Q:any alternatives to fix my sweet tooth? I'm a track athlete and train 4x a week
Cut out the sugary drinks first, and do it gradually. Learn how to replace foods (swap Coke out for Izze, milkshakes for homemade smoothies, etc.) and you will find your sweet tooth begin to fade as you eat more healthy foods. (seriously. cravings are caused by eating more junk.)
I used to drink root beer and eat tons of junk food— now I cut out all soda completely and am eating mostly clean. It changes everything.
Best of luck!
Q:I absolutely love running, but my knees kill me when I do it. I can only bear to do it once a week. I'd love to do it more. What's chasing the severe knee pain and how do I get it to stop??
I would ask your doctor! Also, maybe do some crosstraining and add in swimming and other low-impact workouts to your week to give your knees a rest.
Q:I am 5'5" 190 lbs and 15 years old. I want to get a lot more fit and thinner to feel more confident. My problem is that I have a very large stomach so I'm constantly eating and I know your stomach stretches and shrinks but I don't know how to shrink it without feeling like I haven't eaten
Hey there! Confidence is something that comes from within. Sounds cheesy? You bet. I know a lot of people who great bodies who have crippling insecurities, and I also know a lot of people of all different shapes and sizes who are confident and it shows and makes them beautiful.
Not really fitness advice, I know. But there are ways you can make fitness and health make you feel better: pamper yourself. Do yoga to treat your mind to rest and rejuvenation through meditation and heart-opening poses that will help you get in touch with yourself. Eat clean and treat your body with healthy, beautiful foods. Sleep well, drink water, and love yourself.
Yeah, it’s not fitness advice. If you want that I have a lot on my blog. Eat clean, train mean, and love yourself. Those are the three best pieces of advice I can give.
I know that doesn’t really answer your question, but I hope it helps out anyways :)
Q:How much weight have you lost since you changed your diet from your old one to the one you have now?
To be honest I haven’t really kept track. At the beginning of my journey years ago I did — I lost 20lbs right off the bat from cutting out milkshakes and going vegetarian and running.
I don’t own a scale now, and occasionally I measure my body fat percentage, but I’m happy with my body and am focusing on goals like doing handstands in yoga, running an eight minute mile, and improving strength and flexibility while eating more and more clean. I’ve shifted to goals that are more fitness oriented because I feel like once you’re at a healthy weight there’s no need to be obsessive over that. Some people find it a useful tool, but I just find it’s a distraction from my other goals, like doing an epic upwards dog:
Q:When starting working out. How do you endure or relieve the immediate muscle soreness that's sure to follow? and tips or tricks to relieve or endure the soreness?
I made a reality check for you (congrats you should feel so honored) but basically drink water, stretch it out, and eat protein immediately after your workout. There isn’t an instant cure for muscle soreness, but those generally help! #feeltheburn
Q:Tips for working out with a cold? Mine usually last like a month(s)
It depends on the kind of cold — you don’t want to do cardio with a chest cold because it makes the coughing worse. In fact, it’s hard to exercise at all with a chest cold and it’s probably better to rest, eat healthy, and let it pass. I wrote an article on how to avoid getting sick and you should check it out.
Weight training might be a good choice, or some light walking, but it depends on how well you’re feeling. Usually when you’re sick, you want to focus on eating healthy and sleeping a lot to get better, and you may want to see your doctor if you think your colds are lasting a long time.
Q:How do I break a food habit? I'm a vegan and I'm trying to get myself to obtain more of my carbs from fruits and veggies and eat much less bread and starchy carbs (and when I do eat starchy carbs, I'm trying to eat more whole wheat).
It can be tough! I used to constantly eat white flour, but I’ve been slowly transitioning to whole-wheat only, and I find that it helps to find healthy foods that are replacements for snacks and meals that contribute to a specific junk food habit.
For instance, I used to eat bagels on Sundays, but now I eat whole wheat rice cakes with almond butter and honey, which is way better and healthier.
I constantly snack on fruits and veggies and that’s what helps me stay away from things I probably shouldn’t be snacking on.
So in a sense, work on replacing junk food with awesome new vegan recipes you find!
Q:Hi! I have an important event in 8 days' time, my university end of year ball. The ball, and my ball dress, have been my inspiration for weight loss for the past couple of months (I last wore the dress 2 years ago, before I entered a phase of binge/stress eating). I'm nearly there, but just need to lose a couple more inches in order to fit into it comfortably. I eat clean, horse ride and go for one hour swims 5 times a week, but I've plateaued. Any tips on how to lose the last few inches?
Plateaus are broken by switching up your workout routine. Strangely enough, sometimes taking a week off allows your body to heal and can help break a plateau (Jillian Michaels suggests this.)
If your workout isn’t hard enough though, you can also try HIIT, which burns fat through short, intense bursts of cardio, which can also be paired with weights for Circuit Training. You can read my Ultimate Guide to HIIT here.
You can also try changing your type of exercise. Swimming is a total-body workout that involves muscle groups you don’t use in other activities, and could be a good workout to try.
Hope this helps!
I Tried Hanging Yoga And Now Everything Hurts
I did this for you, dear readers. I tried hanging yoga and now my abs are so sore it hurts to laugh.
Hey there! I haven’t tried Chia Seeds in a recipe yet (it’s next on my list!) but the lead actor in my web series just puts them in his water and drinks them. I had a chia seed drink once and the texture is not for me.
Let me know what recipes you guys like!
Q:So I am 18 almost 19 y/o girl and I'm 5,1 ish. I honestly don't know how much I weigh, because the scale number doesn't matter to me. Anyway, I would say I pretty fit but I am having a hard time finding challenging workouts. I want to replace fat with muscle, but nothing I do seems to be burning that fat!!
oh my god I love that you said that the scale doesn’t matter. You are an inspiration :)
That’s a great struggle to have! I find that workouts become instantly harder when you use heavier weights. Have you tried P90x? It’s a bit pricey for a workout program but it’s a challenge, especially if you choose heavier weights. It has great difficulty modifications too, and it’s one of my favorites. The workouts are long, but worth it!
I know people who swear by Crossfit, and although I haven’t tried it, it may be something to look in to, especially if you’re competitive.
The third thing I recommend isn’t a program, it’s just a type of exercise: circuit training. Bursts of intense cardio + strength training = best fat burning/strengthening combo I know of. This is a total body circuit workout I like, and Fitness Blender has a good selection of workouts so you can find one that’s challenging enough for you and up the heaviness of your weights if you need to.
On an unrelated note, I’m trying aerial yoga tomorrow! I have no idea how it’s going to go, but I’ll keep you posted — I’m expecting it to be a tough workout :)
Good luck and keep being a role model!