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Trans Fit: Beware of those "extra tastes" during the week

Gaining and losing weight is really about math.

In order to lose a pound, you must burn or cut out 3,500 calories per week (500 calories a day).

Unfortunately on the other side of the equation, if you consistently overeat an extra 500 calories each day ... well ... that's how you end up not fitting into your pants.

Calories add up, and here is a simple breakdown to illustrate how easy it can be to eat an extra 500 calories in one day.

Do this over the course of seven days, and you are bound to see the scale jump up one pound.

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Trans Fit: Happy, healthy holiday eating

Create and Stick to a Plan

To help maintain healthy habits, identify potential problem areas and anticipate situations that may present challenges.

Allow yourself some slack and don’t aim for perfection.

Choose to focus on two areas at most, such as sticking to a firm workout schedule and avoiding the cheese tray if that is a weakness.

By recognizing and anticipating your primary weaknesses, you are more likely to stick with a plan, she says.

Maintain a Regular Schedule

While the holidays can be hectic, it is important to eat at normal mealtimes.

Trans Fit: The lowdown on artificial sweeteners

With all the artificial sweeteners available, you may find it challenging to separate fact from fiction.

In fact, so many new sweeteners have made their way to market.

With all this sweet talk, it’s no wonder that you may be confused about which sweeteners to use.

Artificial Sweeteners vs. Sugar

Are foods that contain artificial sweeteners in some ways healthier than those that use natural sugar?

Consuming products that contain artificial sweeteners instead of pure sugar can help lower calorie and sugar intake for people with diabetes.

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Trans Fit: Be Eggstravagant!

It’s been called everything from “incredible” and “Nature’s perfect food” to “lowly.” 

For years, the egg was maligned by the scientific community, owing to concerns over elevated cholesterol levels and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Thanks to a recent media campaign, the egg is now being viewed in a more positive light by health experts and consumers, alike, and here’s why:

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Competition was positive for transgender bodybuilder despite loss

SAN DIEGO -- Bodybuilder Chris Tina Bruce didn't win her first bodybuilding competition in 18 years, but she still feels victorious.

That's because Bruce, a 43-year-old personal trainer in San Diego, is transgender and her participation in the Border States Classic Bodybuilding competition on Oct. 29 represented not just three months of intense physical preparation, but also a lifetime of coming to terms with her true identity as a woman.

Trans Fit: Breakfast = break the fast

Breakfast - "the most important meal of the day" - literally means "breaking the fast" of the night before, as it is the first meal taken after rising from a night's sleep.

Eating breakfast not only aids in weight management, it fuels the body to help provide energy, better concentration and problem-solving ability throughout the day. Despite its healthful benefits, breakfast may be the one meal that is most often neglected or skipped.

Breakfast skippers often feel tired, restless or irritable in the morning.

Trans Fit: Ten ways to battle those lingering ten pounds

You have left the gym floor drenched every day since last week. You have denied yourself the tiniest of tasty morsels to get yourself over the hump, and despite all of your hard work, what has it amounted to? Ten lousy pounds left taunting you, reminding you that you are not done yet.

Those last ten pounds are sticking to you like glue and short of a hunger-strike; you don't know what your next move should be to rid yourself of them. I have the solution that adds up to blasting those ten pounds and keeping them away, never to bother you again!

Trans Fit: Beware of food labels

Beware of health claims on food labels; packaging can be deceiving.

Ever wonder about the difference between reduced fat and low fat?  Or does ‘light’ on a label really mean no fat? 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict guidelines on how these food label terms can be used.  Remember packaging is a sales tool to attract you to an item.  

Stay with the CHRIS system and you will never go wrong.  

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BUSINESS PROFILE: At Hillcrest Fitness, get fit, get fabulous

SAN DIEGO -- It’s been several months since Chris Tina Bruce made her way to sunny San Diego. And now that she’s here and settled, she’s excited to announce several developments about her business, Discover Health and Fitness.

The first is the opening of Hillcrest Fitness (a division of Discover Health and Fitness) at the corner of Park and Lincoln. The second is that she’s now offering Fitness Fun Camp classes, Bruce’s own personal spin on boot-camp style classes that have been growing in popularity in recent years.

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