Uggh. Bah. Alright OK here we go.
It’s time for me to tell you the story of my first real attempt at losing weight.
A part of me finds this story pretty embarrassing. Like, there is a reason I’ve labeled it as an attempt. I didn’t manage to make any ground with it and made every single mistake in the book! Bar none!
Although the other side of that coin gives me an insight into the pitfalls and heartbreak that diet and training can bring, which is a nice silver lining. I guess.
In any case I figured it was a story worth sharing! A story based around “The Big Breakfast Diet“.
Back in 2010 I was well into the depths of my degree and college had taken its toll. I had let myself go. No, I mean REALLY let myself go. In fact, being only 5 foot 6 (Well, 5.5 inches, but I’ll be damned if I’m not rounding that up!) the 87kg I was lugging around realllllly didn’t sit well.
Back in the good old days when I was 15 years old, I was actually underweight and joined the gym to try to add-on some kilos. But now, a good six or seven years later, I was in a complexly different situation.
I’d love to say that there was a reason for this, and I’m sure I had an excuse or two at the time, but really there was only one reason. I just loved eating!
I knew something needed to be done. My back was killing me, as were my knees, and I sucked hard at sports! I was just sick of looking at it. And so, I did what everyone else does – I started a diet!
I’m not sure why I chose the big breakfast diet, or where I even found it, but the idea behind it was quite simple. Monday to Friday saw breakfast consisting of all your food for the day. Yep, you read that right, your entire days calories all in one single meal! I’d sit down at 07:30 every morning and do my best to pound down all my food for that day, only to feel uncomfortably full not ten minutes in!
I can’t quite put words on how tough it was and unfortunately there was even more torture to come! Saturdays themselves were a little easier, with my eating window being opened up to the whole day, but Sundays were a different animal all together. They were a nightmare that consisted of absolutely NO food whatsoever. An entire day where not a single calorie entered my mouth.
This lead to something like a 40 hour fast between finishing eating on Saturday night and starting again on Monday morning. Considering too that my weekdays also consisted of 23 hours between breakfasts, that all adds up to a lot of fasting!
In any case, I launched into it full of energy and excitement and was willing to deal with the discomfort, knowing that at the end I’d have lost some weight and look awesome! I mean, something this difficult has to be effective and get results.
Right? Right? Right?
The painful truth is that despite my unwavering dedication to this program, I didn’t lose a single pound.
Nada, zero, zilch.
All those days of being uncomfortably full until 11:00am only to be starving for the rest of the day, and the Sundays that seemed to drag on forever had left me in the exact same place I was when I started! I was left totally and utterly defeated. I felt beaten and any motivation I had was left dead in the water!
I’d bet that this story sounds like one you’ve heard before! Although you may not have tried the big breakfast diet for yourself, the end result probably sings a familiar tune. One that you’ve found yourself singing time and time again!
Thankfully, I did end up losing that weight and figuring out what the secrets to success are; secrets that I am going to share with you!
The big breakfast diet was everything that a diet shouldn’t be. It was difficult, stressful and next to impossible integrating into day-to-day life. It was so extreme that I’m surprised that anyone has any success on it!
(Some people do have success with it, but I figure they must be some kind of robot monsters. Monsters who hate pizza and puppies!)
In reality, the secret to making progress with any diet or training program is simple. No, that is the secret.
Everything, and I mean everything, you do in the vein of fat loss or muscle gain should be kept simple. It’s not about complex diet structures that have you only eating certain foods or going for hours on end drinking only water. No, the real thing that will generate results is getting the basics right.
It’s about eating REAL foods and reducing the amount of processed substances we consume. It’s about structuring our eating schedule into one that minimizes the risk of us having to turn to processed alternatives. It’s about choosing one that fits seamlessly into our day-to-day lives and relies least on our own willpower
Don’t get me wrong, diet protocols like Intermittent fasting, Paleo and the hundreds of others may have their place, but they are worthless if the basics are not there to begin with. Intermittent fasting isn’t going to make up for a diet consisting of pizza every day no more than a Paleo diet will overcome the issue of eating twice as much food as you’re supposed to.
Please, please, PLEASE don’t make the same mistakes I have. I was willing to spend all the time and energy in the world on a diet and program that was difficult, thinking that difficult meant effective, when really, spending that energy on getting the basics right would have yielded much better results.
So if you are someone who is looking to lose some of those extra few pounds or even get stronger in the gym, focus on the basics. The basics of good food, consistent dedication and structuring it to fit well into your life. Having a clearly defined path with simple actions you can take is key to achieving your goals.
I actually cover all these topics, and many more, in my new book Body Goal Basics!
The book itself covers everything you need to know gives you a bulletproof framework on achieving your physique goals. A Framework of good practices and tools that are regarded as being essential elements of success, giving you the understanding as to what your options are for a given goal and starting ability or situation!
So what are you waiting for? Get in on this sweet deal and start making some real progress!