runningA common resolution at this time of year is to lose weight.  It may be for that summer vacation, that summer wedding, or for health reasons.  While we know that our outward appearance is not what makes a person, it has a huge impact on our self-esteem.  It is difficult to be at your best for yourself and others if you are unhappy about how you look.  When you feel look good, you are more likely to feel good.

There are many strategies to help people lose weight; exercise plans, supplements, special diets, personal trainers, etc.  Those strategies can all be very effective.  However, they can also be costly too.  Guess what?  It doesn’t have to be.  No matter the strategy, the formula for losing weight is actually pretty simple.  You simply need to create a consistent calorie deficit.  In other words, you need to burn more calories than you are taking in.  That’s it.  For example, let’s say you are taking in about 3000 calories per day before you decided to commit to an exercise program.  You may decide to eliminate 500 calories from you diet by eliminating a couple of sodas each day.  Then you would also burn 250-500 calories by doing moderate exercise 3-5 days a week.  With just that simple formula, one would be on the way to losing approximately 2 lbs a week, maybe more.  A combination of moderate exercise and a reduction in calories will melt pounds away.  While there is nothing wrong with special diets, personal trainers, etc., you can do it without them.  You likely have everything you need to have the body and health you so desire!  You can win by losing!

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