I got a call yesterday from someone looking to lose weight. Like most people, he is conditioned to believe you have to diet and exercise to lose weight. You have to give up some foods that you really love to eat. Your diet will be made up of healthy un-flavorful foods. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
We talked for a while about my experience with losing 48 pounds and keeping it off for 3 years now. He told me about his new motivation to lose weight. Health issues are a part of the motivation. Our health deteriorates to the point of having serious health issues. This is the point where most of us want to change. Whatever the prompts the decision is a good one. If it gets you started that is all that counts. Your motivation to diet and exercise can change later.
His question after our conversation on losing weight was, “what do I need to do first”? First you must understand this a mental battle. To win this battle you need to separate diet and exercise”. Diet and exercise are one of the recipes to failure. We have been brainwashed into thinking that you have to do both to lose weight. To succeed you need to stop thinking that you have to do both diet and exercise. It is good if you can both diet and exercise and not give up. You need to school yourself that doing just one is better for you then doing none.
Next you need to choose between diet and exercise. The question you need to ask yourself is “which one can I stay committed to diet or exercise”? Can you honestly pick one? Or will peer pressure play the biggest part in your decision? If you can get honest with yourself your chance will increase. Whichever one you choose make the commitment to stick to it no matter what. The other one you can dabble with.
If you can not honestly make a choice between diet and exercise. Then education will be the way to pick between diet and exercise. The question will be which is better for you diet or exercise?
Diet wins over exercise. Changing your diet not reducing calories is the most important thing you can do for yourself. And by changing your diet, I do not mean eliminating anything from your diet. It is more important to drink bottled water and add fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet.
Timing helps play a part. Drink water 20 minutes before you eat. Juice is full of sugar without the fiber that comes with eating a piece of fruit. So stick with water. Eat a salad containing fruits, nuts, and vegetables before your meal. I started to put raisins in my vegetable salads. This will fill you up before you eat the main meal. Reducing the amount of calories you take in. Over time your taste for different foods will change. The elimination of unhealthy foods from your diet will not even seem like a choice. It will just happen naturally.
I lost 48 pounds without 1 minute of exercise. I struggle with exercise. I keep trying. I know one day I will succeed. I know that if I thought you had to do both diet and exercise I would never stayed committed to losing weight. The mental battle of diet and exercise would have doomed me to failure.