Ditch The Diet! Eat Right. Move More. Move On!
61 million, 500 thousand results (in 0.38 seconds)! This is how many instant results I got when googling “best diet for weight loss 2015”. Forget the gym, just the thought of sifting through 61,500,000 links looking for the hottest super slimming miracle diet makes me sweat!
Ooh, this one sounds like I’d get super-fast results: Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan. By my buddy Dr. Mehmet Oz. The jury is still out if he has actually helped or harmed the wellness industry.
Not so sure about this one, just the thought of it makes my jaw hurt: The Raw Food Diet. You think I’ll still lose weight if I dump ranch dressing on everything?
Here’s an oldie but a goodie: Nutrisystem. With ingredients like triethyl citrate in their lasagna, I think I’ll pass… you say ingredient; I say additive in pharmaceutical coatings and plastics. Delish.
So what is the magic formula?
How do we get the best results for the long term?
Forget exercise for now. What can we eat to be successful losers and improve overall health?
I’m about to unveil the magic here people. The super-slimming, tummy-tucking, rapidly-super-fast formula that leads to long term weight loss/weight maintenance/improved health.
First, some fast facts:
Actually, meal timing is the one thing that holds some promise.
How’s this fact grab you? People who eat >33% of their calories after 5:00pm are twice as likely to be overweight or obese.
Twice as likely! Wow! What’s this mean to me? I better get my wine in before 5:00…
All kidding aside, there is definitely some truth and purpose to every diet that comes down the pike.
But you know what the magic in all of this really is?
What really differentiates between those of us that lose weight successfully and those that… are professional dieters? are perpetual riders of the diet roller coaster? own stock in yo-yos? are willpower warriors? No? I’ll stop.
Ok back to the super-secret, super-slimming, super-successful, freakishly-rapid, tummy-tucking diet plan.
Here we go people. This is it:
What to eat: Mostly fresh veggies. Fresh fruits. Whole grains. Lean meats and beans. Low fat dairy. Water. This is the best diet ever.
How much to eat: Use your plate as a guide. Fill ½ with veggies (non-starchy ones), ¼ with whole grains. ¼ with lean meat and/or beans. Instant portion control.
When to eat: Every 3-4 hours. Most of your calories in the first part of the day. Less calories in the second part of the day. The fuel is for the road trip (day). It won’t do you much good once you get to the destination (bed).
It’s not rocket science people.
Start practicing the what, the how and the when… while working on the magic missing piece to this puzzle: the why.
The why is the true secret to weight loss. This is it people.
Figure this out and you’re golden. It’s different for everyone, so it’s gonna take some soul searching.
Why eat right and move more? Here’s my why:
To live the active life I always dreamed about. To feel confident. To inspire others. To think clearly. To stay calm. To feel energetic. To be a role model. To live and enjoy my family as long as I can, as healthy as I can.
Get cozy with your feelings on this one…
The why is what will get you out of bed at 5am for a workout.
The why will help you choose energizing foods over cravings in the moment. The why will take you to the gym after work instead of heading straight home.
What to eat? Not so hard.
When to eat? Pretty straight forward.
Why will you choose to eat right and move more?
Why will you choose losing weight over losing health?
Why is this important to you?
Why will you persevere?
Start thinking… you’re figuring this puzzle out…