How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! How do you lose five pounds? One pound at a time! It sounds pretty simple... or is it?
Those of you who are trying to lose weight, and aren't having a whole lot of success, need to try something radical - write down everything that you eat in a food journal for two weeks. Yes - everything! This is the only way you're going to know EXACTLY what you are consuming on a daily basis. If I ask you how your diet is I can almost guarantee that you'll say that it's really good, but you have a few moments of weakness - every few hours!
Proposing a food journal to most people is so radical that they won't even consider it - it makes them way too accountable. But that's the point - if you want to lose the weight then you have to have a baseline to work from in our to create a plan. No baseline and your plan will fail. This is also true of keeping a log of your workouts. How do you know if you are getting stronger, fitter, more technically advanced if you can't compare workouts over time?
Five pounds of fat take up about five times more space on your body than five pounds of muscle will. But the five pounds of muscle will make you stronger, move more readily and help you burn the next five pounds of fat. Seems like one heck of a trade to me!
Get to it!