New Year – Got Resolutions?

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Happy New Year! I'm not a big fan of resolutions but I am a big fan of goals. As I discussed this issue recently with a client she phrased it perfectly when she said the end of year, beginning of the new is a chronological marker of an ending and a beginning. While there is objectively no difference between December 31st and March 15th as one of 365 days in a year I'm very much okay with going with the flow and using the end of year and beginning of the next as a "marker" to reflect a bit ...

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Six Stupid Diet Tips That Make Me Want To Scream

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At Leanness Lifestyle University our mission statement includes "Evidence-based lifestyle-management for permanent weight control." That might seem like a mouthful but every word is important. The first part of our mission statement includes "evidence-based." For two decades now I've kept my nose buried in the real, published, peer-reviewed research. I interview lead authors of the research, authors published in the New England Journal of Medicine and many others, and I make these interviews ...

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Muscle, Metabolism & More

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by David Greenwalt It used to be thought that for each new pound of skeletal muscle gained, you would burn an extra 50 calories each day. At that rate, the thinking goes, you could put on muscle by lifting weights (or other strength training), and then let your muscles burn away calories. You could lose weight the rest of the day by just sitting still. Too good to be true? This article will examine the scientific evidence about how muscle and strength training really affect not only ...

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Body Mass Index Needs Two New Friends But It Only Gets One For Now

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by David Greenwalt As a wellness coach I'm sick to death of the same old crap when body mass index (BMI) is demonized as a measure of fatness when the following reason is given; WHAT ABOUT ALL THAT MUSCLE MASS PEOPLE HAVE?! People don't have too much muscle. If anything they have too little. Truth be told? Most who demonize BMI as worthless for the muscle excuse, are usually just carrying too many pounds of extra fluff. More times than not people who are assessed as being too fat based on ...

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Why Net Calories Suck and Your My Fitness Pal APP is Failing You

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by David Greenwalt Lots of people use diet and activity trackers such as My Fitness Pal to log their food intake and exercise. After all, there’s an old saying that “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” And yet it seems to be backfiring. From the first I got my hands on the slick, food-logging apps like My Fitness Pal, Loseit and more I noticed something right away that bothered me - net calories. As a 20+ year wellness coach I laughed, but truly in a disgusted way, when I saw ...

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