The Only Thing You Need to Know About How to Lose Weight

And you can start right now, for free

Darryl Brooks
Journal of Journeys
11 min readJun 1, 2020

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Woman measuring her waist trying to lose weight
Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash

A bold claim, right?

So, let’s get started. Google, “How to Lose Weight.” About 840,000,000 results. At least half of the first page is trying to sell you something. Most of the rest are of the, “quick and easy,” “without diet or exercise,” or “while you sleep,” variety. So let’s get three things out of the way upfront.

  • You don’t need to pay anyone to lose weight.
  • It may be easy, but it won’t be quick.
  • Call them what you want, but you will diet or exercise, preferably both.
  • The only thing you’ll do while you sleep is sleep.

A couple of the links actually seem to be helpful and logical, based on science.

Who wants that, right?

Gorilla thinking about a problem
Photo by Rob Schreckhise on Unsplash

The Problem

Before I got too old and my knees revolted, I was a runner. I ran a lot. If I found myself out of shape, I could start running and slim down within a week or so. After starting a new job, I began my running and diet regimen. One day, I walked into the office and three coworkers stopped me.

“You’ve lost a lot of weight, how did you do it?”

“Diet and exercise.”

“If you don’t want to tell us, just say so.”

After a few minutes of trying to convince them, I finally said, “I began a new miracle diet,” and they all grabbed pen and paper. I told them I only ate beets and sauerkraut for a week, and they madly scribbled away.

I hope they’re okay.

The problem is that nobody wants to believe the basic, and yes, simple key to losing weight. It’s a math equation, with slight variations depending on your body type and metabolism, but don’t use those as a crutch or excuse. If you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight. If you consume more calories than you burn, you gain weight.

The bigger problem is, people don’t want simple, they want complicated.

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Darryl Brooks
Journal of Journeys

Photographer & Writer-I shoot what I see-I write what I feel. Top writer in Photography, Art, Creativity, Productivity, Self Improvement, Business, Life Lessons