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Can #GNO Dancing at the club count as your workout for the day?

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Everyone is always trying to make working out more fun and less like a mandatory chore of the worst kind – a la cleaning the bathroom.

So, it’s understandable to want to skip the bikini body guide in lieu of a girl’s night out dancing at the club; but are you just kidding yourself when you log your night of hip shaking and booty popping as your cardio for the day or can you do real damage when it comes to calorie-burning simply by tearing up the dance floor?

The answer is, the ubiquitous and very vague, it depends –

If you dance pretty much non stop for a minimum of one hour, really move your arms, legs, hips and waist, elevate your heart beat and keep it high, then yes. Working up a good sweat because you are working your muscles as opposed to the fact that you are in a packed cramped space lacking in proper ventilation can definitely count as cardio. This is pretty much why people can lose weight doing zumba or just taking dance classes (hip hop, ballet, etc.)

However, if you are doing the two step, your towering heels have relegated you to shimmying every now and then while you sway from side to side, or you dance for one song before sitting out the next three and repeat, then yes, you are in fact kidding yourself by trying to kill the #gno and #cardio workout birds with one stone.

Now, if you have in fact danced the night away but you’ve also been shooting back sugary alcoholic drinks from the bar, just know that all your hard effort will be for naught. Those drinks are full of sugar/carbs and therefore calories! So, do your wallet and your waistline a favor by skipping it, and if you’re one of those people that needs a drink in your hand opt for water or seltzer water with lemon instead.

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Tired of Yo-yo dieting? “The Easy Diet” book is your answer!

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Easy Diet

Easy Diet

Book #4, The Easy Diet – A foolproof guide to effortless and sustainable weight loss (241 pages) is finally here **Click the cover image to purchase the book now for $9.97!**

Here’s the synopsis:

Why Most Diets Don’t Work

The reason the majority of diets fail is because they are hard and they suck.

Who wants to give up entire food groups and whole macronutrients, shell out lots of money to only eat meals from plastic containers, or work out every single day for the rest of their lives? Not me, not you, and not anyone else given the high number of people who lose weight only to gain it right back.

 

What’s a Gal or Guy to do?

The most obvious solution to this problem is to make dieting as simple and sustainable as possible to bring about success. With a name like “The Easy Diet”, it is safe to say the search can be called off.

In this book, I reveal how simply omitting a food we all eat multiple times every single day, accounting for hundreds or thousands of calories without contributing anything toward our feeling of fullness or satiation, will allow weight to fall right off. Spoiler alert, it’s not any of the usual suspects, like sugar or bread!

It is, however, one of the unhealthiest foods we could put in our bodies – and it’s hiding in plain sight! You will also learn how to substitute this food in your cooking and baking and how to avoid it while traveling and eating out without too much effort.

That’s it – Instead of a lot of big changes you only have to change one small thing for amazing and lasting results. Additionally, you won’t feel deprived or overwhelmed because unlike other diets, there is no need to sacrifice taste, variety, flavor, or chunks of time for exercise. All the food groups you love are still allowed and exercise is optional.

Now do you believe me when I say it doesn’t get any easier than this? Don’t just take my word for it though, see for yourself how uncomplicated dieting and weight loss can and should be!
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Why it’s ok to eat under 1200 calories a day

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1200. Does that number sound familiar to you? Chances are you’ve heard that number thrown around as the bare minimum amount of calories you can and should eat in a day, right? But is there actually any truth to this widely believed mantra or are there people and situations which eating less than 1200 calories per day is totally fine?

The answer is no, there is no truth to this blanket number which often gets applied to everyone, and yes, there are definitely people and situations in which eating fewer calories is not a big deal. All one needs to do is read a few intermittent fasting boards (e.g. eat, stop, eat) to see that people are definitely doing okay dipping below that number periodically; and then there are other who don’t go as low but do eat under 1200 calories a day to lose weight / maintain and are still flourishing.

So if you ever hear someone claim the following: you will drop down dead from malnutrition if you go under 1200 calories, your body will suddenly eat all your muscles, your metabolism will stop working or slow to  crawl, my favorite because it’s so ludicrous – you won’t lose weight any more because your body will go into starvation mode, or any other silly and nonsensical rumors, you can write them off because you will know the truth.. and if you want, you can show them this video to shut them up.

In the following video, I cover just a few of those reasons eating less than 1200 calories a day is appropriate for some people and some situations and won’t do any of the above, so click play and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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7 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight With Zumba

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image-208-origRight off the bat I would like to declare that I am a fan of Zumba. In fact, I’ve recently begun taking a zumba class here in New York City two times a week after discovering the studio/class during New York Dance Week.

In case you’re not familiar with New York Dance week, it’s a little over a week, and hundreds of dance studios allow folks to check out their classes for free. I actually checked out two zumba classes held at different studios that week and decided on the one I’ve been attending for reasons I’ll cover in just a second.

I had done zumba before through the workout videos where the guy with the accent and the interpreter get on a very nightly colored stage and dance to different genres of music for approximately five minutes each. The videos were pretty cool but it wasn’t something I was crazy about, the way many Zumba devotees praise their method of training.

I just like to switch up my routine, and an hour of the zumba videos did leave me sweating – mission accomplished.

The zumba class that I attend now was completely packed my first day, and every day I’ve attended since then. I’ve also gotten a chance to chat with a few of the women and was surprised that many of them had been doing Zumba faithfully for months!

The problem is, they didn’t have much to show for their hard work. Before you take offense, I obviously understand that just because someone is not a size 2, doesn’t mean they haven’t made any progress. Who knows where they could have been coming from right?

No one understands this more than me. I am specifically talking about women who have been dancing Zumba multiple times a week over a long period of time who complain about not losing any weight – but coming back anyway because class is in their own words, addictive.

Perhaps you can relate?

Zumba is really fun and doing the live classes with a bunch of other folks really creates a sense of community, but what’s the point in paying for a workout program if you aren’t getting the results you want?

 

ZUMBA AND WEIGHT / FAT LOSS

If you put in a search on the internet for zumba and weight loss, you’ll find countless stories from women who have lost weight using Zumba as their only method of exercise. Clearly, it is possible to lose weight with this program. After all, it’s cardio – and cardio burns fat and will assist you in losing weight by allowing you to burn more calories than you ingest.

So the immediate answer to the question of whether you can lose weight with zumba is, yes!

However, that being said there are reasons why someone might find themselves plateauing or even gaining weight from just doing Zumba alone.

 

1. You’re not working hard enough 

I see it all the time in the classes I’ve attended – people with low energy, doing modified steps, taking long bathroom or water breaks, etc. If you’re doing a half-assed job of working out, just know that you’re not burning nearly half as many calories that you think you are.

 

2. The Zumba Teacher Sucks / Lacks Energy

As I mentioned, I tried out two different studios offering zumba. The second class I tried was at the infamous Alvin Ailey dance studio. The class was huge compared to the studio I currently attend, but the instructor was not nearly as motivational or energetic as he could have been. Perhaps it was a long day or something, but the energy of the teacher as well as his/her choreography is going to make a world of difference in the results you can expect.

If the choreography is way too complicated, you’re going to be spending most of your time flubbing steps than actually burning calories. If your teacher is modifying the steps, it’s unlikely that you and your fellow dancers will choose to do the advanced version to push yourself. It all starts at the top!

 

3. The Group / Class Dynamic

Additionally, the overall energy of the class is important to your success. If your class is full of beginners or people who are not very fit, it’s likely your instructor will try and cater to the majority of the participants and do simpler moves. You’re better off finding a more advanced class with folks at a fitness level more in line with yours or higher that will challenge you.

 

4. Over-estimating the Calories Burned

The very first day of class my teacher proclaimed, are you ready to burn 800 calories? My face immediately distorted as I know the amount of effort it takes to burn 800 calories is quite significant. Sure, we burn a lot of calories dancing but not anywhere near 800 in my one hour class that includes a 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down.

If you are being told you are burning 800 calories and go home and eat as though you actually are, be prepared to not lose a single pound – and probably even gain a few. Remember, you need a calorie deficit and in order to figure that out you have to be accurate about not only the calories you are eating, but the energy you are burning.

 

5. Your Body Adjusts

Zumba is great and all, but the thing with any workout that we do all the time, your body adjusts. It gets more efficient at doing things you require it to do often (we’re awesome like that). If you are not incorporating other workouts and challenging your body in other ways, or your instructor is not modifying their routines often enough, rest assured that you burn fewer and fewer calories every time.

 

Is this your pre workout meal that you've earned?

Is this your pre workout meal that you’ve earned?

6. You Haven’t Addressed Your Diet

Remember, that diet is key to weight/fat loss (80%), while exercise is only approximately 20%. For some people, intense cardio makes them feel entitled to eat a feast because they’ve earned it. We’re not talking about feasting on protein and vegetables either. If you end each class with a celebratory cheesecake, don’t be shocked if the weight isn’t falling off you. One fast food meal (even from the kiddie menu) alone could wipe out your exercise efforts / calories burned.

You must, must, must address your diet to lose weight. There’s simply no way around it.

 

7. You Might Have Water Retention

You know I love the subject of water retention. In fact, my new book “How to Lose Water Weight –  ” is almost complete and is slated to come out next month. I’m excited for you all to read it, but I digress.

In the book I talk about something called the whoosh affect, also known as dieter’s edema. This is when after a while of cutting calories and working out to create a deficit, the body retains a large amount of water that hides your fat loss. Then, seemingly overnight one day you wake up a few pounds lighter, where you remain until your next whoosh occurs.

The point is that you may actually have lost weight because you’ve been doing everything right, but that weight loss is not visible on the scales because of water retention. There are many ways to get rid of water retention (I give 1 day, one week and two week plans in the book for when you need to shed water weight fast for an upcoming event), but if you’re not in a rush lowering sodium, drinking more water, cutting carbs and eating foods that act as natural diuretics is a good place to start.

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Heat VS Cold Temperatures for Fat or Weight Loss

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heatvscold_forfatlossCheck out the first episode of my youtube show, “Fitness Hacks with Camille”

The topic is…

HEAT VS COLD TEMPERATURES FOR LOSING WEIGHT / FAT
Which one comes out the winner?

Please share on your Facebook pages, tumblr, twitter, instagram, pinterest, etc. if you learned something new!

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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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What is ‘The Bikini Bridge’ (the new Thigh Gap) And How to Get it

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A new question is circulating the internet. Everywhere, older people completely out of touch with the desires of young men are asking, ‘Is the bikini bridge gap the new thigh gap?”

Now, some of you may be wondering – WHAT IS THE BIKINI BRIDGE GAP?

The definition of a bikini bridge gap is when your hip bones jut forward and your stomach is flat enough so that your bikini bottom band stretches across and is forced to have a gap (hence, it’s comparison to the thigh gap) when lying down (or when standing up).

The gap is between your lower abdomen and the cloth/band of your bikini bottom. Basically, it’s having a flat stomach (gasp*)

The bikini bridge was a prank, a hoax/satirical article that was posted on buzz feed that all the media blogs picked up on and ran with. Yep, all of these journalists totally fell for it hook, line and sinker. I suppose it is sort of like the thigh gap in that the ‘experts’ are already foaming at the mouth and calling it dangerous for girls to want a bikini bridge (basically a really toned and flat stomach).

Of course, now that this word ‘the bikini bridge gap’ is out there – more and more people are becoming aware of the idea and want to know “how to get a bikini bridge gap”, for real!

Uh-oh, look what the media has gone and done. Spread something that totally wasn’t a thing by bringing awareness to it with faux outrage of it being unhealthy because it could lead to an eating disorder. Exactly why is it unhealthy and dangerous to not look 3 months pregnant when you’re not? Beats me. The way the experts tell it, everyone should be striving towards tummy rolls, because real women are should look like the pillsbury dough boy have curves, or something like that.

Are we going to try to convince people that getting a flat tummy is something totally genetic, requires some special kind of bone structure, and virtually impossible, like they do the thigh gap?

No, because that would be just plain silly. Your genes have absolutely nothing to do with your ability to get a flat stomach. EVERY single person can get a bikini bridge gap, just like everyone can get a thigh gap. Does that mean it’s a walk in the park or a piece of cake? Most definitely no to the later, and uh-uh to the former, as well sadly.

You will need to rid your diet of the offenders: sugar, carbs, sodium, and exercise beyond a snail’s pace of walking and ultra low steady state cardio. Everything has to be strategic.

It takes some discipline, and knowledge of how to tweak your diet and exercise regimen to boost your metabolism, burn more fat instead of carbs, train your hunger. The good news is all of that is covered in my book, ‘The Thigh Gap Hack”. Since the thigh gap hack allows you to get skinny and sculpt a feminine physique, the natural byproduct of doing my program is developing a flat stomach, small waist, and subsequently a bikini bridge (YAY!)

 

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The Myth that Women Can’t Gain Muscles On Deficit

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While some women might find this look desirable, others might think it’s too muscular.

You’ve heard it before – women can’t gain muscles on a deficit. Go ahead and squat and lunge and work your legs with heavy resistance. As long as you’re on a calorie deficit, don’t expect to see your legs looking bulky or more muscular than you might like.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

There’s a false notion that you need to be in a calorie surplus to gain muscle. The faulty logic behind this is that the muscles need protein in order to grow and that if you are in a deficit, you aren’ t getting enough protein for this to happen.

Uh.. what about if a person’s diet on a deficit consists of 80% protein? Don’t you think that would be enough for protein to grow the muscles. The problem with this misconception is that you can’t build muscles on a deficit is actually referring to a protein deficiency not a calorie deficit. These two are not the same things at all.

In other words, ladies – if you want to slim your legs and thighs, put down those protein shakes/bars/etc. All of that protein combined with workout will lead to the exact results you do not want. Besides, you don’t NEED all that extra protein! You don’t need to be eating more than your body weight in protein (e.g. you weight 100 lbs – you don’t need to consume more than 100g of protein)

Another claim is that the muscles don’t grow on a deficit. It might become stronger, tighter or more compact, but the fat that you may have lost from eating at a deficit reveals exactly what was there before.

No. No. No.

This photo of a woman’s arms before and after her weight loss (where she ate at a deficit) clearly shows that her muscle looks more defined. Even if technically it didn’t gain a lot of mass, many women don’t want a define muscular look like this (in the legs moreso than anywhere where)

Additionally, there is something commonly referred to as ‘newb gains’ in the fitness world, where someone who hasn’t really worked out much before and starts lifting/training will experience muscle growth.

What if you are a relatively small woman who doesn’t want that muscular/bulky look. Well, you won’t be exempt from those noob gains and you will see muscles developing in your legs that you frankly do not want.

It’s time people stop thinking muscle cells are different to any other kind of cells that clearly do get created whether you are in a moderate deficit or in a surplus.

The next time you hear someone proclaim this myth, please point them to this article. In fact, share this right now on your social media networks to help those women who are lifting heavy in hopes of getting a slim, bikini body – but thinking they won’t get muscular because they’re in a calorie deficit.

They’ll love you forever.

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Tori Spelling Reveals Truth about Diet vs. Exercise

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In a new tell all book, Tori Spelling has come clean about the way she lost the baby weight for child number 4. She was previously quoted as telling a popular magazine that she did it through swimming, otherwise known as exercise or physical activity.

However, she has now revealed that she lied back then, and the actual way she lost the weight was through dieting. The reason she fibbed the truth? She plain and simple doesn’t like doing exercise and knew that women would not be happy to hear she lost it the good old fashioned way, by refusing to stuff her face.

Now, I’m a huge exercise advocate! I think looking toned and slim is more appealing than just looking slim – and to be clear, when I say toned I mean taught and tight with no flabbiness, not bulging muscles! I realize that some of you may feel differently.

However, it’s an ‘evil’ truth that when it comes to dieting vs. exercise to lose weight/fat, dieting will win every single time. You can’t outwork a bad diet by doing some crunches or going for a run. Just think about the fact that a rigorous hour long workout may burn 400 calories, if you’re lucky. Whereas, you can consume a medium sized bag of popcorn for the same amount of calories and ‘feel’ hungry a mere two hours later.

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You’ve got 99 Problems but your Thyroid Isn’t One!

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Are people serious about losing weight? I mean, really serious? Because I hear so many excuses as to why people can’t eat right and exercise that I can’t decide if folks actually believe the things coming out of their mouths or not.

One of the most common excuses you’ll hear for why people can’t lose weight and change their bodies: Thyroid Problems!

They can’t help it because their thyroid problems, not their food choices and addictions and lack of exercise, makes them fat.

Well, if you’re one of those people with the ubiquitous thyroid problem, the American Thyroid Association and I have news for you, but you’re probably not going to like it because then what will be your excuse?

According to The American Thyroid Association, in an article entitled “Thyroid and Weight”, posted on June 4, 2012 – hypothyroidism only accounts for a 5 to 10 lb increase in weight.

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How Many Calories Does it Take to Enter Starvation Mode! (Myth or Fact?)

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starvationmodeI doubt there is a term strewn around more loosely on the internet as the cause of stalled weight loss than entering “starvation mode”. Everyone claims that once you eat at a calorie deficit around or below 1200 you will suddenly push your body into the dreaded “starvation mode” where you supposedly hold on to every single calorie that enters your mouth. The commonly given solution then is to eat more food and the weight will start to come off. But is this REALLY the case? What exactly does it take for our bodies to enter starvation mode?

Of course this is not the case! You only enter starvation mode once most of your body’s fat has been oxidized, which happens at a very low body fat percentage; This begins the catabolization of lean muscle tissue. 1200 is not a magic number where you stop losing fat.  Most women hover around 20% body fat, so if you eat below 1200 calories for the day or two or three, your body will still have fuel as well as a lot of fat preserves to draw from to create energy and keep your organs functioning.

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Does Running Make Your Legs Bigger?

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The effects of Running on Legs

The effects of Running on Legs

My first attempt at working out to lose weight had me jogging in the park for about an hour. After some time, I wasn’t feeling as challenged so I began running faster and longer.

However, I soon grew dismayed that while I was losing some weight, my thighs appeared to be getting bigger! At 5’1 inches, my goal was to reduce fat in my legs as opposed to building muscles/mass. Since my legs weren’t trimming down, I started to look into whether running caused legs to get bigger.

But do any research on the web and you will be confused for days. What you’ll find is that there are a lot of people who swear that running is the only thing that will actually make their legs smaller, while another set will have exactly the opposite effect, like me. So what exactly is going on here?

Cardio exercise will burn calories for sure, so one would think running, which is a great form of cardio, would melt the fat off your body. And this is actually true. Even ectomorphs will find their upper bodies responding quickly to this form of cardio, but the magic question is will running effectively target and get rid of the stubborn fat most women hold on to in their legs? Unfortunately, the answer is not so cut and dry.

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