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The Basic Equation for Weight Loss to Keep That New Year’s Resolution

You can manage your weight through a basic equation: Calories Consumed – Calories Burned

It’s the New Year and the time is right for all kinds of New Year’s resolutions, including “I’m going to lose weight” or “I’m going to be healthier”.  The US Government has an entire web site dedicated to weight management and physical activity.  It’s no surprise that this resolution is so popular, because it can also be the most complex.  But it doesn’t have to be.

Start with the basic equation: calories in minus calories out, with the objective to have a negative number in the end, and customize the routine specifically for you.

You can reduce “calories in” by choosing leaner meats, substituting vegetables for carbs, and reducing sugar-rich drinks throughout the day – easily eliminating 1,000 calories per day.  There are also nutrition supplements on the market, which help increase your metabolism and curb your appetite.  These can help you reach your desired outcome faster.

For the “calories burned” side of the equation, things get exciting and fun!  There are a variety of ways you calorie burn throughout the day, from walking and running to weight training and interval training, but it should start with a goal.  Keeping in mind that 3,500 calories represent one pound of fat, you can set your weight loss goals with a target weekly pound loss target and calculate the calories you need to burn (based on your target calorie intake) to reach that goal.

Here are the three keys to health & fitness success:

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