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.