People seem convinced that if they only exercise harder, and more often, they can lose any amount of excess body weight. But for the most part, that just burns more fuel, which just increases your body’s demand for food (and your appetite). Either you eat more to compensate, or you stick to your pre-exercise levels of food intake, and essentially starve yourself. Your body has safeguards to prevent this from happening, and will fight you every step of the way. For long term success, you need to understand at least the basics of nutrition, and your body’s hormonal responses to different types of food, in order to turn this enemy into an ally in your quest for a leaner you.
I, my wife and in-laws, and even several of my martial arts mentors, have all lost considerable weight simply by changing the way we eat, without altering our exercise routines (which in some cases, were non-existent). Nor did we consciously cut back on our meal size, but simply ate until we were full. As soon as your body feels deprived, it’s back to fighting you again, and even the most strong willed individual will find that it’s not your body that will be the first to give up.
Now, I hate cooking, but there are plenty of easy and delicious recipes out there to support your new lifestyle. I am slowly becoming the chef of our household, all in the name of healthy eating. If we can do it, so can you!