I am going to go ahead and answer all four questions at once but keep in mind the most important question is the first. It should be all about health. Fitness models are typically not healthy at the time of the photo shoot (or at the time of Photoshop) and you can watch documentary after documentary on the health hazards of all of these little waifs on the runway. Pro bodybuilders are jacked and lean because of their extreme diets and exercise routines, not to mention their "extreme" supplementation (read “performance enhancing drugs” here). So first, get real. Your body is your body and the state it is in took a long time to get it there. Unless you want to be extremely unhealthy, it’ll take a while to get it where you want it. But, with a few tweaks to diet and exercise, you should be able to drop a few pounds in the next 30 days. Here’s how:
1 Eat breakfast. Make it a good one. That means natural healthy food. No McGriddles (love me some McGriddles!). No arguing! Just do it.
2- If you’re thinking about eating something that you know is a poor food choice, don’t! A whole pizza to yourself isn’t healthy. Neither are most appetizers.
3- Quit eating out so much! Cut the amount of times you eat out in a week in half. Cooking your own food is going to be healthier than most restaurants anyway. If you want to go the extra mile, turn on the Foot Loose soundtrack and dance the whole time your cooking your food. It’ll burn calories!
4- Cut out carbs from every meal. No, don’t go no-carb on me now! Just cut out a few carbs. Don’t eat that extra roll or leave the last few bites on the plate. Don’t worry, I’ll apologize to the starving kids in that country whose name you can’t pronounce. It’s ok to waste a couple bites to get healthy. Or buy a goat. Really! We have one. He eats most of our scraps, along with anything else he can reach. Darn goat!
5- Exercise. 5 days a week for 30 minutes. Again, don’t argue. I don’t care what you do, just exercise. Yoga, sprints, walking, weightlifting, swimming, biking, hiking, flag football, soccer, rollerblading (do they still do that?), 4 square, hopscotch, rock climbing, jujitsu, slack lining, rock hauling, cross-fit ( a mix of all of these), or whatever else you want to do. Just exercise. Make time and do it.
If you do this for 30 days, I guarantee you’ll lose 5 pounds. If after two weeks you’re not getting anywhere, here’s two more tips to assure victory- Drink more water and less of everything else and get rid of any refined sugar in your diet. If you do these things you’ll drop the weight, guaranteed! If you try to tell me you did these things and you didn’t lose weight you’re either lying or you didn’t need to lose weight or you’ve been doing these exact things for long enough and it’s time to ramp it up and get serious!
If you can’t do this for 30 consecutive days, start over and do it! Until you can do this for 30 days straight, you don’t have what it takes to stick with anything more, so don’t waste your time and money on a personal trainer yet. They’ll be getting rich and you’ll still be too lazy or too busy to care about yourself.
One final note. Don’t overdo it. Don’t go all fanatical. You don’t need to, so why waste the effort now when it’s easy to do these things. Save that effort for when it actually gets hard. Your body will adjust to these things pretty quickly and you’ll have to step it up to a higher intensity to make further progress, but if you do too much too fast you’ll mess the whole process up and start flirting with the unhealthy side of life.
About this Author: Ed Kinsey has been in the financial services industry since 2003. He has experience in Real Estate, Mortgages, Commercial Finance, Annuities, and Life and Health Insurance. His goal is to benefit the lives of one million people. He want companies to start providing better benefits at lower costs through our services. He wants to enlighten people to the retirement benefits available through life insurance, the only tax free retirement option. We have secure solutions. Ed is also a world ranked powerlifter and fitness enthusiast.