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Appetite Challenge Quiz
Take my APPETITE CHALLENGE QUIZ to find out if you are an appetite management Jedi master or still a young Luke Skywalker in training? ... Here's how it works: Answer each of the appetite...

Beating Eating Triggers
Your diet is travelling along nicely until something happens. That `something' is an eating trigger that causes you to overeat or eat inappropriately. Knowing your eating triggers is the first step ...

Rebalancing your gut bacteria could help you lose weight!
Your gut is home to 1000+ species of bacteria weighing up to 2kg. Within your gut 'flora' or 'microbiota', some bacteria are 'good' & others 'bad'. The balance between the two is now emerging as a...

Don't let cortisol hijack your results
Cortisol is an adrenal hormone known as the "stress hormone". It can stand between you & the results you deserve. I explain how cortisol works & what you can do to reduce stress for the...

Overcoming Comfort Eating
Comfort eating is when you eat in response to emotions to make yourself feel better. It's an all-too-common challenge, but when overcome can liberate you from excess calories and guilt. This...

Your weight management support dream team
Making changes to your diet and exercise patterns are easier when you have a powerful network of social support. Research shows that people who enlist family, friends or workmates to support them...

A Five-Step Guide to Product Success for Dietitians & Nutritionists
You're a dietitian or nutritionist with an idea for a nutrition product or service. But you don't know if it will work and are not super-confident about how to create it. Never fear, this brief...

9 Ways to Rethink Your Diet for Better Results
Tried multiple diets without lasting results? It could be time for a whole new approach to the way you think about dieting. Here are nine ways to think differently next diet so it's the last diet...

Mindful Eating
Mindful eating is a simple and powerful way to eat, which can help you achieve more than results for your waistline. You'll also discover a more satisfying and healthy relationship with food....

Nutrition Qualification Confusion (NQC)
With so many nutrition courses hitting the market, Fitness Professionals can be forgiven for being confused about how to get qualified to give clients dietary advice. Now, it's time to clear things ...

7 Reasons why clients can't lose weight
Your client's weight loss has ground to a halt and they've hit a plateau. I hear the frustration from both of you. Let's look at seven reasons why your client can't seem to lose weight and what to...

7 Ways to STOP overeating
Overeating is perhaps the biggest eating habit you'll need to tackle to keep your diet on target. Here are 7 proven ways to eat less & feel fantastic - check them off! 1. Serve smaller portions ...

7 Reasons to make muscle
Building muscle is not just for body builders. It should be a metabolic fitness and body shaping goal for everyone because there are so many benefits. Here are 7 reasons to make building and...

The 3-step mindset makeover for weight management
You know you should eat an apple instead of a muffin, but unless you've got your head in the right place, you won't. To help you eat that apple more often & get moving here's a quick mindset...

How to optimise your meal timing
Your main eating goal is to hit your food targets by the end of the day to ensure your get the right balance of food groups & correct calories for your needs.But getting your meal timing right...

Would the real "health food" please stand up
Some foods (or food manufacturers) may be trying to convince you that their foods are healthy when they are not so healthy. So, which ones are not a healthy as you may think. Here are my top 10....

6 Mindset traps that derail your diet (& how to avoid them)
Anyone can start eating better & exercising, but staying on target means consciously avoiding the mindset traps that can undo all your great work. Here are six of the most common traps & how to...

Mindset advice made simple
You've changed your eating & your exercise, but have you changed your mindset to prevent your thinking from undoing all your hard work? New ways to think to overcome the 5 Mindset Challenges for ...

5 Small changes that mean big weight loss results
I want you to show you scientifically proven ways to redesign your living space to make being leaner easier. These changes really work & the positive triggers help reduce temptation & take...

Nuts for weight management
Nuts such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts are packed full of beneficial substances for good health. They may also help...

7 Ways to boost willpower
You are putting the effort into your fitness workouts. But are you neglecting your mindset? Think about adding these seven "willpower workouts" to create an even stronger, healthier you. But...

Resolving conflicting values of fitness & cake
You like fitness & cake! But can you have both? I explain how conflicting values hamper weight management success & how to resolve the conflict for a real breakthrough. Image source:...

How to sell healthy eating
It can be tough to change your own diet, let alone get clients to take advice about good nutrition. Now it's time to get smart and employ the same clever tactics used by food marketers to help your ...

Does detox work for weight loss?
Detoxification diets are back in vogue. Celebrities swear by them, but will detox diets help your clients lose weight, keep it off and achieve optimum nutritional health? This article separates...

Nutrient timing - When should I use it?
Nutrient timing is the hot new nutrition term buzzing around gym floors and PT classes. With a mountain of mixed information on the topic how can you put the science of eating around exercise into...

Top 10 tips to keep your diet on track
What would make healthy eating easier for you? Here are the top ten suggestions from SmartShape subscribers in our November survey, with ideas for how you can make these work for you. Some of these ...

How much exercise to lose weight & keep it off?
On 18 November, I attended the UK's Association For The Study of Obesity Symposium - “Physical Activity and the prevention and treatment of obesity: How much, what and when?” Here's a summary...

Festive food survival plan
We are fast approaching the season to be jolly, but with surveys showing people gain an average of two kilograms over the four-week Christmas period, it is also a challenging time for weight...

Helping overweight kids - A parent's guide
As many as 25 per cent of Australian children are overweight. And rates of obesity are rising alarmingly, having doubled in just 10 years. Dietitian Catherine Saxelby gives parents 20 tips to help...

How to increase slimming satisfaction
Weight management in the fitness industry is about more than helping customers lose weight. Pills, potions lotions, gadgets and gizmos can all do this, at least in the short term and often with “No ...

How to deal with chocolate cravings
What should you do when you get a craving for chocolate? Here's a stack of hands-on tips and tactics from the people who responded to our July SmartShape Subscriber Survey. Thanks guys!!! Read...

Food intolerances - good advice
Can't eat wheat products? Feel a bit off after drinking milk? Do additives bring you out in a rash? For some people, food allergies or intolerances make healthy eating a real challenge. Dietitian,...

Beating emotional eating
When tackling a client who has a strong emotional relationship with food, you'll be aiming to: encourage long-term healthy eating and physical activity correct any restrictive eating...

Answering those curly nutrition questions
With the increased awareness of diet and fitness, clients can fire some really curly nutrition questions at you. Whether you know the answer or not, how you answer client questions about food and...

Avoiding portion distortion
Have you been unwittingly supersized recently? You may not realise you are suffering from “portion distortion”. This term, first coined by US Professor Brian Wansink is used to describe the upward...

Six ways to boost your metabolism
When you boost your metabolic rate, you burn more calories, which is an advantage for fat loss. Knowing the fitness, food or supplement factors that can elevate your metabolic rate helps you advise ...

Dairy for fat loss - Why is works so well
The scientific evidence on the benefits of dairy consumption on fat loss are stacking up, so if you're struggling with weight loss, it might be time to do a `dairy audit', to make sure you are...

Do calories really matter?
Why do some people fail to lose weight despite cutting calories and boosting exercise? And why do others appear to eat an unlimited quantity of food and not gain weight? New research is now...

Eat nuts - Lose weight 3 ways
You know nuts are good for your health. Now, the latest latest science shows why nuts are great for your waist line. Research reveals that nut eaters are slimmer, so how do nuts trim body fat?...

4 Ways to eat to optimise metabolism
Some foods are better than others for helping you stay in shape? But are there foods and eating habits that are must-haves for a healthy metabolism? In this article I'll show you how to eat for a...

7 Stay-Slim Strategies
Want to know the best ways to stay in shape in 2009? I searched the latest scientific journals for expert insights and hot tips for you and your clients. Here are seven tips I found. 1. Eat a...

How drinks fit into your diet
Do you need to avoid soft drink to lose weight? Is fruit juice healthy? What's the best drink to have after a workout? In this article, I share the latest scientific thinking and practical advice...

Lemon Detox Diet warning
What ever you do, don't go on the Lemon Detox Diet. I don't want you to experience a serious drop in metabolic rate and lose muscle mass. This is what you can expect when you drop your usual energy ...

Caffeine - How does it help fat loss?
It's often claimed that caffeine enhances fat burning. But does it really work this way and is it worth recommending as part of a fat loss program? Caffeine has been consumed by humans in one form ...

Nutrient-rich - Your new food mantra
If you want to improve your diet, then you may benefit from the new food mantra known as “nutrient-rich eating”? In this article, I explain what this eating style is all about and the benefits it...

How can I beat exercise-induced food cravings?
Can exercise produce food cravings that result in calorie compensation and cancel out the calories you've burnt? In this article, I unravel the mysterious interplay between exercise and appetite...

How to use your fat-loss fuel light
Knowing when to eat to fuel your body when you are trying to lose body fat can be a real challenge. In this article I'll show you how to get better results by monitoring your body's fat loss fuel...

A simple 7-step plan for motivation
Download the 7-Step Motivation Planner at the end of this article and try it out for yourself. What's the secret to being motivated to eat well and exercise regularly I hear you ask. Well, it's...

What 11,000 women say works for weight loss?
Who better to ask about weight loss strategies than 11,000 women who've tried a range of diet, exercise and program-based methods? In this article I reveal the results of a large-scale survey and...

Lessons from The Biggest Loser - Part 2
In Australia we've just finished the 2007 instalment of Australia's Biggest Loser competition. Chris, the winner almost halved his body weight, dropping an amazing 70 kg down from 149 to 79 kg in...

What's the perfect diet?
Is there a perfect diet for every individual? How well do you need to eat to optimise your health? Read on to discover what you should do to build your perfect diet. What is the number one payoff...

Drinking water - Is it the secret to fat loss?
Will an extra litre or two of water each day speed your metabolism and get you in shape faster? Let's see what the research says? Drinking enough water is vital to keep your body hydrated. But...

Gluten - Should you be afraid?
There's a lot of marketing and buzz going around about the evils of gluten in our diet and the increased prevalence of coeliac disease. But do you need to be concerned about gluten - wheat protein...

10 Ways to be a better Weight Loss Coach
Feeling a little frustrated that your clients sometimes don't follow your weight loss advice? It could be a lack of willpower, but it may also be a sign that you can improve your client...

How to reduce diet-related stress
Food as a source of stress? Seems a bit weird at first -- after all, isn't eating one of life's pleasures and a daily activity to be enjoyed? Not so, according to almost half of the people who...

10 Keys to Diet Success
With so much diet information around it's hard to know what to listen to and what to block out. Here are some tried and true strategies for keeping you focused on what really works for weight...

Why slips don't have to be setbacks
Slips in motivation and temporary detours from your diet are a normal part of the weight loss process. The key to managing slip ups is preventing them from becoming major setbacks. Here are ten...

CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Review
The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has been hotly debated in the media for its high red meat content since it was published in May 2005. More than six months later in January 2006 it was still topping...

Protein - What about the health risks?
In my last article about protein I explained how higher protein diets may prove a useful option for helping people lose weight. But are there safety issues, particularly associated with diets high...

How to break a weight loss plateau
“I just can't seem to budge this weight!” It's a common cry from clients and indicates they have reached a fat loss plateau. Why do plateaus occur and what you can do to break through them? A fat...

Lessons from the Biggest Loser - Part 1
In Australia in March 2006, we are almost five weeks into the 10-week Biggest Loser series. One contestant Wal, lost 27kgs in the first three weeks. That's an average of 9 kg a week. Whilst this...

Paleo Facts vs Hype
With so many questions about Paleo eating, I thought I'd explain the facts, so you can make the best choices from every nutrient-rich food group. What is the Paleo Diet? It's what we think we...

 

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