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FITNESS TIP

Greg Lewis

LOSING FAT

Greg Lewis, Certified Personal Trainer

Many of us have been told that cardio is the best way to burn fat. Cardio, however, is extremely inefficient. For example, you would be required to run more than a mile to burn off the calories from just one glass of wine! Diet is the most important aspect to a successful weight loss program.

To lose weight, you have to eat less calories than you expend in a day. It doesn’t need to be a huge cut back in calories: just consuming 100 calories less a day can shed pounds of fat over months. To do this, you must first know your daily calorie expenditure. Fitness apps and watches can make estimations of your daily calorie expenditure. Other tools like ultrasound, which we have at Parkpoint, or water submersion will be a more accurate tool because they take into account the person’s muscle mass.

With the daily calorie expenditure number, you next have to make a plan that you can stick to. Your success will come from finding foods that you enjoy that allow you to feel satiated while staying under your calorie limit. The hardest part to the diet is eating out less and cooking at home more. Most convenience foods are totally junkie and can ruin any chance for losing weight. If you’re willing to put the time into the kitchen and eat only what you make, you’ll be setting yourself up for the best success!