2. Do not eat junk food.
If you really want to lose weight
and keep it off, you've got to stop eating junk food. No more
processed sugary snacks. No cookies, no doughnuts, no cakes. None of
that. See, most of us are addicted to sugar, and, while it may be ok
to have a snack every once in a while, and I have to admit I do
occasionally, the fact is, most of us have a bad attitude toward
junk food. We treat it like it's no big deal. Like it's not a
serious health risk. Do alcoholics take alcohol for granted like
it's no big deal. Try quitting smoking by just having one every once
in a while. If you have a problem with junk food, you may have to
have zero tolerance policy for all unnatural processed sugary junk.
3. Replace bad food with good food.
It's not the end of the world if you
have to give up junk food to lose weight. It just takes a little bit
to get used to eating healthy. Eventually, you will not really miss
junk food. Think of it as trading bad for good. Instead of a soft
drink, have a glass of water or tea. Water can be made more tasty by
adding a bit of lemon or lime juice. Trade potato chips for
kale chips baked in the
oven. Make eating healthy fun.
4. Learn to cook.
You've got to learn to cook if you
really want to lose weight and be healthier. That's part of the
process in replacing bad food with good. You have to learn creative
ways to make healthy food fun for you so you won't be craving junk
food all the time. After a while, once your body purifies itself,
going to a fast food restaurant for greasy food will make your
stomach feel a little queasy. You'll wonder why you ever subjected
your body to such poisonous garbage.
5. Exercise and be active.
The next one on the list is exercise.
Don't get me wrong, exercise is very important to a losing weight
and being healthy in general, but the battle of the bulge for most
of us is won or lost by what we put into our mouths. That's why food
concerns come before exercise.
A good simplified strategy for getting
into shape is to work on building muscle, which increases your
metabolism making the food you eat get burned up for fuel faster.
Next, you want to work on your cardiovascular system for heart
health and to burn calories at least during the time period in which
you are working out. That's why I say make muscle building a high
priority because muscles burn calories all the time while cardio
only burns calories while you are in the process of doing it.
Remember doing anything burns calories.
Mowing the yard, taking a walk, planting a garden. All activity that
gets you on your feet and moving is much healthier than sitting and
will help you on your way to losing your gut, but also keep in mind
that to really kick your weight loss into overdrive you need to have
a structured exercise program that allows you to build on your
strength and cardiovascular ability every week.
Sleep is necessary to being healthy and
therefore it's essential to losing weight. People that don't get a
full night's sleep eat more during the day than those that do.
Stress is bad for your health and is
therefore bad for your waist line. Stress creates cortisol in your
body which makes you fat.
See, weight loss isn't just about
looking good. It's about being healthy and living longer. Do you
want to lose weight? Then do healthy things. Put being healthy first
and the fat will start to come off. Worst case scenario, you wind up
being a fat healthy person. You have nothing to lose except unwanted
fat. So try it and stick with it. Like I said, I think we all know
intuitively that junk food will shorten our lives and make us fat.
It's like we all know we can't make money without work. We can't
have nice lawn without mowing it and taking care of the weeds. You
can't have a clean house unless you clean it. So why eat poison on
purpose thinking you'll skate by?
Don't let food be a god in your life.
There's only one God and if we eat the foods He created we'll have a
much greater chance at living longer healthier lives than if we let
junk food rule us. Remember my motto. Eat to live. Don't
live to eat.