This article is dedicated to one of the most important people in my life. This individual is a special person who consistently struggles with weight loss. They don’t especially enjoy exercise, they do enjoy their food and they consistently hear that societal message that screams, “Your body’s not good enough.” This person is immensely successful and well respected. However, they encounter daily battles with the great issue of weight loss. As some of you know, I take my profession very seriously and am intensely passionate about it. If one of my clients doesn’t achieve success with their fitness goals, I strategically search for a solution.
It’s my hope that within this article you may find some solutions, however small, to your weight loss goals. My approach is going to be different than most of my articles, because it will attempt to focus on a solution that coaxes you closer to your goal. I’m going to outline six points that are designed to help you from the inside out. I don’t pretend to be a therapist or psychologist, but I have worked with many clients and have observed many similar patterns related to the struggle to lose weight. The solutions I am outlining work, but it is up to you to make them successful.
HARNESS YOUR EMOTIONS!
This is where it all begins. It doesn’t start with detailing the proper amount of weight training one should do, or providing the correct nutrition plan you should follow. Many of you are using food for comfort. You know it and I know it! Life gets stressful and you simply want to feel better. Let’s face it, food does a marvellous job of making us feel better. Unfortunately, the feeling is temporary. After the binge, we start to feel guilty, twice as fat and absolutely awful.
How do we solve the problem?
When things feel like they are about to cave in and you want a packet of biscuits for company, simply tell yourself that just for today, you’re not going to do it. Don’t worry about tomorrow and make no promises for tomorrow. Think about tomorrow when it comes. On this particular day, you’re not going to fall prey to your emotions. This concept is very much like a 12-step plan, and I’ve found it to be immensely powerful and easy. Do it four consecutive times, and it will start to become a habit. Every client I’ve ever trained, male or female, attests to the power of this technique.
Never underestimate the power of positive imagery. Every night when you go to bed, visualise exactly how you want your body to look. See the finished product and view the detail in it. Don’t let the visualisation last more than one minute.Don’t turn it into a meditation retreat, just visualise the body you really want and then let the thought go. Keep things short and sweet. I used this technique when competing in bodybuilding championships and found it extremely motivating. I’ve recommended this technique to those who wanted to lose 4 stone and those who wanted to compete in an event. It works because you keep sending visual imagery to your brain of what the finished product looks like. The possibility of what you can look like begins to take a shape and form that is real to your mind.
MAKE THE PHONE CALL!
You’re only human and you might weaken. It’s okay. I want you to have a back-up plan. When you think you’re not going to maintain discipline on your nutrition programme, or you’re going to skip a workout, I want you to have a support system to call upon. Tell your partner or best friend that you are going to call them when you weaken. You will hold off on the decision to pig out or skip your workout until you speak to them. It will be necessary for you to coach this person before you begin this process.
REST EVERY SIXTH WEEK!
Design a workout plan that lasts five weeks. The plan should be realistic based on the time you have available. Then, take the sixth week off from any exercise, but stay on your nutrition programme. During the sixth week, take some time to change the parameters of your exercise routine, such as weight training exercises and cardio routine. When people see light at the end of the tunnel, they are able to better perform an activity that has not been the most inspiring for them through the course of their life. At the conclusion of this week, go on another five-week programme, again taking off week number six to rest and revise your programme. In training circles, you will hear of trainers suggesting taking a break every 12 weeks. However, this programme length plan does not take into consideration the person who finds exercise a chore. You will find my method to be both physically and psychologically stimulating. However, you must be consistent during the five-week period.