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Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 4:22 pm | Updated: 3:22 pm, Fri Sep 16, 2011.

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. Read right here, right now - for free - about the best kept fitness, weight loss and all-round healthy living secret in the history of humankind. It will save you time. It will save you money. And you'll see results!

(Was that enough build-up?)

Here it is (cue drum roll)...

Eat less.

Yeah, yeah, I hear your collective moan. Don't run me over in a parking lot or turn my photo into your new dartboard. I'm trying to help you. The simple notion of actually eating less has become lost in the noise.

Now let's see if you'll keep reading.

A big barrier to better health (and based on current obesity statistics 66 percent of us have it) is we are carrying too much weight. The effects of that extra weight reverberate throughout our body. Fat is not some dormant blob of goo just hanging out. It is participatory hormonally (with all its domino effects), impacts the health of our joints, can restrict range of motion, and can contribute to depression (body image, neurochemicals, etc.). That fat doesn't just keep you out of your skinny jeans. It deteriorates your health and quality of your life.

Losing excess weight should be at the top of our health lists, not weird fitness-gadgets or insane workout regimens. The best way to do it is to, yes, eat less. Do not fear starvation mode. Do not fear wrong food this or right food that. Don't complicate it by overanalyzing six small meals or three big ones. Just eat less. We can have a lengthier discussion another time on how much less, but for now just strive for less than your current intake. Less!

Make dinner and eat half of it. Order a muffin, pull part of it off and chunk the rest. Latte? Pour some out. Get a handful of chips and put the bag back. Candy bar? Split if with a friend. That's it. Less!

No time to get healthy? I'm saving you time. You will spend less time chewing.

No money to get healthy? I'm saving you money. You will spend less money on food.

So there you have it. The fitness, weight-loss and all-round healthy living secret of the century. Save time and money... and lose weight. Eat less!

• NSCA certified personal trainer Shannon Sorrels holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and an MBA. Her company, Physix LLC, works with Valley individuals as well as groups to improve their overall fitness. Reach her at (480) 528-5660 or visit www.azphysix.com.

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