The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 4 – How to Stay Fit Lazily

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The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 4 – How to Stay Fit Lazily

February 22, 2018

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How do you stay fit if you are lazy?

Rick Rosner: Here are some tips, eat fiber gummies, which help you digest less of your food, it is probably worth 5 pounds of discipline. If you eat a fiber gummy with each meal, you will probably weigh 5 pounds less than you would otherwise.

Go to the gym when you can, but do not work particularly hard at the gym, do some stuff, if you make yourself suffer at the gym every time and you hurt afterward and are sweaty afterward – unless you have really good willpower, that may not work.

Make it easier, which makes it easier to keep going.

Jacobsen: What about exercise itself – cardio, stretching, weight training?

Rosner: I am not a good person to ask about cardio because I hate cardio. I hate stretching too. It is always a good idea to take the stairs. If you have an office on the fifth floor or lower, then get into the habit of taking the stairs, at least up.

You might as well go downstairs too because it is easier. You have a choice in where you live, potentially, so get a place with more than one story so that you are forced to take the stairs a bunch.

If you are going to eat food that is bad for you, make sure it tastes really good, do not waste bad calories on bad food that does not taste very good.

Jacobsen: Also, if you eat well throughout the day, you could probably have some calories left over every day for a nice piece of dessert for your total calorie count for the day.

Rosner: Yes, 100% discipline usually fails. They have cheap fitness bracelets now. You might as well get one of those. You do not have to set targets, but give yourself a target and make it an easy target that you can hit half of the time.

If you hit it half the time and can hit it 3/4s of the time, then raise it by 20% or so.

Jacobsen: Also, if you look at your sex and your weight and you see the average or recommended calorie intake per day, and you have an ideal weight in mind, then you can look at your sex and your ideal weight and eat those ideal weight calories per day, so that you are already there and your weight can go to that weight slowly over time from your current non-ideal weight.

Rosner: People go to the gym and wonder why they are not losing weight. The deal is, the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories. You may burn 800 calories if you go to the gym.

You will still not lose weight if you are still eating 2,800 calories.

Jacobsen: Also, one piece of bread comes out to about 120 calories, which amounts to about 1 hour of light biking.

Rosner: You want to make your bad calories really tasty. Then you have a lot of boring stuff. You want to limit the amount of crap on hand and then have a bunch of boring and uninteresting food on hand, so you’re less tempted to eat it.

Pay attention to the food as you are eating it because if you are eating food distractedly then you eat more. It is dumb, but use smaller plates. It really does limit things, particularly a smaller plate helps you limit your portion size.

Keep your clothes snug, there is a reason that Americans no longer tuck shirts in, because they are overweight. Do not eat if you are bored or worried. If you are bored, you can take a nap or you can beat off.

If you beat off, that is 2 hours that you are not eating. If you get to the gym at all, that earns you points, do not be the idiot lady at the gym that I see all the time who is walking or peddling at 1mph and talking on her phone and wasting her time.

Do stuff, but do not make yourself suffer too much. My boss lost 30 pounds by getting a walking desk. I had a boss who lost a bunch of weight and looks really good after getting a walking desk.

The four main things that are easy to do are eat fiber gummies to absorb less food, when you want to eat food and it is not because you are hungry then find something else to do like jacking off or watching Netflix, and keep your clothes snug and tuck in your stomach – remind yourself where you stand physically, and use smaller portion sizes.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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