5 EASY Things You Can Do To Start Losing Fat Right NOW!
Losing fat ain’t easy. Not for most of us at least. I’ve been working out for a pretty long time now, but every time I get to a point where I have to start losing fat, I end up losing all the joy in my life instead.
Pictured: Me without beer
Honestly I have ZERO clue how all these models and in-shape celebrities look so happy. Maybe it’s the bank balance. Maybe it’s the fancy cars. Maybe it’s the cocaine. But I’m not quite there yet.
Anyhow. There are multiple issues with losing fat.
- All the stuff that tastes absolutely awesome is fattening
- All the stuff that makes you feel absolutely awesome is fattening (read beer, whisky, G&Ts…)
- All the food that is easy to access is fattening (the number of normal restaurants Vs. the number of healthy eating restaurants around you)
- Nearly all social occasions have food and / or alcohol as an axis
- Our brains have not evolved much since the stone age, where food was scarce and it was a great idea to eat as much as you could, while it was available. Now there is MORE available than we need, but left unchecked, our brain still makes us behave like monkeys in an all-you-can-eat buffet
- Healthy stuff doesn’t taste half as good as the unhealthy stuff. And don’t listen to all those who say it does. Ask yourself what you’d choose to eat if a cheese laden, exotically topped pizza was as healthy as a bowl of boiled broccoli & beans.
- We’re completely crap at giving up current, easily available happiness for happiness that will eventually come to us. At some point in time. After suffering a lot. Maybe.
So. In all practicality, we’re in a battle where the odds are super stacked against us. Might as well throw up our hands in the air, head to the nearest pub, drown some chilled beer and stuff our faces with greasy food.
Who am I kidding? You’re already gonna do that.
Having established the problem as comprehensively as I thought without you heading over to zomato.com while reading all that (you still here right?), let me dole out some easy-schmeezy hacks. Hacks that will help you start losing fat right about now. Hacks, which if you manage to plug in successfully, will set you up beautifully for a braveheart-esque full charge against your muffin top.
Ready to start losing fat? Here we go!
Losing Fat Hack #1 – Attack the Sugar
By sugar I mean refined sugar. The white poison. Correction. The delicious-inducing white poison.
Now I’m aware that giving it up completely is almost as hard to achieve as a date with a Hollywood A-lister. BUT. You don’t have to give it up completely! Not in one go!
Here’s what you do. Starting now, cut that garbage by half. Eat one Gulab Jamun instead of two. I know it’s hard, but train that monkey brain! Share half of that soft serve with your whosoever-you-can-share-it-with. Honestly? Try and avoid Mc Donalds if you can.
Basically, whenever you’re about to eat, straight up cut the portion of food that contains sugar, by half.
Keep that up for a fortnight, and then cut the sugar you’re consuming by half again. Repeat. Repeat. You get the drift?
What cutting by half does is give you a measurable goal, which is realistic as well. So achieving it will be much easier than trying something superhero worthy and falling flat on your face. Little, continual progress is better than no progress at all.
Losing Fat Hack #2 – Attack the Alcohol
I’m not going to be heartless and ask you to give up the sauce. I’m also going to be realistic and not expect you to control your drinking. I know that two drinks down you become the most attractive and funny person you know, and who needs to get skinny when you’ve SUCH an awesome personality right?
Uh no. I am asking you to change what you’re drinking. Don’t like the idea? Bear with me.
A Vodka-Soda-Lime isn’t everyone’s glass of Cosmopolitan. I understand that. However, after two drinks, your brain doesn’t. As your senses get progressively dull, almost everything tastes good and nearly everyone looks good. That’s how those shots of Jäger lead to the walk of shame. And you hated Jäger to begin with!
So if it’s applicable there, why not use it to your advantage?
Go ahead, make the first two drinks the ones you love. Beer, sweet cocktails, white wine… whatever. HOWEVER. Once the first two are down your hatch. You switch to the low cal options. Now they will taste just fucking awesome! Go for a Skinny Bitch a.k.a. Vodka-Soda-Lime, a tequila & soda, an expensive brand of spirit on ice, maybe even something topped with one of those sugar-free flavored sodas.
The eventual idea is to reduce consumption. But to begin with, let’s improve the quality of consumption. Easier done than the former.
Losing Fat Hack #3 – Tweak your Partying
I have zero clue as to why a lot of us do not eat before we start drinking. And once we’re done drinking, we stuff ourselves with whichever unhealthy option is available at that odd hour. Although, even if it isn’t an odd hour, the buzzed us gravitate towards unhealthy food.
Doesn’t make any sense really. We start drinking (usually) at the end of the day when we’re already hungry and need em calories. We obviously end up drinking faster than we would’ve, since the body is LOVING the easy calories we’re throwing at it. We get drunker faster cuz there’s no barrier that stops the body from absorbing the alcohol ASAP. And when we’re bombed, we get super hungry, our lowered inhibitions allowing us to wolf down chow that we wouldn’t have looked at in our senses!
So do yourself a favor. Eat before you start drinking. And eat a fair bit. Don’t scrounge here. Food is going to take up space in your stomach, so that there is less space for the alcohol. Food is also going to slow down absorption of booze, so you’ll stay sorted for longer. By the end of it, cuz your stomach is already full, you might even end up not eating. Even if you do, it’ll be a lot lesser than you would have.
Every time I’ve eaten to my fill prior to drinking, my consumption of alcohol has been MUCH lesser. Also, when sober, the food that gets picked tends to be MUCH healthier than the one picked when you’re shitfaced.
Losing Fat Hack #4 – Fiber up!
Increasing your consumption of fiber is one of the easiest hacks. You simple have to make absolutely sure that you have a small bowl of fiber at the start of every meal. If packing lunch for work, pack a salad with it. If eating out, ask for extra veggies with the order. Then, eat them first.
Eating fiber before a meal slows down the absorption of your meal and effectively prevents your body from accumulating as much fat as it would have otherwise. I won’t get into the science of it> but if you want to know why, you can always mail me on email@example.com and I will get back to you with it.
Don’t start off with large amounts of fiber in your starter’s enthusiasm. It might block your plumbing and result in more damage than good.
Increase the amount of fiber you’re consuming slowly and steadily. You can also start throwing in ground flax seed and ground fennel into your system to increase the fiber intake eventually.
Losing Fat Hack #5 – Read Labels
Information is power. Use it. It’s pretty dumb when information is right before our eyes and we refuse to use it for our own good. And we do this almost everyday. Multiple times.
See, it’s almost inevitable that you will end up consuming packaged food at some time or the other. In fact there will be times where you will do it multiple times a day. The only good thing about most packaged food is that it comes with nutritional information printed right on it.
Make SURE you read it every time. Also make sure that you read it carefully. Most packaging will give you the nutritional information for ONE portion and/or 100 grams, while the packet will contain from twice to five times that amount. So multiply, and you will be shocked in most cases. You’ll realize that with one pack of whatever, you’ve consumed half or more of your daily calorific needs, you’ve maybe overstepped the sodium consumption by many times over, and let’s not even get to the sugar & fat.
This way you’ll be aware of how much you’re consuming, and even if you aren’t able to control the urge to eat all the stuff that time, you’ll definitely remember how fucked it is for you the next time over. Any sensible person in that case will will either plan or choose better.
There you go. Five super sorted hacks for losing fat that you can put to use starting NOW.
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