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How can I successfully lose weight and maintain it? I’ve tried low-carb diets and the results are unsustainable.



Thanksgiving By The Numbers

It’s that time of year again, the holiday when we have a celebratory feast to share our thanks that ends up becoming an opportunity for us to gorge ourselves on one GIGANTIC meal. So, what’s the big deal?

The main issues reside in the excess of fat, sodium and calories. However, it isn’t all bad; there is some good nutritional value in a few of the foods that we traditionally serve at Thanksgiving!


Debbie James is a registered dietitian. Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of Fitness International, LLC.

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The A+ AUTUMN Workout – AEROBICS, ABS, ARMS & AWESOME Legs ALL-in-One – Part 2


Weeks 3 & 4

The sun is starting to set earlier and Thanksgiving is just around the corner — which can only mean one thing — fall is in full swing. This also means it’s time to get your fitness into full swing with the next workout in The A+ Autumn series!


How to do a Wall Calf Stretch

How to stretch at LA Fitness.

Wall Calf Stretch

This stretch is designed to help release tension built up in your calves.

Stand facing the wall, a bit less than arms-length away, in case you need to use the wall for stability. Start by stepping forward with one leg, while keeping the other leg back and extended with your heel and foot flat on the floor. Bend your front knee and press down through the back of your heel. Then, switch legs and repeat the stretch on the other side.

Top Tips

  • Gradually and incrementally increase the duration of the stretch, holding the stretch for 20 seconds or more.
  • Keep your feet parallel with your toes pointing forward at all times throughout the stretch.
  • Focus on lengthening your calf muscle by keeping your back heel flat on the ground.
  • Always remember to breathe throughout the stretch, relax, and avoid the impulse to tense up.

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The Great Soda Controversy


Debbie J., MS, RD contributed this article –

Soda has been around in one form or another for almost 200 years. First developed as a medicine but later enjoyed as a beverage, soda is one of the all-time favorite drinks of Americans that can now be found in over 30 flavors. One 12-ounce serving of regular soda contains about 150 calories and 10 teaspoons of sugar (37 grams). Unlike some other soft drinks (such as lemonade), soda is carbonated. With home carbonation systems, concocting your own sodas on demand may seem like an appealing option. However, have you ever wondered what’s really in that refreshing glass of fizz?


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3 Tips & Articles to Help You Tighten the Back of Your Arms and Eliminate ‘Bat Wings’


Loose and saggy arms are a common concern among gym goers. After all, it’s not fun to feel self-conscious every time you wave “hello” or “goodbye”. Luckily, there are several ways that you can take action to avoid the dreaded “bat wings”.


How many calories should I eat per day if I weigh 173 pounds and want to lose weight?

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Should I limit the number of starchy foods and high-sugar fruits I eat if I want to lose weight?

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When it comes to fitness, the autumn season is not traditionally a focal point for getting into shape for many people. Darker mornings, colder weather, tasty Halloween treats and calorie-laden Thanksgiving meals tend to encourage unhealthy habits that can make it tough to stay focused on health and fitness. Don’t “fall” into this common pitfall this autumn! Instead, follow this A+ AUTUMN Workout to stay on track through the fall season this year.


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