The Truth About Losing Stubborn Fat
This blog post is going to be very blunt but it’s what you need to hear.
So many people are going to tell you that losing weight is easy and you can eat all the food you want as long as “it fits your macros” and I used to be on one of those people spouting off the same thing.
I thought that you could just count your calories and if the food you wanted to eat fit within your daily limit you’d be fine.
And it’s true, you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight….
But here’s the problem with that, most people can’t do it.
Most people don’t want to track their food every single day and most people can’t stop eating their favourite foods.
If that person is you, don’t stress but if you don’t want to track your food every day then you will need to make some sacrifices.
Here are the sacrifices you’re going to have to make…
Drinking less alcohol
The reason I’m noting this one first is that it’s going to make the biggest difference to your weight.
Drinking and socialising on the weekend go hand in hand. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you’re doing, most of the time it’s going to involve alcohol. I get it, It helps you unwind, it helps make the night more eventful and it’s just the social norm to go out and drink with some friends.
But you can’t be going to get slammed every single Thursday, Friday and Saturday night with 20 drinks and think that it doesn’t matter.
Alcohol contains a lot of calories and when you are just knocking back drink after drink those calories are going to add up and they’re going to stop you from losing weight.
So you’re going to need to reduce the amount you drink. No, you don’t have to completely cut it out, you just have to drink less.
Eating less sugary foods
Yes, too much sugar is still the devil at the end of the day.
It’s easy to overconsume sugary foods and they hardly keep us full. When you eat a doughnut how full do you feel? Do you ever stop at just one or two potato chips or do you want more and more? We never feel satisfied when we eat sugary foods because our brains aren’t designed to be able to have access to large amounts of sugar all of the time.
We never feel satisfied when we eat sugary foods because our brain is still wired to think that there’s a scarcity of food around, so when you give it sugar it tells you to eat more and more because it doesn’t know when your next meal will be.
Do you have to eliminate all sugar? No, just don’t bring that crap into your house and swap the chips and pop tarts for a can of tuna.
Drinking less soft drinks
A can of Coke contains 35g of sugar which is nearly 160 calories per can.
Let’s not lie to ourselves, Who just drinks a can anyways? we usually go for the 600ml bottle instead.
How easy is it to throw back a can of coke and not even bat an eyelid over it?
After you finish that can, 30 minutes later your might reach for another or this time you might need a pick me up so you go for a red bull instead.
All of these energy drinks are just filled with sugar and sodium which make you want to drink more and more. Do you ever notice how it never really quenches your thirst?
If you love energy drinks because of the hit they give you I suggest swapping them to the 0 calorie option. choose coke zero and red bull zero if you still want something sweet.
Binge Eating on the weekend
Weekend calories still count. Just because you ate healthy all week doesn’t mean that you can go out for breakfast lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday and think you can eat whatever you want.
A nice meal here and there doesn’t matter too much, but it’s here and there, not every meal on the weekend.
It’s not going out for breakfast then a pub lunch and then a pizza for dinner because “you deserve it for being healthy all week”.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.
Choose two meals a week where you let loose a little bit.
This doesn’t mean smashing down that whole pizza either because it’s a “cheat meal”, it means sharing that pizza with someone else and actually enjoying the taste of it.
You can’t eat McDonald’s or pick up some Thai food every night on your way home from work because you’re short on time or just because you’re hungry.
Fast food may be convenient on the way home, but it’s also a convenient way for you to put on the gut.
If you’re going to have fast food limit it to twice a week and make better choices with smaller portions.
Choose the small option instead of the large, just get the burger instead of the burger, chips and coke.
Sitting On Your Ass
You are going to have to sacrifice sitting on your ass for long periods of time and binge watching Netflix.
Get up and get moving, why not stream Netflix to your phone, get to the gym and walk on the treadmill while watching your favourite T.V series.
I didn’t say you have to give up watching tv, you just have to give up sitting down all of the time and being lazy.
The Hard Truth
Like I said, at the end of the day this is a harsh reality, but you need to hear it.
You don’t have to completely cut out anything I listed above, but you will just have to do less of it.
If you want to reach your fat loss goals then you mus be willing to give things up. You can’t be living in a rainbow land all the time and magically lose weight.
You can still have your cake and eat it too, you just can’t eat the whole cake every day and you can’t sit on your ass and do nothing.
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