The first days are easy. You never get hungry. You look forward to every meal. The first weeks are a little harder. You get a few hunger pangs, but it’s not enough to stop you. The scale drops every day. Something changes after about two weeks. You’re still getting leaner,
“No thank you.” My mom looked at me with a mixture of frustration and pity. “Armi, it’s your birthday.” “I know, but I’m not going. I need to… work.” I had just refused an invitation to my 13th birthday dinner. This wasn’t the first time I’d declined free restaurant food.
Flexible dieting doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s arguably one of the most effective, simple, and easy methods for getting lean in a healthy and enjoyable way. Flexible dieting is what helped me gain 73 pounds — from being in a hospital bed with a heart rate of 19
You want to get bigger. Maybe you’re a skinny guy like me who’s looking to gain mass. Maybe you’re already carrying a decent amount of muscle, but you’re ready to take your physique to the next level. You’re already lifting weights and training hard. Now you want to create a
To lose weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to count calories. You’re a scientific person. The thought of treating your body like an experiment and controlling your calorie intake seems appealing at first. Then as time goes on, you realize
In a past life, you ate like a normal person. You ate what tasted good and what was available. You weren’t a pig, and your diet was still pretty healthy, but you weren’t strict about what you ate. As time went on, you began to become more careful. Maybe you
Calories do count. Study after study has shown that when you eat less and move more, you lose weight.1-4 However, you still hear arguments as to why that’s not true. Some of these ideas sound silly, but others make you wonder. They give you just enough doubt to think the
You hate binge eating. It makes you feel weak, sick, and miserable. It hampers your efforts to lose fat, and makes it almost impossible to feel good about yourself. Each time you binge, you promise yourself you’ll never do it again. Over time, however, your resolve wains. You start to
I don’t normally eavesdrop. However, in this case I didn’t have a choice. I was in the gym finishing a workout, when I heard a personal trainer talking with another guy about how “natural sugars” burn fat and “junk like high fructose corn syrup and trans-fats” makes you gain fat.
By the time you start dieting, you’ve probably wanted to see your weight drop for a while. When you decide to do something about it, you expect results— now, dammit. There’s nothing wrong with that. Dieting usually isn’t fun, so it makes perfect sense that you’d want to get it