I love to bag on crunches. Hell, I’ll even throw in leg lifts and those “side” crunches people do to get rid of the fat on the “sides” of their guts. Oh, and exercising in the fat-burning zone, that’s another good one. Ahh…see that’s it, isn’t it. They’re trying to find an easy way to get thin.
See, training is a huge pain in the butt and only one in about fifty people seem to like exercising. So why do something that isn’t absolutely the most effective way to reach your fitness goals? How often to you pick workouts because they’re hard? I’m willing to bet it’s not all that often, and that’s exactly why you’re frustrated with your progress.
You might remember a few months back when we told you it would take 44 hours to lose a pound of fat by doing crunches. If you ate nothing for those 44 hours you could probably double that number. Still, not a very economical way to progress.
Getting slim is simple. Eat less, exercise more and you’ll lose weight. It is not even close to easy. Let me make that a little more clear by giving you a list of things that are usually easier than losing fat and maintaining your ideal weight:
1. Getting along with only one kidney.
2. Getting along with your ex.
3. Running a marathon.
4. Getting off meth.
5. Making a living working for NOLS.
6. Doing the splits.
7. Being a woman, giving all your love to just one man.
8. Texting with one hand if you’re over age 25.
9. Reading the Unabomber Manifesto.
10. Justifying your crappy diet by convincing yourself you “deserve” a treat.
If you really want to lose fat, you’ve got to put on your war face. It’s not just a change in habit, it’s a battle. It’s not just something you kinda do, either…you have got to pay attention all the time, and be willing to suffer until the job is done. And you are going to have to keep working at it for a long time…like until you are old, really old.
Oh and here’s a list of things that make it harder still:
1. You are over age 35.
2. You are female.
3. You are overfat or obese.
4. You have bad joints.
5. You have thyroid or hormonal issues.
6. Your diet has included high levels of carbohydrate for the past 2 or more years.
7. Your spouse / boyfriend / roommate does not eat well.
8. Your spouse / boyfriend / roommate is sedentary or “gets all the exercise he needs at work.”
So what if it is harder for you? You still gotta do it. The thing you’ve got to get your head around is that you CAN do it. And that’s where this final list (the only really useful one in this article) comes in. Like I said before, it’s not easy, but here are a few things you can do to make it slightly less agonizing:
1. Start eating vegetables. Lots of them. Green ones. Do what it takes to get them in you, and it will pay off. These are filling, full of essential nutrients, and very low in calories.
2. Drink water. And if you really want to lose, drink nothing else.
3. Don’t think you’re special. OK, you’re special, but not when it comes to getting skinny. Everyone CAN do it. It’s hard, and you have got to saddle up. So saddle up.
4. If you fall off the horse, get back on. If you mess up, admit it, fix it, and go on. The defeatist attitude of “I ate badly yesterday so I might as well do it again” is not only foolish and wrong, but pathetic. Stop it.
5. Don’t eat anything you can’t spell. Except for maybe quinoa.
6. Alternatively, avoid prepared foods with more ingredients than you have fingers on one hand. That’s five.
7. Don’t make choices based on what’s easiest, choose based on what’s right.
Take it all one moment at a time. You are never off the clock when it comes to losing weight, until you have reached your goal. No treats. No deserving.
There is no easy way.