Dangers of Waist Training

Dangers of Waist Training

Kim Kardashian do it.  Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi do it.  But should you do it?  No, we are not talking about making a sex video.  We are talking about waist training.   There’s alot of people waist training but does it do more harm than good?  Here’s the real truth on waist training and why you shouldn’t waist train.

Dangers of Waist Training:  The Modern Day Corset


For those of you who are not familiar with waist training, waist training is like the modern day corset.  The idea is to use the waist trainer to compress your stomach and reshape your waist to decrease the size of your waist permanently over time.  You wear the waist trainer for hours, even working out and sleeping in it.

The problem with waist trainers it not only can it be uncomfortable,it makes it difficult to take deep breaths and even may contribute to heartburn. “Your stomach might get pushed up beyond the diaphragm, which could cause reflex,” says Dr. Apovian. “If you’re wearing one and you experience those symptoms, that’s a definite sign that you need to loosen it or take it off.”

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By now, you have probably seen women working out with waist trainers on.  If you search Instagram under the hashtags #weightloss , there will be many pictures of women working out with waist trainers.  Wearing a waist-cinching device for a workout is a horrible idea.  It make it even harder for you to breath because of the restrictions on your rib cage and diaphragm.

Your digestive tract is also affected when you wear a waist shaper or trainer.   Your intestines are supposed to contract and move food along, but when one of the issues with wearing waist trainers is it compresses your intestines over a long period of time, causing the flow of digestion to be slowed or even stopped.  This lead to problems like abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas.  This is definitely not a sexy problem to have.

Sitting in a waist trainer can lead to a condition called meralgia paresthetica, from your nerve in your legs being compressed.  This leads to tingling, numbness and pain in your legs.  Even wearing it for a few minutes, I was able to feel the negative effects of the shaper.  I felt some tingling in my legs, and I felt like I was losing circulations.  It’s like putting rubber bands around your upper thighs and tightening them when you sit down. This rubber band effect can also decrease your circulation and lead to blood clots. When you sit in shapewear, those genetically prone to varicosities can develop varicose veins and lymph congestion, which appears as swollen ankles.

The bottom line, the best way to get a trim waistline is through proper a proper diet, nutritional whole foods and using exercise to reshape your body.  It may be tempting to follow this waist training fad, but imagine the damage you are causing to your body in the long run.  How we take care of our bodies now will affect how well we age.  I know there is alot of pressure to look thinner, to have a slim waist and the hour glass figure.  But if you abuse your body and cause potentially permanent damage to it, you could greatly affect your quality of life, especially as you age.  My parents have had health challenge which impaired their range of motion as well as their quality of life.  Seeing their suffering and pain has made me realize how important it is to be healthy, not just so we look good in a swimsuit, but so we can have a high quality of life.  So I urge you to take the pledge to life a healthy lifestyle, and through healthy food choices and exercise, you will get that sexy healthy body you want.  =)

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30 Ways to Burn 300 Calories

30 Ways to Burn 300 Calories

Summer is around the corner and it is time for bikini season.  It’s time to shed the winter fat and get back in to swimsuits, bikinis, and tank tops.  If you are wanting to lose weight fast without making a lot of dramatic changes, I’ve got the perfect easy weightloss tips and tricks for you.  Here is 30 ways to burn 300 calories, without having to diet, exercise, or make any extreme changes to your lifestyle.


Remember:    One pound of fat is 3500 calories.

The goal is to lose fat and keep lean muscles.


Burning calories is an essential part of losing weight and being in shape. As long as you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight.  It’s as easy as that.  Getting in shape isn’t about making huge changes to your daily life; it’s about making a series of smaller changes.


30 Ways to Burn 300 Calories


1. Sit Up Straight 

When you sit up straight, you engage your core, strengthening your abdominal and back muscles. You will also look taller and leaner as well.

2. Eat Breakfast

Studies show making breakfast a daily habit can help you lose weight – and keep it off. Eating breakfast kick starts your metabolism and it triggers your body to start burning fat. “People skip breakfast thinking they’re cutting calories, but by mid-morning and lunch, that person is starved,” says Milton Stokes, RD, MPH, chief dietitian for St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City. “Breakfast skippers replace calories during the day with mindless nibbling, binge-ing at lunch and dinner. They set themselves up for failure.” Read more at about the benefits of breakfast here.

3. Don’t Peel Your Fruits And Vegetables

The peel of the fruit and vegetables are often also the most nutritious part. Plus you will also get more fiber, which will keep you full longer.

4. Chew Your Food

Chewing your food helps you truly taste the food, causes you to eat slower, and also helping you feel fuller. It take your brain about 20 minutes before it is able to register from your stomach that you are full. Secondly, it uses bits of energy, so you’re burning as you eat. Try to aim to chew 20 times and set your fork down in between bites.


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5. Drink More Water

Drinking the right amount of water can easily save you 300 calories. Water boosts metabolism, so your body burns calories continuously. Most of us have trouble knowing the difference between being thirsty and hunger. Often times, we mistaken thirst for hunger. Instead, drink a cup of water when you think you’re hungry and see if the “hunger” goes away. When you are dehydrated, your metabolism also decreases. Drinking water throughout the day caused metabolic rates to increase by about 30 percent in a German study. You should drink half your body weight in oz. This is usually around 8-10 cups a day.

6. Get More Sleep

Getting fewer than four hours of sleep over an extended period of time slows the metabolism. There have been several researches showing how lack of sleep triggers and increases production of Ghrelin, the hunger hormone. Most experts recommend aiming for between seven and nine. To find out what your body needs, go to bed one weekend and don’t set the alarm. Wake up naturally. The hours you slept is how many hours you need to sleep each day.

7. Eat 4-5 Small Meals

Smaller meals are easier for the body to digest and helps increases your metabolism.

8. Relax

Relaxing feels so good, but it’s also good for your waistline. When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol, which causes more calories to be stored as fat, especially in your abdomen. Research also shows chronic stress is tied to an increase in appetite. Finding an effective way to reduce stress not only makes you happier, but it also makes your waistline smaller too.


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Total Body Workout For Women – 6 Minutes

Total Body Workout For Women – 6 Minutes

Want to tighten and tone your entire body under 6 minutes?  Try my new fat burning workout!  This short total body workout for women will build lean muscles while keeping your heart rate up so you will burn fat, burn calories and increase metabolism.  If you are trying to lose weight or if you are trying to get ready for the bikini season, this is a great workout you can do at home.  Tighten and tone your legs, arms and back.  All you need is a set of weights.  ♡♡♡


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Dieting Problems: Why Facebook Makes It Worse

Dieting Problems: Why Facebook Makes It Worse

Should you post your #weightlossjourney on Facebook, Instagram and social media? Many experts believe Facebook & Instagram could ruin your diet and weight loss.   The stress of judgement from so called “friends” on these social media sites can cause people trying to lose weight to rebound with stress eating. When you make an announcement of social media about dieting, You are inviting people to make comments and judgment.

When these comments are supportive and positive, it can be very inspiring. Just like you feel good when someone notices you’ve lost weight, positive comments can be uplifting. The danger is many people may not be as kind, or can be perceived as hurtful, even if they didn’t mean it.





When you put things on social media, people who are your friends may say things like, “How’s your diet going?” Something as simple as that statement can cause a negative reaction for many people who are trying to lose weight.  If you are struggling with weight loss and haven’t seen huge results, this can be very demotivating.

Even something as innocent as “How’s the diet going?” could lead to feelings of depression if you are struggling with results or had moment of breakdown and eaten a bad meal.  Because many of us are stress eaters, this can cause a spiral of stress eating behavior.  Feelings of depression and worthlessness are common after as stress binge eating.

On the other hand, other people say putting their weight loss progress on social media helps with weight loss motivation.  It holds them accountable and keeps them inspired to stay on track because it forces them to keep their word.

Here is my take on it.  If you are going to put your weight loss progress or announce it on social media, look for a closed group of people who are on your same weight loss journey.  Some social media sites like Instagram, where you have more privacy with your profile may be a low stress way to connect with others without judgement.  The best success I’ve seen with social media is to connect with people who are on the same path as you.  Even more so, if you can find a group of people in real life who share your weight loss goals and fitness goals, you can motivate and push each other and you will get better results then social media.  It’s why workout partners are so effective.  It keeps you accountable and you have someone to share your struggles and successes with.

What has been your experience on social media?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories. Please share with us in comments.


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What is Krav Maga?

What is Krav Maga?

Ever get tired of just going to the gym?   I know I sure do.  One of my favorite ways keep myself active and mix things up is to take classes.  I recently started taking Krav Maga and I love how it mixes fitness in with self defense.  What is Krav Maga?  Krav Maga is Israeli Martial Arts, used in the Israeli Military and now taught in the United States Military and law enforcement unit.  Martial Arts usually takes many years to master.  With Krav Maga, it is designed for real life scenarios and teaches you how to protect yourself in a short time.  In this video, my good friend and Krav Maga Coach Mark Dong, from Krav Fit Now, explains what Krav Maga is, and goes over some self defense moves.


Krav Maga for Fitness & Self Defense

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Avoid Weight Gain During The Holidays

Avoid Weight Gain During The Holidays

During the holiday season, there are lots of parties, get togethers, and dinner.  And everywhere you turn, there will be tons of food, high calorie appetizers, and alcohol.   Most people gain anywhere from 2-3 pounds during the holiday season and doesn’t lose it.  Each year, the additional weight adds up, and 5 years later, you will have gained any where from 10 to 15 pounds.  In this video, I share with my good friend and host of the show “Your Daily Dose of Inspiration” how to avoid weight gain during the holidays, as well as 5 easy tips to a healthier you.


Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays



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