Budget Friendly Competition Prep

This is the side of competing that no one talks about - money.  Competing gets incredibly expensive very quickly, as all of the little costs add up.  I know that when I first started competing, I felt like I had to buy everything my coach recommended if I wanted to win and get as lean … Continue reading Budget Friendly Competition Prep

The Importance of Protein Intake

Over the last year or so, I've noticed a trend: labels on foods are marketing themselves as "high protein" or "protein rich."  As these labels become more commonplace, it's clear that people want high protein food and are buying it.  It's easy to dismiss it as just another fad, like low carb or low fat … Continue reading The Importance of Protein Intake

Oral HCG and the HCG Diet

If you've been reading my posts for a while, you'll know that I am very skeptical of get-skinny-quick methods and fat burning supplements.  I always advocate for sustainable fat loss methods through a moderate caloric deficit because I think those will lead to long lasting, lifestyle changes with minimal harm to your metabolic or emotional … Continue reading Oral HCG and the HCG Diet

Dealing with Scale Weight Fluctuations

Daily changes in scale weight are completely normal and to be expected, even if you're not trying to lose weight. I've seen my own weight bounce around 3-5 lbs within the same day, and it depends on a lot of things: how much sleep I've gotten, how stressed out I am, if I currently have … Continue reading Dealing with Scale Weight Fluctuations

Apple Cider Vinegar for Fat Loss?

I see a lot of fitness influencers - both on Instagram and on Pinterest - recommending that people take apple cider vinegar (ACV) pills or shots.  I've been recommended by a previous coach to use ACV as a salad dressing of sorts to encourage fat loss - while it was pretty delicious, I have not … Continue reading Apple Cider Vinegar for Fat Loss?