3 Mistakes Guys Make When Trying To Lose Fat and Get Lean
1. You expect yourself to eat the same diet as the model on the front the cover of a fitness mag
We often trip up by copying the exact diets that lean guys on the front of magazines are doing.
Well, most of us don’t have the genetics of these guys. We also don’t get paid millions of pounds to get in shape for the latest movie. I too would even eat chicken and broccoli 18 times a day for a million quid and a lead role in “300”.
But in reality this stuff isn’t sustainable or practical for your lifestyle.
And this can lead to yoyo dieting. We feel guilt when we stray off of this plan and binge eat on so-called “bad” food (whatever that means). We then feel depressed. Disappointed with ourselves for "not having the willpower".
When in fact, it's not always willpower. It's not always you. More often than not, it's the fact you're following a cookie-cutter programme that's NOT made for you.
Take on board what fitness models do by all means. But remember that this “plan” is a plan for them and their lifestyle. Not you. Experiment with your body. Start tracking how much you eat. You can know how much you need to eat using the FREE Lean For Life Starter Kit that you can download by clicking here.
2. You’re taking diet advice from your Mrs
Now, I know it can be difficult to argue with the “boss”. But, if they come home raving about the latest "magic" shake diet, that will help you lose “weight” because it worked for her friends Tracy, Jane, and Maggie…it doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you.
^^^^ read that again and let this sink in.
Tracy, Jane and Maggie are women. They just want to lose some weight, drop a dress size, and get a flatter stomach.
You’re after a bit more. Perhaps you want to fill out your T shirt with some muscle or feel more confident with your top off this summer. In that case, you need to maintain as much MUSCLE as possible when losing fat.
This means you probably need to eat more than your Mrs and her friends. It’s all well and good losing 10 lbs in 3 days…but you’ve probably just lost a shed load of water. There’s better ways of doing this that will allow to burn fat quickly and actually keep it off. Ways that will keep your metabolism up and maintain muscle mass. This will help you maintain your lean body long after your diet.
Split up with the “boss”...Just kidding.
Make sure you follow a plan that is designed for you. Find out how much you need to eat to lose fat. It’s not just about the number on the scales. Progress pictures are key, as how you're trousers, jeans, suits, and T shirts fit. Just don’t blame me when you’re trousers are hanging off and your shirts are too tight around the arms…
3. You think you can eat like you did when you captained your school football team
Things have changed. You no longer have time to play multiple sports... everyday, go to the gym...everyday, get out for a run...everyday. Family, friends, kids, work etc. all take more of your time.
I know, I know, you’re only as old as you feel. And that’s all great.
But the reality in terms of how much time you have to exercise has changed. You sit more than you used to, you’re not moving as much and you’re not burning as many calories. We often blame our "slow" metabolisms. In reality, you have to consider your lifestyle.
We have more stressors to manage in our life. We need a plan that fits our lifestyle. If we can manage 2 sessions per week that’s great. 3 sessions per week? Even better. 4? Awesome. 5? Hero. Better yourself and progress. Know where you are now and where you want to be.
As Yoda once said, “you must unlearn what you have learnt”. Start again. Use the Lean for Life Starter Kit to get going if you need help setting up your fat loss diet. You need to start somewhere. Remember, to be your own ongoing experiment.
These solutions are all well and good. But in reality, they mean nothing if we don’t apply them and CHANGE what we are doing right now. If you're not assessing how do you know what's working? If you don't know what's working, why are you even doing what you're doing?
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