“ I want to tone my thighs”. “What exercise do I do to get a six pack?” “ I want to lose the jiggle from the back of my arms”. These are common statements by people who are neophytes to the diet and exercise world. They all believe are certain exercises will magically get rid of their “problem areas”. Not! When I first started personal training, I thought the same. But after training for the Austin marathon in addition to teaching nine intense (75%-85% of heart rate max) one-hour Spinning classes, I noticed no change in 18% body-fat frame. It seemed the harder I worked out with my cardiovascular training, the more frustrated I’d become with my excess body-fat. It was not until I received my nutrition certification when I realized exercise alone was not going to be effective. I slowly discovered there was no way for me to exercise off any excess calories. I had to develop a plan.
Here is part one of the plan. At the end of the day when someone is trying to lose body-fat, the equation is simple: Calories in must be less than calories out. Furthermore, in addition to be in a caloric deficient, one must get all of the required micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrients, and omega 3 to omega 6 ratio) if you want optimum results.