The next fat loss tip I'm going to talk about today is about the mental factor in losing fat. Getting in shape, is as much a mental exercise, as it is a physical exercise. Your thoughts and your attitude play a critical role in whether your succeed or fail at your effort to get in shape.
If you set out to get in shape, you must go into this with the right mindset. You have to be absolutely convinced that you will succeed. You must be hell-bent on succeeding. Nothing and noone will stand in your way! Getting in shape must be in your every waking thought. It must be on your mind constantly. You cannot allow yourself to believe you will fail. If you think you will fail, then you will fail. If you are absolutely convinced, absolutely hell-bent on succeeding, you will succeed.
When it comes to eating, you must always have the goal of getting in shape on your mind. Whenever you consider eating something, the first thought that goes through your head should be "is this going to mess up my efforts to get in shape?" If so, don't eat it! Don't take the approach of "I'll just eat this now and then I'll go to the gym tomorrow and work it off." It won't happen. Look at it this way, which is easier: 1) Eating that Big Mac after work (over 500 calories and a ton of fat), or 2) Spending an hour running HARD on the treadmill to burn off those 500 calories. It's easier to never put in your body, than it is to take it off your body. If the restarant doesn't have a meal that matches your nutritional needs, eat something else, or go somewhere else to eat. This is going to be one of the most difficult parts of the effort to get into shape - resisting temptation. There are fast food joints on every corner, ready to give you something to eat - something that will perhaps fill you up, but will also cause a massive overload of fat and other unhealthy things to enter your body and screw up your efforts. You must develop the willpower to resist these temptations and only eat what you are supposed to, when you are supposed to. In my experience, the first few months are the toughest, because you have to develop the willpower to resist the foods and restaraunts you like. After a few months though, it will get easier, and you'll find that you've lost your taste for those places and types of foods.
Another area where the mental factor comes into play is knowledge. If you've finally decided to get yourself in shape, you must admit to yourself that if you failed in the past, it IS your fault. I get very angry when people start blaming others for your failures. Noone shoved that Big Mac down your throat, but you. Accept that you got yourself into this mess and you have to get yourself out of this mess. It's your fault because you didn't research the problem properly and be honest with yourself as to why you failed. Whenever you fail at something, you must analyze the problem. Why did you fail? What did you do wrong? What can you do better next time? I honestly believe that people fail at getting in shape, not because they can't do it, or because they don't have the willpower. The problem is knowledge. Be honest with yourself. If you don't know enough about how your body uses food and burns fat, how are you going to succeed at burning fat? If you've been doing the same diet for the last 30 years without success, you must ask yourself why? What am I doing wrong on the diet? Why did it fail? And if it failed, then what ELSE can I try to succeed? You must set out to know everything there is to know about nutrition. How does your body burn fat? What foods burn fat and what foods cause you to gain fat? What are the calorie and fat counts of the foods you eat? (You'd be amazed how many calories there are in some common things.) What are the proper portion sizes that you should be eating? If you don't know these things, you have no way of making a plan of attack. I will try to help you with some of this missing knowledge over time in this blog. Stick with me.
One last mental factor to keep in mind when getting in shape. It is not going to happen overnight. It will take months, if not years to acheive the success you want. It took me about 1 to 1 1/2 years to lose 80 lbs, and for the first 6 months of that, I lost NO weight. This was because I hadn't researched things properly and done everything I was supposed to. It's been a constant fight ever since then to maintain that 80 lbs. I've had my failures along the way. I'm currently about 10 lbs over my lowest weight. I'm working my way back down. Despite what the infomercials on TV say, there is no quick fix. Simple hard work and planning will work. Look at it this way, if you are 80 lbs overweight (as I was), it took you years to get that out of shape. It could take you years to get back into shape. Don't be discouraged. It takes persistence and it takes time. Getting in shape is a life change. It is not something you do for a few months to get back in shape and then stop. It is a fundamental shift in how you live your life, from now until the day you die. You are in a constant war with your body. Your body wants to get fat, you don't want to get fat. If you are not constantly waging this war, eventually your body will win. That's another reason many diets fail. People think of diets as a temporary thing. I'll just go on Atkins for a couple of months to lose the weight and then I'll go back to what I was doing before. This won't work. As soon as you give up the fight, you lose. You must constantly fight the battle every day of your life. It's a tough battle, but the health benefits are worth it.