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Should I eat dinner before or after I go to the gym if I workout late at night?

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How can I train my brain to stop thinking about and craving bad food?

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Dumbbells 101 – Sculpting Your Summertime Shoulders

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Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means, right? It’s time to say “GOODBYE” to sleeves and “HELLO” to cut-offs and tank-tops. Oh, and let’s not forget swimsuits. Now that your shoulders are going to be exposed, it’s time to advance your shoulder workouts by incorporating some dumbbell exercises.

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Does L-carnitine help promote fat metabolism and fat burning?

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What are some good gluten-free snacks?

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I just found out I have Celiac Disease and must become gluten-free. Do you have any suggestions on gluten-free snacks? Is it unhealthy to be having more intakes of corn and rice based products? – Dena O.

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Snacks based on fruit, nuts, seeds, milk, eggs or meats are no-brainers. Examples include good old-fashioned celery with natural peanut butter, cheese and apples, or hard-cooked egg and grapes. If you want something sweet or savory from a box or bag (think crackers or chips) then it’s trickier to avoid gluten, but many suitable products now line the shelves. You just have to look carefully at the ingredients list if the package doesn’t indicate “gluten-free” or GF.

Some favorite GF snacks of mine include yogurt, edamame (soybeans), sweet potato chips, trail mix, guacamole or salsa with corn tortilla chips, snap peas and carrots with hummus, and GF bars such as Larabar or KIND. I’d recommend you explore options for home and on-the-go that you can stock up on so you won’t be without suitable snacks when you need them.

Corn and rice are fine when replacing wheat as a main carbohydrate source in the diet. Many populations live off these (or potatoes) as their staple food. Your concern should be for how processed your selections are, as products based on these can be wholesome or refined. Popcorn is fine, whereas cheese flavored corn puffs are not. Brown rice cakes or GF wild rice soup are fine, but crisped rice treats are not.

Other readers: Interested in a gluten-free diet for weight loss? CLICK HERE to read our article on the facts.

Debbie J., MS, RD

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Ask our dietitian by submitting your question to nutrition@lafitness.com or simply ask it in the COMMENTS section below. To learn how to follow the “Ask Our Dietitian” Q&A CLICK HERE!

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.

Does our body process artificial sweeteners the same as regular sugar?

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What can I do to stop craving sweets?

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90 Day Weight Loss Workout Plan – (Days 75-90) – The Grand Finale

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Is monk fruit extract a natural sweetener, and is it better for you than sugar?

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Is it true that I need to limit my fruit consumption because fruits are high in sugar and carbohydrates?

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What would be an example of a day’s worth of healthy eating?

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Break Through Weight Training Plateaus with Drop Sets

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We’ve all been there…You’re working hard and seeing consistent results, and then one day you notice the progress stopped…you plateaued.

This is when it’s time to add some additional strategy to your routine with drop sets. Drop sets are an awesome addition to get you past that plateau and on to new results.

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90 Day Weight Loss Workout Plan – Part 5 (Days 60-75)

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Which fruits are high in sugar, and which are low in sugar?

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3 Things to Expect When you Begin to Work Out and Cut Calories to Lose Weight

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What is a good source of protein for me to snack on that doesn’t require refrigeration?

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Daylight Saving Spring Time Change 2014 Can Help You #MoveMoreBurnMore

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Is farm raised seafood better than wild seafood?

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Dumbbells 101 – Get a Leg up with these Dumbbell Exercises!

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So you’ve gotten comfortable with a pair of dumbbells in your hand and you’re ready to start using them more in your workouts. How exciting! Now it’s time to move onto the largest muscle group in the body…your legs.

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Is it possible for me to eat too many vegetables?

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The 90 Day Weight Loss Workout Plan – Part 4 (Days 45-60) – Half Way There!

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Is tuna packed in oil better than tuna packed in water, and does one contain less mercury?

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Dumbbells 101 – Chest Exercises

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When you’re just beginning a strength training routine weight machines are an excellent option to help you build a solid foundation. However, as you continue to progress you should begin to substitute some of those machine exercises with dumbbell exercises to help build additional overall strength and balance.[i]

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How can I avoid eating bad and sugary snacks at work?

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Should I avoid eating in the middle of the night, and also avoid napping after I eat if I want to lose weight?

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How should I eat so I have the energy to lift heavier weight when I work out?

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The 90 Day Weight Loss Workout Plan – Part 3 (Days 30–45) #MoveMoreBurnMore

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Wow, you’re really on a roll now! Great work on making it this far; you’ve made it a third of the way to completing the 90 Day Weight Loss Workout Plan.

If you are new, remember to start from the beginning by CLICKING HERE:

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Will I lose weight if I am eating healthy ‘clean’ food, but going over my daily calorie count?

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With so many diets out there—like South Beach, Cabbage Soup and Paleo etc.—which is the best diet for ME to lose weight?

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Does soda sweetened with Stevia pose a health risk?

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20 New Ideas for the New Year

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What are good sources of mono and poly unsaturated fat besides nut and seed based foods and oils?

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As I get older it’s harder to lose weight, what should I do?

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Your 90 Day New Year’s Resolution Weight Loss STRATEGY

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Your 90 Day Weight Loss Workout Plan – #MoveMoreBurnMore – Part 2 (Days 16 – 30)

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If I want to lose weight, but my shift is long and my job is very sedentary, how should I eat?

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Define Your Abs and Your Mood with Laughter and These Exercises – Abs / Core 101 (Part 2)

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I am new to working out; so what, when and how much should I now eat?

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After a full day of eating healthy, how can I avoid overwhelming cravings in the evenings?


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Is it safe to substitute two meals a day with juice or a smoothie?

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The 90 Day New Year’s Resolution Weight Loss Workout Plan – #MoveMoreBurnMore

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Will taking CLA help me burn more stubborn body fat?

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Is it okay to drink a zero calorie drink even though it contains maltodextrin?

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Your 2014 Resolution Weight Loss and Workout Plan is Coming! #MoveMoreBurnMore

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How often, and at what time of the day, is the best time to weigh myself?

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What is the safest way to avoid dairy that may be contaminated with growth hormones?

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How many grams of carbohydrates should I consume to lower my high cholesterol?

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Top 10 TOP TIPS of 2013

blog-top-10The New Year is almost here, and though 2013 is almost over, it has been an incredible year for LIVING HEALTHY and TOP TIPS! We published over 50 TOP TIPS articles this year to help you reach your personal health and fitness goals, and the response, which resulted in record-breaking readership, was amazing.

But before we dash off into a new year of fitness, exercises and healthy trends, we are taking a walk down memory lane and sharing with you the TOP 10 TOP TIPS of 2013…just in case you missed one.

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Can you help me figure out what my MACRONUTRIENTS intake should be?

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Life Through Fitness, Kira’s REAL STORY ‘Portrait of a Mother’

On March 12, 2013 Kira Martin went into labor with her fifth child; she had a boy, Lucas. After his birth, however, she experienced severe complications and almost died. In “Portrait of a Mother,” Kira recounts the terrifying 10 hours that followed and explains how fitness may have saved her life. This is her story. This is her second chance.

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