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popular-weight-loss-trends-videoEvery year hundreds of thousands of people vow to lose weight and live healthier. These New Year resolutions tend to reflect the dieting trends. Amari Cheffier (a registered dietician) and Elyse Wagner (a holistic nutritionist) offer their insights on the new trends in weight loss this year.

Discover some diets maybe you haven't heard about yet from these experts.

Amari's Advice

"The new trends in weight loss include the Paleo Diet and Going Gluten Free. A common trend is shifting more towards whole real foods and decreasing processed food."

Elyse's Advice

"The Paleo Diet is a huge trend in weight loss right now. The diet refers to eating like our Paleolithic hunter/gather ancestors. Individuals on the Paleo Diet avoid grains, dairy, processed foods, and sugar and focus on high quality protein and plenty of vegetables. Another big trend in weight loss right now is meal delivery services. With so many local companies offering organic, fresh, real food options, eating healthy is easier than ever!"


About the Experts

Amari-expert-photo-FINALAmari Thomsen is a registered dietitian, blogger, and owner of Eat Chic Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, she completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in nutrition science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition private practice, Eat Chic Chicago. With previous experience as a nutrition coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari is focused on integrating modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Find Amari at Eat Chic Chicago.

 

 

Elyse-expert-photo-FINALElyse Wagner is a holistic nutritionist and health psychology expert who helps women of all sizes stop food guilt, body shame, and emotional eating. She helps create peace with their body and build a better relationship with food as they finally give themselves permission to feel fabulous! After being taunted as "Obese Elyse", she has now found peace within her body and helps others do the same through her virtual private one-on-one group coaching programs. Join the conversation and get Elyse’s bites of wisdom through her award winning ETV! episodes and delicious whole foods recipes at My Kitchen Shrink.

 

 

mind-and-body-motivation-to-get-moving-videoDon't get trapped on the sofa watching television all day! Despite the comfort and entertainment, it can be a trap to keep you in one place for unnecessary amounts of time. Snap to reality and get moving! Health experts share their tips on how you can motivate your mind and body to get going.

My own advice is to find a buddy or share on Facebook or elswhere when you think you can't head to the gym or go for a walk. If you can't even write on social media that you are too tired or don't want to go, then you absolutely need to get up and go do it! 

Lisa's Advice

"As humans we were not meant to be stationary. Being active increases your feel-good endorphins, helps you stay in shape and allows you to clear your head from the day's activities."

Stephanie's Advice

"If you're trying to get moving, chances are you're stuck in a comfort zone. Understand that it will be uncomfortable to get up and get moving, but once you make it a habit, it will become your new comfort zone."

Marisol's Advice

"Just do it!"


About the Experts

Lisa-Payne-Photo-FINALLisa Payne is a Health and Fitness Expert in Chicago specializing in personal training. She is a Fitness Writer for Demand Studios, Today's Chicago Woman magazine, CheekyChicago.com and on her own blog Paynefully Fit. Lisa is also an Adjunct Professor in Exercise Physiology and is a Brand Ambassador for LARABAR, and Kate Hudson's athletic company Fabletics. Find her on Twitter and on her website

 

Stephanie-Mansour-Photo-FINALStephanie Mansour (aka Step-It-Up with Steph) is a Body Image & Confidence Coach for women, as well as an in-home personal trainer, yoga, & Pilates instructor. She's been featured on CNN and TV stations across the country for her holistic approach to women's health & fitness. Get her free guide to have more confidence and feel good about your body here.

 

Marisol-Photo-FINALMarisol Sarabia co-founded MaZi Dance Fitness in 2009 after years of continuing her own research and training in fitness. This took place following her performing career.  Marisol is also founder of Gift of Movement with the RIC.  You too can dance and get involved, message  MaZi on Facebook or visit MaZi Dance Fitness.

 

 

Health-Benefits-from-Communities-VIDEOIt takes a village to raise a child and with good reason.

There are so many people that help guide us to become our best self. As social creatures, we seek a sense of community to help us learn, grow, and basically live. Here are some tips on using communities to make changes from our health experts.

Working-the-weights-rStrength training is a healthy place to start at the gym. As a certified trainer and lifestyle expert, I like strength moves that work the total body, as well as target trouble-spots. Even if you're just starting out at the gym, try these simple weight moves to help wake up your muscles and to start building.

Rear Fly with Balance

Start on hands and knees with right foot in the air and left arm straight out to to the side with a weight in your hand. Lift your arm out to the side, keeping body in balance on arm and knee. Perform 12 to 15 repetitions on each side. This targets the core, glutes, and back of arms.

Plank Tricep Twist

Start on hands and toes with feet shoulder width apart. Make sure your body is in a plank position and your left arm is straight near the body with weight the in your hand. Lift your arm past hips, keeping your body in balance and rotate your palm outward. Perform 12 to 15 repetitions on each side. This targets the core, glutes, and back of arms.


About the Expert

Andrea-Metcalf-Photo-FINAL

Andrea Metcalf is a certified personal trainer, speaker and author of Naked Fitness, and Womensforum lifestyle expert blogger. She is a healthy lifestyle spokesperson and considered to be one of America's top fitness experts. As seen on national TV, including NBC's Today Show and Good Morning America Health, Andrea has over 30 years of helping people look, live, and feel their best.

 

mind-and-body-reasons-to-dance-videoFrom Dancing with the Stars to So You Think You Can Dance to tons of other dance-focused movies and TV shows, we are seeing celebrities lose weight and look great from dancing - and have tons of fun doing it!

Even Zumba has worldwide attention and thousands of people doing salsa to slim down. Our health experts share their thoughts on why dance is so popular and beneficial to your weight loss program.

Lisa's Advice

"Dance is a physical release. It's a freedom and an expression that's individual to you. It's communcating your feelings through a shared rhythm. Dancing with others lifts your energy and provides you with a sense of community."

Stephanie's Advice

"Dance allows you to let loose and free-form your life. With so much structure and strict schedules, dancing can feel very liberating.

Ziba's Advice

"Dance works your entire body, it's multi-level friendly. It makes you smarter because it forces mind body connection. You are present. You get to express things that words can never express and it's all done to music, which automatically makes you happier!"

Marisol's Advice

"It's an art. You become free to express yourself and feel."

About the Experts

Lisa-Payne-Photo-FINALLisa Payne is a Health and Fitness Expert in Chicago specializing in personal training. She is a Fitness Writer for Demand Studios, Today's Chicago Woman magazine, CheekyChicago.com and on her own blog Paynefully Fit. Lisa is also an Adjunct Professor in Exercise Physiology and is a Brand Ambassador for LARABAR, and Kate Hudson's athletic company Fabletics. Find her on Twitter and on her website

 

 

Stephanie-Mansour-Photo-FINAL

Stephanie Mansour (aka Step-It-Up with Steph) is a Body Image & Confidence Coach for women, as well as an in-home personal trainer, yoga, & Pilates instructor. She's been featured on CNN and TV stations across the country for her holistic approach to women's health & fitness. Get her free guide to have more confidence and feel good about your body here.

 

 

Ziba-Photo-FINAL

Ziba Sarabia Lennox has over 20 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience. She has seven years of teaching dance and setting various productions. After a professional ballet career, Ziba’s passion for dance expanded into teaching ballet form conditioning, dance boxing, cardio dance and private lessons.  She is Pilates and NETA certified and her classes are about driving results and maximizing each individual’s potential, while celebrating the gift of movement and music. Ziba is the founder of MaZi Dance Chicago, which is MaZi’s performing group.

 

 

Marisol-Photo-FINALMarisol Sarabia co-founded MaZi Dance Fitness in 2009 after years of continuing her own research and training in fitness. This took place following her performing career.  Marisol is also founder of Gift of Movement with the RIC.  You too can dance and get involved, message  MaZi on Facebook or visit MaZi Dance Fitness.

 

 

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