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The Only Weight Loss Secret You Need to Know

Updated on July 25, 2009

Ok, folks, this is it. I'm about to share with you the one weight loss secret you need and I'm not going to charge you a dime for it. That's right, I'm giving it away. I've been sitting on it for years and feel a bit guilty about that, but I'm trying to make up for it now. This is a powerful technique guaranteed to make you lose weight. That's right, guaranteed. Actually, it's a series of steps, but I promise this isn't rocket science. If you are even moderately mobile, you should have no problem incorporating these steps into your life.

Before I reveal this guaranteed secret to weight loss, I ask that you hear me out fully. Don't reject it out of hand because you "think" it isn't right for you. Just read, follow my steps, and I promise you will lose weight. Ready for the steps? OK, here goes.

There are no secrets
There are no secrets

1) Stop reading about weight loss secrets (after you finish this hub)

2) Start exercising

3) Stop catering to your cravings for junk food

4) Start eating healthy, balanced meals in smaller portions

5) Repeat steps 2-4 until successful

Folks, don't be disappointed and don't hit the back button. I'm not being snide or insensitive to your plight. I am being honest and practical and it's time you did the same if you are struggling with weight problems. There are no magic pills, formulas or tricks. Those meal programs are just money needlessly flowing out of your wallet and into a corporation's hands. Those subscriber-based point systems are just more of the same. Likewise the diet pills, ointments and all the rest of the snake oil out there. There is only you! But the good news is that you are the only tool you need.

It's time you recognize that every "secret" to weight loss is crap. Why? Because if you can't commit to the 5 simple steps above (only 3 of which are really relevant) then how are you going to commit to any diet plan, pill, program or process sold on the market today? If you can't get off your butt to do some exercise, no diet will give you lasting results. If you can't commit to eating healthy foods from your very own grocery store, how will you commit to ordering and eating nothing but "program meals" for the rest of your life? And, yes, it will have to be the rest of your life because, absent the commitment to healthy eating and exercise, the only hope you'll have is by sticking to that program and I promise you this… you won't stick to it. I know this, because if you were able to stick to it, you wouldn't be suffering from weight problems right now. You'd be able to commit to and stick to your own healthy lifestyle.

So stop. Stop falling for the gimmicks. Stop buying the miracle pills. Stop thinking that simply owning a piece of exercise equipment will translate into gains (or losses in this case) you'll be happy with. You are the problem and you are the solution, not all the crap one of the biggest industries in the world continues trying to hawk.

Once you have proven your commitment and shown that you are a changed person who not only wants to look and feel better and be healthy, but who is comfortably on their way to doing so all on their own, then you can start looking at the commercial sector for tools to facilitate the process. How long do you have to wait? I would say a minimum of 3 months. If you can get up and exercise every day and avoid the candy aisle at the grocery store, then you can give some thoughts to a gym membership, a Bowflex home gym or hiring a personal trainer. But until you have proven to yourself and the world that you have it in you to commit to the change, all those things will just be a waste of money.

Depending on whose figures you believe the weight loss market is worth an estimated $45 BILLION in the US alone. That's money that could be going to your college education, gifts for your children, vacations, a better home, a better car and all kinds of rewards you deserve. Instead, snake oil salesmen the world over are getting rich off of your desperate search for an answer. Folks, the answer was right there in front of you all along. You're it. There's nothing else. And I bet that thought depresses and disappoints you, but it shouldn't! Think about how empowering that is. You have it in you to change. You have it in you to control your destiny. You are the master of your own physical being. Feel that. Really let it sink in. Understand how powerful that makes you. The one thing in your life that has always felt like it had the power to depress you, to rob you of your spirit and motivation, YOU are actually the master over IT! All you have to do is let yourself be that master.

Having said all that, I know that there are those of you who still need help. What is healthy eating? What exercises can I do for best results? If I were to recommend a book it would probably be Body for Life by Bill Phillips and Michael D'Orso, but it isn't that complicated, folks. In fact, your desperate thinking that it is complicated is what's holding you back. Do you honestly need me or anybody else to tell you that a salad is healthier than a burger from a fast food joint? Do you really need me to tell you that, if you get winded walking a flight of stairs you've already found an exercise that works for you? I promise you, there are no secrets and looking for secrets is why you continue to fail again and again and again.

You don't need expensive exercise equipment. Start at home. Like I said, if you get winded walking a flight of stairs, do that until you break a sweat. Do it again the next day. If it stops tiring you, walk it twice, then three times, then four times. Once you're jogging up and down your stairs without getting winded, then find the next thing that tires you (walking a steep hill near your home) and do that until you've conquered it. By now you are seeing results. Even if they aren't visibly evident, you have increased your metabolism and your endurance and, I assure you, you'll need both to start shedding pounds.

You don't need expensive diet foods or pills. Shop smart at the grocery store. If you want to find some healthy recipes, they're all over the place online at no cost to you. The Food Network has a ton of delicious, amazing, healthy recipes in the Healthy Eating section. Even the Mayo Clinic has hundreds of healthy recipes. Just remember that "low fat" or "low cal" advertised on a box at your grocery store does not necessarily translate into healthy. You aren't just looking to reduce your caloric intake, you're looking to eat healthy, balanced meals which, in conjunction with the exercise you are doing, will provide you the nutrition and fuel you need to build muscle and burn calories.

So what then? Let's say you have committed and now exercise like you should (Tip: cardio exercise can be done daily. Strength exercise should include built in rest days) and you want to kick things up a notch. Well, now that you've proven you can commit to the effort, you can go for those external items I warned you against because you have already made the important change. Now, if you're so inclined, you can buy that piece of exercise equipment to take your workout to the next level. Now you can join your local gym. Now you can hire a personal trainer.

And that's it, folks. Until you've made the commitment to yourself, for yourself and stuck to it, every dime you send away to the diet and exercise industry contributes needlessly to that nearly $40 billion dollars and does you no good what-so-ever. You might as well send it straight to me for all the good it'll do you. At least I'll take your money without making you empty promises.

Change your mindset, change your motivation, change your commitment, change your lifestyle and love yourself for it. Love yourself the minute you start. That's your reward for just trying. Your problem isn't your body, no matter how big or small it may be. You're a beautiful person regardless. Your problem is all in your head. Now you know the secret. Do something about it.


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    • DjBryle profile image

      DjBryle 8 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Great one!... self control is the safest and the best way to achieve one's ideal weight. =) tnx for sharing!

    • Cygstarz profile image

      Cygstarz 8 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks, KCC. I was worried some readers might think I'm over-simplfying things but that's not my goal. Losing weight is anything but simple. But regardless what weight loss equipment we own, it's the mindset that has to be overcome. Far better to determine if you've got the drive up front than it is to invest hundreds of dollars and learn the lesson the hard and expensive way.

    • KCC Big Country profile image

      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Great advice. Thanks for sharing. Little changes over time really do add up. It's all about just getting started.


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