3 Ways To Guarantee You Won’t Get Fat, or Too Fat

First of all, I admit that right now I am not in good shape. In fact, according to a BMI calculator I am overweight. I am 5’9″ tall and weigh about 195 pounds. I say about because I get down below 190 and then balloon up to 200. This is the cycle I have been in for the last 3 or 4 years.

At one time I was 162 pounds and ripped. This was after I ran a marathon and a 50k. That was the best shape I have ever been in. But not now. Now I am fat.

But, at 195ish I am in better shape than most or probably all of my friends. When I complain about being 195 almost everybody says they wish they were 195. Maybe I need some new friends.

Here is the thing though. I can somewhat eat what I want and stay at this weight as long as I reign it in every now and then and stay somewhat active. So although I love being in shape, I REALLY love to cook and eat.

So here are three of my countless set of rules I use to stay overweight, but not obese, I guess?.

Rule #1 Don’t Eat Where Fat People Eat

If you are eating in a restaurant full of fat people, maybe think about trying somewhere else. This is really hard nowadays because everybody is fat, but you get the point.

For a short while my wife had somewhere to take my daughter on Wednesday nights. My wife dislikes Chinese food (I know). What can I say, she doesn’t like rice (I know). So, my son and I started going to a Chinese restaurant called Grand Fortune. Typical American Chinese food. You know kung pao and all that done well. Typical Chinese restaurant décor. It looks like a place straight out of Big Trouble In Little China.

Anyways, one night were are sitting there and I am drinking a Buddha beer after stuffing myself with crab Rangoon and kung pao chicken. I start looking around and noticing that ALL the other diners are overweight. I mean ALL! Then I started watching the endless stream of takeout order picker uppers coming through the door. They were overwhelmingly overweight as well.

Then I started thinking about one of my best friends who absolutely loves Chinese food. He has a huge struggle with this weight as well.

I looked at my son and said half jokingly maybe we shouldn’t eat this so often. And I haven’t. It has been probably a year since I have eaten Chinese.

Now don’t think I am condemning Chinese food. Same goes for barbecue, fried chicken and most other place I love.

All I am saying is if a eating establishments clientele is largely overweight, maybe find another place to be a regular customer.

Rule #2 Don’t Eat Fast Food, Or At Least French Fries

I understand that for most people not eating fast food is impossible. However, if you can avoid it, it will make staying thin or in shape much easier. When I was in the best shape of my life I went two years without eating a single fast food meal. Two years!  If I can do it anybody can. I own a construction company and eat out of my truck almost every day of the week. But, I also understand.

What I do now when I stop to eat fast food is limit my calorie intake. I used to get a large combo meal, plus an extra burger when I would eat at these places. Now, I order a large sandwich (think Big Mac, Whopper) and that is it. I don’t get a combo. I don’t get fries or a drink.

Do I want fries? Sure. I would rather eat the Big Mac and fries with ranch. But I would then feel like shit and end up downing 1,200-1,400 calories. A Big Mac surprisingly only has 560 calories. Not too bad really.

So skip the fast food. If you can’t do that skip the fries. If you can’t do that skip the drink.

Rule #3 Stay Somewhat Active

The other way I keep from getting fatter than I already am right now is to try to stay somewhat active. When I was younger I would work construction in the summer and lose any weight I put on in the winter.

Now, I actually put on weight in the summer and lose it in the winter. This is simply because in the winter we don’t work much and I can get in the gym somewhat regularly.

So, what I started doing this year is try to get in the gym 1-2 days a week. So far, I have kept this up for 10 months. I do an upper body workout and a lower body workout. If I can make it in the gym at least one day, I have worked my entire upper body. If I can make it in more, I do.

Now when I start working out regularly this winter I won’t be starting from scratch. In other words I won’t be a total fat ass.

So there you have it. Three easy ways to guarantee you won’t at least become fatter than you already are. And just maybe, you might kickstart some other healthy habits other than these.

The Easiest Way To Lose Weight Without Exercise..

Ok folks. In the last post I wrote about what I think is the quickest way to lose weight.  Running. The only bad part is you have to run, which even if you like it kind of sucks. Running is the opposite of drinking alcohol. When you drink it is fun and then it sucks. When you run, it sucks and then you feel good after. Once in a blue moon you will have that amazing run where you feel like you could go on forever. But, most of the time, it just plain sucks.

So, I have an alternative to lose tons of weight without ANY exercise.

You want to know what it is?

Well, it is very simple.

Eat Nothing But Meat…

Eat Meat. Just meat and water. Maybe some cheese. No veggies until you lose the weight. The easiest and fastest way to lose weight on the planet.

I once lost about 30 pounds in a couple months eating nothing but grilled steak and fried eggs. I would grill steak every night for dinner and make enough for left overs. Then I would fry a half a dozen or so eggs and put them with the sliced steak in a container and bring them to work. Then I would eat whenever I felt hungry. The weight started dropping off. I also mixed protein powder with whole cream for a low carb pudding and had that for dessert.

I got his idea at the time from a guy named Vince Gironda. He had a gym in California called Vince’s Gym and used to train bodybuilders and movie stars. He even trained Arnold Schwarzenegger at one time. It worked like magic.

I will make another post soon about paleo and low carb eating but it really is easy. Once your blood sugar stabilizes from not eating carbohydrates every three or four hours, you are hardly even hungry. The only drawback is it just isn’t very satisfying. Not in the same way as, say a baguette with butter on it.

But if you like steak, you can’t go wrong.

Now, I can hear people saying how unhealthy this is. I agree it seems unhealthy. The way I always look at eating low carb when I do it, is that I would be eating this stuff anyways just with a lot of bread and pasta on top of it. The way I see it is that if I am thinner and have more energy, something is working.

So get the grill and skillet out and give it a try.



The Absolute Quickest Way To Lose A Ton of Weight!!

Okay folks. You want to know the quickest and simplest (not easiest) way to lose a ton of weight. Well, I will get to that in a few. But first, let me tell you a story.

About six years ago, I had a health scare. I started having a funny heartbeat and went in to see a cardiologist. He ordered a stress test and when it came back he said he thought I had a blockage. I was only 36 at the time. It seemed wrong.

So, I went and got a second opinion. He basically told me the exact opposite. Said he didn’t see any of this from the test. I leaned towards believing the second doctor because when I went to get copies of the tests sent over they said they didn’t have the technology to do so. What? I am a contractor and I have the technology to burn discs! What the hell.

This seemed to put me at ease that I at least wasn’t going to die. It did however scare the living shit out of me and really lit a fire under my ass. As you will soon see, people can do amazing things with the proper motivation.

I decided a lifestyle change was in order. I started eating better. More fish, whole grains, beans. I adopted what I figured out to be a heart healthy diet. I didn’t go vegan, but it was better quality protein and low sugar. Basically I ate a peanut butter sandwich with honey, on Ezekiel bread for lunch and made a taco with beans, corn tortillas and whatever meat my wife made for dinner.

Then I started running. A lot.

I remember the first day I went out and ran a half mile. It about killed me. I kept going. Now, I had been a “runner” before. The most I ever ran was six miles, but I had been a regular 3-4 mile runner before so I wasn’t a complete novice.

In a really short time I ran seven miles. I remember being amazed at that distance.

I wonder how far I could run? So, I started doing a long run on the weekends and signed up for a marathon about six months down the road. By mid summer I was doing 15 plus miles on a sunday. And it was a hot damn summer. I ran eight runs in a row where it was 100 degrees or hotter.

I ramped up to twenty 24 miles and then ran my marathon. It was easy to finish, I was ready and it was a lot of fun. I was basically running a long run except I had all these volunteers to hand me water, Gatorade and gel packets. The whole energy and vibe was awesome.

Now to the great part. I was about 162 pounds. This was the lightest I had been since high school. I had a full blown six pack and was junky muscular. I had lost about 40 pounds in a few months. Unbelievable.

So, the simplest way to lose weight? Start running. And don’t stop. And don’t decide to run a 50k the week after your marathon and fuck everything up like I did. But that my friends is another story.

So run. Eat healthier. Lose weight and get a six pack. Simple. But not easy.