I Tried This Weight Loss Trick and It Worked

We have two big mirrors in our bathroom. It's hard to go through morning and evening routines without seeing yourself. Shower. Shave. You have to keep your eyes open. But I managed to avoid my reflection for a couple of years.

I also avoided the pool and beaches.

In December of 2011, most of my pants were tight. They all had 38-inch waists. I'm 6'1".

So I book Timothy Ferriss's awesome book The Four-Hour Body. I read it in two nights.

I tried everything: the diets, the workouts, the ice baths. (Yes, there's ice baths.)

Of all the great advice--and a wonderful writing--one tip stood out.

Now, I weigh 180. And I'm still 6'1".  That's 35 lbs.

I'm also running three miles three times a week and doing weights and full-body, high energy workouts two days a week. And I take two or three weeks off everything four times a year.

And 34-inch waists are little loose.

What was that one thing that I give all the credit to?


I modified Ferriss's a bit. And I eat the same thing every day.


I fry the eggs over medium and eat them by themselves.

I mix the cold salsa into the hot spinach. It's really good. (You could serve this as the vegetable with dinner.)

That's it.

It takes about 4 minutes to prepare. The green tea or coffee takes longer.

Here are some of the benefits of this routine:

  • I'm full through lunch, 5 hours later
  • I get more than half my veggies before leaving the house
  • I really like the spinach-salsa combination
  • The capsaicin in the salsa increases metabolism
  • I don't have to think about what to eat for breakfast
  • It costs less than a dollar a day
  • It's only about 250 calories

Will eating this breakfast every day work all by itself?

No. But it's a start. Committing to this simple and life-simplifying routine will get you started. It's one easy step.

Your motivation will increase. You'll think about walking for 10 minutes a day. Then 20.

It took me 1.5 years to lose 35 lbs. Maybe that's too slow, but I got stronger and fitter in the process.

You can too. Just take it easy. And start with a simple breakfast routine that includes tons of antioxidants, protein, and fiber.

And skip the bread.