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If you are frustrated with the confusing advertising messages about weight loss, just remember that your long-term health depends on many things you need to do consistently. There is no magical product that will do this for you.

The following is an interview with Mark Dilworth, Fat Loss Expert conducted by HealthTap.

1. How did you develop your passion for fitness?

I know what it is to gain weight and fight to lose it and shape your body. Here’s a little of my story.

I grew up as a physically active child in New Mexico. That was how I “did fitness” for the first 21 years of my life. Walking, riding a bike, playgrounds, Boys Club activities and playing sports year-round. I never thought about training heart rates, body fat, muscle mass, eating right or any of those things growing up. My first requirement for exercise: it has to be fun! You will keep doing exercise you enjoy.

When my football playing career ended after college, I had a problem. What would I do to stay active? Exercise had always come automatically with my lifestyle. Now, I was working behind a desk as an accountant most of the day and I had become sedentary. Except for the occasional memberships on rec sports teams, I was not very active. I gained 30 pounds in about 2 months time!

So, I did what many people do. I joined a health club and began to exercise. It seemed like work instead of fun because I had never been a member of a health club. My exercise habits would basically go this way: good workout habits for 3 months, sporadic workout habits for 3 months. I didn’t really pay close attention to my eating habits.

Over my years as an accountant, I would gain and lose that 30 pounds depending on my workout habits. I had settled into a routine I was pretty happy with until I started studying to become a personal trainer in 2004 and becoming certified in 2006. Since then, I have helped thousands reach their fat loss and weight loss goals through live one-on-one training, online training and phone consultations.

2. What type of content do you like to create?

I create content that encourages readers to make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight. I do not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.

3. What is your organization’s mission and vision, and what drives you to pursue it?

The mission is simple: To help people build their best bodies for optimal long-term health and vitality.

4. What is the most important thing you’ve learned over the years in pursuit of this mission?

Anyone can improve health, fitness, body composition and body image with the right information and consistent application.

5. What does being a HealthTap Influencer mean to you?

First, it’s an honor to be associated with HealthTap. Being a HealthTap Influencer helps me to spread the health and fitness message faster. There is no time to waste. The overweight and obesity crisis can be reversed.

6. Where do you feel the health and wellness community can be doing a better job and how?

We, as a community, need to spread the message that better health and body composition does not depend on one or more products on a store shelf. The primary habits that lead to long-term health are regular exercise, healthy nutrition, healthy lifestyle habits and mental conditioning. Its not quick and easy, it takes hard, smart work to get this done.

7. What is one piece of content you’ve produced over the years you are most proud of and why?

If I have to choose one, it would be my free book 10 Weight Loss Hacks.” It gives readers 10 bottom line ways to build their best bodies without focusing on weight loss and its based on client/reader surveys, client/reader results and scientific research.

8. What has been one of your most gratifying moments related to your efforts as a health and wellness influencer?

The most gratifying moments are ALWAYS testimonials from readers and clients about how I helped them improve their health, bodies and/or lives. There’s nothing better than helping and giving to others.