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5 Step Fat Loss

So…

 

Why You Haven’t Lost Weight Yet?

Here are my own personal top 5 ways that you can combat body fat starting right now!

 

Weight-Loss-vs-Fat-Loss

 

1. Nutrition

This is the most obvious, yet most overlooked principle in my opinion, the way I see the world people are being misinformed on what the right foods are to consume on a daily basis. The way you look is 60-70% down to the foods you consume on a day-to-day basis.

The foods we eat are used as our energy source (along with oxygen) & so the way we feel will also be altered by its quality too.

In order to shed fat you should make it as easy as possible for yourself to eat healthy. You need to make small sustainable changes to your life that you will be able to stick to for the long term rather than going on & off diets.
My main advice would be to cut out as much as possible of the following;
• Chocolate
• Sweets
• Crisp
• Fizzy drinks
• Microwave meals
• White bread
• Alcohol
• Fast Foods (Burgers, pizzas & fried foods)

 

This is a baseline list of foods that I would keep away from as much as possible!

If you can eliminate excess calories going into your body then you’ll have a much easier time burning off fat as you won’t keep having excess fat being put back there when you eat.

 

 

2. People Don’t Drink Enough Water
We are made up of about 70% water, so you would imagine that everyone today walks around being fully hydrated, primed to be effective in every area of their lives. Well unfortunately this is the exact opposite for most people.

Everything from your digestive system to your brain function is reliant upon your hydration. Want to lose fat, have great energy, concentrate for longer & feel happier & possibly even reduce joint pain?
Drink the right amount of water!

So is it just as simple as “drink 2-3 litres of water a day?”
Again, unfortunately not but don’t panic, I have the solution at hand…
You have to drink your bodyweight in pounds, divided by 40 and this gives us the specific amount of water you should drink every day!

So here’s an example for you to make it simple
200lbs (bodyweight) Divided by 40=5 litres of water.
Why is hydration so important with fat loss?
Well the first reason it can help with hunger pains – now I’m not saying you should be starving yourself by any means but your body can sometimes mistake being thirsty for being hungry (because you’re dehydrated)

 

 

3. Being chemically balanced

Our bodies are in a very delicate balance of being slightly alkaline. If your body (through binge eating, being stressed, drinking alcohol) becomes too acidic then we start & occur problems. When your body reaches a point where it is ‘acidic’ then you literally have an acid build up in your body. This acid causes a whole bunch of health issues including joint pain, hormonal problems & has even been linked with some cancers. The best way to maintain this balance is to eat foods that are alkaline, so here is a list of the top foods you can consume:
• Cucumber
• Kale
• Spinach
• Broccoli
• Sprouts
• Kelp
• Grasses
• Cabbage
• Lettuce
• Tomatoes
• Rocket/Arugula

Finding it hard to put these foods into your daily meals? Check out this video right HERE on how to make a super healthy smoothie in minutes!

So what links this acidity with fat stores?
Well to be perfectly honest this section is more of a ‘health’ principle over anything else but saying that don’t just skip it…

You see your body fights the acid by storing it as fat as a way of protecting itself from becoming too acidic. So again, this is a way of fighting the fat proactively, rather than giving ourselves more to burn off.

 

 

4. Exercise

When we exercise we put out body in an immensely powerful state. The amount of health benefit there are from getting active are almost endless but the specific part we are looking at is shedding body fat.

If you can exercise 3 times minimum a week you kick start your metabolism every few days so you literally burn off fat while you SLEEP! Now if you’ve never done any type of exercise before don’t worry.

Take it easy to start with, build up slowly & make sure you enjoy what you do.

What type of exercise would you be doing?

It really doesn’t matter at all. It could be anything from lifting weights, taking a dance class, cardio machines or even a brisk walk. The most important thing right now is building the habits into your life that will carry you through into the future & you just do something.

If you can go for a 30 minute walk in the morning, great. A quick swim after work a few nights a week? Super! I always give the same advice to complete beginners – “something is better than nothing”. Even if all you can physically manage is one time per week, it’s still progress in my eyes!

Exercising in the morning is a great way to turn on your metabolism first thing & then you’ll have it there for the entire day. Burning your body fat as you walk, talk & work – amazing right?

 

5. Track your progress… Properly

No matter what you want to achieve I life this principle is golden. I mean if you don’t know where you have come from then you might never know how much fat you have actually lost.

What I recommend you do is to get a tape measure & measure your actual fat loss – not weight.

Your weight can jump around all over the place because the amount you actually weigh isn’t just based on your body fat levels. It’s mainly going to fluctuate because of the amount of food/water you have in your body & you could quite easily ‘gain’ 10lbs in a day just by being properly hydrated & by eating a few good sized meals.

Your measurements however will give you an accurate view of where you are specifically with fat loss.

So where & how to measure your progress…

Every month I want you to take the following measurements & add them all together. This number is the one number that we will track.
You want to measure:
• The tops of both arms
• The largest part of the top of your thighs, on both legs
• Your waist (just above your belly button)
• Hips (very top of your thighs/bum)
Add all of these measurements together & this is your initial starting point.
From here you can track your progress every month & see exactly how much FAT you are losing, rather than monitoring bodyweight & becoming disheartened when you don’t get the results you were hoping for.

 

So there you have it!

 

Nothing new and sparkling really, just the truth!

 

5 ways to ensure that you really do achieve your fat loss goals for this year.

 

Speak Soon

 

 

Brandon Patros

The Secret To Weight Loss

So as we all know being overweight is a problem for your health.

As to the extent of problems -well that’s down to how overweight you are how long you have been in that position.

Type 2 Diabetes, Stroke, Heart attacks, Kidney problems, Liver Problems, Bad Breath, Sore joints to name some of the more commonly know health issues.

So I’m sure that if you have tried to loose weight – you’ve tried at least one or two ways of doing so?

And if you’ve had success and kept it off then congratulations!!! I applaud you!

However, If you are someone who struggles to shift those extra pounds on a consistent basis then you have finally found a solid answer you can rely on…

Step 1 – Get Disturbed. Make it worse that it is if you need to – you need it to get to a place where it will get you to the point you need to do something about it! Take a blood test to see what your body looks like on the inside, try on a pair of jeans that used to fit, look at yourself in the mirror naked and tell yourself how you really feel.

Pain is your friend if you don’t just live there, if you use it as a signal that something is wrong and something needs to change then it an become your friend.

Otherwise you can get around people who have what you want – where people are REALLY fit & healthy. This alone – being around people who have what you want will be a natural way of pulling yourself toward that as it has become the norm of the people you spend your time with.

Step 2 – While feeling this disturbance, you make a real decision. That decision requires what you want, not the game plan – here’s the difference…

What you want is to loose 20lbs, have your energy increased, have healthier skin and to fit into that pair of jeans from a few years ago.

Not run 15 miles and fall over as a pile of hot, cramped & sweaty mess!

Focus on what you want, why you want it and what you can do about it.

If you cant run, swim, walk, try an exercise class, do something at home, dance furiously in the living room with music! Whatever it takes!!

Step 3 – Create a real plan. The clearer a goal is the easier it is to accomplish it.

If i said to you “throw this pen (I handed you a pen) Over there”

And I pointed to a large office space

What are the chances you would hit the specific thing I wanted?

0-none, that’s how much!

Now If I said you “aim for that specific bin right there” & I walked up to it and touched it, you would know exactly where to aim for right?

Weight loss is the same, “loosing weight” is a really bad goal, “20lbs in 6 months” is great!

Step 4 – Don’t start doubting yourself. Along the way there will be some hard times, some days you wont want to eat right & exercise but it’s on those days where the real work begins!

You, like me have probably had time in your life where you have done something that before you set out, thought it would be impossible then did it!

Keeping that goal in mind as much as possible throughout the day will be a fantastic way of ensuring you thing “how can I” when problems arise.

Step 5 – Set yourself up to win. Have your running shoes by the bed, clear out the rubbish food from the cupboards and don’t arrange those huge nights out.

Am I saying you can’t have fun?

No – I’m not a complete Health & Fitness Freak

I occasionally enjoy eating really unhealthy, tasty food, but I also train my ass off!

Strongman

The real secret is to have to have a balance that is tilted towards your goals so you can do it for a very long period of time without going mad or seeing no results.

Step 6 – TAKE ACTION. Nothing will happen if the only thing you do is read this blog entry and go back to doing what you always do.

In a years time you will be worse than were you were now and probably more frustrated as a rsult of loosing weight and putting it back on again Read here for more on that here.

 

Step 6 – Reward yourself when you hit you’ve goal and set another! As humans we thrive of working towards a goal. If we accomplish that goal we should have a reward!

That reward can be anything you like but make sure its something that really cement is that hard work pays off.

Once you’ve celebrated set another goal, maybe something not quite so adventurous this time – how about to maintain current body fat/dress size for 6 months?

Whatever take your fancy :)

The main thing is that as we move towards the ‘ideal’ – whatever that is for you – we keep our bodies in a state that allows us to be energetic, happy & driven to get what w want & a healthy body that isn’t being weighed down by unnecessary body fat is in my opinion the worlds #1 problem that can be fixed by ourselves.

So set a goal & smash it!

 

 

Speak soon

 

 

Patros