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7 Signs Your Weight Loss Program Is Working + An Ab Challenge!

Contrary to popular belief, the scale is not the best indicator of physical fitness. If you’ve been working hard on your fitness goals and the scale hasn’t budged– don’t be discouraged! Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour recently contributed to a fantastic article covering all the signs that your current program is working, check it out below!

I try to stress to all my private weight loss clients, the importance of taking measurements at the start of any program. This way you can make note of any changes, especially in your hips and waist! Sometimes you will lose inches despite your weight staying the same.

Additionally, be aware of how your clothes are fitting, and how your overall energy is.

Click here to read the rest of the 7 signs that you’re making progress!

Who doesn’t love a good ab workout?? Whether you’re into yoga, pilates, piyo, crossfit, or another form of training, a strong core is a solid foundation for any fitness practice.

Ab wheels can be found at most local gyms or purchased for at-home use. Doing ab roll-outs challenges your entire core, of course, but it also can hit your upper back muscles, your shoulders, and both your biceps and triceps!

Check out this article for different ways to use your ab wheel or build up strength before using it!

If possible, get a personal trainer to show you how to use the ab wheel, this is something I always do for my own weight loss clients so I can give them proper form cues!

If you’re someone who prefers to work out from the comfort of your own home as opposed to a potentially busy gym near you, I have my Step It Up With Steph DVD available for purchase! It includes hiit cardio workouts, a pilates ab routine, even yoga and meditation; the whole package!

BONUS! 6 Mental Tricks for combating holiday weight gain.

Holidays can be full of temptation; after work cocktails, everybody bringing trays of baked goods into the office, your mom’s homemade pies, etc. Learn a few of my tested mental tricks and stay on track while not feeling deprived!

From one word mantras, to rescheduling missed workouts, to fighting off sugar cravings– I’ve got you covered.

Just follow this link to learn those hacks!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

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Best Workout for Weight Loss & How To Burn More Calories In Yoga

During my work as a private weight loss coach for women, I am frequently consulted for my take on the latest fitness trends. I want everyone to have access to the best data that will help them accomplish their goals. From mental tricks to breakdowns of how to work out like the top celebs, check out my most recent articles below!

Have you been out of the gym for a while?

Struggling with working out on a consistent basis? Don’t beat yourself up over it, it happens to all of us! Check out this article from NBC where I highlight six mental “tricks” you can employ to get back in the exercise habit.

Click here for those 6 tricks!

Slide Into A New Move

I gave my input on these sliding hamstring curls that Blake Lively’s trainer uses to sculpt and strengthen client’s lower bodies.

Check it out here to learn how to execute the move safely and with correct form. (Bonus! It totally works your core at the same time!)

Or if that move seems a little too intense right now, try out this low-impact, at-home cardio circuit that Octavia Spencer is currently using to stay healthy.

Hiit up that cardio here.

Yoga? I’m down, dog!

Do you totally love all things yoga, but worry that it isn’t enough of a workout to help you reach your fitness goals? I’ve got good news! I wrote two articles for Today , the first outlines a few sneaky ways you can kick your flow up a notch and burn extra calories! The second gives five hacks for squeezing movement into your otherwise busy schedule.

Click here for Yoga. I recommend yoga to all my clients and even include a yoga workout on my Step It Up With Steph DVD.

Click here for easy ways to move every single day!

Fitness & Physical Intimacy

Being consistent in the gym can lead to reduced stress which, in turn, can lead to being more consistent in the bedroom. Natural Awakenings put together a whole piece on the effects of fitness on both male and female libidos.

Check out my contribution to that article here.

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

 

 

Avoid These 5 Dieting and Weight Loss Disasters (As Seen on WGN)

Health and Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour reveals the top five dieting disasters people most often make and shows you how to avoid them! Steph dropped by WGN to talk about practical and proven ways to overcome obstacles to keep meeting your weight loss and workout goals.

Dieting Disaster #1: An all or nothing mentality
You can enjoy your favorite treats and still lose weight. Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean everything is off limits! By learning to slow down and savor just one dessert, you can save yourself from eating the whole box of donuts in a moment of weakness. As a private weight loss coach, I really preach a holistic lifestyle. A healthy mind, body, and spirit begins with moderation and balance. So give yourself permission to indulge with intention every now and again.

Dieting Disaster#2: One unhealthy day means you might as well blow the whole week
OK, so let’s say you did eat that whole box of donuts. No biggie. Keep drinking water, eat that zucchini dinner, take your probiotic. Step it up any way you can even if you feel like you’ve blown your diet. Small choices and changes make a big difference. Don’t throw in the towel on your weight loss goals just because you gave in to a sugar craving. Keep going! You got this.

(Psst! For a super yummy way to get more collagen in your diet and keep your summer hair, skin, and nails looking great try Beauty Bursts by Neocell! I tell all my private weight loss clients that even doing just one healthy thing for yourself can inspire you again in all your weigh loss goals!)

Dieting Disaster #3 Inefficient exercises keep you from losing weight
Not getting the results you want or the results you were getting in the beginning? That makes sense. When the body gets used to a workout routine, it can plateau. That means it’s time to change up your workout. If you aren’t strength training already, add that into your cardio routine and you’ll start blasting calories again.

Dieting Disaster #4: Dreading your workout
If you’re feeling just straight up unmotivated, and absolutely dread working out then cut yourself some slack. Switch up your exercise routine and make it more fun. Forget the gym and go take a walk around a lake instead. Play frisbee with your kid. Jump on your bike and ride to a juice stop for a healthy, fun treat. When you do something you like to do, it trains your brain to like exercise, which makes it easier to choose to get out there and sweat in the future!

If you’re bored with your workout, try my quick fat blasting workouts on my Signature Slimdown Workouts DVD–guaranteed to help you tone up, get fit, and slim down fast!

Dieting Disaster #5: Setting unrealistic goals
Not a morning person? Don’t set your alarm for an early morning workout! Look at your calendar and see if there’s anywhere you can be more realistic with your weight loss and fitness goals. Maybe it’s as easy as changing the time that you work out. Maybe it’s as simple as getting more sleep. One of my private weight loss clients lost 20 lbs in just three months and all she focused on was drinking more water, sleeping 8 hours a night, and eating protein. She only worked out twice!

 

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

 

5 Ways to Beat Summer Sugar Cravings (As Seen On ABC Chicago)

When you’re surrounded by summer treats at BBQs, outdoor happy hours, and on vacation, your sweet tooth may rear its ugly head! But have no fear because as a Health & Weight Loss Expert I stopped by ABC Chicago to talk about five ways to beat summer sugar cravings.

How can you have a good time this summer and still keep those summer sugar cravings in check? A lot of my private weight loss clients are very successful corporate executives, but even they need a little help finding success in weight loss and in kicking sugar cravings. The truth is–we all do!

Here are five tips to curb sugar cravings and lose weight this summer.

1. Drink More Water. Lose Weight Faster.

My first tip is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day! One of my private weight loss clients in Chicago started our private weight loss program, and was drinking seven diet sodas a day. After one week of drinking more water, she was down to two sodas A WEEK!

What a huge transformation in a short period of time. As the best weight loss coach for women (according to my clients!), that’s my goal–minimal effort with maximum and fast results.

Some of my clients prefer to drink fizzy water (I recommend using Soda Stream for this), and others prefer bottled water like the Himalayan mineral water I featured on the ABC Chicago TV segment.

2. Small Changes in Thinking Equal Big Weight Loss Results

Next, so many diet programs for women label foods as “off limits.” If you go to a party and focus on everything you can’t eat, that’s no fun! Instead, think about what you CAN eat or drink.

If you’re making your own cocktails, try Batiste rum with no added sugar. If you’re eating snacks at home, buy single serving treats that are healthy, like these yummy treats by Absolutely Gluten Free.

3. Rewire Your Taste Buds With These Simple Tricks

If you just can’t stop eating sugar, it’s time to change your taste buds! Instead of reaching for another scoop of ice cream, force yourself to eat a piece of super dark chocolate. Or, add more spice to your food. Eat vegetables. Eat something completely opposite of whatever sugary thing you’re currently eating. You’ll be surprised at what it does to retrain your taste buds.

4. First Track, Then Change

Knowledge is power. In my wellness programs for women, and in my private weight loss programs for women, I encourage my weight loss clients to track their food, but only for two days at a time. You just need to bring awareness to what you’re eating everyday, and then you can make a positive change.

5. Let Moderation Be Your Guide

Finally, it’s time to ditch the all-or-nothing mentality that’s so prevalent in many mainstream diets! The best diet for women is to eat in moderation. Do still take your multi-vitamins, your probiotics, and any other health products you’re using even if you have an “off” or unhealthy eating day.

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

 

6 Amazing Weight Loss Articles & Celebrity Workouts (Featured on Today Show and Self)

As a private weight loss coach for women in Chicago and across the country, I contribute as a health and fitness expert for the Today Show and many other online publications. I love helping women everywhere to lose weight, to stick to their health program, and to find foods and workouts that they love! Check out my most recent articles below.

Today Show Online Publications

4 Signs You’re Losing Weight Even If the Scale Isn’t Budging

I loved writing this article because many diets for women just don’t work the way they’re supposed to. There are signs that you are losing weight even if the scale isn’t budging, and that’s why all of my private weight loss programs are holistic and help my clients to lose weight and make it last!

3 Tricks to Eat Healthier

This article talks about ways to eat slower and therefore healthier. When you slow down your pace of eating, you’ll be able to be more mindful about the food you’re eating. As a private weight loss coach for women, this is key to weight loss!

Self Magazine Online Publications

Jennifer Garner’s Plank Workout
As seen in Self online, I dissected the plank workout that a celebrity trainer designed for one of Hollywood’s best known celebrities! Add in this plank exercise to your next workout to work the whole core.

 Work Your Core, Glutes, and Arms with This One Move
I love giving my private weight loss clients quick workouts that they can do anytime, anywhere. Try out this one workout move featured in Self.

Self: Compound Exercises to Strengthen Your Entire Body
Looking for easy ways to lose weight? Or are you looking for an easy exercise to lose weight? My workout programs are for women and are designed to strengthen your entire body. Check out my take on these exercises for Self online.

Celebrity Kettle Bell Workout
Self online featured this kettle bell workout that was demonstrated on the Today Show. Check out my take on the benefits of this kettle bell workout and how you can use a kettle bell in your next workout!

Many of my private weight loss clients are busy and successful. As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

The Best Walking Shoes for Women for a Walking Workout (As Seen on Today.com)

As a private weight loss coach for women and as a wellness coach, I always encourage my clients to walk more! If you’re ready to walk your way to weight loss, it’s important to wear very supportive walking shoes that’ll keep your body injury-free. Check out my latest article for The Today Show where I interview experts and share my top picks for best running shoes for women!

Stephanie Mansour at The Today Show studio

Read the article HERE.

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If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

How to Make Your Weight Loss Goals Happen (As Seen on Today.com)

Chicago’s best weight loss coach for women is also a Today Show online contributor! In her latest article, Steph talks about three ways to make sure your New Year’s Resolutions stick.

You can read the article HERE.

In this article, professional life coach and wellness expert Stephanie Mansour talks about three of the things her private weight loss programs work on with her clients.

Her weight loss programs for women include much more than these three items, but these three are key to get in the right mindset in order to lose weight. If you have had a hard time losing weight, or have had a hard time reaching your goals, check out the article!

The best way to lose weight is to focus on it throughout the day and to make slow but steady changes to your lifestyle. Steph’s private weight loss programs for women have helped women in Chicago and beyond lose weight fast and most importantly, keep it off.

If you are looking for a wellness coach, personal trainer, yoga instructor, or Pilates instructor, you’ve found the best personal trainer in Chicago and beyond!

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

Healthy Hacks to Get Fit in the Kitchen with Dreamfields Pasta

As a health & fitness expert, my goal is to make getting in shape and exercising more fun. Part of that is finding ways to incorporate exercise in your daily activities! So I teamed up with Dreamfields Pasta to create some exercise videos that you can do when you’re coming home from the grocery store and in the kitchen!

 Bicep Curls

Overhead Presses

Counter Push-Ups

Calf Raises

Kitchen Squats

Side Curls

 

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Awesome Triceps Dip Partner Workout with Jenny Milkowski

Step up your workouts with the help of a partner! Health & Fitness Expert and Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour and TV Personality Jenny Milkowski show you how to spice up a basic triceps dip.

Lose weight with the help of your best friend. Easy partner workouts make gym time way more fun, and even more efficient! Check out the video to learn the proper technique for this partner triceps dip.

This exercise works the core and lower body of the partner who sits in a squat against the wall, and it works the upper body of the partner doing the triceps dips.

Try ten reps each and then switch! Dip only as far as you feel strong enough to be able to come back up ten times. As you build strength, you can challenge yourself to go deeper into the triceps dip.

Remember to breathe and don’t forget to smile!

Clients in my weight loss programs for women find great success with the support and accountability of a workout partner. You can watch even more partner workout tutorials on my YouTube Channel Step it Up With Steph.

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at Step It Up With Steph.

Exercise Ball and Partner Core Workout with Jenny Milkowski

A strong core is the foundation for a fit life. Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour and TV Personality Jenny Milkowski partner up to bring you this simple core workout using an exercise ball.

Try this easy ab workout with a partner and feel the burn!

Great Core Workout to do With a Partner

1. Grab an exercise ball and come down onto your forearms across from your partner.
2. Pull abs in tight.
3. Stay here and balance for 30 to 60 seconds.
4. Or, for even more of a challenge alternate lifting your legs up in the air then placing them down.

There are so many health and fitness benefits to building a strong and stable core. It improves posture and balance, and is connected to everything you do in life.

With the help of a workout buddy you can meet your weight loss goals together with challenging but fun partner workouts. Clients in my weight loss programs for women swear by the power of accountability!

So if you’re struggling to get to the gym, just call up a friend and hit up a playground with both of your kids or even your living room floor for some quick and easy workouts that will leave you feeling pumped and strong!

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.