Two fresh grads start working on Wall Street. They are very much the same. They are busy, hard-working and competitive. Like 1000s of others living a busy, corporate lifestyle, they are also both soon 10 pounds overweight.
But that’s where the similarities end. Six months later one of the grads (now promoted) is back to the flat stomach he enjoyed throughout high-school.
The other? He’s added an extra 5 pounds to the growing tire around his stomach, and he’s feeling dragged down, worn out and what can only be described as lifeless by the end of each work day…
What made the difference?
First: this is a true story. I was that graduate working on Wall Street and trudging through life “soft” and desperately unhappy. Everything changed when I met Nick, a guy obsessed with nutrition and fitness. The changes Nick helped me easily achieve were so wild, I’d like to share 3 of his easiest tips with you.
But don’t read on if you want trendy or complex tips. I didn’t have room for those in my life. I still don’t. The next fad won’t help you or me.
In fact, the tips you’re going to read will seem too good to be true. Too simple to be effective. At least, that’s what I thought when Nick first started coaching me. But here’s the thing: they actually helped me lose fat, get my energy back and start feeling alive again. Let me repeat: this is a true story. This is my story.
No matter how stressed you are… no matter how overweight you are… and even if you’re just starting to get a gut or a muffin top… even if you’re just beginning to feel your thighs rub together when you walk… these three tips alone can give you back the body and energy you once knew…
Tip #1: Eat Beef, Avocado & Eggs To Get A Six Pack
If you’re anything like I used to be, you avoid high-fat foods. I don’t blame you. Seems like fat = fat, right?
Wrong. Fat in your food only sometimes results in fat on your body. (I’ll explain that in a sec.)
The food industry has been pushing ‘low-fat’ for several decades. But here’s the rub: low-fat food not only deprives you of the critical nutrients found in high-quality fats, but it often replaces them with a zero-nutrient food. What food is that? Sugar! Our low-fat foods are too often packed to bursting with the last thing your body needs more of: sugar.
No wonder Americans (and Canadians and Brits) keep getting fatter and fatter! Contrary to popular belief, fat isn’t what makes you fat.
The truth is, you need fat to feel good. The right fat is a clean, nutritious energy source for your body that helps rebuild cells and balances your hormones (like testosterone, which is linked to building muscle, burning more fat and increased performance in the bedroom).
Sure, sugar also gives you energy, but – unlike good fats – sugar has countless negative consequences and gives energy in stunningly short bursts, followed by crashes. And this should interest you if nothing else does: our bodies do not produce essential fats. Our bodies rely on food to get that good energy-giving, health-boosting fats.
As it turns out, the large majority of people are now highly deficient in essential fatty acids, which are also needed to absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as A, E, D, and K. If you’ve been feeling run down or tired. Or, have had trouble moving some ‘stubborn’ love handles… you might like to reevaluate how much fat you’re consuming.
- Grass-fed meats
- Grass-fed butter
- Coconut oil
- Extra virgin olive oil
Your body likes and needs those fats…
So you should have them in your diet. Yes, that actually means that you can dine on fish with butter… and you could add a huge scoop of creamy, rich avocado to a turkey sandwich… and your body would thank you, not punish you, for it.
Now on to the next tip…
Tip #2: The ‘Hidden’ Fattening Ingredient In Your Meals
Sugar is bad. It just is. It’s not evil – you don’t have to completely eliminate it – but it’s bad enough that you should cut way back on it. Let me explain. Sugar has a lot of calories, but zero essential nutrients. When you consume sugar, you’re replacing nutrients that would make you feel energized and happy with nutrients that are likely to kill you (not instantly! but over time)…
Sugar is also addictive. Eating sugary foods releases dopamine, the “happy hormone.” Sounds good, right? But check this out: the constant release of dopamine will make you dopamine-resistant. The more sugar you eat, the harder it becomes to feel the positive, happy effects that you get from dopamine. Thus, you keep eating more. You keep chasing the high. But you need more and more sugar to get happy again.
Worse: you have a hard time getting happy without sugar. Overall, sugar is very damaging to hormone function. And your hormones need to be in check for an endless number of reasons but for two really pressing ones: hormones directly impact your mood and your weight. Sugar is keeping people fat, unhappy and sick all over the country – all over the world.
Here’s the kicker: even if you actively avoid sugar, you’re probably consuming a bunch of it every day anyhow. Just because you aren’t putting massive amounts in your coffee or eating handfuls of jelly beans doesn’t mean you are safe.
Sugar is “hiding” in almost every processed food you eat or drink you drink – and America is feasting on literal tons of processed food each year. If it comes in a box, a jar, a bottle or a can, check the label for sugar. You already know soda is a major culprit. And, when you think about it, it seems obvious that the sugary-tasting processed foods, like ketchup, are bad for you, too.
- Fruit juice
- Sports drinks
- Yogurt parfaits
- Reduced-fat foods
- Salad dressing
- BBQ sauces
- Granola bars
- Packaged/canned fruits
- Canned soup
That means that if you go on a hike as part of a healthy lifestyle and you bring a sports drink and some granola bars along, you’re basically undoing all the good that the hike would have done. And, to make matters worse, you’re only increasing your body’s dependency on sugar.
Once you eliminate sugar and processed foods, you will immediately feel different. First, your brain will resist; it’s addicted to sugar, and it wants more. But if you sit through that – which you can easily do (think of everything you’ve overcome in your life already!) – you will have more energy, better focus and burn fat more efficiently.
I’m gonna tell you how to get through the harder parts of change really easily in just a moment – but first, let’s hit the last tip:
Tip #3: Eat more!
Are you eating enough to lose weight? How many times this week have you slept through breakfast, worked through lunch, or arrived home so drained that you flopped down on the couch and ordered dinner from your phone?
If you’re like I used to be, the honest answer to that is probably, “A couple.”
While skipping a meal here and there – sometimes referred to as “intermittent fasting” – can be beneficial for weight loss and toning, harnessing those benefits requires careful planning. Without planning, you might end up run-down and depressed because you’re missing out on key nutrients.
Furthermore, if you combine the low blood sugar that follows a skipped meal with the mental and physical demands of work, chasing your kids around, and your other daily obligations, it’s no wonder you’re exhausted mid-way through the day.
The clock strikes 3:00, and your whole office heads to the coffee machine and grabs a snack. Because you’re all suffering from the same problems: you’re hooked on sugar, and your body and mind are weaker because of it.
(Bonus tip: take a look at the people refilling their mugs at 3 o’clock. Do they look healthy? Don’t be judgmental, but be honest. Are you all harming your bodies with the same bad habits that are plaguing America?)
Part of maintaining a healthy weight is eating the right meals regularly. You may know that, but are you doing it? When you eat the right meals before your body gets hungry, you’ll have enough energy to get through the hours in the day without experiencing that slump.
And you’ll be less likely to binge and over-consume at your next meal, which brings us to:
The Easiest Way To Lose Ten Pounds
The tips you just read are some of the life-changers that Nick taught me.
Those tips – plus a dozen more – are the foundation of living a healthy life. They’re what you need to enjoy the slim and energetic body that will help you take on your 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s with happiness (not grouchiness), with gusto (not lethargy) and with the lean (not lumpy) body you always told yourself you’d keep.
Because put simply, you do not want to be overweight. You do not want to try to get healthy 5 years from now when your body is in even worse shape, your brain is even more addicted.
Now, knowledge alone won’t help you lose belly fat. Or bum jiggles. Or the wiggle under your chin, on your arms, in your legs.
You’ve gotta do something with what you know. You have to make the choice. You have to choose health, wellness and energy now.
But how? How, when your life is so busy?
Sitting at a desk, sitting in your car, grabbing high-sugar foods on the go – those get in the way of making lasting changes in your life. And the sugar in your system is already slowing your energy down. Even the word “change” may sound scary, with everything you’ve got on the go and your brain’s addiction to sugar…
If you’re like I was, you don’t have the time or energy to meet with a nutritionist or to go through a thousand “healthy” recipes in search of some tasty ones or to meal plan every single week (it’s easy for the first 2 weeks).
or even to take the hour to prep and cook that most healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners require. Your life would be turned upside down if you had to squeeze in all those changes. If what you just read rings true for you, it’s time you tried Factor, which is the healthy meal delivery service I started with Nick. Factor is loved by America’s busiest health-focused people.
Physicians, lawyers, tech moguls, entrepreneurs, personal trainers, athletes and more eat clean, eat well and eat to fuel their bodies and minds with Factor.
- Muscle-building and fat-burning High-Quality Fats
- No Toxic Sugars (the kind that keep you depressed, run down, fat)
- No Gluten
- No Antibiotics
- Plenty of Protein – so you feel fuller longer
Not only are the ingredients exactly what your body needs and wants – but every single Factor meal is prepared by a professional chef.
Our chefs and nutritionists work together to turn much-loved recipes into cleaner, healthful dishes. You will feel full the way you’re supposed to, not stuffed. And your mind will be improved by nutrients, not jacked up on sugar. Factor meals will arrive in temperature-controlled boxes at your doorstep or your office. Pop them in the fridge. Heat and eat when you’re ready…
Because we use the same vacuum-packing and chemical-free food preservation system used by freight carriers and grocery stores, our prepared meals are 100% fresh-tasting the way a grocery store tomato that was picked two weeks earlier stays fresh-tasting.
We’ve made it easier for tens of thousands of Americans to make the change to a healthy diet. Keep working, keep commuting, keep staying active when you can. And, simply cut out all the fuss that comes with eating right. Let us take care of that, and you’ll:
- Turn 2 hours a week at the grocery store into one quick shop for staples
- Replace meal planning and recipe clipping with 5 mins a week to choose your meals online
- Stop wasting $8 each morning and $12 each lunch on impromptu sugar-filled meals
- Fill your fridge with delicious, prepared meals that are good for your mind, body and soul
- Factor is the easiest, shortest path to losing 10 lbs.
It’s not gimmicky. It’s not a trend. It’s eating the way you’d eat if your schedule wasn’t chaotic and if advertisers weren’t forcing sugary, cheap meals filled with who-knows-what at you night and day. Everything about Factor worked for me. I look better, feel better and perform better than I did before eating what we call “Performance Food”.
Today, I order 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners a week from Factor. That’s 12 meals out of the (roughly) 21 I will end up eating throughout the week. Meaning Factor is a supplement, not a full-scale solution. I use Factor for the meals I don’t already have plans for. These are the meals I used to fail to plan ahead for and end up eating take-out or worse yet, not eating at all.
My life is now more organized than ever and I have more time during the week to do the things I love and enjoy – like working out – because I’m not strapped to the kitchen. You should see how Factor can help you lose fat and easily transition from where you are to the healthy, energetic life you want. Find out how by clicking the link below.