Dieting to lose body fat pretty much sucks.
Have you ever met anyone who can eat all they want and never gain weight?
Some people might be this way when they are younger, but only serious genetic freaks are like this past the age of 25.
Having a crazy-high metabolism for life is rare.
We are talking almost as rare (and lucky) as seeing The Spice Girls in concert before Ginger Spice left the group.
Why did Ginger have to leave so soon?
This historical event will forever be known as “The Great Tragedy of 1998” <—okay nobody calls it that (except me).
Back to the subject of the article…
The first step to losing weight is to not overeat.
Let me demonstrate this foreign concept of overeating:
- The amount you are currently eating is “up here” – (pretend I’m lifting my right hand high above my head).
- The amount you should be eating is “down here” – (pretend I’m squatting down with my right hand near the ground).
- The difference between “here” (hand up) and “here” (hand down) is how much you are overeating – (pretend like I’m pausing and waiting for an applause).
Dumbest demonstration ever!
It has always irritated me when people use hand gestures like this… like you are not smart enough to understand a simple concept without the visual cues.
I’ll never do that to you again (promise).
We tend to overeat, because the best tasting stuff is dense in calories.
This is why “The Beer and Burger Diet” doesn’t exist.
Well… technically it exists, it just isn’t a good fat loss diet.
Not only are things like burgers and beer dense in calories, they cause you to crave more and more similar foods.
Foods that cause you to eat way more than planned are known as “trigger foods”.
These two food combo’s in particular, create especially strong cravings…
- Foods that combine fats, starches, and salt: burgers, nachos, fries, chips, etc.
- Foods that combine fats, starches, and sugar: donuts, muffins, cake, pies, etc.
When trying to keep the calories down it is best to limit trigger foods. You can strategically include them in your diet, just don’t make these the bulk of your meals.
Trigger foods will do the opposite of “taming your appetite”.
They are honestly drug-like when it comes to increasing cravings for similar items.
“He wants the Precious. Always he is looking for it. And the Precious is wanting to go back to him… But we mustn’t let him have it.” – Gollum
My biggest weaknesses are Doritos and those pink and white Frosted Animal Crackers.
I don’t trust myself with snacks like these.
If I had a cabinet full of these two delicious treats?
…I’d turn into a mix of Jabba the Hutt and Powder.
Run Powder! Run from the Doritos…Go into the light you sexy beast!
I’m convinced that every effective fat loss diet has specific “rules” that help you control your appetite.
You can follow a diet with rigid rules…
…or you can you can step outside of the matrix, and take control of your appetite without having to adhere to any official diet plan.
Once you understand what it takes to control your appetite, dieting and losing body fat becomes predictable.
In part 2 of this article, I’ll explore a few techniques I have found to be useful when it comes to keeping your appetite under control.