Think of the most attractive star you can. Do you think they are obsessing over every calorie they consume? Probably not. They have most likely hired a highfalutin dietician from the start who is planning each meal for them based on information Michael Pollan is offering you for free: "eat food, not too much, mostly plants."
I have heard every excuse in the book regarding why people either don't workout or miss their scheduled workouts. Fine. But what I want to discuss is what it really takes to get results.
There is a level of discomfort you must endure to get results. This is not an argument for "no pain, no gain," but for real results, you are going to need to push yourself far past your level of comfort
Hearing a statement like "reducing caloric consumption is the key to losing weight" or "you can't out-exercise a poor diet" may leave you wondering why in the world you would ever waste your time, not to mention money, at the gym. Well, despite the fact that both of the above statements are true, exercise is anything but a waste of time...
There is no quick trick, seed or root, or perfect exercise routine that you just haven't heard about yet that will give you immediate results to lose weight and get in shape. Like anything else in life, good things come to those who wait. However, in this case good things come to those who work hard, have patience, and don't beat themselves up for minor bumps in the road.
I read an "article" recently regarding the effects of caloric density on weight. Just to backtrack for those of you who would like a quick refresher on what exactly caloric density means: it is how many calories a given volume of food contains. For instance, if you look at a label for a candy bar, and then at the label for a protein bar, they may display the same number of total calories. This is the caloric density of each bar.
Once upon a time, long, long ago I took a class in behavioral psychology, or maybe it was human sexuality, where I learned that we either consciously repeat or do not repeat behaviors based on the memories we form during the behaviors. If we touch something hot, we get burned. That sensation creates a negative memory, and we are unlikely to purposely repeat the behavior. But, when we remember an experience as positive, it is highly likely that we will try to reenact the experience to recreate the same pleasurable response. Sometimes these good feelings get taken too far.