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Luke DePron shares his expertise on coaching busy, non-stop entrepreneurs how to lose weight and maintain balance. Learn how he discovered entrepreneurs treat fitness like a launch of a product, instead of a business plan, and how he coaches his clients to have a mindset change.
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How To Finally Make The Decision To Lose Weight | Luke DePron
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I appreciate the opportunity to come on and share some info.
You guys have got to check out Luke’s hair because it’s impressive.
I get compliments all the time like, “This guy has got great hair,” and all these things, but I’m seeing yours and I’m like, “Oh my God.”
I’ve always had a shaved head until I was 25 years old. From the time I was 16 to 25, I buzzed my head and finally grew hair and thought, “I better do something with this.”
That’s funny. I finally decided to grow my hair.
Everybody is going the other way.
Was that part of performance coaching yourself?
Yeah. I decided, “You’ve got decent hair, you should use it instead of shaving it all off.”
I know you performance coach a lot of other people. I got off an episode and we were talking about the struggles that you have within yourself. Performance coaching yourself is probably the key.
The majority of work that I do is within weight loss. That’s the majority of what people start with and it expands from there. I personally haven’t had a massive weight loss struggle, but all the tools as far as the daily habits and the things that we have to do to increase our health and wellness are all the same across the board. I truly have to practice what I preach and what I do.
I’ve never personally been on any structured program from a coach. I hired someone like yourself, a health coach. I have a weight loss story of 80 pounds that I dropped years ago.
Good for you. Well done.
Thank you. That was the stupid way that I did it. It was a huge deficit and that’s it. It probably killed my gallbladder in the process, which almost killed me. I told that story enough. The stuff that I’m on right now, the way that I’ve maintained where I’m at, all the tools are identical to maintaining and sculpting your body the way that you want to. I’m relating that to what you’re saying right now, you haven’t had a huge weight loss story.
I’ve never had a six-pack. I’ve never cared about it. The new performance coach that I brought on board was like, “We’re going to get you to one in four months.” I’m like, “That’s it?” He’s like, “You’ve already got the basics in place and you’ve been in this mode for so long. You have the rhythms and good habits. There’s nothing to break. I just need to give you the knowledge now that you need in order to take it to the next level.”
It’s about pulling the right levers. Congratulations on losing 80 pounds. You want to talk transformational. You mentioned you didn’t maybe do it the smartest way, but the fact is you’ve kept it off. That’s the important piece and the long-term sustainability of that, but that’s the work. To do that piece, now you’re into the tinkering phase, where you get to pull some strategic levers and you’re probably doing it mentally from an incredibly different mindset. I have worked with people who are 80 pounds overweight. If you can reflect back to that Rick and stepping into those changes, it was probably from a mentally different place where now, it’s from a place of challenge and performance. There, it probably wasn’t. Two different coins there, for sure.
I always look back, and even though I didn’t necessarily do it the right way, it’s that I didn’t do it the right way. I still achieved the outcome that I was looking for but not in a healthy way. When I look back, I still don’t have any regrets as far as putting in the work, but I always look back and be like, “I’m glad I already did the work because it’s a lot of effort.” It was a year and a half process put into that.
I want to hear your take on this too. I gave myself little things along the way. I remember when I started. For 30 days, it’s like, “I’m going to go so strict and meet my calorie count every day.” I was tracking everything. I’ve heard people say, “Don’t track your calories,” or anything like that but you have to. You have to know what you’re putting in your mouth from what I understand anyway.
As a coach, there is a little psychology involved and figuring out what’s going to work for an individual. If I was in your shoes, and you brought something strict, anything with math like counting calories which was a struggle, I’m not a numbers guy personally but a lot of the entrepreneurial guys I work with, they’re highly analytical. Lean into that, if that’s you.
The fact that you were able to ride that line and go super strict, but then the key piece is extended into a lifestyle is impressive. This is honestly one of the biggest mistakes I see people make, particularly in the entrepreneurial crowd of business owners, is they go super hard and they’re going to do 30 days. How many different 30 days can someone do? They’re always starting and stopping. You transcend into something else. Kudos to you.
Part of this is knowing your personality, “I’m going to buckle down. I can buckle down. That’s how I work best,” and leaning into that, if that’s you. If you’re analytic, track the hell out of it. You want to get a digital scale and weigh it. Weigh your food. If that’s you, then do it, but you better have the tools and the skills to navigate life if that’s not available to you because the reality is, for most people, that’s not long-term. A business dinner is going to come up, a business trip, and you’re not going to stop.
I appreciate that perspective. My first 30 days weren’t like, “I’m going to try it for 30 days and stop and see where I go.” I want to keep the 30 days super strict because when I get to the end of the 30 days, I’m going to Fogo de Chão, which I did, I’m going to eat all the meats and potatoes that I want on that 31st day. It was a little reward for myself. I did go there. I didn’t vomit either. That was good but what I noticed is throughout the process, I started craving these other things less because I was a big sweets eater.
It wasn’t eating for depression, stress eating or anything like that. It was a pattern that I fell into and I saw my body that way. Even now, there’s maintenance that you’re talking about for me. I know that if I consistently workout, which I do 3 to 4 times a week, that’s it. It’s not horrible. You don’t have to work out every day like Dwayne Johnson. It’s got to be consistent.
Unless you want to look like The Rock, but most people don’t.
Some people want a six-pack. You train and coach mostly entrepreneurs. They probably go hard like, “Bring me all the way.”
Honestly, that’s part of the piece I have to almost walk guys back from because this is what I equate it to. This goes beyond the entrepreneurs and business owners but this is the analogy. Many people will step into their health and fitness practice and nutrition practice, and they treat it as a marketing launch. The reality is this is your business plan for life. There’s a big difference. There are many people like you that would take that intense 30 days and they fall right off. Three months down the road, they’re back on it again.
The reality is if you took those same 30 workouts, and you stretch them over the period of 2 to 3 months, you’re working out three times a week. Now, you’ve done it for three months and you have some long-term sustainability. You have some flexibility for when life happens. I was reading to your show and if I understand correctly, you have an IPO coming up. Life is probably going to get a little busy and hectic.
If you’re in the midst of a fitness challenge where you’re treating it like a marketing launch, that may not be possible during an IPO. If you have the strategy of the business plan, these 3 to 4 workouts, and nutritional principles that are foundational, and I hate to sound like a California hippie, but ways of being, it’s going to carry you through all of the stress and the challenges that you’re going to come across. Whether your kid gets sick, somebody is in the hospital or the IPO’s happening, it shouldn’t change a lot of what you do if what you do is sustainable.
One of the things for me is I wanted to go to the gym like most people do as. I started figuring out that that was a barrier for me. First, I made some other mistakes. I appreciate you taking this flow of the show too because I’m giving you my mistakes and you’re being like, “This is what I do with my clients and this is the right way. Rick, you sucked.”
You nailed it. You’ve got it. You’re on your path and you’ve had the success. Keep doing what you’re doing.
The exercise was another mistake that I made at the beginning too because I was going every single day. I’m like, “I’m going to drop this as fast as I can.” When I did that, especially being 80 pounds above, I started feeling some body problems. The first was the Couch to 5K. My knees were hurting like a mother. I’m like, “I can’t do this because I’m carrying this extra weight.” Then it became, “I’m going to ride a bike. I’m going to lift and do all these things seven days a week.” Then it became inflamed cartilage between my ribs, which inflamed my lungs for pleurisy, the lining between my ribs and my lungs.
I had to go to the hospital because I felt like I was having a freaking heart attack because of the pressure from the nerves and everything. They’re like, “You’re okay.” Here I was, only 33 years old when I was doing this. I was like, “What’s wrong with me?” When I go there, they’re like, “You’re inflamed. You probably should take it a little bit easier.” They gave me a shot of Toradol and took down the inflammation. I’m like, “Thank God. I feel great now.” From that point on, what I did was nutrition. I didn’t do any exercise to drop them, but then I’m like, “I don’t know how to do this. I understand simple math. That’s the route that I’m going to go.”
This is the smarter not harder with the entrepreneurs. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve worked with where when we start out, I’ll say, “Realistically, with your schedule, unique to you, and what’s going on in your life, how many days can you dedicate to exercise?” I can’t tell you how many people have been like, “Seven.” I’m like, “That’s great. Tell me, the last time you tried to work out seven days a week, how did that work out for you?”
All these people fell off of that plan because it wasn’t sustainable, and to your point, there might be some counter-productivity at that point. There is something we call smarter, not harder. It’s something I do have to maybe at times, pull people back from because if you’re an entrepreneur or a business owner, you have a high chance to have that ability to go and grind, which is an amazing asset. There are probably different times to leverage it but to the point of, the situation you’re in where it’s now detrimental versus, “We’re stepping into positive outcomes.”
When you get to this point to even encourage it, it’s like, “This is why I’m glad that I did put in the work years ago too because I don’t ever have to go back to that work. I will never go to that place in my life again, even putting on some weight.” If I do that, which I’ve discovered, if I eat too much sugar, and I also combine that with not working out for a week, then I’ll gain a couple of pounds.
In the next week, if I’m right back into my rhythms without eating sugar, every single day I’m talking sweets, and I’m back to my consistent 3 to 4 workouts, everything else falls in line. It’s crazy because I can enjoy the burger and pizza when I want to because healthy habits are built around that to enjoy those things in moderation.
I made a joke on Instagram that I need to start putting up only pictures or stories of all the BS that I eat. The majority of what I put up is healthy and trying to prove that you can have healthy meals that taste amazing. It’s bringing that awareness that great good food can taste great. What I probably should showcase is once you get to a place and you’ve done the work and again, the weights come down, because that will be its own separate level of intention and intensity that is a little bit more than what can be maintained, you can fit in most things sometimes. The problem is most people eat moderately bad all day long instead of occasionally.
One thing to bring up in this vein of conversation that I encourage everybody to go do a google on, and this is something I have all clients read. It’s called The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food. It’s a New York Times excerpt. It takes eight minutes to read but it will highlight why it is that you over-consume those sugary foods, crackers or basically most processed foods. There’s nothing inherently bad about these foods, it’s understanding that the reason you ate the entire bag of Doritos, it’s not necessarily a lack of willpower. There’s some physiology that’s being tugged on.
Once you have that understanding, it’s much easier to maybe indulge and get right back to your habits. Whereas maybe Rick, when he was 80 pounds heavier, maybe he would be the guy that would eat the bag of Doritos and afterward feels mentally crap from that and a cascade of events would have happened. That’s an eye-opening article that I suggest for you to read.
I’m going to go out and read it myself. I’m intrigued by the psychology of those things because you’re right, because back then what I would do, and now that I look at the amount of calories, it’s one of the biggest things that hindered me as I would have sweets all the time. I would also eat like crap. My sweets were three Costco-sized chocolate chip cookies and a full glass of milk right before I went to bed every night.
What are you? Santa Claus? Christmas every day.
Since I’ve done the work and I also work out in order to even maintain the weight that I’m at, it’s 3,000 calories a day. Back then, I was eating 3,000 calories a day. It’s mind-blowing because I’m eating the same amount of fuel now but yet, I don’t blow up because it’s a shift in what I’m eating, consuming and putting in my mouth.
Total calorie load is still going to dictate that. At the end of the day, sweet potato is going to be more nutrient-dense with vitamins and minerals compared to some sugary cereal. At the end of the day, those 200 to 300 calories from a weight standpoint will be about the same. What has happened when you did lose that weight, there’s some metabolic changes that happened that required you to have less calories in that acute phase. As you come back out of it, your metabolism will adjust and a big piece of that is what’s called NEAT, Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.
You’ll start to move, twitch and even blink faster and we get a big calorie boost there that comes with that. As well as when you start to work out to where now you have a 3,000-calorie window to maintain your weight. You can get away with some milk and cookies every once in a while. If now you said, “I’m going to have six cookies and milk every night,” then in a month, I’d call you and you’re going to be 4 or 5 pounds heavier.
No bueno. I’ll go back to that. There was a comedian friend of mine who I work with. He’s a Las Vegas headliner. We were developing a talk for myself because in the IT industry, there’s a lot of overweight people, which is where I’m from. There are a lot of keyboard warriors in front of these stuff. Even when I was with Geek Squad, which is how I started my career, I was in a car all day long in between stops, service calls and picking up McDonald’s, or anything else that I could find or a gas station taquitos. No joke, that was one of my favorite things to stop and eat for lunch. It was three for $3 or something, and a huge half gallon Mountain Dew. That was a sound decision.
I look back and as we’re writing this talk, we even dubbed this person Fat Ricky. It is part of the talk, but then there’s some connotation around that word too that I’ve noticed. I’m curious about the psychology of this and the difference between entrepreneurs, and maybe even the difference between males and females. I have no issue. At that point, I looked at myself in a different way when I was heavier, but I never looked at myself as being fat. It took somebody to call me that, which was the turning point in my life.
He called me chubby in a movie theater. I looked in the mirror and I’m like, “The guy is right.” Nobody along the road would tell me, “You’ve got some extra pounds.” It was always, “You carry it well,” and all this other stuff after the fact after I dropped the weights. Most people around me were like, “We didn’t see you that way,” which is mind-boggling to me now that I dropped it. This isn’t being offensive. You look around and there are a lot of large people. It’s easy to notice.
When I was in my shoes, why didn’t somebody come up to me? Why did it take some random dude in a movie theater who has drunk off his ass to say, “What’s up, chubby?” Where it’s like, “You’re carrying an extra. You’ve got some extra weight. Is everything okay in your life? How can I support you with some healthy choices?” From a position of support, not offensively or whatever, but it’s that word. We’re so afraid of the F word, the fat word that when it applies versus being realistic with yourself. How do you overcome that with your clients? Are you giving them a healthy dose of reality?
I feel most of the people who have reached out to me at that point have had that revelation, but that’s an interesting conversation. It’s funny because constantly through social media, I’ll have marketers reach out to me to help me with email campaigns or whatever it is. I thought that it’s interesting because I do a lot of content marketing and hopefully, somebody can take a piece of that content, run and change their life. That would be fantastic. That would warm my soul. What it would be odd to me to do is I don’t drop a DM of, “Rick, I see you’re a little overweight. How are things going on your health end?” Yet somebody would have no problem sending a message about your business like, “How is your marketing going?” or something.
The biggest thing is looking back and recognizing that it doesn’t have to be a judgment of your entire self. It’s one area. A lot of the guys I work with are successful entrepreneurs and business owners. You have skills and abilities, but you haven’t applied them to this area of your life yet. You’ve got to step back and separate yourself. You’re dealing with this, but it is not just this. It doesn’t encompass all of you. You are not your weight. You are many things. That is a reflection of the vehicle that is taking you through life and making a decision that you want to optimize. With that, that means oftentimes losing the excess weight.
That’s interesting because you’re saying that when your clients come to you, they’ve already reached that decision point for the most part. It’s part of your intake process because even with my fitness coach and performance coach that I brought on, he would ask the questions like, “What got you here to even reach out to me?” Do you ask a similar question?
Yes. I have a little worksheet I have that guys do once they’re working with me, it’s called The Big Why. It is to come down and find what’s the core motivation of why you want to do this. The reality is, as a coach, I’m helping you grow as a person. I’m bringing you tangible skills and things that I know and that I can help you do but the reality is this is helping you transcend into that next version of yourself. We’re talking habits.
The Big Why exercise is to help you hammer down what the core motivation is. It could be the kids or it could be oftentimes business. That’s a huge one. For a lot of the people that I work with, it’s recognizing, “I saw myself on stage. I want to speak more from stage. I’m not representing my brand well.” It’s like, “You’re not and that’s important to you. I don’t care personally what the reason is as long as it speaks to you.”
As a great example, this was a fun one because it was somebody I spoke to in person. I was at a little entrepreneurial meetup and this guy comes up to me, “I spoke to you two years ago and you asked me a question about, ‘Are you going to play with your daughter? Are you going to be the dad on the sideline watching?’ My back went out the other day when I tried to bend over to play soccer with her. I couldn’t play soccer.” That was the turning point for him. There has to be value to it. We all know, “I should eat better.” What does it mean?
“The doctor told me I should lose twenty pounds.” Great, that means nothing. What’s the value? Where’s it going to impact your life? Is losing 20 pounds going to make you more money? Maybe it might. Is it going to make you a better leader for your team, the visual representation of your brand, a better parent, better sex? What’s going to be the motivation that’s going to help you step into this? As you know, once you get into this, it’s self-fulfilling because you feel good from it, so why not continue the process? It’s getting people over that hump.
That’s an interesting perspective when they make that decision. I’ve always tried to examine this, and this is something that I never went through in the story that I told you. It took somebody to say, “You look this way,” somebody that I didn’t know. It was never this struggle process of looking at myself and thinking, “I should do something about this, but maybe I will at some point or going through all these different diets.” I never did that. It was a decision point of saying, “I’m causing some stranger to think that I’m fat. If he is thinking this, there are probably other people that think this too when they see me.”
It means there’s some validity to it. That’s why I looked in the mirror like, “I’m going to do something about it then because I want to.” It was that type of decision point. The motivation and everything that I had were all the reasons for it. For me, it came after the fact, after I made the decision that I started realizing exactly what I could become after I finally made that decision to make the change.
That was completely clouded beforehand but it was the recognition that there was a problem and willingness to make the change without even knowing all the good things that it would do for me in that change. I’m sure this can apply to many things, not only weight loss or anything or being fit. It was identifying that there was a problem like reality.
“Yes, I’m overweight or yes, I’m in a bad relationship or yes, I need to shift jobs or whatever.” It’s making that decision point and saying, “I’m changing it, but understanding that where I am right now is not where I want to be.” I don’t even know what that’s going to look like yet or all the possibilities. I know that where I am right now requires me to make a change to not be here anymore. That was my motivation.
You said something key, which is you don’t even know the possibilities that it’s going to lead to. If you were to reflect back now, I’m sure those have expanded well beyond what you would have imagined. This is now the case for everyone. I always joke and say there’s a reason everybody you know who starts exercising or starts eating healthy becomes the most annoying people you know. They’re posting their check-ins for their workouts and recipes. The reason is they feel so good. You’re like, “Shut up. We get it. You’re working out.” The response to it is so impactful.
There are few things that you can do that will have such a wide-ranging impact on your life. It shouldn’t be a surprise because we are the vehicle. Our body is the vehicle that is taking us through this journey of life. Whether you want to go to Europe, you could walk 20 miles in a day and see some cool stuff or you can be the person that walked to and got tired. Everything is going to get better.
The stuff that’s interesting to me is the psychological side, the relationship side, and business-type stuff where I can’t correlate what that is other than when you operate from a healthy state, everything is going to work better. You sleep better and you’re cognitively more there. Getting people to buy into that future, we’re going to go through this grid and this hard part, but there is this light at the end of the tunnel and it’s transformative. You mentioned that you had somebody call you Fat Ricky.
That’s what my buddy said as we wrote a talk to include it. He’s like, “Fat Ricky is still in there somewhere. He still likes cookies.”
Now, you probably don’t identify as that and start to create a new identity and there are some ways of doing this. Thinking of yourself, is it going to be the fit entrepreneur version? Are you the fit dad? It’s crafting out an identity that’s going to support all of these habits. This has come down to how we’re thinking about ourselves. It’s amazing to watch somebody transcend that from maybe having a limited identity because they’ve always seen themselves as overweight as to somebody who is like, “I’m an athlete.” Athletes do things differently.
They should do. We were talking about Dwayne Johnson. Unless you want to be that dude, you don’t have to work out 6 or 7 days a week. His cheat days are epic. That’s the only thing that he posts most of the time on food. That or his tequila because I follow him.
Have you seen his cheat meal with his French toast with his tequila?
Yes, I have.
He mixes his tequila with his syrup.
I know it’s slipped through the cracks here. I do work primarily with men, but I’ve coached many women in the past. You’re asking about some of the differences. Here’s one of the challenges that most women will deal with compared to guys. On average, women are going to be smaller, so their total calorie load is going to be less, but it’s equally easy for them to eat as much as men when we’re talking calorie per calorie on some of these calorie-dense foods. Meaning, a 120-pound girl could eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream easily.
I could eat a pint of ice cream, or The Rock who’s 6’4”, 260 pounds, and works out all day. He could eat a pint of ice cream every day and it would fit within his calorie targets. It’s not even a cheat meal at that point. Whereas a smaller woman or even a smaller guy, you’ve got a smaller bank account calorically to work with, but a lot of those high-calorie foods are not really big, so even a little person can eat them.
I’ve thought about that in the past too. I look at a petite 5’3” woman and I’m like, “I feel for you,” because a 6’1” dude, with 200 pounds of good muscle mass can consume more and play with those things a little bit more than they can because of the calorie-dense foods that you’re talking about. I used to think that when I was large, I didn’t have the knowledge and the understanding of why do you eat a salad every day? It’s like, “Because your calorie intake should only be 1,400 calories a day because you’re 5’2”.”
For some of the petite folks, it’s because of the manufactured food where there are certain little health bars. You can go to the store and it’s in a square inch and it’s 300 calories. Even a small petite woman who’s 105 pounds could eat ten of those and that’s weight gain. Being bigger is going to be to your advantage and this is where having some additional muscle mass and programming from an exercise standpoint makes sense, but that becomes a little challenging.
What you’re saying is read the freaking labels for those little square inch things. That’s one thing I started noticing when I started educating myself too. There’s a lot of crap in these that make these super calorie-dense, even things that are labeled now as plant-based or all other things. It’s deceiving unless you understand the foods that you’re consuming.
I have an example. If you take KIND Bars or a pretty well-known health bar, you assume it’s good for you because it has a lot of nuts. You can look at one of those, and most people probably eat that to curb their sweet tooth a little bit because oftentimes it has a little bit of chocolate in it. Most people are still thinking, “It’s got whole grains and nuts. This is probably good for me.” The reality is that’s 220 calories. Maybe go get the actual piece of chocolate that you want out to curb your sweet tooth, and it’s 150 calories. You’re probably better off.
The argument of, “There are vitamins and minerals,” but you can make that up on your other foods. Being out here in San Diego, I have Whole Foods and I have another little bougie grocery store right by my house. Don’t get me wrong. They grab my eyes but when I pick up and see the label I’m like, “We can’t have that.” It’s because it looks so good and it’s all these little healthy treats. Sometimes, it might be better off to have a little piece of the real chocolate that you want, curb your sweet tooth and move on, versus you have a KIND bar that’s 250 calories and you’re like, “It wasn’t that good.” You have something else and away it goes.
You gave people one of my strategies because I still have that sweet tooth from those three calories and everything. It’s still there, but the way that I curb that is I have two pieces of dark chocolate every single night. It’s the same exact rhythm as those cookies, but now the 86% dark chocolate also gives me iron and healthy fats that I needed. It’s saturated fats because it’s a big part of what I do to stay where I’m at, and it curbs my sweet tooth that late at night. It also tastes good. It’s something that I would do. It’s a whopping 100 calories, and it does exactly what it needs to do for me.
It’s a great tool. It’s something I use and leverage as well. Outside of trying to give myself this label, but I’m somebody who if you had a plate of chocolate chip cookies and you said, “How many do you want?” My question would be, “How many do you have?” I’m an endless pit for that type of sweet food as well, so I also would leverage dark chocolate. That’s a good tool to understand that sugar is not addictive in the sense of how people use that label on, but it’s challenging for me.
It’s challenging me in the sense of I know if I go below 86%, I don’t stop at one piece. If I bring a 75% bar in, I could hammer through the entire bar. These are the personal tools of, “If I get an 86% dark chocolate bar, I can have one cube that satisfies my sweet tooth but I don’t tend to over-consume on it.” Keep that in the house versus what I call Fail Point Foods. Fail Point Foods are the foods that when you have one, you’re going to have it all. You’ve got to control the environment for that stuff.
I’ve seen some people fall victim to those Fail Point Foods.
Myself as well.
I’m trying to think, “What’s my Fail Point Food now?” It could be beef.
A Fail Point Food to me is this. I love steak. I eat it but when you’re full on steak, how much additional steak do you eat? Probably not much. This comes back to the article I spoke about. When you’re full on chips, is there such a thing?
No, I don’t think so.
This is a little example and people can evaluate this in their own life, and how you should think about what foods you would need to control the environment because I’m big on this. If you had a plate of your favorite healthy meal, so for me that could be a good steak, asparagus and French fries. It’s the best asparagus and best steak that you’ve ever had. At the end of that meal, if we’re all full because it was huge and we’re waiting for the bill, what do we all continue to nibble on? The French fries. I’m talking about when you’re already full, you’re physically like, “I’m busting.”
I may have been that.
There’s always going to be these foods. It doesn’t mean you can’t have them, but what it ought to mean is, “You identified a food. I eat it, I over-consume it when I’m already full, these tend to be processed. Those are the foods I’m going to get out of my house. It doesn’t mean I can’t have them.” There’s a hard rule that I have clients follow. We use moderation as a buying strategy, not an eating strategy.
If you want chips, get a fun-sized bag. Don’t buy the family value and tell yourself, “This will last me two weeks,” when it lasts two days. Do you want ice cream? Fantastic. Don’t get a single serving size or go to your local ice cream place, but don’t bring it home a gallon of Breyers telling yourself, “I’ll only eat it every once in a while,” because you’ll eat it more often than you said you would and you’ll eat more of it when you do.
That’s probably one of the best tips I’ve ever heard for maintaining or losing weight. Buy in moderation rather than eat in moderation. That’s incredible. I’m saving that one here too. Thank you. Where can everybody find you because you’re packed full of knowledge? I don’t even think we started to even scratch the surface.
Thank you. The easiest way to connect to me is LiveGreatLifestyle.com. I do have a free guide that will consolidate more of this and give people more of the nuts and bolts. That should be on there as well.
Your podcast is Live Great Lifestyle. That’s amazing.
I’ve had breathwork guys on there and some good stuff that hasn’t been out a while. Eventually the next season, we’ll eventually roll back out. There are 80-plus interviews on there for people to check out. It’s @LiveGreatLifestyle on all social. LiveGreatLifestyle.com, that’s the best place to get started.
Luke DePron, thank you for bantering with me.
It was fun. Congratulations to you for having done the work. It’s fun to talk to someone who’s gone through the process and sees the value of doing this type of work, so it’s cool.
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