Tramell Smith, Atlanta local and owner of Total Nutrition and Training, embarked on a transformation of a different kind for an episode of the new A&E TV show “Fit to Fat to Fit.” To better understand the struggles of weight loss, “Fit to Fat to Fit” challenges exercise professionals to pack on extra pounds and then take them off. Over the course of four months, Tramell gained 70 pounds, then proceeded to work alongside two of his clients as they all tried to shed the excess weight through strength training and balanced nutrition…all while the camera rolled. Now, he has a new perspective from that weight loss journey and he shares tips to boost fitness success.


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Tramell’s Tips for Success

During my years as a Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist I have tried many techniques with my weight-loss clients and some have worked better than others. During this experiment, I most definitely pulled out all the stops to ensure success, not only for myself but also for my clients. Some favorite tips include:

1. Drink More Water

When trying to get in shape it is super important that we drink enough water to ensure that our body is functioning correctly. I generally recommend that my clients drink 1 ounce of water per pound of bodyweight per day. (So if you’re 150 pounds, you should be drinking 150 ounces of water daily!)

2. Keep a Clean Gut

The use of probiotics in the form of pills, yogurts and drinks like Kombucha and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar will provide good bacteria in the intestines which helps gut health.

3. Car-Free Breakfast

I encourage my clients to eat a breakfast of protein and fats only.

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Run the River - BSA 0416

Delight in the spring sunshine at the Choate Construction Run the River 5K/10K on April 16. This race route tracks runners and walkers on a fast and flat course alongside the Chattahoochee River, making it ideal for those looking to set a personal record of those simply looking to enjoy a leisurely stroll by the water. Great for families and furry friends, this race makes for a refreshing Saturday activity.


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Urban Tree Cidery - BSA 0416

The first cidery to call Atlanta home will soon open its doors. Urban Tree Cidery will spread its roots in West Midtown with nearly 5,000 square feet of space, including a manufacturing area and tasting room, appropriately named “The Cidery.” Inspired by their adventures in California wine country, Maria and Tim Resuta decided to bring their affinity for wine and cider to Georgia. Born in the North Georgia Mountains, Urban Cidery now produces three token ciders — a crisp, classic cider; a semi-dry, European-style cider and an oaky-vanilla, barrel-aged cider.

Details:  1465 Howell Mill Road,

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On May 4,come meet the 2016 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board, and ask these esteemed panel of experts your questions. Mingle with past Over 40 & Fabulous! winners while enjoying light bites and beverages. For more details, head to our website and signup for our newsletter to receive your invitation.


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BioIonic Europe - BSA 0416

For nearly two years the directors at Bob Steele Salon have worked to discover the best agave hair treatment that offers optimal smoothing results without the use of toxic chemicals such as formaldehydes or encapsulated aldehydes. This research lead them to the Bio Ionic Agave Smoothing Treatment™ , which protects frizzy, damaged hair with amino acids and sugar. A single treatment will leave your locks lusciously frizz free for three to four months.


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Simply Gum - BSA 0316

Ever take a look at the ingredient label on your chewing gum? Made you look, didn’t we? There you’ll find artificial flavors, preservatives, plastic and aspartame. Maybe not the best way to freshen your breath. With only six natural ingredients, Simply Gum ($2.19) offers a healthy chewing option for gum lovers in flavors such as mint, cinnamon, maple and ginger. Plus this gum is biodegradable! Just imagine a city without old gum dotting the sidewalk!


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1 Voice Bluetooth Sleep Headphones - BSA 0316

It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep can do wonders for your health, but sometimes slipping into our nightly slumber can be harder than we anticipate. Now you can drift off to the sounds of your favorite soothing tunes with The 1 Voice Bluetooth Sleep Headphones ($49). Featuring a velvet eye mask with built-in headphones, the 1 Voice allows you to stream music via Bluetooth from your smartphone or MP3 player. An extra layer of memory foam means you’ll never feel the headphones, even if you choose to sleep on your side.


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Cirque du Soleil Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities will unravel this March 3 – May 8 under the signature blue and yellow big top at Atlantic Station. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed and the world is literally turned upside down. Use the link below for discount tickets to  Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities and get two tickets for as low as $99.


*This offer is valid on select show dates and times while supplies last.



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The Atlanta Science Festival encourages little ones to explore the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) world through hands-on activities and demonstrations. From March 19 through 26, join the celebration honoring achievements and advances in science and technology within the local community. The festival’s grand finale presents the Exploration Expo on March 26, including more than 100 interactive exhibits and a variety of science-centered performances.


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Easter is right around the corner! Celebrate the holiday at these egg-cellent restaurants around metro Atlanta.


Ecco is open once a year for brunch – on Easter! Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity featuring a curated assortment of cured meats, cheeses, shared plates, appetizers, wood-fired pizzas, pastas and more to celebrate the special holiday. Click here to view the full menu, and please call 404.347.9555 for reservations.

La Tavola

Italians do everything better, including brunch! Head to the Highlands on Easter for the restaurant’s award winning brunch menu, featuring poached eggs bruschetta, eggs with polenta and Applewood smoked bacon, house-made cannolis and more.


Join Lure for an Easter bunch “by the sea” with a three course prix fixe brunch menu from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $30 per person. Menu items include Lure brunch favorites including English muffin with smoked whitefish and poached eggs, quiche with local veggies, seared scallops with butternut squash and apple cider griddlecake, and more. To view the full menu and make reservations, please click here.

Shake Shack

In celebration of Easter, Shake Shack will offer an Easter Egg concrete, featuring vanilla custard, Mast Brothers buttermilk chocolate and salted caramel sauce, between Friday, March 25, and Sunday, March 27. Hunt for a gold sticker under your Easter Egg concrete cup for a chance to find a gold sticker and win prizes.


South City Kitchen Midtown/Vinings

South City Kitchen Midtown and South City Kitchen Vinings will each offer a three course prix fixe Easter brunch menu featuring South City favorites and new exciting flavors. Available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both locations, the menu is $35 per person and $17.50 for children under 12, plus tax and gratuity. Menu items include old Charleston she crab soup, smoked brisket benedict, Springer Mountain Farms fried chicken and more. For more information and tomake reservations, click here (Midtown) and here (Vinings).


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