Lose Fat Tips
The following tips are "sound bite" items that
counter common misconceptions.
People have all kinds of screwy ideas about fat loss,
and these tips help you put such ideas to rest.
Rather than waste your time chasing ideas that don't work,
you can use the tips below to get yourself on the right track to right-size your
Remember, it's not about starving yourself to become
skinny. It's about feeding yourself properly so you right-size your body..
Here are some very good fat loss tips:
- Don't try to "lose weight." This is a false
metric. What you want to lose is fat. This isn't mere
semantics. Until you understand this, you will have completely the
wrong mindset and your efforts will result only in frustration.
- Fats don't make you fat. In fact, you need
fat to burn fat. You need the fats you find in eggs, nuts, and
cooking oils. Eat free-range eggs (very high in Omega 3 fats, which
are quite good for you), fresh nuts (as opposed to the stale or
processed ones in the typical supermarket), and quality oils (as
opposed to the cheap hot-processed or improperly packaged or stored
ones in the typical grocery store).
- Carbs don't make you fat. In fact, you need
carbs to burn carbs. And to burn fat. There are people who live on
nothing but chips and soda--very high in carbs. Yet, they are
skinny. They aren't healthy or lean--they are just skinny and
undermuscled with unhealthy organs. The point here is you can be
thin as a rail, even if you eat mostly carbs.
- Don't waste your time counting calories. Most
people never do this right, and the whole process turns into an
excuse to overeat. It doesn't work.
- You got too fat one bite at a time. You lose
that fat the same way.
- You cannot exercise off the results of
overeating, despite the hype from gyms that sign people up to
exercise incorrectly. What you can do is not overeat in the first
- Right-size your body by right-sizing your
- Single digit body fat on six meals a day. The
key is small meals.
- You can become obese, even if all you eat is
bean sprouts. Quantity matters.
- What you eat determines how healthy you are.
How much you eat determines how fat you are. Of course, if you eat
more calorie-dense foods, you get fatter faster.
- A great body is built in the kitchen, not in
the gym. But the process begins at the grocery store.
- Are you eating at restaurants and trying to
lose fat? If so, I wonder if you drive a car with one foot on the
gas and one on the brake. Unless you are in the habit of scraping
2/3 of your meal off your plate as soon as your meal arrives,
throwing that away, and eating only what is left, you will have to
choose between eating out and eating right.
- There is no obesity virus. This is a lame
hypothesis (it's not even to theory status--look up both words in
the dictionary) designed to make an excuse for overeating.
- Yes, there is a fat gene. I have it. I'm not
fat. Genetics does not cause obesity. Overeating does.
- Regimens that involve food combinations, food
timing, and other gyrations don't--in themselves--cause you to
right-size your body (or if they do, there is nothing credible that
proves they do). The fussing over following these regimens
makes you more aware of your food, and thus more likely to reduce
One such plan, for example, says not to mix beans and rice. But this
is actually an ideal combination because it makes a completed
protein. Another plan claims your blood type determines the kind of
food you should eat--and it has a seemingly great explanation for
this. But there's no authoritative proof for this plan anywhere.
These kinds of plans work because they make you stop and think about
what you're eating--rather than just mindlessly shoveling it down as
most people do.
- A gastric bypass is a dumb idea. You did not
get fat because your body has normal plumbing. You got fat because
you ate too much. So the fix isn't to mutilate your body. The fix is
to eat less.
- You do not have to starve to eat right. But
eating right may mean being a bit hungry at times. Deal with it.
You're not going to starve, just because you're hungry. Learn the
- Do not keep a food diary. This is looking
backwards. Instead, write down what you are going to eat. Plan all
six of your meals each day. Look at what your plan says, and bring
only that to the table. No seconds, no extras. This is a proven
method for losing fat. If you want to right-size your body,
right-size your meals this way. You automatically exclude hunger
from the portion size selection equation this way.
- Don't listen to people brag about the great
results they had with Diet X. People have a way of exaggerating
their successes. Diets don't work, and we all know that. Why do so
many people persist in this form of self-delusional desperation?
- Right-sizing your meals will right-size your
body and this means you will right-size your healthcare costs. Most
of what we call "healthcare" is disease care. True healthcare
happens in the kitchen, not in the doctor's office or hospital.