Like many other Americans, my New Year’s resolution was weight related. Unlike most Americans, I started with a different way of thinking. Every time I had tried to diet in the past, I ended up bailing after a few weeks and gained the weight back and a few extra pounds for interest. I was determined to make this time different, and so far it’s worked. You won’t lose the weight as fast, but you will lose it for good, and that’s what it’s all about.
1. Cut out the fast food…and ONLY fast food
It seems like such an obvious one, but the problem I always found was that trying to cut everything out all together is impossible. I would eat a good meal for three days and then justifying my trip to the drive-thru with how good I’d been. If you’re trying to lose weight, try this. Eat crappy, and I mean really as crappy as you always do, just take fast food out of the equation. Seriously, eat frozen pizza, processed foods and all of that, just don’t eat a thing that comes from the fast food places. For me, that’s all it took. I have eaten fast food once this year, and it gave me a terrible stomach ache the rest of the day. The truth of it is, we are so quick to add fast food in with all the bad foods we eat, but we don’t think of fast food as its own terrible breed altogether. Processed foods and fast food are two different drugs and you’re addicted to both. Instead of trying to quit both simultaneously and relapsing, focus on getting rid of one then the other.
2. Take out processed food one meal at a time.
When it comes to weight loss, people want to change drastically. What they don’t realize is taking away all the bad stuff that their body is used to all at once will set them up for failure. You have to test the water before you dive in. After you’ve cut out fast food, the week after just replace one meal a day with a healthy meal, the next week two meals a day and so forth. By the time you’re eating completely healthy, your body will be used to it and you’ll be more likely to stay on track.
3. Exercise for four days
This is one I never really had problems with, but when the diet fell, so did the gym commitment. Let’s be honest, from the body builder to the guy trying out a free trial membership, at some point they all had something in common, which is: Going to the gym sucked. So the question here is, how did the body builder get over where the free trial guy is at? The answer is simple: the body builder learned to ignore the little voice in his head telling him reasons not to go. For me, I can get this down in four days. The first day, I’m excited to go, the second I’m sore, the third I look for any reason possible to not go, and by the fourth time the little voice telling me excuses knows we are going no matter what.