Cancer Drugs to Fight Obesity?

By: Matt Weik IML Research Blog It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while, when researchers are investigating one piece of data, they come to discover something else that could be groundbreaking. When researchers at a Mayo Clinic were running cancer studies on mice, they discovered that the drugs used in the study were also causing considerable weight … Read More

Are You Ready to Commit? (Take the Quiz)

By Gigi Amurao The year is still young, and I’m sure many of you are still on the fence about starting a diet or actually getting started on that new lifestyle you have always wanted. You will often hear people say, “Get started NOW,” but they don’t take into consideration what else may be going on in your life at … Read More

Stop Making Excuses!

By Evina Del Pizzo Are you always running late? Do you lack motivation to go to the gym? Are you tired of having no time for things you love or even for yourself? Is it difficult for you to make a commitment and keep it? If those questions ring a bell or two, here’s another: Do you point blame at outside … Read More

H.I.I.T. Training: New Research!

By: Matt Weik IML Research Blog We live in a society that believes if a little yields a good result, then more would yield an even better result.  But more times than not, this isn’t the case.  And actually, that kind of thinking can get you in a lot of trouble in certain situations.  Just look at how many lawsuits … Read More

Fit Recipe: Savory Crustless Quiche

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher It’s the end of winter, that time of year when we’re ready for spring and dreaming of tropical vacations but still craving comfort food. Now, though, we want it without all the calories.  This Savory Crustless Quiche is the perfect answer! It’s a breeze to make, and you can eat it anytime of the … Read More

Goal Setting 101: The SMART System

By Gigi Amurao A new year is underway—a time to start fresh with all the things we want to accomplish. So many of us start out in January with the number-one goal of getting back in shape and becoming healthier versions of ourselves. The process is easy to start. It’s new, we’re excited and motivated, and everything seems so clear; … Read More

New Study: Serve Yourself

By: Matt Weik If you’re looking to stay on your diet, the worst thing you can do is have an enabler feeding you food that you shouldn’t be consuming.  Or someone who leaves out portioned snacks for easy consumption.  You almost feel bad not eating it, right? New research says, feed yourself to keep your waistline in check. What exactly … Read More

Calorie Burning 101: Excess Postexercise Oxygen Consumption

By Lindsay Kent The Beauty Blog This post was suggested by a comment I received during a personal-training session on why we incorporate different movements, use different pieces of equipment, and often change the sequence of the exercises and circuits during our workouts. I always tell my clients that our workouts are structured a certain way to keep the metabolism … Read More

Holiday Reminder: 40 Reasons to Keep Exercising!

By Shandy Ortiz The Beauty Blog Presented by BeautyFit The holiday season is entering the home stretch, and sugar and butter are still the stars of every food platter. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, some things do have to be put off for later, but your exercise routine shouldn’t be one of them. Here are 40 benefits … Read More

Weight Loss & Cancer Risk

By: Matt Weik It’s no secret that our great nation has an issue with obesity—mainly, putting the fork down and walking away from the table!  With more than 60% of our population being overweight, something has to change to ensure longevity and our overall quality of life as we age.  Illnesses are on the rise, including things like cancer, heart … Read More

The TEF Factor: Maximizing Metabolism & Energy

By Lindsay Kent The Beauty Blog Getting clients to make important shifts in their nutritional habits and understand the impact it will have on their goals is often a trainer’s biggest challenge. One key change that seems to terrify our clients, especially women, is the notion of eating more to lose weight. Somewhere along the way, they have come to … Read More

Avoiding The Post-Diet Rebound

By Nicole Cress The Beauty Blog My first competition was in March 2004, in the figure division. I was a personal trainer at the time; however, I didn’t have a coach or any real knowledge of what competition prep entailed. I did an Internet search and took advice from bodybuilders at my gym. I found a cookie-cutter diet and did … Read More

Hunger and Hormones: Mastering Your Body’s Cues

By Lindsay Kent The Beauty Blog While often it seems that the body’s hunger and satiety cues set off a totally emotional experience, rearing their uncooperative heads when you are trying to lose weight or gain lean muscle, we have learned in recent years that they are actually part of the body’s physiological processes. That indicates a distinct line between … Read More

New Research: Children’s Bedtimes and Obesity

By: Matt Weik If you follow my work, you know that I’m a huge advocate for getting kids active and learning how to make healthy decisions with their life. This instills healthy habits early in life which can carry over into adulthood. It’s much easier to form healthy habits early in a child’s life than it is to break bad … Read More

It’s All About “Getting Started”

By Gigi Amurao So you woke up today, looked in the mirror, and said, “Ugh, I look horrible! I need to get in shape.” Congratulations! You have reached the point where you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and you are ready to do something about it. There’s just one problem—you don’t know how. We’ve all been … Read More

Macros, Food Choices & Long-Term Success!

By Nicole Cress The Beauty Blog Have you ever wondered how many times a day you make choices about food? For some people, the way they eat reflects their way of life. Most people struggle when it comes to dieting because they correlate the word diet with deprivation. Often, they eliminate certain foods because they associate them with being “bad,” … Read More

Fit Recipe: Herbal Dynamite (Salad Dressing)

By Ruth Silverman, Managing Editor Who doesn’t love a big, crisp salad? Whatever your pleasure when it comes to dressings, nothing’s better than a bowl of crunchy lettuce and salad veggies to balance out a savory meal. And if you’re on a diet, filling up on salad with lower-calorie dressings is a great tip. When I was growing up, my … Read More

Maintaining Weight loss: Keeping it Off!!!

By Gigi Amurao After weeks or months of dieting and putting in the work at the gym every day, you finally hit your goal weight.  Congratulations, you did it! You stayed committed, worked hard, sacrificed a lot, and here you are—a slimmer, sexier, lighter best version of yourself. Losing weight for a competition, an event, or for health reasons is … Read More

My Journey to Fitness & Health

By Jessica Gilmartin The BeautyBlog For the majority of my life I struggled with being overweight and being the “bigger girlfriend” of other, slimmer women, but when I found myself staring at 268 pounds on the scale, I knew things had to change. I needed not only to become healthy mentally, in terms of the way I saw and treated … Read More

Technology Update: The “Shop Well” App is a Must!

By: Matt Weik With so many apps on smartphones these days it almost seems like our phones aren’t only running our lives, but they’re also allowing us to get complacent and lazy as they do a lot of our work for us. Now there’s a new app. This one actually to helps you make better choices while at the grocery … Read More

Understanding Branched Chain Amino Acids

By Matt Samansky Supplement Review Editor BCAA’s have been a staple of the supplement industry since the turn of the century! For the sake of getting scientific, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. As you chew on your chicken breast, not only are you ingesting dozens of grams of proteins, but thousands of amino acids bonded together. Specifically, … Read More

Fit Recipe: Skinnier Guacamole

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher Guacamole!!! A delicious dip that enhances any meal or summer barbecue. If you enjoy it too much, though, the calories from fat can add up quickly. Mixing garbanzo beans with the avocado in this recipe solves that problem. You can’t taste them, and the texture is great because you process the guacamole until smooth. … Read More

Weight Loss Notes From Dr. Kalman’s Notebook

By Douglas Kalman PhD, RD, FISSN Nutrition Editor A few items from the note pad to pass along this week… 6 out of 10 are Overweight! Weight loss and weight control is not easy for the majority of society. This is evident by the fact that an alarming ~60% of the American population is either overweight or obese!  6 out … Read More

Research: Can Fiber Fuel Weight Loss?

By: Matt Weik Some might say that we are in a bit of a crisis mode when it comes to battling the bulge. The rate of those suffering from being overweight or obese seems to forever be climbing across this nation. With nearly 70% of adults being overweight/obese, we have a serious problem on our hands. Roughly 35% of Americans … Read More

Avoiding the Summer BBQ Trap!

By Gigi Amurao Warmer weather is finally upon us! It’s time to clean out the pool, break out the grill, and get ready for those summer barbecues, starting with Memorial Day at the end of this month. Summer is for relaxing, basking in the sun, and spending time with family and friends, and it brings an endless parade of weddings, … Read More

A Connection Between Sneezing & Obesity?

By:  Douglas Kalman PhD, RD Have you ever been in a crowded room and all you seem to hear is people coughing and sniffling? I am not kidding!!!  This happens every time a room is quieted for some type of speech, or at the start of a movie, or during the singing of the National Anthem at a ballgame.  Have … Read More

Egg Whites: Don’t Forget the Basics!

By: Matt Weik With all the latest innovations in supplementation, it’s easy to lose sight of the basics. This blog is an important reminder that if you’re serious about those gainz, then you better have egg whites in your diet. No matter if you’re trying to lean out or put on size, egg whites will get you where you’re trying … Read More

Supplement Review: Yohimbine HCI by PrimaForce

Have you ever wondered what’s in your fat burner? What exactly are the magical ingredients that make those tiny capsules so powerful? Yohimbine is one of the most popular thermogenic supplements on the market. Today, we will be evaluating this compound individually. Yohimbine works by increasing adrenaline levels, thus kicking into gear the process of fat oxidation. Pretty simple, right? … Read More

The “Lose 5 Pounds Fast” Workout!

Welcome to my new blog here at DigitalMuscle.com!!! Here’s something to give you a jump start on getting your bikini bod ready for the Summer! Spring is definitely here, and though it’s still pretty chilly in some parts of the country, those long, cold winter nights are slowly coming to an end. Summer is just around the corner, and that means … Read More

Understanding Cellulite…and Getting Rid of It!

Cellulite. For some, just the thought of it is a nightmare. I’m sure most women at one time or another have wondered if their legs or rear end would ever be plagued by the dreaded “lumpy-bumpy” dimpling that often strikes women as they age. A once-used term for cellulite was Gynoid lipodystrophy, or “G.D.,” which sounds a whole lot worse … Read More

50 Ways to Thrash Body Fat

By Dr. Doug Kalman, Nutrition Editor Whether you’re a competitive athlete or you just like the lean look, keeping your body fat in check may help to extend your lifespan.  I’ve put together a few tips, 50 to be exact, to help you thrash body fat, and in the process, help you to live life to the fullest! The Top … Read More

Structuring a Diet for Fat Loss

By Ben Pakulski Question:  “How do you structure a diet for fat loss? Diet structuring for fat loss is a very popular and often misunderstood topic.  There are many different approaches and methods, such as maintaining a constant deficit by simply adjusting as plateaus are reached, or a calorie/carb cycling routine. I think the first step is to optimize your … Read More

The Brain – Gut Connection (It’s Real)

By Dr. Doug Kalman, Nutrition Editor Have you ever had the experience of being asked to speak in front of a group of people and you suddenly felt your stomach getting tingly or nervous?   You’ve no doubt heard the expression “gut-wrenching” or “butterflies in the stomach”.   The truth is, The brain has a direct effect on the gut.  The gut … Read More

Cardio for Muscle Contraction?

By Ben Pakulski Most people jump onto a cardio machine with the desired end result of ‘getting their heart rate up’, or maybe to ‘get their body temperature up to burn some calories’.  Sound familiar? Of course it does. Basically, we’re all looking for the most effective and efficient way to shed a few pounds of body fat, right?  It’s … Read More