I want to apologize for coming off like a gym-rat douchebag. I am really not like that in real-life and I forget that what comes as second nature to me, isn't so for everyone.
I have a bachelor's in Health and Human Performance and was a personal trainer/gym manager for a few years. And while I took a different route in my career path, for reasons of career stability/money, I still hold the value that what is healthy or weight loss is very simple. When I was training, I preached this to my clients all the time. Almost to the point of undervaluing my services! Horrible business practices I know. No wonder I chose a different career! But for me it is about honesty and all of this is really very simple. There isn't some magic formula you have to figure out. If you are gaining weight, you are eating too many calories, if you are losing weight you are eating less calories than you need.
Sacrifice isn't easy and it does suck that you have to search/seek the health foods in grocery stores while all the good tasting stuff is right in our faces. I don't like eating chicken breast and veggies, but I do. I hate the taste of tuna but eat it 5x a week. Food is about fuel for the body, not pleasure. If I sacrifice during the week by eating the right fuel, I can have the pleasure of good tasting food worked into my diet as well. I will never totally give up pizza, beer and burgers. I just know that I can't eat them every night, even if those are definitely what tastes way better.
I have offered my services to help a few members here try to get started down the right path. Guidance over the internet isn't easy as I have no the actual starting point of these guys. However, it really is simple to be healthy and lose weight. I am not talking about having 6-pack abs, I don't have those either. It is about a body weight where you are comfortable and can maintain a healthy, active life style.
I really hope those who are struggling with weight can figure out a simply system that works for them. It seriously is VERY simple. Sacrifice isn't easy, not even for me after all these years. Adjust your mind set and get the positive mental reward of changing your physical appearance, which will adjust your mental attitude as well.
Sorry if I offended anyone but I am very passionate simply because I know the sacrifices I make to live healthy and wish others could realize that it isn't easy for anyone but IS very simple to do.
/Rico style post.
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