I get asked this a lot. And when I say a lot, I should say all the time. People are always looking for shortcuts to lose weight. The problem is, there was no shortcut to gaining the weight. We didn’t get overweight overnight, yet we want to lose all that weight immediately. The sad news is that it just won’t happen that way. There are no shortcuts.
However, there are ways to make it a little easier. For me, it was Whole30 and Paleo. I was able to continue eating delicious and filling foods that made it feel like I had found a cheat code to life. Eat delicious food and still lose weight without starving between meals?!? YES, PLEASE!!!
I didn’t exercise at all while losing the first 130 lbs. Let me restate that just in case you somehow thought it was a typo: I didn’t exercise at all while losing the first 130 lbs. All I did was change my diet. On top of that, the diet I changed to allowed me to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner while enjoying what I ate and getting full after each meal. The content of my meals kept me free from cravings. If that’s not like using a cheat code in a videogame, I don’t know what is.
Mindset is important. I’ve said in the past that it’s the foundation upon which your success in getting healthy and losing weight is based upon. As long as you have a positive mindset and you will accept nothing that sabotages your progress, you will succeed. Perseverance is key, and when you are in it for the long game, the little dips and bumps fall away and give way to the successes and triumphs.
Anything worthwhile takes time and effort. Losing weight and getting healthy isn’t easy, and there are no shortcuts, but there are ways to go about losing weight and getting into better health that make it seem almost like a shortcut. Almost.