- You cannot out train a bad diet. All the exercise in the world will not give you the body you say you want if you don't get the food component right.
- You need to understand your own base metabolic requirements (there are proper ways to determine your individual requirements - and these need to be recalculated as you lose weight) - you know that plateau, yes it doesn't happen if you recalculate your energy requirements.
- Adult males on average need just 2,500 calories / day, Women the average is 2,000. Children that daily average is just 1,800, and some foods can provide all of those calories in one very huge sitting if you think about portion control - and to be fair most of us have no idea what a true portion size of most foods are.
- No food is taboo - but when you understand the hidden calories, the concentration of salts, fats and sugars in most of the processed foods and just how many actual calories there are you will automatically steer away from those in the higher brackets towards foods that are in the healthier ranges.
- I would recommend that everyone takes a basic nutritional course - to understand the science behind it all, it was actually fascinating and a long time since my human biology classes - and I'm sure we didn't focus on nutrition.
There are many nutritional courses and many sound diet principles available, but to lose weight and keep it off you need to be ready to change.