I recently took off a bunch of excess fat from my body (42 pounds to be exact). By “recently,” I mean approximately four years ago. I’ve been able to keep the weight off since then, and it actually hasn’t been difficult at all. I never go hungry (unless I forget to pack a snack at work), I eat foods that I enjoy, and I really enjoy knowing that I’m eating healthy.
In order to accomplish that, I had to get past quite a bit of “conventional wisdom,” which as Mark Twain humorously asserts, isn’t usually all that wise.
I’ll start by telling you all of the usual diet things that I didn’t do. I didn’t spring for a miracle diet program. I didn’t subscribe to a rigid meal plan. I didn’t buy any exercise equipment to gather dust. I didn’t drink meal replacement shakes, and I didn’t take diet pills. I also didn’t follow any fast weight loss tips, because I didn’t have any interest in losing weight quickly. I wanted to lose weight safely and naturally, and keep it off for the long run.
I did a good bit of online research. I religiously ignored any and all information published by the US Food and Drug Administration. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but a huge majority of FDA executives are former agricultural business executives, and many of them return to agribusiness after their “public service” stint. This is a lot like putting foxes in charge of the hen house.
Instead, I learned from biochemists who backed up their claims with diagrams of the chemical processes of digestion and metabolism, instead of airbrushed celebrities who published unsubstantiated ghost-written dietary information.
And it worked, extremely well in fact. It took about seven months to lose the 42 pounds. I learned that while there are technically no fat burning foods, the kinds of calories we consume either entice our bodies to burn fat or store it on our guts and butts. I cut out the vast majority of sugars in my life, including alcohol. I drastically reduced the starches as well, such as bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta. I focused on meats (including red meats), vegetables, fruits, and nuts. I never went hungry, the food tasted amazing, I ate as often as I wanted, and the pounds came off easily.