When friends and acquaintances see I’ve lost 38 pounds, the follow-up question I’ve been asked most often, with eyes as large as plates from the Cheesecake Factory, is: "What's your secret?"
When I reply simply: "I ate less," I can see the reaction in their faces. That’s not a secret! Where’s the magic protein shake? No Neanderthal-themed meals? An eliminate-all-the-pleasure-from-your-life diet? A crackpot Internet article with all the answers?
Wait. Not that last one. Stick with me.
True, eating less is not a secret. It is simple, but, for me, simple didn’t mean easy or fast. If it was, it would be a lot sexier and I’d probably found a multi-level marketing company based on it and make a mint. So, I’m keeping my day job. But maybe I can help a few people with what I learned when I lost 38 pounds without trying any fad diets.