The Weight Loss Mindset

Why so many people put weight back on after losing it.

I’ve lost a pile of weight. I’m creeping up on 57 lbs lost so far, and I have every intention of maintaining a healthy weight.

However, most people don’t really lose weight and keep it off. A study found that something like only three percent of those who lose significant weight actually keeps it off. Statistically, that means I’m going to get fat again.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. I know it.

So I thought I’d dig into the science behind weight loss–and not just nutrition–to see what I could find out about how to actually keep it off.

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Four Quick Changes That Can Help You Lose Weight NOW!

Weight loss can be pretty complicated, and there’s a lot of people who want to drop body fat but don’t because they’re suffering from paralysis by analysis. They’re trying so hard to understand all the things about losing weight that they’re not even remotely sure where to start.

To be sure, there’s a lot to learn about weight loss. I’ve written a fair bit about it based on my own experience of losing now 55 lbs and I’m far from an expert.

However, like I said, I do have some experience with this kind of thing. I’ve been down this road before, so I know a few things about how to make meaningful changes and to start making them quickly.

So here they are, four things you can do to start losing weight right now.

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Why All The Weight Loss Posts?

I’ve been writing a lot about diet and weight loss lately, and I thought it would be a good time to talk a little bit about why a site ostensibly about embracing one’s warrior essence is talking about low-calorie diets.

Because, apparently, not everyone gets it.

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The Unexpected Struggles Of Eating Right

My son has decided to change his eating habits. This is a wonderful thing because while he’s tall, he’s also horribly obese. When we got him on the scale a couple of days ago, he was just a couple of pounds shy of being morbidly obese.

So changing what and how he eats is a great thing.

We sat down and worked out his calories and his macronutrients and yesterday he started. Because I do the cooking most of the time, he had a pretty clean diet for the day.

In the process, he ran into an unexpected difficulty.

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Before And After

As you can see from the above photo, there’s a fat guy on the left and a not-so-fat guy on the right.

Well, that’s me.

Yeah, big damn difference, isn’t it? Then again, 50 lbs is a whole lot of weight. By anyone’s measure, it’s good.

So let’s talk a little bit about what happened with all of this, shall we?

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When Their Dogma Runs Over Their Karma

While I’m not writing as much here as I did in the past, it’s because I’ve been busy with other kinds of writing. For example, I finished a fantasy novel just before New Years that include a lot of the principles you’ve seen here. I’ve also been busy with the day job, which is writing.

But writing doesn’t take all day. I just can’t do it all day, even.

That means I spend far too much time on social media, and there I often see the dogmatic nature of so many who are trying to lose weight.

What I often see is an almost dogmatic approach to weight loss where what they do is easily the bestest option possible.

And it’s dumb.

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I’ve Now Lost 33 Pounds, And It’s Been An Education

This morning, I hopped on the scale for my official weigh-in. It’s kind of my Sunday morning ritual, though I’m actually on the scale first thing every morning. However, I only record it once per week.

The reason for that is that you can see fluctuations from day to day and they can seriously mess with you if you’re not careful. That’s why I set a given day to count as “official.”

I always weigh myself in my underwear right after I’ve voided any waste my body stored overnight. That way, I can be as consistent as possible and not have variations caused by water, food, or clothing.

Anyway, I hopped on the scale today and looked at the weight. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but I’d recorded a one pound weight loss. I put my clothes back on and head to my laptop. I keep a spreadsheet with all my weights on it. I also record my body fat measurement as a way to also gauge my progress.

Today, I hit the 33 pounds lost mark, and I figured it was a hell of a time to talk about some of the stuff I’ve learned over the last six months of losing weight.

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Optimal Versus Sustainable: Why Different Approaches Should Be Considered

Over the weekend, I was watching as Joe Rogan interviewed Dr. Layne Norton and Dr. Dom D’Agostino. Both Norton and D’Agostino have their Ph.D. in nutrition, though they advocate for very different lifestyles.

D’Agostino is a ketogenic diet proponent while Norton is, like me, a fan of flexible dieting.

As Norton was discussing diets, one thing he kept harping on was that a diet had to be sustainable over the long term.

Rogan, who is known primarily as a comedian but actually has a background in martial arts first and foremost, began asking if the need for a “sustainable” diet was really just an issue of discipline. I get why Rogan asks that, too. As a lifelong fighter, Rogan is nothing, if not disciplined. He trained and competed for years before ever pursuing comedy. He’s disciplined, so he doesn’t get how someone can have difficulty with someone if they’re disciplined.

However, that got me to thinking about how I would address this argument. You see because I happen to agree that the sustainability of a diet or exercise program is the most important variable.

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Why I’m Done With Letting My Scale Measure Body Fat

When you’re morbidly obese and trying to trim down, you need to measure your progress. It’s a great way to keep yourself motivated.

However, when you’re trying to drop fat while maintaining lean body mass–something some morbidly obese people don’t care about–then you need other metrics. In particular, you need body fat measurements.

And on that, I can’t help but believe that my scale has been letting me down.

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