by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, Certified Physical Trainer, Certified Corporate Wellness Coach, WickedFiTT
While the “rules” of fat loss and crushing calories are not overly complicated, there’s a reason why the number of overweight Americans continues to rise. It’s the same reason you struggle to lose the first 20 pounds — or the last 10 sitting between you and your abs.
It’s not fair, but that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible battle. Most people never take the time to understand why the pounds don’t come off. You just understand your reality — you don’t look different and neither does the stupid scale.
I know, I know …. We’ve all been here before. The place where we’re told weight gain isn’t our fault. That there’s a new (keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, carb-free, super-duper magic) approach that will be the solution to all your problems. And of course this time will be different.
It gets so old and frustrating. So maybe it’s time you try something new. It’s not popular, and nobody really wants to hear it, but part of the problem is a lack of patience; fat loss isn’t magic. You didn’t put the weight on overnight. And fat loss is an even slower process.
At some point we all start making excuses because of constant roadblocks: bad genetics, a crazy work schedule, kid food, weekends and so on. The reality? The excuses are a bunch of BS.
But the real problem is that you’ve been fed a steady supply of misinformation. Let me be super clear: Radical, dramatic, dangerous steps are the last things your body needs. You need something more stable and sustainable.
So, what is more important? Exercise or diet?
You have heard it a million times, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. That’s the most important rule of any successful plan.
But a great diet without an exercise plan is incomplete. Exercise and diet work, so there’s no need to try and create some crazy formula that determines what amount of which will get the best results. Claims that it’s one or the other are more wishful thinking than reality.
But change starts by realizing extreme behaviors are not the solution. After all, that’s where this whole thing went wrong in the first place.
I can’t believe I am saying this, but you don’t need to exercise to lose fat. You can lose weight without exercise, but if you don’t retain or build muscle, your metabolism won’t be as efficient, which means you’ll have to eat even less food to see the same results.
A sensible exercise program will help stoke your metabolism, which will help you burn more fat. It’s also good for your bone health and cardiovascular health, as well.
Bottom line: Starving yourself on 1,000 calories or being a slave to diet and exercise won’t make the difference. In fact, it’s that obsessiveness that leads you down that vicious cycle.
The key is consistency. If you’re only doing it once in a while, it’s not going to make much of a difference. But if you do it consistently, it’s going to add up. Don’t give up. Take those baby steps.
Stay the course, and you will see the changes. And you will have a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
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