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Why The Diet for a Busy Life?

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!

Top couch potato dogs

For several thousand years we have been selectively breeding dogs to help mankind survive. We bred dogs to help us hunt, we bred them to guard our sheep, we bred them for protection. Nowadays we breed them to help blind people, to sniff out bad guys, to look for bombs. The list goes on and on. Dogs are really, really cool. Of course nowadays some people use dogs for really uncool things like sitting in purses or keeping their fat butt on the couch.

I stumbled upon this article that lists the top “couch potato dogs”. These are dogs that are bred not to do anything except look cute and match our sedentary lifestyle. They don’t really have any other purpose. It sounds like they are being bred to be lazy just like us.  According to the author these dogs can get by with just “a short stroll or brief indoor playtime.” That sounds perfect for the typical couch potato.

“Dag nab it! If you can only walk yourself!”

I now envision a totally new breed of dog. It will have short legs like a Dachshund (because it never walks anywhere), a big fat belly (it will be shaped more like a pig) and it will learn to wear a diaper (because nobody will take it out for a walk). The breed will be called the Couch Dog.

This is how I see the interaction occurring between man(or woman) and their new best friend:

Human: “Fido, come here!”

Couch Dog: “Roof!” <<It ain’t happening>>

Couch Dog: “Bark!” <<Human lets go for a walk.>>

Human: “Burp. It ain’t happening.”

Couch Dog: “Woof!” <<Human can I have a bite of your sandwich?>>

Human: “Gosh, thats all you do is eat! OK, here you go…”

Couch Dog: “Roof!” <<Thanks! Can I snuggle up next to your warm, fat belly? Its like the perfect gelatinous cave to sniff around for other lost dogs…>>

Human: “Awww.. So cute.”

Couch Dog: “Bark!”

Human: “What?!”

Couch Dog: <<Gosh, thats all you do is eat! Can I have another bite of that sandwich?>>

Human: “Damn you! Here..”

Couch Dog: “Woof” <<Why are we watching the entire season of Housewives? I can think of a dozen better things to do. What is on Animal Planet? There was a show on cats I wanted to see…>>

Human: “Sssh! We are about to find out who stole the diamonds!”

Couch Dog: Bark!  <<I could use something to chew on that will help my teeth stay white,  my breath stay fresh and help my coat to glisten. I saw it on a commercial once…>>

Couch Dog: “Bark” <<Can I lick the crumbs off your shirt?>>

Human: “Stop bothering me.”

Couch Dog: “Bark! Bark!” <<Give me those crumbs damn it or I am making a mess in my diaper!>>

Human: “Phew! Was that you? Did you just fart? I can’t sit here for a minute without you ruining it!”

Couch Dog: <<Actually it has been five minutes since I lasted farted but about four hours since we have been on this couch together. Moohhhahaha! My master plan is working! I have bred the perfect human! I have comfort, warmth and a dumbass that will feed me and all I have to do is whimper. I am a genius!>>

Human: Faaarrrttt!

Cough Dog: “Yelp!” <<Oh no! I have created a monster!>>

The best way to remove stress

Here is a quick tip on how to have a better day: do something about your stress. The simplest, easiest and bestest way to do this? Take 10 minutes right now and sit somewhere quiet where you won’t be interrupted and think about your dreams. Take out a pad and a pencil and jot down some ideas on ways you can achieve these dreams. Planning for your future often takes a backseat to more pressing concerns yet the desire to move closer to your dreams lurks in the back of your mind and adds to your stress when nothing is done about it.

If you have ever felt like you are on a hamster wheel, running around and getting nowhere then you know what I am talking about. You are running through life and too busy to do anything about the fact that you have been moving laterally and not forward. You know at some point you just have to stop running and step off the wheel. Do this now. Stop running, Sit back and reflect on your future and how you can make it brighter. A little moment like this will make your day a much better one. Trust me on this one!

Yes, your desk job is killing you!

Sitting at your computer hours on end and living a sedentary lifestyle is the “modern equivalent of eating too much steak and smoking cigarettes” as this article suggests. Can you imagine doing all three? People who smoke don’t really have active lifestyles do they? Throw in a high cholesterol diet and the death clock for these people starts spinning rapidly. No wonder heart disease is the number one killer in America. If you fit this category, please listen up!

IF YOU SMOKE DO YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES A FAVOR: STOP TODAY! (Why are you being so selfish?)

IF YOU INDULGE ON HIGH CHOLESTEROL FOOD, FATTY FOOD, FRIED FOOD – GO VEGAN FOR A DAY (or a week!)

IF YOU HAVE A JOB WHERE YOU SIT ON YOUR ARSE ALL DAY (jobs are hard to come by…) HEED THIS WARNING: Your body will mummify from the inside out if you go all day without moving. Your ticker will get used to a life of largesse and learn not to work so hard. A heart not working hard leads to a short life. Understand that your desk job is literally killing you.

During your breaks get up from the desk and instead of chatting by the water cooler hit the stairwell and get in as many flights as you can. During lunch go for a walk.  During the course of the day try to encourage standing or walking meetings. Whenever you talk on the phone do so standing up versus sitting down. These little things will keep your heart in better shape and your bum less flabby.  They may just extend your life a bit longer too. Your heart will thank me.

 

Key Steps in Planning Your Transformation

An excerpt from The Diet for a Busy Life:

Lifestyle transformation takes planning. There is no way around this. The good news is that putting forth the energy to create a plan helps reduce stress. You will feel better about yourself knowing you are starting to do something about your personal situation.  So, let’s get planning!

Chances are before you started the Diet for a Busy Life, 10% of the content in your fridge was actually good for you. The other 90% was way too tempting and loaded with bad things. You need to reverse this so that at any one given time you can open the fridge door and not be assaulted by the enemies of your plan. This takes continuous effort and mindfulness. The last thing you want is to find yourself weak one day staring at a glorious looking slice of cheesecake.

Here is a quick list of things you want to experience day in and day out and therefore plan for:

  • Veggies in your fridge and ready to eat
  • Bad things in your fridge cannot be found
  • Eggs, meats and cheese are available and fresh
  • Time in your calendar is set aside for exercise
  • A peek at  an old picture of you when you were fat. Need I remind you of how far you have come?

Here are some ideas to help:

  • Have a single, master list used for grocery shopping
  • Go to the supermarket at a minimum once a week
  • After food shopping come home and immediately clean and cut the vegetables
  • After dinner prepare things for the next day – clean pans, make handy any dry ingredients, program the coffee maker, etc
  • Keep a fat picture of you next to the bed

Careful planning will help you to eat better and also help you to find time to exercise. With everything else driving us crazy and consuming our time this is always a challenge which is why planning is so important. I have a few ideas on how you can change this around. Here are some ideas on how to increase the odds of exercising on any given day:

Have your exercises clothes ready so that you see them when you wake up you put them on – For stay-at-home moms why not get dressed in your workout gear first thing in the morning instead of your normal outfit? It will be a constant reminder that at some point you need to be exercising.

Simplify your pre-exercise routine – Some people have this nutty routine that can take 20-30 minutes just to get ready to go to the gym:  they need to fix their hair, put on make-up, find the right workout outfit.. yada, yada, yada. Add a 10-15  minute drive to the gym and this leaves  scant precious time to actually exercise! Does this make any sense? The bottom line is you cannot put barriers between you and exercise and your pre-exercise routine is one of these barriers. Here is what I suggest: grab a t-shirt, sweatpants and sneakers and leave your vanity behind. Remember, you go to the gym to focus on exercise and not to win any style awards.

Do not go to the gym – I am not a big fan of gyms and health clubs. They are costly, many times not exactly convenient to get to and can make you feel subconscious about yourself. A home gym can be as simple as a chair and some dumbbells. All of the equipment and fancy gear at the gym are just there to lure you in. You can get a fantastic body with nothing but a winning attitude. No equipment is necessary and I am living proof of it!

A can do attitude – When you get up from bed each day tell yourself you are going to workout. When you go to bed at night reflect back about what you did to advance your goals. Take a look at the picture of the “fat” you. Remind yourself of how important victory is. Set your alarm clock so that you add 30 minutes to your day.

Get it done early – Why not just get a workout done before you do anything else? Get out of bed and hit the weights. Do a warm-up first of course. You know you will feel great once its done and the rev to your metabolism will keep you going all day. Wake up and go!