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12 Days Of Fitness Truth 2010: The Good News/Bad News of Fat Loss – Day 1

December 13, 2010 0 Comments

fat-lossHappy Holidays! Instead of fruit cake, egg nog, and gifts that you simply have no use for, my gift to you this holiday season is to share with you 12 Days of valuable tips that are priceless now and well beyond the holiday season.

I’ve got good news and bad news today. Let’s start with the bad news. It’s difficult to lose fat. If it were easy, there would be no need for the thousands of diets and useless infomercial exercise equipment ads that flood the market every January 1. But here’s the good news. It can and does happen once you accept the fact that discipline is needed to lose fat. Then you’ll discover that losing fat is as easy as following a few simple steps consistently – not for a few days or weeks.

Step 1 – Plan, shop, and prepare your meals in advance. If you fail to plan, you will most certainly plan to fail.  There are simply too many distractions and temptations to make healthy choices when you’re not prepared.

Step 2 – Schedule your workout times and not just for when you think you will have time.  If you must, schedule it like you would an appointment.  Exercise does not work unless it’s consistent.  (there’s that word again).  By the way, cardio is NOT the answer and if you don’t perform some form of resistance training, you will not succeed 100%. More of that coming in a future post.

Step 3 – Take time to set goals and to plan solutions for every obstacle that gets in your way each week – consistently (get it?!)

The time is NOW.  Once you accept the truth that fat loss is something that you can attain so long as you adhere to proven strategies consistently, only then will fat loss become second nature (a lifestyle adaptation) to you

See you tomorrow for Day 2 of the 12 Days of Fitness Truth.

About the Author:

Jeff Harrison is a fitness coach based in Pottstown, PA. He received a BS in Exercise and Sport Science from Penn State University and is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and ACE Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist (ACE-AHFS). Jeff's articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals as well as consumer oriented websites and magazines.

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