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Skinny or Toned? The difference between dieting and cardio and WEIGHTLIFTING, dieting, and cardio is the difference between skinny mush and a lean, toned body. Weightlifting with a certain intensity will add definition to your body and increase your metabolism. To simply lose weight, one must eat less and move more. So, after you've plateaued, do you move even more OR eat even less? There's only so much time in your day and only so little you can eat. That's a tough decision. What if you could eat MORE, do MORE, and look BETTER? Here's where weightlifting comes in...

Often, people diet by cutting food from their diet, but is this really a good idea? The answer is no. The foods we eat affect our energy, our moods, and, of course, our health. Cutting too much food from your diet is disadvantageous when coupled with your everyday exercise. So, if cutting food from the diet isn't the solution, what is? How will you know what you need?

You've been working out and eating right and you've lost some weight. The last few weeks, however, have found you at the dreaded plateau, or even worse, you've started to gain weight. Your personal trainer has made some changes to your exercise program in an effort to jumpstart your metabolism, but nothing has been working. You are out of ideas and quickly getting frustrated. There is a real fear that you are going to get completely disgusted, throw up your hands, and say, "forget it, I'm done", and let all your hard work fall aside. Nutritional counseling could be your saving grace and may very well be the unsung hero of weight loss and healthy living. Nutritional counseling does not just address what you should eat and not eat. It delves further into the "whys" behind your eating habits and patterns.

Meal planning is one of the single most important factors in reaching your physique and fitness goals. You cannot possibly get to where you want to be without the right fuel. Of course, exercise and rest play important roles. But you cannot drive across the country on a quart of a tank of gas. Fuel your body, fuel your life. If you are feeling a bit cautious about meal plans, here are five facts that can help relieve that stress and show you the truth!

With Thanksgiving finally passed (not that we didn't enjoy...but geez!) you might be thinking of creative ways to get rid of these dang holiday leftovers! It would be nice to just throw it all away, but that's wasteful. We won't be advising that...EVER! So, here's how we can enjoy some leftover turkey and dressing in a much healthier way.

There is no doubt aerobic exercise is important for overall health. We don't want to diminish its significance. However, if you want to get into the best shape of your life, weightlifting is more important than cardio. As we age, it is often not our aerobic health that causes us to become debilitated. It is the loss of muscle mass and bone density that causes issues as we get older. Only weightlifting will build muscle and increase bone density.

You might have heard a lot of talk about meal plans and how they can help you lose weight. However, you still might not fully understand the value of working with a nutritionist and coming up with daily meal plans to follow. Doing so can make a big difference in your life and your weight loss plan; these are just three of the main benefits that you'll enjoy if you work with a professional and get in the habit of making -- and following -- a meal plan.

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