Fitness and Health is not something you should try. It’s a long individual process that you should personalized. Being skinny, the number on the scale, the way you compare yourself to others is not how you do it. Finding a trustworthy source of information (believe me, your TV set is not) is worth the investment. Find a way you believe in and give it a fair chance. It’s not going to happen in a matter of weeks. Give yourself time.
Fit is not only being able to do jumping jacks or lifting pink weights. It’s not only how well your clothes fit. It’s not only about having abs. Fit should FEEL strong, healthy, passionate, loving life, confident, able to workout and play hard, sleep well, eat well, think well…
But you can’t seem to find the time you say?
Are you fooling yourself into thinking that you are busy? Being Busy and being productive are two very different things. Busy is doing things that could wait but easy to do so you choose them first. Being productive is often doing THE thing that needs the most attention and that can lead you closer to greater goals, but often, they are more challenging and draining to do. What to do about it? Motivation meters are often full in the morning, so the first thing you should do in your day is THE most important thing that will lead you closer to your goal or project’s end. That is being productive and then, get busy for the rest of the day.
You don’t know where to start?
Any road trip you take, you need a plan from where you start to where you want to go. First thing that needs to be done is to have your bodyfat measured. Unfortunately, most people can’t or won’t take measurements, like their body fat for instance because they are scared shitless of the present reality they got themselves into, which is the actual state of their present shape. They are as scared as people who won’t go to the doctor when they are suspecting a possible problem.
Another problem is also the fact that some trainers don’t believe in taking bodyfat. Yes, you read that right. What I understand when I hear things like this is that the actual trainer is scared of his abilities, scared of not putting money where his mouth is, proving that he can get results. What if the client doesn’t get what he wants? He won’t renew or just will not come anymore. He will lose that client because he does not see results. Before anything, ask for a clear plan, ask questions, only then, you’ll get the right answers.
But what is the point, all you want is to lose weight…
The problem is that losing weight does not mean a “healthier” body. It’s fine to lose weight but when you know you lost bodyfat you can at least say that the job is being done. If you lose the fat, you are losing dead weight. Only having the scale as a marker can’t give you the real picture of what is actually being lost. On top of that, it often leads to an unhealthy habit that I wish to eradicate from everyone’s morning ritual.
Weighing your fatness every morning is madness. Your weight can fluctuate as much as 10 pounds over the course of a week, even days. So if you are anal about how much you weigh, than you are just feeding the psychological roller coaster ride. Imagine weighing 5 pounds heavier after 4 good days of dieting and thinking that you lost at least a good amount of weight, and BAM! You gained! Get on the scale once a week, same time, same scale, same day. Pick a day and stick with it. What is my best advice? Forget about the scale, and get your bodyfat done at least once a month by a professional. Well worth the investment and less uncertainty.
Meal frequency might be more important than you think.
In the Journal of Physiology and behavior, they demonstrated that; •Changes in meal timing influence obesity and success of weight loss therapy. •Unusual feeding time can induce a disruption of the circadian system. •Digestive enzymes express in a circadian manner and are synchronized by food. •Feeding is the source of energy for adipose tissue. The time of feeding is decisive. •Clock genes are important in meal timing by changes in circadian control of hunger.
Get organized, plan your day in advance. You should know when you can eat during your day. Plan your day around your feeding time. Sure, it sounds a bit crazy, but getting the results you want needs a little bit more effort than eating on the go.
Enjoy your week, keep the great work going.