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Use These 5 Secrets to Help Your Jeans Fit Using Weight Loss Science

Use These 5 Secrets to Help Your Jeans Fit Using Weight Loss Science

Frustrated by the endless number of confusing messages about weight loss and fitness? The Internet and TV are full of programs, diets, and infomercials telling us how to work out, lose weight, and what not to eat. The problem is, some of the information seems contradictory — one guy says to do X and another expert says X will kill you!

What do we do if we really want to succeed in becoming healthier and looking great? The answer lies in biochemistry. You don’t have to be a science geek to lose weight, but since food companies use biochemistry to make you want to eat things that can make it impossible to button up your favorite pair of jeans, you need to know enough to understand how your body handles the fuel you give it.

Weight loss isn’t brain surgery. But it is science. Here are the five facts that will set you free from your ‘fat jeans’ forever.

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1. The 500 Calorie Secret

No matter who you are, how you’re shaped, or which genes your folks gave you, you can’t gain weight if you consume fewer calories per day than you burn. It takes 3500 calories to make a pound, and that means that plus or minus 500 calories a day, every day for a week, will add or subtract one pound of weight to your body. Think about that: one pound of weight on or off of you happens in 500-calorie-per-day increments. Knowing what you’re eating and drinking helps you understand these numbers. Losing thirty pounds might sound hard at first, but losing a pound a week is easy if you remember the 500-calorie secret. Here’s a great article from the Mayo clinic about this secret.

2. The Wheat-is-the-Devil Secret

Wheat is your enemy. It is biochemically engineered to add fat to your organs and pounds to your body. Whole grains are marketed as being healthier than processed grains, but that’s sort of like saying it’s healthier to smoke filtered cigarettes instead of unfiltered ones. They’re both terrible for you. Cut bread out of your diet, and the pounds will start coming off much more easily.

Watch this awesome video from the experts at RealDose for more information about the Wheat Secret. And here’s a link to the bestselling book, Wheat Belly. It’s worth your time to read it.

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3. The Sugar Secret

Sugar is, in almost every case, one of the worst things you can eat if you want to lose weight. Your liver stores some sugar in the form of glycogen, which it uses to give you quick energy when your body needs it. But when it has plenty of glycogen stored (and most of us have more than enough), every sugar molecule you eat gets turned into fat. And extra dietary sugar has many other harmful effects on your body — like promoting insulin resistance, diabetes, several types of cancer, and can even negatively influence your brain function.

If you reduce your sugar intake and try to eat foods that have more natural sugars than chemically manufactured ones (like choosing fruit instead of ice cream, for example), you’ll soon have less trouble with that top button. Here is a powerful article from AuthorityNutrition about the Sugar Secret.

4. The Kitchen Secret

Not all of us are chefs, but if you really want to control your body weight, you need to eat at home. The problem with eating out is that you have no idea what’s going into what you eat. Even if you think you’re choosing a healthy option on someone else’s menu, you don’t know how it was prepared or even if it’s actually what you think you’re ordering.

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Getting into the kitchen helps you know what you’re eating and control your calories. WebMD has a great post about how eating at home helps you lose weight.

5. The Exercise Secret

You might assume that exercise alone is enough to help you lose weight. We all know that increasing our activity will make us healthier, and there is no doubt that exercise is good for you in terms of reducing pain, improving cardiovascular health, mental clarity, and endless other benefits. But it is incorrect to think that as long as you hit the gym you can eat whatever you want.

Multiple studies have shown that as we lose weight, our metabolism actually slows down. When this happens exercise produces less caloric burn that it does when we’re heavier. Combine that with the thought that you can eat more as long as you’re exercising some, and you’ll understand why you know some people who work out a lot and are still overweight.

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Exercise is important, and one of the secrets to a healthy and happy life. But it’s not going to get you into those jeans if you don’t control your calories as well. This New York Times article explains the exercise secret. It’s a great read.

If you want to fit into your favorite ‘skinny jeans,’ you have to understand the science of weight loss. Control the calories, kill the wheat, cut out the sugar, get in the kitchen and move your body, and you’ll be out of those ‘fat jeans’ forever.

Featured photo credit: Potamos Photography via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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