A few weeks ago, I sent out an email about a meme — an email titled “2 foot layer thick fat or more”.
That email received more than a few interesting responses, and one of them is was via my LinkedIn account – and I’ll share a bit of that with you here.
Note that the person responding was someone I’ve known for a long, long time – ever since I went to University, for that matter.
Here is what the comment said “Hello from Emily and Percie You can be proud of Emily she has lost over 80Lbs by cutting out carbs. Lyrica caused the weight gain. Do you know about ketogenic diet? Send me a message about how to contact you”.
You can view my response right here – – https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6412919412369743872 – but for now, let me “reiterate” what I said.
First off, I’m not a fan of any diets in particular. I don’t believe they’re necessary – and I certainly do NOT believe calorie counting, or “watching what you eat” is as important as the “schmexperts” make it out to be.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not asking you to gorge on beer and pizza all day long (or every night, for that matter, for some of y’all out there) and lose weight at the same time. It ain’t-a-gonna happen.
However, “watching what you eat”, and going on all sorts of fancy diets is hardly the best solution either.
My first boss way, way back in the day went on a ketogenic diet, and from what I heard, it left him feeling weak and “somewhat depleted” after a month or so of following said diet.
Fructarian you ask? Surely “just eating fruits” can’t be that bad? After all, isn’t that supposed to “purify” your body?
Isn’t that what the yogis, sanyasis (read “holy Babas with long, matted hair standing on one leg in the frigid Himalayas” – well, not always, but you get my drift!) do?
Well – I have THIS to say – I know a couple of people that went on said diet, and they looked like hell frozen – and KEELED – over after just a week or so of following said diet.
Ditto for “starvation” diets, and other such fads that are “trending” these days.
They’re the lazy man’s solution to weight loss and fitness and believe you me, they do NOT deliver the results they promise over the long term.
I got in the best shape of my life by NOT following ANY sort of diet. If anything, I did the exact opposite of what most folks advocate – including the pot bellied experts and “those in the know” with man boobs hanging down to their “man bits” – – and yet, I’m in the best shape of my life regardless.
And it ain’t just external. I recently had bloodwork done, and the doc was amazed.
“Your bloodwork was off just a few years or so ago! What have you been doing?”
So I told him.
“I’ve been hitting it hard and heavy”.
“Oh. Gym, you mean? I’m sure you lift weights?”
(This is a comment I get often – more here – http://0excusesfitness.com/shoulders-like-boulders/ )
“No I don’t”.
And I went on to tell him what I do – I basically gave him an outline of my 0 Excuses Fitness System and the workouts therein, and he stared at me with a mixture of bewilderment and amazement.
And he finally shook his head.
“No, No, no. You need to do cardio for at least an hour a day, and …” his voice trailed off.
“Uh … ”
“Yes, Doc?” I smiled in response, giving him my best “Cheshire” cat grin.
“Uh, look man, just do what you’ve been doing. It sure works!”
So THAT, my friends is the real secret.
It’s NOT fad diets – ketogenic or otherwise, which are far more harmful than the experts claim. I’ll post more on this later, but for now, suffice it to say that “dieting” and “calorie counting” is quite literally the LAST thing you should be thinking of if you’re currently at beached whale status – or even “super fit”, hehe.
Instead, do what works. And keep doing it.
Make a start, and get on the gravy train right HERE, my friend. You’ll never regret a minute!
P.S. – “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place – and I don’t care how tough you are ; it’ll beat ya to your knees and KEEP you there PERMANENTLY if you LET it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life – and it ain’t about how hard you can hit – it’s about how many hits you can TAKE – and keep moving forward. That’s how WINNING is done!” – – Rocky Balboa, 2006.