Monthly Archives: November 2015

How to Get Rid of Cellulite

How to Get Rid of Cellulite

Have you ever wondered how to get rid of cellulite? If cellulite has become a problem for you,  you’re not alone. You may consider it unsightly or blame yourself for getting it, but it’s a common problem. In fact, studies have shown that as many as 90 percent of women have cellulite.

Because I’m a weight loss coach for women, women often ask me how to get rid of cellulite. It isn’t easy but it is possible to minimize the appearance of cellulite on your body. If you have cellulite, you should know that it’s nothing to be ashamed of and the first step toward feeling better about it is to love your body right now, no matter what.

Here are a few more facts about cellulite:

  • Even women who are thin, fit, muscular or athletic often notice that they have cellulite.
  • Being overweight or obese does not necessarily increase the likelihood of cellulite, but it is likely to make the divots appear larger and far more noticeable.
  • Genetics is often a factor. If the women in your family have cellulite, you are more prone to having it as well.
  • Cellulite appears lumpy because fat cells are stored right beneath the skin and push through the connective tissue and fascia.

While you may not be able to get rid of cellulite completely, there are some exercises, self-care practices, and foods that can help reduce it. I always say that it’s important to approach your cellulite reduction from a holistic and integrated standpoint.

I recently stopped by the Fox 32 Chicago studio to share some of my favorite tips on how to get rid of cellulite.

  • Lose the fat. The less fat you have on your body, the less noticeable your cellulite will be. It may still be there, but it won’t stand out as much.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink half your bodyweight in ounces and snack on hydrating fruit and veggies, such as watermelon and cucumbers.
  • Brush or scrub your skin in a circular motion to stimulate the lymph.
  • Massage the fascia with a foam roller to increase blood and lymph flow.
  • Integrate proper nutrition into your diet with healthy fats, such as salmon and sunflower seeds.
  • Pump up your exercise by working and stimulating muscles in the affected area.

Want support taking a holistic approach to health, so you can get on track to lose weight and learn to love your body along the way? Join the FREE 21-Day Challenge for a simple but powerful workout plan, an easy-to-follow eating guide, and fun confidence-boosting exercises.

 

How to Do Kneeling Side Leg Circles to Give Your Booty a Lift

Kneeling Side Leg Circles to Give Your Booty a Lift as Demonstrated by Chicago Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour and Jenny Milkowski of Fox 32.

Looking for booty exercises to perk up a flat butt for an overall shapely and toned look? Kneeling side leg circles will work your glutes and help you get the look you want.

As a women’s weight loss coach, many of my private weight loss coaching clients ask me how to not only lose fat but also tone up what they consider problem areas. One of the areas many women feel most self-conscious about is their rear-end. 😉

And while I firmly believe true confidence comes from within, I also recognize that you also want to do what you can to get a firm backside! 😉

The Step It Up With Steph Signature Slimdown DVD includes a 5-minute workout that targets the legs & butt!

Watch the video below as Jenny Milk and I demonstrate kneeling side leg circles.

Want to try it yourself? Here’s how to do one of my favorite butt-lifting exercises–kneeling side leg circles:

  • Begin by kneeling on a mat.
  • Place one hand on the ground and your opposite hand on your hip. For example, start by placing your right hand on the ground and placing your left hand on your left hip.
  • Raise your left leg to hip level and extend it straight out to the side.
  • Keeping your left leg at hip level, make small circles in a clockwise direction.
  • Next, do small circles with your left leg in a counterclockwise direction.
  • Be sure to keep your hips steady throughout this exercise.
  • Now adjust your position to switch legs and repeat the exercise on the other side.
  • I recommend doing 10-15 circles in each direction on each leg.

Try it and let us know what you think!

Want more fun and body-boosting exercises, including a 5-minute legs & butt workout? Grab a copy of the Step It Up with Steph Signature Slimdown DVD.

How Building Your Confidence Can Help You Slim Down This Summer

It’s summertime and around this time of year, many women tell me they feel self-conscious about showing more skin in sleeveless shirts, sundresses, shorts, and bathing suits. Because I’m a weight loss coach for women, women often confide in me that they regret not slimming down before the season started and confess that they simply aren’t confident enough in their bodies to enjoy the beautiful weather and summer festivities.

What I find most unfortunate about women lacking confidence is that it works against them when it comes to reaching their health and fitness goals. It sets them up for riding an emotional rollercoaster of stress eating and they adopt a defeatist attitude.

Here’s what I mean: You may start thinking, ‘Why bother? I’ll never look the way I want to look anyway, so I may as well eat this entire bag of chips and sit on the couch,’ after work instead of eating something nourishing and taking a brisk walk.

When you put yourself down and stress yourself out about your body image, it can affect your body’s ability to naturally shed unwanted weight. Over time, having a negative outlook can impact your overall health.

When you don’t like your body and you don’t feel good about yourself, you don’t treat yourself well. This is why I’m so adamant about supporting women through the emotional side of the weight loss journey.  I encourage you — right now —  to find what you like about yourself first and then build from there.

Recently, I visited Fox 32 Chicago and sat down with Sylvia Perez to share secrets for slimming down this summer. We talked about specific lower-body leg exercises, upper-body arm exercises, and cardio routines. But we also discussed the importance of addressing the emotional side of unwanted weight. Be sure to watch our conversation in the video below.

The bottom line is, you may be able to step up your workouts to tone up your triceps, biceps, legs, and butt this summer. But for lasting results, you’ll have to work on building self-confidence too — it’s just as important as working out and eating well.

Listen, I want you to enjoy the weather, enjoy the body you’re in, and feel good about yourself right now, no matter what. You deserve it! And because I want you to be happier, healthier, more energetic, and even more confident, I encourage you to start making changes now that will help you maintain a more fit body throughout the year and for the rest of your life.

Want support building your self-esteem and getting on track to lose the weight for good and step it up for life? Join the FREE 21-Day Challenge for a simple but powerful workout plan, an easy-to-follow eating guide, and fun confidence-boosting exercises.

Quick Fixes for Summer Health Issues as Featured on Today.com

Chicago weight loss and health coach, Stephanie Mansour, shares advice from top health experts on how to fix common summer health issues in an article for Today.com

Almost everyone loves something about summertime — sunnier days, family vacations, or lazy Saturday afternoons. But with hotter temperatures in Chicago and across the nation, we should all be on alert about summer health issues and what to do about them.

As a weight loss coach for women, I focus on helping my clients get into a fat-burning zone and avoid being sabotaged by environmental factors. However, as the temperatures heat up each year, a new set of challenges arise.

In a recent article for The Today Show, I tapped top health experts to give us the lowdown on how to stay cool this summer and how to address our summer health challenges, such as:

  • what to do if you’re constipated on summer vacation,
  • how to get better sleep on hot summer nights,
  • why you’re always thirsty in the summer and what to do about it,
  • how to treat summer exercise injuries,
  • ways to be healthier while traveling,
  • and more…

When working with my private weight loss coaching clients, I often address challenges that could be interfering with their ability to feel their best and reach their goals. A few issues that come up frequently include sleep, staying hydrated, and handling food cravings with a busy social calendar or while traveling during the summer.

My Chicago-area weight loss clients are always on the go and like to enjoy food and drinks! But it’s important to keep cravings in check, and this is something that we do with the help of a Dr. of Naturopathy in Chicago who consults with clients in our weight loss programs.

Check out the article to read advice from experts such as Dr. Lynn M. O’Connor, Dr. Robert Glatter, Dr. Ali Sadrieh, nutritionist Beth Nydick, Dr. Christopher S. Colwell, and Dr. Ralph E. Holsworth for more ways you can quickly address summer health problems!

How to Burn 150 More Calories During Your Workout as Seen on Today.com

Chicago weight loss coach, Stephanie Mansour, shares 4 Simple Strategies to Burn More Calories During Your Workout.

If you’re trying to slim down and get fit, being smarter about your workouts can make a big impact towards achieving better results. When you aren’t doing what’s necessary to get the most out of your workouts, you may end up wasting precious time by exercising in ways that are not burning calories or fat effectively and efficiently.

In my work as a weight loss coach for women, many of my private weight loss coaching clients often come to me because they are already working out consistently but they aren’t losing weight. For example, they’ll spend 30-minutes on the elliptical machine every day and wonder why the scale won’t budge, despite what they consider to be their best efforts.

But while it’s true that consistent cardio is good for general conditioning and staying healthy, sticking to the same basic exercise routine day-after-day often will not get you the quick satisfying weight loss results you want.

Unfortunately, when you’re disappointed with your progress, there’s a good chance you will start doubting yourself, lose confidence, begin to wonder what the point of working out is, and give up altogether.

I want you to focus on health and overall wellness, but I also understand that you want to see results in the mirror and feel like you’re making progress.

So if you are disappointed with the effectiveness of you workouts, it’s time to kick it up a notch and start incorporating strategies to enhance your workout — burn more calories and fat in less time.

The Step It Up with Steph Signature Slimdown Workout DVD includes a 30-min. high-intensity interval training workout + four 5-minute body-blasting workouts. Get it here.

In a recent article for Today.com, I shared 4 Simple Strategies to Burn More Calories During Your Workout. Just by implementing these simple changes to what you’re already doing, you can burn an extra 150 calories per workout and get fit faster.

The tips I share include boosting your workout by adding short bursts of high-intensity cardio, strapping on ankle weights, strength training with heavy weights, and listening to fast-paced music. Go here to read more.

Pilates Open-Leg Rocker: Intermediate Core Strengthening Exercise for Flatter Abs

Pilates Open-Leg Rocker Exercise for Core Strength and Flat Abs Demonstrated by Chicago Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour and Jenny Milkowski of Fox 32.

open leg rocker pilates

As a weight loss coach for women, I often recommend Pilates to my private weight loss coaching clients. Pilates workouts put minimal impact on the joints and the exercises, in general, are easy on the body.  

In particular, Pilates is one of the best types of exercise to build your core strength. Doing Pilates core strength exercises consistently will help you slim down, create long toned muscles, and improve your overall fitness and conditioning.

Yes, Pilates core strengthening exercises can help flatten your abs–something we all want– but it’s also important to note that core strengthening exercises help to improve your posture and overall well-being as well.

What you may not realize is having good posture and strong abs is important for good health. Standing up or sitting up straight and tucking in your tummy is not just something to do to make you appear more confident and attractive–lengthening your spine and engaging your deep ab muscles is good for your spine health, helps you to avoid injuries and alleviate chronic pain, improves blood flow and oxygen, and protects your organs.

When doing Pilates exercises, be sure to concentrate on your breath as well as slow and controlled movements.

The Step It Up With Steph Signature Slimdown DVD includes a quick core-strengthening Pilates workout!

I teamed up with my favorite workout and Pilates partner, Jenny Milkowski, to demonstrate an intermediate Pilates core-strengthening exercise — the open-leg rocker. Watch the video below:

Here’s how to do the Pilates open-leg rocker:

  • Begin by sitting up tall on our sit bones, spine lengthened, abs activated.
  • Bend your knees and grab your ankles.
  • Next, balance your body between your tailbone and sit bones.
  • Lift and extend one leg and then the other, shoulder-width apart, by engaging your abdominals.
  • Inhale and roll back onto your shoulders, maintaining a c-curve in your back and keeping your head and neck elevated off the mat. Be sure to engage your abs to propel the movement.
  • Pause and hold briefly.
  • Exhale and bring your body back to an upright balanced position. Maintain the curve in your back and use your ab muscles to activate the movement.
  • Concentrate on your breath, engaging your core, and using slow controlled movements.
  • Repeat the exercise 5-10 times.

Keep in mind, the Pilates open-leg rocker is an intermediate core-strengthening exercise. For a quick easy-to-follow Pilates routine, grab a copy of the Step It Up with Steph Signature Slimdown DVD.