Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I've Learned A Lot

It’s been slightly over a year since I joined the gym and started this blog. I’ve learned a lot of things over the past year but the one thing that I learned the most is…

This weight loss stuff is hard work!!

It makes me sick now to see all the TV ads touting the next great pill or program (yes I’m talking to you HCG). It makes me mad they will no doubt make millions on the desperate who want so bad to lose weight the quick easy way.  It bothers me so much because last year I was one of the desperate. I wanted the quick way out like so many others. What you say? A diet where I eat no carbs and can destroy a pound of bacon and lose weight, yeah I’m on board! A pill that after I eat fatty foods will melt away all the fat…hell yeah, I’ll buy that! No diet, no exercise, just a drop of this magic elixir and I still lose weight…where do I sign up! Sadly NONE of those options work. Listen, just please listen to what they are promoting and you too will realize that it’s no secret.  Here’s a little snippet from very popular diet supplement website right now:

“Taking small daily doses of HCG(approx. 125 IU to 200 IU) can result in weight loss of 1 to 2 lbs per day, and often more, when accompanied by a low calorie diet of approximately 500 calories.”

Ok now, let’s make one thing clear. A 500 calorie a day “diet” is the secret here that is helping you lose weight. A 500 calorie day “diet” is also going to leave you hungry, depressed, with little energy and let’s face it…grumpy as all hell. But, people will buy this, lose a bit of weight and say WOW this stuff actually works! Then a month or so (or less) after the “diet”, the weight will come back on and the person will say to themselves, I really need to get back on that diet because I am gaining all this weight back. Of course you are gaining the weight back. You are back to eating the way you were before you starved yourself on 500 calories a day!

Shhhhh….I have a secret for you.

I’ve discovered a new diet plan that will not only help you lose weight, BUT it will also save you money! And for the same low price will make you feel better about yourself, lessen depression, make you healthier and improve your overall well being! But wait, there’s MORE! All this is accomplished with no pills AND you can eat more than 500 calories a day!

What’s that…you want on board, you’ll pay anything??!!

I knew you would say that. So let me tell you what this new “diet” plan is. It’s called the Eat A Bit Less Than What You Do Now and Move a Bit more Than What You Move Now Diet Plan!! AND IT’S FREE! It’s not a bestselling plan yet because once people start it they realize one thing! It’s also a ton of hard work! You see, for the low low price of free you need to do a few things.
  • You need to commit to the program long term
  • You need to move, you need to drop some sweat on the floor 
  • You need to eat less than what you currently do now (but NOT starve yourself)
 In my opinion, if you are currently used to taking in 4000 calories a day and you all of a sudden drop that to 1200 calories a day, you are going to fail. Your body is going to be in a constant state of hunger and unless you are being watched 24/7, you are going to binge whenever you get the chance. So if you are used to 4000 calories a day, why not drop that to 3000 and add some healthy choices into your meals. Then after that drop it a bit more and stop going out to eat. See what I’m saying. Work your way down to where you need to be, this isn’t a race. And if all this time you are getting some exercise in, you will lose weight.

Yes ladies and gentleman, this weight loss stuff is hard work, and you will only get out of it what you put into it. But I promise, if you give it your all, you will see the rewards. Not only that, but the chances of you keeping the weight off improve dramatically if you do it the right way.

Skip the sales ads on TV. The only weight you’re going to drop from them is in your wallet. I know, I’ve been there done that.


  1. Well said. I've been doing the whole weight-loss blogging thing for a year and a half now and I couldn't agree more.

    Keep up the hard work.

  2. Thanks Andrew! I'll keep on Keepin' on. ;)

  3. I don't want to do it the "easy" way -- i want to remember just how hard it was to take off each ounce as a reminder to NOT put it back on.

  4. hear hear! there are loads of women colleagues of mine currently doing a very popular diet over here in Europe and I just want to scream at them sometimes! there is no pill, no easy way, no magical solution! it's hard and it seems to take forever! it's not only what we eat that we have to change it's almost everything! the way we move, the way we think, everything! So I'm totally with you on this one Vinny!

  5. Your incredible! totally inspired and ready to start my own journey… Thanks for the post!? Your awesome!!