Weight loss is a multi-billion dollar industry, we all know that. Companies make these dollars from selling specialty drinks, pre-packaged foods, creams, pills, dangerous fad diets, books, magazines, etc. etc. The biggest fear this industry faces is that everyone will realize the only true way to lose weight, and keep it off, is with a proper diet and exercise. With this in mind, how does one take action on achieving their weight loss dreams? Consider attempting the three ideas below and see what happens before you go on your vegan, cave-man, non-carb, spinach & grapefruit cleanse “diet”.
1. Think of your body as a slow burning camp fire and food as the fuel your body needs to keep the fire burning. If you do not place enough fuel into the fire, it goes out. You need to start listening to, and discovering what exactly, your body needs to keep the fire burning efficiently. If your body needs 1,300 calorie a day to survive, only eat 1,300 calories. If you exercise often, the fire will need more fuel to keep going.
2. Once you figure out the amount of fuel you need, do not keep your fire burning with garbage as fuel. If you have ever smelled burning trash, you know exactly what we mean. Cut back on sugar, salt, and fat. Easier said than done, we know. A more plausible, and perhaps less evasive, way of doing this is to cut out soda and sugary juices from your diet completely. Take the salt shaker off the table. Purchase a large box of those non-calorie sugar substitute packets to put in your coffee. On that note, drink your coffee without adding cream. Place a days’ worth of pre-cut raw vegetables (carrots, green peppers, celery, green onions, etc.) into your refrigerator. When you find yourself reaching for a snack, eat the fresh/crisp vegetables instead. These little steps may seem minor, but you can easily cut out over 5,000 calories from your diet in a week just by taking these steps.
3. Increase the intensity of your fire with regular exercise. Participating in 30-minutes of cardio exercise each day will keep your fire burning for years to come. Join a gym, attend an adult weight loss camp, play basketball with your kids, do something each day to keep your fire burning red hot.
Sorry for the ‘fire’ analogy, but a lot of people treat their body with an “I don’t bother it, it doesn’t bother me” mentality. Once you start thinking of it as a fire you depend on survival, you will start thinking twice about what you put into it.