I hear people on a regular basis talk about their weight. I co-own a fitness oriented business with my wife so it’s probably no surprise that I am in relatively good shape. I can fit into my pants from high school which I think at 35 years of age says a lot.

So I am often astounded at the degree to which people either make excuses for their weight or are dumbfounded at the notion that they are overweight in the first place.

I sympathize, really I do. There is SO much truly bad information out in the world. Everyone seems to be selling a new diet, or pill, or hormone shot as the new holy grail of weight loss. Everywhere you look, someone is hawking the secret to losing weight.

People are confused.

I want to set something straight once and for all. I want to share with you the real secret of weight loss. No I am not selling anything, rather simply offering you a bit of truth. Are you ready for it?

You Are Fat Because…You Eat Too Much!

Let that sink in for a minute.

80 percent of your success will come from nutrition. There is a saying among health and fitness professionals that goes a little something like this, “You can’t out train a bad diet”. Just because you go to the gym and burn 600 calories on the treadmill, the extra 1500 calories of fast food you are eating a day more than makes up for those calories burned.

A sound cardiovascular program combined with resistance training will aid in weight loss. It will increase your stamina, as well as increase lean muscle mass (no ladies or gents really, you are NOT going to get bulky).

My point here is that nutrition is the foundation of healthy weight, resistance and cardio training are important, but it all starts with proper nutrition.

But I don’t want to count calories you say…TOUGH! In the beginning, various portion control strategies can work, but ultimately , if you don’t know what you need to fuel your body and you don’t know how that aligns with what you are eating you are not going to be as successful as you can be.

With today’s online sites like Livestrong or DailyBurn, tracking what you eat is easy, there really is no excuse not to do it.

I personally use DailyBurn to track my food and workouts. Despite some slow database troubles that have plagued the site since I joined several years ago, all of the basic tracking is included in the free membership. The site also has one of the most accurate caloric calculations I have seen (based on the Harris-Benedict formula). Give it a try and add me as a motivator (I am IPBrian of course).

Follow its recommendations. Don’t eat too much, or too little. Eat quality foods. Get some exercise. Get Healthy. It really is that simple. No one, however, said it was going to be easy!