I think I forgot this. I figured it out years ago but I guess sometimes I need to relearn things.
And since it is Feb 1 – it’s that time when the gym memberships start going mostly unused. Most of the new years resolutions have been long since forgotten. And people wonder why they are still fat? 4 weeks does not a chance make. Sorry folks, let’s start with 4 months and then hold that for 4 years… now we are talking. Let’s get BACK TO BASICS.
How do I lose weight? I have the answer. And you know what? Its pretty simple.
Easy? No. I said simple. If it was easy, you’d have already done it now, wouldn’t you?
Ok, here it is. The ANSWER you’ve been looking for…
Burn more calories than you eat.
That’s it. It IS that simple. But how do you get there with all the confusion about HOW to accomplish this?
Ignore the noise about this diet or that diet
Ignore the noise about genetics being the cause
Ignore the noise about stress or other hormones
Ignore the noise about your metabolism
Ignore the noise about the “quality” food
Ignore the noise about juicing
Ignore the noise about fasting
Ignore the noise about cleansing
Ignore the noise about supplements
Ignore the noise about the latest book preaching this new concept or that
Ignore the people telling you to buy X, Y, or Z product or service to do A, B, or C miracle solution
Ignore the people in your life who say you can’t. LISTEN to those who say you can in both words and action.
Why isn’t this magic solution on Oprah?
Why isn’t everyone preaching this on TV? Well, there’s no money for them in it. The TV is trying to sell you stuff. Ever thought about turning it off or turning on the mute? Do it.
Look at all these books they want to sell you? This is from a single search on google images. There were thousands more. Too much. Stop the noise.
I don’t want your money so have some truth instead.
Burn more calories than you consume and do it over an extended period of time (months and years).
Look, most of that stuff I call noise has some place for you LATER. Each one may or may not make sense for you but NOT when you’re starting off. When you start, it comes down to a decision to start and don’t let the noise stop that. It’s not easy. I never said it was. Wait, you want EASY and FREE? Get over it. Life isn’t like that. That which is of value requires work.
Ready to start? Let me boil it down to two things you need to do:
1. Reduce the amount of calories you put in your mouth.
- Smaller portions of what you do eat,
- Less crap food,
- More real food (i.e. fresher the better),
- Try not to drink your calories,
Just less calories, not less FOOD. I’m not trying to starve you to death! Duh, starvation diets just never seem to workout and can be dangerous. Forget it. INSTEAD eat several (5-6) small meals of GOOD food and you won’t be starving and you will be helping your body.
Every.single.thing you put in your mouth counts. Stop lying about what’s going in there. Your eyes are right above your mouth – use them to inspect what goes in. Log your food if you need too. That keeps me from being a liar about what I eat and how MUCH I eat. How MUCH is a problem for me, for sure.
Did I say you had to suddenly go Vegan? No, no I didn’t. Because the you today may not be able to do it. Don’t start things you can’t finish. EXTREME measures rarely work. Do you feel lucky? If not, just stick with tried and true. Slow and steady and permanent changes.
Oh yeah, and I didn’t say remove Beer or Wine. That’s just crazy talk for some. REDUCE is all we’re saying because every bit you consume is MORE movement you need to do to pay for it.
2. Move more!
- More steps,
- More activities,
- Less driving,
- More walking,
- Less tools to do our work,
- More human power,
- Walking the dog, instead of letting them outside,
- Shoveling instead of using a snow blower,
- Walking to see a neighbor instead of driving,
- Walk the kids to school instead of driving,
- Walk the steps instead of riding an escalator or people mover,
- More workouts,
- These things burn energy so use them to your advantage to burn more.
Make these part of your LIFE and you will never have another failed “diet” again. You will instead have a new you. You didn’t gain this weight overnight and you’re not going to loose it overnight either. Slow and steady is the path here and that path will get you there.
It doesn’t take money, it doesn’t take experts, it does take a single decision. By you. To make this a permanent change.
Are you ready? Just do it. Comment below. Let the world know you’ve decided. We’d love to share in your journey.
p.s. the is no “Right Time” (i.e. after the super bowl). Start now. You can still have a good time and you can still REDUCE even on special events. Remember, this isn’t something you do for 6 weeks and expect a permanent change. This is something that becomes a permanent you and you will have holidays, parties, sadness, and joy – eat and move accordingly.
Keep on moving.