As a cutting edge health professional in one of the most fit cities in America (Boulder, Colorado), it amazes me to still see so many people struggling to maintain a healthy weight. Granted, there are significantly less obese or overweight people in Colorado(18% statewide ranking them as the most “fit” state in the US), as there are where I grew up in New Jersey. But I still hear people talking the so-called “Diet” talk here in healthy town USA, many of whom are clueless on actually how to lose weight. Truth be told, more adult Americans are unhappy with their weight (recent statistics show somewhere in the ballpark of 65% Americans are overweight or obese) than those who are considered normal weight. So how do you really lose weight? The answer may surprise you and we will get back to that question in just a moment.
What upsets me most about being a health professional is to see how many people struggle their entire lives to obtain what seems like “Mission Impossible”. If only people knew the true secrets to weight loss they would see how easy it was to get rid of the unwanted pounds. And I really don’t think people understand how much a fit and healthy body would change their life for the better. I think this all the time when I walk by people in the street, in a coffee shop or at a restaurant. Do you have any idea what losing 10, 20 or even 30 lbs would do to your life? Think about that for a minute.
Studies have shown that losing weight and getting back to your ideal body weight will improve ALL areas of your life. Fitter people who have an ideal body weight have more energy, have less chronic health problems, are sick less, have higher self-esteem, better and more frequent sex, more confidence at work, more successful in life, etc. The list goes on and on. So the big question here is this, What is stopping you from getting your ideal body? Seriously, think about that for a minute. Would if I told you that you could get this body in 6 months! What would you pay for that? The answer is most people would pay any amount of money for it because they want it so bad. And the truth is, people do. Plastic Surgery, Liposuction and the Diet Industry are all out there to help people get their “dream” body and its a multi-billion dollar industry annually. And you know what, the honest to god truth is you don’t need any of that to get your dream body!
So where does the whole “fewer calories make you fat” fall into place. Well, the #1 mistake in the diet industry is that eating fewer calories will help you lose weight. Might I respond by screaming “WRONG”! We all know people (especially women) who eat “dainty” portion sizes, skip lunch and breakfast, eat a sensible dinner and are still overweight. How is this possible? Well, I’m going to tell you how? Ever notice how fit people seem to eat ALL the time. Think of one of your friends who has a really fit and sexy body and observe their eating patterns. What you see may surprise you! Fit people who are of normal/ideal body weight are calorie fueled machines. Whatever they eat seems to be burned off immediately and they never have a problem with their weight. I can personally eat 10 cheeseburgers a day and it wouldn’t matter, I would still have the lean and hard body that I have now at age 31. How is this possible? It is possible because I turned my body into a calorie burning machine. I eat ALL the time. I wake up hungry. I sometimes go to sleep hungry and I am hungry every couple of hours throughout the day. And I EAT and EAT and EAT. Why am I able to eat this way and then you have the “dieter” who eats next to nothing and is constantly struggling with their weight. I will tell you why. If you eat infrequently, your body will recognize that once you are fed, it will be awhile before it gets food again. And remember our bodies crave food(or should I say calories) to help with its most basic function(which is to keep us alive). For this reason, infrequent eating causes your body to store absolutely everything you consume as fat, whether it be a Snickers bar or a mixed green salad. Remember here folks, fat is our bodies long-term source of energy. And if you don’t eat for long-term energy, fat is what your body needs to keep you alive.
Eat frequent and often(especially breakfast) and your food will literally begin to fuel your body like wood in a furnace. This is when your body becomes efficient at burning calories and you start seeing your weight drop. Period! Don’t trust me, try this quick Breakfast Experiment. Try waking up every single morning for two straight weeks and eating within a half an hour of waking. If you’re not use to eating breakfast, start with a slice of whole wheat toast, a bowl of fresh fruit and a cup of herbal tea. After 2 weeks, stop eating your breakfast and you will notice that your starved out of your mind within a half an hour of waking up. Your body in essence gets use to the calories in the morning and your bodies metabolism revs up in the process (burning more calories and fat).
Then there is the exercise. If you are eating frequent meals through out the day and you add in at least 1 hour of moderate exercise 5 days a week, you will see changes almost immediately. Exercise is your FREE plastic surgery with no side effects other than looking better and feeling sexier than ever before! So here is what you have to do. Eat the way that I described in the beginning of this article.
Your exercise prescription is as follows:
-5 days a week of moderate to strenuous physical exercise (Find something you enjoy!)
– Each exercise session will be 1 hour-long (no more/no less)
– Each session should include 5 minute warm up, 5 minute cool down, 30 minutes of cardio, 2o minutes of high repetition/low-weight weight training.
Follow this regime both on the eating and exercise end for two consecutive months. After 2 months, strip down naked and dance around your house because your going to look and feel like a million bucks. It’s really that easy. Once you get your body to the point where you feel happy and healthy(give it 6 months), it is a piece of cake to maintain. To many people’s amazement, it will only take 6 months to get the body of your dreams. The main problem with why diet’s fail is because no one can sustain a way of eating in which they feel deprived. It is this reason that 95% of all diets fail within the first month of trying them. The main reason why most people fail to stick to a regimented exercise plan is that they don’t see “results” fast enough. It is the American way to get things immediately and with an exercise plan it is no different. Many people work out hard for a month, don’t see any changes in their body and they quit. I have seen this time and time again and it is both upsetting and disappointing to the person.
When people come to me with this problem, I usually ask them how many years it has taken for their bodies to be in the state that they are currently in. For many people, the answer is 10 years, 20 years or longer. Think about that for a minute. If you have been eating shitty and getting minimal exercise for a decade or more, how do you expect to work that off in a month?
My advice to you is this: If you want long-term lasting results, you have to give yourself at least 6 months to see noticeable changes. The funny thing is most people aren’t willing to put in the time and effort it takes to be where they want to be. People would literally pay ANYTHING to get real results. It is this reason why I even have a job as a trainer. When people start to see results and you promise them more if they stick with you, the 10 packs and 20 packs of training sessions go out the door without me even having to barely mention it. In essence, results SELL themselves.
So if you’re looking to make a big change in your life and your ready to do it, I recommend you start today!
#1. Start buying healthier foods and eat more frequently. Do NOT skip breakfast! Yes this will cost more money!
#2. Go out and buy a gym membership today. Even better, prepay for all 6 months up front because this is your commitment. The small price you pay for a gym membership will save you tons of money in the long run. Studies have shown that a gym membership actually saves you money in the long run in health related illnesses and expenses!
#3. This is the most important one. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! If you truly believe that you can do this, you will! If you have doubts and feel that you won’t succeed with your goal, you will fail. All that really matters here is that you truly believe that you can get back to the body you were born to live in. No bullshit here. No gimmicks and no fad diets. Eating healthy and exercising regularly for the next 6 months will change your life FOREVER!
Need help getting a jumpstart! Call me today at 720-261-5426 and I will devise a 6 month plan that works for you. You will have the support and confidence you need to change your life!
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Close friend and fellow personal trainer Dan Levison looking quite “FIT” at age 44!