Lose Weight by Being Practical

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  1. aria says:

    I’m a Registered Dietitian and I agree with you 100%!

  2. Cat says:

    Well said!

  3. Chris Clarke says:

    I agree, don’t get me wrong, but remember to eat stuff like that in moderation! The harder you work at the gym, the less you’ll want to waste that hard work in the kitchen. I still love to eat unhealthy food now and then, but over the past year and a half I’ve cut a lot of stuff completely out of my diet and reduced all of the bad stuff. It’s a process, and it’s about habits. Quitting bad eating habits cold turkey wouldn’t have worked for me, but by doing it gradually I’m far fitter and healthier now.

  4. Jaclyn says:

    Tell ’em Tyler the Tank!
    🙂

  5. Sue says:

    I totally agree. To say I will never eat pizza again is unrealistic. However, to say i will find a healthier way to make it, or only visit Little Ceasar’s once every 3-4 months and limit myself to 2-3 slices, is realistic. Apparently you are doing something right, don’t let the know it all’s rain on your parade.

  6. Jason says:

    Tyler,

    I agree on being practical but what is practical for one isn’t practical for another. It isn’t practical for me to eat pizza and chocolate as I have no control over those. I am glad your diet has worked for you, I am a big believer of to each his own. I know I wouldn’t have lost the weight I have if I tried your diet.

    Jason
    http://www.paleorunner.com

  7. Jason says:

    Tyler,

    I agree on being practical but what is practical for one isn’t practical for another. It isn’t practical for me to eat pizza and chocolate as I have no control over those. I am glad your diet has worked for you, I am a big believer of to each his own. I know I wouldn’t have lost the weight I have if I tried your diet.

    Jason

  8. sara says:

    Tyler, you rock. I waited years to start my weight loss because I couldn’t fathom just one day giving up everything I ate. Instead, one day, I ate a salad for lunch. Then the next day, and most days for months. No other changes. Then, I added a healthy dinner. Most of the time. And when I ate something junky, I enjoyed it.

    Now I’ve lost 33 of 54 pounds. All following that one little salad.

    Also, can you please become a personal trainer, or write a book, or something? Your good ideas seem way bigger than this blog.

  9. s says:

    I totally agree with you!!

  10. Funny, I wrote just on the very same topic yesterday and couldn’t agree with you more. Why? Because it’s working! The proof is in the pudding (love that saying, eh?). Keeping yourself away from certain foods will only make things worse. Keep on truckin’, Tyler!

  11. lionheart says:

    I agree, to a limited extent, with the philosophy you’re trying to espouse. However, a few things.

    First, presumably the initial reason for losing weight was to live a healthier lifestyle and to actually /be/ healthier. Consumption of processed foods and simple carbohydrates (particularly HCFS, but any kind of insulin-spiking) food on a regular basis really isn’t that great for you. The argument about low-fat diets and dietary cholesterol has almost zero research validity, and the nutritional plans oftentimes “championed” (i.e., no animal fats, carbohydrate heavy, etc) have been consistently debunked. Sorry for the shameless plug, but anyone interested in this sort of thing would be well served reading Taubes’ “Good Calories, Bad Calories” – a very thorough, unbiased evaluation of the diet/nutrition research conducted over the past sixty-odd years. Pretty damning, too.

    Second, based upon your stated goals of gaining muscle, at the end of the day, 75% is diet. At a certain point, if you actually want to make physique changes (rather than just kind of…deflating), you WILL need to drastically alter your diet – and not just adjust your portion control. You’re eating less calories, but a lot (well, most) of your diet is stuff I wouldn’t go near: crap is still crap, whether it’s in large or small quantities. An occasional indulgence is fine (hell, a well cultured vice is hardly a vice at all!), but honestly your day to day diet pretty much sucks.

    Good luck with everything, though. You’ve done some good work so far.

  12. lionheart says:

    PS –
    What kind of lifting program are you using? Or like, do you have any kind of plan?

  13. Greg says:

    Amen. You can eat anything you want. Just not everything all at once.

    Food is enjoyable. Keep it that way. If you want a cheeseburger and fries, then enjoy it. Balance it out with exercise and healthy eating the rest of the day.

    Great job, Tyler. Keep it up.

  14. Kristy says:

    Your example gives me hope for myself: it shows that weight loss really is just a matter of calories in < calories burned, and it doesn't matter all that much if calories come from cheeseburgers or lentils. Sure, you could eat healthier, but you don't *have* to follow the paragon diet + weight loss plan to be successful. Could my diet be healthier? Of course. Could my workouts be more efficient? No doubt. Does that mean I'm doomed to be fat forever? NO!
    I'm not sure I'm explaining myself very well, but my point is, thanks for being an example that I don't have to be perfect to be thin.

  15. Jerry says:

    Preach it brother – I still eat french fries and a good ole fashioned burger every now and then, and I have lost 115lbs. so far. When they can show me a picture of themselves over 300lbs. (or 400 for that matter) then they can tell me what to eat. Seems to me they are afraid of people learning the truth about weight loss, because they base their jobs off of their nonsense. They have never been fat, never had to work hard to lose weight, and have never had the experience of really having to work to be fit, or else they would be eating the same things. Eat responsibly, work out with a passion, and keep going.

    Glad to see some of us are still sane in this world. =D

  16. Tyler says:

    I have a weight lifting routine — I lift Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I’m building muscles. It’s fun.

  17. Tyler says:

    The book is coming.

  18. Gurl says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Now if the so called guru’s would get this idea into their heads, a lot more people will be accomplishing their weight loss goals. As of yest, I am at 314 from a start of 360.

    My plan is the WORST ever…I still need to get motivated to get off my bum and add some exercise. However, I normally eat much smaller portions that I used to, snack a lot less, and generally try to grab a healthier snack when I do have a treat. But that has been enough for me to start loosing..and that is slowly beginning to motivate me to move so I can keep loosing 🙂

    Can hardly wait for the book! Your story is inspirational and realistic. A book is sure to help many people get some hope and/or motivation to get out there and finally start shedding those pounds they’ve been hating for so long.

  19. Tina says:

    I agree 100% with you Tyler.
    I did notice that some that Don’t agree, completely ignored the part of the post that says “As you go along and start your new healthy lifestyle and begin to lose weight you will slowly see the benefits of eating healthier foods. You will learn to still enjoy your favorite foods, but in moderation and in addition to foods that are considered to be healthy.”
    This is exactly what is happening to me. I still eat what I want but if it’s “unhealthy”, it is in moderation. The farther I come, I kind of ‘naturally’ want to eat healthier…
    I truly believe that if you deprive yourself, it may work for a while, but then you will hit rock bottom. You will binge and eat all those things you crave and probably gain all the weight back…
    I think my new diet is probably similar to yours… I am not ‘on a diet’- I have a new diet that I can live with for the rest of my life… and the farther I go and more I loose, I naturally make healthier choices. Not because a trainer told me to, or it’s what the tv shows say… Not because I HAVE to, but because I WANT to.
    Of course, what works for some, won’t for others. So everyone should just do what works!!! I don’t think Depriving yourself of things you love will work for anyone though… not in the long run.

  20. Coryad says:

    Well said!! You have to do what works for you…. some people actually enjoy eating lettuce. If that works for them, then yay!
    It’s what you can live with for the rest of your life…. can I live without cheeseburgers? Hell to the no.

  21. Diane says:

    Tyler,

    While I admire your weight loss (though I believe you may have done it too quickly to be sustainable), I’m very concerned about your dangerous and increasingly frequent habit of second-guessing the advice of nutritional experts. Your diet plan may work for you, and that’s great; however, those seeking weight loss advice should not turn to amateurs. Eating three cheeseburgers a week is not healthy, and anyone who thinks it is — regardless of their need/desire to lose weight — is wrong, as any qualified health professional would attest. Of course weight loss regimens should be tailored to individuals to an extent, but not entirely. For the good of your readers, please stop treating your tips as nutritional dogma, and not dismiss the wisdom of health care professionals.

  22. Chubby Chica says:

    Nice rant, Tyler! By the way, what’s wrong with your toes?

  23. leeapeea says:

    I know I’m preaching to the choir, but it’s all about quality of life. I love salads. And cheese. And nachos. And fresh fruit. And lean meats. And fresh eggs. And beer. Oh god do I love beer. And running. And playing hockey. And swimming. And hiking. And beer. Did I mention the beer?

    Am I an Olympian? No. Am I healthier because I indulge in an active lifestyle with fruits and vegetables as well as nachos and a good stinky gorgonzola? Hells yes.

  24. Andrew Paul says:

    That is the most sensible piece of advice about weight loss that I’ve heard in a long time. It is realistic and achievable. I recently discovered your web page in search of some inspiration to begin my own journey. I believe I have just found some. Great site! I’ll be following your progress and my own.

    Here’s a question/thought for you and your web fans to respond to or ponder: I, like many of you, have lost significant amounts of weight only to regain it (and then some). At a certain point I recognized that after having lost weight I felt better, slept better, had more energy, had a more positive outlook on life, etc. only to fall back into poor habits. What gives? I know in my mind I’m telling myself- you’re doing it again. Stop it. I’m losing patience with the weight loss roller coaster.

  25. Doug says:

    I have been in some very heated debates with co-workers over this very issue. Like a few others have said, what is good for one is not always good for another.
    This blog has been one of the major reasons I have changed my lifestyle. With that said, fo me, I cant just eat a couple wings at a sitting, or a couple chicken nuggets. I will order 25-30 wings, the the 20 piece, order 3 double cheeseburgers, you get the idea. Food for many people is an addiction and you cant overcome an addiction by cheating now and then. Just ask any recovering drug addict, smoker, or alcoholic! Cheating for one of them would spell disaster for their accomplishments!
    If it works for you Tyler, thats awesone, but I think it may be a little irresponsible to give such advice to everyone. Not all people can eat junk food in moderation, just like some people cant drink in moderation

  26. I’m a dietitian who writes about healthy eating and I fully admit to loving butter and burgers. Its all about moderation.

    I have an uncle who is a truck driver. He’s very overweight and very concerned about his image. And every few months he calls me to tell me he’s going on a diet. To him that means eating only cereal twice a day and a salad for dinner. I’ve asked him a million times: “is that how you plan to eat for the rest of you life?” because THAT’S WHAT A DIET SHOULD BE!!!! Make slow changes for the long term and tweak as you go, make it work for you. He doesn’t get it because “media” has convinced most of america that the definition of diet = severe restriction. Not true at all!

    Great post Tyler!

  27. Just read Doug’s comment above mine. Very interesting and hard to disagree with. But..the blurry line between some healthy foods and unhealthy can be blurred and make it really tricky and maybe easy for you to tell yourself you’ve “relapsed”. Food isn’t as cut and dry as drug addiction. I’d love to hear from Doug about how he deals with this. Strict meal planning maybe?

  28. Sorry, I’m getting ridiculous with three comments here. Just read the site by your sponsor you mentioned- eatdrinkanything, and thought you might find this interesting:

    In their eat + drink = anything plan post they say in the beginning you can eat and drink anything and as much as you want and they are totally lying 100%. In the end they say “We then guide you and make recommendations on what you need to tweak in order to reach your weight loss goal.”

    Totally ridiculous!

    You can’t have a diet based on the premise people can eat and drink anything and as much as they want and then tell them to eat less and give them recommendations on what to eat. What do you think Tyler?

  29. Doug says:

    To make a long story short, I have changed my world view on food. I eat whole foods only now, no processed foods at all. Lots of fruits and veggies. I do eat a steak now and again, but I rarely eat out anymore. I drink 3-4 liters of water a day. It was a huge adjustment. I’m a sales rep and on the road all day and I call on restaurants and bars all day long to make things worse! Knowing myself though, I had to go all in or I would set myself up for disaster.
    A food addiction may not be as cut and dry as drugs or alcohol, but it can be just as damaging and as deadly. We live in a society that tells us everything is ok, do whatever, but no one really has the balls to make a stand and say thats not right!
    I really admire Tyler for what he has done. But to be honest, I think that his comments have lead to some people rationalizing consumption of junk food instead of being strict in their diet. Some people need that strictness in their life.

  30. Matt says:

    To everyone who freaks out about what Tyler eats: his basic premise for weight loss is calories in being less than calories out. That is – burn more than you consume.

    This WILL cause you to lose weight.

    The issue becomes sticking to your calorie deficit, which will cause you to naturally gravitate to more healthy foods. Sure, I can eat half of my 2000 calories with breakfast at McDonald’s, but making the remaining 1000 calories last until I go to sleep will be a struggle. So, while I have “junk” every day, I also get plenty of protein, and 40+ grams of fiber because they keep me full longer.

    People that are militant about eating whole foods, avoiding diet soda, etc are welcome to that as long as they don’t tell me I’m not going to lose weight unless I follow their code. It won’t work for me. I’m in control of what I eat…there’s no room for an excuse that I can’t stop at 2 slices of pizza, 10 wings, one scoop of ice cream, or complaining that my coworkers brought in krispe kremes, filled the candy dish, or decided we had to go out to lunch. That’s BS. One common theme of people starting a “diet” is that they feel sabotaged by their friends, family and co-workers for having “junk” food anywhere near them. Like they are somehow holding them down and forcing them to eat it. I used to do that – complain about there being ice cream in the freezer, or free pizza in the breakroom. So I failed to lose weight. This time around, I don’t do any of that.

    I need to be able to eat realistically. I will be on family vacations where I eat in the car. I will go to pizza parlor birthday parties for my kids, and cook-outs where I have no say in the menu. I may have to grab pizza from a gas station after running late on the way home.

    So forget paleo, raw food, vegan, etc. It isn’t realistic for me. What is realistic is Calories in < Calories Out.

    Now, that doesn't mean I agree with everything Tyler does. I think he hasn't yet developed a realistic view towards food which leads him to expect to gorge himself on holidays, during college football season, or at family get togethers. His calorie intake has been all over the place as he's lost his weight…but that's just it. He's LOST weight, and his health and activity levels are miles above where he was at 344 pounds.

    What he did was prove to me that it was possible to lose weight without living on boneless, skinless chicken breasts and brown rice.

    I started on July 14th of last year, and I've lost 140lbs.

    I do not go to the gym as much as Tyler, as I rely more on my calorie deficit. It's my long-term goal to be able to eat healthfully and realistically without count calories. I don't plan to live in the gym, or take up triathalons. I went on a spring break trip last week, eating in the car, at BBQ places, pizza places, steakhouses, and generally having a good time with my family. I ate when I was hungry, stopped when I was full, and ate realistically.

    I lost a pound in that time, while only visiting the hotel gym twice (30 minutes treadmill one day, 25 minutes elliptical the other).

  31. Anthony says:

    Excellent viewpoint here. It’s just about learning to control yourself and not binge eating, which is hard enough for some people. You’re exactly right.

  32. Great post, Matt. And, congrats on the 140…I’ll be there one day myself, but man, 140? Just awesome.

  33. Jill says:

    Well said Tyler!!! I have never commented before, but this one just needed it. You have to do what works for you. And obviously, what you are doing is working. Other people have to do what works for them–and that may very well be swearing off cheeseburgers etc. However, they shouldn’t criticize you and what works for you.
    There are so many different ways to lose weight. Its actually easier than most people think. You can cut calories, you burn more calories, you can cut carbs, you can cut fat, you can make all over healthier choices, etc. The tricky part is finding out what suits your needs and preferences, and sticking to it. You have done just that. You are an inspiration, and everyone can learn from you and your experiences–even if they don’t want to eat biscuits with jelly.

  34. k. says:

    This is one of your best posts yet! Keep up the good work!

  35. Tara says:

    Just because Tyler writes it, doesn’t mean it’s dogma . It doesn’t mean it’s right for you. It doesn’t mean drop everything and do exactly what he’s doing…

    It just means that what Tyler is doing is what works for Tyler. It might work for you. It might not. The point is, you have to find what works for you and stick to the damn plan.

    My big thing right now is if I have to add butter, sauce, ketchup, mayo or any other type of “covering” on my food, I’m not going to consume it. I want to taste the food I’m putting in my mouth. I don’t want to swim for it under a mound of glob.

    Do I want you to do the same thing? Only if you think it might work for you too. For Pete’s sake Tank has lost well over 100 pounds…Something has to be working.

  36. Shauna says:

    Thank you for this post. It gives me hope!

  37. Jay says:

    Lol, nice article.

    I found that I had to take baby steps in eating better. I would first snack with portioned out 100 calorie snacks. Snacks full of simple carbs and salt.. then I stopped eating that and moved onto snacking on fruits and vegetables because I know it’s better for me.

    I still eat a burger or two every once in awhile. But I don’t go out and buy a greasy burger. I make my own healthy burgers with mushrooms, 25 calorie cheese(s), etc. And it taste great.

    I found alternatives to all the bad foods I ever ate, and then more. I find that healthy foods do a better job of filling me up without weighing me down. I don’t drink sodas anymore because to me they’re empty calories and I rather eat a snack then waste it on a soda that makes me feel bad.

    It’s a process I think. The longer you attempt to eat better, the healthier you actually eat.

    Now I’m eating 3-4 vegetables a day! And even more fruits. I would have never considered fruit a snack.. and now I chow down on them.

    It’s a transformation.. and I’m liking it. 🙂

  38. kate says:

    This was put incredibly well. You put into words something I’ve been trying to put my finger on for AGES.

  39. Tyler says:

    I agree. I’ll have a word about my sponsor about this, but their actual meal plans are based on eating less than what you burn. If you read into the whole site, they say it’s simple math, as I do, that you need to burn more calories than you consume to lose weight. I’ll send them an e-mail and tell them they need to make that more clear and have less “marketing lingo” so to speak.

  40. Marcia says:

    Great post. I was interested to read the responses too, especially Doug’s.

    One of the first things that I had to teach myself when I first lost my >50 lbs was that I couldn’t treat every meal as if it were my last. I *love* Mexican food, burritos, pizza, etc…and each time I made them, I would eat 4 slices of pizza, three (small) burritos, or one large one while out (with beer and chips).

    I had to remind myself that I could have it again TOMORROW. One or two slices of pizza is fine (then there’s more for lunch!!) But with Doug and his traveling, I can see how he’d need the all or nothing approach.

    For the first three months, while I was retraining myself, I did this: no alcohol, no eating out, no fried foods…after that I could go out and order something small and healthy. I could stop at 11 or 12 chips.

  41. Marcia says:

    FOrgot to add: now I eat out MUCH less often. So I eat what I want. I don’t worry about picking the item with the least fat, etc. because I only eat out once per month.

    My friend the RD has a few food lists of “everyday foods”, “once in awhile foods”, and “special occasion foods”, so we all know that we don’t have to give up french fries. But they aren’t an every day food.

  42. Cheeseburgers are awesome.

  43. lori says:

    what an awesome post Tyler. You are correct, I believe.

  44. Sandy says:

    Here! Here! I lost over 75lbs. in the couple of years, and did so by giving myself the freedom of balance. I also have become a Personal Trainer and focus on balance. The key to success in anything is balance. I am finding great joy in helping others get fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle through balancing not only their food, but their lives…. Congrats!

  45. Heron says:

    Tyler, I think you’ve set up an all-or-nothing false choice in your post. Eating whatever tastes good to you at the moment or eating only healthy food for the rest of your life are not the only two options.

  46. Frank Dobner says:

    I agree. I just got home from treating to myself to 2 Chicago style hot dogs, fries and a diet coke. That meal was the most enjoyable dinner I have had in a long time.

    I will continue to eat well throughout the week and enjoy myself weekly.

  47. For me its fried chicken. If I want I’ll have one thigh for 300 calories. Most of the time I am happy with the health food store
    imitation meat ones that I bake instead of fry.
    I’m amazed at how satisfying pretending to eat something yummy can be.

  48. Cathy says:

    Totally, totally agree! I hate the whole ‘all or nothing’ approach to healthy living. Just the other day I was watching an episode of ‘House’, and Dr. Wilson ordered a cheeseburger from the cafeteria. Someone who was watching with me commented that as a Doctor, he shouldn’t be eating a cheeseburger. You can probably guess that I had someone to say about that.

  49. Jerilyn says:

    You know what I think is ridiculous? I think it’s ridiculous that people criticize you for eating a balanced diet without depriving yourself but they can uphold meal plans like MediFast- which is no more than overpriced anorexia and big corporations who take advantage of big people like Slim4Life.

    Guess what?

    Women who weigh 120 pounds eat cheeseburgers. Why the hell can’t I have one if I weigh 217? I’m not going to abstain from eating normal food for the rest of my life just so I can fit into some societal norm. This is about living your life while being healthy, not starving yourself to fit into a pair of jeans.

    People need to get over themselves.

  50. Sheila says:

    Tyler, thanks for keeping it real !!
    Congrats & Best Wishes as you continue your journey …

  51. I’ve lost 92 pounds in the last year, and I’ve done it by eating a balance of healthy foods that I’ve learned to love and foods I used to crave.

    Most days I pass on the cheeseburger, but when I want one I eat one…err, at least half of one. 😉 I also eat several servings of fruits and veggies during the day, whole grains, foods that are low in sodium and high in fiber, etc.

    It works, obviously…and I won’t have to change my lifestyle when I reach my goal because I’m already living an active and balanced lifestyle…

    Your ideas make perfect sense to me…I don’t want to become a yo-yo…I want to keep it off, and this is certainly the best way I know of..

  52. Lisa says:

    You are so right. People get angry or disaspointed when I tell them how I lost 100 pounds. They want a magic pill. Oh and I still eat burgers (occasionally) and ice cream.

  53. Molly says:

    Agree with you, most ppl dont want to lose weight because they think they cant eat foods they love. Moderation is everything. Keep up the good work tyler. You inspired me to lose weight and I have lost 22lbs so far. much love!

    http://molly-fluffygirl.blogspot.com/

  54. Jess says:

    A-effin’-men!

    I love white noodles/pasta/bread and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Why? Because if I don’t have it, I feel like crap and if I restrict myself from having it, I’ll binge and feel like crap. I hate feeling like crap. So I refuse to.

    I failed in weight loss/maintaining in the past because it was a do or die approach. I would eat healthy for 6 months but then I would just go on a downward spiral. Not any more. I’m learning that I can eat things, cheeseburgers/nachos/burritos, but in moderation. For me, life is better when I’ve got the entire food world to experiment/eat from.

    So thanks for putting that out there. I completely agree and support your mentality!

  55. Tina says:

    Tyler, don’t let the negative people get you down.
    I really am so surprised when I read these negative comments… is as if the people commenting read a TOTALY DIFFERENT post then I did… A post that says “I’m Tyler, an expert on everything and you MUST do EXACTLY what I DO!!!” Which is not the case at all. You are not a bad influence, you are an inspiration!!!

    To all of you who are being haters- Tyler NEVER claimed to be an expert, he is just being honest about what he thinks and how he has lost his weight! Which is the whole point of the blog… WHAT is so wrong with that? NOTHING.

  56. Valencia Michelle says:

    And THIS blog is exactly why I follow you! You speak and advocate the truth… it’s about time someone did it. And I agree 100% that this is the best way to lose because it works for me when all else has failed.

  57. Jim says:

    I agree 100%. It was your website that made something click in my life as well. I started paying attention to what I eat. I learned what was worth eating and what is not (for me). By simply paying attention to what I am eating, I have lost 24 pounds since the beginning of the year. I am targeting 1 pound lost per week, trying to go slow and steady. I have had a few weeks that lost more than 1 but I’m not worried about that.

    Thanks Tyler!

  58. Jeanessa says:

    Say it right, Tyler! Keep doing what you’re doing. I come here when I need a dose of sanity in my weight loss journey.

    The bottom line is that we give too much power to the idea of eating “clean” as a valid measure of our worth as human beings. It’s a ridiculous notion, proven by the fact that clean eaters live and die in pretty much the same manner as those who eat “dirty”.

    I’ve given up on tying my weight loss into the idea that I have to deny myself of food that I really enjoy eating. Focusing on addressing the quantity of food I eat/how I move my body and nothing else has made my weight loss efforts much more achievable than any previous effort to eat according to outside standards. I’m down 54 pounds and still going…

  59. Jeff Levine says:

    Tyler – I started my adventure less than a year ago and quickly found your website. You are doing great with your plan but it wouldn’t work for me. I couldn’t stop at a cheeseburger once in a while. At least not yet. Of course I am much older than you and my bad habits probably much more difficult to break (because of the many many years of bad habits). So – I have chosen a different path from you but we are BOTH right! Eventually, I will re-introduce things like an occasional cheese burger or pizza but at least for another year I am on the narrow path. I have lost 115 pounds since June 4, 2009 and have regularly used your site for motivation. Keep up the great work! You are going to beat me to 200 but I will be there this year!!

  60. Casey says:

    I have to say I think there is a misleading statement in your post. “As you go along and start your new healthy lifestyle and begin to lose weight you will slowly see the benefits of eating healthier foods.” Based on your diet I would say you are eating crappy foods in proper portions, not healthy food. As we all know, body weight is not a true indicator for health of physical fitness. While I don’t expect you to post your blood pressure, cholesterol, etc….. I am curious.

    But once again, everyone that has lost weight will tell you. Losing it is the easy part. Maintaining it is considerable harder. It is all about developing good habits and maintaining those habits.

  61. jeff says:

    Tyler this is your best post and I’m dying laughing at all these people still trying to tell you your wrong. I bet tonight they go out and eat a cheeseburger tonight cause they’re tired of starving themselves lol.

  62. Jason says:

    Since January i have lost 24 pounds by a simple premise…… calories in < calories out. I have a set amount of calories i want to eat a day. Its a pound of gold or a pound of feathers to me. If i eat x amount of ice cream or x amount of salad, its STILL x amount.

    i do find myself eating healthier but i still know that if one day i do want to have a few beers or a burger or whatever i can easily make it up by not eating so much on the next few meals.

    it seems like EVERYONE has an opinion. Specialist, doctors, dieticians, jo shmoes, everyone. Some agree with tyler, some dont. I personally do only because i do similar things to him and so far get good results.

    Jason

  63. Julia says:

    I agree that you need to find a way to eat what you want and stop depriving yourself, or you risk bingeing. However we need to satisfy ourselves without harming ourselves. I’m more than twice Tyler’s age and am female, if I ate 3 cheeseburgers a week, I wouldn’t lose any weight no matter how much I worked out!

    One thing that really helps me is that I enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. One of my kids has been a vegetarian for over 4 years, so I’ve had to learn to cook vegetarian and I’ve discovered alot of ways to make meatless versions of the old standbys. I also look for ways to lighten the calories in most of the food I prepare.

    One of my traditional down falls has been that when I cook something rich for my teenage sons and they don’t eat it all, I become the human garbage can and feel compelled to eat the leftovers rather than put them away or throw them out.

  64. Lisa Bullock says:

    You are saying exactly what I have always said. It is as simple as burn more than you take in. I don’t know why people have a hard time getting that. It is science plain and simple.

    I think what some people get upset about is that we all are told to get “healthy” that being healthy is what is important. And I agree up to a point. I mean that I personally do want to get “healthy” and to feel better but my main concern right now is losing weight first and foremost. It takes a lot to admit that because I think we are made to feel that we shouldn’t care so much about the number on the scale and that we should not just want to look better but should want to feel better. In other words, our society can be so vain and into looks but if you are fat and losing weight you shouldn’t care so much about what you are going to look like in the end. I think we are made to feel bad if looking good is a goal. I read a lot and I mean a lot of weight loss blogs and I see over and over how we all talk about getting healthy, and how the numbers do not matter, that inches lost are more important, wait no it is the cholesterol and blood pressure #’s that are the important ones, no that isn’t right either- it is just the feeling better and having more energy. Yes all of that is important and does matter to me. But if I am perfectly honest I really want to lose weight so that I will be H-O-T!!! I want to look good and be sexy and desirable. But I have heard how if you are losing weight for that then you are losing for the wrong reason and that it won’t stay off. Sorry but I think that is BS, because I think underneath it all we all want to look good first.

    So in that what I am getting at is that we are not supposed to admit that we just really want to look good, instead we are supposed to want to be “healthy”. That is where these people come in with how you are a bad influence and that eating what you want in moderation still is not healthy because you are still eating processed food and junk sometimes. Well guess what? Maybe I want to eat that stuff but look good. And even if I do eat that stuff and have lost over 100 pounds I can tell you that along with my exercising I am still going to be healthier than the average person out there. We do not have to be perfect and none of us ever will be. Some people are big drinkers, others smoke, and some do drugs just to name a few vices. Well I personally do not smoke, drink very very rarely, do not and never have done drugs, and I do exercise so why can’t eating some junk food here and there be my vice? I can do that and be skinny and healthy because like I said not one person is going to be perfect. I didn’t even mention things like gambling, workoholics, exercise addicts, and anorexics which all can be bad for your health.

    I am sorry I got on my soap box and honestly I might not even be making a lot of sense. What I am trying to get at is that you are right and the other people out there just want to make it more difficult.

    Someone had commented above about how you are giving bad advice because some people can not eat in moderation that they binge. Ok, then those people need to know that this lifestyle will not work for them. Those people have an eating disorder, called binge eating. Not all people who are overweight are binge eaters. That is right, not all fat people eat a ton of food. I never did eat more than many people I knew that were skinny. The problem is that I was not active at all and I ate high calorie fattening food. I also have hypothyroidism and with that and they way my body works I have to eat a very low calorie diet and of course exercise. If I do not do that then I do not lose period. I could eat just 1200 calories a day but if I do not exercise then I still will not lose a pound.

    I am now under a Doctor’s care and I am eating 800-1000 calories a day and have been now for 2 months and I have been losing a steady average of 2 pounds a week. I was working out during this time for 30 mins a day/5 days a week. In the past week I have just upped my exercise to 60mins a day, so I am anxious to see if that makes a difference.

    Everyone must learn their body and works for them. There is no plan that is right for every single person because this is something you have to live with forever. But no matter what plan you go with, the principle of calories in most not be greater than calories out, is always true and at the core.

    You look amazing and I will definitely be wanting to get your book.

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