many of them actually tell you how to do it. In a previous article, I shared my own struggle with sugar addiction. I know it’s not an easy thing to turn off those cravings, make lifestyle […]

The Surprising Reason IdealBars Help You Cut Calories


It may seem counterintuitive, but eating more meals is one of the best ways to eat less. That’s why on the IdealPlan, we have you eat five meals a day to accelerate fat loss (read more about IdealShape’s meal plan here). Eating five small healthy meals a day, which means a meal or snack roughly every three hours, not only […]

Sex, Drugs and SUGAR


What if I told you that sex, drugs and sugar all produce a response in the same part of your brain. Sound crazy? Let me explain. There’s a place deep down in your brain that’s in charge of making you feel good. This is called the nucleus accumbens, but from now on let’s refer to […]

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 […]

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.

Complete vs. Incomplete Proteins


As we’ve mentioned before, protein intake is an essential part of a weight loss program, especially in conjunction with strength workouts. In order to get sufficient amounts of protein, the protein we take into our bodies should be through both supplementation (such as IdealShake) and natural foods. When it comes to natural protein sources, however, not all proteins are created equal. Today I’ll show […]

Your Complete Easter Basket Survival Guide


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 […]

How Your Brain Reacts to Too Many or Too Few Calories

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Weight loss and weight gain aren’t controlled by your stomach; they’re controlled by your brain, so it’s important to know how your brain reacts to the number of calories (high or low) that you’re eating. Your neurological system has set responses to every variation of your nutrient and calorie intake. Those responses are a systematic […]

Good Calories vs. Bad Calories

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  In my last post, I pointed out the common mistake of ignoring calories while trying to lose weight, and ending up with too many or (just as harmful) too few in your daily diet. But there’s more to tracking calories than number crunching. There are two things I hear far too often from people trying […]

Our 2013 Cruise Winner, Julie Nesbit, is Still Rocking Her #Ideal!


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 […]

Battle Your Sugar Addiction (Without Going Crazy)

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It seems harmless. After all, it’s naturally found in fruits, vegetables and just about everything else. But it’s being called the most common addiction in our society today. What is it? Sugar. By USDA’s Economic Research Service estimate, Americans consume an average of 32 teaspoons of added sugars per day. The findings have proven that we don’t […]

On-the-Go Essentials to Stick with Your Healthy Diet


What’s the secret to avoiding temptation? Keeping your belly happy. Research shows that hunger increases high-calorie, sugary, salty cravings, so if you’ve been wondering why we rave about the importance of healthy snacking habits, this is why! Being prepared with the right “stash” will help you avoid post-workout calorie splurges, junk food binges when your willpower drops, and grocery shopping […]

The 5 Most Fattening Lunchtime Rituals


Sometimes a weight loss plateau can be traced right back to what you do around noon! I’ve seen the following common lunchtime rituals lead to increased calories, cravings for unhealthy foods, decreased willpower, and even bad choices at dinnertime. Fix these bad lunch habits (I’ll help) and my guess is you’ll start shedding pounds instantly! […]

4 Things You Can Do Before 9am to Lose Weight

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What you do at breakfast time can send you soaring toward your weight loss goals or it can seriously set you back. Adopt these four morning habits and you’ll be well on your way to your ideal shape! 1. Forgo Sugary Foods The average American consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar a day! In addition to […]

Think Before You Eat: What Is Really In Your Halloween Candy?


Halloween is just around the corner, and you know what that means. Costumes, parties, and huge bags of CANDY! While that candy may look tempting on the outside and may even taste good on the inside, stop and think about what you are putting into your body this Halloween season before you finish off that […]

5 Foods to Avoid Before a Workout


Even though a pre-workout meal is an important part of achieving your fitness goals, there are some foods that you should try to avoid before your workout. Here we have listed five foods to avoid before a workout and the reason they should be avoided. Carbonated Drinks The last thing you want during a workout is to feel bloated […]

The Biggest Meal Replacement Shake Missteps


Replacing 1-2 meals a day with a meal replacement shake can be a boon to weight loss and appetite control efforts… or it can be a bust, if you’re using it wrong. To get maximum benefit from your meal replacement shake, avoid these common weight loss shake mistakes: Shake Mistake #1 – Eating More at Other Meals […]

Guess Who’s Joining IdealShape as Team Nutritionist?

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It’s official. Fitness guru Lindsey Mathews is IdealShape’s new fat loss nutrition and exercise expert! Over the past decade, Lindsey has helped hundreds of people lose weight and build muscle. She’ll be creating brand-new exercise and nutrition plans to help IdealShape customers achieve your fat loss goals — in a way that’s fun, fast and long-lasting. She’ll also be […]

Always Take This With You When Shopping

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Crazy how quickly an everyday shopping trip can derail our fat loss goals. Tell me if this sounds familiar… you pop out on a Saturday morning to run a few errands — do the grocery shopping, get the oil changed, make a quick stop at Home Depot. Next thing you know, your “quick” shopping trip has […]

Supplementing Your Weight Loss with Whey Protein

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Whey protein is an important topic in the weight loss industry. Today we will be discussing how whey protein stacks up to other protein sources and how it can benefit you. Whey Protein vs. Other Protein Sources Whey Protein is the king of proteins when it comes to absorption and utilization by the body. In […]

Is a Gluten-Free Diet Good for Weight Loss?


There you are, gazing up at packaged foods on the grocery shelves, poring over restaurant menus and wondering what the “gluten-free” buzz is all about. The gluten-free diet is a necessity for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. But now people are asking: could it be a healthy diet for the rest of us? […]

Soda Drink Packaging That Actually Makes You Thirsty

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In a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, researchers observed that humans are naturally drawn to glossy objects — and the reason, they think, is that we’re thirsty. “The preference for “glossy” stems from an innate preference for fresh water as a resource,” the study authors said. Looking to evolutionary psychology for […]

Why Is Post Workout Nutrition Crucial?


As we mentioned in last week’s post, the recovery phase after your workout can be just as important as the workout itself. Proper recovery can go a long way in helping you avoid injury and unwanted soreness. Getting on top of your nutrition is one great way that you can jump start the recovery process. […]

Paleo Diets Exposed, Part 1

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There’s been a lot of controversy about the ‘Paleo Diet.’ I’ve heard some crazy stories ranging from people eating bark and dirt to ‘WOW, this is the BEST diet EVER!!’ I wanted to know more about the Paleo proposition, so I decided to investigate further. Get ready for Paleo Diets Exposed… This is the first […]

4 Ways to Overcome A Workout Plateau

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Don’t worry, it has happened to the best of us… you’ve been working out like crazy for a few weeks now and you probably have seen some good results. Now, you’re not losing weight nor are you getting the results you so desperately wanted. Sound familiar? You might even be in a workout rut doing […]

Make the Perfect Breakfast Meal Replacement Shake

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It’s unwise to mess around with breakfast. After all, we’re talking about the most critical meal of the day — the meal that will fuel the majority of us through our most productive work time (9am-11am), and quite possibly an early morning gym session, too. Nobody has time for a pre-lunch crash. So, is a […]

Is Salt Bad for Weight Loss?

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According to the American Heart Association, 9 out of 10 people are consuming too much sodium. Not hard to do, apparently. The daily value (DV) for sodium is 2,400 mg, which is about a teaspoon of salt. But the AHA says: –    1,500 mg is actually the *better* daily allowance of sodium –    and 3,400 […]


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I don’t care where you’re from, 100,000 is a lot. Whether it’s $100,000, 100,000 gallons, or whatever. Well, we’re excited because we just surpassed 100,000 likes on Facebook!! That’s the BEST 100K you can get!! To celebrate YOU, we’re giving away our Double Chocolate Meal Replacement Bars for $5 per box! Yep! You get 7 […]

Evil Trigger Foods-5 Steps to Recognize and Avoid Them

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Most of us have been there. We spend several weeks of diligent and consistent exercise, eating healthy, no soda or desserts, and we’re feeling better, slimmer, healthier, and 10 pounds lighter. You’re soaring, but then you see an old friend sitting on the counter. It’s the enabler of your former lifestyle in the form of […]

Post Workout Meal – Refueling Your Body

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Last week we covered the importance of fueling your body with the nutrients it needs before working out. This week we are following up with what to look for in a post workout meal. The essentials are basically the same, your body needs nutrients to perform at its best and recover. So without further ado, […]

Nutrition Challenge 1 – Counting Calories


IdealShape Up Challenge: Nutrition Challenge 1 … The Importance of Counting Calories You want to lose weight. So what do you do? You exercise like crazy and try to eat a sensible diet. But for some reason, week after week, the scale says the same thing.  You just can’t seem to lose the weight no matter […]

Just Weighting Around for the Holidays to End


Last holiday season, Carla Meine shared her holiday weight loss story and we decided we would re-post it since it contains effective strategies for handling holiday party weight gain challenges. Enjoy! Last year, I was very excited to find that I had been successful with my goal of not gaining a single pound that holiday […]

Lose Weight Fast by Loving What You Eat


People tend to use exercise as justification for poor eating habits, “I went running today so I can have these cookies…” The truth is, you can’t cancel out your chow-downs with a quick jog around the block, or even a long jog for that matter. And it doesn’t make much sense to put effort into […]

5 Common Side Effects of Long Term Dieting


Let’s clear up one misconception before we start this article. So, what is the difference between creating a nutritionally healthy lifestyle and long-term dieting?  Dieting, as defined in this article and in our videos and our battle cry ‘diets need to die’ is “dropping your caloric intake to lower than recommended levels in order to […]

What’s in your meal replacement shake?


There’s a lot of variety out there when it comes to meal replacement shakes and we’re not just talking about the brands themselves. Everyone is trying to mark up the ingredients they use in a way that gets you excited to buy. But sometimes we get mixed signals… “Scientifically Formulated” are words we’ve come to […]

A New Valentines Date

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During this Valentines season I’ve heard a lot of people saying that they think Valentines is a stupid holiday that they refuse to celebrate. There are also many couples that do celebrate it with a fancy dinner, chocolates, cookies, and other sweets. Well, Valentines Day is not an approved day to take off of your […]

The Trick to Success Revealed

Well we’re almost through month number one of the new year. How is everyone doing with their New Year’s Resolutions? If you’ve made it this long I would guess you have a good chance of achieving your goals. The trick to success simple. Most resolutions involve some sort of habit formation. Whether it’s work out […]

The Golden Rule


Everyone has heard the golden rule: treat others as you want to be treated. Well, here is the REAL golden rule: do unto your body as you would like it to do unto you. I can almost guarantee everyone has been feeling the effects of this lately, including me. Over Christmas and New Years we […]

Just Weighting Around for the Holidays to End

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So, I was very excited today to find that I have been successful with my goal of not gaining a single pound this holiday season! My typical weight gain during this time of year (from Thanksgiving to Christmas) is about 7-10 pounds. This means that I’m right in line with the average American, and I’ve […]

Quinoa: A Discovery 6,000 Years in the Making


I was talking to a friend of mine, Monica, the other week about this very blog and in passing, she suggested that I should really add some quinoa recipes to the mix. After seeing the blank stare on my face for a moment, she informed me that Quinoa (pronounced kin-wah) is actually a grain substitute […]

The Ten Commandments of Physical Training

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Here are ten key tips that can really help your physical training if you’re trying to get into a workout routine again. Some may be more important for you, some less important. 1. Train Regularly: It is typically recommended to workout 3-5 times a week. Less probably won’t give you the results you may be […]

Stop, Taste the Roses and End Obesity

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I have reached a place in my life that has afforded the opportunity to travel abroad. I truly enjoy visiting different countries and different cultures, seeing how people live, and, of course, how they eat. Obesity is a much less prevalent issue pretty much everywhere else in the world, and I’m not just referring to […]

Time and Crock Pots : What I’ve Learned Since Moving Out


I’ve made two big discoveries since I moved out of my parents house for college: time and crock pots. You may think those are complete opposites and they don’t go together at all but actually it’s quite the opposite. Time became an important discovery because I quickly realized I don’t have a lot of it […]

Are You At Risk For One of the 8+ Eating Disorders?

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In one of my earlier posts I spoke about meal planning and using it to create success. Someone mentioned in passing that the lifestyle changes required might push someone into an eating disorder known as Orthorexia Nervosa, one of the 8+ eating disorders, 6 of which you have probably never heard of. Curious about this condition, […]

Are You Getting Enough Protein in Your Daily Diet?


Now I know it has gotten pretty popular in today’s culture for women to avoid a lot of red meats in general and I won’t even begin to call myself qualified to comment on that kind of lifestyle decision. Where I find the problem is that many women that do not eat meat regularly, don’t […]

Just For The Halibut


Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut I have fond memories of Pike’s Place Market up in Seattle. It’s one of those places that moves to a tempo all its own; time has a different meaning there. It would be the place to go if only for the fresh seafood, but they have something to offer that I […]

KISSing the Stigma of Healthy Eating Goodbye


Lately, when I’ve mentioned to people that I run a video blog that puts together healthy recipes for meal planning purposes, I get the same old response. “You dedicate an entire blog to bland/ICCKy food?” (See what I did there?) I usually laugh, but I’m always a little disappointed because the idea of healthy food […]

Peaches, Get Your Fresh Peaches!


Peaches, Get your fresh peaches! Don’t you see the signs all over the place?  On every fruit stand you pass.  Fresh tree ripened peaches.  This is one thing I love about this time of year.  They are so sweet and flavorful.  I just have to find ways to incorporate them into my diet for the […]

A Stunning Figure: Most Americans Have Tried to Lose Weight

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  Reader’s Digest discovered in their recent nationwide diet poll that 72% of Americans have tried to lose weight. “Not surprisingly,” wrote fitness writer Joe Kita in the February edition, “women are much more likely to have done so than men—85 percent versus 59 percent.” When we wrote about body image a few weeks ago, […]

Take Our 4-Week Weight Loss Challenge!

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IdealShape friends: Are you ready to take your weight loss program to the next level? Good! We’ve got the contest for you! Here’s the Scoop: Start Date: Monday, February 8, 2010 (This Monday!!!) Finish Date: Monday, March 8,2010 Goal: Lose the most inches and pounds of all contestants (by body weight percentage) The Prize: A […]