5 Simple Steps to Lose Body Fat

4 Jul

If you are carrying around some extra weight like most of people, you know all the reasons why you should take the weight off. It will decrease the stress on your heart, reducing the chance of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. You’ll feel better, look more attractive, etc.

There are thousands of reasons why, but it can be a real pain to finally get that body fat off. You push really hard, make a little progress, get side tracked, and “Bam” you’re back where you started; only heavier. Or, your try yet another diet to lose the extra bounds.

It’s maddening. Stop that hassle! I have put together 5 simple steps to actually lose body fat and keep it off. These steps can be applied to anything, but we are focusing on fat loss here.

1. Know what you want and how to get there
2. Know where you are and how to overcome your weaknesses
3. Track your results and keep a daily food and exercise journal
4. Make changes to your plan as needed.
5. Keep yourself accountable by getting a workout partner or a personal trainer

Now all your extra body fat will effortlessly melt off. Sure it will! A simple list of 5 items is not going to do it, so let me explain the intricacies of these items and where the hang up normally occurs when applied to losing boy fat.

1. Know what you want and how to get there

This one is simple. Most people that want to lose body fat have an idea of how many pounds they would like to lose or how they would like their body to look.

I think we can safely say if your body started looking the way you wanted it, you would know, even if you didn’t have it completely mapped out and detailed.

However, its not enough just to know how what you want. You have to have a game plan and you need to track your results to see if your plan is actually working or not.

2. Know where you are and how to overcome your weaknesses

This is where most people fail. It is almost always overlooked and is the number one reason for the up and down Yo Yo effect we experience with body fat. We are unhappy with how our body feels and how it looks and it is painful to zoom in and get an accurate picture of where we are. Unfortunately, we have to know where we are, to be able to accurately judge the results we are getting.

You are on a trip to Point Loma, San Diego, CA. You would like to start your trip from Phoenix, Arizona, but you really don’t know where you are. No problem. You get an Arizona/California map and find that a simple 6 hours trip west on interstate 8 will get you to Point Loma, San Diego, CA.

5 hours later, you have no clue where you are and it is definitely not warm San Diego. You feel defeated and you want to give up! Do you blame the car? The stupid maps? San Diego? Yourself?

Now what if I told you, you were actually in New Your City, not Phoenix, Arizona. A 5 hour car ride west from New York City will never get you to San Diego.

If you took the time to accurately find out where you were, you would have been able to choose the appropriate means to get to San Diego and have an expectation as to how long it would take.

This is the same with fat loss and our personal physical condition. In our minds, we think we are starting in a different physical condition then we really are. When the results don’t follow the illusion in your mind, we get upset.

 

3. Track your results and keep a daily food and exercise journal

This is conceptually simple. If we have no clue as to WHAT we are doing, how do we know what is working? It might be a simple to do, but is also simple not to do. In the end, most people never track their results.

 

4. Make changes to your plan as needed.

We love to do this one. We have it hands down. It is like step 1 of knowing what you want. We try the new diet, the super crunch machine, and the cardio dance power energy yoga fat burner class.

We might be great at changing it up, but without knowing where we are starting from and a history of tracked results, we have no clue as to what we should change or even which direction we should go.

 

5. Keep yourself Accountable by getting a workout partner or a personal trainer

No, not accountability! That is an evil word. I don’t want someone to know what I am doing, or more importantly what I am not doing.

So, why do we resist accountability, your secret weapon to fat loss? Because it works! If you know someone is going to be watching, you would follow through or at least feel very uncomfortable not following through.

Accountability when used wisely is the ultimate turbo booster to your weight loss. Since you are going to be accountable anyway, you might as well get something out of it.

Using accountability up front, you can achieve the body of your dreams. If you let your body hold you accountable, it will throw on fat in places you don’t want it to be.

The biggest obstacle to fat loss is not taking any action. It doesn’t matter how good the plan is, it is worthless if you don’t follow it. So what do I do now?

One of the best ways to stay accountable is by hiring a personal trainer. A personal trainer will hold you accountable to your goals by regularly checking you body fat and weight to make sure you’re on track.

Another great way to stay accountable is to have a workout partner. You can motivate each other help keep yourselves accountable to completing your workouts.

First and foremost get Accountable.

Forward this article to someone you respect and care about and tell them I want to be accountable to finally taking off my extra pounds. When they agree to support you, start working through Steps 1 – 5.

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