How to Lose Weight and Keep It OffMillions of people struggle with losing weight worldwide. Diet and health books come out every day, along with new exercise DVDs, and, yet, the world as a whole keeps gaining more weight. For every person who struggles with losing weight there's likely five that gave up a long time ago.
For most people, I believe the unfortunate consensus is that it's impossible to be fit and trim. They believe you are either gifted with the right genetics or you aren't. The truth of the matter is that, barring any major health issues, anyone can lose fat and build muscle . How much fat you lose and how much muscle you gain is dependent upon the same old basics we've known pretty much known since the beginning of time - you have to move more and eat less. But, here is the important thing that we miss today - the reason we all eat too much is because the kinds of foods we eat just make us hungrier and addicted. You see, processed foods are made for one purpose, and that is to tantalize your taste buds and get you to eat more and more.
When God opened his grocery store, He put out fruits and vegetables that are chock full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that did what they were supposed to do. They supplied the nutrition our bodies craved for survival. Even with the sugar in fruit, God put in fiber to negate many of the ill effects of sugar. When man is trying to make a buck, all he cares about is putting in sugar, and more sugar, and more sugar which in turn makes you want to eat and eat and eat.
So, to lose weight, most of us have to kick the addiction to sugar that the majority of people may not even know they have, or don't want to admit they have. Of course, with addictions come emotional dependence as well as physical dependence.
Once you narrow down the reason you can't lose weight, the next step is to prepare a plan to make the switch from junk food consumer to a consumer of real foods. Real foods don't come with a list of ingredients. They are the ingredients. For example, an apple, berries, avocados, broccoli, kale, spinach, etc.
We've just become too reliant on processed foods that hardly in any way resemble the original foods they are supposedly composed of. Some of us won't even touch food if it hasn't been cooked in mass quantities on an assembly line and put in a pretty box. The way we look at food has to change. The ultimate weapon we all have in winning the war against obesity is the proper mindset.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Simple things like writing out a grocery list beforehand and preparing your meal for work the next day instead of eating out are pretty much the only ways to really lose weight. You can't eat out everyday and expect to reach your fitness goals or lose any meaningful amount of fat. Eating out everyday is, basically, a recipe to gain weight slowly from week to week and year to year. You have to get off the quick and easy food train and get on board with the days of old when we all took lunchboxes to work.
Yes, forget about dependence on a route that lets you eat cake everyday. I'm sorry, but as long as you do that, you'll never achieve your fitness goals. Here's where the rubber meets the road. It goes back to the mindset. If you read, "give up cake" and instantly retreated, then consider this next thought. You don't really have to eat cake to live. Cake, ice cream, and cookies are not necessary to live. It may feel that way sometimes, but it's not. In fact, it's the opposite. Like any other addiction, all addicts convince themselves that because something is in their life right now, it must be forever, but it doesn't have to be. Trade one bad food for one good food. Start out trading soda for tea, or a cookie for an apple. Don't bring junk food home, whatever you do.
Think of it this way, if somebody in your family was an alcoholic, would you stock a refrigerator with beer and expect to not have something bad happen? Of course not. So don't stock your shelves with foods laced with sugar and expect you or members of your family to get healthier.
But again, it starts with planning. I recently published a book on Amazon called, Never Quit the Back to Basics Fitness Guide. I hope you'll consider purchasing it for yourself and for your family. In it, I've broken the life of health and fitness into four main categories.
1. Mental and spiritual
It's just has the title suggests. It's all about the basics. I think we've spent too much time trying to reinvent the wheel and not enough time going over the simple truths.
Take celery for instance. Did you know that celery has flavonoids, which may lower the risk of cancer, inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases? Phthalides found in celery are thought to lower stress by regulating stress hormones and may improve blood flow.
It's so simple. You can get celery at any grocery store. It costs very little, and yet by eating this one thing on a regular basis you may lower your stress and risk of disease. Processed food usually does the exact opposite.
And, if you can keep it down to a small portion a day, dark chocolate is a great treat that can be actually good for you.
For breakfast, have some good old fashioned eggs. Here are some of the things you’ll find in an egg: vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B9, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, choline, iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. They are also a great source of protein.
That's just the beginning. There are so many great old fashioned healthy foods that you can choose from that will help you lose weight by just eating them instead of manufactured foods.
Again, please consider buying my new book. It's filled with nutritional information, a list of great foods to try, and is written to motivate and put you on the path to a lifetime of health and fitness, not just a twelve week plan of starving and then gaining it all back.