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Want to Lose Weight?

To lose weight, there are a few factors that you must consider for any weight loss program to be effective. If you remember the following formulas, you should be able to lose weight in a healthy manner and better yet, KEEP IT OFF!


Formula #1: Calories OUT > Calories IN = Weight Loss

This formula is as basic as weight loss gets. Though there is much debate on this theory, I do agree that a calorie of carbohydrates does not equal a calories of protein.  So not all calories are equal.  You need to limit your sugar - NOW!  If you exercise more calories than you eat at the end of the day, you will lose weight. Creating a calorie deficiency at the end of a day does not mean you have to starve yourself. In fact, decreasing your calories too much can have an opposite effect on the body and cause what I refer to as CAMEL MODE.

Limit carbohydrates, increase protein and good fats for optimal results.

The human body is built for survival and when we receive too few calories and not enough water, we can actually shut down our metabolism to a point where you will not burn fat and store water. So, you will not lose weight, but you could gain weight by the increased water retention.

This is where Formula #2 comes into play: Water + Oxygen = Fat burning

Basically, the body needs water and increased oxygen to burn fat as an energy source. The water intake should be anywhere from ˝ gallon for women and up to 1 gallon a day for men. See this article in the Article Archive if you are concerned about drinking “too much water.”

As you add more water to your system, your body will be able to use the retained water for excretion, prompting almost immediate weight loss that is healthy. This is not the same as sitting in a sauna and sweating which actually DEHYDRATES you. Adding water will REHYDRATE you and enable the body to burn more fat (as long as you increase your oxygen intake by doing some form of exercise). Walking, swimming, biking, jogging, calisthenics, and even yard work can help with working your cardiovascular system.

Here are some sample calorie expenditures for a variety of activities for people who weigh 130 – 190 lbs. If you weigh more that 190 lbs you will actually burn slightly more calories than a lighter person.

Activity 130 lbs 190 lbs
Aerobics 300 Calories Per Hour 500 Calories Per Hour
Basketball Game 475 Calories Per Hour 675 Calories Per Hour
Pt – Pushups 480 Calories Per Hour 690 Calories Per Hour
Child Care 210 Calories Per Hour 300 Calories Per Hour
Gardening 290 Calories Per Hour 400 Calories Per Hour
Jogging 410 Calories Per Hour 600 Calories Per Hour
Pushing Stroller 150 Calories Per Hour 210 Calories Per Hour
Jumping Jacks / Rope 450 Calories Per Hour 650 Calories Per Hour
Swimming 550 Calories Per Hour 890 Calories Per Hour
Tennis 400 Calories Per Hour 600 Calories Per Hour
Walking 4 mph 250 Calories Per Hour 350 Calories Per Hour

These are but a few of the ways to burn calories. In fact, everything you do (breathing, sitting, standing) burns calories -- even sleeping! But as you can see from the above list, activities that burn the most are rigorous or can be done for several hours.

Take a look at my Summer Lean Down Plan article for more information on the “CALORIES IN” part of the equation.

But it is never a good idea to limit your calories under 1800 calories per day. In fact, you should consult a nutritionist or dietician for a plan if you plan to go under 1800 calories. The main reason is that you can lose weight but become unhealthy due to lack of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from a lower calorie diet.

Remember, the key to any weight control program is adding water to your diet and developing a fitness plan that will help you add oxygen and burn calories and fat. This will produce the caloric deficiency needed to lose weight. Feel free to email me at and make sure you visit the archive for more ideas on fitness as well as the Fitness eBook store. I am here to help you and answer your questions -- Good luck.

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at



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Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness (Book / DVD)
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The Special Operations Workout

The SWAT Workout - From Recruit to SWAT Team Member
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Fitness for All Levels of Fitness

The 90 Day Beginner Guide to Fitness
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Reclaim Your Life - The Erin O'Neill Program

Veteran's Fitness - Baby Boomer and a Flat Stomach

The Busy Executive Workout Routine
The Advanced Weights / PT Workout (Fall / Winter Weight Gain Cycle)
The Perfect Pushup Workout

The TRX Workout
- Circuit Training 101 ebook

NEW Obstacle Course Race Ebook

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Navy SEAL Workout Phase 1  Beginner Weeks 1-9
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Navy SWCC Workout

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The Army Air Assault School Workout

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Air Force PJ / CCT Workout

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Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard OCS Workout

The USMC IST and PFT Workout
USMC OCS / TBS Workout
The Service Academy Workout (West Point, Navy, Air Force Academy)
The Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp Bootcamp Workout

The Army OCS and PFT Workout
The PFT Bible - Military / Police Standard PFT


The Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Test Workouts

The FBI Academy / PFT Prep Workout

The DEA Prep Workout

The FLETC Prep Workout - Ace the PEB

The State / Local Police Academy Workout

The Fire Fighter Workout

Seal Multi Men's Multi-Vitamin Multi-Mineral


TRX Train Like the Pros


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