This is Day 10 of One Meal a Day to Six-Pack Abs
I don’t believe half of what I read about fitness. I always feel that someone has picked an angle and they’re trying to exploit it.
I guess that you could say I’m trying to do that with this one meal a day thing. But I’m not trying to sell the diet, I’m trying to sell the mindset.
As I’ve said before I believe that most diets can be successful if you’re able to stick to them.
But most people can’t stick to them because they’re ridiculously over complicated and require meticulous planning and execution.
Some of them also push time wasting gimmicks – the details of which you only get after you’ve paid a big wedge of money.
I saw a video the other day with a guy raving about the afterburn effect. I wasted 20 minutes of my life watching that video and waiting to be let in on the secret of fat loss and I came away wishing I’d spent the time doing pull-ups, push ups or reaping the restorative benefits of sleep.
The premise is that you need to tap into the prime fat burning window which occurs at a particular time after working out… what a load of old horse leavings!
It’s a pain because the guy in the video looks amazing. He’s got the ripped abs that people want, so I guess it looks like he knows what he’s talking about.
I want to believe him, but I don’t – and here’s why…
I went to look at his testimonials and people were raving about his method, but some of those guys didn’t look much better than I do, and in a few weeks time I’m confident I’ll look much better than they do.
Afterburn my rear-end!
Who knows, I may yet have to eat my words, but I can’t help but feel that for most people it’s simply about eating fewer calories than you need and supplementing it with a little moderate exercise to get the heart working.
In fact, I’m banking on it, because I’m doing exactly that.
A few years ago I was reading every fitness and diet related article I could find, but I’ve deliberately stopped doing that.
I haven’t done any heavy duty reading diets, nutrition or exercise regimes for years now.
I’ve just cut back on the amount I eat and walked briskly once or twice a day for half an hour each time.
It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
I do intend to do the reading so that I can eventually speak about this process with a degree of authority, but not until I’ve gone through the process and achieved my goal.
I could spend the next three years reading before doing even a single thing to make the changes to my body.
I’m all for reading, I think it’s so important, but when it comes to the weightloss industry I’d say reading will hold you back.
It will add a dimension of procrastination and uncertainty which in turn causes inertia to set it. It happens so often.
Fitness forums are littered with armchair experts who talk good weight-loss, but never seem to achieve their goals.
Like I said, I’ve kept it simple, no pills no potions, just taking one step at a time.
- First I started walking, building up the speed and distance.
- Then I cut out one meal (breakfast – which I ate rarely anyway).
- Then I started eating less at lunch.
- Then I cut out lunch.
- When I’ve lost the fat and got flat(ish) abs I’ll work on building a little muscle.
- And after that I’ll tackle elements of my diet so that I’m eating better.
The downside of this approach is it’s taken me longer than it might otherwise have done, but the habits I’ve built have stuck which means I’m less likely to revert to old habits in the future.
I’ve been able to adopt and solid mindset around what I’m doing, why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it – and it all boils down to keeping it as simple as I possibly can and taking my time.
I’m all for reading, but not at the expense of action.
Here I am today 10 Feb 2012:
This was me on day one of this challenge:
And here I am at a chubby 205 pounds:
Read more about my diet: