You’ve tried the diet, the gym, the personal trainer, the classes, the jogging, the cycling, zumba, crossfit, the steamroom, acupuncture, 8/2 diet, 2/8 diet, cabbage diet…..anyway, you have tried it all and you still can’t shift that stubborn old fat. We know what stubborn old fat does not like, so if you are serious about getting your bodyfat down, read on.
Possibly the most intimidating thing for any anyone looking to get lean and build a bit of muscle is simply getting started with the correct program for the job at hand. Once you’re over that hump and an action plan is in place, then you’ll find that your main focus turns instead to maintaining motivational levels and ensuring that you stick with the objective.
Having the program in place though needs to be the primary focus initially since it’s going to guide you down the path to your goals. Here is some information to get you started.
WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT GOALS YOU HAVE
You’re someone who has had a regular gym membership for the last year or two and you are not new to many of the concepts of what a proper program consists of. You have been promised the world, but results have not followed.
The primary goal you want to focus on at this point is getting lean and defined. You might have some desire to also work on building your muscular strength, but that will come down the road once you’ve stripped off the extra layers you’ve packed on over the years and are starting to feel leaner. You want a plan that’s going to push you a little and will get you results quickly.
YOUR SOURCE OF MOTIVATION
Motivation for fat loss can come from a number of places. Perhaps your doctor has instructed you to drop a few pounds because of your current risk for diseases or other negative health impacts. Or, maybe you have finally had enough with your current body weight and have decided to take action to reduce your weight down to where you feel comfortable. Is there a favourite pair of jeans or dress you’d like to get into again?
Some people are also primarily motivated by the thought of having more energy after losing weight and getting active, so this could be something else at play for you. Finally, others simply want to look better.
Whatever your source of motivation is, it’s important at this stage to pinpoint it and always keep that in the back of your mind as you progress along.
YOUR NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM
As someone that already knows about eating healthily, what you want to mostly focus on right now with your nutrition program is making small changes on a continual basis to help improve your overall diet. If you attempt to completely overhaul your entire menu, removing all the foods you typically eat and replacing them with chicken, rice, vegetables, and other standard ‘100% healthy fare’, you might find it becomes too much and you’re overwhelmed.
Instead, incorporate in more of those healthy foods, while reducing back on your unhealthier choices. As time progresses, start tilting the scale more in favour of solid healthy food choices, while limiting the processed, refined, and higher ’empty’ calorie items. This slow elimination process will be much more doable for you than trying to quit cold turkey.
One thing you do want to start doing at this point is making yourself more aware of the total amount of calories you’re taking in on a daily basis. While making healthier choices is incredibly important, if you’re still eating too many of those healthy choices, you’re not going to achieve your goal of weight loss.