Dr. Kimberly Negrin is the owner and head coach of Chic Physique; specializing in holistic health, wellness and physique transformation. She holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. During her doctoral training she studied the role of inflammation in obesity and type 2 diabetes and the metabolic changes that occur under high fat/carbohydrate consumption and unhealthy dietary conditions. She is a Regionally awarded All-Natural Fitness America Pageant contestant where she has placed Top 10 in the 2012 New England Regional Miss Bikini America Pageant, Top 3 in the 2013 Miss Bikini Boston Fitness America Pageant and Top 5 in the 2013 Miss Figure Universe Boston Naturals Championships. As a mentor and life coach, she believes that you are simply one positive thought away from creating the life you dream. With a passion for science and research, Kimberly takes a holistic and scientific approach to health and wellness by providing her clients with the most up-to-date methods to approach dieting for sustainable results and the necessary resources to provoke habitual change to uncover passions, conquer obstacles to guide you to your best self.
Over the years, I have both experienced and trusted the prowess of fitness professionals who have preached to do more and eat less. What I have discovered throughout my experiences, education, experimentation and instincts is the recipe for sustainable results: balanced nutrition, proper training, rest and self-love. There is no quick fix. There is no shortcut to success. In the game of physique transformation and lifestyle change it is all a numbers a game consisting of Macronutrients (Protein, Fat, Fiber and Carbohydrates), Total Calorie Intake, and Daily Energy Expenditure. Simply Calories In vs Calories Out.
In the world of fitness and nutrition, there has been a constant battle of ‘eat clean’ versus a ‘flexible-dieting’ approach to dieting and which philosophy will yield better results. Let’s start at the basics – what is “clean eating”?
Clean eating is eating the way nature intended - natural and pure. You eat the foods our bodies evolved to function best on by following a whole-food nutritional program full of nutrient dense, energy rich food that is all-natural. The compositional make-up of clean food has no nutrition label, zero processing or modifications - likely to be found along the perimeter of the grocery store. In practice, this will make you feel – and look – fantastic! When you “Eat Clean” you tend to eat more often and these practices keep your blood-sugar levels stable and keep your hunger satisfied. But the bigger question is – What defines a ‘clean’ versus a ‘dirty’ food?
My answer is that there should be no differentiation between what is a clean/dirty food, other than what types of foods will impact overall health and help your body maintain consistent energy levels. We, as humans in the 21st century, need to be able to perform at our best whether that be in daily activities, work, fitness, etc. However, as part of our biological makeup and the concept of our insatiable human nature; it's not normal to eat perfectly all of the time! Sometimes we need to be able to satisfy our cravings for sweets and the occasional unhealthy foods. This is where the flexible approach to dieting was born. Those who solely rely on clean eating to reach their health and fitness goals tend to fall victim to orthorexia nervosa – disoriented eating patterns. The goal of flexible dieting is to implement an approach that will allow all body types to successfully reach their goals while practicing a balanced intake approach to dieting. Limitation and restriction is the root of ‘fad diets’ and the sole reason why fad dieters tend to rebound and gain back the weight they lost, and then some. Additionally, limitation and restriction impact our mental and emotional well-being as well as a micronutrient/vitamin/mineral imbalance.
"My philosophy is simple: Eat what makes you feel good, train hard
and efficiently toward your goals, keep your goals in sight, love yourself at every stage
and celebrate the small victories along the way"
Dr. Kimberly Negrin
“Basing your core beliefs on things which have no proof, or that are in contradiction with modern knowledge and empirical evidence, is remarkably stupid” ~ Unknown
It first begins with changing your food, your friendships, your sleep habits. You change what you talk about, the stuff you buy and what you think about - what keeps you awake at night. Don’t be paralyzed by the fear of choosing poorly. Trust your gut, follow your intuition, have conviction in your decisions and just go for it. Dive head first. Have faith in yourself and your decisions and just go for it. Set goals and kick and scream until you reach them. Learn throughout the process and grow as an individual. The path of least resistance only leads to one destination: the land of mediocrity.
"It’s not just about losing weight.
It’s about establishing yourself as the incredible human that you are."