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Quick Tip #19 ~ Focus on the Principles of Fat Loss, Not the Methods (7/6/11)

Quick Tip #19 ~ Focus on the Principles of Fat Loss, Not the Methods (7/6/11)

One of my favorite quotes ever comes from the movie Fight Club:

“No fear.  No distractions.  The ability to let that which does not matter, truly slide.”  ~ Jim Uhls

In essence, focus on what’s important and let the extraneous nonsense “slide.”  Too often, we get caught up in all of the details of “dieting” and “working out” while missing out on the principles of that fat loss – Heavy and consistent strength training, smart diet methods with healthy foods and more movement overall.  That movement can come from regular “cardio,” interval training or a boatload more of walking.  I’m not saying the details aren’t important after you’ve laid a solid foundation of those three methods.  Until you do though, what I am saying is to stop worrying about the nit-picking of details with extraneous non-sense.

My point with all of this is that at the end of the day, focus on the principles of fat loss and let those things that truly don’t matter, slide.

So what are those principles of Fat Loss?

#1 – Decrease total caloric intake while eating nutrient dense foods (think vegetables and lean meats).

#2 – Workout with weights, on mainly large muscle groups, for a minimum of 3-4 times per week 45-60 minutes each session.

# 3 – Be in it for the long haul. Those that want to see massive results instantly either burn out quickly or become discouraged when reality smacks them with a plateau.  The key is to focus on the next step.  The results will come with each step taken – not with being “perfect” on day one and not moving forward.

# 4 – Continually make progress, both in terms of the intensity of your workouts and with your dietary habits. What this means is that you can always get stronger and do more work in less time.  You can also, almost always eat healthier.  As long as you’re making progress though, you’re on the right track.

Focus on these 4 principles and you’ll be much better off than those that get caught up in the milieu of the extraneous details that play such a small role in obtaining the results you’re seeking.

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