So when is enough, enough??
You finally decided that enough is enough and it's time to get your life back on track - again!
So you are thinking you need to follow the perfect diet (low carb of course). Since you’re serious, you also figure that this means no treats or cheats. Zero tolerance and no exceptions! Sound familiar?
You're also going to need to kill it at the gym.
Everyone knows that to lose weight and get in shape you have to eat perfectly and train hard.
So you train and you eat perfectly and you lose a little weight and then...NOTHING.
Things come to a screeching halt. You ask what gives? I still have a ton left to lose!
The problem is, you're doing everything perfectly.
SO WHY HAVE THINGS STOPPED??!
1. You're being too strict...
Which leads to mini and not so mini treats and blowouts later on. While it's important that we stick to proper meals and maintain an overall calorie deficit to achieve weight loss, it's essential that we're not shooting for the impossible ideal of 100% perfect. Chasing perfection leads to less adherence and certain failure...it's simply not sustainable!
2. You're moving very little OUTSIDE of training sessions
“NEAT” (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) is all the physical activity you do OUTSIDE of the gym like walking, cleaning the house etc. This can account for up to 15% of our overall energy expenditure. That's huge! Since training only accounts for maybe 5%, steps and general activity actually make the biggest difference when it comes to losing fat. Shoot for 10-15 k daily. Furthermore, steps won't increase your hunger like cardio will, so you´ll be less likely to overeat and experience those carb/sugar cravings.
3. You're not getting 8-9 hours of sleep
Lack of sleep completely messes up your fat loss. You hold onto more water, you don't tolerate carbohydrates as well (i.e. you store them as fat), your cravings and hunger go up(and you eat more), and you burn fat less efficiently. Without proper sleep ALL fat loss bets are off.
4. Your stress is out of control
Stress when mismanaged, is an absolute nail in the coffin for health, fat loss and happiness.
Excessive and chronic stress elevates your stress hormones which cause you to burn less fat, increase fat storage, increase water retention, and send your hunger and cravings through the roof.
This is where the importance of managing your emotional fitness comes into play.
If we lack the ability to control and manage our internal stress, our perception of the actual stress will be far greater. We are more likely to feel overwhelmed and anxious and unable to keep things in perspective.
A lack of emotional fitness puts us in a chronic state of stress which can completely hijack any body composition goals we have. Getting a handle on stress and working on your emotional fitness really is the way to long term fat loss.
5. You place TOO much importance on training
While training clearly has it´s place, it's actually at the bottom of the fat loss pyramid when it comes to fat loss. Crazy right!
And while YES we do need to train from a general health standpoint and to build the physique we're after, we need to be lean enough to see any of the changes.
This is why the 6 week Get Fit Challenge has been so successful. We coach you how to plan ahead, how to not get caught with "there's nothing to eat, so lets just order in", how to be social and have your glass of wine, your meals out, or friends over and get back on the wagon the next day so you don't feel deprived but still take steps forward in your fitness and fat loss goals.
This is the last time the 6 week program will be offered at its current price, so if you want in on a program that has helped 100's of people create a better relationship with food, create a more active lifestyle, and give them the confidence that what they want for their personal health and fitness is possible then click here now for more information or to register.
See you in the program!