Success Story: Shannon & Marc

30 Pounds in 2 Months?! Shannon and Marc came to us back in the middle of November looking for help getting fit, losing weight, and feeling healthy. Soon after, they started working with our trainer Erik. I had a chance to chat with Shannon and Marc about a month into their time with us, and found that they have continually …

Everything in moderation…except moderation!

Moderation is the key! Wait a minute…did I just say that? I just finished reading an article on CNBC about the new US dietary guidelines that limit added sugar and remove warnings about cholesterol (egg yolks are back, baby!). In the article they quote a restaurant owner who, after discussing these new guidelines, says that ultimately “moderation is the key.” …

Conquer your cravings for good!

Cravings versus physical hunger This is probably the MOST important thing to understand in order to lose fat effortlessly! So what’s the difference? Well, let’s start with physical hunger. Physical hunger is felt in the stomach after a person goes a period of time without food. Usually 5 hours after a meal. It is a complex signal that is derived …

The best form of cardio

There’s a fun and effective form of cardio? You want to melt away the fat in the fastest way possible? Okay you’re going to need to do a specific type of cardio. It’s the only type that focuses directly on body fat for fuel. But it’s not what you’re thinking. You’re probably stuck in the belief that burning fat is …

Say goodbye to those holiday pounds!

Why is it so hard to get motivated? The reason why is kind of simple, and very annoying. You see, the body is an adaptive machine, always adapting to whatever you give it. Most people slow down in December — and that’s all it takes for your body to adjust. It adjusts to the decrease in movement by slowing down …

Become a fat burning beast!

Do you want to lose fat easier? Seriously, this is a crazy concept. If you want to lose weight, you’re going to want to learn about something called “metabolic flexibility“. It’s also known as “fat adaption“. So what is metabolic flexability? Metabolic flexibility or fat adaption refers to the efficiency in which your body SWITCHES from running on sugar for …

How sugar makes you gain weight — and what to do about it

Before I can delve into this topic, I need to introduce a concept: the difference between “food” and “nutrition.” Food is the undigested matter that enters your body, nutrition is the broken down components that actually enter the blood stream and are used by your body. When I think of healthy eating, I think in terms of nutrition – not …

How to feel more energy each day

Probably one of the most important goals for anyone pursuing a new lifestyle of health and wellness is the desire for the feeling of more energy day-to-day. Most people remember those days, long ago, when the feeling of energy was far more abundant in their lives, whether it was springing out of bed, going for frequent walks, running and playing sports, cooking meals …

One of the BIGGEST obstacles to losing weight

Weight Loss When you train as many people as we do, you start to notice some very strong similarities of what works and what doesn’t. For most people, the path to fitness can be as easy as just getting active again. For others, it seems like you need to move mountains in order to make the scale move down. In …

Vancouver Sun Podcast

Paleo Diet I recently took part in a podcast debate about the merits of the Paleo diet. The show was hosted by Randy Shore, who shared his personal insights and experience with food and dieting, as well as St. Paul’s dietician Sinead Feeney providing her more conventional perspective. It was a good opportunity to introduce more people to the concepts …