And I wasn't even 30 years old at the time.
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It was then when I made an agreement with myself. I wanted to lose weight and get fit by the time I entered my 30's. I had one year to do it.
Right now I'm close to turning 31. I am 50 pounds lighter and in the best shape of my life. Here is my how I did it, and how you can do it too.
A Weight Loss Plan That Works!
Step #1 - Get Your Mindset Right
The mind controls the body. It all starts in your head. If you do not picture yourself with a six pack, 50 pounds or 100 pounds lighter, it will never happen.
There is a quote from Maxwell Maltz, a great psychologist:
"A man always feels and acts according to what he considers true about himself and what surrounds him."This principle can be applied in any areas of our lives.
If you don't see yourself making more money and dating a beautiful woman, you never will. If you can't see yourself with a six pack and a muscular build, you won't be able to take the necessary actions to achieve these goals.
Picture yourself the way you want to be and it will be much easier to act accordingly. You will be able to stick to your diet easier and training routine easier.
Step #2 - Dial in Your DietObviously, the most important aspect of any weight loss program is your diet. Unlike what most people think,
#3 - Training: Get Moving With a PurposeAny type of exercise is beneficial for weight loss. It burns calories and makes it easier for us to be in a caloric deficit. You can be in a caloric deficit even without making any changes to your diet.
Personally I did weight lifting and cardiovascular training 4 to 5 days a week. Lifting weights will stimulate your muscles and make them grow while burning fat away and cardio helps you burns a lot of calories really fast.
If your main focus is losing fat fast you should focus more on the cardio training such as jogging, cycling or incline walking on the treadmill.
Training is not easy and a lot of people come up with excuses not to do it, and believe me I heard them all. One hour in the gym is just 4% of your 24 hour day. Get your workout done in the morning when your energy levels are up, before going to work or to school.
For beginners, full body splits or upper body lower body splits are great. Just make sure to hit all your body parts, have good form and stay hydrated in order to avoid injuries.
#4 - Start a Lifestyle With Your New HabitsLastly but not least, try to make dieting and training a part of your lifestyle. Stick with them.
If you've been careful with your eating for a week don't let yourself go back to eating junk. Don't break the chain. It's alright to have one cheat meal every now and then, but don't make a bad habit out of it.
If you've been consistent with your training for a month don't begin skipping training days. This is how bad habits start. Stay dedicated, be motivated and the results will come. Make this your new lifestyle.
Results come with effort, dedication and time.