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The Mountain Dew Diet Vs. Work

There’s an awesome girl my Lady-Friend and I know and love to death. She’s always complimenting the way we “look” but often complains about how she wants to lose weight but doesn’t want to work for it. She’s come up with a tongue-in-cheek diet she refers to as the “Mountain Dew Diet”. Basically, she drinks Mountain Dew, eats a few vegetables from the garden and that’s it. After all, why work for losing weight when you can drink the yellow nectar and the pounds come off anyway?

I understand the mentality but it’s right about now when I smack myself in the forehead and pull out big brown fistfulls of my own hair (with a wink and a smile, of course). You know my whole theory on the scale and why I think going after “weight” over fat is for the birds. Now it’s time for me to introduce the whole doomed to fail “diet” thing to Jack Johnson and Tom O’Leary.

Your “Diet” Sucks

I don’t like the word diet. It’s always loaded with the baggage of “deprivation”. Any “diet” can help you lose “weight” with a calorie reduction but what’s that really mean? Where does it get you? A happy number on the scale and subsequent weight gain that’ll bounce back faster than it took you to lose it? In the mean time, your body is depleted of nutrients and you’re simply becoming “skinny fat“. Try walking up a flight of stairs or summoning the energy to go through a full day without wanting to nap like you’re 85 and get back to me on how you feel after that one.

My buddy and I always joke about how you can pretty much lose weight by eating anything as long as you’re at a calorie deficit. Sure you’ll feel and look like warmed over crap but we’ve come up with a bunch of mock-diets guaranteed to work– diets that’d be sure to buy us a life of leisure on matching islands in the tropics if we were ever able to get them on QVC:

  • There’s the totally insensitive, politically incorrect, “did we really just say that?”  “Earthquake Diet”: Bury yourself in rubble for a week and wait to be rescued. Wala. “I lost 10 pounds in 7 days by just sitting in a dark hole and drinking my own sweat from a puddle of muddy water!”
  • Or the Twinkie diet: “I ate 4 Twinkies a day and lost 12 pounds in 30 days!”
  • Or our dear friend’s “Mountain Dew Diet”: “I’ve lost 7 pounds on the Mountain Dew diet. Tip back 180 calories 3 times a day and go graze in the veggie garden and there ya go.”

Look,  you can lose weight at a calorie deficit. It doesn’t matter what you eat. But that’s not what WE’RE after. We’re after real, life-changing, lasting results. And doing “work” (challenging yourself with a work out), combined with a calorie strong, nutrient rich way of eating is what’s going to get you there. Muscles are meant to be USED and reward you with looking toned, feeling strong and gobbling calories when you do. You can “lose weight” with coming up short on calories all day long… but so do famine victims and people with tape worm.

Get To Work and Embrace The Challenge

Diet fads come and go but there’s a reason they gain popularity for a time: No one wants to work. We want the easiest way to lose weight and keep it of without any “difficulty” or focused effort and we want it NOW. That’s why 1/3 of Americans are obese and 30 is the new 50 as far as health issues like diabetes and blood pressure go.

Putting good, conscious eating together with focused activity (aka- exercise and working out) is what’s going to spank your diet in the flabby bum-chops and make a better feeling, more sustainable you. You’ve got to decide it’s what you want. You have to commit to doing it. And when combined… you’ll succeed. Don’t fall into the same lazy trap as every other person out there who chooses ease over making a better way of life for themselves.

Everyone’s capable of greatness and success– and I know you’re one of them.

Plug in to support, motivation and know-how here at HDIGF. Kick the easy “diet” mentality and let’s get to real, lasting work


3 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. Jim says:

    It’s sad, but you could actually market those diets and somebody would believe and try them. People are so desperate to lose weight that common sense goes away and they’ll believe anything. If people would listen to experts like yourself and use common sense, they could all get results as you did and as you teach. I remember a diet back in the 80’s where you ate two boiled eggs, two bananas and two hot dog weenies every day. That was an actual fad diet that went around.

  2. Karen says:

    It’s easy to do the right thing for your health, but also easy not to…

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