One of the most frequently asked questions I always get is:
“How can I lose 20 lbs in 30 days”?
I hate to provide a quick answer.
In today’s world, we are now conditioned to get instant gratification. We want it NOW, NOW NOW! I don’t necessarily have a problem with that, but the problem is, people, overlook the principles behind the answers. The fact is, everyone is different. So the actual answers may vary from slightly, to a lot, depending on your physiology and/or your psychology. So if you follow the 4 rules outlined below, it is possible that you will need to adjust. If you DO NOT understand the principles, most likely, you’ll just toss out these 4 rules, and you’ll simply say: “This is crap. It doesn’t work.”, or …
You will adjust, and make it work: 20 lbs in 30 days. For example, here is a psychological excuse (which is the case 90+% of the time):
“I don’t like the taste/texture of whole grain bread.”
You gotta remember, “taste” is acquired – it is 100% mental. Unless you’re eating poison (including allergies), your body will not have a physical reaction.
YOU EITHER MAKE A GREAT DECISION, OR YOU MAKE A GOOD EXCUSE. WHICH WOULD IT BE?
The secret to taste acquisition is – a gradual transition: mixing the old and the new. You’ll adjust the ratio over a period of time until you have switched 100%. This is the same technique I used to get me off my own personal addiction to salt. Here’s an example of a physiological, or physical excuse:
You live in an area where fresh produce is not easily available, and you don’t have a car. Or you live in a dorm school campus where you don’t have the facilities to prepare your own meals the healthy way.
I consider these as legitimate excuses. They’re legit because it is a physical impossibility. However, it’s an excuse because the circumstances are TEMPORARY.
You have the power to change your circumstances – not overnight – but YOU CAN over time.
I’ll say it again: “You can make great decisions, or you can make good excuses. Which would it be?”
So here are the 4 rules:
RULE 1 – AVOID “WHITE” CARBOHYDRATES
- No sugar – especially artificial sweeteners
- No corn
- No potatoes unless you eat it with the skin
- No white bread, not even wheat, only whole grain bread
- Use brown rice instead of white rice
- Use quinoa noodles instead of regular pasta noodles
Advanced tip: Use fruits as your sweetener, where practical
RULE 2 – STOP EATING PROCESSED FOODS
Proteins (preferably organic, no packaged cold cuts, or fast food joints)
- Organic eggs
- Coldwater fish (preferably wild-caught, not farmed)
- Chicken/turkey breast or thigh
- Grass-fed organic beef
Carbohydrates (slow-burning, non-white carbs)
- Legumes (e.g. lentils, black beans, pinto beans)
- Mixed greens (spinach, asparagus, peas)