On my journey to losing over 50 pounds of body fat in just 8 weeks time, there were 9 weight loss lessons I learned… the hard way! Fortunately for you, you can learn from my mistakes and hopefully don’t run into any brick walls during your journey! In today’s article I’m going to share with you 9 things I learned that helped me FINALLY get in shape, and I’m sure it will help you too…
Lesson #1. Keep your motivation level high at all times… and here’s how:
There are some things I recommend you do to get your motivation level high to do this whole diet and exercise thing. What I recommend for you to do is to:
- Concentrate more on fat loss than weight loss. Focusing more on reducing body fat is not only the smarter and healthier approach to getting in shape, it’s also the least stressful. Weight fluctuates a lot, and if you are not seeing the results you want on the scale, then this is a surefire way to cause you to lose motivation. If you focus more on decreasing body fat and gauging your success based off of how you are looking, how loose your clothes are fitting, etc., then you’ll find it WAY more motivating.
- Figure out the primary reason why you want to do this, and keep reminding yourself about it every day. You could put a note up on the fridge, you can make a screen saver on your computer, etc. that mentions or shows WHY you want to improve your body.
- Understand that the greatest source of motivation is by getting results… so ensure you follow the next lessons below… because they have been proven time and time again to produce results!
Lesson #2. Choose a practical diet that is centered around increasing your metabolism with food.
The best type of diet by far to go on is a diet that is designed to increase your metabolic rate using food. When I went on a diet such as this (which is this program HERE, and that I HIGHLY recommend), I was taken back with how simple it was to do. All you have to do is follow the menu plan that is designed for you with this type of diet plan, and in a couple of weeks you could literally lose up to 10 pounds of fat. The way this type of dieting work is by increasing your bodies fat burning hormones by shifting the calories of the foods you eat in specific patterns. Learn more about the program at — http://FatLossIn11Days.info
Lesson #3. Put your primary emphasis on proper nutrition.
Choosing a diet such as the one above will certainly make this lesson easy to stick to. The reason why is because if you choose a natural diet such as the one above, you are automatically going to be getting 100% proper nutrition.
100% proper nutrition means eating the right types of foods, eating the right amount of foods, eating without putting too much stress on your digestive system, and eating to boost your metabolism. All of that is what will cause your body to get leaner like crazy in no time… and you’ll also improve your overall health! Proper nutrition is the NUMBER ONE rule for losing weight and getting in shape.
Lesson #4. Never underestimate the power of water.
“Many hear the call, but only a few will answer.” <== I love that quote! I figured that quote is pretty appropriate for this lesson here. Out of all the weight loss lessons there are in this article, this is the one that is probably the easiest to do. It is also the one that is recommended the most by me and MANY other professionals, bloggers, writers, diet programs, and more! However, it’s also the one lesson that many people still seem to avoid the most?!
If you drink 1/2 your current body-weight in ounces of water each day, did you know that by doing that alone, you could end up losing a couple of pounds a week? It’s true! Drinking more water get’s rid of water weight, helps build muscle, naturally cleanse your body, provides natural energy, and so much more!
Lesson #5. Sleep plays a larger role in weight loss than most think.
This is another commonly talked about method for ensuring you lose weight, but is often ignored. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night can literally help you drop up to 500 calories… just by sleeping! Besides that, getting enough sleep allows your body to repair muscle tissue from exercising, it keeps your metabolism running smoothly, it’s a guaranteed way to ensure you have a ton of energy for the day, and so much more!
Lesson #6. Do the right type of exercising.
Building lean muscle by doing compound weight training (exercises that work more than one muscle group at once… such as squats, bench press, push ups, dead lifts, etc.), and also doing short high intensity cardio (sprinting, high intensity interval training, sport activities, etc.) are the best types of exercises for getting in shape quickly and effectively.
The reason why is because building muscle not only makes you stronger and look better, it also increases your metabolism… which will continue to run high… even after the workout is done! Doing high intensity cardio (which should only take you 10-20 minutes to do) is not only quicker and more fun, it is the type of workout that will prevent you from losing muscle tissue, and it will skyrocket your metabolism.
By the way, you DON’T have to go to a gym! You can get an amazing workout at home doing all the effective types of exercises using your body-weight and maybe a few pieces of exercise equipment (a couple of dumbbells and some resistance bands for example)!
Lesson #7. Never self-sabotage your goals.
And by that I mean doing things such as keeping bad foods in your house, having too many cheat days, making excuses with exercising, skipping breakfast, etc.
Lesson #8. You WILL hit a plateau (but here’s how to prevent and fix it).
The simple fix for a weight loss plateau, fitness plateau, etc. is to readjust what you are doing. For fitness, as you become accustomed to workouts, you have to increase the intensity to break through (and/or prevent) a plateau. For nutrition, I recommend a diet based around changing your eating patterns around to skyrocket your metabolism. This is why I mentioned above in lesson 2 why it is so important to choose a diet based on boosting your metabolism with alternating your food patterns… and that’s because you’ll PREVENT your body from reaching a plateau, along with getting extremely fast results… naturally.
Lesson #9. Stay consistent no matter what.
Results is what will keep you going. However, results only come if you are 100% consistent. So please, whatever you do, don’t give up! Stay consistent with your diet program and exercising routines, and I can assure you the results will come!