Weight Loss Basics

159.5 lbs.Losing weight is something that becomes very confusing for way too many people.

Some people think that it has to be a very complicated process, involving gimmicks, expensive diet foods, expensive exercise equipment, gym memberships, personal trainers and even surgery!! This is far from the truth.

Sadly, marketing and hyped up sales pitches have duped people into believing that they need the latest gimmicks and fads to lose weight successfully. Additionally, people are always looking for the easiest way to lose weight, instead of the most healthy way.

When I made up my mind that I was going to lose weight, I also decided that I would do it with no fad diets, no diet programs such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, etc., no special foods, no gym memberships and no special, trendy, expensive equipment. It was going to be me, a cheap digital bathroom scale and my sneakers. Nothing else.

I started out flying by the seat of my pants, sorting out the details as I moved forward, learning as each day came and went. I was already exercising semi-regularly by taking power walks 4-6 times per week. So I knew that would help.

Knowing this, I had to figure out how to turn those walks into a healthier, lighter, more fit me. So I started out by looking at the basics and thinking about what it would take for me to shed the pounds. Here’s what I came up with, in its most basic form:

Your Weight = calories taken in vs. calories burned

That’s it. The foundation of weight gain and weight loss. Pretty simple when you think about it, isn’t it? So forget about the fads, the trends, the diet pills, the acai berry diets and all of the other “brand name” diets you see, hear about and read about. In the end, it all comes down to burning more calories than you take in if you want to lose weight.

So that doesn’t seem so earth-shattering, does it? That’s because it’s not. It’s just plain old common sense, which seems to have gotten shoved under a rock by salesmen and saleswomen in spandex, sporting six pack abs and a great spray tan.

So stay tuned for my next post where I’ll begin to break down exactly what I did to drop 50 lbs., going from 200 lbs. to my high school senior weight of 150 lbs., between May and December, without spending a single penny extra on anything, except new clothes to fit my new, trimmer, slimmer body 🙂

I’ll be sharing everything I did and everything I learned, passing it on to you so you can apply it to your weight loss adventure 🙂

Keep it lean.


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