Weight Loss Struggles


The number one struggle I hear from my clients is their weight. There is not one day that goes by that I am not touched by the fear, guilt, and confusion of my over-worked, over-stressed, and under nourished clients. It amazes me how much time, energy, and effort goes into their weight loss regimens without any reward in return. I have clients exercising almost every day and cutting everything out of their diets to just maintain the weight they have.

The biggest, most shocking, myth in weight management is that exercise is the most important factor in losing weight. Exercise has many proven health benefits including building strength and flexibility, increasing circulation, and decreasing stress but exercise is not for weight loss. The second biggest myth in weight management is that exercise gives you permission to eat more. If you take in more calories than you expend, you will gain, not lose weight. Let these simple truths guide you to your weight goals and stop killing yourself at the gym.

Stop struggling, start eating! My Eating Free™ program focuses on nutrition and lifestyle; selecting and preparing whole foods, eating what you like, and knowing how much of it to eat. Instead of running to the gym with that spare hour you have, spend it shopping for tasty, healthy foods that will not only fuel your exercises but also guide you to your weight goals. Struggling to your goals is sometimes necessary, but make it painless and do it with grace while Eating Free.

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About The Author

Manuel Villacorta is a registered dietitian (RD) and certified specialist is sports dietetics (CSSD) with more than 16 years of experience. He was recently appointed national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, which identifies him as one of the United States’ leading weight loss and nutrition experts. Villacorta is the owner of San Francisco-based private practice MV Nutrition, the recipient of two consecutive “Best Bay Area Dietitian” awards (2009 and 2010) from the San Francisco Chronicle and Citysearch, and the creator of the Eating Free™ weight management program. Villacorta also developed MV Professional Nutrition (a software suite designed to assist RDs with their own private practices) and created www.eatingfree.com (an international, Internet-based weight loss and weight management program). Villacorta is a compelling, charismatic communicator—a public speaker, who is often praised for making audiences feel, heard, motivated, and engaged. His warm, approachable style, alongside his strong bilingual proficiency in both English and Spanish, have made him an in-demand health and nutrition expert on both local and national television and radio, and in articles in print publications and online. Villacorta worked closely with Dr. Nancy L. Snyderman, chief medical editor of NBC News, to provide expert nutrition advice on a number of topics for the BeWell network. He is often invited to speak at annual state and national conventions such as The Oregon Dietetic Association (where he was the keynote speaker), and The American Dietetic Association (where he spoke to other dietitian professionals about his successful private practice). Villacorta has acted as a media representative for food companies such as Foster Farms (one of the largest chicken producers on the West Coast) as well as for such California statewide health campaigns as the “California Latino 5-A-Day Program” and “Got Milk.” Prior to setting up his private practice, Villacorta worked as a public health dietitian for California Children Services and the Prenatal to Three Initiative, where he offered prenatal, infant, and childhood nutrition consulting. He has worked as a clinical dietitian for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and has held a faculty position with the School of Nursing at the University of San Francisco. Villacorta received his bachelor of science in nutrition and physiology metabolism from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master of science in nutrition and food science from San Jose State University. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his research, including the Outstanding Master of Science Degree Award from San Jose State University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science.

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