I am a 5’7″, 225 lb. male and I just started going to LA Fitness as I am trying to lose weight. I am trying to do this alone, but I need some nutrition advice. I am going to the gym for 6 days a week, doing 30-45 minutes of cardio every day and some weight training, but I would like to know how to eat right. I would like some tips on how to eat properly. Can you give me any advice that would help me lose the weight fast or at a steady pace?

– Jeremy L.


Welcome, Jeremy! Bravo on your consistency working out. Some people’s appetites increase with greater exercise à  energy deficits from physical activity may be neutralized by compensatory intake. That means you may be eating more than you think. You may want to consider portion control as a first step to eating right. Look for areas you can cut back on volume. Order smaller servings or split meals to allow for leftovers. The idea isn’t to reduce drastically and cause hunger but to pare down consumption up to 25 percent. Once your intake is at a level to just satisfy you, then turn to improving your food choices. See our previous post The 3 Pronged Attack for Weight Loss – DIET for examples of proper eating plans.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

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