How to successfully lose weight?
Many people come to me desperately wanting to lose weight but that fact of the matter is only a small percentage of them will actually get the weight off and keep it off for good. And it’s not because people are sure what they should be doing because the basic recipe for weight loss is pretty darn simple; eat better and exercise more.
Then why is it that most of us are still overweight and can’t seem to drop the fat even after we know what we should be doing? Even though the recipe for weight loss is rather simple the recipe for success is a whole different monster.
A good amount of my clients come to me not because they’re unsure what they should be doing but for the motivation and accountability I’ll provide with my services. That’s a huge reason why boot camps and classes are so successful because they get people off their butts and into a group accountability environment breeding with success.
Those rare few who actually consistently get things done are the ones who have the most success. They’re the ones who go and work their butts off even though they don’t feel like it. They’re also the ones who will do whatever it takes to finish what they started.
It seems like those who first embark on a weight loss journey often begin to disappear after a the initial first weeks once the high from starting wears off. I can remember plenty of times I was super motivated to begin something but after a few days of doing it I quickly retreated back to my old ways.
Realizing the road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one is probably the #1 thing you can do to prepare yourself for the difficulties lying ahead. Most people will read some snappy marketing copy claiming they’ve found the fastest way to permanently lose weight but the fact of the matter is it’s going to be a pain in the ass no matter what anybody says.
Without a doubt it’s going to be way easier to sit on the coach and mindlessly stare at the TV then it is to go to the gym after a long days work. We have a very limited supply of self-control and discipline and most of us waste it worrying about things that are out of our control.
Excuses seem to sprout out from everywhere and we all say we’re going to get serious come Monday. But Monday never comes and the best time to get started was yesterday, but today will do.
So before your subconscious throws out another excuse and before you plan to start on Monday consider my 5 on how to successfully lose weight:
1. Hire A Coach
You don’t have to go out there and pay a million dollars to hire Tony Robbins to find a great coach. But you should seek somebody who has already accomplished what you want to and can help get you there. It’s crazy how many of us will allow ourselves to believe we can reach the destination on our own but the fact of the matter is it’s going to be a rocky road with many twists and turns. But if you’re trying to lose weight I’d hire a fitness coach you can relate with and deep down you feel like they can help you get to where you want to be. The investment will pay off faster than you think and even though you may be a little bit skeptical to shell out the cash it’ll be more than worth it when you’re walking on the beach.
2. Systemize Your Plan
Leaving your success up to your discipline is going to be a recipe for disaster. Instead write down everything you need to do each week to successfully lose weight. Maybe it’s going to be to cook all of your healthy meals for the week on Sunday and write down what you’re going to do in each of your workouts this week. If you’re planning on working out a 6am because it’s the only time you can make to workout then set an alarm telling you to go to bed at 10pm the night before. Whatever you can do to systemize your success the better.
3. Follow The 80/20 Principle
The Pareto Principle states that 20% of your efforts will give you 80% of your results. So what are the 20% of the things you should be doing in order to maximize your results? Instead of doing long 45 minute runs you could instead do a 20 minute High Intensity Interval Training workout at get 9x’s the results. Instead of doing the traditional bodybuilding workouts that require 60+ minutes per session 5-6 days per week, you could do 3-4 intense 45 minute total body metabolic resistance training workouts. Discovering what few things give you the most results is a huge key to success and to your own sanity.
4. Eliminate Whatever Holds You Back
Trying to run a marathon while tugging a truck is going to make everything much much more difficult than it needs to be. If you’re house is loaded with junk food than take the initiative and throw all the junk out to eliminate temptation. Or if you have a relationship with somebody who just kills your spirit and drive then it may be time to severely cut down on the time you spend with them. Write down 5 things you can eliminate in the next few days that will quickly add to your success.
5. Do What Successful People Do
One thing I’ve found out about success is to model people who are extremely successful. They all carry common traits and once you discover these patterns you can clone them into your own life. One thing I’ve noticed about successful people is that they’re not ones to make excuses. They don’t cry about things but they quickly get over it and devise a plan to get past it. I’m not saying to copy every trait of a successful person but see what things they’re doing that are directly responsible for success and copy it…and it’s never luck. A couple books I’d recommend reading are Think And Grow Rich and Secrets Of The World Class.
If success with anything was easy then everybody would be doing it. But anything really worth accomplishing is going to be difficult. Even if you’re not trying to lose fat anymore but you can apply these same tactics into relationships or business.
Anything else? If you have any suggestions on what it takes on how to successfully lose weight or what you’re going to do to be successful then I’d really like to hear it in the comments below.
Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He’s worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the high school and college level. He has over 10 years experience as a personal trainer and nutrition coach. He is also the author of The Flat Belly Formula. He hopes to be able to bring inspiration & results to people all over the world to live a healthier life through diet & exercise.