Keep It Simple: Weight Loss Diets don't need to be complicated
Diets play a HUGE part in achieving weight loss goals. They also play a major roll in increasing your natural Testosterone.
In The Beginning
In 2002, I graduated high school at 175 lbs with a lean athletic body. I literally had "Wash Board" abs, which isn't wildly impressive since that was a common thing for athletic male teenagers, but damn it I had them. After graduation, my health took a turn for the worse, to say the least.
In 2006 I was leading my body on a path of destruction. I was 217lbs and working as a carpenter for a bridge company. Waking up early in the morning, with long commutes to and from work every day, I became very lazy on my diet and the types of foods I was putting in my body. Fast food and coffee stands were a regular occurrence for me. If I remember correctly, I was eating fast food for breakfast and lunch daily as well as drinking on average 2 triple shot mocha's, and to end each day I was drinking a 6 pack of beer before bed time.
In June of 2007, on my way to work, I realized that my fuel gage was almost on "E". I remember telling myself that I would stop off at one of the truck stops so that I could get fuel and some breakfast from deli. Deli food is deep fried deliciousness.
Anyway, when I pulled up to the gas pump at the station I hopped out of the car and grabbed the pump nozzle. While grabbing the nozzle something happened. I felt a jolt in my chest. A kind of jolt that took my breath away and made my head feel light and dizzy. I kinda brushed it off and continued about my morning getting fuel and delicious treats for breakfast from the deli.
Later that morning I finally made it to work and while pulling in to the parking spot, I felt a knot in my chest. When I opened the door and hopped out I felt another jolt in my chest. This jolt was more noticeable and actually felt like my heart stopped for a second before it started beating again. This put me in panic mode. I immediately left for home and scheduled a doctors appointment.
To make this story short; I made it to the doctor and after several EKG's and wearing a Holter Monitor for 30 days, I was diagnosed with Premature Ventrical Contractions (PVC). PVC's are caused by the nervous system signaling your heart to fire early, causing an extra beat. These are typically nothing to worry about, but I was told that my eating and drinking habits may have been a big contributor. Thus begins my quest to get healthy.
Healthy Eating, Healthy Life
The first thing anybody will do when they decide to get healthy and get in shape is find the nearest gym and get a membership. That's what I did. I figured that it was common sense that to lose weight you needed to do a lot of cardio and lift heavy weights.
It didn't take me long to figure out that there was more to losing weight and living healthy that just hitting the gym. Although going to the gym is not a bad start, living a healthy lifestyle starts with your diet. It goes with the old saying, "What you put into your body, is what your going to get out of your body".
I did weeks of research trying several types of diets and several different types of foods. Some diets where just way too much work. Involved hunting down certain items from grocery stores, lots of cooking, and lots of planning.
I finally realized that I was making this diet thing more of a chore than it had to be. So I just took what I researched and made it simple.
Construct a Simple Diet
The key is to not make it complicated. I good, healthy, diet comes down to two things. Is it whole food or processed food?
- Whole Foods are food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances. Examples; Fruits, Nuts, Vegetables, Fish, Chicken breast, etc...
- Processed Foods is any food other than a raw agricultural commodity and includes any raw agricultural commodity that has been subject to processing, such as canning, cooking, freezing, dehydration, or milling. Examples; Canned soup, lunch meats, candy bars, sugars, tv dinners, freezer pizza, etc..
Why are processed foods bad for you? Simple, they are far from natural foods. They are man made. Processed foods contain chemicals such as flavor additives and preservatives as well as numerous other ingredients to make them taste better and last longer. If you are eating something that can sit on a store shelf for a year before expiring, chances are, its not good for you.
Keep It Simple
I think people over complicate things when it comes to diets. One thing I can tell you is, don't worry about carbs, fats, and the amount of protein your putting into you diet. Just make sure your getting some of each in every meal.
Here is a sample diet that I actually used for 6 months.
- 1.Breakfast 2 whole eggs, 1/2 cup oatmeal, banana
- 2.Mid-Morning 1/2 avocado, 2 tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter with a drizzle of honey
- 3.Lunch Chicken Breast and Rice
- 4.Mid-Afternoon 1/2 avocado, 2 tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter with a drizzle of honey
- 5.Dinner Salmon Fillet, Rice, steamed veggies.
I literally ate this meal and other similar meals for months in cunjunction with Protein shakes and a workout plan that involved 4 days per week weight training and cardio.
Diet and exercise doe's not have to be rocket science like some websites and trainers make it out to be. As long as you discipline yourself, it can be quite easy. Just keep it simple!