During yoga practices, you’re often doing twists and inversions that release free radicals and toxins that need to be flushed from the body post-yoga with plenty of water. This is also true with things like deep tissue massages — anytime you are twisting or having your muscles stimulated in a way that releases toxins, you need to be sure that they’re removed from your body right away.
Q:when you have a "rest day", is it a rest day for cardio or strength training or both?
Both! A rest day means no exercise! I make sure I have at least one rest day per week — even when I’m training for things like half marathons. It’s important because you need to protect your body from overuse.
Q:just wondering if this is normal, i woke up this morning and my stomach looks bigger but has more definition?
Our bodies change more often than the alliances on Survivor. Seriously. Our weight can fluctuate anywhere from like 1-8 pounds just because of the sodium composition in our bodies or because of what we ate.
How we look is not constant. Sometimes our stomachs get bloated. Sometimes they be chillin’ and look smaller. “Normal” is relative.
Q:I'm sick but i push myself to use the treadmill 3-4 times a week for 30 mins (C25k app). I eat low carb organic and drink plenty of water. Im not a vegetarian/vegan but I find myself not eating any source of meat. I am still struggling to lose the weight, especially belly fat. Any tips? (5' 6'' -150lbs with muscular build)
Strength train! You’ve got the cardio, you’ve got the healthy diet, but make sure you’re replacing fat with muscle and keeping your metabolism running faster than Usain Bolt by doing vinyasa yoga or some form of strength training.
Q:Any tips on how to fight off cravings on the weekend?
Yes. Give all your jelly beans to your boyfriend.
Seriously. For some reason I bought jelly beans and then realized that I hated jelly beans and why did I buy them? They’re awful and I will eat them mindlessly so WHY are they in my house?
So I gave them to my boyfriend and he’s happy because he has jelly beans and I’m happy because now I can eat all the fruit and veggies in my house before they go bad.
Keeping junk food out of the house and enjoying plenty of healthy, delicious foods is key!
Q:I have much larger lovehandles than most girls, any thoughts on how to get rid of them?
*does a dance that involves pinstripes and a top hat*
*points to FAQ page*
*copies and pastes from FAQ page*
Answer: you don’t get to decide where your body loses fat! Spot reducing is not a real thing, it’s just perpetuated by magazines that insist you can “tone x body fat!”
You CAN tone specific parts of your body with weight training and targeted exercises, but you CAN’T choose where your body loses fat. You can do a million crunches and have a sick six pack, but if it’s covered by a layer of fat nobody’s going to see it.
And how do you lose fat? You combine strength training and HIIT with a good diet.
Q:Is bike riding a good way to loose weight
Yes, but losing weight depends on a number of factors. Are you eating clean? How intense is your workout? How often do you bike ride? What’s your daily activity level like?
In my experience and findings, here’s the most effective way to lose weight:
- Do HIIT 2-4 days/week
- Do strength training 3-4 days/week
- Read this article about weight loss troubleshooting
- Eat Clean — follow the 80/20 rule
Now this isn’t a one-size-fits-all set of resources. Some people hate HIIT (high intensity interval training), despite the fact that it’s more effective. I LOVE HIIT and I find that it’s way more effective than the endurance cardio I was doing.
For strength training I know people who hate weights. That’s fine— I do vinyasa yoga and other than a constant dialog of NOT ANOTHER DOWNWARD DOG that’s constantly running through my head, it’s been killer and is just as effective as weights. Bodyweight exercises rock, you guys.
But like I said, nothing — NOTHING — can replace a healthy diet. Eating enough clean, healthy foods is the number one most important factor. And it’s the most difficult.
Post-Yoga apples and granola in Greek Yogurt!
Usually I make my own but since the madness known as finals are upon us, I got this from Fresh n’ Easy.
If post-workout snacks strike yo fancy, check out my 8 Favorite Post-Workout Snacks here.
(Do I do yoga just because I need an excuse to eat post-workout snacks? Maybe. Mayyyybeeee.)
Q:I used to workout almost everyday and I stopped when grades and college apps got too much. They've been long over and I just can't seem to motivate myself anymore. I always convince myself to quit early. Any advice for getting back on track? :/
Staying healthy and juggling a busy life is a challenge to do, but I know you can do it! Don’t beat yourself up about it, and get back into the game.
Here’s what I do to stay motivated:
- Make a commitment. I go to yoga several times a week and since I’ve paid for the classes, I feel obligated to go.
- Write down the benefits. Write down why you exercise: you feel happier, more energized, and you’re doing good for your body. Put these up somewhere where you can see it and remind yourself of why you’re doing this.
- Set small goals. This can be something like “I will go running twice this week.” Start SMALL and when you accomplish that goal keep going. Find rewards like new running shoes to keep yourself motivated.
Q:Is there any good clean eating recipe blogs that you know of/follow?x
Q:Hi!! I love your blog. I'm been trying to lose about 15 lbs. I am an 18 year old lady and 5'3. I have been exercising 4x week for about a month but I had a realization a few days ago and I know I need to improve what I eat. Id like to try logging my food for the first bit until I have a better sense of what I need. I created
Hey there! So props on exercise 4x a week, that’s awesome! Eating healthy is always a challenge, which is why I put together a CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE with all the tools and info you need about eating right!
I’m not a fan of logging— it’s a good way to get started or get an idea of what your intake is like, but I prefer intuitive eating. More on that in the clean eating challenge. Good luck!
Q:I'm 156cm, and weigh 41-42kgs ; when I calculate, if I want to maintain my weight I'd have to eat 1200-1300 cals/day, and in order to lose weight less than 1000cals. So actually, you cannot generalize the cals people need, 'cause when you don't weigh much, you burn far less calories!So...just saying, I'm vegetarian and eat 1000-1200 cals and I've more energy than common people, and my blood analysis is pretty good. If I'd eat 2000cals/day I'll easily gain a lot of weight... Everyone's different!
Everyone is different and generalizations and estimations aren’t law.
Talk to yo doctor. Use things you read on the ‘net as a starting point and do your own research to find what works for you.