Where are you going wrong?
Before I go into any of this, you need to get ‘losing weight’ out of your system. Because losing ‘weight’ and losing ‘body fat’ are two very different things.
And unless you’re about to enter the boxing ring and fight and need to be a particular weight category, weight doesn’t really matter.
What you probably want to do is lose body fat so that the fat disappears and the body shape you’re trying to achieve finally ‘appears’ and your muscles show.
“I don’t eat badly”, “I go to the gym all the time”, “I hardly eat anything”, “Whatever I do doesn’t seem to work”… we hear these things frequently at Ultimate Performance with clients who walk through our doors for the very first time.
So what is it you’re doing wrong? And why aren’t you seeing the results despite your best efforts? Let’s see.
What you think is healthy…might not be
Start keeping a food diary. This will lay bare exactly what you’re eating throughout the day. So many of you don’t even realise what it is they are eating throughout the day…or how much. Consistently keeping a food diary will show you in black and white precisely what you’re putting into your body every day.
We’ll take a guess that many of you have cereal, toast, porridge, fruit or sometimes absolutely nothing for breakfast.
For lunch…maybe you’re picking a healthy sandwich? A jacket potato? A ‘healthy’ fruit bar?
Then throughout the day, when you’re hungry, you will only snack on nuts or some low-fat crisps? Maybe a fruit yoghurt?
Then for dinner you’ve made a cracking pasta bake and you’ve made a salad to make sure you get your greens in.
So why isn’t this working? Are you sure these things are actually good for you if you want that perfect body? How do you get that lean, athletic look?
You’re choosing the wrong exercise
What’s the first thing you do when you think it’s time you did some exercise?
A run? A treadmill? A spin class?
The first thought for many who are trying to get their health and fitness back is to head straight for a running machine. Now there is no exercise that is bad for you, but it may not be the right type of training for you. If you are looking to lose fat and change your body shape, running is probably not the best option.
You’re not consistent enough.
This isn’t to say you’re not going to the gym often enough but being consistent isn’t just about going to the gym two or three times a week.
It’s about pushing yourself each and every time you go; it’s about having a plan that is designed for your specific goals and sticking to that plan week in, week out.
It’s about measuring your progress day after day and adapting week by week until you reach your goal.
It’s about saying ‘no’ consistently to bad habits, to the habits that got you out of shape in the first place…not just once.
It’s about being disciplined, both inside and outside of the gym.
You’re not letting anyone down.
You’d think that letting yourself down would be enough of a reason to keep going when it matters most.
The majority of the time, it’s not.
If you’re on a mission to lose some serious weight, if you’re looking to get into the best shape of your life, it’s going to take some real commitment on your part.
If you’re the only person you’re letting down, you’re not going to care that much if you decide you’re too tired to train one day, you’re not going to care that much if you have a crazy weekend of binge eating and drinking and you’re not going to care that much when you skip a meal or two.
You will, however, care if you have someone at the other end who you’re accountable to, someone who wants the results just as much as you do, someone’s who time you will be wasting if you don’t turn up, someone who cares about your health more than you do.
Does this sound about right?