I thought I knew it all. I would go to the gym, run on the treadmill, smack out a few sets of bench press, barbell curls, and pull-downs, and then reward myself with a hefty post-workout junk-fest. After all, you’re supposed to feast like a king after battle, aren’t you? I was well on my way to losing weight and getting ripped. Or so I thought. My body composition was not changing in the slightest.
My perfect plan was actually mimicking the behavior of those who go to the gym day after day and never see any results. I had become the stereotypical, hopeless gym rat forever failing to reach his goals. I needed to change, and fast.
So what did I do? I started reading, a lot. Reading helped me discover that weight loss is actually only 20% exercise, and 80% nutrition. Reading also gave me tips on how to control my hunger, and taught me that fat was healthy, and so were carbs. You can’t believe everything you read or hear, so I first tested out the suggestions, and as my knowledge grew, my waistline shrunk. My terrible food choices really were the culprits behind my failed weight loss attempts, not my lack of exercise.
It has been almost a year since my epiphany. At the beginning I was 206lbs with 19% body fat. Today I sport 175lbs with only 12% body fat. It is truly amazing what a little bit of knowledge, hard work, and dedication can get you. I struggled for years trying to attain half of what I’ve accomplished, and if I can do it so can you.