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Kick Up Your Cardio to Lose Weight. Here’s your plan!

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Add an additional 15 minutes of fat burning cardio to each workout. Try sprinting or increasing resistance. Go all out for 30 seconds then back to baseline for the next 30 seconds. Continue for 15 minutes.

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Ask Coach Jackie: Do I have to totally “ban” foods to lose weight?

Answerd6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkq: People who try to slim down often try to cut out all indulgent foods, but eventually, this approach backfires. If you’re following an overly restrictive diet, you’re more likely to go overboard on your vices. Cutting out your vices completely can activate the brain’s stress system, making you want to eat those foods even more.
Losing pounds and keeping them off depends on learning to balance your diet without depriving yourself, and eating in a way you can maintain. Try following the 80-20 rule. Eat great 80 percent of the time, and allow room for small treats the other 20 percent. As long as you are reducing your overall intake, you don’t need to nix any one food from your diet.


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Ask Coach Jackie: Can I “make up” for weekend splurges?

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqAnswer: The weekend represents about 30 percent of the week, so too many slip-ups will put you on bad terms with the scale. Case in point: Dieters usually lose weight during the week, but stop losing weight on the weekend because they ate too much. By feasting on whatever you want on the weekend, you’ll cancel out five days’ worth of healthy eating. When it comes to shedding pounds, consistency is key. Aim to consume a similar number of calories on Tuesday as you would on Saturday. Weigh yourself on Friday and again on Monday. Any weight gain is a sign you shouldn’t have eaten the extra slice of pizza.


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Ask Coach Jackie: Should I exercise in fat burning zone to lose weight?

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqAnswer: The “fat-burning zone” lies between 50 and 70 percent of your maximum heart rate. When you exercise at this low intensity, your body draws energy from fat. As your heart rate goes up, more energy comes from carbs. So it seems logical that to lose fat you should keep your heart rate low. But that’s not the case.
Doing cardio at higher intensities causes you to burn a lower percentages of fat calories in favor of carbs, but you use more total calories. And that’s the key to slimming down. Plus, since you torch more total calories, the absolute amount of fat burned actually increases too.


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Ask Coach Jackie: To lose weight, should I cut carbs or fat?

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The truth: Most get-thin-fast plans revolve around the idea that restricting your intake of one particular nutrient, usually carbs or fat, is the best way to lose weight. But the results have shown that calories are the most important factor for weight loss. To lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than you burn-regardless of what percentage of carbs, protein, or fat you’re eating.