The 5 Weight Loss Tips That Work for My Clients


Nutrition-wise, there are five principles that I stress to my clients. They are basic, no-nonsense weight loss tips. And when my clients follow them, they become the envy of their friends! If you are able to focus on these five things, I promise that you will see the results you’ve been working so hard to achieve.



Running is one of the most simple, straightforward, and cheapest ways to stay in shape. All you need is somewhere to place one foot in front of the other at an accelerated pace. So why don’t more people run and beginners become veterans? This is a question very easily answered by almost everyone out there struggling with motivation! I would like to talk about a few ways you can get started and stay with the program.

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There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what makes a food “healthy.”

Words like “low-fat,” “organic” and “natural” can be very misleading.

The only way to figure out what items are truly healthy is to read the ingredients and the nutrition label.

Burn Calories Fast


Back in February I introduced you to my favorite type of training: Tabata style workouts. They are a great way to burn carlories in a short amount of time while also building muscle, losing fat, and having fun! By doing a variety of exercises without allowing your body a full recovery period, you really accelerate your workout gains.

Here are the basics of Tabata-style training:
Perform 8 rounds of exercise for a total of 4 minutes.
Each round (did you do the math yet?) consists of 30 seconds broken down into 20 seconds of intense exercising, followed by 10 seconds of resting.
Each round is consecutive, so make sure you don’t stop! Anything can be done for 20 seconds!

What could be better than four minutes of exercise giving you all those benefits? A Tabata workout challenges you to work harder for a shorter amount of time with lighter weights or even just your body weight. And you can do it anywhere.

Here are three sample workouts—easy, moderate, and advanced. Your goal should be to work up to the advanced level. But always listen to your body. If you do too much too soon, you might just fall back into the rut of not doing anything at all.

Sugar addiction

We crave it on hot sunny days, cool fall nights, and after nearly every meal. Our addiction to sugar is at an all-time high, and for the sake of our health; we need a program to break that desire!

But it’s so hard to do when it’s hiding in tons of everyday, processed foods. Your favorite salad dressing, those tasty condiments that top your protein, each piece of bread you enjoy, and those “healthy” granola bars that you use in the middle of the day, all contain more sugar than would expect.  Those numbers keep accumulating throughout the day to give you one great big pile of sugar consumption that adds to horrible outcomes such as obesity and diabetes. Oh boy, not to mention that chocolate donut in the morning and the ice cream with your kids that evening, WHAM!

Let me show you some ideas to cut back on your sugar consumption that will help kickstart your healthy body.

Erin Oprea demonstrates a squat lunge
(Oprea Personal Fitness)

To really create those head-turning legs, you need a core set of exercises that burn quads, hamstrings, and calves. I want to give you a few of my secret moves, which will target those big muscles so that your short shorts will frame beautiful stems. And don’t be shy, guys! We girls like strong, lean men too, so get out there and burn it up!