Fitness Expert Gunnar Peterson Turns Up The Heat On Your Summer Workout

Celebrity Trainer and Creator of the "The Gunnar Challenge" Reveals Simple and Sensible Health and Fitness Tips

May 21, 2014, 07:54 ET from California Almonds

MODESTO, Calif., May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for summer, celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson offers easy-to-follow tips to help power up your fitness routine and help achieve weight loss goals. Peterson, whose eight-week workout plan "The Gunnar Challenge" is launching in late May, has teamed up with California Almonds to share his most effective fitness and nutrition tips to help those looking to shed unwanted winter weight.

While Peterson believes in tailoring his exercise routines and nutrition plans to each individual, there are a couple of tips that apply to anyone looking to boost their fitness and weight loss goals. First, you need to change up your fitness routine frequently and avoid the exercise boredom that comes from performing the same workout every day. Second, keep some wholesome, non-perishable "go-to" snacks like a handful of almonds on hand to get some steady energy before or after a workout. Gunnar's other tips to boost weight-loss workouts for summer include:

  • Eliminating processed and complex carbs at night
  • Switching up the order of a workout for faster results
  • Incorporating short bursts of cardio into strength training

"Beyond shaking up your routine, convenience is the key to a healthy lifestyle," says Peterson. "Keep nutritious food in the house to prevent making poor choices when hunger hits. I always stock my kitchen and office with almonds. Just a handful has the crunch, fiber and protein that keep me full and satisfied during the day."

The six grams of protein and four grams of fiber in every ounce (28g) of almonds also helps Gunnar's clients practice what he calls "defensive eating" – planning ahead and fueling up with wholesome foods to prevent unhealthy temptations later. Whether heading to a barbecue, ball game or especially to the airport for summer travel, Gunnar believes in having a nutritious snack beforehand – and packing one to-go – to avoid food traps[1].

"If you forget to bring snacks, seek out nutritious choices at the airport," Gunnar says. "Most newsstands carry small bags of almonds, and you can pair that with a piece of fruit or a fruit salad for a balanced snack."

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About Gunnar Peterson
Gunnar Peterson is a Beverly Hills-based personal trainer with a diverse client list ranging from celebrities and professional athletes to everyday people. He is the developer of "Core Secrets," a fitness system focused on strengthening the core of the body. Peterson is an editor for Muscle and Fitness and on the advisory board for Fitness. His latest fitness endeavor, "The Gunnar Challenge" is a customized eight week nutrition and fitness program. Peterson is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a graduate of Duke University. Follow Gunnar on his website and Twitter.

About California Almonds
Almonds from California are a natural, wholesome and quality food. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds through its research-based approach to all aspects of marketing, farming and production on behalf of the more than 6,000 almond growers and processors in California, many of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

[1]Good news about good fat: U.S. Dietary guidelines recommend that the majority of your fat intake be unsaturated. One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.

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