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Why Maintenance Phases Are Important for Fat Loss

“Months.” “Years.”  “What feels like forever.” These are the most common responses that I receive when I ask new clients who are seeking fat loss how long they have been working towards that goal. Countless women have shared with me that they have been working towards fat loss for what feels like an eternity. They […]

Your Purpose in Life Is Not Fat Loss

For years, I put my life on hold: all I did was grind away, working towards fat loss. When I say it was all I did, I’m not exaggerating: I didn’t have any hobbies and I avoided doing almost everything that wasn’t centered around fat loss, because I was so nervous that it would interfere […]

Is Being Really Lean Really Worth It?

Asking whether or not being really lean is really worth it — in the fitness industry, no less — might seem like an odd thing to consider, particularly to people for whom “fitness” and “leanness” are almost interchangeable. At the very least, the quest to be “more fit” is often synonymous with “getting leaner,” and in […]

Can You Really Lose Fat and Gain Muscle Simultaneously?

For years, I worked in academic research settings studying the role of exercise on weight loss and weight maintenance. Since weight loss was a primary goal, the most important outcome in these studies was body weight (or what percent of body weight had been lost). Week after week, we coached clients on exercise, diet, and […]

How to Bust Through a Fat Loss Plateau

Fat loss can be one of the most challenging and controversial fitness goals that a woman can set for herself. Especially women who are already relatively lean, for whom losing a little bit more fat can be particularly challenging. While the desire to achieve a certain fat loss goal isn’t necessarily unhealthy, many women turn […]

Are Fat Loss and Feminism Mutually Exclusive?

I identify as a feminist. That is: “A person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I am unafraid of other definitions, often thrown around by folks who are directly threatened by women in power or conditioned to believe we shouldn’t have it. A common question I’m […]

The Hierarchy of Fat Loss

When it comes to fat loss, exercise seems to get a lot of the attention. Often, when a person’s progress stalls, one of the first things they do is increase exercise duration, frequency, or intensity— sometimes all three! While training is important, to bust through plateaus we need to look at four other things first. […]

When More Cardio Is Not The Answer

Note from GGS: The information in this article is intended for individuals seeking body composition change, and is not applicable if your primary focus is to improve your athletic performance, particularly if you’re an endurance athlete. “Should I do more cardio?” Many women are hasty in their decision to do more cardio when they stop […]

The Only Way to Go is Up

“Two-a-day workouts!” “I know! And on, like, 900 calories!” “It’s happening left and right.” “Seriously. It’s an epidemic.” Girls Gone Strong owner, Molly Galbraith, and I were sitting down to eat, and there was an issue so big and so pervasive that was weighing on our minds that we couldn’t even get our plates onto […]

5 Most Efficient Kettlebell Exercises For Fat Loss

If you’re interested in fat loss, it’s normal to hope that there really is a “magic pill” for fat loss. But seriously, come on now—we know better! There are zero magic pills. When it comes down to it, our body shapes and figures are a result of our genetics, the exercises we perform, and the […]