If you desire success at losing fat and increasing your level of fitness, there are three components that you absolutely must have. Without any one of the three, you will find it extremely difficult - if not impossible - to achieve any type of long term success. The three things you must have for successful fatloss and fitness, in order of importance, are as follows:
1. The right mindset. The vast majority of overweight people will say they want to lose weight and get into good shape. You may have said this yourself. I know I certainly have! So why don't they do it? Actually, there are two primary reasons.
First, they consciously are not willing to put in the necessary work. It's hard, it's uncomfortable, and it takes time. How many times have you heard someone say, "I'm going to try this new diet I heard about at work." You can't "try" a diet! You either do it or not. Phrases like, "I'll try" or "I'll do my best," are merely expressions we use that allow us to say, "It didn't work," when, in fact, we actually gave up and quit!
The second mental problem is subconscious. This is the big one. Most of us have been programmed since early childhood for failure. It is not our fault and really not our parents' fault either. It was done for protection. By the time we started school, we heard the word "NO" approximately forty thousand times! I lack the space here to teach you how to overcome the negativity in your subconscious mind, but I will tell you this: it IS possible to reprogram your mind, and when you do, amazing things will happen in your life!
2. The right eating plan. I am not talking about going on a "diet." I will tell you right now, DIETS DON'T WORK! What I am referring to is a lifestyle change. You must learn to eat the right foods, in the right portions, and at the right times. So called diets are too restrictive. Nearly every diet plan eliminates one of the basic food groups. They are called basic for a reason - your body needs them. When your diet says no-no, your body will begin to crave the forbidden food. If you are eating properly, your body will get the correct amounts of protein, fat and carbohydrates. You will also be eating whole foods, not processed junk.
3. The right fitness program. There is a multitude of exercise programs available to you, but if you are trying to lose fat while you are getting fit, you definitely need to be using interval training. What is interval training? Interval training is a fitness program that involves bursts of high intensity work that is alternated with periods of rest or low activity. Usually the rest period is slightly longer than the high intensity work. Extreme interval training involves long periods of intensity followed by short rest breaks. What makes this type of fitness program so great? The high intensity constitutes a combination of cardio and strength training. The cardio burns calories while you are exercising. The strength training builds muscle mass which continues to burn calories for hours after you have finished your workout. Combined with the right eating plan, this program will burn fat instead of just weight, and the increased muscle mass will burn calories faster than what your fat was burning.
There are other factors that are important for fatloss and fitness, but these three are a must. First, you have to get your mind to the point that your subconscious thoughts believe you can succeed. When that happens, you will automatically begin to take steps toward success. Second, your eating habits must change to wholesome foods eaten in the right amounts at the correct times. Finally, you really to need to incorporate interval training on a regular basis into your weekly schedule.
Trust me on this. You will be glad that you did.