The Only Diet I Know That Works

Day 104/365: The only secret is to never cheat. Ever!

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I’ve always been a little overweight for as long as I can remember. This means fat, of course, but not fat enough to not be able to score a hot girlfriend. Or a squeeze, to enhance the fatness humour. It’s like yes, you’re fat, but people feel comfortable sitting near you on the bus, or on a low-cost flight.

Coming back to the story at hand, I’m currently doing a diet that has proven itself as viable in the past for me. I got off course and abandoned it for more than a few times, which surely ended up in me being sad and fat again.

This diet is more of a new lifestyle than an actual diet. Meaning that once you get rid of the extra weight, it is impetuous that you keep on it. Not that rigorously, of course, but looking at the big picture, you’ll still have to do it.

The Secret Is…

The secret to this miraculous diet is no secret at all. All you have to do is to count calories. Yes, it all comes back to math and numbers. By counting calories, you allow your body to take in exactly as much food as one needs.

The average male eats about 2000 to 2500 calories a day. When you enter your data in the app (any app would do, I’m comfortable with MyFitnessPal) age, weight, any physical activities that you do, the app calculates the number of calories you can have in a day. For me is 1500, but I can go as high as 1700 or 1800 and still lose weight if I do some exercise.

I do some biking once every other day. I don’t go overboard, but just your regular normal biking with some faster pace from time to time. I also have a little hill near my house, so every ride starts with a climb on that hill.

It’s hard as hell, and you do feel like your heart is about to burst and your legs will catch on fire, but at the end, it’s so amazing. You can do any type of exercise, as it will motivate you to eat healthier, which is one of the reasons why counting calories work. It educates you on what to eat.

You’ll think twice about putting a piece of chocolate in your mouth worth 100 calories or substituting that for a big, delicious mango for example. That’s my favourite part of the “diet”. It just educates me on what to put and what not to put in my mouth. The final benefit is healthier eating while still indulging with some gelato from time to time.

Don’t Cheat!

Exercise is not as important as counting calories is. It still is an important part, as you do lose the extra weight faster, but the crucial thing is to make the most out of those calories and never cheat. If you cheat even by 100 calories per day, that adds up to 700 calories a week. That’s almost half of one day!

The more you cheat, the more you’ll fail to see any results. And the more you fail to see results, the more you’ll get unmotivated. And the more that happens, the more chances you have of blowing the counting up and declaring it a failure. The only one you’re cheating is yourself, so don’t do it.

The Aftermath

This diet stops working when you stop counting calories. You get so good at it, you’ll eventually know how many calories any dish you eat has. Still, don’t let that fool you! Continue to use the app and count everything.

Yes, you can go back to the maximum of 2000 calories per day after the extra weight is down, but nevertheless, keep on it and don’t go over it too many times. If you do, you’ll end up with losing interest in it and then put the lost weight back in no time.

As a final note, please don’t count calories if you’re not committed to doing it for at least 6 months. This method takes time, but it does get rid of the extra fat for good and you’ll hardly put it back even if you eat like a pig after it. Keep on it, make it your new thing and the results will stay with you forever.

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My name is Gabriel Iosa, I’m a 25 years old travel enthusiast, food lover, Psychology student, Full-time Freelancer, writer and Instagram fanatic. You can follow me @gabrieliosa, and if you liked this post, give it exactly 47 claps!

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