There are countless ways in which one can lose unwanted body fat, but with the bombardment of fitness information being thrown our way on social media and other platforms, it can be easy to get lost in it all and not know where to begin. Below are the top 5 fat loss strategies that should be used above all else. Implement these tips into your routine, and I assure you, the weight will come off.
This is, by far, the most critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to any fitness goal of yours. In order to see results, you need to be consistent in your efforts. This doesn't mean you need to jump head first into the deep end, it just means that you need to do a little each day. To summarize Tommy Bakers 1% rule, he stresses that you should focus on your successes, even if they are small. Did you make it to the gym 3 days this week instead of 2 like the week prior? that is something to be very proud of! Consistency is key, as we have all heard quoted before. So, with that in mind, do just a little bit each and every day and I guarantee you will inevitably see results.
Nothing happens overnight. Don't expect to wake up one day and be 10lbs lighter. Your fitness journey takes dedication and patience, but trust me when I say that it will be well worth the hard work you put in. Altering your habits and lifestyle is something that takes time, so be patient with the process, as well as with yourself. Don't kick yourself over giving in to a craving or for missing a workout. You're only human and can only expect so much from yourself in such a short period of time.
3. THE PROCESS
Trust the process and appreciate the process. The process meaning the time taken to get to where you want to get to, the highs and the lows, the struggles and the victories. Like anything worthwhile, your fat loss journey will be difficult, but you will conquer those challenges with ultimate strength and courage if you maintain consistent shifts toward positive and healthy habits. Congratulate yourself on the small accomplishments along the way instead of getting hung up on the end goal. If you are curious on my thoughts about loving the journey as a whole more than the outcome, be sure to read my blog post Fall in Love with the Process and not the Product in Order to Maintain Consistent Satisfaction.
being aware of your actions is a necessary step in throwing out the old, self deprecating habits and replacing them with new healthy and beneficial ones. By all means enjoy a piece of pie after dinner or a beer or two on the weekends with friends, but be mindful of these actions and the consequences that follow them; ensure these actions you decide to take are infrequent and don't hinder your stellar progress thus far. Furthermore, educate yourself on the facts of wholesome nutrition and proper meal sizing, ensure you are getting adequate (and quality!) sleep each night, as this can aid in weight loss, and be cautious and aware of your daily stress levels which can negatively affect weight loss via hormonal fluctuations. Essentially, be mindful of your daily choices as they will all play a role in either aiding or depriving you of your weight loss goals.
Have tools in place to keep you accountable for your actions. This can come in many ways, such as that of a personal trainer, a friend or spouse, a family member, or even a log book that you can write down all your workouts, personal achievements, and goals in. Write down your thoughts and keep coming back to the "why" in regards to your personal reasons as to why you want to lose weight. These external and internal motivators will keep you in check when you feel like giving up. If you surround yourself with positive influencers and a strong support system and you will be much more likely to stick to your healthy lifestyle!