READER REPORT:

It's simple. Just eat less food.

BRODIE F
Last updated 05:00 07/04/2014

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I've read so many articles with people complaining it's not their fault they are overweight. Its just fatty foods are cheaper and quicker - blah blah blah.

I used to be overweight and always procrastinated in taking control of myself and my diet, lifestyle and inevitably my future. One day I decided 'bugger it, I'll do some research'. I spent a couple of days reading blogs and articles online, many of those contradicting. I came with one conclusion. Energy in versus energy out, if the latter is smaller then you will gain weight and have weight issues. Period.

I started tracking my diet, eating high fibre foods like oats, leafy vegetables and not so much starch such as potatoes, kumura and pumpkin. I simply reduced the amount of utter crap I was poisoning my body with the likes of trans-fats, harmful sugars and energy dense foods.

I reduced the size of my meals and instead of having a nasty snack here and there I'd change a chocolate muesli bar to hard boiled eggs. I also treated myself too. Once a fortnight I'd allow myself a blowout where I would have pizza or fish and chips. This is essential as it gives you something to look forward to and keeps morale up. After I while I became increasingly less excited for my cheat meal because the effects of eating it made me feel bloated or rubbish for the next day or so.

Anyway after a few months the weight started to come off, at this point I was not doing any exercise, just simply reduced my food intake. Once I began running I started to feel absolutely great, I was feeling confident and my health was the best it has been in years.

You don't need to change your eating habits entirely you just need to eat less food, plain and simple.

Oh and for those of you who will say, "but its cheaper to eat junk food". Lies. I cook a healthy, delicious meal daily for myself and my partner and feed the both of us for under $100 a week, for every meal. We browse the specials and find what we want and make sure it fits into our timetable too, I can't spend two hours cooking a meal.

This is coming from a full time worker, who studies on the side and is also running a business. So don't try and tell me you don't have time. I thought I didn't, turns out I was procrastinating!

Take control, you can do it, and you will feel much better for it.


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