Switch Off Your TV: The Truth on Fat Loss
The truth about fat loss is simple. You don’t need to go on a diet or exercise program to lose weight.
If you want to lose weight, just stop eating sugar and carbs and start exercising regularly! That’s it!
If you’re like most people, then your body craves sugar and carbohydrates for energy, which are the main reasons why you gain weight in the first place. So if you want to lose weight, you have two choices:
Stop eating sugar and carbs Stop exercising regularly!
In other words, either one will work great for losing weight.
But what about when both options fail? What happens when neither option works well enough?
Well that’s where the third choice comes into play; quitting your job and going back to school full time so that you can become a nutritionist.
Sounds good right?
Well, maybe…but there are some major problems with this plan. First of all, you’ll probably still have to eat junk food and drink soda (and beer) every now and then just because those things keep your brain functioning properly. Second of all, you might not even make much progress at all since studies show that most people who go back to school don’t actually do any better than they did before they went back to school.
But wait a minute…what about someone who is already in school and is also a nutritionist? Surely they know more than the average person who isn’t in school or a nutritionist, right?
Maybe…but that really depends on the type of nutritionist you talk to. There are lots of different types of nutritionists out there, and they don’t all agree with each other.
Some nutritionists take a more traditional approach to nutrition and believe that things like calorie counting and restricting specific food types (like carbs) can help you lose weight.
Other nutritionists take a more natural approach to nutrition and believe that restricting any specific food types or eating any kind of junk food every once in awhile won’t hurt you as long as you’re eating healthy most of the time.
Then of course you have your vegan nutritionists, anti-capitalist nutritionists, and paleo nutritionists (just to name a few) who don’t really agree with the traditional or natural approach to nutrition at all.
As you can see, there is no single agreed upon “truth” when it comes to nutrition…and that’s a good thing! It means that there are lots of different ways to look at food and lots of different opinions.
But what about the average person like you or me? What approach should we take to nutrition?
Well, that’s a good question that isn’t easy to answer. As I said before, none of the approaches are wrong. They’re just different. And different works for different people. I myself have tried all three approaches during various times in my life and with different levels of consistency and found benefits and drawbacks with each one.
So what’s the best choice for you?
I don’t know. Only you can decide that based on your own personal experience.
But here’s what I DO know: If you continue to eat junk food and not exercise regularly, nothing you eat is going to help you. You might lose a few pounds here and there, but you’ll never reach your true weight loss potential because the second you stop dieting, the weight will come right back on (and then some!
Fear the belly fat!)
The fact is, your weight problem (and the stress that comes with it) isn’t just a result of what you’re eating…it’s also a result of how little you’re exercising.
Now I could talk to you for hours about the importance of nutrition, and in fact I probably will in later newsletters. But I’m not going to bore you with that just yet because right now I want to focus on a different problem you might have:
Lack of exercise.
Now before you start complaining that you just don’t have time to exercise, let me tell you that you do have time. We all do.
It’s just a matter of making time.
For some people, exercise is the perfect excuse. They say things like “I don’t have time to go to the gym” or “I can’t afford a personal trainer” or “exercise just seems like a waste of time.” Well I’m here to tell you that exercise isn’t a waste of time.
In fact, it’s just the opposite!
Now I’m not going to sit here and try to convince you that exercise is fun because well…it can be boring at times. But lucky for you, you’re not necessarily playing sports or playing an instrument where you need to find the fun in it, you’re just walking…which is something your body is already programmed to do.
You don’t need to think about it, you just need to do it.
Let’s just face the facts: The longer you sit on your butt every day, the lower your energy level is going to be. It’s almost inevitable.
The solution to this is to stand up every hour or so and walk around. It’s that simple. If you’re sitting at a desk, get up and walk over to the water cooler. If you’re in a meeting, get up and walk around the conference room while everyone is talking. If you’re at a bar, get up and go talk to the lady at the other end of the bar. I don’t care what you do, just walk around a little more. Just a mile or two a day will have amazing effects on your energy levels. Especially in today’s world where most of us sit in traffic jams, at desks, and in front of the TV after work.
Now if you’re really serious about getting in shape, you can do what I did and join a gym. Nowadays, most gyms offer month-to-month memberships so there’s no excuse to not at least go give one a try.
And hey…if you end up not going, at least you gave it a chance right?
But here’s my advice: If you’re going to join a club, don’t just join for the free week they offer. If you really want to go, join for at least a year.
I did that and ended up going for 2 years because it was such a great deal.
If a gym doesn’t work for you right now, then try walking outdoors. You’d be surprised how much nature can rejuvenate the soul.
You might want to invest in a good pair of walking shoes or boots if you’re going to do this though. You don’t want to end up with blisters.
If you’re really serious about getting in shape, you’re going to have to make a real committment and that means changing your behavior. Fortunately, exercise is a great way to reinforce new habits because one behavior typically leads into another.
For example, if you go walking right now, you’re probably going to also want to stop at the store and pick up some groceries on the way home.
But hey…if you’re really that lazy and can’t be bothered to take a walk, at least stand up and wave your arms around for a few minutes.
Hell, I’ll even be nice and not look down on you if you do that 😉
And as always…good luck and wish me luck!
I had the weirdest dream last night. I dreamt that I was still in college and in my chemistry class.
We were taking some sort of test that I was studying for, but for some reason I couldn’t seem to focus. It seemed so surreal to be there, taking a test when I should have been working on a cure for RM.
I would probably chalk it up to lack of sleep if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve actually lost track of time twice now since being out here. The first time was a few weeks ago and I actually panicked a little when I looked in a mirror and noticed gray hairs coming in.
The second time was yesterday and that’s when I had the dream about being in college.
I wonder if it has anything to do with how the disease is screwing up my biochemistry. It’s probably just my mind’s way of comforting me though by taking me back to a place where I was (and felt) happy.
But then again, maybe I’m just going crazy.
I haven’t heard anything from the group of survivors I sent back East yet. I figure it will still be awhile though since they’re having to travel slowly to avoid detection.
Until then, I’m going to go for a walk…
It’s official. The nation is dead.
I got a message from the leader of the Eastern survivors and he gave me a pretty grim assessment of the situation there. I knew it would be bad, but…wow.
Besides the regular deadheads, it’s humans that are the biggest problem right now. There are various groups fighting for control of what little resources are left.
Even some of the people I sent out there are engaging in this behavior! I’m not sure what to make of it yet since I haven’t heard much about them except their leader is a strong-willed woman named Brenda. I don’t know what her deal is yet, but from the tone of the message she sent me, she sounds like she wants to meet in person to “discuss” things.
The only somewhat good news is that West River seems to be fairly self-sufficient.
Sources & references used in this article:
Health at every size: The surprising truth about your weight by L Bacon – 2010 – books.google.com
Big fat lies: The truth about your weight and your health by G Gaesser, S Blair – 2011 – books.google.com
Heart Valve Surgery Exercise Guidelines by F Loss – sukala53.rssing.com