Archive for February, 2010

Just to be clear.
February 24, 2010

There is no easy way around it, no short cuts, and for goodness’ sake, absolutely no magic pills for fat loss! PLEASE SAVE YOUR MONEY! I’ll be frank and upfront with you! It is going to require some patience, and you will have to be ready to make some big changes in your life. The up side? Big changes equal big results.

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STOP Dieting!
February 17, 2010

If you are on a diet now or thinking about starting one, please take a few minutes to read this blog entry. It may very well change the way you look at food and your approach to living a longer and healthier life.

To better define the word diet could be; “the practice of ingesting food in a regulated fashion to achieve or maintain a controlled weight.” Wikipedia. “Or a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Both those definitions raise a red flag, not to mention they don’t sound too appealing. The red flag I am referring to is the word “weight”. In our all or nothing approach to getting slim we have become so fixated with the numbers on the scale, that we have forgotten what kind of weight we are losing.

Did you know that an unbalanced diet or fad diet can cause you to lose lean muscle along with fat? We need to have a different outlook than simply losing weight! What you want is to lose fat, and maintain muscle.

If you are like me and have been dieting for a while you have most likely tried a few out there. Most diets can generally be divided into four categories: low-fat, low-carbohydrate, low-protein, and low-calorie. The main problem with any diet that fits into any of these categories is that you will lose muscle mass along with fat. As you will soon find out, muscle is your best friend in terms of fat loss and you have to learn how to safeguard it at all costs.

It is true you will get results from a lot of diets out there, but if they don’t promote balance and severely restrict fat, carbs, protein or calories – take my word for it; you are setting yourself up for failure. Diets are a short-term fix and are not practical for the long term. It’s now your time to ditch the diet and start leading a more balanced and beautiful life.

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Who have I become?
February 9, 2010

I seem to be averaging around 155 lbs now, and I find this to be a comfortable weight. I started off on a very restrictive low carb diet and lost 50 lbs in about 8 months. The diet proved to be so effective that I lost all the weight without any additional exercise.

Of course, changing your eating and exercise habits together is the best way to lose and keep the weight off. Still, my example proves that if you change your eating habits enough, you are well on the way to success… even if you are having trouble instituting an exercise program.

For those of you who are obese and thinking “Yeah that’s easy for him to say he only had to lose 50 lbs. What about me? 50 lbs won’t even make a dent!” You might not think so, but losing 100 lbs or more is the same as losing 50 lbs, the only difference is time. What I did in 8 months might take you one or two years, but your plan of action will be the same.

I would recommend a low carb diet to someone who finds himself or herself in an unhealthy, high-risk lifestyle. It’s amazing how fast someone can lose weight if they follow one properly. What’s the catch you ask? Well, it doesn’t work for everyone and low carb is strictly for short-term use only. Although you experience rapid progress, your food options are very limited, and there is a good chance you will lose muscle along with fat. You can have success at home but will find it very difficult to stick to your diet on the road, with friends and family, and at the restaurant.

This brings up a very valid point as far as balanced diets go. If your new eating habits are so foreign to you, how long do you think you can keep it up before returning to your old habits?

In total, I balanced a low carb diet for about 6 years and experienced big fluctuations in my weight. For example anywhere from 150 lbs to 175 lbs in very short periods of time. This was basically the result of getting on the wagon and falling off the wagon over and over again.

It all changed for the better when I took the leap into a balanced diet. I immediately experienced more freedom in food selection and found my weight to be more stable. I can honestly say that in no way do I feel restricted, or like I am missing out on anything.

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Who was I?
February 6, 2010

Who was I? I was fat! I’m 5 foot 8 inches and at my heaviest I was 200 lbs. Okay in all truthfulness I wasn’t colossal but I was fat enough to be constantly worrying about my tire tube and jiggly moobs. Looking back, I didn’t fall into the category of obese, but if I hadn’t made those drastic changes I was sure to become obese.

Growing up fat really sticks with a person. All I know is that if parents can instill healthy habits in their children, these are more likely to grow up healthy. Children can thus avoid having to deal with all the negative social effects of being overweight and can be spared the emotional turmoil that accompany both.

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Who am I? Average….
February 3, 2010

Soon enough in life I realized that whatever I endeavored to do I found myself to be average. You can go through life and compare yourself to others and actually think you’re quite talented, then someone else comes along and does it better. But in all fairness, you also find out that you’re not the worst around.

Looking back, I truly thought deep down inside, that others were just simply born better at losing weight and staying fit. They had “IT” and I didn’t. I was starting to think I was stuck in this body because I wasn’t born with “IT” and I just didn’t have what “IT” took. But don’t let yourself fall into that trap! Humans in general are very similar. So most likely you fall into the same category as me: not the worst and not the best! AVERAGE!

That’s right, there are no more excuses now, because I’m an average guy, with an average lifestyle, average education, average income, average metabolism, average self-control, average energy, average body type and average height. I think you get the point now! I really believe I represent YOU, or who YOU can be if you just focus more on what goes into your body and on ways you can expend excess energy presently being stored in your body as fat.

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