REVEALED: The secret magic formula! Get the beach body you’ve always wanted19th February 2018
In recent years we have become accustomed to expect new ways to reduce the amount of effort we need to put into getting things done and the diet industry has exploited this more than most.
Just type “how to lose weight” into Google and there are 13.9 million results.
One of those results will take you to a website featuring the story of how some lad from Inverness (that’s me!) lost 7 stone in a year. You probably wouldn’t then be surprised if I tried to sell you the secret behind my results. Of course, I’d be sharing all of this to help you, because I wanted all of your dreams to come true. It would have absolutely nothing to do with making me rich…
Don’t worry, I’m not going to sell you anything except an idea (and you can have it for free). Shakes and bars, crazy workout plans, fad diets like Atkins or 5:2… a lot of it is bullshit.
These fads are designed to trick you into believing that there are shortcuts to losing weight and – ultimately – to get you to part with your cash by peddling a book, meal replacement sachets or supplements that go along with the plan.
So, I’m sorry to disappoint but there’s no magic pill that you can take 3 times a day. And you won’t catch me standing on one leg drinking distilled avocado milk either.
Sustainability is the key
Fad diets are unsustainable. Yes, you’ll see the scales start to move for a few weeks or maybe even months – but then you’ll hit a plateau and declare that the product or plan that just a few short days ago was amazing is now a load of rubbish, before jumping onto the next bandwagon as it goes past.
If this is you then please know that I’m not judging you, I know how you feel because this is exactly what happened to me. Weight Watchers, Scottish Slimmers, Cambridge, my own homemade attempts at “healthy eating” – I tried them all and the results were always the same: I saw some short-term weight loss, and then reverted back to my old habits and put all the weight back on. And more. A lot more.
It’s such a cliché, but eating fewer calories than your body needs is fundamentally all you need to do to lose weight.
Couple that with exercise and before you know it you will have made changes that you can sustain for the rest of your life.
I’m not on a diet!
Occasionally someone will see me eating a Snickers or a slice of pizza and ask, “are you allowed to eat that on your diet?”. And I reply: “I’m not on a diet”.
I just track my calories, knowing how much I can eat each day while still losing weight. And it’s probably more than you think.
The NHS guidelines state that a man needs around 2500 calories per day while a woman requires around 2000. To put that in perspective, when I was following the Cambridge diet I was consuming around 600 calories per day. So how many calories am I consuming now? 800? 1000? 1200?
Most days, I eat around 1800 calories.
Here’s a typical day:
Breakfast – golden syrup porridge with semi-skimmed milk
Lunch – soup (either homemade or from a can)
Dinner – pork with ginger and broccoli in black bean sauce with noodles followed by a banana yoghurt with chocolate flakes
Snacks – Banana yoghurt with chocolate flakes, chocolate protein milkshake and a simple salad with pastrami, pickles and tomatoes
That’s more than enough to go to bed feeling full.
So forget the fads. They’re just distracting you from the simple reality that all you need to do is eat less and move more.
It might not be sexy and it might not sell a book, but ditching the fads and counting calories is the secret magic formula to kickstarting your weight loss and keeping it off. See you on the beach.