3 Diets You Can Use To Lose 30 Pounds!

People often get hung up on the way they are going to do something. It is analysis paralysis. You sit and think about, read about and contemplate your problem. You think tomorrow sounds like a good idea. Or even better yet, Monday. When I was a smoker I was always going to quit on Monday. The whole time I smoked cigarettes (almost 20 years), I never bought a carton of cigarettes. I always bought one or two packs at a time. The reason is because I was always going to quit on Monday. When I finally did quit (12 years ago), I remember saying to myself, why do you wait so long?

The same is true for dieting. I can’t tell you how many times I told myself I was going to start my diet on Monday, so I might as well live it up this weekend. This thinking has put more weight on me than I can imagine. I have stopped doing this. When I start something, I do it now. Not tomorrow, now.

The point of this article is to let you know that you don’t need any special diet. You can lose weight with any diet. Any diet!

Here are three basic diets people usually use to lose weight fast. I have used two of these personally, at different times in life, to lose thirty pounds.

The vegan diet- Nothing But Veggies. I would never recommend this diet long term. But, if you ate this way and threw in some eggs, it would be pretty darn healthy. I have never eaten this way other than a juice cleanse I did a few times. This, in my opinion, would be a great “cleanse” to do for a few weeks. I know vegans will hate my opinion on this,  but getting enough protein is just too much work with this diet. Why not just eat a damn egg or two.

The No Carb Diet- Nothing But Meat And Cheese. In my opinion this is the best way to eat if you can stick to it. Great way for people used to overeating large portions of food. You can eat all you want and start losing weight. I have a real hard time sticking to this for a long time. I did lose a boatload of weight doing this diet though.  Read about my experience with this here.

The Whole Grain Type Diet– Sandwiches on whole grain bread (Ezekiel). Tacos on corn tortillas, beans, etc. Lots of veggies. Lean proteins. I lost 40 pounds eating this way. Read about how I did this diet here.

Ezekiel bread made by Food For Life. I ate this stuff every day and lost 40 pounds.

I have used all three of these diets to lose 30 pounds or more. Here are the reasons they all work.

  1. Portion control. While eating any of these ways, you must prepare your own food for the most part. When you do this, you automatically make yourself stick to a certain portion size. Portion sizes make a huge difference in caloric intake. Remember the Subway pervert who lost like 80 pounds eating two subs a day. It was mainly portion control.
  2. Eliminates sugar. These diets all pretty much eliminate or drastically reduce the amount of sugar and processed carbohydrate you take in. This eliminates a lot of calories. Your body functions better, digests food better, etc.
  3. Eliminates processed food. All of these diets eliminate processed white flour and packaged foods. Just eliminating packaged foods would make most people lighter and healthier.

That’s it. These are the reasons that almost ALL diets will work if you follow them. That is the key though, follow through. You need to break through the first week or two and let your body adjust. Depending on how much processed, sugary foods you eat this can be a huge adjustment. Sugar withdrawal is a real thing, even if only mental. You can actually get depressed when eliminating these foods. You need to fight through this phase with all your power.

Once you get to the next stage, you start seeing results. you start having more energy. You start feeling amazing. This usually kicks in a week or two after adopting healthier habits. Then you are off to the races and the sky is the limit.

The Conclusion…

Quit analyzing how you are going to get back in shape. Pick a healthy way of eating and do it. Start today. Plan everything out and start first thing tomorrow. Why wait? The amount of weight you can lose in one month is staggering. Why do we wait so long?

Make a decision to do it and do it. We always say decision+vision equals your mission. Make a decision to get in shape. Create a vision of how you want to look and make it your mission to do this. You can’t do it until you start. Imagine how good and full of energy you will feel a month from now.

Start today!

3 Ways To Win Like Tom Brady and The Patriots

Winners!

Last night Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won their conference championship and are heading to the Superbowl yet again. It was an amazing game won in overtime. Now, I am not a huge football fan. I watch the playoffs (sometimes) and the Superbowl and that’s about it.

Back in the day I hated the Patriots. Not anymore. I became a fan in the last few years just because of their winning attitude. Their “culture” of winning as people might call it nowadays. But it is true and there are valuable lessons to be learned from Bill Bellichick and Tom Brady.

You could see the winning attitude in Tom Brady’s eyes early in the game last night. He looked like a killer. You could see, in his eyes, why he is so successful. And he pulled out a win. Without a roster full of superstars, he pulled out a win. Granted he has arguable the best coach in history on his side, but still.

So what can us mere mortals trying to be successful in life learn from Bill Bellichick and Tom Brady?

Develop A Culture Of Winning…

I remember back when my business was really taking a bad turn. I remember telling a friend, I need a quick win here. Business and life are a slippery slope. If things start going bad, they can get worse real quick. Then it can turn into a death spiral of bad decisions and wishful decisions.

This is why when it got bad I told my friend I needed a win. I knew if I didn’t turn something around quick it would spiral out of control. I needed to stop the bleeding and not let a few bad events turn into a culture of losing.

A strange thing happens when things start going wrong. Your mindset changes. You start thinking about losing instead of winning. You start talking about losing and how things are going wrong. This is bad. Really bad.

This is why you need to develop a WINNING culture for your business and life. This is why I absolutely believe we need to stay in good physical shape. When you start getting out of shape and gaining weight, it is the first crack in your foundation. Pretty soon you don’t have as much energy. Then you start slacking at work or in your business. Pretty soon you aren’t making as much, so you aren’t saving the money you once did. Or you don’t have as much energy, so you don’t make the calls you should. And on and on and on.

We can keep this from happening by keeping a winning attitude about ALL things in our life. Which leads me to one of the things I always talk about.

Take Advantage of Momentum…

When things are good, you need to work it like your life depends on it. When things are going good, put the pedal to the metal and ride it out as long as you can. This is what Tom Brady has done.

He was a sixth round draft pick and a backup quarterback. Then the Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe got hurt. Brady came in and took them to the Superbowl and won.

But he didn’t stop there. He has ridden that momentum until last night when he won the conference championship. He rode it to 5 Superbowl wins. He didn’t let up and enjoy his rich, easy life. He put the pedal down. He watches what he eats all year. He works out all year. He never stops.

Because he knows.

He knows if he lets up, the momentum will stop and he will slide into mediocrity.

We can use this same sort of mindset Tom Brady has in our own life.

To do so we must:

  1. Create wins in our life. No matter how small, make sure we start winning. Do a little more each day to ensure things start going your way. Workout a little harder, eat a little less, save a little more, etc. Start the success snowball rolling in your favor.
  2. Turn the game around so we are winning consistently. Start gaining momentum. Continue doing winning things. Continue pursuing energy, fitness, money, etc.
  3. Then, work as hard as possible to maintain positive momentum. Don’t stop. EVER!

That’s it. This is the way Tom Brady has become the living legend he is today. He has maintained a winning way of life. He never stops. You can too. Best of all, you can start today. No matter how old, young, fat or lazy you are.

Start winning today. Go out and get one small win. Then let it snowball into a way of life. Then maintain your momentum, ALL YOUR LIFE! This is how you become a winner in life.

No More Excuses, You Have More Power Than You Realize

I was reading an article on Yahoo earlier about an Instagram model who posted a picture of her from ten years ago. She was overweight and holding a girl up doing a kegstand. Pretty funny actually. Then there was a picture of now. Super toned, amazing body. It was a really good post actually.

This is not the girl, but I like this picture.

She laid out how in the before picture she was drinking, eating nothing but fast food, not exercising, not drinking water or sleeping right. She said she now works out, eats good 80 percent of the time, drinks a lot of water and sleeps well. Sounds like a plan for success doesn’t it? Sounds like she has her ducks in a row and is doing what needs to be done to look amazing. Kudos to her.

So I scroll down to the comments section after reading about her and couldn’t believe the excuses coming from people.

Excuse after Excuse…

Almost every single comment on the page I read, said something about how they could do the same if all they had to do is workout and take pictures of themselves. Seriously, like every single post. If I didn’t have a job, family, life and on and on and on. The excuses flowed like a river.

What the heck has happened to people. People are so worthless and lazy that they now can’t even give compliments to someone who has gotten in amazing shape. The internet has turned people into perpetual haters. And excuse makers.

Everything these people were spewing was nothing but excuses. Everybody has time to workout. Everybody. I would guess that every single person that posted some excuse watches at least two hours of TV a day. If not TV, then the internet. So you have time to read an article and then post comments about it, but not to workout. I would bet that most of them spent as much time on that article as they could have on a workout.

Don’t be like this. I have been like this. We all have. I have never posted on a website negative things about any fitness model or bodybuilder though that’s for sure. I mean seriously. Those people actually took time out of their day to post their excuses for the world to see. That is some high level excuse making right there.

This is what lazy people do.

This is what fat people do.

This is what poor people do. (within reason, obviously snowflake.)

They make excuses. They take other people down who are doing what they wish they had the strength to do.

But you do have the strength. Yes, you do.

You Have More Power Than You Realize…

You have all the strength inside of you to do everything you ever wanted to do. You just need to stop making excuses and do it.

You have the strength to get into the best shape of your life. You can start today and look like an Instagram model (or whoever) in under a year if you really wanted to. And yes, you could do so even while working 60 hours a week and raising a family. I work 60-70 hours a week for 8 months out of the year. I usually stop going to the gym during this time because I tell myself I don’t have enough time. But one year I didn’t tell myself that. I went to the gym three days a week religiously and trained for a marathon the other days of the week. This all happened while working 60-70 hours a week, doing arguably some of the hardest physical labor there is.

I would get up and go to the gym or run 4 miles, then pour concrete with one of my crews for my construction company all morning. Then I would help set up concrete pours for the next day all afternoon. I would run between 10 and 20 miles on Sunday. At one point, I was even swimming at night on top of all of this! I was also sending out bids during the afternoon and doing book work late at night.

So stop with the excuses people. Everybody is capable of this type of energy.

Stop making excuses and putting other people down. It really only drags you down. How can you accomplish what you want if you have an excuse for why you don’t look the way you want to look.

So it’s real easy. Stop making excuses, start your program of awesomeness. Again, stop making excuses, start executing your plan. Simple as that. You can start today. Not Monday or tomorrow. You can actually start this today.

 

How I Lost 7 Pounds in Seven Days

 I decided to quit drinking any alcohol for the month of January. People call it dry January. I call it getting my out of shape self back in shape month. Just kidding. It isn’t all for getting in shape. I need a reset. I have been drinking way too many craft beers. Towards the winter months, my two beers a night usually turns into 3-4 a night. And more on weekends. So I was due for this.

But even more than that, I need to lose weight. As of today, 14 days in I am doing fine. A little bored on the weekends watching football, but fine. If I wasn’t trying to diet at the same time it would be a damn cake walk to quit drinking. But I am dieting.

In fact, I lost 7 pounds this week. That’s right. Seven pounds in one week. The experts say its not healthy to lose that much weight so fast. You know what I say is unhealthy? Being fat.

So how did I lose the 7 pounds? Pretty simple really.

For breakfast I drink coffee with a bunch of half and half (like a quarter cup probably?). This is my go to breakfast, pretty much any day, diet or not. The cream fills me up until lunchtime which is usually around 11:00.

I drank Kum and Go Coffee every day for breakfast.

For lunch, I have been getting a Classic Roast Beef Sandwich from Arby’s and I eat it without the bun. This is about 150 calories allegedly. Not much, but hey I am trying to lose weight. It tastes good, is quick and easy and cheap.

I ate this sandwich without the bun every day for lunch.

For dinner I eat whatever we have at home for dinner. Typically some sort of protein or meat and veggies. I might have some bread or something. I had a Chic Fil A Cobb salad one night and Sushi another.I would say I am probably eating about 800 calories at dinner.

If I am absolutely starving after this I might eat some crackers or something. I just try to stick to the serving size and stay around 200 calories. I have eaten crackers with cheese or pate a few nights this week.

So the grand total of daily calories is about 1,200 calories. If I can, I skip the snack and come in under 1,000 calories. This is really low calorie. But I will tell you what, it isn’t bad after a day or two. Your body adjusts and you feel fine. Mainly I am just bored eating like this. Not starving hungry, but bored.

The other thing I noticed this week is the damn energy. Wow! I am bouncing off the walls. On a typical Sunday I will take a nap around 1 or 2 and then again at 6 after dinner. This week nothing and I had trouble falling asleep at ten.

So is this a long term solution? Absolutely not. Do I recommend it for anyone? No, not really. Other than the energy it sucks. I go to bed somewhat hungry every night. But you know what? I am fat. For the last year I have been “going to cut back” and “gonna losing some of this weight”. It hasn’t happened. Normally I can buckle down and get a grip on things and lose weight. This year it didn’t happen and drastic measures are in order. I need to see some results fast so I will get motivated. The seven pounds I dropped this week have done just that. I am going to keep this up until Superbowl Sunday and then adopt a more “healthy eating” lifestyle type diet. I am expecting a loss of 20 pounds. I will be posting results.

I must add that I have also been exercising daily. I lifted fairly heavy 3 days last week and did machine cardio (bike, treadmill, elliptical) at 20-30 minutes 5 days. My goal when I do cardio is basically to try and burn off my breakfast and lunch. I figure this way I have a little wiggle room if I get super hungry later on. It isn’t too hard to burn off breakfast and lunch when I am only taking in a couple hundred calories.

So that’s it. 7 pounds in a week. A little extreme I know. I am an all or nothing type of guy. I have to see results fast or I lose interest. It’s the same way with going to the gym. I absolutely must start eating well when I am working out so I see results faster. I cannot stand going to the gym every day and then eating my gains away.

 

5 Ways To Change Your Life

Not as fancy as Tony Robbin’s advice, but it works. It works every time!

I started this blog because I wanted to give people some actual self help techniques which would improve their lives. I wanted to make people more financial successful, in better shape and happier. I started this site because I believe the self help industry is mostly full of a bunch of bullshit that simply doesn’t work or only works when you are not facing real challenges or hardships.

So the focus of this article is to give you a few things which I wish I would have followed starting back in my 20’s. Had I done so I would be in much better shape financially and spiritually. These are real life things which are not mind blowing by any means. They are simply the things people should be doing in order to be successful.

Like all things of this nature, they are not fancy. They are not magical. They are practical. I used to subscribe to a marketing newsletter by a guy names Dan Kennedy. He is a legend in copywriting and internet marketing circles. He said people were always more interested in “hype” type methods than actual practical business advice.(think the secret, visualizing, law of attraction, etc.) What he meant was people are always looking for some new shiny piece of advice they haven’t heard before. Something magical that is going to fix all their problems. I am no exception to this. I will read article after article on the internet about “how” to fix my problem instead of working on actually fixing the damn problem.

This, of course, is just human nature. A lot of the time we feel like we have already tried everything and have already been working really hard on a problem. So we go out in search of the magical answer to our problem.

But some things just aren’t meant to be. They won’t happen no matter how hard you try. I wish I knew why some people are successful over and over and never have adversity. I wish I knew. But I don’t.

The only thing I really believe in is momentum when it comes to success. If things are going your way then work as hard as possible for as long as possible. Typical we tend to do the exact opposite. When times are good and momentum is going our way, we tend to relax and think it is always going to be this way. Then, when things inevitably go bad, we tend to work really hard and bang our heads against the wall. We should work really hard when things are good and just work and wait out the bad when it goes bad. And it will go bad. It always does.

Here are the success or “self help” techniques I wish I would have followed in my life so far.

  1. Stay out of debt. When you are not worrying about money, you can worry about GROWING your business and life. If you are constantly behind on bills you will be stuck in maintenance mode. 
  2. When times are good, work your ass off until it turns. It will turn, no matter how good it looks now. 
  3. When times are bad, buckle down, cut expenses and wait it out. Again, the tide will eventually turn. 
  4. Work when you work. Work as if you were leaving town tomorrow. 
  5. Exercise every day and try to stay in shape and avoid drugs and alcohol as much as possible.

There you go. Not very shiny I know. Simple advice that works.

How To Lose Weight Without Changing Your Diet

Eat burgers and still lose weight? Maybe.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard somebody say or write that you cannot outwork a bad diet. It is pretty much common knowledge amongst virtually all fitness professionals. I am sure somewhere right now a personal trainer is telling a client this very thing. But there is only one problem.

It is complete bullshit.

You Can But Probably Won’t Outwork A Bad Diet….

The thing is this. You can outwork a bad diet but you probably won’t. That is the truth. You are reading this because you want to know how to keep eating your shitty diet and get into shape. You want to know how to look like those people in the magazines without changing one bit of your eating habits. Well, first of all those people are taking chemicals to look like that almost 100 percent of the time. Second of all, you ain’t looking like that without changing your diet.

But you can look damn good and still eat like you want. But, there is a price. You will have to work out a ton. I mean a lot. Everyday.

Try this. Go and run on the treadmill and run for 30 minutes. See how many calories you burned. Probably around 250-300. That is one large pop or soda from a gas station. So you are going to have to double that and run for an hour. Then you are going to have to do this twice a day. Then you are going to have to throw a weight workout into one of these sessions. If you do that, I almost guarantee you will start to lose weight without changing your diet.

You are probably thinking that is impossible. It isn’t impossible. There are people out there who run 20+ miles a day, almost every day of the week. So it is possible. Just not likely. Most people would do that workout once, maybe twice before quitting.

But there is an easier way.

Change Your Damn Diet…

This is why trainers tell people they cannot outwork a bad diet. Because the truth is very few people on this planet have the drive to workout hard enough to do so. I mean VERY few people. And even if you do it isn’t really sustainable.

Sooner or later after working out this much, your body will start to wear down. You will get injuries. You will get busy with life. You will get sick and tired of having to exercise so much.

So the easier way is to eat a little better AND workout. This is the magic combo and is much easier.

One time I was running on a treadmill and didn’t want to. It was a horrible run made worse by the fact that I was on a damn treadmill (I hate running indoors). I looked down and I had burned like 170 calories. Nothing. I remember thinking I could leave the cream out of my coffee in the morning and lose that many calories. (yeah I use a lot of cream.)

So think about that the next time you order a mocha choaka latte. Or drink a soda. If you drink just three sodas during the day it is equivalent to running for thirty minutes. Which is easier? Running for thirty minutes or not drinking the damn three sodas. I would way rather not drink the three sodas. Now, if you don’t drink the soda AND run the thirty you have doubled your efforts.

This is key. Try to combine both. This is the conclusion I have come to regarding working out. It might not cancel out a bad diet. But, if I am eating somewhat healthy and slip up, it could be the difference between me still losing weight and gaining weight or staying the same. Working out can make it easier to be able to have a snack or treat and not sabotaging your whole plan.

I am here to give you what works. Exercising and eating better works. Plain and simple. This is the cold hard truth. You can try to get around it. You can fight it. But in the end it is the right way. It is not the only way as I have laid out. But, it is the simplest way. Simple, but not easy. Now get to work on it.

The Only Way To Really Lose Weight Fast

There are really only two ways to lose weight. There are countless variations of these two ways, but still only really two. I will get to these shortly.

But first, let me tell you my story. I have tried and used countless diets over the years. I am what you would call a yo-yo dieter. I lose weight and feel as if I am going to keep it off forever. This is a strange phenomenon. Every time I lose weight I think that I will never go back to old habits. Yet I do. Every time!

Here are just a few of the diets I have lost weight on:

Steak and eggs diet- nothing but steak and eggs.

Low Carb Diet- meat and veggies diet.

Food Combining- Eating only carbs together or only protein together. Never shall the two meet. I actually wrote a book about this and at one point was making 10k a month selling it. I will post about this soon.

Chinese food diet- I shit you not. I ate nothing but Chinese food for a month or so and lost weight. I ordered “healthy” and was running quite a bit, but it worked.

Lose weight eating Chinese food? I will post about it someday.

Calorie Restriction- log your food and stay under a certain amount of calories. This sucks, but it works.

One meal a day diet- one meal, whatever you want. Not as easy as it sounds.

This is just a short list. I have also done most of the “name” diets. South Beach. Atkins. Fit For Life. The Abs Diet. Cybertrim from Cybergenics back in the nineties. Lots and lots of diets.

Blast from the past.

They all work to some degree. The reason is this.

There Are Really Only Two Ways To Lose Weight. 

After trying almost every diet on the planet there is one thing I can say unequivocally. There are really only two ways to lose weight.

There are countless variations of these two ways as with everything. But in the end, only two ways.

Limit Your Carbohydrates

Get your carbohydrates low enough and your body will go into ketosis. This means your body will start burning fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.

Along with getting your body to burn fat, it has another added benefit. It stabilizes your blood sugar. You know that super ravenously hungry feeling you get sometimes? That is when your blood sugar gets too low. It usually happens after eating something sugary or refined. These types of foods tend to cause a spike in blood sugar and then a subsequent crash. When it crashes you get super hungry. Eliminating or drastically lowering your carbs, keeps this from happening.

So what happens after a week or so is you start to naturally do the other thing which helps you lose weight.

Limit Your Calories

Yes, after a while eating low carb you tend to get satisfied with lesser food. This happens rather quickly once you stabilize your blood sugar. This is the second way to lose weight. Limit your calories. At the end of the day, this is what ALL diets really do anyways. You start working out and eating a certain way and you lose weight. 99.9 percent of the time it is only for the simple fact that you are burning more than you are taking in. It isn’t because of some special way of eating or timing.

This is really quite easy to do nowadays. Almost all restaurants have calories listed on the menu. Also, there are man food logging apps which have most foods already listed and you just search for your meal and log it.

But if you really want to speed up the weight loss, you will need one more component.

Exercise…

Not what anybody wants to hear, but unless you want to starve yourself you need to move.

That’s right. When you exercise for 20-40 minutes a day it really ups your chances of seeing success. If you burn 400 calories on the treadmill, it makes that late night slip up a little less sabotaging. Sometimes those calories you burned can be the difference between staying in your caloric deficit or going over it.

Like I say, simple but not easy. Stay tuned for more articles as I start my own weight loss cut for the year. I have already started running and will be posting some progress soon. The posts will get longer as well. I have a lot on my plate right now.