I am not what you call a fitness expert. I don’t have a six-pack of abs and I’m not completely ripped. I have fat on me, that’s true, mostly everyone does. I do know how to lose weight and get in shape because I have tried everything and I see what works and what doesn’t. I have lost just about 60lbs since I graduated from college. I was 225 the day I received my diploma. As of Friday, I weighed 166lbs. Let me tell you about what I’ve learned in my experience.
Going a crash course diet does nothing for you. All of a sudden you go from eating normal food to this outrageous diet plan where you can’t eat 99% of the foods you love? Trust me, it won’t work. Yes, you may lose 25lbs in a couple months and be happy but once you go off that crazy diet plan, which you eventually will, you will gain it all back. It’s not about getting rid of all the food you love completely; it’s about moderation. While losing the weight I did, I didn’t give up any of the food I loved. I still drank alcohol, I ate bacon cheeseburgers, I ate pizza, etc. I also included things in my diet like fish, chicken, grilled foods, vegetables, fruits, salads, etc. I started eating those more and more and less of the other stuff but I never got rid of the fatty stuff because every once in a while, I told myself I earned it and I could enjoy it without feeling guilty.
The same principal goes with people who jump on shake diets. I’m sorry, if you are going to have a shake for breakfast, one for lunch and a sensible dinner, you are basically starving yourself. You are better off using protein shakes as snacks to and recovery from workouts while still eating healthy. Try something like this: Instead of having a bacon egg and cheese on a biscuit from a fast food chain, have an eggwhite omelet with turkey and a bowl of oatmeal. If you don’t like oatmeal, have some fruit.
Also, find an exercise you like. When I first started going to the gym, I hated it. I was out of shape and I wasn’t able to do much. I have a competitive side though and I found each time I went to the gym that it become easier to stay there. Once the gym becomes part of your everyday life, your body gets upset when you don’t go. Take your time and ease into things. Don’t try to run 5 miles in 30 minutes and lift 250lbs of weights on your first day. You know what your body can handle. Everytime you go, push yourself a little harder and eventually you will get there. It takes work and dedication but you will get there, I promise.
Finally, with eating. I started small. Instead of eating ranch with my french fries, I ate ketchup. Small step. Instead of fried chicken, eat grilled chicken. Just make one smart decision a day when picking your food and go from there. Eventually, it becomes second nature and you find that it wasn’t a struggle to eat what you want. You are just eating it a different way. Rye or Wheat bread over white; things like that. It’s the smartest way to get in shape and you won’t fall off the “wagon,” because there’s no wagon to fall off of. Just remember why you are doing it also. Every does it for a reason. Keep that reason in the back of your mind when making decisions on food and exercise and stay focused. You can do this. I did, and 59lbs later, I’m still going strong.