Back when we were all younger it was possible to eat pretty much anything and everything you wanted – portion control be damned! – and still never put on even a little bit of extra weight along the way.
Today, though, our older, wiser, and more experienced selves have begun to notice that life isn’t quite as simple and straightforward as that any longer. No, all we have to do is simply look at a slice of chocolate cake the wrong way and all of a sudden we are struggling to get into our trousers!
This has led millions and millions of people in the UK (and billions all over the world) to try and tap into the holy grail of weight loss – a program that allows us to eat great food and stay in shape with just a little bit of extra exercise, all without feeling like we have to give up any of our favorites.
Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of the programs that we come across are nothing more than modern-day snake oil peddled by less than ethical marketers hoping to cash in on our desperation.
Many people that have tried to lose weight with these “eat this, not that – and make sure that use wet” kinds of programs and received anything less than satisfactory results are disheartened, it’s easy to see why.
But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t at all possible to eat amazing food and stay in fantastic shape with just a little bit of exercise. You do not need magic pills, you do not need some “seven minute ab” sneak attack program, and you do not need some esoteric approach to weight loss that taps into homeopathic or “ancient mystical secrets”.
No, all you have to do is to understand a little bit about your own body’s biochemistry, how different foods have a different impact on your body, your weight, and your metabolism, and how you can use 30 minutes of reasonable exercise to transform the way you look faster than you ever thought possible.
Let’s dive right in!
You cannot out exercise a bad diet
The most important thing for you to realize straightaway is that it’s going to be absolutely impossible – IMPOSSIBLE – for you to lose any amount of noticeable weight whatsoever without cleaning up your diet first and foremost.
A lot of people are under the impression that they are going to be able to transform their bodies in the gym, but that isn’t how this is going to work.
Sure, you’re going to have to spend at least a little bit of time training (at least 30 minutes, five days a week), but you aren’t an elite athlete. Your diet needs to be on point or you are going to struggle every time you step on the scale.
To clean up your diet, you’re going to want to throw out any and all simple carbohydrates, forget about sugar, and avoid processed junk that is as far away from its natural state of being as it can be without being classified as synthetic or flat out poison.
Instead of reaching for a frozen dinner or something from a can, instead go for fruits and veggies (the fresher, the better – though frozen is also a fantastic option) and a bit of lean protein.
You’ll want to figure out how many calories you can consume on a regular basis while maintaining your weight (your Basic Metabolic Rate, your BMR) and then you’ll want to eat 200 cal less than that and track your weight loss progress.
Combine this with about 30 minutes of exercising on a rowing machine or treadmill each day for five days a week, and you will be able to create the body you’ve always wanted without any “secrets” from those snake oil peddlers.