Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. Read right here, right now — for free — about the best-kept fitness, weight loss and all-around 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?)

The secret is (imagine drum roll): Eat less.

Yeah, yeah, I hear the collective moan. But don’t be so quick to 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” of weird fitness gadgets and insane workout regimens. A big barrier to better health is carrying too much weight. (And, according to current obesity statistics, at least 66 percent of us are.) The impact of extra weight reverberates throughout our bodies. Fat isn’t a dormant blob of goo just hanging out. It affects the health of our joints, restricts range of motion, participates hormonally with our body systems, and can contribute to depression. Fat doesn’t just keep you out of your skinny jeans; it deteriorates your quality of life.

Losing excess weight should be at the top of our health lists. The best way to do it is to eat less. Don’t fear going into starvation mode. Don’t fear wrong foods. Don’t complicate it by overanalyzing the benefits of six small meals or three big ones. Just eat less.

We can have a discussion another time on how much less. 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 chuck the rest. Latte? Pour some out. Grab a handful of chips, and put the bag away. Candy bar? Split it with a friend. That’s it. Less.

No time to get healthy? You will spend less time chewing. No money to get healthy? You will spend less money on food. There you have it, the secret of the century: Eat less.

• Shannon Sorrels is an NSCA-certified personal trainer and owner of Physix LLC in Ahwatukee Foothills. Reach her at (480) 428-5660 or

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