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Robin Barrie Kaiden, MS, RD, CDN and CSSD is a licensed registered dietitian and personal trainer. She has a private practice in Manhattan and appears regularly in the media. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in nutrition and exercise science from Cornell and Columbia.
I exercise a couple of times a week, and eat fairly well. Is it possible for me to lose weight? Yes, of course it is possible. In order to lose weight, your body must have a calorie deficit. A calorie is a unit of energy: 3,500 calories equals one pound, so to lose one pound, you would need a calorie deficit of 3,500 calories. We can decrease calories by consuming fewer (eating less) or by burning more (with exercise).
Start with a food diary. Research shows that the most success in weight loss is correlated with food journaling.
If you can add an extra workout or two, that is great: you will burn more calories. If this is not possible, make sure you are maximizing your effort during the times you do schedule workouts. Try moving faster between exercises. Do jumping jacks or core exercises.
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