Nutrition

Allison Lesko

8 Reasons Why You Should Try Tracking Your Food

8 Reasons Why You Should Try Tracking Your Food

Did you know that 88% of people who track their intake on applications such as My Fitness Pal for (just) 7 days lose weight? That statistic alone should be enough to convince you that if you’re not reaching your nutrition goals, you may want to start keeping track of what you put in your mouth. Regardless of if you want to lose weight, tone up, or just get healthy, tracking your food provides priceless insight into your starting point, areas for improvement, and ensuring progress over time. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of tracking your food, how to...

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Allison Lesko

Everything You Need to Know About Macronutrients

Everything You Need to Know About Macronutrients

In this article, we: define macronutrients explain how counting macros is different than just counting calories uncover how and why to spread out your macros and calories throughout the day show you how to craft a custom meal plan of your own to meet your goals and live a healthy lifestyle (because to achieve lasting change and results, you have to make this stuff a habit.) Macronutrients: Not Just Calories Macronutrients are just that...macro, meaning large. They are the large nutrients that make up our food and that our bodies need each day for energy. The other type of nutrient...

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Allison Lesko

How to Get Your Metabolism Running Like a Hamster [Video]

How to Get Your Metabolism Running Like a Hamster [Video]

  This is an analogy that Jillian Tedesco, owner and founder of fit-flavors, came up with as a personal trainer to help clients understand the importance of eating smaller meals more regularly, and how it works in conjunction with your metabolism.   Overall, the Wheel of Metabolism is like a hamster wheel, in that the hamster is your metabolism. Every time you eat a meal, you add a peg on the wheel. In the analogy, the hamster has more opportunities to run. Thus, your metabolism has more opportunities to perform work and with consistency over time becomes more efficient at using food...

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Allison Lesko

Ask Allison: Are Carbohydrates Bad?

Ask Allison: Are Carbohydrates Bad?

Carbs have been getting negative attention. Carbs are not bad and they do not make you fat--you just have to be sure you're eating the right kind of carbs in appropriate portions. I cover everything you need to know about carbs in this article.    Q: What are carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are a type of macronutrient that provides energy to the body. “Macro”, standing for large, are the larger nutrients our bodies need each day for fuel. Other nutrients, which we won’t focus on today, such as vitamins and minerals, are considered “micro”nutrients for their need in smaller amounts. Carbohydrates, commonly...

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