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When the scale sucks

7 better ways to know if your nutrition plan is working. By Alex McMahon, NTP   How can you know if you’re making progress toward a body transformation goal? For starters, spend less time on the scale. Instead, focus on these 7 superior progress indicators. (And, while you’re at it, be sure to download the 4 progress tracking [...]

End the family food fight: The surprising way to get your kids to (happily) eat healthier

From eating vegetables to choosing better snacks, use these coaching strategies to improve your child's nutrition. By Adam Feit, PhD, CSCS, SCCC and Dominic Matteo, HHC, CPT, PN2 SHARE “How do I get my kid to eat vegetables?” As nutrition coaches, we get this question a lot from frustrated parents. And because we’re parents, too, we [...]

Exclusive data: How to overcome the 8 biggest diet problems, based on 100,000 client results

These proven solutions will help you transform your body and health. By Krista Scott-Dixon, PhD and MJ Perrier, PhD SHARE “Here’s what you should eat… ” Tell someone you want to lose weight or improve your nutrition, and this is almost always the first advice you get. But that’s not, in fact, what the average person [...]

The 5 universal principles of good nutrition, according to science

Yes, nutrition is often confusing, uncertain, and hotly debated. But these principles are indisputable—and often transformative. By Ryan Maciel, RD, Pn2, CSCS and Alisa Bowman   Is wine bad for you? Sure, some research cautions about an increased risk of cancer. It’s also clearly not something you want to drink before using a chainsaw or driving [...]

9 Ways to Take the Anxiety Out of Nutrition for Kids

Try these low-stress strategies. Plus, 5 kid-friendly recipes. By Alex Picot-Annand, RHN, Pn2   If you’ve ever offered a low-key bribe to get your little ones to eat their vegetables (okay, or a trip to Disney), you know the frustration and anxiety parents and caregivers face around kids’ nutrition. “Are they eating enough?” “Are they getting [...]

Forget bikini bodies and big arms

Here’s the real secret for getting motivated to transform your body. The magazines got it wrong. Sure, the promise of “six-pack abs” might be motivating at the airport newsstand. But as soon as your flight’s delayed, it’s an easy goal to forget. Because of stress, frustration, and… a conveniently-located Smashburger. (Same as every day, really.) [...]

“What’s the best protein powder?”

Your complete guide to choosing the right supplement for you With so many options available, how do you decide which protein product to buy? Here’s everything you need to know. By Ryan Maciel, RD, Pn2, CSCS and Julia Malacoff, Pn1, CPT Not all protein powders are created equal. Some are definitely better than others. But with hundreds, maybe [...]

Protein for plant-based eaters

How to choose the best sources. Plus, discover solutions for 3 common plant-based protein problems. By Ryan Andrews, MS, RD and Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD, CSCS “But how do you get enough protein?!” If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or even just a fan of Meatless Mondays, you’ve probably been asked this question. Plant-based protein is a [...]

Sweet potatoes vs. potatoes

Which are really healthier? Let's get to the bottom of this never-ending debate. By Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD   Sweet potatoes vs. potatoes: A nutritional debate fueled by misinformation, baseless ‘superfood’ obsessions, and carbohydrate phobias. Here’s how these tubers compare — and why both deserve a place in your diet. A few years back, some [...]

Do you have a Stress Bod?

The surprising science of feeling awful—and what to do about it.   Discover how chronic stress can affect your body, mind, and emotions. By Ryan Maciel, RD, Adam Feit, PhD (c), and Alisa Bowman, Pn1   Most of us think we know what stress is and how it feels: A pounding heart when we’re awakened at [...]

Fat loss hacks!?!?

10 charts show why you don’t need them.   There’s an easier, more effective way to get lasting results. By Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD   Just over 20 years ago, Google was a garage startup, and no one had heard of “fat loss hacks.” But a lot can change in two decades. (We’ll spare you [...]

Transform your sleep

The scientific way to energize your body, sharpen your mind, and stop hitting snooze.   One of the world’s leading sleep experts gives you a 14-day plan for a better night’s rest. By Jennifer Martin, PhD   It’s 7 a.m., and you’re already disgusted with yourself. You planned to go for an early run, but when […]

Can eating too little actually damage your metabolism?

Exploring the truths and fallacies of ‘metabolic damage’. By Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD, CSCS   There’s a lot of discussion in the fitness industry about whether crash dieting can cause metabolic damage. In this article, we’ll take on this interesting topic and separate fact from fiction. We’ll also teach you exactly why crash diets might […]

Reverse dieting

Can you really get better results by eating more? Learn the truth about the reverse dieting method—plus everything you need to know to try it for yourself. By Craig Weller, CPT, US Navy SWCC, PN Master coach and Julia Malacoff, CPT   Borrowed from the bodybuilding world, reverse dieting can, at first, sound like the stuff […]

Carbs, insulin, and weight loss

What REALLY matters for getting the results you want By Helen Kollias, PhD, and Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD   Some experts—and lots of people on Twitter—believe carbs and insulin make you gain weight. But, they say, the fix is simple: If you eat a low-carb diet, you’ll keep insulin levels low—and lose weight rapidly instead. […]

Low thyroid diet strategies that actually work.

Low thyroid diet strategies that actually work. Weight loss is a lot harder when your thyroid isn’t working properly. This surprising 3-step process can change everything. By Jennifer Broxterman, MS, RD   When Susan first came to see me, she wanted an intense diet plan. She weighed about 260 pounds—and she longed to part with more […]

All about grains

Here’s what you need to know.   Research suggests that whole grains are good for you. But before you feel smug about downing those “whole wheat” pretzels, organic corn chips, or “enriched” Wonder Bread slices, find out the facts about whole grains.   What are grains? Grains are seeds and fruits of cereal grasses, often […]

Body type eating: Is it pseudoscience? Or the real deal? And should you care?

Body type eating: Is it pseudoscience? Or the real deal? And should you care?   Nutrition science is notoriously confusing, which invariably leads to debates about what works—and what doesn’t. One of the most heavily debated nutrition topics in our community? Eating for your somatotype, or body type. (“Soma” is Greek for “body.”) We’ve found that people […]

The 5 universal principles of good nutrition, according to science.

The 5 universal principles of good nutrition, according to science. Yes, nutrition is often confusing, uncertain, and hotly debated. But these principles are indisputable—and often transformative.   Is wine bad for you? Sure, some research cautions about an increased risk of cancer. It’s also clearly not something you want to drink before using a chainsaw […]

Macros vs. calories vs. portions vs. intuitive eating: What’s the best way to ‘watch what you eat?’

Discover the right food-monitoring method for your body and goals.   There are some things just about everyone knows. Take this one: To lose fat, you need to watch what you eat. No one has to hire a coach for that advice. But knowing how to monitor food intake? That’s something clients really need. Only it can […]

The modern diet dilemma: Is it better to… eat meat? Go vegan? Something in between? The truth about what’s right for you.

By Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD, CSCS   Some vegans believe meat causes cancer and destroys the planet. But meat-eaters often argue that giving up animal foods leads to nutritional deficiencies. Both sides say their approach is healthier. What does science say? And how can you best help clients, no matter their dietary preferences? Keep reading […]

‘Superfoods’ vs ‘regular’ foods: Why nutrition facts don’t tell the whole story.

Are superfoods always the right choice for your health? These 5 comparisons could change how you think about nutrition forever. Plenty of people hate kale. It doesn’t matter that it’s a so-called “superfood.” (And yes, it is pretty super.) After all, you can’t help what you like… or don’t like. But should you (or your clients) force […]

The real story on the risks (and rewards) of eating more protein.

How can you know if you’re making progress toward a body transformation goal? For starters, spend less time on the scale. Instead, focus on these 7 superior progress indicators. (And, while you’re at it, be sure to download the 4 progress tracking sheets we’ve included below). “This is the first time I’ve felt full in 5 years.” […]

‘How much protein should I eat?’ Choose the right amount for fat loss, muscle, and health.

The real story on the risks (and rewards) of eating more protein. Will protein help me lose weight? Should I eat it for every meal? Could too much damage my kidneys?    Maybe you’re a protein promoter. You buy protein powder in “bucket with a handle” format. You know the protein counts of every food […]

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