Search the web and you will find dozens and dozens of books, programs, videos and experts all telling you how to lose weight. The simple fact of the matter is this: to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Tada! All of these crazy diet plans simply boil down to this yet to get your attention they use some catchy buzz words or zany approaches (like eating nothing but grapefruit!) to get you buy in to their plan. All this does is get you more and more confused and does little to help your waistline.
So why is the Diet for a Busy Life different? Yes, it is still about monitoring calorie consumption but unlike any other diet plan the Diet for a Busy Life takes into account your…umm… busy life! It takes time to prepare healthy meals, to exercise, to meditate and to plan. Trust me. You will need help with this. The alternative is to grab a bunch of highly processed ‘diet’ food and whoof it down thinking you can just burn it off later by taking the stairs versus the elevator. Your mindset needs to change. Your life is busy and so you need a plan that works around this. You need a plan that is realistic that can meet your already hectic life. Make sense? When do these other diet plans ever get around to mentioning this?!?
Another reason why the Diet for a Busy Life is different has to do with our focused approach on personal energy. Our motto is this: Energy = Happiness. Without energy there is little you can succeed at. When you cut calories guess what happens? Your energy level plummets. This is the dirty little secret about all of those crazy diet plans you have tried or read about. How can you succeed at anything with low energy? The Diet for a Busy Life first focuses on boosting your metabolism by eating smarter. With a high amount of energy only then are you able to succeed. We also know that with a boost of energy comes with it a boost in your personal happiness and isn’t what this is all about anyway? I ask again: have you ever read anything like this in any other diet plan? I think it is time you give the Diet for a Busy Life a shot! Energy=Happiness. Make this your new motto!
Today’s workout is a tough one and will challenge you like none other. It will literally pit YOU against YOURSELF. When over, I GUARANTEE you will feel fantastic. Before you try it though take a look at yourself in front of a mirror and be happy that you have a mirror hanging in front of you…
I call this the Selfless workout:
1) Get out of bed
2) Walk over to the computer
3) Open up a web-browser (If you are reading this then you are already half way done with the workout! Now comes the hard part…)
Stress is one of the single biggest factors in the struggle to lose weight. A “stressed dieter” is an oxymoron. Are you really thinking about watching what you eat when you are under pressure? Your diet almost always takes a back seat to stress abatement. I know when I am under pressure I will take a tall glass of milk and a box of cookies over veggies and dip in a heart beat. Not to mention vegging on the couch versus working out. Yet when I loaf on the couch and stuff my face with sugar am I doing anything to address my stress? The first step in fixing stress is to understand which direction you are facing. Towards it or away from it.
Facing forward, staring stress in the eye means you are attempting to take what is an overwhelming challenge and break it up into bite size pieces. The stress itself may be slow to disappear but at least you are trying to do something about it.
Facing away from stress is escapism. You turn your back towards stress to shield you from it. The act provides near instant relief but your battle against stress becomes longer and protracted. The couch and the television become all too often your getaway car.
The better approach of course is to face stress. Acknowledge to yourself that there is in fact an elephant in the room. Stress is there and it wont go anywhere unless you help it go bye-bye.
Think of stress as a crazy algebra problem where you need to solve for ‘X’. At first glance the problem looks massive and unbreakable. The good news is to solve a problem you simply need to start out small. Take one part of the equation and try to simplify it. Use concepts like addition, subtraction, multiplication or division to help. “If I do more of ‘Y’ how does that affect ‘X’? If I do less of ‘Y’ how does that affect ‘X’? In life you know not everything is linear but thinking about the problem logically versus not thinking about it at all means at least you are facing in the right direction!
Stress relief = Bravery + Patience + Logic. Go brush up on your algebra skills!
(My kids math homework in which we had to solve for “L”. Which in this case L equals A minus 1/2 times Pi times W to the second power divided by two times W. To solve all we did was simply divide both sides by 2W. Who knew!)
Anyone who wants to lose weight needs to start eating more natural foods. One of the best things for you are your veggies! Listen, mom was right all along. You need to be eating your vegetables. As your new virtual mom, I insist that today you have something green with every single meal. Spinach with your omelet? Carrots instead of potato chips with your lunch? And for dinner why not treat your self to a big bowl of dark green salad? This sounds completely doable. With a focus on eating more veggies you will not only start feeling better you will look better.