Struggling with Your Weight Loss Journey? Here's What You Might Be Doing Wrong

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Personal trainer Mike Matthews joins The Doctors to share tips on staying healthy and he explains why most diets do not work and why you might be struggling to lose weight.

The trainer feels rules and restrictions cause most diets to fail and tells The Doctors the focus should be on calories and protein.

"If you know how many calories to eat and how much protein to eat every day -- based on how active you are and what your goals are -- you can rapidly transform your physique regardless of the individual foods you eat," he says. "You can get the body you want, eating the foods you like."

The personal trainer reveals this includes the foods that many people say someone looking to lose weight should not eat -- like carbohydrates and sugar

He also notes working out is not just about burning calories. The fitness expert explains it is important to exercise with the goal of gaining muscle and strength. This can be accomplished using free weights, weight machines, and your own body weight, The trainer says this type of exercise also reduces the risk of diseases like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, along with improving brain function and sleep.

Mike also stresses, "You don't have to cut carbs and sugars out of your diet to lose fat and get healthy." He explains weight gain is usually caused by the consistent overeating of unhealthy and processed foods

The trainer recommends getting 80 percent of your daily calories from whole and relatively unprocessed foods like lean protein, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, seeds, and legumes. The remaining 20 percent can be used on whatever you want including indulgent foods and treats.

Get more fitness inspiration from Mike on his Instagram account!

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