Weight Loss Habits
Examining your weight loss habits is the first thing you need to do if you are lacking motivation to change your lifestyle.
First of all, you must realise that the habits you have had in the past are what have resulted in your current physical condition. For every cause there is an effect or for every action there is a reaction. The saying, 'As you sow, so shall you reap' holds true with regards to our body. Habits are simply actions that are taken on a consistent basis to produce a result.
If one of our weight loss habits is going to the gym straight after work instead of going home, the result will be that we will maintain or even increase our muscle mass, we will speed up our metabolism and our body fat will likely decrease.
Additionally, if we make one of our weight loss habits eating healthy food every day, we are likely to find it very easy to stay lean. This does not mean of course, that if we miss one workout or eat fast food once per week that we won't achieve our goal.
Only an action performed consistently over time will produce a substantial result. Therefore, losing weight is simply a matter of performing the correct weight loss habits on a regular basis for a period of time. Examine your current habits and decide which ones have stopped you from achieving your weight loss goal in the past. Changing these habits means changing your consistent actions and changing your actions means changing your beliefs and attitude.
Accordingly, the first step on the road to physical change is an examination and adjustment of your beliefs and attitude.
Beliefs and attitudeIn examining our beliefs concerning weight loss, we must first know whether what we believe is right or wrong and the only way to do this is through education. There are many sources from which to obtain the information we require including, personal experience, the experience of others, books, seminars, formal education and the internet.
The unfortunate fact is however, that there is so much conflicting information surrounding the area of weight loss that often you can end up being more confused than before you started looking!
Take the area of nutrition for example. There is probably no other field where so much confusion exists! Some 'experts' recommend high carb, moderate protein and low-fat eating, others suggest low carb, high protein and moderate fat diets. Some tell you not to combine protein and carbs in the same meal, other say always have them together.
Who do you believe? You can read countless books on nutrition written by equally qualified experts that totally contradict each other, so what should you do? The best way to ensure you get the right information is to look for people who have achieved the result you desire.
Perhaps it is a person who has achieved their weight loss goal and kept it off. Maybe it is someone who has boundless energy and vibrancy; whatever it is you want, find the person or people who have already achieved it and find out how they did it!
Once you have acquired the knowledge to achieve your weight loss goal, you must then examine your attitude. Your attitude incorporates your level of desire and motivation to lose weight. Even with all the knowledge required to lose weight, without motivation, the knowledge is useless.
Your level of motivation determines what you are willing to do to achieve your goal and also what obstacles you are willing to overcome. Without a high level of motivation, it is highly likely that you will not have the discipline to perform the consistent actions or create the necessary weight loss habits in order to help you achieve your weight loss goal. It is also likely that you will stop striving to achieve your goal whenever any hardship or difficultly is faced.
Consistent actionsAs was mentioned previously with regards to losing weight, single actions don't produce results. Performing a single workout won't automatically give you the body you desire just like eating one healthy meal won't give you boundless energy.
However, if you string a number of consistent actions together, the results can be quite outstanding in a short period of time. Just like the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step or an expert in any field of endeavour results from just a small amount of practice or study every day, changes in your body result from performing simple actions or disciplines over a period of time.
Consistent actions, the actions that form habits, result from knowing what to do or 'education' combined with the desire to do what is necessary or 'motivation'.
Once you know what to do to get the results you want and you have the motivation to apply the knowledge you have acquired, creating habits is easy. Decide exactly what actions you need to taken on a daily basis in the areas of nutrition, exercise and supplementation, generate the level of motivation required, take action and then watch your body change.
You will be amazed at how quickly things will happen if you have the discipline to stay focused on your goals and consistently do what is necessary.
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