Natural Movement

I am inherently a lazy person. I like the idea of movement that just fits into my life, doesn’t require a lot of dedicated time in a special location (gym or studio), and is “natural” for what my body is designed to do. This is why I’m a fan of walking. This is also why I love weightlifting. If you want to look at it through the lens of “naturalism” – which is abused by so many online gurus (think, Paleo, Primal, or other diets based on misrepresenting science and anthropology to sell the idea that you are supposed to…

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I Don’t Make The Rules – Biology Makes The Rules

In my previous post, How Calories “Work“, I said “So if you are convinced you are that one special snowflake who is accurately tracking 1500 calories and working out 2 hours a day and still gaining weight: YOU ARE NOT. You really really are not. You are not eating 1500 calories and gaining weight. 1500 calories will ultimately maintain (barely) 100 lbs in a full grown sedentary woman. This is truth.” I got a few comments and messages that were in opposition to this concept. They were mostly polite, which I very much appreciate. Some argued that they were different…

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How Calories “Work”

The topic of appropriate caloric intake has been on my mind a lot recently. There is A LOT of confusion around “how many calories” people ARE eating, SHOULD BE eating, and what it all means. I know many people who insist their caloric intake is very, very low: 1200 to 1500 calories per day. And they are sure their metabolism must be broken because they are now gaining weight (or not losing weight) on this very low calorie intake. It’s not true. It’s not accurate. It’s not the way things work. You have to eat enough food to support your activity, energy…

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On Being Thin

I’m going to just say it. I hope you can hear it. BEING THIN is not the end-all & be-all of your existence. BEING THIN doesn’t solve your mental health problems – or fix your relationships. BEING THIN doesn’t make you smarter, more powerful, financially stable, or creative. If you’ve dieted 4 months, 4 years, or 40 years to reach some outward goal that seems to hold the solution to all of life’s problems, I implore you: work on liking yourself NOW, the way you are, because liking yourself regardless of your body fat levels is the only way to…

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Start Small

Start small. Start where you are. When it comes to making life changes, as much as I love positive self-talk and big ideas, I am an even bigger fan of practicality. If you are in a space of self-hate, self-love won’t just walk in the door and kick the self-hate aside. You have to start where you are, and find a small step you can actually manage right now, in your current headspace. Googling “positive affirmations” won’t fix you. You have to do something you can see and measure. If you are depressed, you feel exhausted, you feel stuck, you feel…

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Perception of Effort, or Calorie Burn in Hot Yoga

“How many calories will I burn?” “Will I lose weight?” These are, by far, the two most popular questions I hear from new Bikram Yoga students. And really, when you get right down to it, they are the same question – “I want to lose weight by burning a lot of calories – will I do that?” The answer people WANT to hear is: YES, you will burn a TON of calories and you will lose weight, you betcha, I promise! (Also, would you like to buy some magic beans??) The real answer: IT DEPENDS. If you understand general fitness…

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