Monday, April 13, 2009
The 5 Reasons You're Still Struggling With Your Fat Loss
You know what it's like.
You've tried everything in your power to finally shift that weight that's been hanging on for so long and yet, despite your best efforts (or so you believe) you're still far from the condition you're hoping to achieve and you're baffled.
Why can't you shift that fat?
From my experience it comes down to one of these 5 things.
1. You're Cheating!
No getting away from this one. We've all done it.
You say you're going to commit 100% to your fat loss goal but then, as soon as you're within sniffing distance of your favourite foods you tell yourself 'just one won't hurt' and before you know it, you're chomping away on the very thing that contributed to your fat gain in the first place.
Here's the deal.
You're an addict.
'Just one' WILL hurt!
Like all addicts you need to go cold turkey to break the cycle of dependence. No ifs, not buts.
The thing is, cheating on your diet accomplishes nothing. it keeps things exactly how they are. It keeps YOU exactly how YOU are!
2. You've Lost Your Why
I can't remember who first said it but the quote goes 'those that have a strong enough why will overcome almost any how'. This means, of course, if you have a good enough reason for doing what you need to do, you'll find the way to to do it, even if it's hard.
The flip side of this should be obvious.
If you're not clear on why you're doing what you're doing then practically anything you need to do to accomplish your goal will appear difficult, if not impossible.
You'll experience everything as obstacles rather than opportunities and feel that you're more likely to fail than succeed.
That's not a great foundation to build your goals upon is it?
Identify your why.
Be honest with yourself, why do you want to lose that fat? Yes, to look good in your bikini, we know that but what else? What's the REAL reason? Dig deep and find the real why and you'll increase your likelihood to achieve it a hundredfold.
3. You don't know what you want
Sure, you've set a goal to 'lose weight' or 'get fit' or 'tone up' but you've never absolutely, positively set a specific target.
There's a big difference between a weight loss goal like the ones above and 'I'm going to lose 50lbs by June 1st 2009' isn't there?
See, the thing is, you can't hit a target you can't see. So be specific. Set a big, obvious, prominent target with a specific timeline and commit to THAT timeline rather than being vague about 'losing some weight'.
What goal are YOU aiming at?
This is critical to know. Ignore it at your peril!
4. You're Trying to do it alone
You're not an expert on fatloss. if you were, you wouldn't be trying to lose fat, right? : )
So why are you trying to do this alone or with limited knowledge on losing fat?
Stop it now!
If you didn't know about your car engine, I'm sure you wouldn't attempt to strip down the engine block on your own right? You'd get a mechanic to do the job.
Your body is far more important than your car so stop tinkering with and and guessing and hoping that what you're doing is going to work.
Instead, seek out fat loss experts who'll give you the PROVEN dietary and exercise guidance that they use to get results for their clients, follow their advice and get those results for yourself. Hardly rocket science, but the number of people actually doing this are few and far between. And funnily enough, practically all of them have great physiques!
Take a look at some of these results HERE for women and HERE for men and you'll see what a difference it makes to get professional advice.
5. You're Trying to do it alone part 2
Once you've gotten your professionally designed program, you're not cheating, you know your why and you have a laser like focus on the specific goals you want to achieve then make sure you find and join a support group to keep your motivation high. This is not just a suggestion, it's a necessity!
You see, those who are attempting massive changes in their health, fitness and appearance often undergo massive swings in motivation with huge highs and dramatic lows. It's during the lows that self-doubt and the feelings to quit come into play and, before you know it you've cheated, told yourself you'll never succeed and quit the program that you started out on with such high hopes.
Having support means that this won't happen.
Sure, you'll still get the swings, the highs, the lows but you'll be talking to people that are going through the same as you, experiencing the same problems and feelings and who know what you're going through. They'll drag you back up when you're flagging and you can return the favour when they need it.
This is win-win and is responsible for more people achieving their health and fitness goals than practically any other reason.
Get support and you're most of the way there, do it alone and the goal feels miles off.
There you have, the top 5 reasons why your fat loss goals fail.
And also the prescription you need to make sure they never fail again, right?
Apply all 5 steps and your fat loss is guaranteed!
The UK's Leading Personal Trainer