The Formula That Will Make Grocery Shopping Much Easier

April 29, 2014

Yogurt-berries-295x165This simple formula is going to make your grocery shopping life far easier and far less confusing and your body far healthier.  It’s a big promise, but I will deliver on it.

I run occasional grocery store tours with clients and they are often confused about which specific product to buy or which is healthiest when there is a vast array of options on the shelves. There are often so many options that it creates confusion about which product should end up in your cart.  When you stand in the breakfast aisle or the dairy aisle and take it all in, it is staggering the number of “options” and flavors available.  Wait…why is option in quotes? 

I have good news and better news. 

First, the good news. 

There are far less options than you think there are.  If you read enough labels of say, breakfast cereals, for example, you will start to see that there are several ingredients that keep showing up over and over that make up the majority of the cereals.  There are lots of different shapes, colors, and textures, but there is little variety in construction.  And most of those ingredients are often ones you are better of avoiding if you care about your health.

While on a grocery store tour with clients, we were in the dairy aisle, and I was asked, “Which yogurt should I buy?” As we surveyed the offerings on the shelves – I noticed that about a third of the aisle was taken up by yogurt.  With the popularity of Greek yogurt, there are now seemingly endless flavor varieties and fat content offerings for both regular yogurt and Greek yogurt.

And as with a lot of the cereal aisle items, you begin to notice similar trends.  Lots of added sugars, and very little of the actual fruit that is advertised on the cartons of yogurt.  There is often the “showcase” fruit like pomegranate featured on the front, but when you read the ingredients, pomegranate is the last ingredient and you see that there is grape or apple used as a sweetener/substitute for the more desirable – and expensive – fruit touted on the front.

And now, the better news.

My answer to the question above was this:  “Plain yogurt.”  And after we got through all the “But I don’t like plain, it’s boring” comments, I taught them this:  Buy plain yogurt (either regular or Greek to your preference) and then take the bold and daring move of simply adding your own fruit – real fruit – in the manner and amount you want. 

So instead of buying strawberry yogurt with several teaspoons of sugar in it and a dash of strawberry, you can buy plain yogurt and real strawberries and add them yourself while skipping the added sugar.

And you just keep doing this with other foods in addition to yogurt. 

No more need to buy brown sugar and cinnamon or banana walnut oatmeal.  Say goodbye to “crunch” versions of cereals that often get their crunch from sugars.  And lots of cereals seem to feel the need to add sugar to raisins – already a very sweet fruit. 

Just buy the plain oatmeal and add your own fruit.  Buy the “boring” cereal made only from 100% whole grains and add your own real fruit.

It really is this simple to know what to buy. Just buy the “plain” or “original” flavor oatmeal or yogurt, then get the real version of the fruit or nuts featured on the label and add them to your bowl. 

You’re getting more of what you want and need and less of what you don’t.  And your decision-making at the store becomes vastly easier as well.  So just remember the formula when you go shopping: Original (flavor) + Real (food) = Better

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8 Ways to Burn More Calories Outside of the Gym

April 14, 2014

Dont-touch-subway-poles-1000x1000Though we know that working out is important and should be part of our daily routine, what we do before and after we leave the gym is equally important.  Research tells us that sitting may kill us, while simply fidgeting may help us burn up to an extra 350 calories each day.

Think about all the little opportunities you have every day to do things the hard way.  In our day-to-day lives we are miss chances to burn extra calories without even realizing it. 

Here’s a recent experience I had: I was riding the tram at the airport to get to a different terminal for my connecting flight.  It was a short ride, and I’d been sitting already for a couple of hours on the first flight so I decided I’d stand and “tram surf.”  After boarding, an announcement came over the speakers, “Please hold onto the handrails while the tram is in motion.” No, I did not hold the handrails.  I set my feet wide and staggered them slightly front-to-back.  As the tram began to move I used me to stay upright. (Note that I did hover my hand inches over the handrail ready to grasp it quickly if I did need to…so keep calm and read on.)  It brought an inner awareness and physical focus for just a few minutes in what is commonly a mentally unstimulating and passive experience. 

It would have been easier to sit or to stand and hold onto the handrails.  By choosing the harder way to ride the tram, I delivered a few moments of benefit to my body and mind that didn’t overwhelm me or tire me out.  This is what I want you to start doing.  Join me in doing things the hard way.

What’s the upside?  There are already an abundance of labor-saving, convenience-maximizing changes to everyday life.  We are saving time, saving labor, while losing ourselves.  And it’s taking a toll on our health and vitality.  I also know how hard is to stay in shape.  What we are learning about health and wellness is that it is just as important to consider what you do outside of your workout program.  These brief moments of doing things the hard way are great since they aren’t long enough or taxing enough to exhaust you.  They just take a moment’s choice and a little bit of effort.

Here are some ideas to get you started – please add more of your own:

  1. Handle your own luggage at the hotel.  You probably don’t need that bellhop
  2. Never, ever stand on a moving walkway
  3. Take the stairs…and take the stairs two-at-a-time if you can
  4. Make more trips up and down the stairs at home – don’t be too efficient with your home tasks
  5. Mow your lawn with a push mower
  6. Shovel your own snow if you can or use a mix of snow-thrower and show shovel
  7. Stand up whenever you text message or talk on phone
  8. Stand up whenever you take public transportation – and subject to your comfort level, try “tram surfing” as I described above (or “train surfing,” “bus surfing,” or whatever version best fits your situation.)

All these little moments of a little more effort will lead to a little more ability, balance, and functional strength.  A few extra calories get burned along the way, but the feeling of being a bit more capable in your body is immeasurable and incredibly more powerful than the impact of burning a little more fuel.  Our world increasingly moves toward convenience and we move less as a result.  Work these little micro-bursts of effort into your day and you’ll feel better and more capable in no time.

Why You Should Start Stexting

April 03, 2014

Texting-while-walking-250x150I’ve recently started stexting, I’m doing it more often each day, and I’m hoping you’ll join me and start stexting too. 

As I wrote about previously, and you likely have heard from a few sources, sitting a lot is really unhealthy for you, even if you exercise consistently.  The headlines proclaimed “sitting is the new smoking,” and this is due to the stats: The death rate for obesity in the US is now 35 million.  It’s 3.5 million for tobacco.   

If you sit for more than six hours a day, you are 40% more likely to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than 3 hours a day – even if you exercise!  We sit more than we do anything else. We average 9.3 hours a day of sitting, compared to 7.7 hours of sleeping. 

So I’ve decided to start “stexting.”  We all text a lot.  And in a recent conversation with my friend and colleague, Mindy Mylrea, creator of the Tabata Bootcamp program, she mentioned that one of her weekly challenges for her bootcmapers was that whenever they sent a text they had to be either “standing, dancing, or prancing.” 

I loved this idea so much it gave me an idea to create the term “stexting.”  It is a combination of “standing” with “texting,” which is exactly what you’ll do.  Every time you send a text, do so while standing.  Not walking, not driving, and, of course, not sitting. Get up to text.  This rule would certainly make texting while driving impossible.

So start stexting right now.  I’ll be stexting everyone I know, whenever I send them a message.   

More About Sitting:

Why Sitting Is Bad for You

What a Desk Job Does to Your Health

6 Reasons to Stand Up Right Now

Could There Be a 5-Second Rule Diet?

March 21, 2014

Veggies-largeThe news was abuzz recently with reports centered around some recent research on the “5 Second Rule,” and it gave me a fun idea and another way to think about this rule. 

Researchers at Aston University in Birmingham, U.K. studied the rate of bacteria transfer in food items dropped on the floor and picked up within three to 30 seconds. They found that the amount of time an item spent on the floor was directly related to bacteria levels.

But this isn’t about the study…hearing this story and the discussion about how long food can safely stay on the floor safely got me thinking.

What if I started a “Zero-Second Rule Diet?”

Most of the stuff I’ve eaten in the last few days – yogurt with berries, avocado, grilled tomato, eggs, salad, homemade protein power balls, bell peppers, apples, grapefruit, hummus with naan bread, olives, peanut butter on a sprouted grain English muffin to name a lot, would get eaten if they touched the floor at all.  There’s no amount of safe time since the foods would pick up significant junk on them from even a moment’s contact with the floor.  If they were salvageable at all, they would need at least a rinse under water.

On the other side of this, we have the foods you could leave on the floor forever.  Hard-coated chocolate like M&Ms, most candy bars, chips, cookies, French fries, doughnuts and similar foods would need a quick blow of air or nothing at all, and could stay on the floor for much longer than five seconds and still be edible.

If you ate only foods that couldn’t survive a trip to the floor, you could build a pretty healthy nutrition plan around that.  Now, I did have almonds this week and those would be fine for a while on the floor.  And if you dropped a piece of cake, you might not be inclined to try and pick out all the dirt it would pick up.

But aside from these few examples, if you thought about eating more of foods that would have a “zero second rule” (the healthier ones), and less of the foods that had an “infinite seconds rule” (the unhealthier ones), you’d be on your way to a bit better eating. 

Don’t take this too seriously, overthink this too much, and split hairs and pointlessly quibble over which foods would or would not fall into either category. 

The main point of this humorous treatment of the five-second rule is this:  I’m trying to get you think more about the quality of the food you eat the most.  If you considered what would happen to everything you ate if it fell on the floor before you ate it and what you would have to do to make it edible again if it did, you’ll be on your way to thinking about the properties of the food you’re eating.

More thoughtfulness about what you are eating will lead to more thoughtful food choices…and that’s what I’m really promoting. 

More on Diet:

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The Health Dangers of Sugar

Why Fitness Is Just One Part of Weight Loss


3 Common Nutrition Myths Debunked

January 06, 2014

I know it’s hard to make sense of the ever-changing trends in nutrition. But one law of nutrition that always holds true is this: Extremism is rarely the way to go.

This mindset will save you a lot of headache and provide a clear path to a sensible course of action for your nutrition choices. Keeping this in mind will help you to avoid extremism in your diet.

Examples of extremism in our/other people’s everyday language include:

Carbs: Language that suggests that they are universally terrible OR universally wonderful.

Fats: Stating exclusively that they are universally terrible OR universally wonderful.

Omnivorism/ Veganism: Any statement indicating that these lifestyles are universally terrible OR universally wonderful.

Cleanses/Detox programs: Statements promoting these diets are the be all end all of healthy eating/weight loss regimes.

So let’s take a closer look at these more complicated and multi-dimensional lifestyle choices.

Carbs iStock/Thinkstock

Carbs are neither terrible nor wonderful as a nutrition group. With books like “Wheat Belly,” and “Grain Brain,” and the many variations of the “Paleo Diet,” many people are selling the idea that grains are the cause of all of our ills and if you just eliminate this one food group, all your problems will be solved.

Modern breads are processed to death and often made of bleached, nutrition-less flour. Ancient breads were made of germinated, sprouted seeds, and are very healthy and nutritious (in fact, you can get sprouted grain bread in your local grocery store today). The mantra repeated over and over is that we have “only” been eating grains for 10,000 years and so our bodies haven’t had time to adapt. This is nonsensical to me. If our bodies were not well-adapted and tolerant of properly prepared grains, we would have stopped eating them long ago. Humans have successfully been consuming carbs for almost 10,000 years – why the sudden spike in obesity, celiac disease, and other problems related to “grains?” The answer is because our modern processing alters the grain in such a way as to make it unhealthy.

Diet books based on concepts like the “Paleo Diet” miss the mark despite a good effort. The idea is sound. The problem is that we don’t really know enough about the specifics of what our ancestors ate to make highly specific recommendations on what we should/shouldn’t eat. In going all the way back to the prehistoric era, the idea is taken much too far to be practical. What these authors are doing is taking little bits of evidence and developing entire dietary programs – this is problematic and one dimensional.

Any narrow approach to nutrition which is based on loosely gathered information will be flawed and therefore should be taken with a grain of salt.

Omnivorism vs. Veganism iStock/Thinkstock

Both of these diets are right -- for some people. Anybody who tells you being a vegan or eating meat is the only option for your diet is wrong.

We are not all the same. Our “ancestral geography” determines which approach will work better for us. Some of us come from a long line of people best served by vegetarianism and others prefer omnivorism. Some people find great health and vitality in a vegan approach – and it is the right one for them. Others find the same health and vitality in omnivorism. And others prefer a diet somewhere in between the two.

Another common nutrition mistake is any diet which declares animal products or fats universally healthy or unhealthy. As with carbs, quality matters. If you consume an animal product from sick, mistreated animals living in overcrowded conditions and riddled with disease (or chock full of antibiotics), then you will be absorbing that poor health into your body. On the other hand, if you consume animal products from animals that have been treated respectfully and allowed to live out their lives in as close to a natural environment as possible and fed the right foods, that animal’s health and vitality will be absorbed into you. iStock/Thinkstock

Cleansing/Detox Programs

In my opinion, there’s no greater waste of money or effort than this one.

Your body cleanses itself just fine if you are treating it properly. If you are eating the right foods (see above), getting proper rest and exercise, and respecting what your body tells you it needs, then avoid these silly programs. Unless you are recovering from an extended period of pharmaceutical use or alcohol use, there’s no need to use special products or use austere starvation programs to cleanse or detox. The bottom line: If you don’t put toxins in, there’s no need for specialized rituals to help your poor, fragile body recover.

These programs are always sold by or recommended by people who either are profiting from them or are emotionally invested in them as wise choices.

Wrap Up

Remember: Extremism is what you need to avoid. Not carbs. Not fats. Not food after 6 PM. Not food itself for three days while sipping lemon tea with cayenne pepper plus whatever trendy ingredient of the moment is.

When it comes to food, respect your body, your biology, and your world by seeking quality above all else. A high quality carb cannot be compared to a low quality carb.

Happy, healthy eating habits this year!

What Will Your Everyday Success Be?

December 23, 2013

Tell me your goals and I can create a great workout. But what will get you the most excited is doing something you didn’t ask for and had no idea was even possible.

It’s your “Everyday Success,” and you can’t know what it will be or when you will get it. But when you do, it will fuel the fires of motivation to keep you dedicated on getting better indefinitely.

One of the true joys of working in fitness is hearing stories of these everyday successes and here are a few recent ones.

  • A 65-year old grandfather is sitting cross-legged on the floor and gets up directly from the cross-legged position while holding his grandson. He did it without thinking anything of it, and didn’t really notice that he had done it until his adult son pointed it out to him. The beauty of this is that he didn’t need to mentally gear himself up for the effort. He just did it without thought.
  • A woman with hip and knee replacements and scoliosis who has previously been very limited in movement climbed in and out of the bleachers “without fear or hesitation” to see her son’s music performance. She told me this when I got a text message from her at night right after the performance – she was so excited that she had to share it right away.
  • A woman with several major spine injuries gets better core strength and finds herself doing more chores around the house without thinking or worrying about her body and going for longer and faster walks while listening to her favorite music. At the beginning of one of our sessions, she told me that the neighbors have noticed and commented on how much faster she is walking through the neighborhood.
  • A young volleyball player complaining of knee pain gets better alignment in her legs from doing corrective strengthening exercises and not only enjoys dissipation of the pain, but also finds that her vertical leap gets higher and she gets up to hit balls harder and with more range. She didn’t ask to jump higher, just for less knee pain. Her parents called to tell me they could see her jumping higher when they watched her play at a tournament.

When you keep going, staying active, getting more capable, you can handle what comes your way. Your world gets a little bigger as you feel more comfortable and capable in your body.

There’s the goal you ask for, and then there’s the bonus one you get that you didn’t even realize you wanted until after you’ve gotten it. And that makes it all the more sweet. With fitness, you ALWAYS get more out of it than you put in; it’s just sometimes more of something you didn’t even know you wanted.

What will your Everyday Success be? I don’t know, but I can tell you that when it happens it will be a wonderful surprise and an unexpected reminder of what is possible when you get a little better and a little more consistent each day.  

Take this Challenge: A Holiday Like You’ve Never Had Before

December 09, 2013

The banner read “Workout Before You Pig Out.” Not too long after walking past it, I spoke to someone who told me that she “works out so she can eat whatever she wants.”

At this time of year, it is hard to avoid sweets, alcohol, and other indulgences. And too often, even trainers buy into the mistaken view point that you need to “workout before you pig out.” And this mindset of using exercise as nothing more than a means of undoing poor food choices has two major problems:

Hitting the gym hard before a holiday is helpful, but won't undue the damage of overeating.
  1. It creates a feeling of exercise as punishment or obligation rather than something to enjoy.
  2. Excessive intake of food cannot be undone by even the most robust workout.

If I hated exercise, I wouldn’t do it. So if you hate exercise, and you do it, you’re nuts (by my standards). Why would you continually do something you don’t enjoy? Sure, it needs to create a certain level of discomfort to be beneficial. However, if you hate it, hate the thought of it, and dread doing it, every single workout takes a massive load of willpower.

If this is how and why you exercise, you’ll burn up all your willpower making yourself exercise and then you’re fresh out of willpower when you really need it -- at that holiday party coming up this weekend and when your family comes to visit the next day hands full of dessert!

If you begin to look for something positive during the exercise experience, you will begin to enjoy it more – or at least loathe it less. And if possible, try doing something active with someone in your life. When you get moving with people, it amplifies the positive emotional benefits of the experience.

This holiday, try exercising moderation instead of going crazy at the dinner table.

Physically, we cannot use exercise to “work off” poof food choices. The reason is that bad foods affect your body’s ability to respond to exercise the way you want it to.

For example, you just ate a bunch of holiday cookies at the office that you weren’t planning on eating. The high dose of sugars creates a physical response that makes your cells less reactive since they are coated in sticky sugar which throws off your hormonal system as your body tries to handle the overload.

Your body is essentially in a biological crisis even though you might not feel it. And when your body is in crisis, it isn’t worried about making sure you look good from your exercise efforts.

Now I’m going to challenge you and I hope you are ready.

Here is your mission, and I hope you accept it. Think of exercise and food as working together to make you better. Even at this time of year. You might think I’m crazy, but I think you can do it. Celebrate with what makes you feel good – and by feel good, I mean feel healthy, vital, alert, and alive.

There is a “reason” to “celebrate” with low quality food almost every day of the year – and I hear all the time from people how “hard” it is to lose weight and stay in shape. It’s only hard when it’s hard for your body to stay that way.

Celebrate with what is truly worth celebrating – that which enhances your health. And share it with someone in your life. Fitness is best served up as a buffet rather than a single-serving, solo activity.

Here’s to a healthy, happy year and a holiday worth celebrating in moderation for a better body and a fuller life!

The 411 on Statins

November 26, 2013

As of Tuesday, November 12th, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued new cholesterol guidelines.

The new guidelines call for these four types of people to take doctor-prescribed statins:

(1) Patients who have a known case of heart disease

(2) Individuals between age 40-75 with Type 2 diabetes

(3) Individuals with an LDL count or “bad cholesterol” count of 190 or higher (this puts you at the greatest risk for developing heart disease according to the Mayo Clinic)

(4) And lastly, individuals with a 7.5 percent chance of developing heart disease or stroke in the next 10 years based on the American Heart Association’s CV Risk Calculator.

The major changes to the guidelines include that statins will no longer be prescribed to lower LDL levels to 70 mg/dL or below and previously individuals between a 10-20 percent risk of developing heart disease were recommended to take statins (as compared to the now 7.5%). This second alteration will increase the number of healthy Americans taking statins by roughly 70 percent according to Abramson & Redberg of the NY Times.

Here’s why people are pissed.

The factors involved in calculating an individual’s cardiovascular risk include: age, sex, race, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and whether or not they smoke or have diabetes [Source: stltoday]. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of individuals suffering from cardiovascular disease have it as a result of ‘smoking, lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, and other lifestyle factors.’ [Source: NY Times]

What will possess these individuals to change their unhealthy lifestyles if doctors are told to simply throw medication at the problem?

Some experts have questioned the science behind the new guidelines, such as GWU Hospital cardiologist, Jonathan Reiner, who said that there is a lack of “robust data” on the subject to indicate conclusive results supporting the new guidelines.

Statins are the number one most prescribed medicine in the U.S. today and it is no secret that these drugs dramatically boost profits of major pharmaceutical companies.

Most of the people that I see who take statins are on them for the rest of their lives. I’ve had many clients get fit enough to stop taking statins simply through lifestyle alterations. Exercising, eating right, and not smoking are the ultimate healers, and you don’t need to figure out if you fall under some new guidelines to find out if they are right for you. A healthy lifestyle change is right for everyone.  

To learn more, check out The Truth about Statins.

To learn how statins affect your exercise routine, click here.

The Personal Training Paradox

November 12, 2013

As a personal fitness trainer, it sometimes feels like nobody takes trainers seriously.  And sometimes, it’s easy to see why. 

Studies today show that obesity rates among U.S. adults is continuing to level off after several decades of immense growth.  [Source: USA Today]

In 2012, about 34.9% of the people in this country were obese (meaning roughly 35 pounds over a healthy weight). That is not significantly different than the 35.7% who were obese in 2010. iStock/Thinkstock

Is this progress? Hardly. Such a small dip in numbers is barely newsworthy.  Especially since the drop is just as likely to be due to the fact that a problem can only get so big before it starts leveling off all by itself.

Recently, the Washington Post held a Childhood Obesity Summit in Washington DC to facilitate an open conversation around the topic of nutrition and the politics surrounding childhood obesity. Among the speakers at the event included a representative from the CDC, the Executive Director of the White House Let’s Move campaign, and former Olympian, Michelle Kwan, who now sits on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

Unfortunately, there was not a single professional fitness trainer involved with the summit.  This to me made very little sense. But when you look a little deeper you can see why.

The fitness industry has grown tremendously in the past few years, while really only successfully reaching a small group of potential clients.  A message to all fellow trainers: What we sell has to look possible to the average person.

Too often trainers will sell a product that looks too intimidating, too scary, and next to impossible for the average person who is trying to get back in shape (or lower their risk of obesity!).

As fitness trainers we have the ability to start from the bottom up. We have an advantage over policy makers and politicians because we get to spend one on one time with the client.

So let’s keep raising the bar and challenging our clients and ourselves to gain more clients. With this mentality, we may see a fitness trainer sitting on the panel of the Childhood Obesity Summit in 2014.

The Health Dangers of Sugar

August 19, 2013

If the message that sugar is bad for you causes eye-rolling, it might be time to refocus those eyes.

Yes, I know everyone is tired of hearing how sugar is bad for you.  But there continues to be more actual research done to quantify just how bad it is.

If you consume 25% of your calories from added sugar, you just may die early and have less sex.  One could argue that too little of the latter would make you wish for the former.  This amount of added sugar to a diet has been shown to significantly shorten the lives of mice and decrease their interest in reproductive behavior.

Photo Credit: Crwr
What can we learn from these little guys?

A healthy dose of sugar is an unhealthy dose of sugar

And in case you think that 25% sugar is an unrealistic amount, it turns out that some leading organizations have unwisely recommended that amount of sugar in your diet. The National Research Council and The United States Institute of Medicine have recommended that added sugar be limited to 25% of energy intake. Oops.

The average American takes in 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day (about 88 grams), equal to 355 calories. For example, three cans of soda supply more than 400 calories from sugars.

And this refers to added sugars, by the way.  Not naturally occurring sugars like those found in fruit.

In the study just published, (Nature Communications, published online August 13, 2013), mice were fed a diet that had 25% added sugars. The females died at twice the normal rate and the males were less likely to reproduce or hold territory – a key behavior in mouse mating. The more territory a male defends, the more appealing he is to females.  The male mice were less motivated to engage in behaviors likely to increase their chances of reproductive success.

Were the mice fatter?

An interesting and powerful aspect of the results of this study is that the mice that died early were not more obese and did not have higher blood sugar, fasting insulin or triglyceride levels. The sugar-added female mice did have higher cholesterol and decreased ability to clear added sugar from their bloodstreams. In essence, there were no signals to indicate or predict that the mice were going to die prematurely.

Why do we always use mice in studies?

According to Wayne Potts (one of the study’s authors), there’s a direct connection between how mice and humans react to food and other substances. Approximately 80 percent of the substances which are toxic to mice are also toxic to humans.  That’s why it’s likely that humans fed a diet high in sugars would experience similar health issues.

There’s no free lunch

Even if you don’t “show” signs of a high sugar intake (maybe you’ve got “good” genes and can “eat whatever you want” – or so you think), it is clear that the more junk you eat, the worse life you live.  Maybe now we can finally start to set aside our infantile obsession with cupcakes and other high-added-sugar foods.  Is the cost in terms of years lost and quality of life lost really worth that doughnut?

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Jonathan Ross — fitness expert for Discovery Fit & Health and creator of Aion Fitness — was voted Exercise TV's "Top Trainer" and named in Men's Journal magazine's list of Top 100 Trainers in America. His personal experiences with obesity — "800 pounds of parents" — directly inspired his fitness career. His ability to bring fitness to those who need it the most has made him a two-time Personal Trainer of the Year Award-Winner (ACE and IDEA). His book, Abs Revealed, is filled with cutting-edge exercises in a modern, intelligent approach to abdominal training. His leadership and fresh perspectives on fitness earn him praise as a frequent go-to source of credible fitness information.


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