Nobody is perfect. Temptation is very present in daily life. Having the self-control to make the right choices can be difficult. The problem is that being healthy isn’t easy! Every aspect of being healthy whether it is proper diet, working out, increasing the intensity of your workouts, or staying away from unhealthy habits can be a challenge on a daily basis. All of these aspects of health take self-control. It is so much easier to make the wrong choice than the right one.
On your diet you need the self-control to stay away from fast-food, sweets, and overeating. When it comes to working out it can be a lot easier to miss a workout and go home. Especially if you are feeling tired or you are in a rut. Unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking are huge temptations that have significant effects on your health and fitness. Everybody knows it is true but it is still a challenge to kick bad habits.
Self-control may be one of the most crucial characteristics for someone to try to improve for themselves. Typically, what will happen is that someone will be tempted by their vice then they will weigh out the options in their head. They could have the momentary pleasure of the food, drink, or relaxation, or they could progress their fitness. Unfortunately, the momentary pleasure wins out more often than it should.
I will be the first to admit my self-control is not perfect. It probably isn’t even great. I have no problem getting to the gym or pushing myself, but I will be tempted in my diet. What I have learned is that improving your self-control takes a lot of time. Old habits die hard, but improvement is all that matters. I usually think about increasing the time between my lapses in self-control.
If before you were eating a bad meal every other day try to push that to three then four until eventually you have more self-control. Maintain your integrity and self-respect. Knowing that you will be better because you didn’t lose your self-control will be the key to your success, and seeing those results will help you maintain those results. It all just takes time.
Fat loss will be a constant motif of this blog. Losing fat is an invigorating product of a long period of hard work that, I won’t lie, can be difficult to achieve. As a personal trainer one of the most commonly asked questions I have received is how to lose specific areas of body fat. You have your typical suspects belly fat, underarm fat, and maybe around the thighs. When I answer that you can’t target fat loss they give me a look like they already knew that was the answer. They just wanted to know if I had any secrets. Then I’ll start to explain some of the things that go into it and they start to get a sick look and say to me I wish it wasn’t that hard. I explain that it is but I try to let them know the feeling of being overwhelmed doesn’t last long. I’ve been there before; I found some information and I felt overwhelmed. I thought to myself, it can’t be this crazy. It is. I’ll be here to constantly remind you that there aren’t really short cuts, but you will always fall into a nature groove of motivation, knowledge retained, and knowledge being utilized. Months after finding all that knowledge and being overwhelmed by it I was using most of that knowledge.
Don’t get mad at me when I don’t give you that many short cuts. Targeting fat loss is not possible. What everybody wants to hear is that they can do a bunch of crunches or tricep pull downs and magically lose their unwanted fat. If you think about it those are some of the smallest muscle groups and you are expecting them to burn a lot of fat from their immediate surroundings. It doesn’t make much sense. Fat comes off as a whole. At the end of the day targeting fat loss is impossible. The real goal is gaining the motivation to take your overall fat loss to the next level. The satisfaction of losing the majority of your fat and finally looking the way you want is unreal. The fact is you have probably lived your entire life constantly worrying that you didn’t look good. I’m here to tell you that if you follow me you will achieve your goals, and that when you wipe away the constant feeling of inadequacy you gain an amazing feeling of purpose.
Fat loss is all about constantly eating less. Fat loss takes time, and it is not about starving yourself, but it is about self-control. Cutting out fast food, drinking less, and cutting out binge eating can do wonders. I also talk about learning how to count calories. I don’t say that you have to count calories forever, but it is really helpful to learn how your body feels when you have eaten 2,000 calories. Overtime you will lose weight and you will gain a valuable hobby. You will start to wonder why you ever wouldn’t live like this because it’s addictive. The challenge is losing that first bit of fat until you see some results. After that you have some knowledge and motivation. Stay consistent for a few weeks in order to see results. One of my favorite ways of staying on track is by having a cheat day. Cheat days give you that great dopamine rush, and they also help you refuel your body for another week of cutting calories.
At the end of the day, targeting fat loss is a myth that you wouldn’t really want to achieve. Fitness is all about symmetry and having less fat in one place would only look silly. I will explain fat loss scientifically in latter posts. Instead of targeting fat loss just concentrate on eating less in order to lose fat as a whole. Every pound will be a win.