#1: Do you have to follow a particular diet to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle? I don’t “follow” a diet; all my choices are supported by the question “is it worth it?” I have been gluten free since 2008 and been dairy free off and on as well. Calories count but so does quality of the food you eat so we try to stay as organic, local and GMO free as we can.
#2: What are the biggest mistakes people make when attempting to exercise? Not making a plan, not tracking it and then not changing it. I have recently become an expert for About.com and did a video about starting a strength training regimen. Too many people think all exercise is equal so they do it randomly and then wonder why it doesn’t work.
#3: What are the biggest mistakes you see people doing with their diets? That people think and treat eating LIKE a diet. They think it’s temporary so they do dramatic things to lose weight quickly without wanting to commit long term. The way you eat has gotten you where you are, if you do not like where you are you have to change the WAY you eat and the way you THINK about eating. Even one small change that is more permanent is more effective in the long run than an 8 week diet will be.
#4: How much time do people need to spend exercising on a weekly basis to see results? It really depends on who you are, what your goals are and what you are willing to do to get there. Someone who is willing to let go of inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy and sugar will probably see dramatic results compared to someone who is unwilling to change their diet and only exercise 1-2 times a week. Exercise needs to be efficient as well as often so some exercise can actually be a huge waste of time when it comes to weight loss. People get frustrated because they assume they know what they are doing when actually they are wasting time NOT getting any results.
#5: Do you recommend cardio exercises to stay in shape? I do recommend cardio but again it will be more personalized than that. There are cases where someone can’t or doesn’t like most cardio and we can find a way around that.