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Fitness Magazine’s Fit Blog LA Inspires Us to Stay Fit

P90x’s Tony Horton, Nutrition Bite’s Alyse Levine and Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak Weigh in on Weighing Less

by Lisa Payne – November 20, 2013

FitBlogLAPoolsideAlways looking to learn more about fitness, I sent in an application to attend Fitness Magazine’s Fit Blog LA. To my delight, I was accepted and eagerly hopped on a plane to the Golden State. The modest yet established group of 100 or so fitness writers convened at The Annenberg Community Beach House on the beautiful Santa Monica beach. As we entered, we were handed the day’s jam-packed itinerary and realized we’d be hearing from some of the biggest names in fitness. P90x creator Tony Horton, Nutrition Bite’s Alyse Levine and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak gave us some insight on working out and eating right.FitBlogLATonyAndI

Practically a household name, P90x is a 90-day home workout program designed and developed to challenge your body and shed excess body fat. Its creator Tony Horton maintains that working out every day in a specific way will not only expedite your results but it will help keep you and your motivation active. When asked if working out for 90 days straight would cause injury, Tony said that if you alternate muscle groups daily and combine it with yoga and proper stretching, you’ll stay injury-free. But if 90 days sounds fleeting, look for P90x3 Extreme Fitness Accelerated. This 30-minute workout blast is great for those struggling with fitting a workout into busy schedules. Look for P90x3 out December 10th!

FitBlogLAAlyseSpeakingAs seen on everything from Good Morning America to Discovery Health to The Doctors, LA-based nutritionist Alyse Levine, MS RD is taking America by storm. Having founded Nutrition Bite, a fool-proof individualized nutrition counseling program, Ms. Levine has set her sights on getting people healthier bite-by-bite. She helps clients hone in on their sense of fullness and hunger. By focusing on your primal senses, she says you can shed calories and still stay energized. When the topic of breakfast came up, she asked us if we ate the same breakfast every day. I immediately found myself slightly embarrassed. (I eat the same bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.) Her point is that if we are eating out of routine and not out of hunger, we are no longer consciously eating. Therefore, we are likely eating more than we need. I started to wonder: Am I really hungry for that whole bowl, or do I just need half a bowl? Read more about Ms. Levine’s tips on NutritionBite.com and look for her new online Eating Reset Program.

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr. and Kim Kardashian. These are just FitBlogHarleyAndIsome of celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak’s clientele. Harley is a world-renown fitness and nutrition expert as well as author to books like the The 5-Factor World Diet and his latest, The Body Reset Diet. Harley’s tips are simple and proven through solid research and statistics. He says bootcamps and push-ups are out and functional, moderate-intensity workouts are in. His opinion is that bootcamps are ripe for injury and provide no long-term effects to losing body fat. Push-ups, he says, are pointless due to the fact that we already overwork our anterior deltoid (front part of your shoulder), biceps and pectoral muscles (chest) day-to-day by sitting at a desk, driving, etc.

And when asked about the latest juicing phase, he laughed. He reminded us that one orange has 80 calories and then held up his eight-ounce water bottle. “How many oranges do you think you’d have to squeeze to fill this?” We nodded upon the realization that it would take up to nine oranges, or essentially 720 calories worth of sugar to fill that bottle. He says juices are calorie-laden and provide little to no protein, fiber or essential fats. What to do instead? Eat your calories and work in one of his filling and nutrient-dense shakes. Pick up one of his current books or read about his tips on his People magazine blog to learn more.

About the Author: Lisa Payne

If this Cheeky girl could write and work out at the same time, she would! A self-proclaimed multi-tasker, Lisa began teaching fitness classes and personal training while getting her MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.