Lose the Sugar and Lose Fat

Lately I've been focusing on fat loss in the daily fitness minute, so now that the new website is up and going I will give you a quick overview.  Far and away the best thing you can do to lose fat is to change your eating habits.  Regardless of your exercise regimen, if you continue eating the same way, you will look the same.  Thirty or even sixty minutes of exercise a few times a week will not make up for the alcohol, desserts and excess calories you eat every day.  There are 3500 calories in a pound and it takes a lot of exercising to burn that many calories, not to mention the fact that you must have a 3500 calorie deficit in order to lose a pound.  Don't think that just because your treadmill says you burned 500 calories in an hour that you actually did because they typically overestimate the number of calories you burn.  Here is a reference from the mayo clinic, that details the estimated number of calories burned during various types of exercise.  The reality is you must make significant changes in your eating habits in order to get any significant fat loss results.  One of the most important things you can do if you want to see results is to cut out sugars.  This means juices, sodas, pasta, bread and most fruits.  Instead of these sugar filled foods you should significantly increase the amount of non-starchy vegetables you eat including leafy greens and those of varying colors.  Unless you are training for a marathon, triathlon or are performing multiple strenuous workouts each day then you don't need the large amounts of starchy vegetables, pastas, breads and fruits that many mistakenly believe are healthy.  By cutting these hidden sugar filled foods and increasing quality proteins, fats and vegetables you should see the weight begin to fall off....even with a moderate exercise program.  Remember it's easier to avoid the calories than to burn than off later.