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Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are characterized by a derangement in eating behaviors that result in physiological and psychological impairment. Roughly 90% of cases of Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and Bulimia Nervosa (BN) are diagnosed in white females who live in Western societies. Of all of the eating disorders, Binge Eating Disorder (BED) has the highest incidence rate. Athletes have a higher risk of developing eating disorders than the general population, particularly in sports that require a weight class and/or are judged based...

How To Overcome Food Focus

How To Overcome Food Focus

“Hunger levels are fine. I’m noticing I am not really thinking about food a whole lot which is insane because I used to ONLY think about food.” I read this statement from a Team LoCoFit client last week and was smiling from ear to ear. Why? This might seem like such a small win, but it’s an influential win. Food focus is exhausting and crippling and doesn’t just effect a client’s relationship with food; it also effects how they interact in social situations and the self-confidence they possess. What is food...

Yo-Yo Dieting and Your Health

Yo-Yo Dieting and Your Health

With the ever-increasing attention towards our health and weight management, and the rise of fad diets as a result, weight relapse post-diet has become a pretty rampant and recurring issue. Weight relapse, or weight cycling, can also be described as the infamous cycle we know as yo-yo dieting. If yo-yo diets are SO bad, why do so many fall victim? First, it’s important to recognize that weight cycling happens to a variety of individuals and not just those who are overweight or obese. There are a few...

Food Allergies vs. Food Intolerances

Food Allergies vs. Food Intolerances

When it comes to food allergies and food intolerances, we as coaches often find that there is either a lack of education surrounding the terms, and/or a psychological component which leads an individual to assume that they have one or the other when they may not. To clear the air considering that both of these are very real and serious, I would like to discuss the differences between food allergies and food intolerances, common signs and symptoms of each, suggested methods for managing symptoms, and whether or...

Everything Is FU*#@D

Everything Is FU*#@D

Aggressive title, I know, but it felt appropriate for this wild ride we’re on known as 2020. This article isn’t about what is fu*#@d in the world but rather how we can thrive in a time of chaos. This likely hasn’t been the first chaotic time in your life, and it certainly won’t be the last. Understanding how to thrive during times of uncertainty will improve all areas of your life – from your relationships, to your business and to your health. Understand yourself It would be wrong for me to not address the...

Mind Your Mindset

Mind Your Mindset

If you’ve ever gone through a diet or made some big lifestyle changes, you know that a lot of the process can be just as mentally taxing as it is physically. Behavior change in itself is comprised of several moving parts, a lot of which could be influenced by the way we choose to think about those very actions and view them. While our mindset, expectations, and/or beliefs aren’t anything we can tangibly see, they can be very instrumental without us even realizing it. This is attributed to something known as the...

Stress, Cortisol, and Why Your Perception Matters (by Louis Carrell)

Stress, Cortisol, and Why Your Perception Matters (by Louis Carrell)

You've likely heard that "stress" is "bad" recently. This has become the pervasive theme not only within the health and fitness space, but even the general media. But is this truly the case? Can cortisol be useful, and if so, to what extent? In this article, I'll tackle how stress and cortisol are intertwined, understand how all stress is not created equally, and how to manage your stress response. The reason stress has been given such a bad reputation is the negative effects of chronically elevated cortisol...

Where To Start: Nutrition, Training, or Both?

Where To Start: Nutrition, Training, or Both?

Both a very common question as well as a “barrier to entry,” in a sense, is the problem of not knowing where to even begin. You know what you want goal-wise, but you’re not sure what those next steps need to be in order to make that a reality. Do you start with the diet first? Well wait… there’s so much information out there about nutrition. What about exercise? Maybe hop on a program first? The question here is: what is the best way to kick off this change and get from point A to point B? As you can see, this...

Cravings, Hunger, and Your Weight

Cravings, Hunger, and Your Weight

Food cravings and hunger are very much associated with the idea of pursuing a new diet or losing weight. They tend to be large obstacles for dieters to overcome as well (or ultimately succumb to) in their efforts to make changes. They are not interchangeable, though; food cravings and hunger are two different states that we can find ourselves experiencing in a variety of different circumstances, both of which can impact (and be impacted by) our weight management and lifestyle changes. What’s the difference?...

Alternate-day Fasting: Is It Practical for Sustained Dietary Changes?

Alternate-day Fasting: Is It Practical for Sustained Dietary Changes?

If you decide to read up on fasting, specifically fasting for weight loss or health markers, you’re likely going to stumble upon an overwhelming amount of information (and misinformation – I mean… it’s the internet). From a physique enhancement point of view (which will be the main focal point here), not only are there so many ways to employ fasting into one’s lifestyle, but there are also a lot of considerations that need to be taken before you jump into fasting as a means to lose weight or approach your...

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