The secret to losing weight isn’t really a secret at all – It’s simple and it’s free. I’ll get to that later in the post, but first I want to give you some background.
In the past, it was difficult for me to lose weight because I choose to believe it was complicated. I choose to believe that thin people had a special genetic makeup that allowed them to be thin and that the only way I could be thin again was to find a magic solution. I never found that solution. I tried Atkins, South Beach, and other diet fads to lose weight and they worked for a while, but I always bounced back to where I started. Diet plans worked temporarily because they got me to change my lifestyle temporarily. As soon as I reverted to my old lifestyle the weight returned.
In order for me to lose weight and maintain the new weight, I had to change my beliefs about weight loss and weight maintenance. I had to dump my belief that somehow weight loss was complicated. I had to drop the belief that the solution lies outside of me. I had to dump my belief in a magic solution that I hadn’t yet discovered.
A weight problem is like a debt problem. We get into debt by:
- Not paying attention to how much we are spending
- Planning to earn more and failing to deliver
- Denying how deep we’ve gotten
The weight problem goes like this:
- Not paying attention to how much we are eating
- Planning to exercise and failing to do it…enough
- Denying how heavy we are
I did some research about my problem and implemented this simple plan.
Here are the numbers:
- I am a 37 year old man
- Starting weight 200 lbs
- Goal weight 175 lbs
- Mildly active and likely to remain mildly active
- I burn about 2500 calories per day
- Eating 2000 calories per day resulted in 4-6 lbs lost each month.
- It took about 5 months to lose 25 lbs.
- Now I can eat 2500 calories per day and maintain 175 lbs indefinitely
People design name brand diet plans to trick you into applying this simple formula without thinking about it. But that is the problem – you need to think about it. Long-term success requires you to pay attention to what you eat and understand the formula. Try solving a debt problem without paying attention to your spending. It won’t work.
The above formula is simple, healthy, safe, and available here. Plug in your numbers and put the plan into action – It worked for me and it will work for you. To determine the caloric value of the food you eat, visit this site. Remember I said it was simple, not easy. Sometimes it is hard to change your deeply held beliefs. But when you begin to believe the solution to your weight problem lies within you and not outside of you, your chances for success increase exponentially.
It only requires three things:
- Pay attention to what you are eating
- Believe the solution lies within you
- Commit to long term lifestyle change
Weight loss is that simple. (with the exception of a few rare metabolic conditions)
Before I posted this, I asked my wife to read it. She said, “What’s new here? Doesn’t everybody know this?” I said, “If everybody knows this, why is weight loss a multi-billion dollar industry?” She answered, “Because everyone wants to believe their weight problem is bigger than them. It can’t be just about them.” Ah! Touche! Touche!
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