Trying to Save Money? Don’t Skip Your Workouts






Trying to save money, you know that sometimes you have to get a little creative to cut your monthly bills. Limiting your latte habit is one way to tighten your budget, and you might even consider cancelling your current exercise plan.

But according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, you might want to think twice before cutting back on your workouts in an attempt to save some dough. Not exercising could end up costing you a lot of money in the long run.

Researchers analyzed the 2012 results from the annual Medical Expenditure Panel Survey that surveyed 38,974 men and women to see if there was a connection between inactivity and spend on health care. For the purposes of this study, researchers excluded the data from individuals younger than 18 as well as those who were underweight, pregnant, or able to walk up fewer than 10 steps.

They then sorted the data of the remaining 26,239 individuals into two groups: those answered yes to the survey question “do you currently spend half hour or more in moderate to vigorous physical activity, at least five times a week?” and those who answered no.







































Individuals were also classified based on their level of cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cardiovascular modifiable risk factor (CRF). Those with three or more CRFs were profiled as “poor” and those with two were profiled “average.” Those with one or no risk factors were profiled as “optimal.”

Even after adjusting for covariates (demographics, insurance type, socioeconomic status, etc.) the researchers found that the largest average difference in how much someone spent each year on health costs was between those who had CVD and nonoptimal physical activity levels and those with optimal CRF and optimal physical activity levels.

Those with CVD and non-optimal physical activity levels spent an adjusted average of $9,419 more every year ($12,659 vs. $3,240). The average adjusted difference in spending between who had CVD and optimal physical activity levels and those who had CVD and nonoptimal physical activity levels was $2,500. (You might have seen that number flying around the interwebs.)

The study also noticed a significant cost savings between individuals who had optimal CRF and optimal levels of physical activity and those who weren’t as physically active. The savings there? $493.

Since this was an associational study, it can’t confirm that regular exercise causes someone to spend less on health care, it only shows that the two are linked. Still, the numbers suggest that adding regular physical activity to your routine should pay off.

For overall cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association recommends“at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 minutes or at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes; or a combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.” For additional health benefits they suggest adding “moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week.”

Looking for an alternative to walking or running, and still don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a gym membership? Check out Beachbody On Demand, which offers tons of beginner, intermediate, and advanced workouts for less than $13 a month!


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Transformation Tuesday: Mynor M.



Mynor Mendoza lost 106 lbs. with INSANITY MAX:30 and Body Beast. He entered his results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for November 14th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was sad, depressed, disgusted with myself and the way I looked and felt, angry, unfulfilled, sick, and tired. I was eating out three to four times a day due to three jobs and having no time.


What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was really sick, pre-diabetic, and had low energy levels. I wasn’t living; I was just existing and going through the motions of life. So I decided I wanted to take my life back into my own hands.


What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I felt useless, old, and worried. Doctors said I would need steroid injections in my spine for the rest of my life to make the pain tolerable or to get surgery on my back to relieve the issue.3 I was only 30 years old; how can I be suffering from these problems?


What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked that it was only 30 minutes and it had the modifier tracker to allow me to do easier moves before I could tackle the advanced ones.


Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I entered a transformation show with the WBFF and won, which qualified me for the world championships. I was so excited.




How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am proud of myself. I am confident in myself. I have more energy. I’m not shying away from the camera. I smile in pictures. I look forward to life; I don’t avoid it anymore. I am just so darn happy, I can’t explain it.

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I wasn’t aware of it. However, I thank Joshua for getting me going and keeping me going on the program. Once I started lifting weights, he introduced me to THE BEAST so I could build up my muscles.

How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
He was there working out with me almost every day. When I wanted to give up, he didn’t let me. He showed me modified moves when I couldn’t do it. He changed his work schedule to allow him to work out with me at night. I thank him for getting me where I am now.

How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program (such as Shakeology or Beachbody Ultimate Reset) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, or digestion/regularity?
I took Shakeology for the first two months, and it helped me get going. I felt a lot more energetic.2

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes. What program are you committing to next?


Results vary depending on starting point and effort.

3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.
2These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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My Review: The Girl On The Train



The Girl On The Train is about a divorced woman that just commutes to Manhattan and gets involved in a missing woman investigation in this "What really happened" film.

This movie is an adaptation from the book by the same name by Paula Hawkins (No relation to me, lol) and stars a very talented cast that includes Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans and Allison Janney, all of them delivering strong performances. I didn't love this movie, but I did like it, and why you may ask? Well, it’s that I have seen this before in Gone Girl with Ben Affleck, Unfaithful with Richard Gere, Perfect Stranger with Halle Berry to name a few. So there was no creativity here.

The Girl On the Train started off very slow that I almost walked out. The real fight was trying to stay through the end of the movie. It seemed a little confusing at first with the back and forth puzzle-like style, but managed to pick up halfway through the film. I wish it had a faster pace at piecing together what happened. I know I am not the only one that gets bored easily with long drawn out movies, it is a hard task to accomplish in films, television shows can pull it off, but extremely rare in films. Yes there is a twist at the end but some people may figure it out before. Yes I made ‘til the end and yes it did have a nice wrap up, but not shocking… at least to me. Maybe I shouldn't have seen this after watching the season finale of How To Get Away With Murder which was a nail biting mid-season episode that left me in shock. Talk about nailing puzzle-like style plot.

I really love the cast and it’s what kept me in ‘til the end. Luke Evans never disappoints he has gives an outstanding performance in everything I have seen him in. Emily Blunt is a force in this film and proved to have star quality, she has become a favorite ever since I seen her in Devil Wears Prada. I should do a review on that film.

I recommend waiting for this film to come to cable, Netflix or DVD. I found it wasn’t worth the price of admission as it lacked creativity. I haven’t read the book, so it could be The Girl On The Train got lost in translation. Anyway has anyone else seen The Girl On The Train? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to comment below.

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Survivng Thanksgiving Without Gaining Weight



From the fat-laden gravy to the creamy pumpkin pie, even looking at the Thanksgiving dinner table is enough to make you loosen your belt a few notches. Then, there’s the competition: Who’s going to get the turkey leg or lay claim to the most mashed potatoes? Who’s going to finish fast enough to be the first one back for seconds? I know I’m not the only one who has experienced a “get-your-hands-off-my-dinner-roll” moment during Thanksgiving.

Considering all of that, it’s no shock that the average American consumes about 4,500 calories and up to 229 grams of fat1 on Thanksgiving! So, how can you stop yourself from gaining more than a pound in a day? Here are nine tips you can lean on for this holiday season, so the bird is the only one stuffed at the end of the day.

How to Not Gain Weight Over Thanksgiving

1. Get a good head start. Start your day with a healthy breakfast, such as two eggs and whole-grain toast and a side of mixed greens, or any combination that’s high in protein and fiber.2 This will create a foundation of satiety and make you less likely to inhale the appetizers. Since you won’t be starving, you’ll be able to more likely to enjoy the main meal in moderation!

2. Don’t go overboard on appetizers. It’s easy to consume 1,500 calories before the turkey even hits the table. Instead of skipping the baked brie altogether, fill most of your plate with vegetables and healthier choices, then leave just a little room for a taste of the indulgent snack. An average serving of dip or cheese is one ounce, roughly the size of your two thumbs.3

3. Trick your brain. The average plate is 14 inches wide, and we tend to finish 98 percent of the food on our plate.4 No wonder it’s easy to eat too much on Thanksgiving. To trick your brain into thinking you’ve eaten enough, use a smaller plate and/or fill half a normal plate with salad. (Just go easy on the dressing.)

4. Enjoy your favorites. One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the memories and traditions of the day. Don’t limit yourself from enjoying your favorite dishes, but only have a small scoop of those that are less healthy. According to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of the Food and Brand Lab at the University of Illinois, it only takes four bites for your nostalgia of a food to reach its peak.5

5. Try some new recipes! 21 Day Fix-creator Autumn Calabrese and her brother, chef Bobby Calabrese have put together an incredible menu of Fix-approved Thanksgiving recipes for their new cooking show FIXATE that are healthy versions of your favorites. From Green Bean Casserole and Cranberry Sauce to stuffing and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, they’ve got you covered. Check out FIXATE here!



6. Get a better bird. Most Thanksgiving turkeys are about as succulent as woodchips. No wonder we cover them up with gravy, cranberry sauce, or stuffing. Instead, find a recipe that results in a more flavorful turkey, or cook a different protein — ham, fish, or chicken — that you’ll enjoy on its own, and have only moderate portions of the heavy sides. If you’re not hosting, consider skipping the bird altogether if you feel the need to smother it in sauce.
7. Improve traditions. Hosting? Take some of the pressure off yourself and ask guests to bring a healthy side dish or dessert. If you think they might be stumped, you could even provide them with a list of healthy side dishes they could make. Going to someone else’s home? Bring a healthy side dish of your own! They’ll appreciate it way more than the gift of cellulite.
8. Don’t get drunk. Limit yourself to one drink before or during dinner and one drink after dinner. Drinking too much alcohol can increase your craving for salt and may set you up to eat 30 percent more than you intended.6 Get drunk at dinner and all your inhibitions will be down by the time dessert comes. Two pieces of pie, a couple of cookies, a scoop of ice cream later… and you’ll need a forklift to get you off the couch and a cab to take you home. Don’t be that person.
9. Forgive yourself. Did you read this and still overeat? Don’t keep slipping down the slope. Get up and encourage someone to take a walk with you. If it’s too cold for a walk, break out a game of Twister or fire up the Wii or Xbox! Getting moving will ease some of your guilt and also start the digestion process.7
10. Remember why you’re there. Between the football game and your sister’s amazing pumpkin pie, take a moment to pause and reflect on what you’re thankful for this year. As tasty as the dishes are, nothing compares to the people we share it with.


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All About The Skillet



While the cast-iron skillet may seem like the much heavier, more cumbersome great-grandpa of your
high-tech, non-stick cookware, it’s time to give this magical workhorse its due.
Check out the benefits of using cast-iron cookware, plus ways to keep your skillet looking great and producing delicious steaks, roasted veggies, healthy desserts, and more for decades.

Cast-iron Skillets May Be Good for You

Rather than relying on a chemical coating like Teflon to keep your food from sticking to the pan, cast-iron’s non-stick technology is food-based. Cooking oils and other fats from the food you cook build up, creating a natural non-stick coating, also known as the “seasoning.” (More on that in a bit).
“Cooking with cast-iron allows you to have a natural non-stick surface so you can cook with less oil,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, a registered dietitian and author.
In fact, there may actually be a health benefit to this cookware that’s right in the name: Several studies suggest that cooking food in a cast-iron skillet can increase the food’s iron content. (But obviously, eating whole foods rich in iron is probably an easier way to get this crucial mineral into your diet!)

You Can Pass Them on to Your Kids (and Grandkids)

Compared to other cookware, cast iron is relatively inexpensive; a 12-inch cast-iron skillet will run you around $30. But that’s $30 well-spent: According to Lodge Manufacturing, which has been making cast-iron cookware for more than a century, cast-iron pans can last 100 years or more. Non-stick pans, on the other hand, can’t be repaired once the coating gets scratched or starts to peel or flake.


Cast-iron Can Multi-task Like a Pro

Cast-iron skillets and Dutch ovens (a deep, lidded cast-iron pot) are at home on any heat source: stovetop, oven, backyard grill, even over a campfire. And because it’s so versatile, cooking with cast iron means fewer pots and pans to wash. (Win!)
A cast-iron skillet can also double as a chafing dish, so you can end the reign of lukewarm/cold food sitting in serving dishes. When cast iron gets hot, it stays blazingly hot, so you can pop that pot or pan right on your dinner table. Bonus? Many cast-iron cookware lines have enameled exteriors in an array of Instagram-ready colors.

How to Season a Cast-Iron Skillet

The “seasoning” is actually the natural non-stick coating created by baking cooking oil onto cast iron at a high temperature. Many cast-iron items come pre-seasoned, but if food sticks to the surface or you notice a dull, gray finish, it’s a good idea to re-season. Here are some easy tips for seasoning your skillet:

1. Heat your oven to 325°F. Position one rack in the center position, and another rack below.
2. Wash the pan thoroughly with soap and a sponge or brush. Rinse.
3. Dry the pan thoroughly with towels or place over a lit burner or in a hot oven for several minutes. Allow the pan to cool for safe handling.
4. Pour about a tablespoon of oil into the pan (any cooking oil will do) and use a clean cloth or paper towel to spread it around the entire inner and outer surface of the pan, even the handle.
5. Place the pan upside down on the oven’s top rack, and place a sheet pan or aluminum foil on the rack below to catch any drips.
6. Leave the pan in the oven for an hour and then turn off the oven. Let the pan cool completely in the oven before removing.

How to Clean Your Cast Iron

1. Clean cast iron while it is still warm.
2. Dry pans thoroughly.
3. Oil your pans after drying to prevent rust.
4. Don’t leave your pans to soak in water. And never wash them in the dishwasher.

If you’re new to cast-iron cookware, give it a go with an 8- or 9-inch skillet and see what you think before investing in bigger, pricier items.



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Transformation Tuesday: Jeremiah P.



Jeremiah P lost 23 lbs. with The Master’s Hammer and ChiselShakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. He entered his results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for October 28th!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I have always been active and have done INSANITY and P90X. Life has been good, and I approached the previous holiday season without a care. As I have aged, I started to gain a few pounds every year. So when I tipped the scale at the heaviest weight of my life at 254 pounds, a number that can also be described as one-eighth of a ton, I decided I needed a change. I was finding it hard to stay active and noticed that all my clothes were tight and not in the right way.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was ready for a change. A co-worker lost 10 pounds, and I remembered that it had been years since I had dropped weight. I wanted to wake up feeling better, and I wanted to surf better. There’s nothing worse than struggling in your favorite sport or activity, so I decided to commit and knew I would succeed. I saw a post that said, “You can’t outrun a bad diet.” I had seen 21 Day Fix and the portion-control system seemed interesting. Trying out a new system was motivating for me. I have had previous success with P90X and INSANITY. Tony and Shaun T are awesome trainers, and their programs got me back into and kept me in shape before. However, when regular workouts no longer kept the pounds away, I knew that it was time for a change.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
No portion control, a bad diet, and late-night snacking had made me grow in all the wrong ways. I was completely undisciplined and struggled to dial in a healthy diet. Working out a lot was no problem, but as I neared 40, my metabolism had definitely slowed way down. The program was perfect, all the foods you can eat, just in the right portions. Honestly, it helped me focus on better choices and smart meal preparation. Always have something simple and clean to eat when you’re tired or on-the-go. One of the best things I did this time was track portions. I wasn’t perfect through Round One, but I saw the best progress in several years. I really can’t compliment Autumn’s system enough.



What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The Master’s Hammer and Chisel has great routines, but it is really Autumn’s portion-control system that made the motivation and dramatic change to my approach to fitness, and the results showed. The workouts are fun and challenging, and the eight weeks flew by. I was so stoked on the program that I jumped right into Round Two.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
This time I was most impressed with how my eating habits changed. I look at food differently and eat a lot more combinations of vegetables with fewer carbs. My energy levels feel better since I feel much lighter. By keeping track of my meals, I would often look at them in the evening to make the right dinner choices and to stay away from unnecessary calories.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I’m much more inclined to push harder on my nutrition than my weights. I learned about the portions my body needs to be fueled well enough to work out every day yet shed pounds on a steady pace over time. I’m surfing better, my clothes are loose, and every morning I wake up eager to knock out a workout and then complete six sets of healthy eating. I still indulge, but I actually have far fewer cravings than I did before I started. Now, with four Beachbody programs to choose from and the portion-control system, I’m going to see how far I can take my results. I’ve never been more motivated to do better than my last round of a program.

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes. What program are you committing to next?


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Now Available: Core De Force


People that know me, know how much I love teaching my J.A.B Cardio Kickboxing classes! I also teach Insanity. I have been teaching for close to 30 years and still love what I do! I was so excited about this launch because style is close to my heart. Today's the day! CORE DE FORCE Challenge Packs are NOW ON SALE with the new Digital CORE DE FORCE and Shakeology Challenge Pack live on #BOD! Base and Deluxe kits launched as well. Be one of the first to purchase and share if you're excited for the launch of this explosive, new program!

She's a former Reebok-sponsored fitness model with an infectious personality. He's a former Marketing Director for Gold's Gym and a true fitness pioneer.

Say hello to your new, internationally recognized Super Trainers, Joel and Jericho. Look familiar? They should. Joel and Jericho spent years as Master Trainers for Les Mills and educated thousands of new instructors around the world.

You'll be seeing a lot more of these two. In February, they launched their first #BOD Exclusives; Joel's "8x8" is a high-energy, total-body workout and Jericho's "Half & Half" is a relentless cardio workout fused with yoga.

So, what are their favorite workouts? What do they do on their rest days? Joel and Jericho give us an exclusive peek inside their personal and professional lives.



HOW DID YOU BECOME A FITNESS TRAINER?

"I started as a front desk associate for the prestigious Gold's Gym. Over the years of personal training and teaching group exercise classes, I realized my passion is to inspire others to accomplish their personal fitness goals."
- Joel

"I started teaching dance classes my freshman year in college. Before I knew it, I was certified in multiple formats and training clients. Almost 10 years later, I'm working on the biggest projects of my career with Beachbody!"
- Jericho

OUR COACHES LOVE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS… DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITES?

"'Start with Why' by Simon Sinek."
- Jericho

WHAT'S YOUR GO-TO REST DAY ACTIVITY?

"Golf. I've been golfing since I was eight and am always ready for a round or two!"
- Joel

"A good hike or a day at the beach!"
- Jericho

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT?

"My "8x8" weightlifting workout, consisting of 8 different exercises at 8 reps each. For cardio, it's a quick "HIIT" with my favorite boxing and plyometric exercises."
- Joel

"It depends on my mood. If I need to blow off steam or want to work hard, I'll do HIIT cardio or put on my gloves and smash the bags. I also always love to dance."
- Jericho

WHAT CAN YOU BE FOUND DOING ON WEEKENDS?

"Catching up on laundry and sleep!"
- Joel

"Grocery shopping, meal prepping and lots of laundry. I love to stay active so I take trips to the beach and enjoy outdoor activities whenever possible."
- Jericho

HOW DO YOU PUSH THROUGH FITNESS PLATEAUS OR ROADBLOCKS?

"Having a short-term goal makes it easier to keep moving forward. I work towards an event, a vacation, or just take it 30 days at a time."
- Joel

"I usually perform best when the heat is on. Staying positive is key, as well as reminding myself that embracing challenges always makes me grow."
- Jericho

TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR EXCLUSIVE BOD WORKOUTS…

"My "8x8" strength training workout is a 25-minute butt-whooper! It allows everyone to go towards the heavier side of their lifting threshold, thanks to the lower reps."
- Joel

"Half and half is an awesome mix of half Cardio and half Yoga. I love it because no equipment is needed and all fitness levels are welcome."
- Jericho

WHAT'S YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?

"Adapting to change. I enjoy new challenges and use them as opportunities to evolve and better myself."
- Joel

"Being a mom. It's brought a new dimension of love and purpose in my life!"
- Jericho




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Transformation Tuesday: Jessica W.




Jessica W lost 74 lbs. with FOCUS T25INSANITY MAX:30The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, and Shakeology. She entered her results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for October 31st!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I felt like I needed to do my best to get healthy for my son. I felt that if he fought through the impossibles of making it through, I knew I could as well. He never gave up so why should I?

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was six months pregnant and I ended up having severe preeclampsia.1 I had my son three months early. He was only 1 lb. 7 oz. I gained over 60 pounds of water weight and felt so uncomfortable. I ended up with severe postpartum depression.2 I knew I had to change, not only for me but for my son. He fought so hard to be here today, and I knew if he had the strength, I had it in myself. I started my journey back on September 2013. I ended up seeing FOCUS T25 on the TV and thought, “You know, 25 minutes a day could work with having to get to the NICU for most of my day.” So I completed that program and fell in love with Shakeology. I then completed my second round of MAX:30 and now completed The Master’s Hammer and Chisel. Shaun T changed my life! I am so confident and have more strength and endurance than before my son! I am 10 months in Coaching and love every aspect of helping others and myself! I am now down 74 pounds and over 65 inches overall on my body! I feel so confident and am now off blood pressure medication!3

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
My greatest challenge is knowing impossible is nothing! I am doing workouts I never could do even before I had my son. It has helped me overcome my fear of the unknown of what I am capable of doing. I never imagined being here today and doing these workouts as how I am now! I feel confident and am embracing my imperfections of what preeclampsia did to my body!1


















































What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved INSANITY MAX:30, and I feel it really tests your mind and body. I have learned that it’s not all physical, it’s also mental. It really has tested my limits. I am able to do one-handed burpees. It’s progress, not perfection!

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I feel leaner, confident, and on top of the world! I feel like it has tested me mentally and really has made me push through the ‘I can’ts.’ Shakeology, and the three programs I completed, made it possible to lose weight when I was told I may never for my condition! I learned not to give up and that slow and steady wins the race!

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I feel overall self-worth and determination. I dropped 20 inches from Hammer and Chisel! I can do burpees like no other now! This has really helped me push to the extremes that I wasn’t capable of before. I feel leaner and more toned throughout my whole body. I feel like I can keep up with my son. I can even run up our stairs and not be out of breath! The best part is I am down a pant size and shirt size!

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I didn’t. I just kept myself accountable and motivated through being the best Coach I possibly could and showing the real me through this whole journey of my weight loss!

How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
She has always had encouraging words to say. She is always there and gives me the drive when I have none at times. Without her, I wouldn’t be standing here with such confidence in myself!

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes. What program are you committing to next?

Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
1Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.
2Always consult with your physician before commencing any fitness program or nutritional product if you are pregnant or postpartum.
3Consult your physician before discontinuing or altering any prescribed medication.


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Would You Try Hypnosis for Weight Loss?



The greasy chips are calling again. Or is it gelato this time?

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if there was a way you could alter your mindset to improve your willpower and curb cravings? Proponents of hypnosis say there is some reason to believe that it may be helpful. So, you are about to get very, very sleepy…

The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) describes hypnosis as a “state of inner absorption… when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully.” In other words, a relaxed mind is one that’s more open to suggestions for change.



While you may avoid getting hypnotized for fear of giving up total control, know that a hypnotized person is not asleep, is aware of what’s going on at all times, and cannot be forced to do something he does not want to do!   

An older study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, found that people who were hypnotized — in addition to behavioral changes like talk therapy — lost weight and were able to keep it off for at least two years. (Those in the behavioral-only group also lost weight, but didn’t do as good as job at maintaining it.)   

A study from Penn State uses hypnosis as a tool to better understand the brain, including its response to pain and to appetite. An older study  from the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that women who were hypnotized for weight loss shed an average of 17 pounds within 6 months, compared to a mere half a pound in the control group.

Would You Try Hypnosis to Curb Food Cravings? 

It’s worth noting that these studies are fairly old (from the 1980s) but that doesn’tnecessarily mean that hypnosis for weight loss is bunk: “It’s hard to do good [clinical] research on this because it has to be hypnosis versus a placebo, or hypnosis versus a diet pill… and even regular [talk] therapy would probably be somewhat effective,” says Sera Lavelle, Ph.D, a NYC-based clinical psychologist and certified hypnotist. (She says she’s seen very positive results with hypnosis and depression and eating disorders.”)

She’s not alone. A number of credible mental health professionals — including licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists — have begun incorporating hypnosis into their practice. It’s currently offered at the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and other reputable institutions around the country.

Getting Hypnotized is Like Living in a Deep Daydream

When you are under, “it’s a heightened state of relaxation that helps you get more in touch with your unconscious,” she explains. She says the term “hypnosis” may mean different things to different people, but it generally entails becoming fully relaxed by entering a trance-like state, then listening to a hypnotist as he or she speaks in a monotone, calming voice.

The basis of those suggestions must come from you, though a hypnotist should work with you to craft responses that are appropriate, says Lavelle. She says people often hope she can hypnotize them to never desire sweets or to turn off their appetite, but she doesn’t recommend focusing on those types of goals.

Instead, she finds it’s more effective to focus on becoming more aware of what your bodyneeds. Most people are ambivalent,” explains Lavelle. They think they want to keep eating how they’re eating but they also lose weight.
Everyone wants the magic bullet.

“Then I ask them if, in a magical world, they could binge and not gain weight, would they be happy with that? Everyone says no, because it still won’t feel good,” she says. Lavelle notes that other practitioners might use slightly different methods, but her primary aim in hypnosis sessions for weight loss and food cravings is to help clients learn how to focus on the signals of satiation.



Here’s What to Expect When You Get Hypnotized 

To understand how hypnosis works, it helps to start with what it’s not.

Despite what you might have seen during an entertaining performance in Las Vegas or on TV, a hypnotized person is not a zombie. A hypnotist doesn’t have the power to make you cluck like a chicken, rob a bank, or do anything else that’s completely out of character.

There’s a big range in terms of how many sessions you’ll need, what it will cost, and what, exactly, a session will involve. Lavelle’s appointments usually last an hour, with the first half spent discussing the problems at hand.

She’s found that some people only need a single session to see results, while others may need 5–10 sessions, in addition to other treatments such as talk therapy. She’s also quick to point out that hypnosis is not a cure-all, and that tweaking your mindset is only part of the puzzle when it comes to weight loss and eating healthier.

”Most of my clients know exactly what they should be doing; they just need help doing it,” she says, adding that she tends to be a patient’s “last resort” after they’ve already tried numerous diets. And it can’t hurt.

To find a credible hypnotist near you, visit the ASCH website.




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Transformation Tuesday Matt S.


Matt S lost 80 lbs. with 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. He entered his results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I have been a big guy all my life. I have tried diet after diet and even pills to help me lose weight, and nothing worked. I found the 21 Day Fix program on TV one day, and a couple of people at work were wanting to start so I joined them. I hated the way I looked and how clothes never fit right. I always tried to hide how big I was. I never took my shirt off when swimming, because I was disgusted with how I looked and didn’t want others to see it. I was wanting a change for a long time. It was really hard to post pictures of my “before” and “after.” I never took my shirt off in front of people before my weight loss. It was because of reaching this goal that I felt comfortable in showing it off. It is a big deal!
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was inspired by looking and being jealous of other guys who were skinny. I wanted to be like them and couldn’t get that way for a long time. I have been amazed at how the weight has come off and so easily. Also, I have been pre-hypertension for blood pressure and did not want to start taking pills for that. My results have taken me out of pre-hypertension.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge was figuring out what to eat daily. With 21 Day Fix, I have been able to figure out what my body needs to fuel itself. Once I added the exercise and the eating, the weight came off. I love the fact that I can work out in the comfort of my home, and that the program has taught me to eat healthier. This has changed how I will eat for the rest of my life. This is not a fad diet I am on; it has truly changed everything for me.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I love the portion-control containers that came with 21 Day Fix, as well as the exercises. I love that it has taught me how to eat and that I can do the workouts in the comfort of my own home.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have lost 90 lbs. since June 2015! I have never been this weight in my adult life. I can now fit into large shirts, which I have never been able to buy. I was in elementary school when my parents bought that size for me. My biggest achievement is that I have been able to stick to this and continue it for over 10 months. I am now helping others to get healthy.


How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed because I have never been this size in my adult life. My blood pressure has come down, and I just feel great. I have so much more confidence in myself, and people are shocked to see me now. Just being able to go clothes shopping and have the wide selection of all the different styles is a big deal. It is hard for a lot of people to understand that.

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I took the Challenge Group seriously. I used it to my advantage to help me stay accountable. I was able to meet a good group of people who encouraged me during each challenge, and I was able to share what I had done previously. I started my first 21 days on my own. I did pretty well, but then I was introduced to the Challenge Group for support, and I think it helped me stay committed through all the challenges that I have done so far. The Groups helped with the support and accountability by having me show my food each day and share when I exercised.

How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
I started the first 21 days on my own and then was introduced to the Challenge Group and Shakeology for my second round. The Challenge Group helped support me and keep me accountable. Then I was told about the benefits of Shakeology and the opportunity to help others get healthy; I was sold. I needed both of those things to obtain my success, and I wouldn’t have gotten any of that if Julie never talked me into doing it.

How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program (such as Shakeology or Beachbody Ultimate Reset) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, or digestion/regularity?
Like I have said, I did my first 21 days without Shakeology, and I had to really work to stay committed to doing my workouts and eating right. When I started Shakeology on my second round, I found it helped with my energy, appetite, and cravings. I found while drinking the shakes I was able to go to work, come home, cook my meal, and then do my exercises before bed. That first round I had to really push myself into doing each day, and was amazed when after drinking the shake that it wasn’t hard to do with the energy I was getting. It helped that I had been losing weight as well.

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes.


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