The number one question we get in the gym is not how to burn fat but rather how to lose weight and keep it off once it’s gone. Today’s article will show you five proven steps, all of which are free and which anybody can apply right now.
In a world where hype is king we all get misled at some point by celebrity gossip magazines claiming we can all lose five stones in a week without going to the gym, or bodybuilding magazines claiming a new supplement is going to help you build muscle in your sleep. This causes disappointment, depression and ultimately no results.
It’s our job to get folks out of that mentality and ensure they stop believing that it’s impossible to reach their target bodyweight. That false belief creates yo-yo dieters and they get nowhere. If you’re ready to ditch that loser mentality, let’s do that right now.
The trick to a long term diet is within it’s foundation. The following rules will help you set these foundations:
1) Calorie Deficits. What does that mean? Eating less than you do now, basically. The concept is only successful when you cut down gradually though. Don’t make the common mistake of suddenly chopping your daily food in half and causing yourself to feel as it you are starving. This actually makes it almost impossible to lose weight as your body begins to store fat, not knowing what is happening to it.
2) Eat more protein and you’ll ensure that you’ll not only lose weight but it will be good weight. Regardless of your overall goal the one place you don’t want to be is losing muscle and keeping fat. Believe it or not, the more muscle your body has the more fat you will burn. As you drop your fat and carbohydrates be sure to increase your protein and you’ll absolutely nail this great weight loss technique.
3) More protein means more fat loss. Protein is usually associated with building muscle but don’t worry you’re not going to suddenly hulk up into Arnold Schwarzenegger! Between the three macronutrients protein has the least effect of fat storage, so if you need a snack think fish, chicken or a protein shake.
4) Pack your lunch. This is not perhaps what you’d expect but it will make sense and is a real favorite at the gym among those who get results. When you are out all day at the office there is huge temptation coming from the resident chocolate store or vending machine. We’ve all been there. Pack a few small tubs with 50 to 100 kcal meals and you’ll beat this temptation. The snacks are too small to impact your daily diet anywhere near enough to make a significant difference and it will help you avoid fatty, bad foods.
5) A day off is not just important, it’s essential! For two reasons. Firstly you don’t want to become so distanced from any bad calories that your body cannot process them the next time you need to grab some fast food or chocolate, and secondly you do not need to punish yourself for wanting a better body. Having a day off usually helps you avoid the common mistake of believing that all your favorite foods are bad and crashing off your diet in spectacular fashion after a couple of weeks.
Having one day off each week is a great way to reward and recharge yourself ahead of the next week and the fact is there is nothing wrong with this at all. You may take on board some bad foods, that’s a given, but ultimately if it helps you to stick to your goal for ten times as long as you ever could before then there is no problem!
If you have ever heard somebody say that gradual weight loss is better than fast weight loss that’s because it’s absolutely true. The five rules we outlined today will help you to lay the foundations for your journey, go achieve your goals.
About the Creator: Russ Howe is a certified and much followed Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. If you are lost with your diet, be sure to watch your free video step-by-step to how to lose weight next.