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A fact of life: Calories in more than calories out = weight gain. Calories out more than calories in = weight loss. So there's two ways of losing weight right? Eat less or exercise more. Or both. There is a third way:
Eat smart: For example what's better for losing weight? Fried or scrambled eggs? Surprisingly fried eggs have less calories - so you can go to work on an egg with a clear conscience. That's just one example. Know your food and avoid the bad fats. But the easiest way to eat smart?
It isn't a huge secret. It's simple. There's no complicated calorie counting, no expensive faddy foods to buy. You've already got the equipment you need to start right now.
Use a knife and fork for every meal. Think about it a moment or two. The benefits here are manifold. Your food is already chewable, and while you're busy using cutlery for the next morsel, you're masticating that mouthful so it's even more easily digestable. You will eat slower. There will be time for your stomach to send a newsflash to your brain: 'STOP! I'm full.' You won't be able to eat fast food. Think about the last time you saw anyone using a knife and fork in McDonalds.
Try it for a week. It won't cost you a penny. It will make a vast difference in your eating habits. Eat from a plate using a knife and fork for every meal. (Fresh fruit excepted).
What about exercise? Exercise doesn't have to be complicated, boring or expensive. You don't even have to be particularly good at a sport to enjoy it. And don't bother going for the burn. Think about how a car works. OK - still using that mental image - What's the best way to conserve fuel? Drive at a steady pace. The easiest way to waste fuel is to speed up then slow down repeatedly. That's what you're going to be aiming for. Uneven calorie consumption. You're using your brain again.
Exercise smart: By using extra excertion, your brain sends the message - more fuel needed now! But if you continue pushing to the max, your body soon adjusts and rations out the calories again. So sprint, jog. Sprint, jog. Let your brain keep sending false messages as to the amount of calories needed. Now for the best excercise of all (without a partner!)
Dance! I've got dogs to walk in the morning. As soon as I'm back home, before breakfast I play Nina Simone's 'Ain't got no - I got Life.' By the end of this track I'm throwing myself around the kitchen. It is fun! Ok Go ahead and laugh if you want. But know this. I eat all the chocolate I want. Most of my day's spent writing hunched over a keyboard. I'm over 40. And I weigh just over seven and a half stone. So I'll ask again. Try it for a week. Humour me. After all what have you got to lose?
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