One of the questions I frequently get is, “Can I eat pizza (or burgers, or fries, etc.) on a fat-loss program?”

Well … you can eat anything you want. As long as you are willing to accept the consequences and take full responsibility for your actions (or lack of action). So, yes, you can eat pizza while on a fat-loss program, provided you know that it could slow down, stop, or reverse your results.

Can you skip workouts and watch TV instead?

Sure. But if you choose to sit on the couch after a hard day’s work, you need to realize that you will not be getting closer to your goals. And if you choose to eat 1,500 calories worth of pizza and drink 600 calories worth of soda while you sit on the couch, you WILL gain weight.

Weight loss isn’t rocket science. It’s 90 percent common sense. We all know what we should and shouldn’t eat. Even a fifth grader can tell you that too much pizza and soda will make you overweight.

As inspirational writer Og Mandino says, “I shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me. Or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsibility. Win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”

[Ed. Note: Get a head start on your 2009 weight-loss goals with fitness expert Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training program. Learn how you can get fit in three 45-minute workouts a week right here.]

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