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Instinctively, we all know how to lose weight and keep it off for the most part. Most of us just live in denial of the truth. I can relate because I was doing everything wrong when it came to eating healthy once upon a time.

I thought exercise was all I needed, and for some people, especially the more youthful among us, that sometimes will get you by. At least you'll appear fit, but to be truly healthy and fit and lose weight, we need to look at the big picture. That is, we need to focus on our health first and then the weight will take care of itself. That means watching what kinds of things we put into our body.

The following approach works for men and women almost every time it's tried. It's a common sense approach, if you will.

1. Eat healthy

That sounds a little vague, so to be more specific:

If it's man-made leave it alone. Eat food that comes in its most natural state. The less processing the better. Eat fruits, mostly vegetables, and lean meats. I have a whole section on the kinds of foods you should eat in my book, to the right. I bet though you already have a pretty good grasp on what is real food, and what is not, but my book goes into more detail about things you need to know like organic vs. conventional and lots more.

 Common Sense Biblical Approach to Health and Fitness: A Christian Perspective on Health and Fitness

To lose weight, you have to get serious about it.

2. Do not eat junk food.

 If you really want to lose weight and keep it off, you've got to stop eating junk food. No more processed sugary snacks. No cookies, no doughnuts, no cakes. None of that. See, most of us are addicted to sugar, and, while it may be ok to have a snack every once in a while, and I have to admit I do occasionally, the fact is, most of us have a bad attitude toward junk food. We treat it like it's no big deal. Like it's not a serious health risk. Do alcoholics take alcohol for granted like it's no big deal. Try quitting smoking by just having one every once in a while. If you have a problem with junk food, you may have to have zero tolerance policy for all unnatural processed sugary junk.

3. Replace bad food with good food.

It's not the end of the world if you have to give up junk food to lose weight. It just takes a little bit to get used to eating healthy. Eventually, you will not really miss junk food. Think of it as trading bad for good. Instead of a soft drink, have a glass of water or tea. Water can be made more tasty by adding a bit of lemon or lime juice. Trade potato chips for kale chips baked in the oven. Make eating healthy fun.

4. Learn to cook.

You've got to learn to cook if you really want to lose weight and be healthier. That's part of the process in replacing bad food with good. You have to learn creative ways to make healthy food fun for you so you won't be craving junk food all the time. After a while, once your body purifies itself, going to a fast food restaurant for greasy food will make your stomach feel a little queasy. You'll wonder why you ever subjected your body to such poisonous garbage.

5. Exercise and be active.

The next one on the list is exercise. Don't get me wrong, exercise is very important to a losing weight and being healthy in general, but the battle of the bulge for most of us is won or lost by what we put into our mouths. That's why food concerns come before exercise.

A good simplified strategy for getting into shape is to work on building muscle, which increases your metabolism making the food you eat get burned up for fuel faster. Next, you want to work on your cardiovascular system for heart health and to burn calories at least during the time period in which you are working out. That's why I say make muscle building a high priority because muscles burn calories all the time while cardio only burns calories while you are in the process of doing it.

Remember doing anything burns calories. Mowing the yard, taking a walk, planting a garden. All activity that gets you on your feet and moving is much healthier than sitting and will help you on your way to losing your gut, but also keep in mind that to really kick your weight loss into overdrive you need to have a structured exercise program that allows you to build on your strength and cardiovascular ability every week.

5. Sleep

Sleep is necessary to being healthy and therefore it's essential to losing weight. People that don't get a full night's sleep eat more during the day than those that do.

6.Avoid stress

Stress is bad for your health and is therefore bad for your waist line. Stress creates cortisol in your body which makes you fat.

See, weight loss isn't just about looking good. It's about being healthy and living longer. Do you want to lose weight? Then do healthy things. Put being healthy first and the fat will start to come off. Worst case scenario, you wind up being a fat healthy person. You have nothing to lose except unwanted fat. So try it and stick with it. Like I said, I think we all know intuitively that junk food will shorten our lives and make us fat. It's like we all know we can't make money without work. We can't have nice lawn without mowing it and taking care of the weeds. You can't have a clean house unless you clean it. So why eat poison on purpose thinking you'll skate by?

Don't let food be a god in your life. There's only one God and if we eat the foods He created we'll have a much greater chance at living longer healthier lives than if we let junk food rule us. Remember my motto.  Eat to live. Don't live to eat.

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