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 […]

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? […]

Cinnamon Bark–Sweet Dietary Revenge

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You probably wouldn’t normally think of a spice typically associated with desserts and sweets as something that would help you to lose weight, but it’s true. Relatively recent studies have shown cinnamon to be an insulin mimicker and therefore a blood glucose metabolizer, making cinnamon bark one of the latest viable weight loss supplements. To […]

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 […]

Healthy Easter Basket Ideas


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 reach our health and fitness goals — by swimsuit season, no less — we need to approach the Easter candy spree with caution. When it comes to holidays, Easter rivals Halloween […]

Paleo Diets Exposed, Part 2

“To Paleo” or “Not to Paleo?” I’ve researched both the pros and cons of what some refer to as “Paleofantasies,” and generally speaking, I would have to cast my vote more with those on the con side. Last week in Paleo Diets Exposed, Part 1, I defined the Paleo Diet itself in more detail, while […]

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 […]

Why Happiness Leads To Weight Loss


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 with 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 […]

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 […]

Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Butterscotch


There is a lot of awesome stuff that happens when our IdealShape Challenge winners come check out Park City. Some of them were nice enough to show us how to make their favorite recipes, and it was amazing to see how creative they got. Here’s a video of July 2013 winner Mindy Cole showing Josh […]

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, […]

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 […]

How Sugar Prevents Weight Loss


HOW SUGAR PREVENTS WEIGHT LOSS, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT. There are 119 songs about sugar. It has 30 different aliases. Sugar is used as a term of endearment for loved ones. To “sugar” something means to make it more pleasing. Is it safe to say that we are obsessed with sugar? Some 10,000 […]

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 […]

The ‘Harrowing’ Struggles of a Sugar Addict


Yesterday, my wife, Carla, wrote a great post about the negative effects of sugar and how I wanted her to help me cut down my sugar intake. Some of you might’ve wondered what she meant by saying that I was a ‘Sugar Addict‘. It has been hard to admit and come to terms with the […]

Your sweet tooth might be causing more than just cavities

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I was on Facebook the other day (my reliable source for up-to-date news and information) when I saw a quote to the effect of, “A study in the Journal of Natural Medicine found that one teaspoon of refined sugar ‘paralyzes’ fifty percent of the body’s white blood cells for five hours. Why is this important? […]

Brain Food Means Something Completely Different Over There…


A few weeks ago, Carla wrote a terrific post about what she learned from her experiences in other cultures and I thought I’d approach the topic from a different perspective. Different though it may be, we share a wonderful ability to reach unresearched and completely biased opinions about our observations, so keep that in mind. […]

Everyone Needs A Support System to Lose Weight


Unfortunately I’ve been hooked into a TV show, which doesn’t usually happen to me. Thanks to some recommendations from friends and some clever advertising that included Rulon Gardner, someone I’ve always liked I’m now officially hooked on this seasons Biggest Loser. There is no doubt that the things that go on during this show are […]

Eating Less Frequently Isn’t the Same As Eating Less


In my private, hypnotherapy practice I’ve begun noticing a trend with a lot of my overweight patients, and it’s one that I feel needs to be addressed. One of the first things I find out during the evaluation process is that clients have a number of unhealthy eating/sleeping patterns. Around 3 out of every 4 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Battling America’s Biggest Addiction: Sugar


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. The findings have proven that we don’t simply eat sugary foods because they tastes good; we’re addicted. The average American consumes 32 teaspoons […]

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 […]