I struggled with weight loss all of my life. When I was teenager, I was 30 pounds heavier than I am now. I know what it’s like to wake up in the morning and feel ashamed that I couldn’t fit into my clothes. I wore baggy tops so no one could see that I squeezed myself into my jeans. In total, I’ve gained and lost over 100 pounds in my life. 10 pounds here, 20 pounds there… It’s been a real roller-coaster ride. Finally, I have it figured out!
Like many of you, I wanted to discover the combination to not only losing weight but feeling great, once and for all. Here’s the secret: It’s that you don’t even try. Now, I have to say that with a disclaimer. There are certain things that you have to do. It has to be a lifestyle change. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, without even trying, you have to change what you eat and what you do.
I’ve been teaching group fitness classes since 1980. I’ve been around the block, so to speak, in the fitness industry, teaching everything from Step to Spinning to Zumba and more. Daily exercise is key. Find the thing that makes your heart sing and you’ll do it more often. Walk, run, swim, dance, it doesn’t matter. Mix it up and move every day for at least 15 minutes, preferably 30 or even 60. Make sure you get an even dose of cardio, toning and stretching. Please. You have to make fitness the number one priority in your life.
Next, you’re not going to lose weight and keep it off if you continue to eat bad food. So, just say no to fast food, chemicals and preservatives in your food. Lean towards a plant-based diet. The closer you get to the hoof, the ground, or the tree, the better. The more you process foods and cook it at a higher temperature, the more nutrients you lose.
Do whatever you can to find the things that make your heart sing and fill your day with those experiences as much as you can. If you want to get in shape, lose weight and feel great without dieting, start with the basics like good old fashioned exercise and a healthy diet. This just might help you lose weight without even trying.
For more information about Shemane’s diet and exercise regimen, download a copy of her latest book, “4 Minutes a Day, Rock ’n Roll Your Way to Happy” on Amazon.com.