So you’re in university, are about to graduate, or have recently graduated and are now in the work force (hopefully). You’ve probably noticed by now that your metabolism has slowed in these four years of going from eighteen year old teenager to twenty something young adult. This is natural, it happens to everyone.
You’ve never been an athlete, never took interest in sports, or you’re just downright lazy. Or you used to play sports and just can’t find the time to go out and play anymore. The fat has found its way to your face… belly… thighs… well everywhere pretty much. The lucky ones put on fat in all the right places and can put off exercise (what’s that?) until they get into their 30s… but the majority of us aren’t like them. We have to work our ass off if we want to get the body we desire, and most importantly, maintain our health well into old age.
So you’re out of shape now, you depended on your youth before but now you’re not “young” anymore. “What do I have to do to” you ask!?
1. Develop a habit/hobby out of exercising as a part of your routine.
This is so that you don’t mentally feel like you’re even making an effort to exercise. People usually are afraid to try new things, because they aren’t good at it. Once you’re able to get good at something, you’ll develop interest in it, and then you’ll be able to get into a routine of doing it. Like playing basketball, jogging, or working out, you’ll automatically be motivated to do it if you develop skill at it… and stay fit in the process. Getting started is the hardest part… and that’s where a lot of people quit. Nothing in life worth having is going to be easy. Get past the first hurdle, and everything will be smooth sailing from that point on.
2. Eat properly.
I won’t pretend to be an expert in the diet department; I’m not. I’m not an expert because I have an extremely fast metabolism that burns everything I eat. Which means I’ll eat everything. But here are some ground rules that will work for anyone (ie. lazy people like me):
-Drink lots of liquids (juice, water)-
This will give you energy, fill you up, and you will naturally eat less food (and less fat)!
Consume the actual ingredient instead of the processed product (Apple instead of Apple Pie, Cheese instead of Cheeseburger). Avoid foods with a lot of sauces, toppings, dressings…
-Split your meals up into many portions throughout the day-
You will be consuming less food in total because you aren’t stuffing your face full from starving yourself for an extended period of time.
Go eat whatever the hell it is that you want at the end of the week. Just don’t go sneaking into the freezer every weekday for a cup of Haagen Daaz. That will not help.
3. Think before you do.
Some people freak out and say they have to “drop 50 pounds”. Well, where did that number even come from? Everybody has a different body type out of 3 possible types (skinny, average, and fat) so understand your own body type and choose a fitness/diet plan accordingly first. You may not need to “drop 50 pounds”, but rather just redistribute your fat into muscle (by building strength), lose some fat in the process, and start looking great with only needing to drop 20 pounds.
I leave you with a final motivation video that explains an often overlooked concept pretty clearly:
Don’t just exercise to lose weight, that is likely to fail. The goal is for you to become strong!