I’ve lost a little over 30 lbs since December and I’ve gotten numerous questions as to how (as if it’s some huge secret). Every time I say “I just exercise and watch what I eat” I just get the frowns, sighs, excuses and “Oh, that’s all?” YES THAT’S ALL!
People want fast results, that’s why the words “diet and exercise” seem so scary and irritating. I can understand, since I used to feel the same way about them. Honestly, though, “diet” is a terrible word to use. I don’t/never/will never diet. I watch what I eat. It’s different. There are no diet drinks, meal plans, starvation marathons, or frozen dinners. None of that. (Frozen dinners have way too much sodium anyway…) It’s not necessary. Don’t listen to the crappy commercial advertising diet pills or diet plans or what ever other bull they’re selling. It’s not needed. Plus, losing 10 lbs in two weeks is not healthy.
For one, I’m a label-reader. You should read labels whether you’re trying to lose, gain, or maintain your weight. It’s good to know how much sodium, fat, etc is in the food your about to eat so. Plus, you’ll know what to stay away from, continue to eat, or to eat in moderation. (MODERATION does not mean three cookies every two hours.)
Two, I get off my bum and I work it. It’s only “hard” for about a week while your body is getting used to the change. After that, it’s hard to stop. Your body feels good, it feels strong, and you feel good over-all. It’s addicting!
Three, there is no “fasting” or dramatically cutting calories. If you starve yourself, you will end up gaining weight. If you eat too little calories, you will end up gaining weight. It’s a natural function of your body when it feels like it’s at risk. Eating smaller portions (not dramatically smaller!) and reducing your calorie intake (again, not dramatically, unless you intake way way too much as it is…) will help you lose weight while making sure your body is getting enough. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU BODY IS GETTING ENOUGH. Why is that so hard to understand? :[
Four, the scale is not your enemy guys! Just because you gained two pounds does not give you a reason to give up and binge on cookies and Doritos for the next two days! It shows you that you’re either not doing something right, or you’re expecting results too soon. It takes a few days for your hard-work to show, so take it easy! Plus, gaining muscle does add to your weight a little bit, but that will also change as you burn away the fat.
Five, just because you look puffier does not mean you’re doing something wrong. Again, wait a little while for your results to kick in! If you’re building muscle under that fat, of course it’s going to puff up a little bit! It will do so until some of that fat burns away…which it will! CALM DOWN! It’s going to happen. It happens to everyone.
It’s not as hard as people make it out to be. I know there are plenty of excuses out there– some of them legitimate. Doing a little exercise in 10 minute intervals throughout the day is just as beneficial as if you were to do a 30 minute work out in one sitting.
Also, here’s another helpful tool I’ve been using. Livestrong.com allows you to record what you eat and it will calculate and record the amount of fat, sugar, calories, etc that is in each item you consume though out the day. It also allows you to set a calorie goal so you can keep track of it while recording how much exercise you do each day and how much calories you burn. Make an account and try it. It’s free (unless you go Gold) and it’s very, very helpful.
So really guys…next time I’m asked “How do you do it?!” and I get scowls and groans and excuses, I’m going to dunk your head in the toilet and flush thrice.