Most people put more thought into ordering take-out food that into their fitness goals.
It’s more or less inevitable now someone or the other will come up to me and ask for help in getting them started with a fitness regime. My first question is “what’s your goal?” and as predictable as the sunrise the answer is “I want to lose weight” and I know immediately the chances they are going to succeed are negligible.
Losing weight is NOT a goal…that is a wish, a desire. It lacks clarity, specifics and accuracy. It is the genesis for the actual goal. The actual goal would be something like this:
By the 31st of December I will decrease my body fat by 5% OR I will reduce my BMI by 7 OR I will bring my waist-to-hip ratio below .8 OR EVEN I will lose 4 inches off my waist.
Now that you have been really specific about what you want to achieve, let’s get on with the execution of it.
Divide the effort into nutrition and activity.
here is some simple food maths.
Protein + Carbs = Muscle Gain
Protein + Fats = Maintenance
Protein + Veggies = Fat Loss
Use this as the cornerstone of your food choices and you’re off and running.
Choose your poison of choice (workout) very carefully. Time you can spare, how consistent you can be, how many times a week, what routine etc etc and once committed to it stay committed. This is not for the faint-hearted or the weak.
If you do all this, you have my congratulations because the chances of you succeeding just went through the roof.
Remember you are doing this for yourself, nothing and no one else. The human spirit doesn’t die when it’s defeated, it dies when it surrenders.