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3 Tips To Speed Up Fat Loss

As a personal trainer, past fitness competitor and holistic nutritionist, I know a few things about how to get the body to lose fat (in a healthy way) and keep it off. 

In the past, like many people, I used to think that weight loss was all about calories in and calories out...Though nowadays that method of approaching weight loss is about as relevant as the Blackberry (sorry RIM!). 

What I focus on teaching my clients has more to do with gut health, detoxification, improved immunity and stress management when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. 

This approach is what yields healthy, long-lasting and positive change. 

Yes, exercising and eating a healthy and balanced diet is always a part of a healthy weight loss program but you already knew that!

Here are 3 Tips To Help Speed Up Fat Loss that you may have not tried or heard of yet. 

1. Improve Your Gut Health 

Improving your gut health may look different person to person. The more I've...

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5 Ways You Are Self-Sabotaging In The Gym

If you were to write a list of all of the things you have planned in each day then take a step back and ask "Can any one human seriously keep up with all of this?" - what would your answer be? 

If it's "yes", great! You're in a good groove. 

If it's "no", I like your honesty and that place of honesty and awareness is where you can make some really positive changes for yourself. 

I've listed a few reasons that I know to be potential self-sabotage like behaviour that keeps people stuck and not achieving their goals in the gym (and kitchen!). 

1.  Letting self-limiting beliefs fly under the radar

I've listed this one first because I think it's the most important thing to address yet often isn't. Addressing self-limiting beliefs takes a strong sense of self-awareness and willingness to monitor your thoughts...Practicing mindfulness for example is one way to do this. 

Mindfulness has been the most powerful tool in my tool box to stay calm, in...

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5 Things That Contribute To Belly Fat

It's a common belief that by eating a clean diet and exercising regularly will yield positive results in body composition and energy levels. Sometimes this is 100% the case but in many of my clients' situations it just isn't enough to see their body composition settle in a healthy place.

There are many factors that contribute to weight gain, weight retention and belly fat which don't always have to do with the foods you eat or how regularly you're training. 

In today's post I'm breaking down the 5 top factors that I beleive contribute to belly fat.

1. Cortisol and Stress

We have evolved based on experiencing about 95% of our day in our parasympathetic state (rest and digest) and only 5% in our sympathetic state (fight or flight). Our bodies perform best when we are mainly living in a stress-free state. 

Though, the days of wandering the forest looking for berries, lounging with our tribe and calmly creating meals are long gone (at least for most of...

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Why are rest days so important for progress + weight loss?

Hey guys!

I've been training a lot these days and LOVING IT! It can be a little difficult to put the breaks on when you're feeling so good working out. Full disclosure, I went a little overboard a few weeks back and began to experience some undesirable symptoms such as water retention, injuries and lethargy.

I was overtraining!

My ego wasn't happy but I knew I had to scale back how many days I was working out and had to remind myself of why I'm working out in the first place? To feel good, right?

Taking a few extra rest days per week was easier than I thought it would be and gave immediate results in reducing water retention, soreness and improving energy, sleep and clarity of thought.

Ain't no-one into feeling like they have the flu when they don't, ammi right?

So, this lead me to today's blog: Why are rest days important for progress + weight loss? (plus a few more key points)

In the past, especially when I was training for fitness competitions I would want to...

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3 things I do to find motivation to workout

Let's be real...It's January 9th 2018 and everyone's about a week or so into the whole New Year New Me vibe ammi right?

Damn straight I'm right! It's all I hear in the beginning of the new year and trust me, I get it.

But what happens when you're a week or two into your new fitness regime, you're meal planning, pooping great, have tons of energy and then .... crickets.

The excitement is gone, you've worn all of your new workout gear at least once already and you know everyone in the gym at this point. Boredom sets in!

HOW DO YOU KEEP WORKING OUT A CONSISTENT COMMITMENT? right?

I hear you. Me too! (Not kidding).

I've been in love with fitness since I can remember. I literally came out of the womb doing a bicep curl lol

My idols growing up were Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I drew pictures of them with muscles and dreamed of one day becoming a fitness competitor. At the age of 15 I called down to the US and asked the ISSA if I could become a certified trainer and they...

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Personal Training ... It's not just about lifting weights!

I remember exactly when I decided to be a personal trainer. It was grade 3, I was 8 years old and I was OBSESSED with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I would draw pictures of him as The Terminator (gawd I'm dating myself), and he had huuuge biceps. I wanted to be Linda (you know, the mom!). I would lecture my 8 year old girlfriends about putting salt on their apple slices, and would argue that walking IS indeed exercise. I was born to be a personal trainer and health coach, no doubt on that.

Years later, in grade 8, I chose to follow a freelance personal trainer for a day on 'Take Your Kid To Work' day ... Do they still do that? Anyway, I loved her. She was beautiful, french and had a jam packed day of subway rides around the downtown core to teach classes, personal train and even found time to train little me! I puked, passed out in the women's washroom and then asked for more.

That was it. I was in love and wanted nothing more than to be a freelance trainer that bounced around the city as...

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My First Appearance on The Marilyn Denis Show!

weight loss workouts Apr 15, 2015

I still can' t believe it's been 5 years since my first appearance on CTV. This was a BIG deal to me as I had recently opened my personal training studio, quit my long-time career as a bartender and was petrified of doing a LIVE segment for over 3 million people! ... Despite all of that, I nailed it and was invited back for years to come to speak on holistic wellness on a few of their other platforms including E Talk, and The Social!

This segment was on how to burn belly fat...Would I give the same advice today as I did then? No! .. But that's what it's all about...learning and evolving. It's still really fun to look back and reminisce on those really exciting (and scary) memories ... Marilyn truly is a sweet lady.

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