Body fat is excess energy. When you consume more energy than you burn over a long period of time, you gain weight. This calorie surplus, when combined with physical inactivity, leads to unwanted weight gain, most likely in the form of body fat. The only way to rid yourself of body fat is to reverse the conditions which created the mess in the first place: moderate reduction in calorie intake mixed with an increase in physical activity.
The gym brings together people with different backgrounds, perspectives and goals. While we don't need to agree on what the best workout routine is (because there is no such thing), or which diet friendly foods taste best (hummus), we should all follow a few basic rules while working out to make everyone's gym experience (or just mine) more pleasurable.
Preface: sugar is all the same. Whether it was adding in during processing or already present, the word sugar refers to a carbohydrate in its most basic form. There really is no [as far as calories, obesity and health are concerned] difference between sugar found in a strawberry or soda. Let's begin!
If we get past the "all carbohydrates are bad" mantra, we must start differentiating between the good and bad ones. Sugar is a type of carbohydrate characterized as simple, perhaps even bad or unhealthy depending on the source. A wide variety of foods contain sugar, and while some of them are deemed healthy, others are not. Though the sugar found in doughnuts and apples is nearly identical, there's an important distinction between foods high in added sugar and "naturally occurring" sugar.
A diet built on a foundation of healthy food choices has plenty of benefits including weight loss, increased energy and disease prevention. A healthy diet allows you to eat unhealthy foods sometimes, provided you make the right choices most of the time. A healthy lifestyle is about balance, not deprivation.
Though resolutions are known more for their failure than success rates, the New Year offers a fresh start to erase bad habits and instill healthy new ones. Whether you'd like to quit smoking, lose weight, start an exercise routine or fix bad finances, the New Year affords a great opportunity to start anew. Regardless of the goal, successful resolutions are all built on the same foundation.