Do you want to lose weight?
Do you want to lean out?
Well, I have the answer that will absolutely guarantee your success for the rest of your life and I am going to share it with you for free just for being a frequent reader of my posts.
Seriously, this is THE thing that must be done if you want to lose weight. Every “diet” that is successful in helping anyone to lose weight is based on this one principle. Every single one. It is the only reason why any of them even work, despite any secret formula they might attribute it to.
Are you ready?
Well, here it comes…
If you want to lose weight or lean out, then you must eat less.
It is that simple. There is no special carb, protein, or fat ratio that you have to hit in order to lose fat. There is no special supplement or hormone that you need to take.
All you need to do is eat a little less than what you are currently burning.
Too often clients that I work with get way too caught up in all the little details like timing, carb/protein ratios, organic or non-organic, but all of that doesn’t matter when it comes to weight loss if you aren’t eating less than what you are burning.
For example, let’s imagine you are needing to progress in your career and in order to move up you need a certain certification. The certification requires you to score an 90% or higher on a 3-hour long exam.
What do you need to do in order to pass the exam and get your certification? What is the most important thing you need to do?
Study, right?! You have to study!
You can’t do well on a test if you never study for it. There is nothing more important than that.
Even though I can produce numerous studies that have shown the importance of a good night’s sleep and a nutritious meal before the exam, they mean absolute jack if you never took the time to study the material.
Getting a good night’s sleep and eating a nutritious breakfast before the exam will only help you if you have already laid the foundation of hours and hours of consistent study.
Sleeping well and eating nutritious food are good things to do and will aid in scoring well on the test, but they will only work after we put in the necessary study time. They are good “supporting” habits and only work when you have laid down the “foundation” of consistent study first.
You would never throw out the “foundational” habit and only focus on the “supporting” habits.
It seems absolutely ridiculous to think of someone focusing only on getting a good night’s sleep and eating a nutritious meal, but never even opening their books to study the material, and then expecting to get good results. That person would be wasting the $300 it cost to take the exam because they have no prayer in passing their important exam.
It seems so ill-informed when we think of it in the terms of taking an exam, but once it is used in our own efforts to lose weight it is all of a sudden the most reasonable method out there.
This completely boggles my mind. Why do so many people fall for the “sleeping well and eating a nutritious breakfast trap without ever actually studying” in the fitness industry? They spend all their time and hope with the “supporting” habits without ever giving a second’s thought about the “foundational” habit.
So many weight loss hopefuls spend countless money, time, and effort in all of the tiny “supporting items” without ever actually laying the foundation of eating less.
Yes, eating less isn’t exciting. It isn’t new. It isn’t sexy. But it is what works.
Who cares what carb to protein ratio you are eating? Who cares if you only eat paleo foods? Who cares what special drink you are spending who knows how much money on? If you are still eating or drinking more than what is required to lose weight, then none of this matters.
You have to make sure that you are eating less first and foremost. Once you have the habit of eating less down and only once you have mastered eating less can you move on to the supporting nutritional strategies.
Now if you went to someone that had done well on the exam before, you would likely want to know how to study and what to study, right?
Well, we will address those same topics in the next few posts:
1. how much less should you eat, and
2. what method is best to help you eat less.