Health and fitness: New year is time to meet goals

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By Kent Pegg

The resolution season is upon us and many are deciding to make this the year they lose those extra pounds.

Whether it’s a couple pounds or many, the key to successful weight loss is to do it the right way.

I see people everyday who are achieving their goals and shedding those excess pounds by eating right and exercising. This is the right way to lose weight. Crash diets, trendy weight-loss methods and expensive supplements might provide some temporary success on the scale. But, invariably, they will fail and leave you right back the way you started, if not worse.

Even though many of you may, in fact, be rocket scientists, it doesn’t take one to understand how weight loss works. It’s a simple practice of burning off more calories than you take in.

So, what does it take to lose a pound? To lose a pound you need to have a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories. That might sound like a lot but if you think about how it can be done, it really isn’t so bad.

There are three ways to get that caloric deficit: reduce calorie intake, burn calories through exercise and add muscle that will consume calories.

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