For the most guys who are reaching their late 20’s or are just starting on their 30’s, they most likely noticed the extra flab around their abdomen area. What used to be obliques are now obsolete and almost love handle like. I know, you would like to exercise but just have too much on your plate right now, and no, I’m not talking about the food (which is also part of the problem). You’re busy with friends, you’re working, or even taking care of a family and kids.
Even I’m feeling flabby, and my face is starting to get bigger with a bit of double chin action going on. I have no interest in making this my new look, so I’m doing something about it and it doesn’t require me going to the gym – although that would help. I have always found that doing exercises outside of a gym helped me get better results.
Believe it or not, you can actually lose weight naturally without resorting to crazy cabbage diets or weird cleanses.
Before I get started, I’m not an expert or a nutritionist; I’m simply sharing some of my techniques that have worked for myself and a friend.
Eat Mini Meals
Instead of eating three meals per day and lots of snacking in between, it’s recommended that you eat smaller meals closer together. This method is for those looking to lose weight or gain weight, but of course depends on what you eat as well. You want your plate to have some protein, a bit of fat, and fiber to help you feel full and satisfied. Unfortunately, you have to do a bit of planning if you want these items on your plate.
Hopefully the mini meals also helps you avoid eating chips, pretzels, and candies.
Portions are important for weight loss, but there is also no need to starve yourself. If you’re already having mini meals, that should help you out right there. However, if you are unable to find time for five or six small meals throughout the day, then you should work on cutting down the portions of your plate. Cutting it in half is a bit too ambitious, so just eyeballs it and try to reduce it by about 20% for starters and work your way down from there.
If you’re looking to speed things up a bit, you can also bring in the big guns by using something like Hydroxycut. It’s been around for ages, and word on the street is that it works. It’s not a replacement, but a tool to speed things up.
Eat Your Calories, Don’t Drink Them
Somebody once laughed at me and said, “hahahaha a can of soda pop everyday is not bad for you”. She was 5′ 3” and close to 200 pounds. A can of soda is around 140-150 of empty calories that will go straight to your gut, love handles, and double chin. This area I’m still working on as I’m always tempted to drink an ice cold Pepsi.
Also, eat fruit instead of drinking fruit juice. The calorie difference between fruits and fruit juices is significant. By eating fruit, you will actually feel somewhat satisfied and full, while with fruit juice, you’ll want something to eat something with it. Ideally, water is your best friend.
Move More, Eat Less
I used to watch the Rosie O’Donnell Show with my mom and sister all the time. Although she was quite over weight, she always said to “move more, eat less”. It didn’t really work for her, but probably because she didn’t practice what she preached.
With mini meals and portion control, you can definitely lose some weight. But combine the mini meals and exercise 4 to 5 times per week for best results. I’ve started doing 7 to 8 mile jogs/walks with my friend as part of our fitness routine. As I build my stamina, instead of going for a longer jog I am working on improving the amount of time it takes to complete this jog. Increased intensity will really start to burn the calories and pretty soon you’ll be drilling holes in your belt so you can keep your pants on.
These tips above are just for starting you off in the right direction. If you really want to lose weight, you’ll have step your game up and hit the gym/home gym hard. These people we see with washboard abs didn’t get it naturally, they worked their asses off. It takes time, exercise, proper diet, and dedication but it’s also something that can be achieved by almost everybody including you.