Stop counting caloriesCourtesy David Isaacsen, MamaSezz.com
David Isaacsen went from 240 pounds to 185, but getting those last few pounds off meant he needed to let go of his focus on calories and shift it to the type of meals and snacks he was eating. Even though he calls himself a “good ole’ boy” who loved meat and thought vegans were “weaklings,” he gave a plant-based diet a try to see if it would help him knock those final pounds. As he learned, plants can still provide healthy protein sources.
“I didn’t really exercise or count calories, carbs, or proteins. I just ate whole food, plant-based meals: which means nothing processed, no dairy or meat. The weight melted off me, within a week I was able to lose 10 pounds,” he shared. Now, he maintains the diet and is proud that he can do 100 push-ups daily, hold a plank pose—plus get great scores on his blood tests. His next challenge? Running a Tough Mudder race in August, and turning 50 in November.
More cardio, switch to PaleoCourtesy Seamair Briste Photography, Courtesy Alex Cox Photography
Cardio is key when it comes to shedding pounds. But when actor and director Eric Schumacher needed to lose 10 pounds for a role he wanted to audition for, he was worried: Schumacher didn’t just need to drop the weight ASAP, but he had to keep it off for filming if he got the gig—playing the role of Doc Holliday in the feature film, Tombstone Rashomon. Because the character was ill and suffered from tuberculosis, Schumacher needed to look the part.
“After panicking for about two days, I finally called my two fittest friends, and they both recommended specific cardio-heavy workouts focusing on the core. One also suggested that I immediately start on the Paleo diet, and reduce calories little by little as needed. That was the one habit that made the most difference,” he shared. Schumacher got down to a trim 135 and landed the role. Here are 13 things experts won’t tell you about weight loss.