Courtesy of The Loadout Room – By Eric Davis

Happy New Year SOFREP – It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I’ve been busy in Ethiopia and working on the Loadout Room. As we ramp for an amazing 2014, I thought to share some of our work that we thought you would value.

Now I’m not saying that any of you put on some pounds over the Holidays, but just in case you did, everyone at the Loadout Room wanted to help get you back into your cammies and clear up any “Dunlap” disease that may have occurred. You know… when your gut “Dunlapped” over your belt.

Why I like to get my chubby on

I intentionally gain a little weight during the holidays. Partially because I just want to let loose, but mostly because I want to practice and demonstrate my ability to recover and quickly drop the pounds.

It’s always perplexed me that people I know don’t ask me how to lose weight. They’re all quick to tell me about dieting and exercising, but slow to ask for input. Sometimes I think that they think I’m naturally fit. This isn’t true at all. I’m actually a “Chubby” kid on the inside with a proclivity to gain size.

After over a decade of being a SEAL and a lifetime of being a chubby kid, I’ve learned that there are three core ways to get and keep the weight off and none of them are what commercials talk about.

It takes a lot of time

There are too many programs, pills and diets out there that claim they can help you lose weight quickly and without effort. I know you already know this deep inside, but I have to make sure I tell you straight up. Those “Commercials” are full of shit and if you want to lose weight you’ll need to accept that you’re going to spend a couple of hours a day doing it.

Plan on running for at least an hour a day, lifting weights for 30 minutes and stretching for at least 30 minutes.  Assuming you don’t want to spend the rest of the day smelling like a “badger’s ass”, you’re going to need 15 minutes for showering and another 15 minutes for transit time. Do the math and you’re quickly at 2 hours a day.  The good news is that once you drop the candy cane blubber you can scale it back to an hour a day.