People ask me all the time…..”Craig, how can I lose this weight? Isn’t there something I can take that will help speed the process?” My response is always the same. ”The most effective method for weight loss is reducing the number of calories you consume while increasing the number of calories you burn through physical activity. Period! End of story!”
Don’t waste your hard earned money on those so-called products that will help you lose 10 pounds, 20 pounds, 30 pounds in 30 days. They….don’t….work!!! What they do is make other people rich off of your desperation to lose weight. You all know what I’m talking about. “Lose weight now…ask me how!” Well, I’m here to tell you the hard cold truth. DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY! If you want to spend some extra $ on something valuable to help you achieve your weight loss or fitness goals, spend it on the right foods or on a qualified personal trainer, or both.
Who is a qualified personal trainer? Simple. One who has several years of experience and understands that the secret to weight loss is hard work, sweat, good nutrition and dedication, not one who is trying to sell you on those “miracle products” he is a distributor for, just to line his or her own pockets.
Haven’t you realized at this point that all of those products tell you to “decrease your caloric input” AND increase your exercise activities while taking them? So I ask this simple question; is it those “miracle products” causing you to lose the weight or is it the increased exercise and less calories you are consuming while popping those worthless concoctions? There is no easy way to lose the weight just like there is no easy way to earn a million dollars. It takes hard work and dedication and a lifestyle change.
To lose 1 pound, you need an expenditure of approximately 3,500 calories. You can achieve this either by cutting back on your food intake, by increasing physical activity, or ideally, by doing both.
For example, if you consume 500 extra calories per day for one week without changing your activity level, you will gain 1 pound in weight (seven days multiplied by 500 calories equals 3,500 calories, or the number of calories resulting in a 1-pound weight gain). Conversely, if you eat 500 fewer calories each day for a week or burn 500 calories per day through exercise for one week, you will lose 1 pound.
Examples of calorie content of some popular foods and beverages include the following:
one slice of original-style crust pepperoni pizza – 230 calories
one glass of dry white wine – 160 calories
one can of cola – 150 calories
one quarter-pound hamburger with cheese – 500 calories
one jumbo banana nut muffin – 580 calories
Any activities you do throughout the day are added to your BMR (basal metabolic rate) to determine the total number of calories you burn each day. For example, a 170-pound person who spends 45 minutes walking briskly will burn about 300 calories. The same time spent on housecleaning burns about 200 calories, and mowing the lawn for 45 minutes consumes around 275 calories.
So, pull yourself away from those infomercials and ignore those miracle weight loss cures. Why would you want to throw away your hard earned money? Now, when someone comes up to you, you can say “lose weight now….ask me how” and you can tell them that you did it the old fashioned, healthy way!