Fat Loss – 3 Main Points

Three Important Points To Keep in Mind When It Comes To Fat Loss

  • It is do-able

  • It takes time

  • It is a long term commitment

Each of the above pretty much run into the other and are important to keep in mind if your goal is fat loss.

It is do-able

How many times have you, or someone you know, started ‘a diet’ only to fall by the wayside and regain the lost weight?

After a few attempts (and failures) it’s very easy to lose the belief that you can actually lose weight and keep it off.  But you know what?  You can.  How?

Successful fat loss goes hand in hand with nutritional education and support.  Having someone to teach you what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat and being there to answer questions is invaluable when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.  Studies show that you are much more likely to succeed if you have someone to guide and support you.

It takes time

There is no quick fix.  As much as we wish there was a magic pill or potion we could take that meant we didn’t need to adjust our lifestyle, unfortunately there isn’t.

Fad diets, meal replacements, restricting whole food groups – there is a wealth of programmes and products offering quick fixes, but none of them teach you how to eat long term.  If you don’t learn how to eat for your lifestyle, then as soon as you come off the restrictive programme you go right back to what you were doing and regain the weight you lost.

A realistic weekly fat loss to aim for is 1% of your weight.  If you weigh 75 kilos then a loss of 750g per week would be a great goal.  To achieve that you will need to modify your lifestyle habits and be prepared to do some regular exercise.

A weekly loss of between 500g and 1 kilo is achievable for most people, depending on how focused they are.  Let’s face it, any consistent fat loss is worth having and over time means you will get you to your goal.  Persistence, not perfection, is the way to go.

It is a long term commitment

The statistics are that 90% of dieters will regain lost weight within 12 months and 95%-98% of dieters will regain lost weight, and more, with 3-5 years.  With those kind of depressing figures you might think ‘why bother if the chances of keeping the weight off are so poor?’  Instead, we should look at why do dieters regain the weight.

The only way to lose fat and keep it off successfully is to modify unhelpful habits, and to keep those changes long term.  If for instance you halve your alcohol intake, double your exercise output and reduce your portion sizes, chances are you will lose weight.  But if you revert to your previous habits then of course the weight will go back on.  Do what you always did, get what you always got.

Successful fat loss, long term, doesn’t mean being on a constant diet.  Once you achieve your target fat loss, then being taught how to maintain is essential.  Of course you can have treats like alcohol, chocolate and takeaways, but just not every day.

Fat loss is 70%-80% nutrition, if you want to lose weight you have to learn what to eat.

So to wrap it up:

  • Believe in your ability to lose fat
  • Seek suitable advice and support to learn what to eat
  • Learn what lifestyle modifications will be helpful to make
  • Expect your fat loss journey to take time and that you will have detours along the way
  • Know that the changes you make need to become permanent to prevent weight regain

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