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Month / February, 2014

If You were Stuck on Island with Celebrity Trainer – Who’d it be?

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Now for something fun! If you got shipwrecked on your way to a fitness bootcamp and were stranded on a deserted Island with a celebrity fitness trainer, who would it be and WHY?

a. Chris Powell
b. Jessie Pavelka
c. Dolvett Quince
d. Bob Harper
e. Shaun T

(I promise I didn’t make Shaun T’s pic bigger on purpose… but look at those abs!)

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THE TRUTH: Anyone can get a thigh gap! Dr. Oz confirms my findings

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#1 and #2! Thank you for forming your own educated opinions!

This post will be short and to the point because ultimately people will still believe what they want to believe as an excuse to be lazy and not try to do anything about changing their bodies.

It’s far easier to say I will always have fat/big/thick thighs the way I used to lament being stuck with my ‘grandmother’s legs’ (I don’t have granny’s legs anymore, by the way). That way, you don’t have to make an effort and then you don’t feel so bad about having the body you actually really dislike or are uncomfortable with.

Dr. Oz confirmed everything that I wrote about in my book about anyone being able to get a thigh gap. In fact, I thought he broke it down beautifully – those with wider hips will have an easier time achieving a thigh gap due to their bone structure. My hacks will teach you how to get leaner faster and smarter. (e.g. – to lose fat you need a calorie deficit.
** Hunger training(™) enables you to stop the uphill battle of ALWAYS being hungry and makes it much easier for you to create the deficit you need to burn the fat.
** Intermittent fasting (which Dr. Oz extols on his own show) allows you burn more calories for example, by delaying breakfast. Not eating 12 – 16 hours could mean not eating from 8pm to 10am. Should you eat because it’s 7am and you’ve just rolled out of bed? I don’t think so.
** I also have loads of other methods in my book that you are free to pick and choose from. You don’t have to do them all!

He also showed those with narrow hips (like me) will need to lose overdeveloped / bulky muscle in order to get a thigh gap. Now, I will admit he didn’t recommend you do so – because he’s a conventional doctor who has to appeal to a large group of women who need an excuse to remain comfortable and fat.These women don’t like the thought of the thigh gap because they’re against anyone being slim/thin as it makes them look bad. I get it.

However, unlike Dr. Oz alluded to – losing a little bit of muscle on your thighs is not going to bring your metabolism to a screeching halt. In fact, all of us lose muscle from our entire body all the time! 

To also say that having narrow hips precludes you from joining the thigh gap club with me sitting right there is disingenuous. I mean, I did it and so have countless of my clients/readers!

My book teaches you how to lose and tone down the overdeveloped bulky / muscle that prevent women from having a thigh gap in, again, a smart and healthy way. No starving required. You do this by training strategically: I tell you which exercises to NEVER do and what types of training to do instead, how long to do it, when to do it, etc..

I also reveal how to eat to avoid feeding the muscles you’re trying to get rid of (you should NOT be drinking protein shakes after your workout like body builders do. Realize your body goals are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum).

And that is all. So, while they edited me in order to cast my book as being a potential scapegoat for people who suffer from a true mental illness, which I don’t think every woman is easily susceptible to, I’m still very thankful for the exposure and opportunity to get my message out there to the thousands of people I have since the show has aired, and re-aired. And I’ll be happy when it re-airs again because I’m confident there are a lot more women out there with this problem who are independent thinkers!

If you believe in taking advice from an expert who has actually accomplished what you hope to do rather than accept advice from experts who’ve read textbooks, resist anything foreign/new, and in many cases taken the bare minimum on nutrition/exercise, get my book today!

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Watch Me on The Dr. Oz Show! + NEW DVD

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drozstillstage Yes, to all of you who are asking – that’s me you’re seeing in the previews for the Dr. Oz Show airing tomorrow, February 25th. I was invited to be on the show as an expert on the subject of ‘how to get a thigh gap’ and to defend the rights of countless women around the globe who seek a thigh gap because they find it attractive (just like men find six pack abs and huge biceps attractive and train to achieve those ‘body goals’).

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Behind the Scenes at the Dr. Oz Show

Luckily, I already had a ton of experience with ‘thin shaming’ and the claim that women SHOULD try to look “strong” “muscular” and “powerful” instead of the way they want to look (feminine, slender, slim) – when Facebook shut down my page because they erroneously thought that the mere mention of the word thigh gap was associated with an eating disorder. Thanks to my lovely readers we set them straight and got the page reinstated! (Like the Page here) You see, I give women way more credit than the other ‘experts’ do. Yes, I’m an expert because I’ve written a 260 page book on the sole subject of how to lose fat from your thighs. I also am an expert and know it’s possible to get a thigh gap without an eating disorder, because I’ve done just that and have helped women around the world do the same. The whole point of my book is to help women learn there is another way! Tune in at 4pm EST to see what I had to say on the matter to America’s favorite Doctor, Doctor Oz – and see if I changed his mind… DO YOU THINK I DID? Also, I’m releasing a workout video called “BYE-BYE THUNDER THIGHS”. DESCRIPTION:

From the Best-selling author of the book, “The Thigh Gap Hack” comes her debut workout dvd, “Bye-Bye Thunder Thighs”. This 70 minute workout is broken down into a 10 minute warm up and cool down, and three 20 minute segments, which includes:
  • 10 minutes of stretching/lengthening and toning lower body exercises meant to release the fat from the cells
  • 10 minutes of cardio and upper body strength training meant to burn the fat you’ve just released and maintain upper body muscles that will keep your metabolism revving
  • 15 – Day Sample meal-plan

YOU’LL LOVE THE WORKOUT & THE RESULTS, GUARANTEED!

Pre-order the DVD below (DVD’s will be shipped out in March 2014)





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Fat Burning Cardio Dance Workout – WATCH ONLINE FREE!

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Who says cardio needs to be boring and brutal?

The latest fat burning cardio dance workout with yours truly is up. This weeks choreographed workout routine is to David Guetta and Akon’s ‘Sexy Bitch’ or ‘Sexy Chick’… and it’s a little different because it’s a dub step version of the song.

The objective with these videos is to make cardio fun. When the music is pumping and it’s fun the time flies, you’re more likely to get your cardio in more frequently, and that means you’ll burn calorie/fat and see the results you seek.

Now, since I choreograph each workout to a specific pop song, they tend to be around 4 to 7 minutes long. Obvious-town, that’s not going to cut it when it comes to burning fat. You need at least 30 minutes of sustained physical activity that gets your heart rate up.

This means you’ll need to do this specific routine a few times over or combine a few of my videos together. I’ll take care of getting your heart rate up with every single one! Make sure you leave a comment on the youtube page or right here letting me know what you think of the workout and how many times you were able to do it through.

Leave song requests as well! NOW LET’S GET TO WORK!

Watch the video after the jump

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Help! What to do when You’ve Lost your Thigh Gap

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1Bc2jlt2wyS2YirIf you can relate to the picture, you’re not alone. Nobody is perfect and sometimes in life our diets are not as great as they can be, or we slack off with our exercise regimens.

As a result, our bodies change – and for those hip centric (pear shaped women) out there, the first change they will see is the loss of their thigh gap.

I know, it might suck that a thigh gap can seemingly arrive overnight and pull a similar disappearing act just as quickly. The truth is depending on how long it’s been since you’ve fallen off the wagon, it’s very possible that you can get your thigh gap back in no time.

For example, if it hasn’t been too long (e.g. – one week) and you’ve just been eating a lot more sodium than normal, stopped drinking water, what you may be seeing is the result of water retention. Your body will hold on to the water, and some will be in your thighs, thus making them swollen and closing the gap.

It’s highly unlikely that you’ve been able to put on more than 1 to 2 pounds in the course of a week, so don’t freak out and think you’ve gotten too fat. Remember, it takes about 3500 excess calories to gain one pound of fat.

Bare in mind, if you eat a huge steak and weight yourself right after the scale will say you’re one pound heavier, but as I discuss in the book, that’s not sticking. You’ll get rid of that weight with waste, etc.

Now, if it’s been a few months and your diet has gone downhill (you’re eating fast food, sweets, etc.) and you’re not exercising it’s more likely that you have put on some fat – the sticking kind – and you’ll have to lose it all over again to reveal your thigh gap.

Don’t be discouraged! If you had a thigh gap, or slimmer thighs, in the past you can certainly do it again. It just means that you will have to buckle down and make some changes. I would highly recommend my hunger training hack (I describe it in great detail in the book – GET YOUR COPY HERE), which will allow you to recalibrate your hunger system so you’re not facing an uphill battle with getting your caloric deficit.

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How to Spend Your calories Wisely

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Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 8.21.34 PMThe folks over at wise geek put up an eye opening post regarding what 200 calories look like for different foods ranging from coca cola, to peanut butter, to carrots.

It’s such a great post because it visually demonstrates why you need to spend the allotted calories you have each day wisely. You see, if you are trying to lose weight there’s no getting around the fact that you need to create a calorie deficit. That means, you need to expend more energy than you consume.

However, the food that we have available to us is typically so calorie dense that one can feel deprived or as though they are starving, making it quite difficult to adhere to their caloric deficit.

The pictures from Wisegeek puts it all into perspective. When you see that you can have a full plate of broccoli OR eight hershey’s kisses for the same amount of calories, you start to understand the importance of learning how to spend your calories just as you would your money, carefully!

Check out the post at wise geek here

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5 Common Calorie Counting Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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Are you working out and eating right, but still not losing weight?

The amount of calories you consume play a huge role in whether or not you will lose, maintain or gain fat/weight.

Being 100% accurate when logging calories is darn near impossible, but the goal is to get as close to the true number as humanly possible.

Consider the following common calorie counting mistakes unexpectedly being made by many frustrated individuals who may be pondering what they’re doing wrong.

Logging Calories for Raw vs. Cooked – Some foods expand or shrink when cooked and thus logging calories for that particular food without taking into consideration how the food was prepared will lead to inaccurate figures.

For example, four ounces of chicken raw will not be the same amount of calories for four ounces of cooked chicken. When chicken cooks it will get lighter. It’s best to work with the raw weight of a food, as this is what most nutritional labels will represent.

Using Measuring Cups/Spoons instead of a Scale – Measuring cups mislead easily, as it’s possible to compact food into them (resulting in additional calories) and too easy to use “heaping” portions – that’s common when measuring high calorie items such as sugar, flour and peanut butter, but pile the food sky high above the rim of the cup or spoon. Using measuring cups and spoons, while better than eyeballing and visually estimating, can yield up to a quarter more food than using a food scale.

Size Shortcuts – Log into myfitnesspal or two other free calorie database meant to give you a size shortcut for a specific food (e.g. – the calorie content for one serving of something like a  piece of chicken or one corn). You might notice the number will vary. Depend on that number, referred to as a size shortcut meant to make your life a little easier and accommodate those without a scale, and you’d be making a grave mistake. The amount of calories listed for a piece of corn can vary greatly depending on the size of the actual corn.

Not Counting the Oil – When most people prepare their food and log calories, for some odd reason they forget to add in one little thing, that is really a big thing: oil. One tablespoon of cooking oil is usually around 120 calories and as discussed in my previous article, depending on measuring spoons and actual silver spoons will yield stunningly different results. Besides that fact, most people simply aren’t measuring their oil but eyeballing it when they throw it into the pan. That oil gets absorbed into the food and you are indeed consuming it, so remember – measure and log those oil calories!

Trusting Restaurant Menus – A mushroom veggie burger at Shake Shack is listed as 490 calories so you log that into your food diary because it must be true, right? Wrong. The calorie amounts (and calorie ranges) you see listed on menu boards at huge chains and restaurant represents the standard or ideal end product. Each chef or cook is so busy making food that they hardly have time to make sure all the variables are precisely the same, and an extra spoonful of butter, oil, sugar, cheese, etc. can change the caloric amount of the ‘meal’ drastically.

Here’s another interesting tidbit of information – It’s totally legal for companies to be off by a huge percentage (25%) when making their projections for the caloric content of their food product. The FDA completely approves and there aren’t many organizations going around and fact checking these foods. This is why I advocate preparing unprocessed whole foods at home as much as possible.

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