Secret Ingredients To Fat Loss Success
What do you think the keys to fat
loss are? Are there any secrets to long-lasting weight loss? Is there a secret workout program everyone
sticks to or some fancy diet? Read on to discover the secret ingredients to any successful fat loss
by Ed Scow, NSCA-CPT (aka The Fit Dad) -
Fitness and Nutrition Expert to the true superheroes - busy Moms and Dads! and Author of
Fat Loss To
a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you
I think it’s
pretty safe to say that since you’re on this site you want to lose fat.
know how important a quality, intelligently designed workout program
is as well as fat loss nutrition for someone who wants to get rid of that extra flubber.
I also preach
the importance of social support for fat loss, and how for many people it’s the missing ingredient when it comes to
permanent fat loss, but there’s something else that is just as important as social
I believe that
having enough desire and determination are just as important as having the proper
Desire is a
tremendously powerful and important factor when dealing with fat loss, or truthfully anything else that you want
Tom Venuto, who
is a fat loss and bodybuilding expert, puts it this way, “Desire is unexpressed talent, unfulfilled potential or
an underperformed function calling out, and seeking expression or improvement. It’s that higher voice within you saying, ‘Hey,
you’re more than this, you’re better than this, and you deserve it, so get moving and go get
Or put another
way, Alexander Graham Bell said this when talking about desire and determination. “What this power is I cannot
say, all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in the state of mind in which he
knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds
You must have
your mind in the proper place if you want to succeed with your fat loss goals. You must have desire. You must have the want to truly go out and get it
and achieve your fat
loss goals. I
can’t say that strongly enough or in enough different ways.
Just saying you want to 'lose fat' is not
no “oomph” behind that. If your
desire is not strong enough, you will never accomplish your
goals. As a
matter of fact, you’ll probably quit the first time you don’t feel like training or the first time you’re
asked if you want desert.
Not only do you
have to have desire but your desire must to be a burning desire.
It’s got to be
something that if you don’t accomplish you will be sick. You will feel you let yourself
Your desire has
to be strong enough that you will crawl out of bed before the sun comes up to do your training if that’s the
only time you have to get it done.
Your desire has
to be strong enough that you will say “No” when everyone else is going up for seconds at Thanksgiving dinner or
when you’re standing in the checkout line at the grocery store and that Snickers bar is calling your
Lack of desire
is one of the major reasons the majority of people out there fail to lose fat (following a poorly drawn out fad
diet or believing the lying, deceiving supplement advertisers are the other reasons). They say they want it, but they’re not willing to
go through with some of the sacrifices they know they must make.
You’ve got to
decide right here and now that you want it and proclaim it to everyone.
In my Fat Loss To Go program, I go into detail about goal setting and how important it
is.Well this is equally, if not more important than goal setting because
what good is a goal if you don’t have the desire to back it up?
Or what good is the best fat loss program on
the market if you don’t have the voice deep down inside telling you to go through the entire thing and see just
how much fat you can lose?
I can tell you
for a fact, they’re worth absolutely nothing and if you don’t have the burning desire to lose that fat once and
for all, return this manual and I’ll give you your money back. I’m serious about
You will reach
obstacles along the way…trust me on this. Some may be in your face obstacles and others may
be tougher to figure out. You may
encounter yourself being pressured into cheating a little by a friend or loved one. You may have a bad day and just want to splurge on
some ice cream or beer. It
doesn’t matter what it is, but mark my words you will encounter obstacles and they may make you feel like you
want to quit following this program and give up.
enthusiasm and motivation to change will dry up when these obstacles present themselves, but you need to prevent
that from happening. You need
to keep your desire burning throughout this program if you really want to succeed.
The best way to
keep your desire ablaze is to identify what these obstacles may be ahead of time and figure out ways to combat
will go a long way in helping you achieve your fat loss goals.
A study from way back in 1987 investigated why people
give up with their fat loss goals and they came up with the following
initial commitment to change
2. Diminished sense of self-efficacy – belief in one’s ability to change.
3. Use of
self-punishment rather than rewarding strategies
4. Depressive or pessimistic thinking patterns
5. Lack of
6. Difficulty dealing with set-backs.
to use effective habit changing techniques.
attention to the wrong things.
What are your
obstacles going to be? Write
them down right now. Don’t
wait until you’re done reading this because they won’t be fresh on your mind.
If your spouse
is going to be an obstacle, write it down and deal with it. I don’t mean you need to hire a hit man and take
your spouse out “Sopranos style”. Just
let them know how important it is to you to lose this fat and that you need their
Or, if you know
yourself well enough that the holidays or summer barbeques will be obstacles, write it down and figure out how
you’re going to deal with it. Maybe you need to eat a healthy meal before you
go to your social event so you’re not hungry when everyone else is gobbling down the pies and
Just figure out
whatever you need to do to overcome those obstacles before hand so that you can keep your desire
red-hot. I don’t
want you to flounder when something difficult comes your way. I want you to be as revved up then as you are when
you begin this program.
I’ll leave you
with one last quote from Michael Jordan regarding desire, determination and overcoming
obstacles. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give
out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
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