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Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak Shares His Tips for Losing Weight and Staying Fit

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Harley Pasternak offers his tips on losing weight and staying fit

Harley Pasternak has been training some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood for years. With the release of his latest book, 5 Pounds, we got the chance to ask him for a few of his top tips for losing weight and staying fit! We were also lucky enough to receive 20 copies of his new book that we’ll be giving away. Read on to learn what you can do to start getting fit today, and how to enter to win your copy!

What are a few things Fitbit users can start doing today to help kickstart their weight loss?

Don’t be afraid to get a little less efficient with your day. Park farther away from the entrance to the grocery store. Take your dog around the block rather than just letting her out in the back yard. Take your groceries inside in three trips instead of one. Shovel your walk instead of using a snowblower.

One thing I like to do is to make plans for walking coffees with my friends. And I have an earpiece for my phone so I can make my phone calls while I’m moving.

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How To Pack Your Lunch Like a Health Pro

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Healthy lunch

When it comes to lunch, it can be all too easy to throw a bag of chips and a PB&J into a bag and call it a day. Or to run next door to grab an 800-calorie sub instead. In the mad dash to get out of the house in the morning, adding one more thing to the routine can seem like too much.

But eating a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be such a chore. Here are just a few nutritious substitutions you can make for a hearty, healthy lunch.

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Extreme Fitbit User: Carolyn S.

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We’re constantly amazed by what Fitbit users can accomplish with their trackers. In our Extreme User series, we’ll be highlighting people who went above and beyond their usual goals to accomplish something great.

Carolyn S.: Extreme User

Carolyn became a Fitbit user in March of 2012. While she was already passionate about exercise, she wanted to measure how active she was outside of her workouts as well. Fitbit, she writes, “helps me to understand more so I don’t work out and then sit down… my minimum goal is 17,000 steps a day, which I rarely don’t meet.” 17,000 steps probably sounds like a lot, but Carolyn didn’t even start to consider herself to be athletic until her thirties. And she’s certainly an athlete these days: she runs three Spartan races a year, plus another six or so half-marathons! On top of it all she’s a mom to three young kids, and she thinks of them as she’s getting those steps in. “I want to be a good example for my kids,” she writes, “There’s never a point where you stop – there is never a time when you should stop.”

What really pushed Carolyn into “Extreme User” territory though, was the day she took 86,000 steps in one day. That’s 40 miles! Here’s what she did, in her own words:

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6 Ways to Stay Fit From 9–5

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Fitbit Zip at work

We’ve recently written about ways to fit in your workout, whether you’re hitting the gym or prefer to stay fit from the comfort of home. But even if you’re working out on a regular basis, studies show that sitting for long periods of time can still hurt your health in the long run – and that’s exactly what many of us do five times a week at the office.

But there’s good news! All you have to do to counter-balance the sitting you do throughout the day is to get up every half hour or so. If you’re looking for tips on making standing up a habit, we’ve got you covered with these six tips:

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Fitbit x FitStar: More Ways to Find Your Fit

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Fitbit x FitStar

We’re thrilled to announce that Fitbit has acquired FitStar, one of the largest platforms for delivering personalized video-based exercise experiences on mobile devices! You may know of FitStar from their top-rated personal trainer and yoga apps, which offer tailored exercise program designed specifically for you. FitStar has also partnered with some spectacular fitness experts, such as football legend Tony Gonzalez and yoga expert Tara Stiles.

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50 States, No Excuses: See Which States Are Active All Year Long

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Weather map

At Fitbit we’re all about a little friendly competition, so we were curious to see how the step counts of the 50 states stack up against each other, particularly during the hottest and coldest months of the year.

So we made a map that shows each state’s average step count in both winter and summer. It’s interesting to see who the top steppers are, and how that changes season to season. Here’s what we found:

  • New Yorkers don’t mind a little (or a lot) of snow: they’re the top steppers all year long!
  • California and Hawaii take full advantage of their warm winters by being some of the top steppers for the colder half of the year.
  • Minnesota braves the winter months in spite of sub-freezing temperatures.
  • Arizona takes top honors for consistency. Their summer/winter difference is only 26 steps!

 

If you’re still braving the cold and looking to step it up, check out our cold weather training tips. And let us know how you stay fit when bad weather hits by using the hashtag #NoExcusesFit!

Rocco DiSpirito’s Top Nutrition Tips

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Rocco DiSpirito integrates Fitbit into his new cookbook

We’re just about to wrap up our #CookYourButtOff giveaway, where we’re giving away 25 copies of Rocco DiSpirito’s new book on Twitter! Things are coming to an end tomorrow, but since March is Nutrition Month we managed to ask Rocco for some of his top nutrition tips.

If you aren’t one of the lucky winners of Rocco’s new book, you can also buy a copy now. Every recipe in the book includes a barcode that you can scan with the Fitbit app to automatically add the recipe’s nutritional information to your Fitbit food log. Pretty cool, right?

In the meantime, check out Rocco’s nutrition tips below:

What are your top three nutrition tips?

1. Make eating a conscious process vs an unconscious one. If you are in the habit of craving and indulging, you are an unconscious eater. To eat consciously is like spending money consciously: you evaluate the pros and cons and make a decision that’s good for you vs bad for you. Once you learn the art of impulse control you will begin to make healthier choices.

2. Like that awful boyfriend or girlfriend you finally got rid of after years of tolerating them, toss out all forms of sugar. Disrupt your pantry and throw away anything that is made with added sugar.

3. Give up fast food in a hurry. Choose “better for you” options like cooking for yourself or fresh salad bars so you control what you eat.

What are your favorite healthy things to snack on?

Hazelnuts, dark chocolate, apples, and veggies and hummus!

What are your tips for not overeating?

Eat more food. Eat every three hours. If you eat more frequently you tend to eat less at one sitting. Don’t allow yourself to ever feel hunger.

Rocco DiSpirito Recipe: Soy Spaghetti with Shrimp and Hand-Chopped Pomodoro Sauce

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We’re excited to feature a few recipes from award-winning chef and best-selling author Rocco DiSpirito‘s new book, Cook Your Butt Off!, which includes bar codes for each recipe which can be scanned and automatically added to your Fitbit food log! You can order Rocco DiSpirito’s new book now.

Rocco DiSpirito Spaghetti Recipe

To whip up something delicious, quick, and healthy, try this recipe. I’ve used a very healthy pasta alternative, made from soy, low-calorie boiled shrimp, and red pepper flakes for a metabolism boost. This full-flavored dish will have everyone around the table singing “That’s Amore.”

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Success Story: Kodi S.

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When we hear about Fitbit users who’ve reached their goals, we love to share the news! Today’s success story comes from Kodi S., who surpassed his goals beyond what he even thought possible! You can read previous success stories here

Kodi S

Growing up, I would have never been considered a “natural” athlete, nor an active person. By the age of 26, I had ballooned to over 350 pounds and was at risk for several medical issues, including diabetes and high blood pressure. I knew I had to make a dramatic change to save my life.

Upon moving to a walkable city, I ditched my car and began daily walks, which over time grew in distance and intensity. At my heaviest weight, vigorous activity was not an option. I started with reasonable goals, using a basic pedometer, attempting to reach 10,000 steps (or 5 miles daily).

I began walking 3 miles to work daily, and before I knew it, I was approaching 7,000 steps by 9am, motivating me to push harder. Not only was I reducing my carbon footprint, but walking was something I could faithfully commit to.

 The weight began to fall off, but it wasn’t until I discovered my first Fitbit (Ultra) that I truly found lasting success.

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Heart Healthy Shopping Cart

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Today’s guest post comes from Lauren Slayton, the author of The Little Book of Thin and creator of the Foodtrainers blog.

heart healthy food

February is American Heart Month. Practically daily headlines tell us “a study has found” ________ (insert food) is heart healthy. The most recent example I was asked about was a study on beet juice. While I am not disputing that beet juice can lower blood pressure (in this study with 64 people), no single food is the answer. When clients come in to lower their blood pressure, or have a family history of heart disease, or they simply want their hearts to be healthy, we will discuss multiple foods. Because I only have your attention for a couple of minutes (hopefully) below is my top 10 list for heart healthy foods.

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