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MEDICAL – Manage your weight

By Dr. Jay Trussler

The weight-loss industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. If you haven’t tried a thigh-master, Billy Blanks Tae bo, that Chuck Norris upside-down sled do-hickey, a Bowflex, Nutrisystem, Beachbody, Sweating-To- The Oldies or Acai berry, then you are definitely in the minority. But the secret formula for weight loss has always been the same:  You’ve got to burn more calories than you eat.

To burn one pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories MORE than you take in.

Your resting metabolic rate (calories you burn without exercise on a daily basis) can be roughly calculated by multiplying your weight by 10 for a female, and multiplying by 11 if you are a male.

If a man weighs 200 pounds, he will burn about 2,200 calories each day.

If that man burns 250 more calories each day (2,450) by exercising and cuts back to eating 1,950 calories, then he will burn 500 more calories each day over what he has eaten. 500 calories x 7 days per week = 3,500 calories = 1 pound of fat. So, that guy will lose one pound of fat per week. That may not sound like a lot, but remember that could be 52 pounds per year.

Many of us, myself included, simply eat too many carbohydrates and fail to exercise enough to burn those foods off. Fortunately, there are many great low-calorie recipes on the Internet. There are also several prescription options to help with significant weight loss. A little bit of workout consistency and dietary willpower will go a long way. Feel free to schedule an appointment to see if I can help you obtain better health and a stronger body. Until then…

Play Hard & Be Healthy,

Dr. J