Lessons from Today’s LA Marathon

Today’s LA Marathon has inspired me to explain something that confuses many people I’ve spoken to.

Today’s winner spent over 2 hours laboring to cross the finish line…running 26 miles at a pace of under 5 minutes per mile. It’s an amazing feat.

Also, many not-close-to-world-class-athlete people made it a personal life challenge to complete the marathon. I love stories of people striving to achieve difficult goals…and achieving them.…

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Debunking the Myth that Workouts Burn Calories

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An article in yesterday’s Sunday NYT features a study that dispels the common assumption that doing more activity helps us lose weight.

The common assumption is that people in modern societies are overweight largely because we move around less than people in generations past–and definitely less than in the hunter-gatherer societies from which we evolved.

Researchers tested this assumption by studying actual hunter-gatherers in Northern Tanzania.…

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The New Red Meat Study and the Girl Scout Effect

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You’ve probably heard about the recent study that allegedly shows that eating red meat increases your risk of mortality.

Assuming you’re like me and want to live as long and healthily as possible, if this claim is true we must take action.

But first we must seriously consider whether it is true. How do we evaluate this claim?

It certainly sounds scary: it has prestige (Harvard), it has lots of data (over 120,000 people and over 23,000 deaths), it factored out a long list of other risks (like smoking, alcohol consumption, family history, physical activity levels), and it presents very specific and scary sounding risk percentages (like a 20% increased risk of mortality from one daily serving of processed meat).

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What is the Right Vitamin Supplement Strategy?

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I’ve long been leery of taking or advocating vitamin supplements despite all of the hype surrounding them. AND despite the repeated offers I get to make lots of money by selling the latest “miracle” brand of vitamin supplement to my clients. I always politely turn them down.

I haven’t seen scientific literature that is promising with respect to real-world benefits. And despite common misconception that vitamins at “reasonable doses” are harmless, there is strong data to show that this assumption may be false.…

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Obstacle #2: Solving Your Crazy Busy Problem

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Last time I discussed the obstacle of a too short time horizon. If you missed it, go here.

Today I want to examine a second life issue that often thwarts our fitness desires:

Obstacle #2: You are crazy busy.

Do you work too much, over-commit, and not get enough sleep?

If so, you probably feel exhausted, stressed, and hungry for comfort food.…

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Giant Obstacle #1: Your Time Horizon Exposed and Fixed

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You want the body in the mirror to be fit. You know your ideal pant size. And you can imagine how great you’d look in a bathing suit.

So why don’t you have that body?

If this is you, I’m guessing that you even know things you could be doing…but you just aren’t doing them.

We need to fix bigger problems than fitness knowledge; we need to look at some life issues that get in the way of your success.…

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How Will “Going Big” Get You More Lean and Defined?

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I’m often asked what single exercise will deliver the most benefit the fastest.

Today, I’m going to answer that question.

What makes an exercise better?

Simply put, bigger is better. Let me explain…

The most productive exercise is the most intense exercise.

Two major criteria of what makes an exercise intense are:

1. It involves the greatest amount of muscle tissue possible (it’s the BIGGEST), and…


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What Cleaning Out My Car Once Upon a Time Taught Me About Getting Great Abs

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What I learned isn’t some special “Mr. Miyagi” move. It’s a lot deeper, and a lot more important.

I learned a secret about HABITS, and I’ll explain my car story in just a second…

First, let me ask: what are YOUR habits?

Do you eat the same thing for lunch, go through the same exercise routine, and fall into bed at the same time each night?…

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Step-By-Step Action Plan For Holiday Fitness Success

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It is possible to maintain and even lose weight during the holiday season–some people will do it.

You don’t have to deprive yourself of any good food–you’ll probably end up getting even more enjoyment than if you stuffed yourself.

How Your Beliefs Hold You Back

Most people who believe it is impossible will never even try, and they won’t be among the few who emerge from the the holidays in equal or better shape than they are right now.…

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The secret of people who lose weight during the holidays

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The season of deck-your-waist-with-extra-pounds is officially here.

What are you going to do about it?

Will you join the masses who faithfully gain 5 pounds between November and January?

Or will you do something different this year?

It is entirely possible to avoid the dreaded holiday chub by following this simple strategy:

“I can”

To begin, it’s important that you approach your goal from a place of “I can” rather than “I can’t.”

Most diet and weight loss plans begin by outlining everything that you can’t eat.…

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