Over the years I've learned a lot about eating healthy, working out and "anti aging". Unfortunately, it took a lot of trial and error, a ton of wasted money, and a lot of wasted time and energy.
Back in 2002 I weighed approximately 255 Lbs. and was in the worst shape of my life. I couldn't even go anywhere because I felt too embarrassed to be seen due to the way I had looked at the time. I couldn't figure out why I never could lose weight after High School. I mean, in High School I was in great shape. I was an athlete and I had plenty of compliments on the way that I looked.
But 2002 was different.....
At 250+ pounds I was at a very unhealthy weight. The muscle I had gained throughout my Sports career had vanished and turned into fat. I had to do something, but what?
I bought a Diet Book. I won't lie, I can't even remember the name of that book. It wasn't worth the mention, that's for sure. Again, I failed another diet. It just wasn't for me. I was about to give up.
But then I just happened to stumble across a book that was being sold online while searching for something else. Through the Sales Letter of the book I realized something... this guy kept telling me to EAT MORE. I thought to myself: "Isn't that the reason I've gained all of this weight in the first place?".
So I kept reading the letter. He wasn't telling me to eat more at one sitting. This guy was saying I need to eat more often - but smaller meals. He told me that my "metabolismsms" (hey, I didn't know what the heck it was at that time!) would speed up. And although I had no clue what that word meant - he made it sound like it was a good thing.
So I gave it a go.....
But I also started reading through forums that were owned by big named magazine companies. These forums had 100,000+ members on them and were full of information. I studied the forum posts for hours each day.
Then I ran into one post that I found interesting. I had done Cardio workouts all my life but never really felt like they had done anything for me. But this post was talking about working out as soon as you woke up. So I gave that a shot too. I had lost about 3 pounds in the first week. Not bad.
I also stopped drinking Soda about 2 weeks earlier. Keep that in mind.
So at this point I was eating 5-6 smaller meals a day, drinking nothing but water and taking a nice walk as soon as I woke up in the morning.
Within 2 1/2 months I had lost 45 Lbs. After 3 months I was down to 198 Lbs.
The funny thing is - I had went on Vacation back to my home state of California and I ate like a pig, drank a ton of beer and... still lost another 5 Lbs. in 2 weeks. Never worked out. Never ate right. That Metabolism thing had done me good!
But I eventually gained my weight back in 2004 after a bad breakup with a girlfriend. I mean, I didn't gain it all back, but I gained about 20 Lbs. I was up around 225 Lbs.
I stayed at this weight until January 2007 when I purchased a book that I consider the best book I've ever purchased in my life. I eventually purchased another program that this Doctor had created and I absolutely love it.
I learned how to eat healthier not just for losing weight but for gaining muscle, anti-aging, feeling more energetic, etc, etc, etc.
I believe this is why most people fail in their diets, including me. They're after quick results, such as losing 10 Lbs. But what happens when you gain this all back? Start over? This is not healthy!
I used to love fast food. I loved drinking beer and I loved my Cigarettes, junk food, etc.
But now... I can't stand not eating healthy. I really can't. I've found ways to make really good Shakes that taste like, well, junk food. But they're not! They're extremely healthy. I've found recipes that taste so much better than Fast Food. I've discovered drinks that have much more flavor and kick than Coca Cola or Pepsi or Mountain Dew.
While you might have been through a lot of diets and failed - it's probably due to the fact that you were on a "temporary diet" that didn't make you feel good. The foods weren't good, there were no good "treats" and it just wasn't worth it in the end.
Finding a good program is tough, I won't lie. It took me years to find my favorite. But in the end, how good is that diet for your overall health? Do the foods aid in anti-aging? Do they taste good? Are the exercise programs boring or too much?
Keep looking, I'm guessing there's going to be one that will get you back on track and help you live longer!