Did you know that the average U.S. citizen gains between one and five pounds over Thanksgiving? And they tend to keep that weight, and add even more, after the holiday season. For each pound you gain, you place three pounds of pressure on your heart and lungs. The average American Thanksgiving meal is about 5,000 […]
When you’re trying to shed fat quickly, there are four things to do right away that will make a big difference. These principles are also part of my Zig Zag Meal Plan.
Microgreens are tiny leafed vegetables that are harvested when less than two inches tall. They have remarkably intense flavor and high levels of vitamins and minerals. Pair this salad with a piece of lean meat for an excellent, light meal. Servings: 4
SAM, I am an actress preparing for a role in a feature film. I have been working out with a trainer for the last 2 weeks and started dieting this week but I feel I am at a plateau. Is there anything I can take that would accelerate fat loss before we start shooting? ~Gwyneth It’s highly […]
Bronson and I road tested these 10 recipes all year, and they all pretty much rock. Plus, a hot recipe from “Biggest Loser” chef Devin Alexander.
HEY SAM: I just had a protein bar for breakfast, but I’m still hungry. What should I eat now? ~LaManda, Los Angeles That’s great that you got some protein with breakfast! (Research shows that people who eat a high protein breakfast 30 minutes after waking lose more fat than people who don’t). The reason you are […]
If you want to shed body fat fast, the Zig Zag Express is for you. Of the 3 Zig Zag cycles, this one takes off weight the fastest. Unlike the “Easy Zig Zag” and “Standard Zig Zag” which alternate low and high-carb days, “Zig Zag Express” alternates two low-carb days against one high-carb day—you’ll burn […]
The Zig Zag cycle is the understructure of what I do with every client, because it really works. I’m going to introduce you to the basics of Zig Zagging, and three different Zig Zag plans—Easy, Standard, and Express. What is Zig Zagging? It’s pretty simple: Zig Zagging is a food plan which alternates high-carb and low-carb […]
“Parties are more than just eating and drinking. The whole point of holiday ‘get togethers’ is to see people, not food— so enjoy the social aspect. Forget about eating and drinking, and try ‘being in the moment’ with the people in your life.”
DEAR SAM: What’s the best way to cure a hangover? — Hannah G., London Keep in mind a couple things. The first one is to resist the temptation to use over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, because they can amplify serious side effects from alcohol (ranging from stomach bleeding, liver damage or thinning blood). […]
Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream Serves: 4 servings Ingredients 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 (16-ounce) container strawberries, cleaned and quartered 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons (optional) Directions Put the ricotta cheese, honey and vanilla extract […]
Last week my fitness coach, Sam Page, issued a challenge: “FOR ONE WEEK, I want you to shop for your food every day with a budget of $10 — more or less — and ONLY buy what you will eat that day… and chocolate is required.“ He allowed me one modification — that I shop […]
I’m about to tell you something you won’t see on The Biggest Loser, hear from the pharmaceutical industry, or even many doctors. I’d even bet good money that most personal trainers would not share this simple, yet inconvenient truth. But in my near decade coaching thousands of people, this is one of the incontrovertible facts […]
I DIDN’T EAT TODAY. It was by choice — I wanted a break from my often constant eating and preoccupation with food. Yes, I did the “cleanse” thing. If you talk to my clients or friends, they’ll tell you that I enjoy eating. I preach the consumption of prepared foods: chicken, fish, brown rice, broccoli, […]
In 2006, my blood pressure tested higher than normal and my doctor ordered me off all caffeine. At the moment he issued this edict, I nodded along in happy agreement (maybe it was just the Lexapro?) but the thought bubble over my head went something like: “You doctors just don’t understand how real people live. […]