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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
By Reel Life Fitness

Why is it so HARD?  

"How do I lose fat?"  "Why isn't it coming off?"  "I have been sooooo good".  

I have been asked so many times -- I will tell you why it's so hard. Because if it was easy peasy, everybody would be there...lean and strong, feeling fantastic. But some of us are not.   When you lose fat and change your body shape or size, it's challenging. What is simple is going on and off diets, and losing and gaining the same 5-10 pounds or more. It's simple to start a workout regime and commit to 6 days a week and fizzle fast.  

Over the years, I have seen many different kinds of lean, strong, and healthy.  Body shapes and abilities mystify my mind.  Sometimes we get caught up in that d*mn number on a scale.  I often ask people that I work with....how do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Can you pinch less? Let's see what your measurements say? How many more push ups or squats can you do?  Can you go farther and faster during your 1km fitness challenge? 


 Follow these 3 MUSTS to LOSE FAT...and Make YOUR MOVE  

  • You MUST be consistent - not perfect, not expecting to lose fat overnight. It doesn't work that way. You need to eat complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, veggies, fruits, healthy fats, nuts/seed. These foods you should be eating 80% of the time.  


  • You MUST not eat the calories that you expended while exercising. If you worked out - great...you burned anywhere from 300-500 calories - maybe more! You don't get to eat more because it's an active, sweaty day. If you want to lose fat, you need to burn more calories than you expend.  Listen to your body - eat when you are hungry...not when you are tired, mad, happy, celebrating or bored! 


  • You MUST be accountable for the treats & cheat snacks or meals - that you consume.    It's the 20% of your food intake that is higher in fat, may have sugar, or are not the best choices for you.....BUT they taste really good.  TRY this next time you want something out of this category.  What is your typical serving size? 1 cup of ice cream? What about having half of your normal serving size.  Ever eat an entire bag of Doritos? Commit to half? Can you do it? 



Simple right? Just do it....don't starve, move your body and eat food that tastes great! 

Take the time each week and plan your meals. WORKOUTS do not equate more food. You need to fuel your body like a machine. 

Be accountable - I have been know to say - "your body tracks your food and your activity".... 


Keep your eye out for more easy ways to lose weight, find time to put your needs first, meal planning, the best kinds of workouts,

and a big one that has impacted my life ----EMOTIONAL EATING! 

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Betty - Great advice best I've seen so far