Over the past few years while working as a personal trainer, I've been fortunate enough to study weight loss, and more importantly, success. I've also come to realize a very important concept about both of them.
Successful weight loss is not so much what you know. In fact, success with weight loss is also not completely dependent upon what you do. What is important and what ultimately leads to permanent, successful weight loss is what you know and do together that makes all the difference.
Let me illustrate the point that simply just exercising or just dieting without knowledge of what to work on doesn't guarantee success.
I've worked in a health club setting in the past both as a personal trainer as well as a fitness coordinator.
I've seen many, many people exercising without a trainer and without knowledge of what it truly takes to change their body.
Many of these people, even working out five to six times a week for the two years I worked in this particular health club, did not change their bodies hardly at all in those two years.
In fact, I witnessed many people exercise for hours a day, six days a week not slim down or gain lean muscle at all. They were doing something, in fact, many of them were doing quite a bit. But were they making weight loss a habit or just an hour's worth of time spent six or seven days a week. I will tell you this: Simply exercising a lot is not the key to weight loss.
These people were missing a key element that consisted of more than just doing exercises. They were missing the element of being informed and educated about the principles behind weight loss.
They were missing the principle that weight loss must be more than exercise, more than diet, and more than aerobics.
Weight loss must be the correct approach to all of these and must be in such a proportion that they become habit soon after implementing them.
The flipside is true as well. Just knowing how to change your body will not change it without taking some form of consistent action and putting the knowledge to use.
The key to achieving permanent weight loss is the combination of knowledge and action, knowing and doing.
Over a long enough time, this combination of knowing and doing will hopefully evolve into habit where you start doing certain things that attribute to weight loss without even consciously thinking of them.
You begin eating certain healthy foods at certain time. You become used to going directly to the gym after work.
Weight loss must be a habit for it to be long term. Any time you revert back to the old, unproductive lifestyle, the chance of that old weight also comes back.
Any time that you decide to abandon these principles you run the risk of ending one habit pattern and forming another one.
If you have any doubts that changing your body for the better will also change your life for the better, I can tell you personally that it does.
Since I've lost over 50 pounds three years ago, my life has changed dramatically.
I have more energy, I feel better about myself, I have a new fulfilling career, and much more.
And it all started when I hit the point of frustration and decided that enough was enough.
From that moment of frustration came a moment of clarity, one that stays with me to this day. For out of that frustration came desperation and dissatisfaction and out of dissatisfaction came power.
Power to finally take responsibility of my actions, power to choose having a great body over having a piece of pizza.
This dissatisfaction produced great motivation because I was at a place where I no longer wanted to be and I knew it would be me and only me that made the choice to change.
I began to ask myself very hard questions that only I knew the answers to.
Soon after really getting to know exactly what I wanted to acheive,I went from a depression-like state to finally having purpose and knowing why I was put here on this earth.
Just 12 weeks prior, I wasn't even sure if I could walk up the stairs of my house without getting tired.
I was constantly talking to my self negatively and many times told myself that I was too fat to feel happy and was too fat to make anything worthwhile out of my life.
Now I was entering a fitness competition and no longer had the overbearing feelings of depression and anxiety. I made this all happen in 12 weeks. This was enough time to make certain productive actions habit.
I also made the decision to study certain aspects of success in weight loss and success in life. My belief was "Hey, if there are people achieving and recieving exactly what it is I want to have, then it's possible for me to get it as well."
I think that was the deciding point in my life where I made success and weight loss a journey. It was and still is a journey I undertook not just to help myself escape the depressing chains that often come with being overweight, but more importantly a journey I make to help other people realize that they do not have to put up with the frustration in their lives from being overweight.
If you're willing to make the choice to change, you can follow the same steps I took to change my life.
However, you need to be frustrated where you are right now. If not I am not sure the motivation to continue will be powerful enough to stick this out.
Good things come from combining frustration with a plan. So as I talk to you using the words in this article, I want you to understand that I am going to take your hand and lead you through the path of weight loss habit and ultimately success.
You can take comfort in knowing that I've been on both sides. I want to take you to this other side with me.
Make a study of successful weight loss and resolve to learn exactly what it is you need to do to change your body.
I learned what it took to lose fat by studying other bodybuilders, fitness competitors, and athletes. I learned they all took certain steps to get lean, toned, muscular bodies.
That's when I realized that if you model and copy other successful people, you too can achieve similar results.
It's the same principle behind using a roadmap. It's quicker following a path that has already been laid out for you than trying to arrive somewhere by trial and error.
Use my roadmap of weight loss success. It's not a difficult map to follow. In fact, the simplicity of it often times makes people think that it may not work. Many people are afraid of simplicity They feel that anything worthwhile has to be achieved through a long and difficult process.
This is just not the case. I was able to get my best body ever by simply following some simple, effective methods that soon became habit for me anyways.
You will not have to make weight loss a long study, just make it a study. You will soon see that the recommended advice in this program and any other that you study have been around for as long as you can remember.
You will also read things you have read many times before. Again, its because there really is not anything new that has been "discovered" about weight loss.
The age-old advice of proper nutrition and exercise is still useful today. But if that's all it took, why is it we are getting more overweight as a society each and every year. A full 60% of the U.S. adult population is now considered overweight.
Americans are spending over 35 billion dollars each year on health and weight loss related products. This seems to be of little success.
Things are not working because people are not approaching it correctly. People see weight loss as something they work for for a ittle while and then give up. That will not work. Weight loss must become and stay a habit for it to be permanent.
If you follow and use these steps laid out in this book until they become habit, you will not have to worry about weight loss again. The Law of Cause and Effect is in direct use here. If you take specific actions, you will get certain results.
We are struggling as a sociey with weight loss because people are attempting to combat it with short term solutions and it is not a short term problem.
We have to get to the root of the problem, which is peoples behavior towards weight loss. Successful weight loss is 80% behavior and only 20% "know-how." The age old advice of "Eat nutritiously and exercise often" falls into this "know how" group and simply doesn't get the job done.
The answer lies in the "behavior" end of the plan. Once you begin to change your behavior for the better, you will also begin to change your outcome. By changing your behavior so that certain steps you take become habit will ensure that weight loss will follow as a direct result of that behavior.
Shortly we will cover some of the steps you can take to change your behavior and, in effect, your life.
You can have anything you want in life by copying someone else that has already achieved and has what you want.
You can learn and study the things that others have done that has led them to the same goals you have.
Why spend all that time re-inventing the weight loss wheel. Just begin dooing some of the things they did to achieve what it is you want.
By learning from books, tapes, courses, and other informative tools, you can learn, study, and have anything that anyone else has.
The mere fact that they possess it is proof that you can as well. You are human and they are human. What anyone else has and has done, you can as well. The only variable is how hard you are willing to work to get it and the effort you put in.
The possibilities are endless for what you can learn, do, and have by studying what others have done successfully.
This can be the case with weight loss and fitness as well.The deciding factor is whether or not you'll take the action necessary to get what you want.
Simply reading a "how-to" book will not help you much if you don't put it's principles into action. That is the reason that most "self-help" books contain action exercises at the end of each chapter. Knowledge is not much use by itself.
It's what you do with that knowledge that matters. By putting into action certain steps, you more than likely will get certain results. That is not the case with just reading something and failing to use it.
You must apply to your own situation what it is you just read and that is where the magic begins.
You have the power to decide what you will do and what you will accept in your life.You must be willing to demand more from yourself than others would demand from you. You can start by making better choices in your life about how you eat, live, and exercise. The result will be a greater physical and emotional self than you have ever experienced before.
After all, changing your outside for the better goes hand in hand with changing your inside for the better.
So if you're looking to lose weight, gain muscle, or achieve any worthwhile goal, find someone that's already done it and copy what they did!
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