Losing weight really is.
You have to jog for hours.
But you don’t want to do that.
Maybe you hate jogging, maybe you don’t have time, or maybe you just can’t.
But you know what. That’s OK.
Because I lost 10 pounds in a couple of months without jogging.
And you can do it too.
It hurt a lot.
I couldn’t get up because the right side of my back hurt like hell.
It was torture to breathe. Because every breath shot intense pain through my back.
I was rushed to the hospital and put on a respirator. The doctor said I had severe pneumonia that had collapsed my right lung.
The pneumonia was so bad that fluid had collected in my lung and had to be removed.
Doctors use a chest drain to do this. It’s a tube with a big needle on one end and a bag on the other.
The doctor pushed the needle through my chest, through my ribs, till it reached the lung.
Now, that needle is supposed to drip anesthesia. But that was the worst pain I’ve experienced in my life.
It felt like a hot skewer was pushed through my ribs.
The thing with chest drains is you don’t know when they have drained all the fluid. So I had to stay at the hospital for a while.
A few days later, the doctor told me he had some bad news.
The chest drain wasn’t working.
A part of my lung was infected and I needed surgery.
The surgery is not that bad because the anesthetic knocks you out. It’s the recovery that is slow, painful, and stresses you out.
I was somewhat lucky with my illness.
Some illnesses restrict the food you can eat. With mine, I was required to eat lots of food.
For two months, all I did was eat all kinds of delicious food and rest at home.
The result: I gained 20 pounds of body fat.
After two months of rest, life was getting back to normal.
I wanted to lose weight, I wanted to lift weights, and I wanted to get my health back.
Jogging is a great exercise that can help you lose weight.
As Steven Aitchison mentions, jogging helps clear your mind, strengthens your bones and muscles, and has infinite long term health benefits that include losing weight.
But I couldn’t do an intense exercise like jogging in my condition.
I knew there was one thing that could help. It had helped me before and it could help me now.
It wouldn’t tax my body and I would enjoy doing it.
It was something everyone does.
So I walked every day. And I lost weight.
If you are looking to lose weight too, then start walking.
I’ll be honest with you.
The only way to lose weight is a calorie deficit.
You have to eat fewer calories than your body needs. So it gets the remaining calories from body fat.
When I was walking for an hour every day, my diet sucked. But I was in a calorie deficit and lost 10 pounds in a couple of months.
The more you walk, the more weight you’ll lose. As long as you’re not eating like crap.
You need to walk at a brisk pace so your heart rate is elevated. But still be able to hold a conversation without gasping for air.
How much weight you lose will depend on how much fat you have. But for most people losing 1–2 pounds every week should be possible.
According to The Mind Unleashed, Walking not only burns calories but also curbs sweet cravings so you are less likely to eat high-calorie “treats” after a walk.
If you have not lost weight after a couple of weeks, your diet sucks. You need to count calories and make sure you are in a calorie deficit.
So keep walking. And you will lose weight.
Walk as much as you can.
Walk to the office. Walk to the grocery store. Walk to the gym.
Walk for at least an hour every day.
One hour of walking burns around 300 calories.
That might not seem much but when you’re trying to lose weight it does help a lot.
Losing weight is a journey.
But don’t give up.
You can do this.
Just keep walking.