The entire weight-loss-lose-body-fat industry is based upon one constant concept: being overweight and needing to lose weight remains the result of eating too much food, the wrong kinds of food and not getting enough exercise. Meaning simply, you have to burn more calories than you digest if you want to lose weight. You’ve heard that all before, but how does that help you lose weight?

How do you lose body fat?

To lose body fat, you need to combine sheer common-sense simplicity with substantiated scientific principles, because both can work together to enhance your body image and help you lose weight and be healthier. And remember, this is not all about losing weight. What good is it if you are slim but unhealthy?

First, prepare yourself heart and soul for continual but fun and spiritual growth inducing challenges, consistent focus, and daily care.

You are here seeking a real cure for your weight problems, right? Not some slick waste your time BS.

Program Your Diet

I’m going to save you the sales pitch and just tell you what it takes to lose body fat. Simply, your biggest key is mental preparedness – the right attitude with the determination to really succeed. You’ve heard the old saying that people don’t change until they are ready, until they really WANT to change more than they want to endure the same pain every day of their lives.

As soon as you discover how you can train yourself to BELIEVE that you can lose weight, you are on your way to greater fitness. To lose body fat, then, is a matter of changing your belief system and your lifestyle. Both take real effort, but can be really fun and change the way you feel about yourself forever.

Losing body fat will help you build independence, self-confidence, and other disciplinary, life-mastering skills that emanate from your intellectual potential rather than merely your present physical ability.

Second, take control of what you eat. Learn to count calories. Learn which foods are high in fiber and nutrition and which are junk. Fiber is more important than total carbohydrates, so eating whole grain carbs is ok as long as your diet contains enough fiber. The great news is you don’t have to stop eating the foods you love, the breads and pastas and potatoes. Just learn which types are healthy – whole grain and fiber packed. This gives you greater consciousness and control over your eating process. The more knowledge you have about what you are eating, the more control you can exert to manipulate things in your favor.

Learn not just how many calories you consume a day, but how much energy your are burning or expending also. They obviously work together. Learn your daily caloric consumption AND your energy expenditure. Both of these numbers are absolutely crucial because the equation is simple: less calories in, more calories out (exercise and fiber and certain foods and hormones). Learn to listen to your body, and eat from hunger, not anxiety. For anxiety, take up exercise, yoga, meditation, walks, gardening – whatever you enjoy that involves moving your body. You don’t have to go to the gym to sweat and suffer.

Third, learn to incorporate some regular exercise into your daily routine. Again, it doesn’t have to be going to the gym to compete against Joe Bodybuilder and Susy Aerobic Queen. Start by finding simple, enjoyable things that are non-threatening, enjoyable, and easy. Walk up stairs instead of taking the escalator/elevator/lift. Walk a few extra blocks to work. Remember, the important thing is to MOVE, not train to become an olympic athlete.

Scientific studies show that exercise helps you not only lose weight, but also fight disease and live longer. Not bad, huh? Start your exercise slowly, but gradually build up in intensity until your body is getting a good workout. You’ll know because you’ll start to sweat. Sweating is great because it cleans the skin for smoother, clearer looking skin, rids you body of toxic chemicals, and leaves you feeling refreshed and regenerated.

Lastly, know that the entire weight-loss-lose-body-fat-get-fit routine takes time. If you spent your whole life overweight, don’t expect to lose it all in 3 weeks, or even 3 months. It may take years, but who cares? As long as you’re making progress that you can see and feel, that is success. You’ll be proud of yourself and feel good about your progress as your health improves and you have more energy to get through the day.

Don’t be too hard on yourself and berate yourself for slipping and gaining back a few pounds sometimes. That is natural and perfectly fine. Weight fluctuates. Don’t be afraid to reward yourself with your favorite food (not too often!) when you meet goals and make progress. Learn to be good to yourself, to love yourself, to be your best friend, and to support yourself.

Picture the person you want to be, love who you are, and work every day to achieve small goals. Before you know it, you’ll be a new you.