9 Eating tips that will help you get the Weight off

9 Eating tips that will help you get the Weight off

Nutrition is usually a hot topic when I have conversations with my Personal Training clients.   Often times people think that it is the consumption of fat that makes it hard for us to manage our weight.   Although this may be true, I spend a lot of time explaining to my weight loss clients that it’s the hidden things within some foods that make it nearly impossible to lose weight.  The old saying, “what you don’t know can hurt you”, is true in this instance.  I decided to write out some eating tips of things to stay away from to help accelerate your weight loss efforts.

1. If you don’t know what it is, or you can’t pronounce it, then you probably shouldn’t eat it.  If you don’t recognize the ingredient, your body won’t either.

2. Don’t eat any foods that have more than seven ingredients in it.  When you eat foods that have tons of ingredients in them, the majority of the time those extra ingredients are fillers.  These fillers will cause inflammation throughout the body and have you feeling bloated.


3. Put down the Microwavable dinners and Canned foods (with the exception of tuna fish) because they have preservatives in them that make it extremely hard for anyone to lose weight.  You would be better off placing your meals in an air tight Tupperware container or storing them in zip lock bags for future use.

4. Read what you eat!  If it’s going inside of your body, you should know what it is.  Read all of your nutrition labels.  Foods that have a suffix of “ose” mean that it has a high amount of unnatural sugar.  Stay away from these extra sugars.

5. Remove any foods with high fructose corn syrup in it.  This is also sugar by disguise.  The reason why you want to stay away from extra sugar is because sugar that the body can not turn into energy and fuel will be converted into fat.


6. Avoid Genetically Modified Organisms also known as GMO’s.  Although there aren’t any clear cut links that connect GMO’s to chronic diseases, there is an increasing number of studies from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine that are revealing GMO’s to be connected to food allergies, disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, and digestive problems.

7. Eliminate soda from your diet, and replace it with water and tea.  Studies have shown that two people having similar eating habits, with the same activity level and all conditions being equal that the one person that gives up soda for one year stands to lose as much as 25 pounds.

8. Stay away from Monosodium glutamate also known as MSG.   Some experts believe that the continuous ingestion of MSG can cause excessive weight gain, diabetes, adrenal gland malfunction, seizures, high blood pressure, stroke and other health problems.  MSG can be found in most Chinese food.

9. Substitute your canned foods with fresh foods and frozen foods.    Canned foods have low level food quality, preservatives, and aluminum leaks.   These things will not help to develop a functioning body that is able to manage its own weight.

If your goal is to pursue a healthy life and to lose weight, then it is important to eat the right foods.  Eating foods that are natural, fresh and without additives and preservatives is the best way to manage your weight, and to live an active life style.   When in doubt, just keep it FRESH!



Maxim Nazaire is a Wellness Expert who specializes in  injury rehabilitation double digit weight loss, and running performance.  Nazaire is the owner and Head trainer of Fit2DMax – Roswell, GA Personal Trainer which is a Personal training company with locations in Roswell, GA as well as Atlanta, GA.    He is the author of two critically-acclaimed books including his latest book, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wellness.  Maxim has been featured on CNN Headline News Health as their go to health contributor where he shares his philosophy on wellness with television viewers all over the world.   Max enjoys sports, poetry, and volunteering at his church in the young men’s ministry.  He is married to his beautiful wife Danay Nazaire and currently reside in Atlanta, GA.


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Exotic Smoothies - Roswell GA Personal Training

Are Smoothies Making Me Fat?

Are Smoothies Making Me Fat?

Are smoothies really good for you?


Are smoothies actually good for us?  Will smoothies help me with my weight loss goals?  It really depends on how you use smoothies.  I remember one particular instance a few years back when one of my clients was upset about her weigh in.  One of the major catalyst for weight loss is your nutrition and what an individual eats.  I make it a point to provide guidance to my clients and steer them towards foods that they can eat and enjoy while losing weight at the same time.  I knew that this particular client was active, so the first question I asked was, “How is your nutrition coming along?”  She said that her eating habits have improved.  One of the biggest changes that she made was adding more smoothie drinks to her daily food habits.


At the time, it sounded good to me.  On the surface, it seemed like everything was going well.  I then asked, “What are you adding in your smoothies?”  She ran down a list which included rice milk, strawberries, orange juice, apples, yogurt and bananas.  When you look at the list, initially it sounds like she is doing the right thing.  By most standards, those are all healthy foods.  When we were able to look at the list again, I realized why she gained weight rather than lost weight.  If you look at the list of foods that were in her smoothie, they were all glucose based.  In other words, they were all carbohydrates.  Her daily dose of high amounts of sugar is what led to the weight gain.


The question that I asked in the beginning of this post was, Are Smoothies making me fat?  The answer is yes they can if you don’t place the right amount of ingredients in them.  Carbohydrates are primary sources of energy. Carbs are a good thing.  The challenge for a person who is on a weight loss journey is that an excess amount of carbs will be converted to fat if the carbs are not being utilized through exercise.  Storing fat is the last thing that a person wants to do if they are losing weight.   Now I am not saying that blending smoothies, juicing fruits and making protein shakes are bad.  I’m actually a big smoothie fan, as I use them for my personal health. Smoothies are a great way to boost your health. We just have to use them the right way by adding good things in them.  Here are some pro’s and con’s for smoothies.


Smoothie benefits

-excellent way to get your nutrients in


-people who are resistant to having breakfast can use a smoothie as a meal replacement

-cooking can extract key nutrients from the food while drinking it will ensure that you are able to get them all in.


The drawback to sugar loaded smoothies

-elevates insulin levels (sugar)

-because you are drinking the calories, it makes it easier to pack in more calories at a time

-most smoothies have too much sugar because people would rather blend fruits as opposed to vegetables


Here are some quick tips to make a better smoothie.


  1. If your smoothie has more than eight ingredients in it, you’re probably doing too much.
  2. The idea of more is better is simply not true.   Keep your smoothie simple
  3. Use one fruit like an apple to mask the taste of a vegetable that you may not like to eat on a normal basis.
  4. Since most of us don’t eat a lot of vegetables, it is important to add green vegetables into our smoothies whenever you can.


Get the biggest bang out of your smoothie by adding these:

  • Blueberries are one of the best fruits to use for your smoothie because it is so high in antioxidants
  • Chia seeds are a good source of several B Vitamins which can help in energy production.
  • Flax seed are rich in Omega-3’s and can help reduce inflammation
  • Nuts are packed with protein and have unsaturated fats which are the healthy kind of fat that aids in the functionality of the heart.


Here’s one of my favorite smoothie recipes


Purple Power Protein Punch


1 generous handful of spinach

1 cup of frozen blueberries

1 scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder

1 cup of Almond milk or 1 Cup of water if you want to reduce calories


When it comes to healthy eating and healthy living, smoothies can be your great benefit or an additional obstacle.  Make sure that you put the right things in the mix and you will be on your way to the good and healthy life.  I shared my personal smoothie recipe, so if you have some smoothie recipes that are working for you, please share so that we can encourage folks to live healthy and active lifestyles.



Wellness Expert Maxim Nazaire is a Personal Trainer in the Roswell, GA and metro Atlanta area.  He specializes in double digit weight loss, injury rehabilitation and athletic/human performance.  He is the author of two critically-acclaimed books including his latest book, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wellness.  Nazaire is a graduate of the School of Health Science and Public Health at Stony Brook University in New York.  He is also Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds the honor of Level 1 Coach from the United States Track and Field Association (USATF).  Maxim has been featured on CNN Headline News Health as their go to health contributor where he shares his philosophy on wellness with television viewers all over the world.   Nazaire is a highly sought after motivational speaker, captivating audiences from every walk of life. He is married to his wife Danay Nazaire and currently reside in Atlanta, GA.