Expectations about body image in the fitness industry crop up in different ways for different people. Some fitness pros ruminate about body image quite often (every day or even every hour), perhaps taking extreme measures to alleviate concerns. Others never really give it that
Coach clients to spring-clean and restock their cupboards, freezers and spice cabinets with sensible, versatile ingredients. These grab-and-go lists and how-to guides provide an approachable game plan for getting started.Read More
For the first time ever, overeating is a larger problem than starvation among the world’s overall population (Buchanan & Sheffield 2017). Losing weight—and, perhaps more importantly, not regaining it—is a challenge facing millions of people worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), global obesity rates have nearly tripled since 1975. Further, 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight in 2016. Of these people, more than 650 million were obese (WHO 2017).Read More
Ozzy Osbourne was curious and decided to have his genome sequenced.
“Given the swimming pools of booze I’ve guzzled over the years—not to mention all of the cocaine, morphine, sleeping pills, cough syrup, LSD, Rohypnol . . . you name it—there’s really no plausible medical reason why I should still be alive,” he said in the Sunday Times of London in 2010.
“Maybe my DNA could say why.”
What is “normal” when it comes to eating food? Your definition might be based strictly on nutrition science, or it may be bound up in social constructs or a personal pathology. Here’s another definition: “Normal eating includes the ingestion of healthy foods, the intake of a mixed and balanced diet that contains enough nutrients and calories to meet the body’s needs, and a positive attitude about food” (Pereira & Alvarenga 2007). While this statement may seem a bit succinct for a complicated issue, it’s probably close to what we as fitness professionals tell our clients.Read More
The term "fat shaming" has garnered plenty of attention lately. Some believe that criticizing people for their size will inspire them to lose weight. According to researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the practice can be harmful.Read More
7 trainers weigh in on the debate about whether to offer half-hour sessions.Read More
Great article by Len Kravitz, PhD: "Dieting Makes You Fat! How?" [Research, September]. At Personally Fit, most clients come to us to lose weight. We explain the difference between weight loss and fat loss, and we prioritize strength training. The loss on the scale is not as drastic, but the inches lost and the improved body composition that many of our clients experience are outstanding.Read More
Staying up to date on the latest health and fitness news is important for all industry professionals, but the constant stream of new information can make this challenging. That is where IDEA FitFeed comes into play. This inclusive tool collates top news being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts it in one convenient location. You can find all of the top headlines from leading news sources without having to flip through multiple websites and pages. Catch up on news from the past week here.Read More
??As a rule, far more women than men suffer from eating disorders, but a silent epidemic is growing among American males, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. The organization estimates that 10 million males in the U.S. will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life and that about 43% of men are dissatisfied with their bodies.Read More
Analogous to laying out your exercise gear so it’s the first visual reminder you have of your commitment to exercise each day, imagine what creating strong visual cues for food might do for your eating habits. Placing a simple, attractive bowl of fruit on the counter instead of stowing the fruit out of sight in a refrigerator drawer could make the difference in your quest to eat “5 a day.”Read More
Jonathan Ross has received numerous accolades for his work in the fitness industry, including recognition as the 2010 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, the 2006 ACE Personal Trainer of the Year, and the 2003 Personal Training Director of the Year by
magazine. He possesses a rare combination of fitness knowledge and personal experience with obesity, which he acquired while growing up with nearly “800 pounds of parents.” Ross has served as the fitness expert for Discovery Health and hosted its series
Abs Revealed,Read More