How many of you experience this due to your healthy lifestyle?
We all have dreams right?…I know i do.
How many of you tried to fulfill a dream but gave up too soon? Maybe you gave up because it was too hard. Maybe you gave up because you did not have the time, or maybe you gave up because you didn’t see any results.
The bottom line is, you gave up because you didn’t get what you wanted right away.
To succeed in anything in life you need to give it time and give it your best shot. A lot of people will try living a healthy lifestyle but give up after a few days as they did not see any immediate results.
Perseverance is the key here. If you really want to fulfill that dream then go for it. Keep going and don’t give up.
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Everyday people are procrastinating about when is the best time to start a healthy eating and fitness plan. Now that December has arrived, with Xmas and new years around the corner, a healthy eating and fitness plan takes a back seat. We all know that this time of year can be very challenging in many aspects, not just fitness.
Remember…. You have the greatest power of any living thing on this planet, the power of choice, the power to choose how to behave, what to say and when to say it, the power to control your attitude and the power to make a difference within yourself and surroundings.
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Is there a difference between weight loss and fat loss?
If, like many people, you said yes, you guessed wrong. Fat loss and weight loss are not the same thing at all. In fact, they are not even close.
If you browse the diet book section of your local bookstore, or surf the Web, you will see that most books and diet programs contain the words weight loss in their title or subtitle. Most diet programs are about weight loss, which is the incorrect approach to this whole area. As a trainer and author specializing in healthy fat loss and fitness, I recommend you only concern yourself with taking off excess fat.
Here is why. Weight is good, not bad; you do not want to lose weight, and most importantly for your health, you do not want to lose muscle. Our weight is made up of tissue, muscle, bone, blood, fat, water, and the rest of our physical body. Muscle, like every other component of our physical make-up, is most important. And fat is also a necessary, vital part of our physical make-up.
It is excess body fat that is the big problem. Having excess body fat, being fat, increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and many other serious diseases. And perhaps most serious of all, if you can get more serious than a heart attack or a stroke, is that excess body fat is being linked to many more types of cancers than previously known.
Excess fat is bad news and that is what I urge you to focus on, fat loss. The following is so important it bears repeating: you do not want to lose weight. That is just a convenient way of avoiding the word fat. Fat has ugliness attached to it. No one likes to be called fat or think of themselves as fat, so we say overweight, portly, rotund, chubby and use other phrases like take off pounds, lose weight, or take off inches.
We can play word games, deny it and dance all around the fact that we are fat and we have to lose fat. But it is more effective and realistic to just face up to the job at hand, which is to lose excess fat. And in fact, once they take 100 percent responsibility for doing just that, many people become highly motivated and do the job more quickly and easily.
In my many years working in fat loss and fitness, I have learned what I believe is the best way to take off excess fat fast, healthfully and permanently. And that is through adopting a balanced, plant-based diet of whole, fresh, natural foods, and doing daily exercise.
The type of program I recommend is simple and ferociously effective. It does not include diet foods made with reduced fat. No low carb, no carb nonsense. No fat blaster pills. No processed, packaged foods delivered to your door. No meal replacement shakes or herbal remedies that melt fat away. I strongly urge my clients and readers to stay away from all these bogus and often dangerous weight loss approaches. Unfortunately, they are unending and many people are eager to buy into magic bullets or shortcut ways for losing fat.
It is legitimate to ask why is a balanced, plant-based diet of whole, natural foods so effective at losing fat. The answer is simple and irrefutable: there is no more effective way to lose fat permanently than to cut out all the fat that comes with eating animals and animal food products like dairy and eggs. And permanently eliminating all refined, processed and fast foods from your diet. These are loaded with sugar, salt and added fats, including hydrogenated fats/oil, one of the worst substances you can put in your body. Put even more simply, we are what we eat.
That is the difference between fat loss and weight loss, and the difference between the approach I recommend and all the books and programs touting weight loss.
If you are interested in permanently, healthfully losing all the excess fat you want to lose, I urge you to adopt a balanced, plant-based diet of whole, fresh, natural foods, without meat, poultry, fish, dairy products or eggs.
When you do this, along with getting daily exercise, you will really start to see the excess fat on your body melt away. Healthfully and permanently.
An all too common myth is that dieting, no matter the method, will make you healthy. Losing weight can be approached from two directions: the healthy and the unhealthy way. Making long term lifestyle choices will help you lead a healthy lifestyle, lose weight and get you to your healthy weight range while short term crash diets will set you up for failure.
As a Personal Trainer I am often faced with the topic of Nutrition and planning it. Rightfully so, as I believe it plays about a 70% role in the contribution towards the health and aesthetic goals you are looking to achieve. The saying: “You are what you Eat”, really rings true for me as our bodies are one of the most high performance, complex machines ever given to us. You wouldn’t just put any old oil or fuel in a Ferrari would you, well why then don’t we treat our bodies even better than that.
Today i will address the nutrition topic and more specifically, the question of whether there is a difference between dieting and following a healthy eating plan.
Dieting and the tide of diet books that came out was brought about primarily after people learnt that bodybuilders could manipulate their body fat and weight by changing ratios of macro-nutrients or even eliminating completely a certain macro-nutrient to achieve the desired effect. Most of these diets however are extreme and not easily maintainable long term, if at all and take precision like discipline to implement. The effects are also sometimes very temporary and once the person returns to a more normal eating plan they find they blow up or smooth out.
The medical field was also responsible for developing certain types of diets that helped address problems such as obesity, adult onset diabetes, high cholesterol, gout, and other special needs that patients had in order to try and help them back to a state of normality or “health”. With the help of dietitians and other specialists in nutrition the governments of countries also developed the food guide pyramid, which is supposed to cover all basis and lead to optimal health. We have over the years however found the recommendations of the food guide pyramid to be flawed as it does not account for individual dominating body types, genetic differences, gender, intolerance’s and current weight status of each individual. If every person followed the food guide pyramid, I believe we would have an even bigger prevalence of obesity and deficiencies.
So, having said all of the above, I believe there is a difference between a diet or dieting to change body composition or achieve extreme results faster, and following a lifestyle based healthy eating plan.
A diet is something you do for a certain amount of weeks or months to get yourself into the shape you want to be in, e.g. coming out of winter hibernation mode and then panicking to get into shape fast for vests & summer bikinis. The problem is that usually this may involve extremely low calories, cutting out certain food groups, exact caloric amounts per meal, militant discipline, slight starvation, using ergogenic aids etc.
A healthy eating plan however looks rather at implementing healthy eating principals into your daily lifestyle that can be maintained over a lifetime.
These are principals such as:
Instead of obsessing over calories, food measurements and drastic changes to your eating habits, simply being healthy will help you lose weight without all of the math. Healthy foods are typically lower in calories than unhealthy ones. If you replace soda, chips, doughnuts and cookies with foods such as vegetables, fruits, lean meats, 100% whole wheat bread/pasta, brown rice, nuts and legumes, your calorie count will naturally go down, you’ll enjoy your food and improve your overall health at the same time.
Yes losing weight by eating healthy foods might be slower than going on a crash diet, however it will be a lot easier for you to adjust to which will guarantee your long term success. Imagine if you could just go to the beach anytime knowing you looked good instead of having to starve yourself for 2 weeks to lose weight.
Thanks to Jason Hough for a great article.
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I am sure at some stage you have looked at an ad featuring a young, hard-bodied fitness model smiling and enjoying his/her workout and you’ve probably thought to yourself “I’m going to do that and then i will quickly look like that”. Well banish that notion.
You have to be realistic about what it takes to get in shape. Working out is work and lots of it, and…… you have to do it over many months, not weeks.
Set realistic goals for yourself. Remember success comes with time and patients. YOU CAN DO IT! “Rome was not built in a day”.
Have a great Wednesday, i am off for a long weekend away 🙂
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