Nutrition & Fitness

Macro-Friendly Green Smoothie Bowl

I don’t know about y’all, but every smoothie bowl I’ve come across contains minimal protein and between 60-100 grams of sugar (that’s more than a soda).  I have nothing against sugar, but a massive serving of sugar (even if it’s from fruit) in the absence of protein is going to have me looking for my next meal within 30 minutes.  Your typical acai bowl comes with plenty of toppings, too- so now we’re looking at a 500-800 calorie bowl that provides very little satiety.  That …

IIFYM | Why Flexible Dieting Works

You’ve heard all the trends- IIFYM, ketogenic diets, weight watchers, calorie counting, paleo, intermittent fasting, etc… so which one works?  In my opinion the two most important questions to test the effectiveness of someone’s diet are: Is it sustainable? How much self-monitoring is involved? Let’s take low-carb diets as an example.  Everyone knows at least one person who is currently on a low-carb diet for an upcoming wedding, vacation, competition, or general weight-loss goals.  Carbohydrates are your body’s preferred fuel source.  When you take them …

HIIT vs LISS Cardio | Which Burns More Fat?

Did the top stop spinning at the end of Inception?  Should you break apart an Oreo or bite into the whole thing?  Could the door have supported both Jack and Rose?!  I love debating.  Jenae and I took the “16 Personalities” test last month.  Was I surprised that my result was The Debater?  My husband sure wasn’t.  So my personality is defined as the “ultimate devil’s advocate”…. sue me. One of my favorite debates is the widely popular HIIT vs LISS discussion.  Allow me to …

What Happens to Our Metabolisms and Hormones When We Diet? Interview with Dr. Layne Norton

Have any of you already accomplished one of your biggest life goals?  I’m talking about those top 5 bucket list items- backpacking through Europe, meeting your favorite celebrity, attending the Super Bowl… if you have, we want to hear about it in the comments!  A couple months ago, I accomplished one of mine.  When I first started studying fitness, nutrition, and athletic performance in college, I discovered the work of Dr. Layne Norton.  At the time, he had just earned his PhD in Nutritional Sciences …

Scientific Approach to Cardio: Is it Helping or Hurting?

Cardio is the one saving grace we can rely on to keep us lean, drop a couple pounds before summer, and cancel out that brownie (or 5) I just ate right?? … or wrong? A funny thing happened when I started researching cardio- the more I learned, the less I did. There is so much information that is thrown at us on the internet, social media, and in the magazines that catch our eye while we’re just trying to check out of the grocery store …