It’s that time of the year, again. You’re thinking about a resolution for 2018. Chances are, it has to do with self-improvement. Let me guess – it’s about losing weight and/or getting in shape? And yes, round is a shape but probably not the look you’re going for. As someone who has spent a considerable amount of time learning (and practicing) fitness training and nutrition, I’m going to be writing some articles and giving you the low down. I’ll call this my “Get Fit” series and I’ll be posting once a week through the month of January. Much of this information is scientific and taken from my own experiences.
First and most importantly, a lesson that I will hit on over and over again – losing weight is only achievable by consuming less calories than you are expending (burning). Let me put that another way: calories in < calories out! And, here’s some science for you: for a new dieter, it takes burning 7,000 calories in order to lose a pound of fat. Yep, now let that sink in. Scary, huh.
Okay, now for the good news. The moment you make this “diet” a lifestyle choice and not a fad diet that you’ll crash and burn on, it starts to get easier, day by day. After one year of consistent healthy eating and training, it will take burning 3,500 calories to lose a pound of fat. How is this drastic reduction possible after just a single year? One word: metabolism. Your body is a machine… a “furnace” that is designed for sustained performance using onboard energy (glycogen and fat). Once you start to stoke the fire by eating right (good fuel) and moving it all around on a regular basis (training), it functions more efficiently. You can do more with less. You are tweaking your metabolism for better performance. Your four cylinder hoop-dee becomes a supercharged V12 race car.
Now, let’s talk a little about gym (fitness center) memberships. Why? Because these are the guys that are taking you to the cleaners all while you waste your time… when you’re actually going to the gym. Here are some statistics for you: Only 2 out of 10 people will stick with their New Year’s resolution… by February! Yep, 80% have failed, only two months in. When it comes to weight loss and fitness training, it’s those people who have new gym memberships that give up in the second month. Why do people fail at sticking with a gym routine? I’ll give you big hint – because going to the gym is not FUN!
News flash: The world is your gym! Next week, I’ll delve into what that actually means. I’ll also talk about training and why I don’t like the word exercise. Most of you can ban that word from your vocabulary. In this series, I’ll also hit on good calories vs bad calories. Because, guess what? You can make weight loss and increased fitness easier by choosing the good calories instead of the bad. Think of it this way… and back to the car engine metaphor: bad calories = 87 octane. Good calories = 93 octane. Your highly tuned engine (you!) needs the 93 octane in order to achieve maximum performance! All that and more in next week’s blog post.
Here’s some of what you can expect in this series:
January 5th: The World is your Gym (practical training)
January 12th: Good Calories / Bad Calories (avoiding processed foods and sugar)
January 19th: Coping with Setback (how to succeed when others fail)
All the best… and Happy New Year!