Overview of Muscles

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overview of muscles

by Dan DeFigio, Nashville personal trainer and author of Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies. What exercises work which muscles? In order to put together a complete weight training routine, you must learn which exercises work which muscle groups. Overview of muscles We’ll start with the muscles of the legs and hips: The muscles in the front of the thigh are … Read More

Nutrition Foundations First

Dan DeFigioNutrition Advice

nutrition foundations

I have a group of friends who are, how shall we say, less than health-minded. They’re all very overweight. Many of them smoke. Lots and lots of fast food and alcohol. Exercise = getting up to answer the door for the pizza delivery. You get the idea, right? Don’t get me wrong, they’re great guys and some of my best … Read More

Sugar High

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

sugar high

If you get a real sugar high when you overload on the sweet stuff, here is a technique you can use to cut back: Find one (healthier) alternative, and use it every other time. Here’s what I mean: The Sugar High Sugar gives you two things you probably love: An enjoyable sweet taste, and A happy, satisfied feeling (from the dopamine … Read More

I want to lose weight!

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

i want to lose weight

“I want to lose weight!” This is the #1 goal clients report to me. And today I’m going to share a way to make losing weight easier! But to do this, I have to ask you a tough question that you’ll probably have to ponder for a bit: What is it about weight loss that you’re REALLY seeking? If you … Read More

Top 5 Tips For Weight Loss

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Nutrition Advice

tips for weight loss

I did a ‘tips’ interview this week, and the host and I both agreed that there are dozens (if not hundreds) of tips for weight loss that could help you eat better and lose weight. But who can absorb all that? And even if you could, which are the most important? So I’ll share my Top 5 Tips For Weight … Read More

Unexplained Weight Gain

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Nutrition Advice

If you have unexplained weight gain that is driving you crazy, this may help sort it out for you: Pam reads an article about the benefits of the keto diet. And one of her friends tried it and dropped two dress sizes. So Pam is now convinced that the carbs have got to go. She slashes her carb intake to … Read More

Using Food To Cope

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

using food to cope

Here’s a story from a reader about using food to cope. Maybe this applies to you? “Hi Dan I like what you’ve been saying lately. I think for those who eat things habitually, food becomes a coping mechanism. We think that they help us to manage stress. And/or they are a reward for getting through a tough day. So the … Read More

Sugar Detox – Why You Shouldn’t

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Sugar Addiction

sugar detox doesn't work

Sugar Detox programs. 21 Day Sugar Detox. Quit Sugar Now. As the author of Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies, I am finding myself in a bit of a moral pickle. Yes, I help people get off sugar, lose weight, and find a healthy sustainable way to feed themselves. But I can’t get behind the “sugar detox” concept. Why? Here’s a great … Read More

How To Get Better Sleep

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Lack of sleep can increase your appetite during the day, and strengthen sugar cravings. Here are a handful of tips to get better sleep: Wind down! At least one hour before bedtime, start quieting down and relaxing. Don’t exercise or engage in stressful thoughts or activities. Turn off the handheld devices. The feeling that you need to constantly stay connected … Read More

Cut The Crap…

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

overwhelm and stress eating

Overwhelmed? You might be unconsciously believing crap. Here’s something to watch out for: Are you unconsciously blaming your weight on your busy life? “I’m too stressed to worry about eating right,” “I’m too busy to exercise,” “I’m too overwhelmed with all the changes I need to make in order to lose weight.” There’s an assumption there that says “In order to … Read More

How To Stop Sugar Cravings

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Nutrition Advice

how to stop sugar cravings

Sugar cravings affect just about everyone at one time or another. And for some people, sugar cravings strike every day! Here are my top 5 tips for how to stop sugar cravings: Stop Sugar Cravings Tip #1: Out of sight = Out of mind Don’t keep sugar in the house where you look at it all the time. Every time … Read More

Exercise In Addiction Recovery

Dan DeFigioExercise

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Regular exercise is one of the best ways to lose weight and sculpt the body you want, but you may not realize just how therapeutic exercise is too. The role of exercise in addiction recovery is remarkable. Exercise is a key component that helps facilitate recovery from any kind of addiction — regardless of whether it’s sugar addiction, alcohol addiction, … Read More

5 Leading Causes Of Weight Gain

Dan DeFigioNutrition Advice

It’s not news that America is suffering from an obesity crisis. Two-thirds of the western world is overweight. Don’t fall victim to these leading causes of weight gain: #5 Cause of Weight Gain: Processed “Food” Processed food is typically loaded with sugar and chemicals. When your diet doesn’t contain enough fiber or nutrients, your brain will turn on the appetite … Read More

Stress Management Tips For Stress Eaters

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

stress management tips, stress eating

Stress eating can be disastrous for your weight loss or wellness efforts. Many of us turn to food as comfort during stressful times. And it should go without saying that ‘comfort food’ is more likely to be ice cream or french fries than it is to be green beans or kale smoothies! But putting specific foods aside, stress can lead … Read More

How to NOT Feel Deprived While You’re Trying to Lose Weight

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

how to not feel deprived

Do you always feel deprived while you’re trying to lose weight? Here is how to not feel deprived while you’re trying to stay away from sweets and eat healthier: It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking about all the foods you’re “not allowed” to eat when you’re trying to lose weight. “I can’t have _____” “I’m staying … Read More