I saw a friend the other day I hadn’t seen for a while. Something about her was different… subtle, but different. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but boy, did she look great!
After a few minutes, it finally dawned on me that she had lost a few pounds. Wow… it’s hard to believe that just losing a little weight can make such a remarkable difference in the way a person looks. She looked younger, prettier, and healthier, and you can bet the bank she was feeling the same way.
Every time I see someone who loses some weight, I always ask the same question: What’s your secret? One of these days someone’s going to come up to me after asking that stupid question, and in a soft voice, they’re going to whisper… “I eat less… but let’s just keep that between you and me”. Maybe I should stop asking.
Obviously no one wants to be overweight… but it’s a lifestyle far too many have inadvertently chosen. If you disagree, just go to a sporting event, or a concert, or for that matter, any place where people gather, and take a gander. Well?
Look, I’m not trying to be holier than thou; in fact, I’ve spent much of my adult life carrying a few more pounds than I’d care to as well… but not anymore.
There’s no freaking way I’m going to live the last third of my life being heavy, slow, and feeling lethargic. Why in world would I want to sit out the best part?
Well… the smart money says the only way to avoid that consequence is to go on a strict diet. Are you kidding me! Are you trying to tell me the only way to lose the weight is to eliminate the foods I’ve spent my entire life loving? In your dreams! No wonder the aforementioned concert halls and sporting events are filled with, to put it politely, the full-figured.
Listen… I’m not at all trying to put anyone down… quite the contrary. My entire blog is all about taking charge, feeling good, being happy, and living life as if there was no tomorrow. As I discover new and doable ways of getting that done, I toss it out there. It’s my nature… I’m a blogger.
I know lots of good people who would give anything for that magical diet which would not only guarantee to make them thinner, but more importantly, keep them that way… so much so… that’s exactly what they do.
They spend thousands of dollars following an unbelievably strict diet, which usually eliminates most all their favorite foods, as well as many others that supply essential nutrients the body needs to maintain optimum health. It sounds more like a recipe for disaster than a diet if you ask me.
We often lose our common sense chasing things we so desperately want; I know I’ve worn out many a sneaker going after my fair share, that’s for sure.
These diets and, for that matter, most everything else aggressively sold these days, promise the same thing… instant gratification. It reminds me of an old rock and roll hook amplified proudly by Queen… “I want it all. I want it all. I want it all, and I want it now”.
Hate to say it, but these empty promises are akin to what I would call a drug fix. They’re not real, not healthy, not sustainable, and will not make you happy.
But there are those diehards who are bound and determined, come hell or high water, to stick with this diet… and for them, they do indeed lose the weight. Unfortunately, the love for their favorite foods, they now so desperately miss, never quite dissipates.
Do you really believe you can spend the rest of your life depriving your taste buds of chocolate cream pie, pizza, mashed potatoes and gravy, cheese burgers, lasagna… you name it? Really?
What you’ve essentially done here is gone all-in, propping up your new and improved look against the strong arm of your willpower; as long as your strength holds out, so will your new look. That’s a tall order my friend.
What if I told you, you could lose that weight and keep it off, without giving up any of your favorite dishes?
Yes, you heard me right. Lose the weight, not the menu.
Well… here we go.
The fact is, there’s only one way to lose the weight… and that’s to eat less… but you already know that. Here’s what you don’t know. There’s a very simple way to make that happen… and I know for a fact it works.
I know it works because I’ve done it. I’ve reached my target weight and have kept it for better than two years now. I know it’s simple, because if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t do it… end of story. And don’t forget… it doesn’t exclude any of my favorite foods… not one.
This is not a quick fix; this is a diet you can sink your teeth into… literally.
Follow me on this.
The weight you carry today is sustained by the calories you eat, minus the ones you burn. This is not rocket science… just simple, irrefutable math.
The simplest way to maintain your current weight is to retain your current diet and exercise habits. In other words… don’t change a thing.
The easiest way I know to lose the weight, without turning up the exercise, is to apply simple math to your eating habits. Math is one thing that’s absolute… therefore you can count on it. No pun intended… well, maybe a little.
Here’s how it works. Establish the percentage of your weight which you want to lose. In my case, I weighed 210 pounds and wanted to lose 21 of them… the ugly ones. In other words, I wanted to lose 10% of my body weight.
So, being that math is absolute, I figured all I had to do was eliminate 10% of the calories from my everyday diet, and I would eventually lose the 21 pounds.
So I did just that… every day I consumed 10% less food then I was accustomed to. In other words, the only thing I changed was the amount I ate… not what I ate. The simplicity of this formula is the key to its success… my success.
Think about it… just 10% less food from each meal in exchange for 10% less weight… in my case 21 Pounds. For this to be any easier, I’d have to do it for you.
Strict diets demand far too much discipline. They require 100% of your willpower to change nearly 100% of your diet… the discipline of training for a marathon.
On the other hand, my diet requires 100% of your willpower to change 10% of your diet… this is a little more like a 5K. Literally anyone can do it.
There are many creative ways to eliminate 10% of calories from each meal, but here’s the simplest. Sit down with each meal as you always do. Before beginning to eat, push aside 10% of each item on your plate and don’t eat it… done.
Here are a few other ways of eliminating 10% with each meal.
• If you normally eat dessert with dinner, try having it every other night.
• Maybe consider using vinaigrette rather than blue cheese dressing.
• Do without the butter bread occasionally.
• Calories are calories… just cut out your target percentage with each meal.
Again… the simplicity of this diet will lend to your success. With this method, you don’t have to psyche yourself out to get started… just begin. If you fall off the wagon, so to speak, just hop back on with your next meal.
Is this the mother of all diets… probably not?
A wise old man once told me that life was meant to be lived fully. He said, “Do it all. Indulge in everything your heart desires… but only in moderation. Yes… everything in moderation.”
No truer words have ever been spoken.
Don’t know about you, but when I venture off too far in any one direction, which at times I’ve been known to do, my life begins to feel out of sync, or unbalanced if you will. Maybe that’s just me.
So when it comes to losing some weight, I say it can be done by enjoying everything on your menu… everything in moderation that is.