This is not a joke, nor is it unbelievable. It’s not unattainable. It’s not fiction. It’s not fantasy. It’s not a joke. It’s not click-bait (okay, so it kinda was, but it’s because people don’t really believe it, so they click to find out what the catch is). The truth is that you can totally lose weight without exercise. How do I know? Because not only have I done it, but I’ve personally watched dozens of people I know do it!
Have they all lost 100 lbs? No, but not all of them need to lose that much. I did, because I was a huge, fat guy. Seriously, I was “Yo Momma Joke” fat. I stayed that way for a long time because I couldn’t fathom the amount of work necessary for me to lose weight. When I looked at calories burned through exercise versus the number of calories I was eating just to keep from being hungry, it looked like just a drop in the bucket. It looked that way, because that’s honestly what exercise is: a drop in the bucket, from a caloric viewpoint. It’s irrefutable that exercise is good for you, your heart, your muscles, bones, and even your mind. However, it’s not good for losing weight. Exercise alone will leave you with a very slow and tiring weight loss process. Diet, on the other hand, is where it’s at. Why? It attacks the source of obesity or being overweight: the food that goes into your body.
I am not talking calorie counting (which studies show doesn’t work well for everyone) or (and this one is laughable to me) moderation. People who say that moderation works have never had an eating disorder or an unhealthy relationship with food. Sure, in theory, moderation could work, and it should work. Heck, there are thin people I know who use moderation to control their weight. However, these people have never been FAT. I don’t mean 10-15 lbs overweight. I’m talking 100+ lbs FAT. I was. I know how hard it is to be that large and need to lose weight. I know the challenges, the hunger, the cravings, and the self-doubt that goes into needing to lose weight. What I didn’t know that just by changing what I eat, I could lose all the weight and get healthy. Nobody told me that. They all just said, “Exercise a lot and use moderation.” Please.
I see people posting online about how they exercised their weight off. About how they worked hard and got great results. Yet I know people personally who exercise every single day and work their tails off and are frustrated that they don’t see their efforts translated onto the scale. It’s because they were sold on the idea that exercise will give you weight loss. Sadly, it’s just not true.
Do you need to lose 10-15 lbs? You’re already near your ideal weight? Good! Exercise will go a long way in helping you reach your goal. Do you need to lose 100+ lbs? Then exercise alone won’t get you there anytime soon. What will is being careful with what you’re putting into your mouth.
I’m not saying starve. I didn’t. I’m not saying buy any products that promise weight loss. Heck, I’m not even touting, pushing, or selling a program you need to sign up and pay for. I advocate a healthy lifestyle by eating right that happen to have some free information available for that you can adopt today! Whole30 and Paleo are the method by which I changed my life and became healthy. They don’t pay me, and I don’t charge money for advice. I just believe in them, as they have been the key to my weight loss and amazing health. And yeah, I’m a runner now, too, so there’s that.