What can help us lose body fat, won’t always keep it off…
Hear me out here
I’m sure if you follow me, you’ve seen your fair share of weight loss ads come across your social media timeline. You know the ones, programs are targeted to help people lose weight, and lose weight quickly. Promises to lose 20lbs in a month, or something along those lines.
The majority of these programs will have you make drastic life changes during your short time on the program. Changes such as:
Reducing food portions to minimums – sometimes replacing them altogether with shakes
Cutting out food groups – primarily carbs
Drinking nothing but lemon water throughout the day – not even coffee…
Increasing physical activity dramatically – an hour of cardio daily, and an hour bootcamp class 3x/wk
And more I could list more, but I think you get the point.
I assume this isn’t how you live your life day-to-day life currently, or really want to long term, but if you follow it there is a good chance you will lose some weight. In fact, you could lose a decent amount of weight in a short amount of time doing this. You’ll see this a lot with “12-day fixes” or “4 weeks to fit” style programs that can produce big results in a short time.
What happens when you have a night out with friends or go on vacation?
What happens when you’re sick of eating nothing but veggies, protein, and lemon water?
What happens when you have carbs again for the first time in 4 weeks?
What happens when you’re not spending an hour a day on the treadmill every day?
Well… the weight you lost is probably coming back, and there’s a good chance you’ll add some extra pounds too. Fortunately, a lot of it will be water retention from the change, but it’s still not exactly going to be the results you were looking for.
These companies know that we want to see results, and we want to see results today. They try to get us hyper focused on what’s going to help you drop fat the quickest, but not what’s going to help you be sustainable and keep that weight off long term. The sad truth of it is that most of these companies want you to see the amazing results, gain all the weight back, and then have you coming back again when you have that 20lbs to lose again.
Over the last 10 years as an Edmonton Personal Trainer, the things I’ve found that works for client’s long term weight loss goals include:
- Building muscle through exercise with some cardio worked in
- Slowly working into a smaller caloric deficit, so we can enjoy the foods we eat still
- Getting more restful sleep
- Drinking more water & managing other fluid intake
Probably most importantly, being patient and staying consistent over time.
Sure, the initial “results” will be slower if all you’re looking at is the scale, but time and time again as a Personal Trainer in Edmonton I’ve seen clients build strength, improve movement patterns, and feel amazing after just a week or two of coaching and training. Sometimes people won’t see changes on the scale for a lot longer than they want, but they are establishing the habits and routines will pay off in the long run, and be maintainable for their lifestyle.
It’s not the sexy headline grabbing approach, but it’s going to work much more long term, and improve your quality of life along the way. If you’re looking to establish lifelong habits and do things in a sustainable way – I have a perfect eBook just for you!
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