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Getting Into Shape, Part I: Stop Working Out

That's right, you heard me. Now let me explain:

  • At this time of year many people make a "New Year's Resolution" to exercise more, lose weight, get in shape, or whatever. 
  • Usually what happens is, they drastically change their lifestyle for a few weeks, don't see any results, and then quit, and feel like crap about themselves and go back to what they were doing. 
  • Why does this happen? It would take a long time to go over all the reasons, but essentially a.) People try and change their habits too greatly, too fast, and b.) People focus on the wrong things.
What is the answer:

  • Before you step into the gym or step on the treadmill, lose 10 lbs.
  • "But how do I drop 10 pounds without exercising?"
  • Since weight loss is 90% about diet, it's very, very simple to lose 10 pounds.
  • Notice I say it is simple to lose 10 lbs...I did not say it is easy.
  • Simple because all you have to do is cut down how many calories you're ingesting; Difficult because, well, cutting down is difficult....but actually not that difficult.
  • One pound of fat is the equivalent of 3500 calories. Which means if you can find a way to cut out 500 calories per day, which is reasonable, you can lose a pound per week. 
  • "How do I cut out 500 calories PER DAY from my diet?!"
  • Odds are, you're drinking that many calories in the form of juices, sodas, stuff you put in your coffee and tea like cream and sugar, as well as alcoholic beverages (whole other can of worms there). 
  • So, Step One for Getting into Shape: Stop Drinking Your Calories
  • Stay tuned for my next blog post for more details...
***PLEASE NOTE: Before acting upon any advice or suggestions you read here, please consult with a medical professional, or the internet, or someone else you trust. These are just suggestions that have worked for me and so I'm passing them on. I am not a medical or fitness professional, just a guy with a blog who likes to work out.  


Rosabel Ginart said…
Its neat where you're going with this, Grant.

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