The answer is you don’t.
But MANY people are trying.
I would say that the majority of people are willing to “endure” or “suffer through” some form of exercise often times long before they are willing to take a hard look at their food and the other things in their life that are standing in the way of leaning out/losing weight.
This is a DEEP rabbit hole. We have sooooooo many issues around food and reward and deprivation and comfort and habitual response etc. Trying to get someone to make significant changes to their food profile and lifestyle is one of the most difficult tasks I can think of. It’s WAY harder than getting them to work out.
As a coach I have heard many times, “I do this stuff so I can eat and drink whatever I want”. And to be honest, these people deserve credit for knowing exactly what they are doing in the gym each day. There was no ambiguity when they told me this. They are adults and at the end of the day we can all do whatever the hell we want.
However, a lot of these same folks have probably wondered at some point why they can’t seem to get rid of that sugar belly/ring around the middle despite hitting the gym on a regular basis. Or why they still have energy crashes during the afternoon. Or why their performance in the gym or elsewhere is not improving or even seemingly on the decline despite their regular attendance.
Here’s the deal: your food and lifestyle constitute the VAST MAJORITY of the way you look, feel and manifest health and wellness in general. That’s it. “Working out” is not nearly as important! I train people in the gym for a living and I’m telling you that is the absolute truth of the matter.
If that stuff is not in order and on it’s way to a better place you are largely pissing into the wind with all the exercise you are doing and perhaps doing actual damage. Especially for “chronic exercisers” or those subject to compulsions around exercise.
Think about that for a while…