Change your diet to lose fat; exercise to get fit

It's simple enough, yet so many people get it wrong. I see post after post on Reddit and other places where people, mostly my age or close to my age, are asking, "What exercise can I do to lose weight and get fit?" When they see people explain that it is in fact diet that makes you lose weight and exercise makes you strong, they often get indignant. "That's now how I did it when I was young." Well, when you're young, your body will allow you to get away with things your older body will not.

I used to be able to exercise away a bad diet because my muscles put up with a lot more abuse when I was younger. I could exercise for longer duration, put in more effort, and do it with less recovery time because I was enjoying the benefits of youth. Now, as a fifty year old man, I realize that there are limits on my abilities. I can overcome a lot of these, but only through careful and thoughtful exercise.

Want to lose weight? Change your diet.

Want to get fit? Exercise.

Want to lose weight AND get fit? Change your diet and exercise.

It's that easy, but it's also that difficult. You can't really exercise away a bad diet. There are some who say they have lost weight through exercise alone. I did this when I was a young Marine. But it's not something sustainable, and it's not safe when you are 50 or more pounds overweight.

Do yourself a favor. Whole30. Paleo Diet. Keto. Running. Push ups. Kettlebell swings. Pick one of those diets and pick one of the exercises. I did a Whole30 and transitioned into the Paleo Diet. I then started doing push ups which led to me adding running to my exercise routine and recently, I've started kettlebell swings and get-up drills. The different in my fitness level between now and a year ago is astounding. And the best part? With my method, I have no soreness the day after.

But back to basics. I will repeat it once again:

Want to lose weight? Change your diet.

Want to get fit? Exercise.

Want to lose weight AND get fit? Change your diet and exercise.

There is no other way. There are no shortcuts. There is no magic pill that will make you lose weight and no effortless way to get fit. You have to do the work. Just get it done.

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