I’m no expert on losing weight as I’ve never been overweight before, but I am in shape as I eat healthy and hit the gym at least 3 times a week. I must be doing something right. Here are some quick thoughts from me on how someone can approach losing weight.
Obviously none of this is medical advice and you should consult your doctor or a professional before following any advice.
Yes genetics play a role. Yes some people have higher metabolism than others. This isn’t about other people this is about YOU.
What is this lifestyle you ask? The lifestyle is simple you WILL have to make changes to the way you eat and you WILL have to exercise period.
Read that again because if you’re not willing to do those two things than how do you plan on being in shape.
I plan on eating healthy and exercising till the day I die seriously. It’s become a part of my lifestyle and what I do.
Don’t be fooled I do have my cheat meals and sometime life happens and I’m not always able to make it to the gym.
You don’t have to be perfect but if you’re able to hit the gym at least 3 days a week and eat healthy at least 5 days of the week you will be doing better than most people.
This brings us to point number two.
2. Cook Your Own Food
Because You Can’t Out Work A Bad Diet.
Lots of people are obsessed with workout routines and hitting the gym really hard when they want to lose weight. When someone wants to lose weight the first thing that usually comes to mind is “I better start running and hitting the gym”.
This would be a good thing if people didn’t slack on their diet.
When someone is trying to lose weight ask them what they’re diet is like and it’s usually crap.
You cannot out work a bad diet no matter how hard you try. All the running and squats cannot burn off drinking soda, eating chips, ice cream, cookies, Chipotle, Five Guys, Mexican Food, and just take out food in general.
You have to cook your own food. The problem with ordering take out food is you don’t know the ingredients or extra ingredients that go into your food when they cook it. Typically they’re cooking your food in vegetable oil which studies have shown is terrible for you.
Not only will cooking your own food save you money, but you will have the raw ingredients and complete control of what goes into your food.
3. Stay Away From Carbs(Processed Sugar)
If you can do this and cook your own healthy food, than it will be impossible for you to not be lean and healthy.
Carbs is what causes you to get fat and sugar is a carb, many people forget this.
People look at coca cola which only has 140 calories but over 20g of sugar. That is not good for you. This has to do with how your body processes sugar.
Your body processes carbs (sugar) through a hormone called insulin. Insulin is made by the pancreas and allows your body to use glucose(sugar) from carbohydrates in food that you eat for energy and or to store glucose as fat.
Insulin helps keep your blood sugar level from getting to high or too low.
The way it works is you eat carbs and this causes your insulin to spike up and store the glucose from your food as fat. This is literary how people get fat. They’re literally spiking up their insulin through out the day eating carbs telling their body to store more fat.
If you were trying to lose weight your goal throughout the day would be to not spike up your insulin and have your body burn calories using your excess fat as energy.
The take away is this STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR. No sodas, no Gatorade, no cream and sugar in coffee, no cookies, no cakes, no sweets.
4. Stay Away From Junk Food Like Chips, Pretzels, and Ritz Crackers
Junk food are not only carbs that contain sugar but the ingredients in them in general are overall just bad for your health.
Look at the ingredients in your lays potato chips. Vegetable oil and sugar are just some of the ingredients that stand out. I’ve already talked about how bad sugar is and what your body does with it. Vegetable oil is just as bad.
Studies have shown that cooking with vegetable oil releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases.
You’d have to google the other ingredients just to figure out what some of them are and if it’s healthy for you to consume.
5. If Carbs Are Bad What About Fruits, Vegetables, Rice, And Pasta?
Of course this question needs to be asked as these would technically fall under carbs. This is where things get interesting and a little complicated.
The number 1 carb I would be afraid of is processed sugar. This is what is causing most people to be fat and this is what is causing most of the health problems we have. Sugar is also present in the junk food and take out food we eat as well. Sugar is secretly laced in a lot of the food we eat.
This is what I would worry about first. Eliminate processed sugar out of your diet first than see how your body responds. From there we can go and focus on the other carbs.
Vegetables fall under two categories: Starchy Vegetables and Non-Starchy Vegetables.
The difference between starchy and non-starchy vegetables is the amount of carbohydrates in them. Starchy vegetables just have more carbs in them. A serving of starchy vegetables has 15g of carbs in them while non-starchy vegetables has less than 5g of carbs.
Examples of starchy vegetables are corn, potatoes, yams, and pumpkins.
Examples of non-starchy vegetables are lettuce, broccoli, cucumber, and spinach.
Technically you can eat as much as you want of non-starchy vegetables because they have such low carbs.
With starchy vegetables, fruits, and grains like rice, pasta, rice, and beans you just have to eat them in moderation as part of your overall diet.
So starchy vegetables, fruits, rice, and pasta aren’t technically bad for you as long as you eat in moderation.
What is bad for you is processed sugar though.
6. Healthy Diet Consists Of Lots Of Protein, Non-Starchy Vegetables, And Healthy Fats
Based off of what we’ve talked about previously this is the only conclusion we can come too. For some one trying to lose weight or stay lean a healthy diet would consist of lots of protein, non-starchy vegetables and healthy fats.
If people have been smart enough to pick up on it, a healthy diet would look almost like a paleo diet where you eat mainly protein, fats, and non-starchy vegetables.
A strictly paleo diet would not be possible for a lot of people. That’s why it’s okay to eat fruits, starchy vegetables, and grains as long as it’s in moderation and part of your overall diet where you’re getting lots more protein, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables.
Overall you want to cook your own food and stay away from sugar, junk food, and take out food.
Hope this helps.
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