Nutrition Tips & Strategies

Nutritional Tips in Edgewater Can Make Weight Loss Easier

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a mom who wants to make meals healthier, someone who wants to lose weight or your doctor told you to eat healthier for better health, you’ll get some beneficial nutritional tips in Edgewater when you use the services of a personal trainer with a certification in nutrition. You’ll be amazed at how eating more nutritious foods can improve your health. While doctors are experts at almost all health related issues, very few doctors have more than just one nutrition class. In fact, many doctors often tell you to eat healthier and get regular exercise, but they don’t give you any more information. You can learn how to do this with the help of a personal trainer.

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Many studies show that a healthy diet and regular exercise can help control or even reverse serious conditions. While a round body was fashionable at one time, today we know it may cause health issues that can shorten life or diminish the quality of life. Stick thin isn’t in either, but healthy and energetic is. Overweight is one of the leading causes of preventable illness. It’s epidemic today. While a sedentary lifestyle is part of the cause, fast food restaurants and junk foods is the other part of it. Learning to eat healthier is the best medicine for many conditions, when you add exercise to the mix; you’re creating a program that makes you destined for good health.

Exercise and a healthy diet can boost your immune system.

Not only does a healthy diet provide antioxidants, exercise also increases them. When you first exercise, your body reacts to the extra free radicals produced in your body from exercise and it stimulates the production of more antioxidants. The longer you exercise the more your body produces its own antioxidants, even when you’re not exercising, giving you an adequate supply to fight off free radicals from other places. A healthy diet also provides antioxidants that protect the cells. Exercise and a healthy diet also create longer telomeres, which protect the cell’s DNA and allow it to live and replicate longer. Cell death is responsible for disease and aging.

Your food doesn’t have to taste like cardboard when you eat healthy.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to eat foods that taste “healthy.” In fact, many of the nutritional tips offered by personal trainers and nutritional experts include using herbs and spices to add extra vitamins and nutrients to your dishes. You’ll find many of the tips give you gourmet flavor but are still extremely healthy. You’ll offer dishes everyone loves and amaze them with just how nutritious they are.

You don’t have to combine diet and exercise when you use the services of a personal trainer, but the option is always available. Some people simply want to learn how to cook healthier for their family, while others want to lose weight or become fitter. No matter why you seek out extra information, a personal trainer can help with your fitness program.
You’ll have more vim and vigor when you combine a healthy diet and exercise. A healthy diet can help you prevent energy lags and give you more vitality, but so can regular exercise. Combining provides a double boost.
You’ll learn how to make substitutions that can lower calories and boost nutritional levels of your favorite recipes.
Personal trainers ask you about food preferences and then find ways to make your favorite foods more nutritious.

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Learn Healthy Recipes from a Fort Lee Personal Trainer

You might initially think of a Fort Lee personal trainer as just an exercise coach, but trainers are far more than that. Personal trainers not only help you maximize your workout time but also can show you healthy recipes in Fort Lee to lower your caloric intake, without making you feel deprived or leaving you hungry. Trainers today provide nutritional help on an individual basis. Not everyone has a weakness for Ben and Jerry’s, some people find pizza or other foods are their downfall. Trainers listen to your special needs, help identify your favorite foods, assess your level of fitness and learn of any special needs. Only then does a trainer design a program specifically for you.

The trainer won’t give you a diet, because diets don’t work.

Diets never work, even when they’re successful. That’s because they always end and you go back to your old eating habits, which put the weight on in the first place. Instead of handing you a diet, a personal trainer shows you how to make healthier food choices. The training may include substituting one food for another or learning how to make your favorite food healthier, such as using unsweetened applesauce to replace some of the oil in baked goods. Most people never feel deprived or hungry and often find they’re eating more, but losing weight faster.bobby

The combination of a healthy diet with exercise is the Waterloo of fat.

A healthy diet lowers calories and if that’s all you did, you’d lose weight. However, when you add exercise to the mix, you’re not only improving your healthy, you’re burning calories faster, which means you’ll also lose weight faster. Exercise builds muscle tissue and muscle tissue requires more calories than fat tissue does, so you’ll be burning extra calories 24 hours a day—even when you’re sleeping.

You’ll workout harder than you would on your own.

The personal trainer assesses your fitness level so he or she can design a program that works you to your maximum capabilities, but is still within your reach. As your fitness level improves, the trainer modifies the program to reflect that improvement. You’ll always be working at your maximum, but safely within your ability.

The trainer will show you how to execute each exercise correctly and then watch to insure you do it right. That’s important because doing an exercise right can help prevent injury and maximize the benefits.
You’ll learn how to make delicious foods that are also very healthy. If you have a family, you’ll be able to teach them how to eat healthier by serving healthy foods. Many of the foods use herbs and spices to add flavor, which means you’ll all be eating like gourmets but with lower calorie recipes.
The combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise not only zaps fat, it also helps prevent serious conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. If you already have a problem, the combination may make it more manageable.
You’ll have more energy the more you exercise. The increased stamina and endurance gives you plenty of energy to do other activities that also burn calories, making weight loss and a healthy lifestyle easier.

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Beware of these 7 dieting mistakes

It’s a common problem. You’ve been on a diet for weeks and aren’t losing weight like you thought you would. 
It may be because you’re consuming more calories than you think.

Keep reading to discover seven sneaky habits that may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

Mistake #1: Forgetting Liquid Calories

It’s easy to forget that the things you drink have calories—some more than you’d think. In fact, some beverages have more calories than an entire plate of food.

It is estimated that around 20 percent of your daily calories come from what you drink. So as you drink your juice with breakfast, rehydrate with a sports drink at the gym, or drink a glass of wine at dinner, think about the calories you’re adding.

For calories’ sake, it’s best to avoid all sweetened sodas, sweetened or flavored coffee drinks, sweetened tea, and smoothies. Replace these high-calorie drinks with water, skim milk, and unsweetened herbal tea. Because while they taste great, liquids generally don’t satisfy hunger, so they are just empty calories.

Mistake #2 Meal Skipping

Many dieters think they’ll cut their calorie intake by skipping a meal, usually breakfast.

But this is a mistake.

Research has shown that those who skip breakfast actually weigh more than those who eat three meals a day. Skipping a meal usually causes you to eat more calories during the day because you will end up eating even more food later in the day because you’re so hungry.

So aim to eat three (or more) meals a day. A healthy breakfast that will keep you feeling full all morning contains protein and fiber. An example would be whole-wheat toast and an egg.

Mistake #3: Oversized Portions

Just because restaurants load your plate with a mountain of food doesn’t mean you should eat that much at home for a normal meal.

Remember that your stomach, like your heart, is the size of your fist. Don’t think you could fit much food into your fist? You’re right. And contrary to what mama taught you as a child, you don’t have to eat all the food in front of you.

To eat a little less, use smaller plates and eat slower so you know when you’re full. Also, remember that portion control also applies to healthy foods, as they, too, contain calories.

Mistake #4: Too Many Extras

A salad is a healthy, low calorie option. At least until you add dressing, bacon, cheese, and croutons.

These add extra calories fast.

One tablespoon of dressing contains 75 to 100 calories. With that in mind, it’s no wonder grilled-chicken salads at a fast-food restaurant can have more calories than a hamburger.

Mistake #5: Blaming Your Genes

Many people give up on dieting or think there’s no hope when it comes to meeting their goal weight because of their genes.

Just like you may share your father’s hair color or your mother’s eye color, there is a small chance you also share your parent’s body type. However, this is no excuse for doing nothing about trying to lose weight.

Stick to your diet and exercise plan and you should definitely see results.

Mistake #6: Eating Without Thinking

It happens to everyone. You’re tired after a long day and you just want to veg in front of the television or read a good book. Unfortunately, mindlessly eating is often involved. You may think that since it’s not on a plate it doesn’t matter, but every bite you take counts.

When it comes to a successful diet, make rules for appropriate times to eat. And don’t always feel the need to eat when relaxing. Try sipping on water or tea, chewing gum, or simply don’t put anything in your mouth.

Mistake #7: Eliminating All Treats

Dieters often become overzealous in their plan and completely rid the house of all the food they enjoy, whether chips, sweets, snacks, or any high calorie food.

This commitment may last a few days until you can’t tolerate it any longer and you overindulge on what you deprived yourself of.

A better plan is to allow yourself a treat every once in a while.

Remember that everyone makes mistakes, but be smart and don’t let these common pitfalls keep your from meeting your weight loss goal!

Reach your fitness potential faster by coupling your good diet with a challenging exercise program. I’m here to motivate, instruct and encourage you to reach your goal.

Call or email today to get started on a fitness program that will truly improve your quality of life.


Aim to Add

It’s easy to only focus on the foods that you’re not supposed to eat when on a diet, but by changing your focus to all the foods that you are able to freely eat you’ll stay motivated and stick with it.

Pack as many non-starchy vegetables as you’d like into your daily diet as well as fresh, seasonal fruits. Experiment with different methods of preparation for exciting variety.

Milanese Steak Grill 

Give your taste buds an early summer vacation with this tantalizing combination of parsley, lemon peel, garlic and white wine. Make sure to trim your steak of all visible fat before grilling to enjoy the leanest cut possible. Add a side of steamed veggies and brown rice for a healthy, tasty meal. Yield: 4 servings

Here’s what you need…

  • 1 lb. boneless beef top round steak, 3/4 inch thick, trimmed of fat
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley40db3b99-7788-443a-bef7-d6504bf23940
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  1. Heat grill. Lightly sprinkle both sides of steak with salt and pepper. When ready to grill, place steak on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cook 8 to 11 minutes until desired doneness, turning once.
  2. Meanwhile, on rimmed platter or in shallow baking dish, combine remaining ingredients; mix well.
  3. Place hot grilled steak in sauce mixture. Cut steak diagonally across grain into slices. Coat each slice with sauce mixture before placing on individual plates. Spoon any remaining sauce over steak slices.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals 150 calories, 4g fat, 2g carbohydrates and 24g protein.

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Getting to the Goal

Getting To The Goal in 5 Steps

Are you one of the people that want to get in shape, drop the fat, and increase your tone and strength?
Join the club in Bergen County where most people are dynamically working toward a vague fitness goal.

So what’s the difference between people who achieve their fitness goals from the people that are trapped in a fruitless struggle?
Winston Churchill the British politician hit the nail on the head when he said, “Never, never, never, never give up.”

It is possible to achieve any fitness goals when you push yourself hard every day. However, a distraction is everywhere, and is easy to fall off the track.


Henry Ford once said “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

In order to stay the course it is critical that you keep your eyes on the goal.

Here’s how to get to your goal in 5 Steps:

Step One: Only One At A Time
When you’re motivated, make sure you set one goal at the time to yourself so you wont become over-ambitious by setting multiple goals. It’s great that you want to improve many things about yourself. The pressure that you will drop on yourself by trying to achieve many goals at the time will make you give up soon from overwhelming.

First focus on the main goal  which you would like to achieve first. There will be plenty of time in the future to see to your other goals, but for now see your number one goal all the way through to completion.

Step Two: Start Slow

Another hazard that often results in dropped goals is the act of starting out too fast and too strong without having any breaks in between. If your goal in fitness is to drop 7 pant sizes and to exercise 5 times a week, do not (I repeat, DO NOT) go out and hit the gym hard for the next 5 days in a row. Your body will become sore that you’ll be forced to stop all progress the following week and your goal will be put back on a shelf.

Take a deep breath and remember that this isn’t a race. This is your life, and it’s you against yourself. Start out slow and firm and gradually build as you progress toward your goal. Don’t allow exhaustion to get in your way.

Step Three: Know Your Reasons Why

You should know the reasons why is the goal important to you? Write down each and every possible reason you can come up with as to why your goal needs to be met.

Closely get to know the ‘reasons why’ this goal is so important to you. You should have them memorized and should list them every single day. Remember what Ford said  “When you take your eyes of your goal you’ll see loads and loads of obstacles.” Keep your eyes locked onto that goal by filling your mind with all of the ‘reasons why’ you’re going to see this thing through.



Step Four: Think About It

Meanwhile you’re thinking about your reasons for accomplishing your goal, its also helpful to focus your mind on how you’ll feel it after you accomplish it. Imagine yourself in the body you want to have.

How amazing are you going to feel when you’ve accomplished this goal that’s been on your mind for so long? Pretty amazing. Fill your mind with that feeling of success well before you’ve finished the work. The more you feel connected to the end of the race, the more likely it is that you’ll make it through.

Step Five: Put It All On The Line

We all spent money on things we don’t even need, so its time for you to spend money on something more productive. If your goal is to lose weight and to get into amazing shape then invest in one of my verified fitness programs.

My clients see results. My clients achieve their goals.

It’s time that you become one of my clients in Bergen County.

Call or email me today and together we will get you to your goal.


A Dream with a Deadline

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

Can you imagine the new-and-improved body of your dreams?

Now is the time for your dreams to become reality

Tropical Pork Ribs

Here’s a slow cooker recipe that cooks while you are away at work, making it convenient and easy to eat a healthy dinner. Serve these pork ribs over a bed of cauliflower rice or fresh spinach. Makes: 6 Servings

Here’s what you need…

For the Tropical Spice Rub:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon dried ground mustardpic
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

For the Tropical Pork Ribs:

  • 1-3 lbs boneless country style ribs
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 red apples, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • dash of smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  1. In a medium bowl combine the Tropical Spice Rub ingredients.
  2. Rinse and pat dry the pork ribs. Season with salt and pepper, then coat each side with the Tropical Spice Rub.
  3. In a large skillet, place the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Place the coated ribs in the skillet, and brown on all sides.
  4. Place the browned ribs in your slow cooker.
  5. In the skillet, over medium heat, combine the remaining ingredients. Heat for 5 minutes, mixing until fully incorporated. Remove from heat and spread evenly over the top of the ribs.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 359 calories, 12g fat, 405mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, and 23g protein


13 reasons why you need exercise in Bergen County

Let’s face it, some days you just don’t feel like exercising.

You get too busy, too stressed and quite simply too tired.

But this shouldn’t stop you from lacing up your shoes and heading out for a workout!

Here’s a list of 13 of the top reasons to exercise. Pull out this list and read it when you need a reminder of why exactly exercise is worth your time…

1. To Prevent Disease
Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of just about every single health problem known to man, from stroke to heart disease to cancer and osteoporosis. Exercise is also a great defense against type 2 diabetes, which is one of the most widely growing diseases of our time.

2. To Look Great
Exercise firms your body, improves posture and even makes your skin glow. Looking your best is a wonderful result of regular exercise.

3. To Lose Weight and Keep It Off
Exercise burns fat and prevents future fat storage. If you want to have a thinner, healthier body, exercise is the answer.

4. To Have More Energy
Anyone who exercises regularly will tell you that they are more energetic, less easily irritated and are more peaceful.

5. To Sleep Better
Exercise boosts energy levels, but also wears you out. It makes you feel more vibrant during the day and sleep better at night.

6. To Age Slower
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to fight aging. When you age your body loses muscle and bone, while the loss of both are drastically reduced with regular exercise. Exercise also helps reduce inflammation.

7. To Relieve Back Pain
In most cases, the best thing that you can do for back pain is to move and strengthen those muscles. Consult your physician or physical therapist for guidance.

8. To Ease Depression
Exercise has been proven to reduce depression – sometimes even as effectively as medication. Just chalk this up as yet another amazing benefit to exercise.

9. To Reduce Aches and Pains By strengthening muscles around your damaged joints you’re able to use exercise to reduce joint pain and overall aches. Always consult your physician before starting an exercise program, especially if you have chronic joint pain.

10. To Stay Mentally Sharp Exercise has been shown to improve memory and other cognitive functions, and seems to have a protective effect against dementia. A Harvard University researcher called exercise “Miracle-Gro for the brain.”

11. To Enjoy Your Lifestyle
Whatever it is that you love in life – your kids, travel, sports, fashion—it is all more enjoyable when experienced in a fit and healthy body. Exercise so that you are able to enjoy all the great things in life.

12. To Reduce Sick Days
People who exercise regularly are 50% less likely to call in sick to work. A regular exercise program reduces colds and upper respiratory infections.

13. To Boost Confidence
Being fit, feeling healthy and having energy are all building blocks to having great confidence. There is no better confidence booster than sticking with a regular exercise program.

Regular exercise gives you so many amazing benefits, as you’ve seen from the above list. Call or email me today to get started on the exercise program that will change your life forever.

Easy Way To Eat Less

One of the main reasons for weight gain is due to extra, unnecessary calories. If you need to eat less, but don’t want to feel deprived, try this simple mind shift…

Instead of eating until you feel full, stop eating as soon as you are no longer hungry.

Egg White Chile Omelet

Here’s a recipe to spice up your breakfast. Egg whites, fire-roasted green Chile and diced tomatoes create a tasty omelet that is bursting with flavor and packed with protein. Serve with a side of salsa and sliced avocado.
Servings: 2

Here’s what you need…

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 small tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 (4oz) cans of fire-roasted, diced green chiles
  • 12 egg whites
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  1. In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and chiles and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Season with pepper and salt and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk the egg whites and water. Lightly coat a medium non-stick skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add 1/4 of the eggs and swirl to evenly coat the bottom of that pan. Cook until the eggs have set, about 2 minutes.
  3. Use a rubber scraper to lift the eggs up and let the runny uncooked egg flow underneath. Spoon 1/4 of the chile mixture onto half of the omelet, fold over, and slide onto a serving plate. Repeat with remaining egg whites and chile mixture.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 163 calories, 5g fat, 6g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 26g protein.

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Bergen County NJ Residents Increase Weight Loss by Balancing Their Glands

The answer to burning fat calories lays not so much in the food you eat but in how the body processes it. And the one thing that determines how well the entire metabolism operates isn’t in your stomach, or the intestines, or even in your muscles. It’s located in your throat. It’s a tiny V shaped gland called the thyroid gland. Think of the thyroid as the body’s “thermostat.” The thyroid gland release the hormonesT4 which then converts to the more potent T3, it will constantly attempt to keep the body at a comfortable 98.6 degrees. Elevating body temperature via the thyroid gland is the key to the burning of more body fat. This is accomplished quite well through resistance exercise and can be achieved with certain drugs, which can be a dangerous practice that can cause permanent harm to the thyroid gland if there is no medical necessity. The thyroid is, in a way, the body’s “heating system”; it “burns” food for fuel in order to provide energy. The more it burns, the more effectively it will use fat (both consumed and stored) to continue functioning. If it’s a little slow, its fat burning ability will be hindered and excess calories become stored, as body fat. Although hypothyroidism is usually common to the elderly, a sub par thyroid is very common. And almost everyone can benefit from increasing thyroid output to optimum levels.

 Here is a List of nutrients found in Supplement Form that can really help fire up a thyroid Fat assault

  • Kelp is rich in iodine
  • Mineral Selenium
  • Amino Acid L-Tyrosine
  • Olive Leaf Extract Herb
  • Ashwagandha Herb 
  • 7-Keto DHEA Hormone Metabolite

Here is a list Foods and herbs that may impair thyroid function. This isn’t exactly a list of things that you MUST NOT eat, but some things that you might choose to steer clear of, or to limit quantities and frequencies of consumption.

ü Peaches, Pairs, and Strawberries There is something else to keep in mind with fruits, and any foods or drinks that have fructose or high fructose corn syrup. The fructose messes up hormone conversion at the cellular level. What this means is that your body has a much tougher time converting the T4 storage hormone to the active hormone, T3.

    (Bananas are good for the thyroid)

  • Cruciferous vegetables such as Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower They contain a chemical called thiourea which is a goitergen. What that means is, they retard the process of the thyroid from turning iodine into the essential fat burning hormone T3.
  •  Green Tea contains flouride, a known T3 suppressant.
  • Soy Products such as Tofu contain phyto-estrogens that can hinder T3 production.

So there you have it some tips to help keep your thyroid production functioning at optimal levels for optimal fat burning. Any questions or comments please post on the blog or email Brian Hernandez at