Q&A Wednesday: Exercise and Weight Loss Post C-Section

Q: I just had a baby by emergency C- Section. I was told by the doctors no lifting and I can only do limited cardio. What u would suggest I do?

By | February 15th, 2017|#ScaleFreeBaby, Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

The Beauty Shop: There’s Still Bias Against Natural Hair

Natural hair still faces opposition in the workplace, but what does that mean for black women?

By | February 13th, 2017|Beauty|0 Comments

Q&A Wednesday: Help, I’m Losing Weight but My Booty is Shrinking!

Q: Erika, I finally figured this weight loss thing out. I'm eating clean, I'm working out, but my booty is going away!!! Nooooo!

The Funny Thing About Pepsi Zero Sugar and Other ‘Sugar-Free’ Diet Drinks

Whenever you hear people talking about Pepsi Zero Sugar, remember: Just. Say. No. Here's why.

By | February 6th, 2017|Food 101|0 Comments

Your Body is Political….So Act Like It

Someone told me I shouldn't talk politics because not all of my readers agree with me. This is my response.

By | January 31st, 2017|The Op-Eds|4 Comments

5 Tips to Help You Avoid the ‘Trump 20’

I'm calling this the "Trump 20." As in, The Freshman 15? This is the 20lbs you gain from eating your "I'm watching the news and OH MY GOD THIS IS THE NEW AMERICAN KLEPTOCRACY" feelings. The Trump 20. I'm callin' it now.

By | January 27th, 2017|Emotional Eating|0 Comments

Q&A Wednesday: Troubleshooting Common Weight Loss Hurdles

Q: erika i've been trying to lose this weight for so long that i'm starting to think it's a part of me i'm just going to have to live with. i feel like i'm doing everything wrong and i barely know my up from down in calories anymore. please help me figure this out!!!!!!!!!!

By | January 25th, 2017|Q&A Wednesday, Tools For Weight Loss|0 Comments

True or False: All Calories are Equal, No Matter the Source

“All foods supply calories and there is no difference between the calories that come from sugar or steak or grapefruit or ice cream.”

By | January 20th, 2017|Debunking The Myths|1 Comment

Q&A Wednesday: My Knees Hurt When I Work Out!

Q: Hello Erika, How are you? I respect you for giving out the information that you have for us women. I just had a few questions for you. Every year I say I am going to eat right and lose weight and I don't. I have gained so much weight through the years that now every time I do get on the treadmill my knees hurt. They hurt so bad that when I lay down at night they throb inside. I know it has to do with the excess weight I have gained in my legs and around my knees. What kind of exercise do you suggest for this and did you go through this also?

By | January 18th, 2017|Exercise 101, Q&A Wednesday|1 Comment

Q&A Wednesday: How to Help Sagging Arms

Q: I'm rather unsure of how to go about some target areas like these sagging arms. How I can go about resolving those problem areas?

By | January 11th, 2017|Arms, Exercise 101, Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

Sleep & Weight Loss: How Sugar Is Screwing With Your Sleep Habits

That nasty sugar habit? It's messing up your sleep, and keeping you in a cycle of restless sleep, sugary treats, and weight gain. Break the cycle now.

By | January 9th, 2017|Hit the Snooze|2 Comments

Tracee Ellis Ross Shows Us What Healthy Body Image Looks Like

'My weight fluctuates a lot and I move with it. It is what it is. That’s why I try not to have a relationship with the size that I am.'

By | January 6th, 2017|Celeb Watch, Fit Chick Watch|3 Comments

Q&A Wednesday: How Do I Stop Saying Negative Things to Myself?

Q: Erika, you said something about having an internal tape that plays negative thoughts over and over in your head...

By | January 4th, 2017|Beauty, Body Image, Q&A Wednesday|1 Comment

How Playing in Your Makeup Can Help You Leave the Self-Hatred Behind

So many women say, "I hate looking in the mirror," "looking in the mirror makes me want to cry." You'd be surprised how easy it is to change that.

By | January 2nd, 2017|Beauty, Body Image|0 Comments

Should You Drink Coffee For a Pre-Workout Energy Boost?

Sure, coffee can give you a nice burst of energy leading into your workouts, but are there any side-effects you should be worried about? Yes.

By | December 9th, 2016|Exercise 101|0 Comments

Time to #BreakUpWithSalt!

Here are four quick and easy tips to help you kick salt to the curb, brought to you by A Black Girl's Guide to Weight Loss and the American Heart Association!

By | December 8th, 2016|BGG2WL|0 Comments

Q&A Wednesday: Why Keep Doing It If I Can’t See My Progress?

Q: I can tell it's working because I feel active....but how long does it take to start actually seeing a difference? I'm not seeing anything!

By | December 7th, 2016|Q&A Wednesday|2 Comments

A Few Words on Self-Love, Self-Care, and Fitness

It's not that people don't 'love themselves enough' to work out—we just don't all define "loving ourselves" in ways that include 'working out.'

By | December 6th, 2016|It's All Mental|1 Comment

“You’ve Changed a Lot Since You Lost Weight”

"You know, you've changed a lot since you've lost weight." It was always—always—said scornfully. It was supposed to signal to me that I was different now, and the difference was not welcome.

By | December 2nd, 2016|It's All Mental, Social Construct|0 Comments

Q&A Wednesday: The Older I Get, the Less Motivated I Am!

Q: After hitting age 38 everything did not work the same as it did. So now my motivation is not as strong. YES...I want to lose weight but my motivation SUCKS!!!

By | November 30th, 2016|Q&A Wednesday|1 Comment