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At some point several years ago it dawned on me that most people equate minutes of exercise as allowance of calories. In other words people think if they workout they can eat more freely. Do you fall into this category?

Here is the truth of the matter. Yes exercise burns calories. Yes if you workout you likely are able to eat more freely. But my point of this email is that creates a very unhealthy thought pattern in your brain.

Your brain controls your behavior. I want to train your brain more than your body. Training your brain starts with how you think. How you think about the correlation between calories consumed and calories burned is very important to your health and success with weight loss long term.

Let me use a different illustration to better bring home my point.

If you are an entrepreneur and decided to start a business you likely work around the clock building your business. If you are fortunate enough to stay in business 5 years, 10 years or even 20 years and beyond you have worked countless hours building your business. What if I asked you what dollar amount you have made per hour in that time frame?

Any business owner would laugh at that question. They don’t have a clue. They have worked thousands of hours. And it is likely that many of those hours were not paid.

My point is they don’t look at hours worked as a direct return on dollars earned. They just do the work that is needed because it needs to be done. They also don’t think of it as working for free. They are building a business that will pay them 24 hours per day 7 days per week later.

Now lets bring this back to my original point. Exercise should be something you do. It is making your body healthy, stronger and it will perform better for you long term. It also just happens to burn calories but that is not WHY we do it.

So if you would like to build a machine that will burn calories for you 24 hours per day 7 days per week just exercise. And if you want that machine to burn fat then eat healthy as well.

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