If you’ve read a few of my blog posts, you are aware that I focus more on long term goals over the short “Lose weight in just 3 weeks” approach. Having relapsed a few times with these challenges, I realised that a long-term approach was the better solution.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s address the how:
What I mean here is, if your idea of fitness is a couple of yoga classes every other week and going on a diet here and there (insert diet fad of choice here), you’ve pretty much guaranteed failure.
You have to change your eating habits. The easiest way to start is writing down what you eat. You will be surprised how much “crap” we sneak into our meals every day. I personally subscribe to a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) lifestyle, I highly recommend it, but experiment to find what works for you, after all, you’ll be eating like this for the rest of your life.
High-Intensity Interval Training
If you are one of those people who jump on the treadmill at a constant speed for an hour (perhaps sneak in a quick read while you’re at it), this is where you get off. If your goal is permanent fat loss, your workouts have to be high Intensity. You have to push your body with challenging workouts. These workouts will not last as long as the cardio sessions most are used to, but they will demand a lot from you.
Surround yourself With Positive People
This is a bit of a sensitive one, but your friends and family may be making you fat. Your mindset is influenced by these people, like it or not. If these people are discouraging you, you have a serious problem. It is extremely hard to change your lifestyle when you hang around people who are part of a lifestyle you are trying to leave behind. Imagine trying to quit smoking when you’re constantly surrounded by chain smokers. People who laugh at you and tell you that you’ll never succeed, ya, you don’t need these people.
Invest in your health now, or pay for it later
A lot of people wait until they develop health issues before they consider maintaining a healthier lifestyle, after all “It’ll never happen to me” right? Besides looking great, you need to start investing in your health now, or suffer medical (and financial) complications later.
Start making better food choices.