“Gutshot. She always did get crazy when drunk.”
His response to my question: “Where’d you get that scar?”
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this line of work….people have interesting stories.
Our stories make us who we are. Bullet fragments and all.
Now, why am I writing an article about weight loss and starting it out by talking about a guy that got shot in the stomach? Great question.
It’s because your story….is your story. Cookie cutter ain’t gonna cut it.
So I can’t just tell you one thing to do and know for certain it will work. Because maybe it will work for 99% of the people that follow it, but maybe not you.
So we have to think through the process.
This is where the magic happens.
Forget goals. Follow the process.
Also, I need to let you know that this is for entertainment purposes and is not intended as medical advice. Yes, I’m a doctor. And yes I have stayed at a Holiday Inn. But that doesn’t mean my advice is best for you. Talk to your doctor. Tell them I sent you.
6 Things You Need to Start Yesterday to Lose Weight Today
6 Rules for Losing Body Fat and Staying Lean All Year Long
1) The benefits of extreme living
There’s a trend in diets. It’s this. Go Extreme!
Extreme diets will get extreme results.
Let me give you some examples.
Being a vegetarian isn’t enough. Being vegan isn’t enough. Want to lose weight? Only eat fresh, raw fruit. You will lose weight. Of course, much of it will be muscle and you’ll be deficient of vitamin b12. But hey, don’t those pants fit well now?
Paleo isn’t enough. You need to go low carb. Going low carb isn’t enough. Go into ketosis. Forget ketosis. Eat only meat. And maybe try only eating meat once a day. Congratulations, you are now a lion. King of the jungle, so go take a nap.
I tried vegetarian off and on for 2yrs. I lost some weight and lowered my cholesterol. But I also lost muscle mass and strength and got bored. Now, I’m swinging more to the low carb end.
With low carb, I tend to have more muscle and less fat.
I added some intermittent fasting (skipping breakfast) and leaned out even more.
The key is experimenting.
The “extreme” is not about the diet. It’s about your willingness to get out of your comfort zone.
Try something crazy and see how it works for you.
You are never too old to try something new. Think of it like an adventure. Make it fun.
2) This is so stupid, everyone knows you have to eat less and exercise more.
Yes, of course you have to exercise.
The kind of exercise matters a little. The amount matters more.
Find something that’s enjoyable and destroy it. Go after it with as much zeal and passion as Dennis Rodman at a North Korean Barbecue. (OK that probably didn’t make any sense)
In my opinion the best strategy for overall health and wellness is incorporating a combination of strength training and conditioning. If you are lacking in either, your health could suffer.
But let’s not get lost in the weeds. This post is about the process, not the specifics.
Most people ignore a simple concept: PROGRESS. Wherever you start, just make progress. Go a little further. Lift a little heavier. Just do a little more than the time before.
This is HUGE to your success. Do more and you will lose more.
Here’s an example of something easy that almost anyone can do.
Whatever day of the month it is, do that many pushups. Keep adding a push up every day until the end of the year. You may be able to do these continuously or you may have to break them up into multiple sets but make sure you get your total number for the day.
My wife and I started this year with something similar. It’s easy enough that the kids can join us and make slow progress throughout the year.
3) Find someone that inspires you
Find someone that has already done what you want to do. Then ask them how they did it. Figure out their process.
Find someone that can teach you and keep you motivated.
4) Visualize your success
You should visualize your success every day.
Write down what you want and talk to yourself. (Yeah that’s right, I said talk to yourself)
Talking to yourself does not mean you are crazy. It means that you are weird. And weird people get success. Trust me.
So yes, the process is more important than the goal. But this is part of the process.
Practice “seeing” yourself as fit or faster or stronger. Whatever direction you are going. Visualize that you are already there. Tell yourself that you are those things. And tell yourself often.
I like to do this in the morning and combine it with my meditation practice. (I do this for business goals as well.)
5 ) But what about your macros?
Don’t even worry about what that sentence means. It doesn’t apply to you until you are already doing the rest of these.
Just focus on eating real food. Nothing processed. And absolutely no sugar.
Drink water, black coffee, unsweet tea. No artificial sweeteners or diet soda or alcohol.
6) Don’t tell anyone your goals. Or tell everyone. I don’t know. Who cares?
There’s an idea that once you tell someone your plans, then psychologically you’ve already succeeded and are less likely to follow through.
That being said, there is something powerful about the practice of accountability.
When people expect something of us, we are much more likely to deliver.
Use these 2 contrasting ideas to your advantage.
Never give away the farm but owe something to someone.
Well there it is guys.
My 6 rules for success in the kitchen and the gym.
These rules won’t stop balding or make you taller.
But they just might give you the confidence you need to kick some ass.
Now go out there and get some.
For those of you that just want me to tell you what to eat.
Start here: (For 90% of your meals) No sugar, no bread, no pasta, no processed food. Eat meat and veggies. (French fries are not a vegetable). Drink water. And try skipping breakfast occasionally.
HOW TO NOT GET GUTSHOT: Stay away from crazy women and for God’s sakes don’t cheat on them.