I like working out, but I understand it’s not everybody’s cup of Joe. Some people would rather face death itself than ever lift a weight or perform one minute of cardio; I can certainly empathize with the place such thinking comes from and can understand the frustration that comes from knowing you have so far to go to get where you want to be.
It’s human nature to want the quick fix, but here’s the truth: the only way to lose weight is to expend more calories than you take in—period. Is that sexy? No, but it’s the truth. And, even more, starving yourself on fad diets won’t get you there either; sure, they’ll work in the short-term, but in the long-term, you’re only hurting yourself.
Eat a balanced diet. Exercise at least 30-minutes a day, 5-days a week if possible, and do so consistently.
Do you have to lift weights? No, but you should if only for its metabolism boosting capabilities. Do you have to eliminate all the good, hearty, foods from your diet? Not necessarily, but you should try to stay away from too much of the processed stuff, increase your fruit and veggie intake, and practice moderation where just about anything “bad for you” is concerned. And most important of all be patient. You have to crawl before you walk.
It’s not about the pace, it’s about the path—and every journey will be different—find the one that leads to the healthiest version of you and head consistently in that direction. If you can do that, you will eventually get where you want to be.