The number one question on everyone’s mind is how to lose fat. It’s pretty much a goal of the majority of people exercising. The problem is, most likely, you are not doing what you should be doing to get to your goals.
- Eating Enough!! -Yes you can eat too little to lose weight. It is possible. If you’re eating 1,200 calories or less, your weight is not going anywhere unless you weigh under 120lbs.
- Cutting out SUGAR!! – We’ve said this a lot. Try it. Try it for 2-4 weeks. No added sugar.
- Increase Protein & Fat in your Nutrition – Just do it.
- Cut back on the Cardio
- Lift some heavy ass weight
What could put an end to this exuberant learning?
The fixed mindset. As soon as children become able to evaluate themselves, some of them become afraid of challenges. They become afraid of not being smart. I have studied thousands of people from preschoolers on, and it’s breathtaking how many reject an opportunity to learn.”
― Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success
Are you stuck in a fixed mindset?
Are you fighting progress because you are afraid to fail?
What challenges are you running away from?
We often get stuck because we are hard wired with behavior patterns. Re-wire your brain, go after something more important to you than quitting, than jumping off the wagon into unhealthy patterns. You have control over them. It’s all about mindset!!
Don’t be scared of the challenges that are in front of you, attack them head on, because every time you fail, you give yourself a chance to learn and to grow.
Fitness and pursuing health should be a life long process, not something short term, or pursued when you feel like it. Taking a short term approach means your missing the point entirely. Enjoy the journey, fall in love with the process. Nothing is going to come instantly and it takes consistency over the long haul. Trying to hop from one thing to another is going to lead you in circles and drive you insane. Don’t try to be perfect, instead look at every day as practice leading up to the next day then the next. There will be days that you struggle, but just because you struggle doesn’t mean you fail. It means opportunity to learn and to grow.
The truth is, there is no secret ingredient (bonus points if you get the Kung-Fu Panda reference). The real secret? To find something that produces results and enjoyment.
The most successful people when it comes to getting healthier and in better shape are the ones that are consistent with their nutrition plan and their exercise program. Consistency!! How many times have you heard us say that? Where most people struggle is having a mindset that doesn’t mesh well with consistency.
Here are 6 reasons why you’re mindset might be holding you back. Pssst #1 & #2 are doozies and probably are the biggest two in the group.
6 Reasons– Jill Coleman
Run Less to Lose Weight
Speaking of Cardio, why are you doing the cardio exercises you are? It comes down to low intensity vs high intensity. This is a great article outlining the debate between the two and makes cases for both. Focusing on high intensity exercises like sprints can increase your work capacity, your metabolism, and therefore help you lose fat. With low intensity, your body can gradually adapt to how many calories you burn. One week you may burn 200 calories doing 30 minutes of running, but the next week it may be down to say 175. The body is very efficient at holding onto energy. It does not like giving it up easily. So the more you do, the more you need later on to get the same adaptation.
Cardio Fat Loss Plan
There is no perfect diet. Lets just end the debate. The perfect diet is the one that works for you, the one that you can enjoy, and the one you can sustain for the rest of your life. Not one that is filled with quick fixes, or one that demonizes a certain nutrient, or one that requires you to drink just juice. It might take time to find a balance between what you enjoy and what works, but it’ll make you less crazy.