How To Save Yourself Hours While Losing Weight

Gabe Johansson
2 min readNov 28, 2023

Back when I first started my fitness journey I had this wild idea to hop on the elliptical for cardio every single day for 100 days.

I wanted to get in shape, so naturally fixing my diet and getting my body moving was the answer.

Even though it took me 110 days to complete my challenge, the Gabe that came out the other side was a different, much lighter individual.

But thinking back…

I could have saved myself hours of my life travelling back and forth to the gym and using that machine I haven’t used in half a decade while still getting in shape just as effectively.

Here’s what I mean by this:

Let’s say you did the same kind of challenge and spent just 20 minutes per day on the treadmill.

Over 100 days, that’s 33 hours spent walking…

All for an average of about 80 calories burned per session.

You know what else is about 80 calories?

1/3 of a 20oz bottle of Sprite, a serving of barbecue sauce, and less than half a serving of peanut butter.

You can save yourself hours by simply factoring in and tracking every single thing you consume, vegetables, condiments, drinks, and all.

And as I always say when I bring up cardio, I’m definitely not suggesting you don’t do any.

Cardio a great way to improve health markers and done right…

It’s excellent for reducing stress…

Which can lead to a better life overall.

But the point here is if you focus on getting your diet right, you can be a lot more deliberate about your cardio activities and do them for the right reason.

That said, to learn more about my highly efficient and effective methods to help you get in better shape, check out more of my articles and consider joining my daily fitness newsletter.

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Talk soon,

Originally published at on November 28, 2023.



Gabe Johansson

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