Everyone is looking for the magic bullet that will shoot the fat right off them.
Like most things in life, it is a consistent effort of balancing better behaviors that actually gets the job done. The sooner you accept this reality and start making the necessary changes, the sooner you will reach your desired goals! This is the first section of a 3 part series on some of the most important keys to fat loss.
Make a Plan!
If you’re carrying more fat than you would like to be, the behaviors that got you to this point are different from the behaviors that will get you to where you want to be. This is not permission to beat yourself up over decisions in the past. That negative dwelling is counterproductive and there are many factors that contribute to fat gain, some of which are in your control and some of which are out of your control. What I want you to do is focus on the factors that are IN your control. That being said, behavior change is hard. It’s much easier to do what you’ve been doing than to take the risk and make the effort to do something outside of your comfort zone. If fat loss is truly important to you, it is ESSENTIAL for you to make a plan. You won’t accidentally fall into new behaviors. You have to make a conscious effort. This means planning out meals for the week, scheduling time for sleep and exercise, and prioritizing stress management. This blog post will give you some practical tips to start making a plan today!
- This type of diet usually very restrictive, which makes it impossible to sustain long term. You actually need nutrients from food to support your life. So when you inevitably stop to crash diet, the weight usually comes right back.
- Usually the weight you lose with this type of diet is water or muscle weight, not fat. The number on the scale does not matter nearly as much as your body composition. When people say weight loss, what they REALLY want is fat loss. More muscle and less fat looks more aesthetically pleasing and help contribute to a much healthier body.
A healthy body is in a state that it WANTS to lose fat. Your hormone profile is the main thing that determines how much fat you carry. The balance of hormone production in a healthy body ENCOURAGES fat loss, while the balance of hormone production in an unhealthy body DISCOURAGES fat loss. It doesn’t matter how hard you workout or how many salads you eat, it your body doesn’t want to get rid of fat it won’t.