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Fat Burning Exercises – What exercise burns the most calories?


What exercise burns the most calories? Which is the best exercise to burn fat? I need to burn fat fast, just tell me the best and easiest exercises.


This is a question I often get and remember you need to move it to lose it!! AND you also have to have the right healthy eating plan and be eating the right types of REAL FOODS for optimum fat loss. But this article is going to focus on the exercise part as you have probably already read my articles on eating real food for real fat loss. So here goes, the best exercises to burn fat fast;

Keep in mind that any activity that uses large muscle groups in continuous motion for 20-30 minutes will not only improve your stamina but it will burn more calories than if you were to just use the smaller muscle groups (such as arms) The more muscles involved and the harder you exercise, the more calories you burn!

These large muscle groups are the legs, chest & back. So yes keep running or cycling for cardio and for resistance training: squatting, lunging, push-ups & pull-ups will burn away the fat! See

Banish Thigh Fat by Eating Cookies!

Upon talking to one of my clients who is desperate to get rid of her problematic thigh fat and big booty (her words not mine!), I asked her how she was going with her healthy diet plan and eating for maximum fat loss. Well what followed was astonishing:

“I have been super great on my healthy food plan this week – I have been having 100 calorie cookies twice a day as snacks so have cut down on my daily calorie count.”

She thought that eating cookies that were only 100 calories was a good thing for maximum fat loss. Scarily she thought she could really slim down her thigh fat by eating cookies, because they were only 100 calories.

Well you could have scraped me off the floor. The worst thing was that she was actually proud of herself for “cutting calories”, SO it got me thinking about setting the record straight on calories and what it really equates to in healthy weight loss.

100 calories of chips ahoy

The definition of a calorie is a unit of measurement of energy or heat that it takes to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degrees Celsius (um ok?)


Eggs for Fat Loss – friend or foe?

Discover if eggs really are a good fat loss food. Are eggs friend or foe? Should you include them in your diet or weight loss program? There is confusing marketing messages out there. This article helps clear the air on weather eggs are a healthy food or should be avoided.

Member Question:

Dear Trudy,

I am so confused my dad keeps telling me eggs are bad for me, some other people say egg whites are the best form of protein whilst a fit friend at work keeps telling me that egg yolks are also good for me…can you help my confusion and give me a straight answer please?

Ashlea 42 Birmingham

Trudy’s Answer:

Excellent question Ashlea! I can see all sides of the versions you are getting. Let me make it factual for you.

You dad’s view-Back in the day when there was a huge cholesterol scare and egg yolks were tainted as being the culprit. However, there are a number of researches proving that there the claims are not true as they have actually proven that egg yolks contain essential amino acids, proteins , fats and nutrients.

Egg yolk also contains Vitamin B (Choline), which is good in

Benefits of Garlic & Basil


Hi Trudy I notice that you use a lot of Garlic and Basil in your recipes. What are the benefits of these spices?

Jessica (single mum of 2, Brisbane Australia)


Hey Jessica, I like this question because it’s easy for me to answer!

Garlic: Has been known for many benefits like assisting with a common cold and even helping acne! Garlic is also a natural antibiotic so before reaching for  a medicine grab some cloves of garlic and add it to your nightly meal. It has been proven to help manage cholesterol and if you are one to explore nature it’s good for repelling mosquitoes!

Garlic is a potent anti oxidant and upon doing research for this article I discovered that in a study done by University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers extracted juice from supermarket garlic and added small amounts to human red blood cells. The cells immediately began emitting hydrogen sulfide, the scientists found.The power to boost hydrogen sulfide production may help explain why a garlic-rich diet appears to protect against various cancers, including breast, prostate and colon cancer, say the study authors – hey I can’t argue against that!!

When choosing garlic buy

Do Cheerios really lower my cholesterol? (NO!!- Here’s why)


Are  Cheerios really heart healthy food? The ads on TV imply that all I have to do to lower my blood pressure and cholesterol is to eat Cherios but I am not convinced.

Samuel 44years old – Louisiana USA


Hey Samuel- You are 100% right in being cautious with type of advertising. It makes me so mad when I see this type of  blatant lies airing on TV. What makes me  even madder is that  they can get away with this propaganda since there are so many people who believe in these false claims. I can’t blame these people  as they think  these companies are telling the truthwhen in fact is just all marketing hype  (trust me before I was a Trainer I was a marketing manager so I know all the dirty little tricks!)

So, allow me to explain their strategies for you so that you wont get victimized with products full of false hopes since they are not what they claim to be.

Cheerios is a  processed grain snack which is highly loaded with sugar! Snacks like this increases your cholesterol and blood pressure levels thus, cheerios is really a junk food! In order for