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Mike Marconi - Nutrition Coach
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Seventy Five Percent!

If you are a Brown's Boot Camper, you know the answer to this shout out is - NUTRITION!  We end every camp by reminding ourselves of this truth - total health takes more than just a good workout.  As we say - You can't out train a bad diet!  Our goal at this blog is to educate you on how your body works so you can give it the nutritional support to fuel your active life! Underpinning every post is the belief that we must educate ourselves in order to take control of our health.  For too long in America, we have tried to outsource responsibility for our bodies - to doctors, to pharmaceutical companies, to diet gurus, and to personal trainers - and it has turned us into one of the most unhealthy countries in the developed world.  It's time to take your power back and take charge of your health!



Time for an Attitude Check-Up!

Can our attitudes really make a difference when it comes to reaching our nutrition goals? And can our attitude impact or affect our progress? You bet it does! But why is our attitude so important? You have probably heard this not once but many times. Really? Do you have to hear it again? Yes! We […]

Read More » | May 4, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


Eat responsible-most of the time

Disclaimer: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”. And nothing has changed here, Just a reminder: Food nutrition labels can be off by +-20% Macro counts posted by restaurants on menus have an even bigger margin of error, because I can guarantee you that no cook is in the back of a […]

Read More » | March 8, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


Having a Healthy Mindset

Healthful habits and the lifestyle change you all are attempting to create will NOT happen overnight… You won’t make a complete 180 overnight. You can’t flip a switch and BOOM…you’re superman or superwoman. It doesn’t work that way. Unfortunately. Developing healthful habits is a process and that process often requires baby steps to get to […]

Read More » | December 22, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


In Season vs. Off Season

Hi again peeps! I wanted to give a quick assessment regarding body composition and physique from my point of view. For those that know me, I’m not super lean year round (or most of the year for that matter). My goals don’t call for me to be super lean or shredded. Again, those are my […]

Read More » | December 9, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


Importance of Variance!

Hi again peeps!! Variance! Important stuff there, especially when it comes to our nutrition. One of the biggest aspects of BBCFE is the ability to allow a variety of foods to make it to our plates and into our daily routine. I often get asked “what’s the one meal you crave the most?”… Truthfully there […]

Read More » | October 19, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


Why do you enjoy flexible eating?

Why I enjoy flexible eating?  In my early 20’s I was diagnosed with an immune disorder known as Rheumatic Fever. It took over 8 doctors to diagnose me. At that time my white cell count was extremely high which caused damage to my organs and my most valuable muscle, my heart. Due to the illness I was on bed rest […]

Read More » | October 19, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


Do NOT set yourself up for failure

The problem with the psychology of a “Typical dieter” or your average person who wants to lose body fat or make positive body composition changes … Is that it just plain SUCKS! Ready… set …go… They go from Zero to 60. Motivation and Energy is super high, results are showing then, BOOM, they hit that […]

Read More » | September 27, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


Beware of “The Quick Fix” programs

Any fitness/meal plan program that promises to “transform you”, “fix you” “get you shredded”, “lean”, “buff”, “sexy”, “ready for summer” etc. within X amount of days, to be blunt…is crap. You can’t have a 90 day challenge and then be done, you have to learn how to do things the smart way and do them […]

Read More » | September 7, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none



Do you count your BLT’s? And no, I’m not talking about bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. BLT’s are bites, licks and tastes that we all seem to partake in now and then and yet, somehow, we either don’t think they count or believe they don’t count that much. In reality, BLT’s can add alot more […]

Read More » | August 12, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


A Risk We Take!

Hello peeps! Just wanted to drop in really quickly and leave you with some advice and perhaps a different view on going out to eat. Not that it’s the worst thing that we can do, we just have to keep it down to a dull roar. Let’s look at this situation for example. I go […]

Read More » | July 31, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


Back on the scale!

I know, I know another scale post, but… The struggle with the scale most likely will never totally go away, so that’s why as a coach I have to keep reminding the peeps. And I remind myself everyday too. There is so much more to this whole lifestyle than just a silly number. I totally […]

Read More » | July 17, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none

Read More » | July 13, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


Don’t Be a Hamster!

2 words… Accuracy and consistency! Over long time periods of tracking and especially when someone is in an extended fat loss phase, it’s very easy and somewhat normal for complacency to set in which may lead to more inaccuracies to start popping up more frequently. It’s SO key to always focus on your tracking habits, […]

Read More » | June 21, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


“Are you okay?” “You look fine the way you are.” “Eat a burger”!

“Are you okay?” “You look fine the way you are.” “Eat a burger”! “You don’t need to lose or work out anymore.” With all due respect.. When friends, random folk or family see change in your body and face…and they see this change and its not your “normal” look… They think and assume you will […]

Read More » | May 22, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none


Quick Fixes Always Equal Fast Failures

I started my contest prep 2 weeks ago and Initially I lost 10 pounds, most of it was just water. And the last 3 days I actually gained back 4lbs and I’m totally cool with it cause I look WAY better in the mirror and my muscles are a lot fuller and Energy is amazing. […]

Read More » | April 16, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments: none