The other day, I received a rather nice complement from a colleague who noted my excellent shape and fitness. Let me tell you, staying in shape at this level is a lot of work, it's a huge sacrifice, but I feel worth it. But, not being a fitness consultant or personal trainer I wondered exactly what advice could I give that would work for almost anyone who wants to lose weight, tone up and stay healthy? Let's talk.
First, my colleague asks me; "So in addition to your exercise routine do you eat a special diet? I am just trying to watch what I eat and pay attention to portion control. I want to feel good when I look in the mirror. I do not think I will ever look like the Statue of David but then again he is dead and I am alive. "
Yes of course, he's right. And, here is the advice I gave him and I'd be glad to share with you today. You see, I eat smoothies with vegetables and fruit, with isolate protein powder, and a lot of homemade soup. I also watch my calories, but not as much as I used to. But let me say this; if you'll cut your calorie intake to 2300 calories per day, walk / jog 3.2 miles per day, then boost that up to 2 walks per day, you'll lose and keep off 35 lbs in 2-months.
I also recommend you cut out wheat products and sodas, no beer or alcohol. Your gut bacteria will change in about 2.5 weeks and you will not crave all the BS processed foods in about 20-30 days. But you have to stay with this plan for at least 60-days before you'll be happy with the results, then once you do get lighter, you can up the exercise and start hitting the weights in about 45-days.
It's not hard stuff, just Google "Super Foods" and only eat those, add turmeric, ginger, garlic, Italian spices, pepper in trade for salt, and organic honey and cinnamon in place of sugar.
Read up on foods that boost testosterone, and add some of those into your diet. Also add Ginseng (Panex), K-2, and Gingko Biloba, fish oil into your supplement routine, get a good B-complex and multivitamin too, add D-3 vitamin until spring.
This works, it's not even rocket science. I also advise that you "Think" yourself thin, and if you are going to hit the weights do that 1-hour before you go to bed, your body will burn fat while you sleep. By the time summer comes you will be sporting a hard body and you will have agility and spring in your step, ready to conquer the world. You'll feel like you are in your early 30s again, it's pretty damn cool.
My acquaintance then asks; "What has been the biggest change you have noticed since you have gotten in better shape?"
Well, good question actually. So, I guess the hardest thing to remember is to stay on your diet. Sometimes, "friends" want to feed you their crappy food, and when you eat it, you will notice you start to lose your six-pack. Most of that processed crap is garbage calories, not doing you any good. It's not that you are going to crave that crappy food after months of eating the good stuff – it's that your friends try to feed you the stuff. Sometimes those foods are more convenient, and you are hungry, but try to get the good stuff in. And once a week go ahead and eat whatever you want, some crappy stuff, but not more than once a week. Please consider all this and think on it.