I’m about to let you in on a little secret that, if you follow it, will speed your fat loss so much that you might consider it the work of some enchanter. But I can assure you there is no magic involved, it is pure and simple science, logic, and discipline. But before I get to that, allow me a minute to explain why I’m writing this.
I’m going to take a wild guess and say you’ve tried multiple times to lose fat, and almost always failed. Of course, there are numerous reasons why we try and fail to achieve fat loss, but I have narrowed down the two primary reasons you (and I) fail.
- You don’t have a goal.
- You don’t take your goals seriously.
These are the parts that constitute the secret I mentioned earlier. So let’s take them a little deeper.
- You don’t have a goal
- You don’t take your goals seriously
Okay, clearly this needs to be explained a bit. You may have, what you think is a goal, but chances are all you have is a dream. Most of us have fat loss goals that resemble something like, “I want to lose 20 pounds.” This kind of goal does not follow the good goal guidelines. What are the good goal guidelines? They are S.M.A.R.T.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Actionable
R – Realistic
T – Timed
A goal should be specific, as detailed as possible. A goal should be measurable, otherwise you have no way of knowing whether or not you’ve achieved it. A goal should be actionable, because you have to make decisions every day to achieve your goals. A goal should be realistic, otherwise you set yourself up for failure. A goal should be timed, because having a deadline, agains, allows measurability and actionability.
So if we take the “goal” above and we compare it to the guidelines for good goals, you see where it falls short. It has no time limit, it isn’t specific, and it isn’t actionable. A better goal would be “I will lose at least 4 pounds of fat this month.” This goal has all the requirements of a good goal. At the end of the month, you should be able to tell whether or not you achieved it. So if you want to improve your fat loss, improve your goals.
No matter how solid and SMART your goals, without this, there is no point at all. Not taking goals seriously is the single biggest cause of failure for every person in the history of humanity, when it comes to fat loss. Losing fat is really quite simple. You just have to change your habits, what you eat. That’s a simple thing. People do it every day. The problem is that fat loss is a long-term effort and cannot be achieved to any degree of satisfaction by making one single change. The change has to happen every day, for some people, every hour. You are fighting an addiction when you remove carbs from your diet. Your body and brain have become dependent upon them and the only way to fix the problem is to remove them (and replace with healthier ones). You have to develop different habits.
And habits take time.
And they take discipline.
So what does this have to do with taking your goals seriously? Everything. Everyday, we have to choose what foods we shovel into our gobs. It’s those choices that determine our success in fat loss. And it’s those choices that demand strict respect and unwavering adherence to our goals.
For example, let’s say I have a goal to lose 10 pounds of fat in two months. Six weeks into the goal period, I’ve lost seven pounds. I decided to go out with friends one night to a restaurant. While there, I have a ton of choices that I know are not conducive to achieving my 10 pound fat loss, and I also have one or two choices that will allow me to continue to achieve my fat loss goal. In the excitement of the moment, because I’m with my friends and I’m having fun, I decide to just indulge and eat whatever I want.
I have just decided that I am not serious about my goals. I have decided that my fat loss should take a back seat to any possible fun I might have. If, however, I decided to eat the things I knew were good for my health and fat loss, I would be reinforcing the discipline and habits that I need to loss the fat. And my friends should appreciate that. Otherwise, they aren’t much like friends.
In order to achieve your goals, you have to make daily decisions that will lead you to those goals. If you take your goals seriously, you will make the correct decisions, you’ll develop the mental discipline, and you’ll feed your spirit as well.
So there you have it. These two things can accelerate your fat loss to a point you didn’t think possible. It isn’t magic, it’s logic and discipline.
Try it. Tell me what you think.