This probably isn’t the first time you have started reading a weight loss article with the hopes of finding a new training idea or totally secret fat busting strategy. I can sympathize. I’ve seen clients spend months on routines and techniques that were just the flavor of the month that got some press. Its alright though, your about to learn some real solid advice that’s free of charge and will serve you well on your quest to getting in shape.
The first secret of getting in shape and losing some weight is to make sure you know what you are doing! Make sure you have the proper information that you need to help speed you toward your specific goal. Make sure you know how to eat properly and train correctly to get that result you desire. Power lifters eat and train differently than fitness models and you should know the differences. The best way to acquire this knowledge is through articles like this as well as mimicking. Find an expert in the area you wish to excel in and then follow their advice. While this can back fire sometimes, it is still the surest bet to success.
The second step to success on your weight loss journey is to make sure you can quantify your success. In other words, know when you have achieved your weight loss goal. Make sure you can measure it! Then once you know your weight loss goal and how to measure it, you need to make a map to getting there.
If you have a child, then you know the importance of directions and sticking to a plan. If you are walking to the store that is 10 minutes down the road, this trip could easily turn into an hour if you didn’t step in with directions every now and then. You can picture it cant you? Walking along, then there is a butterfly, then a cool rock and look, a swing set! Sometimes to get things done in an efficient manner, you need to know what you are trying to accomplish and how you plan to get there. If you don’t, it could take you forever.
In the number three spot of weight loss secrets, we have self-confidence and belief. Go ahead and tell me you can’t lose weight. Go ahead! Done? Good, now this is where I tell you that you are absolutely correct. Shocking isn’t it? Cant is a word that makes you sit there defeated. Nothing gets done in a defeated state! Its actually better to get angry than defeated, because then at least you are spurred to action. Trying is better than “Canting”. Here is the big mind smack though; belief is so strong that hypnotized people that have an ice cube put on them but are told that it is a hot coal, will develop a blister.
Sometimes you just have to fake it until you make it. Fake that you believe in yourself until the concept doesn’t seem so foreign that maybe it will become true for you. The fact of the matter is that you should believe in yourself because with proper knowledge and dedication, everyone can achieve their weight loss goals.
If you have been reading this far then the number four secret of weight loss success is very, very important. Are you ready for it? Here it is; Stop listening to every piece of advice you get! This seems kind of ironic since here I am giving you more advice, but it is still true. Nothing can short circuit your forward momentum like a piece of advice that is the opposite of what you have been doing. It rocks your world! This can be good if you were just shooting in the dark hoping for the best, but if you have a solid weight loss plan that you were given by a solid source and then get messed up by Joe the local gym expert, you’re sunk. Make sure that you are confident in your information source right from the beginning and then resolve to stick with that information. A lot of different methods will work to achieve weight loss, but these methods usually work as a system. Therefore, if you jump from system to system, you will not get the benefits from any given weight loss system.
We are almost at the end of our weight loss secrets for today. Of course there are more weight loss tips and tricks, but five is about right for a weight loss knowledge snack. So onto the number five secret to losing weight; Don’t overdo it. Simple huh? Think about the number of times you have started off with both guns blazing and then ran out of ammunition. I know, I do this for a living. What happens is that most people figure they are going to lose 30 pounds in 30 days and they are going to kick butt to do it. So they start off all fired up, get real sore, their immune system crashes, they get sick and then they give up. Wow, that was like I had a camera following you, scary. Its just that it happens to a lot of weight loss hopefuls.
So how do you avoid revving the engine and running out of gas? You avoid rapid starts and stops. Ease onto the gas, and maintain steady pressure. You only need to do resistance training a couple of times a week along with 3-4 cardio sessions to realize your weight loss success. Don’t rush the cookies! You can’t crank the stove to 600 degrees and get home made cookies in 3 minutes. They will burn. You’ll burn out too if you rush your way to losing weight.
Here is the recap to weight loss success. Get the information you need to achieve your desired goal that you have picked out. Make a plan with success markers along the way and believe every step of the way that you are going to lose the weight this time. Fake it until you make it. Never let anyone shake you confidence with bogus advice and remember to slow bake your cookies!