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The following is good for those of you trying to lose weight along with the group trying to put on additional muscle. Working out is very important but equally so is putting the proper nutrition in your body.

I encourage everyone to use myfitnesspal.com or a similar calorie counting site. I’ve always used this one, I find it to be pretty easy so I always recommend it. Everyone can do this, but when the day is over and you have consumed X amount of calories, carbs, proteins, fats, sugars, fibers, etc….What do all those numbers tell you? Do they mean anything to you? My How to Read Food Labels page will give you some definitions.

These numbers are only half of the equation. Myfitnesspal is tracking your calories in but what good is that information if you don’t know how many calories are going out? To estimate your calories out there are a number of different methods to do so. By measuring your Basal Metabolic Rate (resting rate) & factoring in your daily activity level you can come up with an approximate Total Daily Energy Expenditure (amount of calories needed in a day). Once you learn how many calories are going out, you can make adjustments to your daily caloric intake in order to meet your weight goals (calorie deficit vs calorie surplus).

Now, how exactly do you do that? Contact me and I can get you on the right track.

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About the Author:

Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM’s “The Fitness Edge”.

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