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    You work hard at the gym day in and day out, but no matter how much you work out, you just can't seem to lose weight. What gives? The answer may have something to do with the foods you're eating. Believe it or not, certain foods are more likely to be stored as fat by your body than others. 
    Workout machines may look impressive and make it easy to perform certain weightlifting maneuvers. However, free weights can be more effective at helping you reach your fitness goals. When you use free weights, you tend to engage stabilizer muscles, extend your range of motion, and challenge gravity. Plus, you can do hundreds of exercises with a pair of weights. Here are 10 of the best exercises to do with free weights to get you started.
    Contrary to what you may assume, reaching your fitness goals involves more than counting calories. Your genetics, the types of workouts that you do and the quality of your diet impact the way that your body uses food for fuel. The best foods for fat loss and muscle gain influence your body chemicals and hormones to provide efficient energy that supports your workout efforts.
    With proper diet, exercise and rest, you can build enough chest muscle to fill out your shirts and enlarge your profile. However, even the best chest exercise will be ineffective without good form and consistency, so it's important to start slowly and warm up adequately before each session.
    This beginner barre workout helps you develop your strength, flexibility, and agility. You don’t need any special equipment or skills to do it. Barre offers many benefits, and it’s an ideal routine for changing up your workout regimen so that you don’t get bored.
    This eating regimen is not new. In our hunter-gatherer days, we ate when food was available and fasted when it wasn’t. However, most people have gotten accustomed to eating several meals and snacks throughout the day. If you’re eating every hour or two when you’re not sleeping and want to improve your health, you may want to try intermittent fasting.
    As an athlete for more than 20 years, I've tried more supplements than I can count. Some made a noticeable difference; most didn't. Because of that, I keep the list of things I suggest everyone take short, but one supplement that tops the list is L-Carnitine. I take it daily and wouldn't dream of going without it. Here's what you should know about this powerful and effective amino acid.
    Just because something is straightforward doesn't mean it's easy, though. Permanently changing your lifestyle to lose weight and maintain your weight loss requires motivation and discipline. In this day and age, we're constantly surrounded by delicious but unhealthy foods, and it's incredibly hard to find a balance. The key to achieving your long-term goals is understanding the psychology of weight loss motivation.