Diet….that 4 letter word

Growing up, one of the quickest ways to get popped at my house was uttering one of those “4-Letter” words that used to be taboo but, not so much these days. I remember, VIVIDLY, the day I made the mistake of saying “damn” in front of my mother. I may have been 9 or 10 at the time and we were in the kitchen together. I was making a can of soup and she was making a sandwich. I pour my soup from the pot to the bowl and in the process some splattered on me. I simply said, “Damn that’s hot!” and she simply popped me on the backside just as hard as she could. Realizing that I had just made a huge mistake and hoping she would let her punishment be enough, I said “Sorry Mama.” She looked at me and simply said, “I am telling your dad”. Yeah her pop and his pops were and are to this day, 2 entirely different things. Needless to say, it was a long, LONG time before I used colorful language again in front of my parents. Diet is one of those 4 letter words that I hate, and I am not alone. Most people cringe at the word DIET!

Losing weight is a simple concept. You must burn more calories than you take in. It really is no more difficult of a concept that that. 3500 calories = 1 pound. So for you to lose a pound, you must burn 3500 more calories than you have taken in. Now, I know some of you will say that, I can lose 2 lbs in a day or, I lost 11 lbs in a week so that can’t be right. Yes you can lose that kind of weight quickly but, most of that weight is water and fluids. When I played football, during August training camp, we would weigh before and after every practice. It was not uncommon to lose 3-5 lbs after each practice but, the weight would be put back on the minute you drank some water. To lose weight and to keep it off, you have to burn more calories than you take in, period. That is why sustainable weight loss is difficult. The less active you are, the fewer calories you burn. That is why most of our doctors and health professionals tell you to add some kind of physical activity to your day.

In the past, I have tried every diet known to man to lose weight. I would lose some quickly then, sluff off, gain it right back and then some. There is no such thing as a “Lose Weight Quick” scheme that is sustainable. You did not gain the weight overnight so you can’t lose it overnight, not gonna happen. Diet’s don’t work, but changing what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat it does. Here is something that took me forever to understand, To lose weight, you have to exercise and eat, that is right, EAT! Don’t believe me? Go ask any trainer at any gym and they will confirm this. Your body is a machine that needs fuel and it is a smart machine at that. If you don’t eat or eat very little, your body will assume you are starving and slow down your fat burning engines. That is why when you eat just salads, cottage cheese, etc…. you don’t lose weight, you get discouraged and stop trying. You don’t have to deprive yourself of things you love, just tweak what you eat. If you like steak, try the leaner cuts (Sirloin, Flat Iron) over ribeyes and t-bones. Love peanut butter?  Use the natural vs the ones that come loaded with sugar. Eat romaine lettuce instead of iceberg.  Sweet tooth? Eat strawberries and blueberries instead of candy bars. Little changes can provide huge dividends later. Eat more to lose weight, whodathunkit???

Weight loss is all about the journey, not the destination. Keep at it, don’t give up or get discouraged and remember, you are not alone. Most of us are right there with you, we have to just keep swimming, just keep swimming.  Tomorrow, I am going to share with you what I and one of today’s biggest stars, John Cena have in common. (Besides our rugged good looks haha)  Nope I am not kidding!



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