I don’t have a celebrity schedule; I can’t have a celebrity body

I was reading about Drew Carey today. He was a pretty heavy guy in the beginning of his career (he’s also a former Marine) and is now quite svelte at the helm of The Price is Right. His transformation is nothing short of amazing. For me, it’s even more amazing that he allegedly did it through exercise.

He hit the gym 6 times a week with 2-3 days per week doing intense cardio. This star lost a total of 100 pounds and now looks amazing as hosting one of the most popular TV game shows “The Price is Right!”

Ummm… wow. I couldn’t ever do that. First, I don’t have the available time to work out 2-3 days per week doing intense cardio or hitting the gym 6 times a week. Second, my muscles would explode, my heart would have given out, and I probably would have died somewhere along the way.

Weight loss can be done without exercise and without diet pills, powders, shakes, patches, or surgery. I know it can, because I did it, my wife did it, and no fewer than six of my best friends are all doing it. Now my son is also on the bandwagon and has lost over 10 lbs in the past few weeks. We all did it without exercise.

All this weight loss was done without exercise.

Whole30 and/or following the Paleo Diet is all it took. And before you think Paleo is a deprivation or starvation diet (and you couldn’t be more wrong!), it limits only the following:

  • Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners
  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Legumes and Soy
  • Alcohol

Now, I know what you’re thinking because I had the same thoughts when initially looking at Paleo: but I love so many foods with those things in them! Guess what; me too! But I love being healthy, fit, and no longer diabetic SO MUCH MORE! Besides, while most people concentrate on the foods they can no longer have when looking at Paleo, I suggest you focus on the things you can still enjoy that you love today:

  • Steak
  • Sausage*
  • Bacon*
  • Ribs*
  • Brisket
  • Chicken
  • Lobster
  • Fish
  • Shrimp
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits

*With no sugar added

Honestly, there is so much out there available to me to eat that I no longer miss those things I’m not supposed to eat. Seriously; the food I eat is so delicious that I honestly don’t miss many foods. And when I absolutely must have something like a chocolate tort or a hot dog, there are Paleo options available that are quite amazing (albeit either time consuming to prepare or with a higher than I’m comfortable with carb content).

Don’t think you have to exercise yourself to death to get the body of a celebrity; you don’t. You just have to eat right. It’s not easy, but it is simple. Take a look at Whole30 and The Paleo Diet. For recipe ideas (and to get a glimpse into the kinds of foods my wife and I eat at home), check out my wife Sherry’s blog.

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